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How to meet the challenge of a sugar-free life: a daily diary of pitfalls, overcoming obstacles, psychological skirmishes, and tips for us all. This is a diary of “going sugar-free” for the next two years (730 days).

Day 5: Autumn Bowled Me Over With Goodness

Today, I went to my favorite organic cafe, LPQ, and ordered a variation of the Warm Autumn Grain Bowl. I reluctantly ordered this without goat cheese and spicy pecans in order to keep dairy and sugar out of the meal – and substituted pistachios and avocado. Meal was the best (see photo). Black coffee instead of a latte with milk was another disappointing but necessary choice. Deal with it.
 
Food Log
Lunch
Kale, arugula, brussels sprouts, pistachios, quinoia, farro, avocado
black coffee
Dinner
Quinoa, kidney beans, green onions, grape tomatoes, banana, walnuts
 
Tip: When you find a restaurant meal that works for you, work with the chef to substitute the good for the bad.

Day 4: The Terrible Triumvirate

Avoiding the baddies:
1. Sugar
2. Bread
3. Dairy
 
It’s the 4th day, I’ve already lost some weight, I’m already feeling much better. Our bodies appreciate this kind of denial.
 
Food Log
Lunch
Red cabbage, kale, red onion, peas, walnuts
Dinner
Lentils, quinoa, peas, carrots, walnuts, apple
 
Tip: Focus on avoiding sugar. If you wish to also avoid dairy and bread, that’s “frosting on the cake.”

From the Archives: Day 3: Taste the Coffee, Not the Sugar

Editor’s note: This post is from March 17, 2015, the first attempt at two years without sugar. First round, I was not going for dairy-free.

 

Made it through Day 3! This included going to Starbucks and getting a tall skim “cafe au lait” instead of my usual and favorite tall vanilla soy latte.
 
A tall vanilla soy latte has about 29 grams (7 teaspoons) of sugar, more than the recommended daily maximum for everything eaten. A tall skim misto (caffe au lait) has 8 grams of sugar (in the form of lactose – not added sugar) This is about 2 teaspoons of sugar. The American Heart Association recommends a daily maximum number of 6 teaspoons of sugar for women and 9 for men.
 
Reference: 1 teaspoon of sugar has about 4g of sugar.
 
Today also included another success: going to Whole Foods and not buying a bakery cookie and not buying two squares of chocolate and not buying a bottle of coconut water – sugar off the chart! That was my normal routine BNS (Before No Sugar).
 
Food Log
Rainbow chard, red cabbage, asparagus, carrots
Almonds, banana, quinoa, green onions, white kidney beans, garlic
 
Tip
Switch from vanilla latte to cafe au lait or just coffee for your cup of Joe.

Day 2: A No-Sugar Shutout!

The day started out with family visitors and French bread and chocolate cake. Fortunately, it was 70 degrees here in Maryland, so we went outside with bat and ball, and I stayed away from the cake.
 
Tip: When they bring the chocolate cake out, go outside and play baseball with the kids.

From the Archives: Day 2: Good Leftovers

Editor’s note: This post is from March 15, 2015, the first attempt at two years without sugar.
 
Feeling charged up today by my accomplishment to make it through Day 1. Planning on Day 2 success with the help of a refrigerator full of leftover steamed vegetables.
 

Update: Made it through the end of the day with the help of a small snowstorm which kept me inside and away from temptation. Now, onto Day 3!
 

Tip
Use excuses to avoid going out when you’re hungry.

 
Food Log
Rainbow chard, red cabbage, asparagus, carrots
Walnuts
Manna bread
Apple

Day 1: Getting Back on the Sugar-free Express

Last spring, I made it to 87 days without sugar, but have been off the train since then. I’m trying to climb back on the Sugar-free Express. So today, Thanksgiving Day, I will go “cold turkey” – and return to daily blog entries. Let’s see if I can do this!
 
I don’t know if I have 0 readers or 10, but I’m talking to the world. And that helps. So thanks for listening.
 
Tip: Find a buddy for support and sharing and you’re more likely to keep at it.

From the Archives: Day 1: Saying No to Pizza

Editor’s note: This post is from March 14, 2015, the first attempt at two years without sugar.
 
It’s difficult living in shouting distance of a gazillion restaurants in Harvard Square and Porter Square.
 

Today, out walking, I managed to resist pizza and everything else on the avenue.
 

Yay for Day #1.
 

Tip
Before you go out to an area with food venues, eat a good meal at home where you have control over ingredients.
 

Food Log
Sweet potato, red onion, green kale, white chard, red cabbage, garlic, asparagus, carrots
Walnuts
Manna bread
Blueberries
 

From the Archives: Day 0: OK, Here’s the Plan

Editor’s note: This post is from March 13, 2015, the first attempt at two years without sugar.
 
My intention is to post every day for the next two years about my challenge of going without sugar, eating “organic”, and moving towards a vegan diet. I’m using this blog as a way to track my progress.
 

Companion blog: Healthy Pipes: Working to Stop Heart Disease, One Leafy Green at a Time ( http://healthypipes.net )
 

A good reference about sugar is here: What Happens When You Eat a Ton of Sugar?
 

Tip: If you want to try to go off sugar, a good way to start is with Katie Couric’s 10-day Fed Up Challenge. You can read about it here.