After watching the documentary Fed Up directed by Katie Couric, I was surprised to learn just how much influence big companies in the food industry influence the food policies the government adopts that have a direct effect on the health of children and families and how it’s really just about the money- not the health of the people. They are willing to do anything, from convincing Congress that pizza is a vegetable to targeting children through advertisements, to bring in the big bucks. With sugar-laden junk food popping up at every corner from school cafeterias to pharmacies, it can be very difficult to avoid sugar. And having more than 50 different names for ingredients that are essentially sugar and have the same dangerous effect in the body doesn’t make it any easier.
It’s time to take things into our own hands. Enter the 10-Day Fed Up Challenge aka No (Added) Sugar for 10 days. Below is an introduction and details form the Fed Up movie website:
The Fed Up Challenge is a national campaign to break loose from the sugar industry’s powerful grip – with a particular focus on kids and schools! We’re asking individuals, kids, schools, parents and communities to join us in going sugar free for 10 days. Giving up sugar will be tough because sugar is everywhere and we all crave it, but setting that kind of healthy example for your kids is all the inspiration you’ll need to get through.
Start by cutting sodas and other sweetened beverages and foods that have ADDED sugars. EAT real, fresh, whole foods and lay off all products that contain added sugar including honey, molasses, agave, etc., and all liquid sugars, such as sodas, bottled teas, fruit juices, and sports drinks. This includes all artificial sugars and sugar substitutes.
No exceptions, so don’t ask! Artificial sweeteners slow your metabolism and make you crave and eat more food. Also, be aware of foods that may have hidden sugars, like yogurts, canned foods, spaghetti sauce, and ketchup. Watch for hidden names of sugar. Also try cutting out all flour products that turn to sugar in your body.
Sounds challenging, but our health is worth it. Show your body some love and it shall reciprocate. Let’s give it a shot!
Visit the Fed Up movie website to learn more about the movie and challenge.
Photo credit: fedupmovie.com