14 Days of No Sugar – 10% Happier

14 Days of No Sugar – 10% Happier

Yesterday was my 2nd full week off of sugar (according to these Sugar Broke Rules) Unfortunately, we had a pool party with friends and relatives that I hadn’t seen in a long time.  Pool parties always turn into sugar festivals with everyone bringing their best dish to one up the next person’s.  There’s also a lot of pressure to eat a lot of sugar.  With my new philosophy of keeping my sugar diet to myself, it is difficult to join…

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My Favorite Drink when I crave Sugar

My Favorite Drink when I crave Sugar

I’ve been drinking these Zevia Sparkling Waters now for 3 years.  I like them.  They have just a little bit of stevia in them to take away that bitter taste that some people don’t like in sparkling water. I’ve shared many of these with unsuspecting friends.  I’ve never had someone hate it.  I’ve seen people not love it, I’ve seen people absolutely love it, but everyone can finish a can without too much disgust in their face. You can buy…

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Washington Post on Sugar Detox

Washington Post on Sugar Detox

Ran into this article this morning in my news feed: Does a sugar detox work? I’m on it and have had some surprising results. https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/does-a-sugar-detox-work-im-on-it-and-have-had-some-surprising-results/2019/08/02/561245b4-a724-11e9-9214-246e594de5d5_story.html?noredirect=on “For the first several days, frankly, my detoxing was hell. Making certain foods forbidden made me want them more. Ice cream. Pasta. Chocolate. Even wine, which contains a fair amount of sugar. My cravings were intense and seemed never-ending, and if I cheated I felt like a loser. I was irritable and moody — and,…

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Sugar Free Weekend

Sugar Free Weekend

Stopping and Starting a Consistent Theme My all time no sweets record is 50 days.  That was a nice time of life.  I remember not even being tempted by sugar anymore.  I didn’t want it, I didn’t care for it and it was a pleasure to leave it alone. Something creeps in my mind, a weakness, a discouragement, an abandonment, and I think “I’ll just go to DQ tonight for a blizzard and that will be just fine.” I read…

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Yesterday’s Temptation – Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yesterday’s Temptation – Chocolate Chip Cookies

My wife and I came home yesterday from going on a date, and she told me that someone is ‘delivering’ chocolate chip cookies to her.  She wanted me to be prepared for it. I asked, “They are delivering chocolate chip cookies to you?”.  “Who the hell delivers cookies?” Well, apparently, there are new cookie businesses opening up from all over the Western Hemisphere that deliver boxes of Cookies.  GIANT COOKIES. So when we got home, we took a peek: This…

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These Deer turds ruined my Sugar Broke Streak

These Deer turds ruined my Sugar Broke Streak

I was up to 10 days again. My goal is 100.  I’m going to get there. There are setbacks, learning opportunities.  Speed bumps on the road to complete sugar sobriety. But, yesterday I ate sugar.  And, I woke up with a sugar hangover. This is what I ate: Coconut Almonds.  Yes, they taste good.  But, I could feel the texture of the sugar granules.  The chocolate is hardly “dark”.  It has plenty of sugar per serving (20 grams). It’s garbage…

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Shame on Bachelorette for Destroying Jed

Shame on Bachelorette for Destroying Jed

Just watched the final part 2 of the prolonged, embellished and often painful Bachelorette.  I don’t blame my watching the show on my wife (I’m not one to say, “I watch it because my wife makes me”).  I watch it, independently of her, but with her.  We enjoy our conversations along the way.  The show itself is all the bad things. I liked Hannah.  I think she brought a nice flair to the show and kept it interesting.  I didn’t…

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Yesterday’s Temptation – M&M Cookies

Yesterday’s Temptation – M&M Cookies

Growing up, my Mom made one type of dessert that was irresistible. It was a succulent combination of flavor and texture.  The first level of sweetened oats.  The second level, a crunchy M&M. Yesterday, we had a BBQ at our house.  Mom brought dessert. Unfortunately, she brought the one thing that I literally can’t resist: My hand hovered over one. I thought that maybe I would just nibble on a corner of it.  What’s the harm? So, I meditated on…

