Starting May 12, FedUpChallenge began, and Day 1 is done! The challenge is to go 10 days without any form of added sugar.
I was watching the Katie Show late last week, and became interested in what she was talking about. America's obesity crisis is troubling, especially among the young. Kids and teenagers have always been the most energetic of all ages, by far.
Fresh food was usually cooked at our house by both my parents. Having lived through cancer two times, I believe that eating that way built my body up enough to endure the surgeries, the treatments, and the many side-effects that I've had for the past 31 years.
|Katie and Coop - Day 1|
Although I'm not sure that this challenge will start a health revolution, I do believe in it's ability to start pushing the dominoes in the right direction. If nothing else, it will make people think about what they are eating, and how it affects them.
I've noticed that some are perplexed at what few choices they have at home of foods that do NOT contain sugar. I went through my fridge today and read that processed wheat loaf bread was 2 grams of sugar, and cinnamon-raisin bagels was a whopping 13 grams.
Overall, I feel good - so far.
Sometimes when you change your eating patterns like this, cutting out anything the body has been highly dependent on (sugar, caffeine, etc.) might cause you to experience shakiness or weakness --at least in the beginning. This happens to me, so I am saying it in case there are other survivors, and complex patients out there who are taking part in the challenge. The arc of a lifestyle change always includes a little pain and suffering.
Remember to eat food groups (meats, fruits, vegs, carbohydrates, etc.) together. Eating one thing will not fortify you much. Foods eaten together cause a synergy (combined action) that makes all kinds of positive things happen within your body. Eating this way makes your hair, skin, teeth, and bones healthier.
Katie Couric is taking a very bold stand, and I appreciate her for using her influence and platform for the cause.
Note: I'm not a registered dietician or healthcare professional. I've written this from my own experience.
Katie Couric - @katiecouric @KatieShow
#FedUpChallenge - Twitter hashtag