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Ah, Sugar, Sugar.

by caroline

Woot, woot! I’m on the sugar-free train and I can’t seem to stop.

See the book above? I’ve had it for years and somehow managed to cast it aside during my marriage to cupcakes, cookies, lollipops and all things sweet.

Don’t get me wrong — those things have their time and place. (And, boy, do we know how to get down and dirty.) But I seemed to have gotten a little carried away in that honeymoon phase of, “Oh, but it’s gluten-free and surely I can eat it all because, hey, it’s healthy.”

Gawd, I sound like a woman in love, don’t I?

Anyway, I’ve been brushing up on all of the things I already know (but seemed to have “forgotten”) about sugar and why too much of it is just not that great for anyone. Reading over this material and evaluating my habits has reinforced the importance behind my decision to sign on to the Gluten-Free Sugar Cleanse .

But here’s the thing: Cake and cookies aren’t the only problem. That’s right — sugar is a tricky little pest that works its way into so many more things than you might even be able to imagine.

One of my favorite excerpts from this book goes a little something like this:

“Getting the sugar out of your diet involves more than simply passing up the dessert. Sugar is pervasive in our society, not only in obvious forms such as cookies, cakes, and candy, but in just about any other food you can think of. From packaged meats to soups to commercial salt, sugar is in there. It’s even hidden in such nonfood items as vitamin and mineral supplements, aspirin, prescription and over-the-counter drugs, and various cosmetics.

Cutting down on sugar has to involve a multifaceted approach. It requires developing a “sugar savvy” –– knowing where to watch out for sugar and how to creatively and healthfully live without it.” — Anne Louise Gittleman, author of Get the Sugar Out: 501 Simple Ways to Cut the Sugar Out of Any Diet

The point Gittleman makes is an interesting one — sugar is not always glaringly obvious. In fact, sometimes it can be rather hard to spot. Take a look at the sugar content in some of these common foods:

  1. Krispy Kreme traditional cake doughnut …………………………………… 2 teaspoons
  2. LUNA Bar berry almond ………………………………………………………… 2-1/4 teaspoons
  3. Froot Loops breakfast cereal (3/4 cup) …………………………………….. 2-1/2 teaspoons
  4. Starbucks caffè latte grande (16 oz) ………………………………………….. 3-1/2 teaspoons
  5. Subway 6″ sweet onion teriyaki chicken sandwich …………………….. 3-1/2 teaspoons
  6. Tropicana 100% orange juice (8 oz) …………………………………………. 5 teaspoons
  7. Yoplait original yogurt ………………………………………………………….. 5-3/4 teaspoons
  8. Craisins dried cranberries (1/3 cup) ………………………………………….. 6 teaspoons
  9. Vitamin Water (20-oz bottle) …………………………………………………… 7 teaspoons
  10. Ketchup (4 Tablespoons) …………………………………………………… 4 teaspoons

You might not think that any of that information is earth shattering, but when you consider the fact that a “health” bar, like the LUNA bar, has more sugar than a Krispy Kreme doughnut (and ketchup had twice as much!) it really kind shifts your perspective on sugar and its sneaky, sneaky ways.

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So, Day Two of the Gluten-Free Sugar Cleanse has been a little bit tougher than yesterday. Today, I’m definitely feeling the absence of sugar — I have a slight migraine, I’m oddly tired and, as I said in my Facebook post today, thinking a little more about sugar than I’d like to:

Boo, hoo. I want a cookie. (REALLY SAD FACE.)

But, nevertheless, I have resisted. In fact, you can check out what I’ve had so far today by visiting the new Sugar-Free, Baby tab that is in the navigation bar at the top of the site. There you will be able to find my complete 3-week journey (what I ate, how I felt, etc.), and weigh in with your own thoughts and feedback. That way, I’m not giving you a play-by-play in each blog post, but you will be able to access the information if you’d like.

Tell me: What sugar-y food (not just treats, but all food) do you have a hard time resisting?