No Sugar #4

No Sugar #4 - Slow Home Experiment

Turns out we don’t do math good. Last week we said we were nearly done with our no-sugar Slow Home Experiment, but there’s actually another full week to go. Whoops!

Despite my distinct lack of mathematical prowess, we are now just a week away from finishing the first Slow Home Experiment of 2016 and this week Ben and I talk about how we’re feeling.

We also discuss the fact that I’m pretty damn sick of talking about food and really, really don’t want to become that boring person at the dinner party who doesn’t shut up about their new diet.

Another thing that has been very interesting and quite unexpected are the reactions of other people when we talk about cutting out sugar. We talk about that a little in today’s show too, as some of the reactions have been… interesting… even when we’re talking about making these changes in a very experimental, personal, non-judgemental kind of way.

I also answer some questions that look at my much-loved weekend nap tradition and whether I plans on keeping up the changes as we move in to next month’s experiment.

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2 Responses to No Sugar #4

  1. Hi Brooke, I’m a family physician from Canada. In 2014 the World Health Organization released a new guideline recommending that everyone reduce their intake of added sugars (processed/manufactured foods) and free sugars (including pure fruit juices) to less than 5% of calories per day. For a woman this works out to about 20g a day (half a can of cola). I decided to try it myself before I started recommending it to my patients. I had a huge sweet tooth and would regularly snack on baked goods. It was challenging at first, but I’ve been doing it since April 2014 and this is now the way I will eat for the rest of my life. I still eat bread (fresh store bakery bread with no added sugar), I still drink small amounts of alcohol (red wine), I eat fruit. I will indulge in a good dessert if I go out to a restaurant. At first I had to do a lot of label reading, but now I pretty much can guess how much added sugar is in anything from experience. In general I find my sugar intake now varies from 5g a day to 30g. My children’s school lunches have gone from having about 60g of sugar (juice box, kids yogurt, granola bar, gummy fruit snacks) to 5g of added sugar (water, lower sugar granola bar, high fat unsweetened Greek yogurt with fruit, apple). My husband who is also a doctor wasn’t ready to do it with me when I started, but after almost 2 years, his eating habits have changed as well by osmosis and he is probably under 30g a day which is the guideline for the average male (he loves ketchup and chocolate). If you and Ben are trying to figure out a way ahead after your month is over, I encourage you to jump on the 20g or less bandwagon.

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