Friday, June 1, 2012

Honey, oh sugar sugar, you are my candy, girl!

My attempts to cut way back on refined sugar in June are off to a rocky start, given I forgot Friday was the first day of June. Between forgetting to make my smoothie on Thursday night and therefore grabbing a quick sugar-laden breakfast (lower-sugar instant oatmeal) and then opting for a grape cream soda while for Friday socializing with co-workers. But set backs will happen, so starting off with one? Should be par for the course!

So here is my plan:

1. Plan ahead
It means stocking up on appropriate desk-side treats to keep me from running to the cafeteria at 3:00 for a sugar-y fix (in my defense, the cafeteria on campus makes everything from scratch - even their peanut butter - using fresh, simple ingredients in socially responsible ways)

2. Make ahead
It means finding recipes for some of my favourite treats that have sugar alternatives, such as my oatmeal to go bars.

3. Think ahead
It means not getting stuck on days when I just have to have that cookie, or need the ketchup on my burger.

So what constitutes sugar in my "no sugar" plan?
1. Granulated white and brown sugar
2. Processed food products that contain large amounts of refined sugars (cookies, ketchup, barbecue sauce)
3. Artificially created sweeteners such as Splenda, Aspartame, etc.

What is allowed?
1. Honey
2. Naturally occurring sugars found in fresh foods like apples, bananas and carrots
3. Moderated amounts of sugar products at special occasions and while being a guest in someone else's home

What are my goals?
1. Reduce my dependance on sugar
2. Get into the habit of avoiding processed foods
3. Increase my daily intake of fruits and vegetables

Hopefully, over the month, I'll be able to stop in from time to time to post some of the great recipes I'll be trying!


  1. Sounds like a really great plan, and I really would love to hear your updates on this. I'm constantly trying to do this but often get frustrated because the US now has a huge obsession with "stevia" the newest sugar alternative on the market and it's popping up in many of my favorite used-to-be-no-sugar juices and drinks. Even many foods.

    And fresh foods are always good alternatives to processed ones.

    Good luck, Cara! I know you can do it, just remember not to beat yourself up over the bits and bites of "non-approved" sugars. Complete eradication is often the least effective plan towards stopping a behavior, but slowly removing things and coming up with healthy alternatives like you're planning is the best.

  2. I so need to try this! You can do it!!

  3. YOU go girl! I'm trying to avoid processed foods, it's more challenging than I thought but planning ahead makes it a lot easier. Will be looking forward to hearing how it's going!

  4. My hats off to you! I wish I could do it!


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