Over the next 2 weeks I am going to pay a little extra attention to my sugar intake. Call it an "experiment" because I don't really like the term detox. I will not give up my fruit, b/c I feel that the nutritional benefits I get from fruits far outweighs the natural sugars they contain. And I just dig fruit! However, it's still nice to see how different fruits stand up to each other, and to see that some fruits may in fact be a better choice than others for me during this 2 week timeframe.
1. Berries - Berries are, in general, the fruits lowest in sugar -- and also among the highest in antioxidants and other nutrients.
2. Summer Fruits - Melons, peaches, nectarines, and apricots are next in sugar-order.
3. Winter Fruits - Apples, pears, and citrus fruit are moderate in sugars.
4. Tropical Fruits - Pineapple, pomegranates, mangoes, bananas, and fresh figs are high in sugar (guava and papaya are lower than the others).
5. Dried Fruit - Dates, raisins, apricots, prunes, figs, and most other dried fruits are extremely high in sugar. Dried cranberries and blueberries would be lower, except that a lot of sugar is usually added to combat the tartness.
So, this experiment is really two-fold......better track what I'm putting into my body and in particular, what I'm putting in my body from a sugar standpoint. Am I actually consuming more sugar than I would like to be? Will it change my workouts by cutting some grams out? Will I go through a "withdrawal?" I'll also be giving up my Coffee-mate in my coffee, as it's the one vice I've been unable to conquer, and you KNOW how I feel about artificial sweeteners. I truly cannot pronounce most of the ingredients in this stuff.....it's time to say goodbye, just like I did to Diet Coke 8 months ago.
So, I'll follow up with y'all in two weeks. I'm excited for this personal challenge I'm placing on myself. I think that I'm at a very good place in my fitness journey, however, I also feel that there is always room for improvement. Room to live an even healthier lifestyle, and feel even better and more energized. A special thank you to Michelle's Health Zone for giving me the little initiative I needed to take on this challenge. I've been wanting to do it for quite some time, but it will be nice to know that I won't be doing it alone, as she has gotten some peeps together for a little 2-week sugar examination! Strength in numbers!
So, wish me luck I guess. It's going to take a lot of dedication just to track my foods everyday, let alone strictly watch my sugars. But I cannot preach if I do not practice what I preach, right?!
In Good Health,