So this were the tasks this week:
"1. Find out where sugar may be hiding. You probably already know the most common sources of sugar (think cupcakes or cookies), but how well do you know the unexpected places sugar may be hiding?"
So far so good, there was nothing really new in the linked articles. One thing in the "15 surprising sources of added sugar" slide show reminded me that this was a relatively new realization for me: somewhat over a year ago I discovered how much sugar is added to store-bought granolas. I ditched the granola then and switched to oatmeal — I use unsweetened, plain oats now, not the flavored, sweetened instant oatmeal. The sweetness in my oatmeal comes entirely from fruit: I add a small apple and two or three chopped dates, that's enough sweetness for me. Also, I prefer my oatmeal made with soy milk instead of dairy, and I searched for a brand of soy milk that has no added sugar, some of these have a lot of sugar added to them to make them taste more like dairy.
"2. Learn to spot sugar by other names. Sugar often likes to go incognito under multiple names on food labels. Take this quiz www.sparkpeople.com/reso
to see if you know some of its undercover aliases."
I scored 10/10 on this quiz. I have to say, I probably know a lot of this already because my mom was a type 1 diabetic and it was vital that I was able to spot sugars and sweeteners in the foods we were buying and preparing, so I learned most of that as a kid.
"3. Start reducing your sugar intake. Pick three sources of sugar that you tend to reach for and take your first steps toward managing your cravings and cutting down on sugar from these foods this week. Tell us which triggers you plan to avoid here."
I don't think I can pick three, there weren't that many in the first place. I will avoid to go to the store hungry (this has happened in the past and I tend to go for the sweets aisle then) and I have made a plan to avoid the "chocolate envy situation" with my boyfriend (see last post), I plan to try to either talk him out of bringing the chocolate into the house in the first place, and if that does not work, to leave the room while he finishes the chocolate. I don't know yet how I will be able to deal with the hormonal trigger that makes me crave candy when my period starts, but that's not for another two weeks and I'll see how far this challenge has taken me by then.
"4. Continue to be mindful. Keep tracking your food and blogging to measure your progress throughout the week."
Well, I am! This week has been good so far!