Day 88

Monday, April 2

“According to the USDA, the average American consumes 156 pounds of added sugar per year. . . The CDC puts the amount at 27.5 teaspoons per day per caipta . . .The key word in all of the stats is added.”

David DiSalvo, What Eating too Much Sugar Does to your Brain, Forbes Magazine, 4/1/12

As the article explains, our brain needs a limited amount of sugar, normally derived from naturally occurring sugars in fruit and other carbohydrates. What is unusual, however, is the amount of added sugar in our foods. “Sugar is not the brain’s enemy–added sugar is.

The article reveals research that ties sugar consumption to higher rates of dementia, depression, learning disorders, overeating, and poor memory formation.

I know its tempting to sit back and think, “I don’t eat that much sugar,” but I’ve been struck for the last 88 days reading labels and discovering added sugar.

Due, in part, to added sugar, I have had to avoid many “staples”. These include lunch meat, bacon, some salsas and sauces. I stopped counting the number of times I looked at the ingredients and decided “No!”

Sugar can stop you in your tracks when you least expect it. But, take my word for it if you will, a diet without sugar, is very satisfying.

WOD: 10 min: EO min 5 85# clean and jerk (no drop) and 15 toes to bar (did 5 reps then some skill work)

then

6 minute AMRAP: 5 bar facing burpees, 10 deadlifts 85#, 15 jumping lunges

5 rounds plus 8 deads

Nutrition:

PWO SFH shake

2 eggs, chicken sausage, kale, sweet potato hash brown, 1/2 avocado

Spinach topped with curry chicken salad from yesterday

Broccolini

Clothes that Make the Girl f’rice

(chicken, pork, shrimp)

Bok Choy

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One Response to Day 88

  1. Donna says:

    I do a presentation entitled Obesity Trends in the U.S. and it is staggering the amount of sugar we consume. More interesting is the correlation to cancer and obesity among all ages groups in the U.S.. I do hope as a country we can get our arms around this epidemic. I’m at least trying to do my part by getting the word out as much as possible. Good for you for joining me in the effort!

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