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Conversation on quitting sugar Cold Turkey vs Tapering Off

Conversation on quitting sugar Cold Turkey vs Tapering Off

A nice thoughtful commentary from Reddit on quitting sugar cold turkey versus tapering off. As you know, I am firmly planted in the cold turkey, complete abstinence camp. However, I am open minded enough to understand that the method of Sugar Broke is not for everyone. Consider this example: Don’t try to quit cold turkey. This may work for some people, but not for most imo. Your brain is absolutely and completely addicted to dopamine you’re used to getting from sugar. If you…

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Binged Sugar – Got Sick

Binged Sugar – Got Sick

I had a rough week on sugar.  Prior to this latest binge session, I was 28 days strong and feeling great! Unfortunately, summer, kids, vacations and swim parties have a way of bending one’s fiercest willpower.  And I think that became part of my problem, I was trying to “white knuckle” discipline myself, and my capacity started to give way. I lost the “unemotional, calm, warrior” approach. If I take a meditative and compassionate approach to this issue, I can…

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Favorite Bohemian Rhapsody Scene

Favorite Bohemian Rhapsody Scene

I was touched by this movie.  Freddie Mercury was so talented, that he was almost elevated to a more than human status.  Yet, there was so much that was tragic in his life that brought him back down to relatable.  From the conflict of his family heritage, religion and background mixed with his artistry and passion for music.  To his repressed sexuality and closeted shame brought on by the cultures and mores of the time that he lived.  Then the…

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Backyard Rock Garden

Backyard Rock Garden

There’s a creative side of me that has screamed to get out for as long as I can remember.  The problem has always been, I suck at art (drawing, painting, sketching).  I got my only C Grade, that I can remember, in Penmanship when I was in 2nd grade.  I thought my parents were going to smack me.  I worked at it and improved, but I never was any good. It is very cliche to say that one is a…

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Kit Kat bar with no added sugar

Kit Kat bar with no added sugar

I woke up to an intriguing article in my news feed today: Nestle Creates New Chocolate—With No Added Sugar I opened it up to find another interesting statement: Nestle SA has found a way to create chocolate without adding any sugar, relying on leftover material from cocoa plants for sweetening as consumers look for natural and healthier fare I’m definitely interested at this point. I can already hear the radical no sugar folks: “It’s all a disguise for sugar, it’s a…

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Quit Sugar and Sleep Better

Quit Sugar and Sleep Better

There is more than just anecdotal evidence that quitting sugar helps you sleep better. It will take a few days for most people as your body readjusts.  But, you’ll see a difference, guaranteed. I’m encouraged by these types of posts where people are able to get off of sugar, and see results.   Quitting sugar -> better sleep? from r/sugarfree Card Go here for the whole conversation: https://www.reddit.com/r/sugarfree/comments/cd80mc/quitting_sugar_better_sleep/

With Me and Sugar, it is all or nothing

With Me and Sugar, it is all or nothing

My thoughtful and educated and smart wife texted me an article today about sugar.  She is in the “sugar in moderation” camp.  Though, I think she is curious about potential health benefits from just cutting out sweets entirely.  I’m not pushing her one way or another.  But, I did want to respond to the article that she sent me. This is the title of the Article: How Much Do You Really Need to Worry About Sugar? It is on a…

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Intermittent Fasting as a way to break sugar addiction

Intermittent Fasting as a way to break sugar addiction

I am an intermittent faster.  If I eat, I eat too much.  I’m a binge eater.  So I go long periods of time without food.  My body prefers this way.  It feels good to me.  Some people can’t and won’t do this, and I don’t blame them. What does this look like?  I often don’t eat anything until 2:00pm.  Most days I eat at 11:30am (bowl of oatmeal, peanuts, raisins, etc.) and than a big dinner. Today, it is 2:30pm…

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Tired From Sugar – New Book to be Released

