The Sugar Challenge: How Dependent Are You?

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  1. pc747

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    Let's see how addicted we are to sugar. For a week let's chronicle everything that we eat that is used to feed our sweet tooth. I am not looking for the exact measurements but let's see the percentage of the foods that we eat that are doused with the white powder.
    Remember that sugar come in other forms (names) from dextrose, cane juice, fructose, etc. You will be amazed how we will elect to go with the bottle of bbq sauce or ketchup just to (subconsciously) sweeten up our meal.
    This is not a thread meant to look down upon anyone as I will probably be the top offender, but it would be interesting to chronicle how dependent we really are. Though we are not going to include fruit we will include artificial sugar because it is used to feed our sweet tooth even though it has little impact on our caloric intake.

    So who want to take a challenging look into our daily intake?
     
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    Omg, this is not good for me. I have to have a little chocolate after every meal. I prefer dark chocolate but will settle for regular. So far today I have had a danish, cereal (yeah, the sweet kind), two Ghiradelli dark chocolate mints and half a handful dark chocolate covered cranberries. Oh, I forgot, half a Pepsi.

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    Relax, we not starting until tomorrow. Plus I am not saying ditch the sugar (at least not yet). I want people to go through their day like they normally do and write down when they add sugar. Hey I go to Subway and will get either a six inch or footlong steak and cheese toasted with bbq sauce, sugar free lemonade, and 2 cookies.
     
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    Breakfast was coffee, black like I like my phones, and a healthy size portion of angel hair noodles with garlic and herb sauce and chicken breast. Probably some sugar in the sauce. Lunch was a pack of whole wheat crackers and peanut butter. Sugar? Check. 64oz of Gatorade during the work day so check there as well. Dinner was charcoal grilled chicken thighs sauteed and marinated in honey hickory sauce. Sugar? Another check. On the sautee note I marinate the meat a couple of days in the sauces and there's very little not sucked up into the meat if I pour the sauce into the bag of fresh chicken then let it freeze then thaw. As it thaws the sauce is drawn into the meat fibers all the way to the bone. I then use a grill mat and as the sauce heats it thickens to a syrup/pudding texture that sticks to the chicken like glue. It's the sugar that makes the magic happen.
    Oh and that secret ingredient that makes the Colonels fried chicken as unique as your grandma's? Sugar. What makes that special spaghetti sauce so delicious unlike everybody else's? A pinch of sugar to tame the tomatoes. To make it extra extra special a pinch of unsweetened cocoa powder too.

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    Mountainbikermark, you are making me hungry. Yum! I did have some healthy stuff today. Ham & jalapeno jack cheese sandwich on 7 grain wheat with brown mustard, salad with garden fresh lettuce, tomatoes, cukes, mozzarella cheese, onion and balsalmic vinagerette dressing (oops, there's probably some sugar in that), my steak kabobs with peppers & onions were marinated in balsamic vinegarette too. And also a fresh garden tomato with lots of mayo.

    I don't think I'm going to do much better tomorrow @pc747, but it's a great practice to try to be conscious of your sugar intake.

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    My goal is to either eliminate or look to slash some of the sugar throughout my day, whether it be adding more whole fruit and water to replace fruit juice and soft drinks, or adding more flavor where I can (ie lemon juice) to rely on less sweetener. I realize I still have ways to go. Of course I could go cold turkey but well .....it be calling me.

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    My usual subway, then I had some peach cobbler for dinner. My excuse was because they ran out of sweet potatoes. Wait, forgot about the sweet tea for dinner and sugar free lemonade with my subway earlier.
     
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    I drink waaaaaay too much sugar. Probably a bit unhealthy for me. But I'm not into candy or chocolate, just soda. Probably going to figure out a way to push through it one of these days. The headaches are what really kill me. Hell I've quit smoking, I'm going to take this chance to do the same with soda.
     
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    Let's further the challenge a bit too find our driver. Other than say a little bit of sugar to help you down your plain oatmeal or coffee (little bit is not a cup). Write down the time you are craving for sugar. By craving, I mean need it so bad if you can not get it from a vending machine you take what you can to make it happen, whether it is turning the coffee from work into Starbucks by grabbing as much sugar, cream, and even a touch of hit chocolate.

    Basically you spend minutes thinking about a sweet treat.