A week without sugar

9 Mar

This has been a long time overdue.

Cookies are my weakness (I just can’t say no!) and sugary cereals are my all-time comfort food.

Britton and I do not keep cookies or sugary cereals in the house since we’re both pretty health conscious. However, last time we got groceries, Nature’s Path Optimum Cranberry Ginger cereal was on SUPER sale. I used to eat this cereal back when I first went vegan and it was called Optimum zen. When we saw the sale price, both of us did something we never do – we ignored the food label, and threw three boxes into our cart.

With ingredients like dried cranberries, quinoa, oat bran, and ginger ; this cereal has a lot of potential.

still having not checked the nutrition label, I got home from school last night, already exhausted from a long day, and poured myself a HUGE bowl of this cereal to satisfy my hunger monster. About an hour later, I was so exhausted that I could hardly keep my eyes open! I layed down for what ended up being a long nap. When I woke up, I still did not feel refreshed. This is not normal for me. I spent the entire evening feeling exhausted and depressed. I could not believe the change in my mood. The smallest things set me off. My future mother in law sent me a picture of the gorgeous dress she is wearing to my wedding – and I immediately felt fat and like I was going to be outshined at my own wedding. (which obviously, is completely rediculous!)

I ran to check the ingredients list of the cereal I ate, sure enough, second ingredient is sugar. When I eyed the nutritional information, my jaw dropped.

In 3/4 cups of this cereal, there are a healthy 8 grams of fiber, and a healthy 2.5 grams of fat (no saturated fat or trans fat!) and a whopping 13 grams of SUGAR. In 3/4 cup!!! Frosted Flakes has less sugar than this, coming in at a whopping  12 grams of sugar per 3/4 cup. I easily had two servings in my huge bowl. I consumed 26 grams of sugar in one sitting. No freaking wonder I felt so miserable.

today I decided that enough was enough. I am not a big consumer of sugar, generally, but in the past few months I have noticed that the amount of sugary foods I eat and crave is creeping up! a handful of swedish berries after lunch, some vegan cookies from starbucks…


I am in serious need of a detox. To squash my sugar cravings, improve my health, mood and energy levels, I am cutting out refined sugar for one whole week.

Stay tuned as I blog about what I ate, how I feel and how I manage to squash cravings. Will I be successful?? I hope so.

Wish me luck!

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4 Responses to “A week without sugar”

  1. kseverny March 9, 2010 at 11:32 pm #

    sounds like you’re doing a good thing.
    Best of luck

  2. Frokostordning March 10, 2010 at 4:45 am #

    Hmm that’s amazing but actually i have a hard time determining it… I’m wondering what others have to say….

  3. Kevin Nutrition March 10, 2010 at 6:02 am #

    It is derived from the juice of sugar cane and sugar beets. Kevin Nutrition

  4. rovisi March 10, 2010 at 6:52 am #

    Hmmm I wanna do this too…

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