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.
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?
"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!