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 11: O Marzipan, o Marzipan

Some chocolate-covered marzipan showed up at lunch today. There’s an example of chocolate and sugar ruining a perfectly good almond treat. (Did I really say that? Chocolate used to be my main squeeze!)

Food Log
Lentils, quinoa, banana, walnuts, hummus, avocado
Kale, black-eyed peas, walnuts, red onions, red cabbage, yellow squash
Tip: A healthy food with sugar added is not a healthy food.

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
Switch from vanilla latte to cafe au lait or just coffee for your cup of Joe.

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.