Over the past couple years I have drastically changed our diets. Those changes were for my kids, at least that is what I told myself. I have taken all artificial dyes out of our diets as well as High Fructose Corn Syrup. I buy mostly organic produce and control how much sugar my children eat. This change, the change I made this month was for me. I decided, for myself, that I was going to go sugar free.
In hind sight, I really had no idea what I was getting myself into. I figured it wouldn’t be hard. I already read labels because of keeping track of dye’s and high fructose corn syrup. Come to find out, I didn’t read enough of them. Could someone explain to me why tortilla’s need sugar in them? Or why garlic salt, lemon pepper, or Lawry’s season salt needs sugar? How about bread? As I circled the store for my first sugar free grocery shopping trip I become very upset and discouraged. Why do turkey hot dogs need sugar? How is that a company that advertises there peanut butter as ‘natural’ have sugar listed as the second ingredient? Then I started to understand.
For years our country has been complaining about the obesity rates. More recently they are worried about our kids and obesity. I no longer wonder why this is happening. Sugar is in EVERYTHING. Even things you would consider to be healthy, like 100% whole wheat bread. Or, peanut butter. Or milk or spaghetti sauce or cheerios and the list goes on and on. How can we expect our country to be healthy when everything we put in our mouth has sugar?
Well, I have been sugar free for 12 days. In that time I have slipped up a few times. I also learned that it is impossible to be sugar free at a church potluck. Along with the sugar free challenge I have started to be more active. I have lost 4.9 lbs so far.
This year is a milestone for me. I just turned 30 in December and am also at my heaviest. Growing up I was never really skinny but I was always in shape. I have never been this heavy and I am tired of it. 2014 will be a year of change for me. Not just for my family but most of these changes will be for myself. I have set a goal for myself to finish a 1/2 marathon. I love to run. Always have, but being over 200 lbs can make that difficult. Difficult isn’t the issue. The issue is I need to not let it hold me back. I need to step up and take control. Take control of how my year goes. So, this, this is to the new year!