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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 12: Unhappy Meal

A family sat near me on the airplane this afternoon and brought their Big Macs on board. The smell of their food was “driving me crazy” – perhaps the Big Mac “Special Sauce“. There are lots of reasons to eschew Big Macs. Sugar is one of them – one Big Mac has 9 grams of sugar which is more than 2 teaspoons of sugar (1 teaspoon = 4 grams of sugar). The WHO recommends that maximum daily sugar consumption be limited to 6 teaspoons (24 grams) for women and 9 teaspoons (36 grams) for men.
 
Food Log
quinoa, spring onions, garlic, garbonzo beans
yellow onion, asparagus, green kale
Cava Organic Roasted Onion Hummus
Manna Multigrain bread
skim latte
kumquots
Kit’s Organic Cashew Fruit & Nut Bar
dried figs
clam chowder (Lite) – verified ingredients first
Grilled salmon (no sauce)
 
Tip
To control the sugar content of the foods you eat, bring your own prepared snacks with you for the airplane ride rather than relying on fast food from the airport cafes. Here is what TSA says about bringing food through security:
All food must go through the X-ray machine. Do NOT bring food to the
security checkpoint unwrapped. Food must be wrapped or in a container. Unpeeled natural foods like fruit are okay, but half-eaten fruits must be wrapped.

Day 7: Read the Label

A travel day. Dangerous for the diet – but managed with black beans and a slice of avocado from the burrito bar.
 
Arriving at my destination, someone offered me oatmeal. The oatmeal was sweet – and I quickly fell under the sugar spell. Later, I looked at the label – 10 grams of sugar (evaporated cane juice) – nearly half the daily maximum recommended!
 

Tip
Read the label before eating the oatmeal.

 
Product Tips – Organic oatmeal with “no sugar added”
Nature’s Path Organic Hot Oatmeal Original (6 boxes, 8 packets per box)
 

 
Nature’s Path Gluten Free Hot Oatmeal, Homestyle (6 boxes, 8 packets per box)