Tired From Sugar – New Book to be Released

I’ve been working on a book project for a few months now.  It is in the style of memoir, with some science, research and anecdote mixed in to create a persuasive piece.  I’m not sure how fancy it will be, and even though I plan to pitch it to a few publishers, it might end up being self published. But it is motivational for me and I hope it can be inspiring to someone else on a similar journey. I…

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Broke in Boston

Broke in Boston

So, I was doing pretty well.  I had about 3 weeks under my belt of no sugar and my body had settled in really nicely. However, I knew danger was lurking as I considered my trip to Boston. I haven’t fully committed my mind to the proposition of being sugar abstinent on vacation.  There are a lot of social pressures to break up with my diet while I’m away from home. So I Did. The First Place I Ate Sugar…

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Camping and Sugar

Camping and Sugar

I made the mistake last weekend of going Camping. Well Camping wasn’t the mistake. It was the muddy buddies, smores, Albertson’s cookies and donuts that were the mistake. I’m just now waking up from my sugar coma.  What is today Tuesday?  I’m only two full days off sugar now.  But, proud that I skipped sugar on Sunday, which was Mother’s Day and we had a full spread of sweets laid out. I felt a lot like this person who’s story…

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One Week Sugar Free – “It is the unemotional, reserved, calm detached warrior who wins”

One Week Sugar Free – “It is the unemotional, reserved, calm detached warrior who wins”

Just passed the one week sugar free mark.  It has been fairly easy, I’ve changed my mindset from “sugar is my enemy” to more content, peace and meditation. My thoughts don’t have to be “I need to avoid sugar at all costs and sugar is the devil and everyone that eats it is loony.”  I can be more “sugar is not for me and I will have compassion for anyone that struggles against it.” I try not to pre-occupy my…

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1/5 Kids won’t drink water today – they will drink Sugar

1/5 Kids won’t drink water today – they will drink Sugar

This is a staggering statistic. One in five kids aren’t going to drink water today.  But they will drink sugary drinks. Read the research article here: https://gizmodo.com/one-in-five-u-s-kids-dont-drink-water-but-they-do-drin-1834243916 Remember when you are tempted with a sugary drink: Drink Water Dammit 

Easter Slumber – 22 Day No Sugar Streak Snapped

Easter Slumber – 22 Day No Sugar Streak Snapped

To be honest, just to be 100% honest, I was on a 22 Day no Sugar streak: But, I knew it was going to come to an end. My mentality was off.  I was grinding too hard.  White knuckling most days until my head hit the pillow. I had turned sugar into the enemy and was pre-occupied with defeating it. I was less meditative and more combative. I knew the walls would come tumbling down. Maybe it’s good that they…

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Off of Sugar – “I never get sick anymore”

Off of Sugar – “I never get sick anymore”

As you may know by now, my #1 Weakness is Donuts. I love(d) donuts.  I think I could eat a full dozen by myself, in my prime. We have some landscapers working on our yard this week. My wife asked if I would pick them up some donuts on the way home. I stopped at Krispy Kreme. And I went inside.  That place is delicious. I ordered an Assortment of a Dozen I got a free dozen glazed as well:…

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Utah has a Sugar Addiction Problem

Utah has a Sugar Addiction Problem

I don’t mean to pile onto to the culture that is Utah.  I like Utah (from a distance).  I vacation there.  I went to school there. But it is a strange and ambitious place. If you follow any Utah housewives on Instagram, you will undoubtedly have feeds full of homemade cookies, treats and large kitchens with sugar creations. I find it repulsive.  But not mean spirited. I don’t mind that there are a lot of skinny-fat people in Utah (workout…

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Two Snacks that help Sugar Cravings

Two Snacks that help Sugar Cravings

Since I began my no sugar diet about 5 years ago (right right I’m not perfect and maybe I should call it a YO YO diet, but I’m a lot healthier now than I used to be), I’ve been looking for great tasting, craving curbing snacks.  I actually enjoy grocery shopping with my wife.  I like to peruse the aisles for any new *No Added Sugar foods. Last week, I went to Albertsons. I have to say, I like Albertsons. …

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10 Days off sugar….and Counting…..Went to the Dentist

