food journaling

FBhead3This week marks the first full week of the Sugar Pretox Challenge.

As part of the challenge, I’m asking participants to keep a food journal and record everything they eat and drink (with the exception of pure water) for five days.

Why start here?

Because I believe we all underestimate the amount of fat, calories, processed foods, and sugar we actually are putting into our bodies. The only way to be sure if our perceptions match with our food reality is if we take the time to record what we eat – every meal, every snack, every little tiny nibble.

According to this article in The Huffington Post, it’s also important to record items like how you were feeling, portion sizes, time of day and even location, especially if your goal is to lose weight. For the Sugar Pretox Challenge, I’m modifying that list slightly since the focus is on creating awareness around the amount of sugary items we eat.

You can see a sample of the food journal page we’ll be using. If you’d like to take on this challenge yourself – either keeping a 5-day food journal or the free Sugar Pretox Challenge – please, go to this post to submit your contact information so I can add you to our group and provide access to the food journal pages.

And if you’ve had experience keeping a food journal, I would love to hear about your findings…did it help? What surprised you most? How did it help you modify your diet?

Food Journal record page

breaking up with sugar

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I’m sharing an article today that I wrote for our local newspaper, for the full article, please click here to see a PDF of the full newspaper article. It’s on page 11, under the blue heading “Lakewood Cares.”

If I could pinpoint the moment when I felt a downward shift in my health, it would be late winter 2009 when a bout with bronchitis required antibiotics to take care of the infection.
For the following five years, I experienced continual cycles of fatigue and cold-like symptoms to full-blown colds… [find the rest of the article here on page 11]

For more details on the Sugar Pretox Challenge, you can go to this post and this one here on wildberrypress.

sugar detox challenge

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“I need to eat less sugar.”

“I’m addicted to sugar.”

“I have a hard time stopping myself from eating too many chocolates…cookies…desserts?”

“I wish I had more energy.”

“I need to lose weight.”

Sound familiar?

So often, I encounter people who share their struggle with eating too many sugar-laden foods or are frustrated by their lack of energy or their weight. Yet, they struggle with taking the next step to kick the sugar addiction.

Our culture doesn’t help. Cupcake wars, cake bosses, and Pinteresting parties with cakes and candies taking front and center encourage us to believe no special occasion or informal gathering is complete without some sort of sweet confection. And sugar, its cousins and chemical stepsisters are everywhere and not just in our desserts. For goodness sake, I’ve even found it in salsa.

In salsa!!!

As a fitness and nutrition coach, I am passionate about helping people live healthier lives. While I am not a dietitian, nutritionist or doctor, in my own life, I’ve found that maintaining an extremely low-sugar diet is one of those keys to a healthier life.

Two years ago, when I completed a three-month fast from sugar, my anxiety levels significantly decreased, my digestive health improved, and as an added bonus, I radically reduced the amount of allergy medicine I was taking to combat seasonal allergies. I did this fast without consulting any doctors, but after much prayer and research.

My heart in offering the Sugar Detox Challenge is to encourage others to explore the benefits of eliminating sugar from their diet, and, hopefully, maintaining a low-sugar diet once the challenge is complete. Since going “cold turkey” on sugar can be difficult, there will be a one-month Sugar Pretox Challenge to help challengers step down their sugar intake.

I invite you to join the full Sugar Detox Challenge (fee involved) which starts May 1,  if you:

  • Want to make a positive change in your health
  • Currently struggle with eating too many sweets and need some extra support
  • Suspect you have a systemic yeast overgrowth and have decided to try the Anti-Candida Diet
  • Are feeling tired, anxious, depressed, fatigued, angry and irritable, have a hard time sleeping and are often sick
  • Don’t believe me that cutting out sugar will make any difference in your health.

Join the free Sugar Pretox Challenge which begins April 1, if you:

  • If you are committing to the full detox
  • Are curious about coach and how coach it works
  • Believe you can do the full detox on your own

To sign up for either the Sugar Pretox and/or Sugar Detox, please complete the contact form below, indicating in the comment section whether you are interested in the Pretox, Detox or both and I will get back to you within one business day with more information.