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This Family Stopped Eating Sugar for a Year

I found an article written by Eve Schaub about how she, her husband, and their two children (ages 6 and 11 at the time) completely removed sugar from their diet for an entire year. Anything that contained the sweet stuff, "unless the sweetness was attached to its original source (e.g., a piece of fruit)" was cut out.

But Why?

Americans are sick. One in three Americans is obese, the rate of diabetes is skyrocketing, and cardiovascular disease is America’s number one killer. While our daily eating habits might not have us developing diabetes, sugar does some pretty ridiculous things to our body like:
- Sparks bad cholesterol
- Makes you crave more sugar
- Makes you feel hungrier
- Lowers your energy levels
- Heightens your risk of developing depression
- and more
The Schaub family hoped to find themselves happier and healthier by the end of the year, but according to them, they found much more.

So They Really Ate NO Sugar?

They really stuck to their no-added sugar diet, except for one small rule:
"During our year of no sugar, one of the rules was that, as a family, we could have one actual sugar-containing dessert per month; if it was your birthday, you got to choose the dessert. By the time September rolled around we noticed our palates starting to change, and slowly, we began enjoying our monthly “treat” less and less."
The crazy thing was that not only did the family not crave sweet treats any more, it actually made them feel sick!
"Not only did I not enjoy my slice of pie, I couldn’t even finish it. It tasted sickly sweet to my now sensitive palate. It actually made my teeth hurt. My head began to pound and my heart began to race; I felt awful."

And the Result?

Sweet success.
"We get sick less and get well faster. I don’t have worry about running out of energy."
They aren't as strict as they were during their first year, but still avoid added sugars especially if they are in foods where sugar just shouldn't be (high amounts in breads, soups, etc) They occasionally have desserts, but overall they live a unsweetened life. They get their natural sugar fix from fruits but overall they are still sugar-free!
Check out the video below of the family trying to find sugar-free foods in the super market!

If you're really interested, here is Even Schaub's presentation about her "Year of No Sugar"

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This is really really interesting! And those poor kids were serious troopers. As the daughter of a nutritionist, my mother tried all sorts of ridiculous nutrition 'tests' on me, but they were NEVER this severe!
I totally know the feeling of giving up a food and then to craving it anymore. I haven't touched soda in 10 years and now the thought of it doesn't appeal to me at all!
I can totally relate to this. When I had given up sweets, my palate changed drastically. Fruits tasted sweeter, and I was very sensitive to the taste of sweets. I guess the more sugar we consume, the more numb our taste buds become. In giving up sugar, I had also realized how much much flavor whole foods had. This was a few years back. I can't lie -- I am eating cake again.... >_>
I might try this for a week over summer, but avoiding hidden sugars sounds really hard. Really rewarding, but really hard :
I wonder what the kids thought about this!
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