Monday, June 9, 2014

Fed Up Challenge: Day 1

Have you guys heard about the Fed Up Challenge? I did, thanks to Jacey's post about it in Damsel in Dior. Part of Katie Couric and Laurie David's new documentary Fed Up, which chronicles the sugar and obesity epidemic in the United States, the Fed Up Challenge entails cutting out all refined or added sugar for 10 days. It seems like everyone who's taken the challenge feels happier, healthier, and more energetic, and many people lose a few pounds as a bonus! As I'm trying to cultivate healthier habits, I decided to take the plunge and see what this challenge is all about. (Side note: maybe I'll scratch off one of my 101 in 1001 goals by seeing the documentary by myself!)

c/o Fed Up

Let me be clear about the "no sugar" part. Natural sugars in fruits and vegetables are fine, but anything refined, added, sweetened, etc., is off limits. Even honey and molasses. The only juice allowed (at least as far as I'm concerned) is juice you make yourself, so you know for a fact that it isn't from concentrate or with added sugar. Fed Up made this great infographic that shows all of sugar's hidden identities.

c/o Fed Up

If you think this challenge is daunting...believe me, so do I. That's why I've decided to blog about it daily. I know my readers are always so supportive and encouraging, and I'm using you guys as my motivation to stick with it. On that note, I'd appreciate any motivation and encouragement from y'all!

Today was my first day of the challenge. While it wasn't terribly hard, I find myself still hungry, as I didn't prepare (i.e., I didn't grocery shop beforehand). After all, I only decided to do it last night! I was thrilled to learn that some of my favorite foods are okay for the challenge (Fage plain Greek yogurt, organic mozzarella string cheese, natural peanut butter), but was also shocked at how many different foods contain some variant of added sugar. As for my caffeinated beverages, I've always taken my coffee with skim milk and never add sugar to my tea, so I don't need to make any modifications there. I ate a lot of fruits, nuts, dairy, and seeds today, but tomorrow I plan to start my day with eggs, fruit, and yogurt with natural peanut butter. Then I'll hit the grocery store with my sugar infographic in hand! I'm also trying to drink more tea and water throughout the challenge in order to boost my energy and immune system. So far, so good.

Even though today was only the first day, I faced some challenges. First, hunger. I mostly blame my lack of preparedness, but it still isn't fun. I have enough food in me that I'm not miserable, but not enough to be satiated! Also, I went to a family friend's high-school graduation party, so I was surrounded by fluffy cupcakes, rice pudding, traditional Greek desserts, and wine. These drinks and desserts were extremely tempting, but I (somehow) managed to resist. With that, here's to an easy nine days ahead!

Are you interested in seeing the documentary? Click here to find out where it's playing near you!

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