10 Days off sugar….and Counting…..Went to the Dentist

I find that the first 10 days of being off sugar are the hardest.  It gets easier. After 10 days, I find that I get less disciplined. I forget how hard it is to be sugar free.  My mind starts negotiating a cookie here, a blizzard there, a treat before bed. Than I partake, and crash and have to start over. It really is self flagellation. Two nights ago, the eve of my 10th day sugar free anniversary, my wife…

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There is no “Sugar Rush” of energy

There is no “Sugar Rush” of energy

I feel pretty validated this morning, as I read through my news feed. Researchers are telling us to give up on the “sugar rush” theory that we all grew up with. It’s bunk. https://www.studyfinds.org/sugar-doesnt-improve-mood-makes-people-feel-tired/ “The idea that sugar can improve mood has been widely influential in popular culture, so much so that people all over the world consume sugary drinks to become more alert or combat fatigue,” says co-author Dr. Konstantinos Mantantzis, from Humboldt University of Berlin, in a media release. “Our findings very clearly…

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Sugar Addiction is NO Joke – Sugar Free April

Sugar Addiction is NO Joke – Sugar Free April

Not eating sugar is probably the hardest thing I do on most days. Maybe some people don’t crave sugar and sweets? I’m sure that’s true. For me, it’s a daily grind.  Some days are better than others, and usually have a couple of weeks of abstaining, I feel some cruise control. However, just one sweet bite and my mind starts cravings more. I enjoyed this Honest Take from Reddit today   Sugar addiction is no joke! from r/sugarfree Going Sugar…

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New Month, New Resolve – Insulin Resistance explained in Layman’s terms

New Month, New Resolve – Insulin Resistance explained in Layman’s terms

I broke over the weekend. I was weak for some reason.  I had about 23 days under my belt, than I caved in to lousy sugar treats.  You can see that confession here: https://www.sugarbroke.com/confession-time-i-ate-sugar/ Once I ate a little, I craved more.  So, I gave in again. So, here I am on April 1st.  The 1st day of my new sobriety. I’m still aiming for the 100 Day Challenge. Insulin Resistance Our bodies really get out of whack when we…

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Good Old Fashioned Fear Mongering Time – “Heart attacks in Young people more common”

Good Old Fashioned Fear Mongering Time – “Heart attacks in Young people more common”

I have seen the evidence in my own life. Young people have heart problems. My 35 year old friend has a cardiologist.  And he doesn’t have any genetic heart defects.  It’s because of diet and lifestyle. This article about the Former Miss Teen Universe’s fatal heart attack really shook me: https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/miss-teen-universes-fatal-heart-attack-left-fans-reeling-doctor-explains-happened-171353803.html “Heart attacks are no longer just an old man, old age disease,” says Patel. “There are almost 360,000 cases of sudden cardiac arrest every year [in America] and there…

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Confession Time – I ate Sugar

Confession Time – I ate Sugar

Last week my wife and I decided at the last minute to drive to Salt Lake City (a 12 hour drive) for the Gonzaga games. We had a great time. The best time.  It was refreshing and energizing.  I need to remember to take time off for these diversions.  It charged my internal batteries. We also had some great food. We started at Rich’s Burger in Downtown SLC: (Yeah yeah, I know the sauces have sugar in them, please see…

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CNN: Why I can’t just eat one cookie. The Science.

CNN: Why I can’t just eat one cookie. The Science.

Scrolling through my phone news feed, which is a chore and a boredom.  I get dizzy reading headlines. It’s the same stuff everyday.  All the headlines crafted in a way to catch our attention, which I have very little of. I saw this headline from CNN: “The Bliss Point: Or Why you can’t eat only one cookie” There is a little bit of scientific explanation, not much, but a little.  It starts with our evolutionary process: To our caveman ancestors,…

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DWD: Drink Water Dammit

DWD: Drink Water Dammit

When I first got off of sugar, I relied heavily on diet coke and diet mtn. dew to get through the day. It provided a sweet tooth craving release, at least momentarily. I began to notice a few things though: 1). My sugar cravings increased tremendously; 2).  I was bloated and felt crap 3). It just felt like a work around. 100 Day Challenge Rules As you can see, our rules for sugar abstinence include “No Diet Sodas/Chemical replacements” Some…

