Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away (in the US). I don’t usually open with OMG it’s whatever month already, but seriously, how did this sneak up on me? Because somehow it did.
After months of racing and traveling for races, I was definitely in need of a little reset. And luckily for me, just in the nick of time Laura Pfeifer Wellness posted a 7 day sugar detox in her 90/20 Clean Eating Community (a closed group you can ask to join here).
I am joining Fairytales & Fitness for Fridays with Fairytales & Fitness, a link up for healthy liftestyle bloggers and sharing some thoughts about sugar.
Sugar should be a controlled substance!
Seriously, like most addictive drugs, you build a tolerance to sugar, and the more sugar you eat, the more sugar you want. Not only do you want more sugar, but as you consume more sugar, it takes more sugar to make something taste sweet.
Speaking of sweet tasting things, artificial sugars tend to taste way sweeter than actual sugar. Sure, there are no calories in them, but they’re still just priming you crave sweet things. They don’t really do a body good, either.
A reset is the perfect name
With months of higher mileage training, races, and travel, there were treats. Lots of treats. And those treats were definitely showing up in my clothes. Everything fits, but not quite so well as they should.
I do keep an eye on my sugar intake. In fact, when I got back from the retreat, Mr. Judy asked me if I knew that ketchup could have a lot of sugar in it. Then he was puzzled, because ours didn’t have much.
Hmmm, wonder why that is?
Sugar has a tendency to creep up on you. One cookie becomes two. A dessert after dinner becomes dessert after dinner and lunch. Breakfast becomes sweet more often than savory.
Yes, it was definitely time to take a good, hard look at what I was eating and reset that sugar set point. I did not completely ditch sugar, by the way. I did definitely reduce the amount of added sugars I was consuming every day.
Where sugar hides
Sugar is everywhere these days:
- Tomato sauce
- Salad dressings
- Flavored Yogurts
Sugar gets you hooked, and companies want you hooked. Your best bet is to read labels. Note added sugars and portion sizes — just because it’s a small package doesn’t mean that it’s just one serving per package.
The sweet reward
I am a lifetime Weight Watchers (or Wellness that Works, as they now call themselves) member. That just means that as long as I’m within 2 pounds of my goal weight (which is basically tied to a healthy BMI), I can attend as many meetings as I want and never pay a dime. And for the last five years I haven’t paid anything.
Every long distance race I ran this year seemed to bump up right to the first of the month weigh in (the one that determines whether or not you’re free for the month). For the last couple of months I did have to pay for meetings. I wasn’t much more than 2 pounds over my goal weight, but I was over. Finally, this month, I am free at last.
Of course it’s not really about the number on the scale. It’s about how I feel in my own skin. It’s also about my energy — sugar may give you an instant boost of energy, as most runners know, but in the long run, too much of it will drag you down.
I’ll always have a sweet tooth. I’ll always fight sugar creeping too much into my diet. I’ll never kick it out completely (and I didn’t with this reset, either). Sometimes, though, you have to put on your big-ger girl panties and take a hard look at what you’re doing and how it’s making you feel. And if it’s not making you feel good in the long run, a little reset may be just what the doctor ordered.
Have you entered my giveaway of Couch to Active here? Time is running out! Read my review here — this will make a great holiday gift for someone!
Do you ever think about the amount of sugar you consume?
Where was the most surprising product you’ve found added sugar in?
What is your favorite sweet treat that doesn’t have a lot of added sugar?