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Saturday, March 31, 2012

April's Challenge!

Hi guys, I don't normally post on weekends, but I wanted to give anybody who's wanting to participate in April's challenge a heads up on what's coming, since it starts tomorrow.

For the month of April, we're going to be doing a sugar fast! That means nothing with sweeteners added, including honey, maple syrup, and the like. Synthetic artifical sweeteners are a no-go, too. I am going to be including Stevia, because I'd like to start experimenting with using it in baked goods.

So, I'll be writing more about why it's important for me to do periodic sugar fasts, and hopefully there will be some articles that will inspire you to resist when you're staring down a big fat, brownie.

Now, go pig out in preparation. You can bet I already have.


  1. My husband just sent me an articke about this:
    (CBS News) Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California, believes the high amount of sugar in the American diet, much of it in processed foods, is killing us. And as Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports, new scientific research seems to support his theory that sugar is toxic, including some linking the excess ingestion of sugars to heart disease. Gupta's report will be broadcast on 60 Minutes Sunday, April 1 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.
    Americans are now consuming nearly 130 pounds of added sugars per person, per year. Those include both sugar and high fructose corn syrup. And while many vilify high fructose corn syrup and believe it is worse than sugar, Dr. Lustig says metabolically there is no difference. "They are basically equivalent. The problem is they're both bad. They're both equally toxic," he says.
    Dr. Lustig treats sick, obese children, who he believes are primarily sick because of the amount of sugar they ingest. He says this sugar not only leads to obesity, but to "Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and heart disease itself." Something needs to be done says Dr. Lustig. "Ultimately, this is a public health have to do big things and you have to do them across the board," he tells Gupta. "Tobacco and alcohol are perfect examples," he says, referring to the regulations imposed on their consumption and the warnings on their labels. "I think sugar belongs in this exact same wastebasket."

    I have not been eating any sugar lately and feel so much better. i use a lot of stevia though and love it in lemonade and smoothies. It really satisfies the sweet tooth!

  2. Wow, this is so interesting! I wonder if I'll be able to access the special online?