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Monday Check in……Day after St. Pat’s

Monday Check in……Day after St. Pat’s

I made it through The Day of St. Pats, with its green jellos, green frosted cookies and cakes, celebrations and temptations. Still Sugar Free. Going on 15 days and counting. Here is someone on reddit that needs some support after caving. My thought. Forget the immediate past. You are sugar free right now. That means something.   Quit sugar for lent. I caved and went all out. Now I feel destroyed. from r/sugarfree

Weekend Sugar Temptations

Weekend Sugar Temptations

I’m still on my feet, but this weekends temptations almost broke me. It’s my son’s 11th birthday and he’s a chocolate guy, like I am. So he started with these donuts in the morning for breakfast: Then for Dessert he had a chocolate cake: So moist and so yummy.  I abstained.  It wasn’t easy.  It would have been much easier to just binge and restart.  But I’m so much better off when I just leave it alone. On Sunday I…

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Day 10 off Sugar – Didn’t sleep a wink

Day 10 off Sugar – Didn’t sleep a wink

Yesterday was my 10th day off of sugar.  Last night I didn’t sleep.  Well, I slept, but not much. Oddly enough, I woke up early and energized. I think my body is still in the process of resetting and my sleep patterns are adjusting. Important that I don’t cave into sugar and restart the whole process from the beginning again. Joining in Lent really has been a motivator for me.  I feel committed and optimistic. Everyone has there reason for…

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Visceral Fat and Sugar

Visceral Fat and Sugar

There was a really informative “explain it like I’m five” discussion on Reddit today about Visceral fat and our health. They spoke of it in relation to alcohol and a beer belly. I wanted to briefly chat about visceral fat and sugar. First of all, here is the highlight of the discussion on Reddit and why visceral fat (the fat closest to our vital organs) is so unhealthy and hard. Card Does sugar cause visceral fat? An American Heart Association…

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Golden Crisps 80’s commercial with the Sugar Bear

Golden Crisps 80’s commercial with the Sugar Bear

I grew up in the sugar age.  The propaganda was everywhere on commercials.  We ate sugar cereals for at least two meals most days.  And why wouldn’t we? It is cheap, easy and even branded as good for us and healthy. I used to watch Saturday morning cartoons with my brothers.  One of the commercials that played on a loop is the “Golden Crisp Sugar Bear Commercial” where we were told that “the vitamins in Golden Crisp make this nutritious…

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“Sugar Free” shop in Maine a big draw and more benefits to quitting sugar

“Sugar Free” shop in Maine a big draw and more benefits to quitting sugar

This article popped up on my Google feed this morning about a small Sugar Free shop in Kittery Maine that is grabbing people’s attention: https://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20190306/new-kittery-sugar-free-shop-gets-big-draw They have a bakery and a grocery department. It sounds really pretty enticing and if I didn’t live on the other side of the American world, I’m sure I would be at least a weekly patron. So, big props for improving people’s lives. One line from the article stuck out to me and resonated with…

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Starting on Lent to be Sugar Free

Starting on Lent to be Sugar Free

I’m not a Catholic, but I have religious envy over the season of Lent. So, I’m going to adopt it into my theology this year. I like the idea of depriving ourselves of something.  It builds character and stamina and discipline. I’ve had Catholic friends and some of them wear the ash cross on their forward, as a reminder of symbolic humility while enduring and enjoying our restraint. I sent an email to my family and friends to join me…

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How to Stop celebrating no sugar with sugar

How to Stop celebrating no sugar with sugar

That is a confusing title that I just wrote. How to stop celebrating no sugar with sugar I read this recent experience from a sugar addict that he/she will get to day 5 or 7 of sugar sobriety than celebrate by eating sugar. Here is their story:   How to stop thinking I’m depriving myself of a treat when i cut sugar out? from r/sugarfree There’s really no good answer I find myself doing the same thing. I had a…

