Friday, February 26, 2010

Sugar Free. Yep.



I have talked myself into it. I am twelve hours through. I am sugar free.

The goal: One month, no sugar.

If I blog it or tell someone about it, I am committed so here it is: I am a sugar free mama. I have done this once before in the ancient years of junior high and I felt great. I need to do it again. I don't eat candy. I am not a junkie, but I want to clean house. I want my body to be at it's best. I think that sugar in moderation will not kill us but as a society, sugar rules the roost. I think you need to stand up and show the body who is boss now and then and just not give into the cravings. It makes us feel stronger and healthier in the long run. It helps us to lessen our desires for sweets and strengthens our immune systems. Sugar ages us, makes us sleepy and wreaks havoc on our health. But, like me, we want to deny it and go with the norm. I don't intend to stay off sugar entirely but I plan on eating it much more sparingly after this little hiatus.

So my friends, since misery loves company, I want to recruit you. I want 20 names by the end of the weekend. At least. I am throwing the challenge out there. SIL's? Cousins? Cousin in laws? Blogging friends in Idaho? California? Nevada? Blog Stalkers? Church Buddies? Whose in? Are you tough enough?

Here are the rules: You start on March 1st, or today if you want. You go to the end of March, just in time for Easter. You can have honey, coconut sugar or stevia. No other pretend sugars. Use in moderation as we are trying to lessen our sweet cravings. If you go out to eat and order a salad that may have hidden sugar in the dressing, don't sweat it. Just stay away from the obvious. The deserts, the after dinner mints, etc. You will be surprised at how good fruit will taste and how many options you have out there. You will also be surprised at how much sugar there is in everything. No evaporated cane juice, no corn syrup. You get the point.

So, who's joining me? Who can do hard things?

I double dog dare you.


***Terri, I will need a batch of those cute stevia chocolates, almonds please.

37 comments:

kamille said...

i'll join you!

i'm just a blog stalker.

but, since i had my baby 2 months ago, i have really gotten headaches from sugar. i don't consume a whole lot of it but i would love to give it up for a bit and reap the benefits!

i think i'll start march 1st. thanks for the idea! good luck!!

Shari Goodman said...

One down. Thanks Kamille! We'll have a review session when we are done.

kamille said...

hmm i am thinking...juice...?

no go?

Shari Goodman said...

As long as it is real, like OJ and apple or any pure juice, its OK. The only rules are no sugar or sugar substitutes other than stevia, coconut sugar or honey.

Lindsey said...

I'll do it! I am in need of doing a no sugar thing.. Never have.. but feeling strong.

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RPH said...

blogging friends in Idaho? Does that mean me? Let me think about this one.

I just made your ice cream topping for this weekend...I dont know if I can let it sit in my fridge for a whole month!!

Bonnie said...

I'm a blog stalker too (from Utah). I'm joining you. I've been wanting to do this for a while now and you've given me the motivation to do it now. Thanks! Also, thank you for all the wonderful information you offer on your blog, you are an inspiration!

Shari Goodman said...

Yep. That's you Raygon. No pressure. Maybe a little.

Marry said...

Okay... I tried this once and I thought I was going to die! Do you know how much sugar is in EVERYTHING? I would love to do it. I am afraid I don't have the skills nor the knowledge to be successful without going hungry. So will you be doing some posts about what are some good snacks/meals - etc.

Marry said...

okay... I know your website is full of good meals - but what about little snacks outside of fruit and veggies... or maybe I should just eat more of those...

Shari Goodman said...

I'll get some sweet recipes out there with no sugar just to get us through. Check back in a couple days.

Clairissa said...

I'm on day 12 of my sugar free stint, but I will extend it til the end of March and go along with you guys. The more the merrier!

Btw...after day 5 I stopped craving sugar and it's been smooth sailing since.

Tiffany said...

Good Job Shari- I did this for the month of January...and felt good. ti definitely helped me to have a lot of people on board with me. Good luck--you will be an inspiration to many (well...you already are...but you know what I mean!)...thanks for all you do to keep us healthy!

Shari Goodman said...

By the way, coconut sugar tastes very similar to brown sugar. It is great and can be found at Whole foods, on the web or order from Azure Standard. Pricey but great to cook with. I use it all the time. Agave is a no go. It seems to be a glorified corn syrup, just a boiled down fructose.

Marie said...

Thanks for the challenge. I'm in! A little "March Madness":)

Alisha and Josh said...

