Friday, April 10, 2015

Day 2 of the No PS Challenge

Water anyone?

The more I research about the subject the more I’m convinced that Public Enemy Number One is SUGAR. It is in EVERYTHING. You just can’t buy anything without this poison in it.

Since February, we have been eating mostly fresh vegetables and fruits and lean meat. It’s a back to basic kind of eating habits, AND it works! The pounds are coming off our back at an unprecedented speed.

I don’t know if you’ve watched the youtube clip I had on my blog a few days ago, I forgot his name but one of the doctor when asked: “What is worst, sugar or fat?” “Sugar a thousand times” was his answer!

For decades I have been focusing on “No fat” products. I was thinking I was at least buying food that would not harm me. I never looked at the sugar content… So I guess when I thought I was fat, I should really have thought I was sweet! Isn’t that something?

I posted about my breakfast before thinking it was the best. Every morning I have one cup of: Fruits, yogurt and Honey Nut Cheerios. Because of the No PS challenge, I looked at the sugar content of:

No fat Yogourt - 13 grams of sugar and this is far from being the worst.

Honey Nut Cheerios - 9 grams of sugar for ¾ of a cup, note what General Mills did here, their Nutrition’s table is for ¾ of a cup so if you ONLY look at the calories in the table (like I was doing) it is 110 calories. For one cup of Honey Nut Cheerios it’s in reality 12 grams of sugar and 146 calories.

Below is the recommendation from Doctors who are independent from the food industries:

- WOMEN MAX OF 6 tsp of sugar per day
- MEN MAX OF 9 tsp of sugar per day

4 g. of sugar = 1 tsp

So my “healthy” breakfast had 25 g. of sugar which amounts to about 6 tsp. For my wife that’s her daily limit, for me, I can still “enjoy” 3 more tsp in my whole day, WOUPPIDOU!

For now I have switched from honey nut cheerios to plain cheerios. The nutrition table is for 1 cup (same company but they base it on a whole cup!) and it’s 1 g. of sugar. So the switch saves me about 3 tsp. of sugar PER day.

I am considering switching the yogurt for whole milk which will provide me with enough energy and less sugar consumption. UPDATE: As I was finishing writing this paragraph, I got up to look at the nutrition value of our NON FAT milk… 12 g. of sugar!!!! I am steaming right now… MILK! Why on earth would they mess up with something that should be healthy!!!

Tomorrow I will not have the word “sugar” in my post. I need to find something positive to write about, if only for my own sanity.

Is anyone else in shock? Is anyone doing anything to get their sugar intake lower? Any tricks?

Look at that, it’s Friday! I hope you have a sweet weekend without the poison that sugar is!

I like to share a link from Jan, she left a comment with this link and I enjoy it. I just love it when we share useful information.


  1. The worse part is that sugar is from corn syrup.

  2. It's a little known fact that fat is actually really good for weight loss. I mean, obviously don't do gulping down a dozen tubs of lard---but "good" fats are good for you.

    As for sugar…there is no escape. AAAAAH!
    If you want something kind of…yogurt-like…ish…I have a few recipes with almond milk and chia seeds. I'm not a fan because I don't like gooey things, but you might find it OK. Chia seeds are good for you, almond milk is not awful for you and has protein, and uh…you can put what ever topping you want on it. If my almond milk doesn't expire before ya'll come home, I will prepare you a batch.

    - Hairy Toes

    1. If your almond milk expire, wouldn't you buy fresher milk for your own pa and ma?

  3. Sugar wasn't necessarily added to the milk, there's natural sugar in milk products.

    If you're fighting against added sugar and not all sugar, you could always try plain yogourt? Your berries might sweeten it enough (or you could add some honey). I was using a bit of plain greek yogourt in my milkshakes for a while. :D

    There's natural sugar in yogourt as well as added sugar :

    This link has a list of added sugars, you find them in the ingredient list :

    1. Thanks for the links, interesting to find out information that has escape my attention in the past 55 years!

      I'm not against all sugar, only the one that are empty of nutrition, I thought yogurt was with sugar added to it, it's not the case for the one I'm having, so all is fine.

      Honey is not fine with me, it's as bad as refined sugar snif snif

  4. Unless someone has cholesterol issues, I wouldn't worry about fat. Sugar causes your pancreas to create insulin. When my doctor told me I was diabetic last June, she wanted to avoid putting me on insulin because apparently it can cause weight gain. So, not only do you have the badness of sugar, but if the insulin your body creates to rid your blood of glucose can cause you to gain weight, that's kind of like a double whammy in my mind.

    If you haven't read this article about fat, you might be surprised to find out some of the things in it.

    1. I have cholesterol issues, this is what started me in this journey. I don't think it is an issue any more but I need blood test to know that. For the first time in my life, I can't wait to get blood work done! We are coming back soon, so I'll probably stop my pills for cholesterol for a month to get an accurate blood test.

      I am really questioning myself about eating, thanks for the link.

  5. I make my own yoghurt. No added sugar! Then add some fruit and it's yummy and plenty sweet enough for me. Milk has is own sugar (lactose - about 12g of sugar per glass like you found) just like fruit does and even vegetables so I wouldn't worry about that, it's not added sugar.

    The only way to cut out added sugar is to cut out all those processed foods. Even if the label says "no added sugar" it just means it has fake sugar, even worse in my opinion. And of course "low fat" means "lots of added sugar to make up for the lack of fat".

    1. Right Natalie milk has natural sugar in it, I didn't know that. I will not worry about it.

      Every trip at the store, I keep looking at the information value on some of the processed food I used... darn I find out things I never thought was there.

  6. When I was pregnant with my second child, my sugar level was too high and I had to follow a strict diet. My doctor sent me to a nutritionist and her advice was that the only way to eat healthy is to eat fresh foods; no processed stuff. I did what she said and it made a world of difference. I felt fuller with less food and more energized. Sugar and all the sugar-like stuff they add to foods is toxic!

    1. For both pregnancy, my sugar level remains the same ha ha ha

      I was so clueless about process food, I am starting to look for better alternative. I will need to learn a lot of new skills just to be healthy, didn't expect that, but it's worth it!

  7. I don't eat industrial food-like products, and thankfully, I don't have a sweet tooth at all. But since I'm a scratch-cook and baker, sugar really isn't an issue on my end. But if ate all that packaged stuff, yikes, sugar, fat, crap in most of the like foods.

    No thanks.

    1. I was raise on sweet, it continue as an adult and now that I'm middle age *cough* *cough* I'm just learning that sugar is bad!

      This is going to be WAR, no white flag, only conquer the whole addiction.

    2. One of the things I use is organic stevia powder. Not the stuff that's cut with maltodextrian or cut with anything else. Just the straight powder. Works great in lemonade and iced tea.

  8. Hi Richard and fellow bloggers ..... this is what is good about 'blogland' sharing with each other useful articles..... as you say" I just love it when we share useful information."

    All the best Jan