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Sugar Detox Day 1: Assess Your Intake

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The American Heart Association reports that the average American adult consumes 22 teaspoons of added sugar (added, meaning not the sugar that naturally occurs in foods like fruit) each day, or 150 lbs -- 150 lbs! -- of sugar per year. Their recommended amount? 6 teaspoons per day. (One teaspoon of granulated sugar equals about 4 grams -- 4.2 to be exact -- of sugar. Thanks, Razmataz426, for letting us know!)

Added sugar is found in packaged foods like cookies, cakes, and candy, and drinks like soda, sports drinks, and fruit juices. It’s also in less obvious things like breads, salad dressings, and frozen dinners. Basically, sugar is lurking everywhere, and it may be the reason you can’t lose those last 10 lbs, why you’re feeling tired, or the cause of your sugar cravings. All this sugar is just not good for us!

So, how do you know how much added sugar you’re consuming? Start a food diary.

Today, keep a detailed record of everything that crosses your lips: meals, beverages, including your morning coffee (as well as how much sugar and cream you add), snacks, gum, etc, and keep track of the total grams of sugar listed on any packaged foods you eat. For foods and drinks you’re not sure about, try looking up their nutritional information here.

You can start your food diary in the replies below and include whatever you've eaten so far today; then stop back each time you eat or drink anything. This will help you learn to keep track of how much sugar you're taking in on a daily basis, and give you a place to continue keeping track throughout the rest of our detox as we eliminate the worst of the sugary offenders. Also, please note: plain fresh or frozen fruit does not count.

So, how much sugar are YOU eating? Tell us in the replies below!

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by on May. 31, 2012 at 10:46 AM
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by on Jun. 1, 2012 at 4:49 AM

Oh, and water to drink all day.

by on Jun. 1, 2012 at 5:15 AM

i laready log my food on a weight loss site so i am not going to re log, but i did eat 90.7g of sugar :( yikes!

by on Jun. 1, 2012 at 7:47 AM

Not doing so good.  I had a low fat blueberry muffin from Dunkin Donuts and coffee with cream and sugar.

by on Jun. 1, 2012 at 8:22 AM

 gave up my cream and sugar in my morning coffee and said goodbye to diet coke :(

by on Jun. 1, 2012 at 8:29 AM

I'm logging my food on something else but I will come back later today and post it on here. I'm kind of scared to see how much I actually take in=/

by on Jun. 1, 2012 at 8:39 AM
I didn't track yesterday. But I follow a low carb diet for prediabetes. I don't eat sweets or many processed foods. Yesterday my only suspect items would have been a whole grain tortillas or a fiber bar.
by on Jun. 1, 2012 at 8:52 AM

I got rid of the soda and that was the biggest amount of sugar in my diet, drinking more water

by on Jun. 1, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Ending it... lol

handful of sunflower seeds while waiting for Dh to get home

dinner was spinach fettucine with marinara sauce and a small salad

I ate a couple chocolate chunk cookies (no idea on the sugar because the package was gone already) and then later I had a mug of hot tea with a bit of honey and daiya jack w/ crackers

So it seems to me that I don't really eat a lot of additional sugar in my diet for the most part.

Quoting SabrinaLC:

adding to it!

Handful of sunflower seeds while I made my smoothie

Smoothie: 1/2 almond coconut milk (3g sugar from cane), 1 banana, 2 strawberries, scoop amazing grass powder and 2 handfuls of spinach

Quoting SabrinaLC:

Okay, a food diary, I can do that!

Breakfast: Apple Sage fauxage w/ tofu egg and slice of homemade bread w/ vegan butter  
                      Not sure if there was sugar in the fauxage since Dh made it.  (My bread has brown rice syrup*) in  it

One cup of coffee that had maybe 1/4 teaspoon of demera sugar in it

Lunch: chickpea salad sandwich: chickpeas, vegan mayo, mustard, sweet relish (dried cane syrup**), onion powder, garlic powder, turmeric, salt & pepper; a tiny bit of Daiya jack (not sure of the sugar content), on two (super thin) slices of my homemade bread (again, that has brown rice syrup* in it) & I had about half a cup of cantaloupe

I'm drinking ice water

**the relish has 3g sugar per 1Tbsp, I used maybe 2 Tbsp with an entire can of chickpeas and only ate maybe 1/4cup of the mix total.

***Sabrina *~* wife to Matt  8/6/05*~*Mommy to Isaac 7/25/06, *~*Liam 7/30/08, *~* and Eban 6/24/10***

by on Jun. 1, 2012 at 9:07 AM

so far:

1/2 slice of toast with honey buter and 1/2 slice with peanut butter (both of which I did not eat full 1/2 slice because it was shared with my son.

2 eggs (once again shared with my son)

1 1/2 marshmellow

by on Jun. 1, 2012 at 9:59 AM

my coffee creamer is going to be the death of me its were i consume most of my sugar 

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