Our Family is Removing Added Sugar for 60 Days

by Jennifer Boudreau on January 4, 2015

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our family will be removing sugar for 60 days

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Monday, January 5th is a pretty big day in the Boudreau household! We’re embarking on something pretty crazy, yet something I’m passionate about. My hubby, our three kiddos and I will be removing added sugar from our diet for 60 days (for a few exceptions, see below). Yep, it’s a little project I’m going to refer to as #60DaysNoSugar.

I can’t believe our family is removing added sugar for 60 days…

To find out WHY we’re embarking on this journey, check out the post I wrote for theCityMoms, “We are about to embark on something crazy!”

Ok, so what are the ground rules for our little adventure?

  1. We WILL be eating whole foods, such as fruit, that contain sugar. Yes, fruit contains fructose, but fruit is a whole food which contains fiber. The kids will also continue to drink milk. Milk contains lactose, which is not part of the problem. More explanation will be coming on all of this later….simply too much to write for one post!
  2. We WON’T be eating maple syrup, honey or coconut sugar.
  3. We WON’T be eating any added sugar, including any of the 50+ alternative names for sugar listed on the label. This means we will be changing our brand of ketchup, bread, pasta sauce, vitamins, etc. Added sugar is EVERYWHERE!
  4. My husband and I will be stricter than the kids. I’m personally repeating Whole30 (the best program ever!!) again for the first thirty days and then will return to a Paleo diet including Shakeology. My husband will be following a modified Paleo diet the entire sixty days including Shakeology.
  5. Our kids will have some flexibility. This is where the “mostly” and not “completely” eliminating all added sugar from our diet comes into play. Our oldest son LOVES hot lunch at school. With that being said, he will continue to eat hot lunch once a week.
  6. If there is a birthday party that our kids are invited to or a party at school, our kids will absolutely be able to enjoy a treat. I refuse to have them feel left out because of this challenge.

I’ll be blogging about our journey over the course of the next 60 days. I’ll also throw in some facts about sugar, most of which I’ve learned from Dr. Robert H. Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California. A year or two ago I watched a YouTube video by Dr. Lustig, who’s on a mission to educate the general public about the repercussions of sugar. I won’t go in to all the details of his video today, I’ll simply say that his video has had a major impact on how I view sugar. To say he’s been an inspiration is a massive understatement. You can check out his video here. I’m also currently reading his book, Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease

Continue to follow my blog and see he we are doing, because yes….our family is removing added sugar for 60 days!

Have you ever removed sugar from your diet? What changes did you notice?

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