Hi Shari-
Here is someone in Nevada that will join you..now this state is covered. I am so afraid- but I think that I am in. My house will definately need a major sugar overhaul- eliminating it from many places :) I appreciate all you do for us just trying to get better with taking care of ourselves. I know that Tiffany did it in January and I was frightened then...this is a good movivation to stop being a sugar addict...maybe that is why I am scared. I life off the stuff!! :)

~Tracey said...

I am thinking.... I really need to do this! It is poison to me. I'll let you know by Sunday!
Your awesome.

Crowley Family said...

Count me in! My friend Kamille blogged about it, so now I'm a blog stalker too :)

Amanda said...

I'm in! I've been a major candy junkie lately and need to get back in gear. It'll be much easier not doing it alone!

The Lees said...

Are you kidding me!? I've cut dairy out, and that left a gaping hole in my diet that craves sugar! I think I might have to give it a try though. If only I could convince Brian. I reminded him that Steve Nash lives sugar-free, and that is how he can play and heal so well in basketball at his age. He didn't buy it.

Annabeth Goss said...

Good for YOU!!!! I won't be joining you, but wanted to share that one of my yearly goals is 12 weeks sugar-free. I easily do that, so I thought I would make it 'trackable' by doing it on certain days. So, every month, day 1-7, are no-sugar days for me. It has worked really well so far, (but still challenging) and it's amazing what you do have to watch out for!
Good luck with your month. I KNOW YOU CAN DO IT!! You are SHARI, and SHARI can do anything!

Annabeth said...

I'll have to check out coconut sugar. What do you think about Sucanat? (from Azure Standard)

Clairissa said...

I would love to see a post about how to use/cook with stevia. Being that we are all so used to cooking and measuring with refined sugar, using an herb for sugar just seems so foreign. I have no idea how to sub stevia in a recipe in place of refined sugar.

RPH said...

Allright, you got me. Chalk another one up on your list. I will start with you tomorrow.

Cindy Sage said...

I try to avoid sugar at all costs...sugar gives me migraines...here is the link to my favorite cook book. Wholesome Sugar Free cooking. This cook book is an Amish cook book and uses only wholesome ingresients...No white sugar period!

Check it out!

http://sigh-chocindy.blogspot.com/search/label/Healthy%20cook%20book

jefferies said...

I'm a blog stalker from Oregon...and I LOVE your blog. I have my minor in nutrion, so when I stumbled across your blog I kept coming back. Your recipes rock!
Anyway...I've already given up sugar for Lent...so I've been sugar free since Feb 17, and I plan to follow through with it until April 4th. I've been off sugar for 11 days now and I feel AWESOME! I'm like you in that I don't eat a lot, but I agree that it's good to clean out and show body who's boss!
So you can count me in!
-Kate

JT said...

I am from Utah, and been following your blog for a while now. You gave me some great advice a while back. I am going to accept your challenge of no sugar for the month. My sister did it last month and she feels great, so now it's my turn. Thanks Shari for the motivation.

Everyday Moments said...

Woo Hoo! I had already planned to be sugar free beginning March 1. My husband has been sugar free for one week now and we will both continue through at least the end of March. Maybe longer.

What about TRUVIA? Is it bad? They say it's made from the stevia plant but I know you can't believe everything you read.

Terri Burges Hirning said...

I have been sugar free since Jan 1 so I will keep rolling sugar free with you girl!! I have been so sick but once I am well, chocolates coming your way!!

Melissa-Mc said...

I started sugar-free this morning. The 1st of the month AND a Monday...I had to. Then tonight I linked over from Lindsay's blog. So I am in!

Dyan said...

I will give up soda and try to lessen my sugar intake. I am not brave enought to give up sugar completely. I did it for one week and that killed me.

Jodiane said...

i'm in.... it will be tough, but i am going to give up all sugar except 2 oranges a day until i can ween off those. I am extreme, when I am extreme.

TPlayer said...

Your cousin, Mandy, referred me. I'm in. I started this on my own yesterday. I feel much better knowing a whole group of us are doing it!

Allison said...

I am a blog stalker too. I just read this post and I'm 3 days behind but I'm in! I am a TOTAL sugar addict and this will be really good for me. Thanks for the giving me the goal! Now I'll just need the encouragement!

Sara said...

Hi Shari,
I'm in. This one will be a doozy for me.

Alicia said...

I get so thrilled when I hear of people going 'sugar free'!! Kudos to ya all...I have been sugar free for over 22 years, and it is energizing, healthier, no sluggishness after eating, etc. By now, probably all of you are reaping the benefits. There are so many tasty substitutes and I haven't found a recipe yet that I can't convert into sugar free...and by this I also mean NO artificial sweeteners! Ever! Organic, pure, natural, healthy, etc. Keep on keepin' on!