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Detectorists Series Review

Detectorists Series Review

I’ve recently finished the Detectorists Series on Netflix and the final season on Hulu. My wife didn’t enjoy it with me. I know this is a sugar addiction blog.  But it is my blog.  And I want to add other stuff that excites me. Including this my review of the Detectorists Series: https://www.imdb.com/review/rw4601943/?ref_=ur_urv Brought meaning to my life I could have given Detectorists an 8 or a 9, but what the hell, I’m going with a 10. Not that the…

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Introverted people with melancholy susceptible for Sugar Addiction

Introverted people with melancholy susceptible for Sugar Addiction

This is a non-scientific short opinion piece. Those of the introverted variety that are prone to melancholy may be at higher risk for sugar addiction. Maybe life is mundane and sugar excites them? Maybe life is boring and sugar is enticing? Maybe life is hell and sugar is heaven? Maybe there isn’t enough human to human interaction, life gets lonely and a box of Dunkin Donuts is awfully tempting? I have no remedy, just questions. Along these lines, my series…

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Breaking up with Sugar is hard to do……

Breaking up with Sugar is hard to do……

Breaking up with sugar can be more than we can handle at times. I hope you can find someone that cares enough to listen when it gets difficult. Here is someone having a hard time today:   Sometimes I just wanna give up trying from r/sugarfree Update on Me I’m up to 10 days and counting on my No Sugar Calendar. Feeling Good, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to eat sugar this weekend.  Seems like a Dairy Queen Butterfinger…

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Green Book Movie and Buncha Crunch Candy

Green Book Movie and Buncha Crunch Candy

My daughter is 13 years old and is in 7th grade.  She is very level headed, brilliant academically and just a bright and cheerful girl. I go to her for advice more often then she comes to me. Yesterday, she brought home her valentines candy from school. I kind of dug through it with my hand, but didn’t see much too enticing. There were the typical hard sugar candies and jelly candies, none of which sets me off into a…

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McDonald’s new Breakfast Donut Sticks 9 Grams of Sugar

McDonald’s new Breakfast Donut Sticks 9 Grams of Sugar

Just learned that McDonald’s is doubling down on their efforts to kill us all. With the release of these McCafé Donut Sticks They look like a creation of my local county fair. An elephant ear, in strips. It’s flour and sugar folks. I checked their Nutritional Value Here: https://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en-us/product/donut-sticks.html I thought it would go for 20 grams of sugar a serving. I was wrong. It is only 9 grams of Sugar Look at McDonalds.  Being so responsible. 9 grams of sugar…

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We can all agree that we need to Eliminate Sugar

We can all agree that we need to Eliminate Sugar

A nice discussion on a Nutrition sub-reddit. The question was posed to a group of people concerned with nutrition. As you can imagine, the spectrum is far reaching when deciding the right diet plan. But, there is one thing that they can all basically agree on.  It is that we need to eliminate the refined sugars. It’s harmful and Super Addictive. Read the discussion here: https://www.reddit.com/r/nutrition/comments/akxyuv/it_seems_that_eliminating_sugar_is_the_single/

Fell off the No Sugar Wagon again and again and again……

Fell off the No Sugar Wagon again and again and again……

Last night I ate 5 cookies and had two bowls of S’mores cereal. Not sure why I caved.  Just kind of a normal weekend evening.  I came home from an enjoyable dinner with friends.  My daughter had baked cookies and the kids were eating cereal. So I did it. I woke up in a heavy fog.  Felt like a Freightliner Truck ran over me. I had gone 18 days off.  Since the 1st of January. So I’m going to celebrate…

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“Don’t make any food off limits”

“Don’t make any food off limits”

I don’t like Buzzfeed. It’s extremely click baity and lame. It makes me stupider. But, I still look at it every once in a while. It just shows up on my computer, when I’m bored and searching the entire internet for something to entertain me. This morning, I opened Instagram (which I hate worse). I hate read some of the mommy bloggers. One in particular was talking about how sad she has been, all while on a plane to Disneyland…

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