about a week or so ago i learned of the "no sugar challenge" from caitlyn. two of her (crazy) friends have decided to go 30 days without any sugar and are documenting their journey over at no sugar added: a 30 day challenge. they're both runners, both work in fitness/education, and they've recruited a few friends to do the challenge with them. they started march 1, and are successfully halfway through. check them out, learn something new/form your own opinions, and join in if you dare.
one thing i learned is that honey is on the "forms of processed sugar" list and i have to say i disagree with it being a "bad" thing. sure it can potentially spike your blood sugar like any other sweetener, but i don't consider "made by bees" to be a (bad) process. it irks me a bit how "processed=bad" is thrown around regarding food in general. technically boiling water, baking, grilling, and freezing are all processes, are they not?
i'm getting off topic. the nsa guys are not taking things to this extreme; that sugar list was not even created by them. they're simply eliminating non-natural sugar from their diets and i think that's admirable.
[edited to add/emphasize: they are eliminating non-natural sugars. fruits are natural "sugar" and therefore still part of their diets.]
i am definitely not ready to go completely sugar-less, but their challenge has motivated me to (finally) put the cookies down. i switched to kashi cereal instead of honey bunches of oats. i know that's still not great, but i can't quite quit my cereal habit yet. i'm reaching for bananas and oranges instead of walking to walgreen's for a fix. even more significant is my willpower at avoiding the chips and candy that are somehow in every aisle. i'm surprised they don't try to display a few in between the lettuce heads too.