5 Day No Sugar Challenge
Updated: Jul 9, 2019
Adapted from https://fitmencook.com/5-day-no-sugar-challenge/
The beginning of Greg Glassman's famous "World Class Fitness in 100 Words" is the word "Eat". Obviously, Coach does not take what we eat lightly. Nutrition is an extremely important part of a healthy lifestyle. CrossFit as a whole takes the stance that it is the foundation. Without it, the time you put in at the gym will not get you very far. Even more, underlying health issues may go completely unnoticed until there is a major issue.
"Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar."
The world today has more differing and contradictory opinions about the foods you should and shouldn't put into your body than there are stars in the sky. I don't have all the answers. And honestly, no one else does either. Science progresses every day, and research uncovers more intricacies to the human body at an astounding pace.
But what we can be absolutely positive about right now is that added sugar is a major problem. It is nearly impossible to buy a packaged food item that does not have sugar in it. And as research progresses towards continually proving just how bad added sugar is for us humans, awareness grows among consumers and many food manufacturers change their product labelling to claim "no sugar", whether that is the whole truth or not.
As we approach the Open this year, I want to issue you a challenge. Go 5 days without eating ANY sugar. Keep in mind, nearly all food has some sugar in it - what we are focusing on is added sugar. The way to identify if something has added sugar in it is to look at the ingredient list, rather than the sugar content in the nutrition facts.
But wait, there's more... Oftentimes, manufacturers will try to disguise added sugar by calling it something else. Be sure to look out for words such as:
High fructose corn syrup
Evaporated cane juice
Invert sugar maltose
Brown rice syrup
You can find an even more exhaustive list here.
Now for many of you, this won't be too much of a challenge. You already stick to the outer edges of the grocery store. You avoid packaged foods and eat home-cooked meals the majority of the week.
How about natural sugars or sweeteners? Things like honey, coconut sugar, syrup, Stevia in the raw, etc.
Oh yeah. This is a reality check for myself as I type this.
All of these things are sugar. So examine your foods. Think about what you are eating for 5 days, and avoid all sugar, natural or artificial. Keep a food log to help yourself out. You can find that here.
You can do this.
Another important thing to consider during this challenge: alcohol. While some alcoholic drinks may contain minimal amounts of fructose, almost all forms of alcohol contain some form of sugar.
Challenge yourself. Talk to your friends and family. Get others in on this with you to hold you accountable. You can do anything for 5 days!
The path to a life of inflammation, obesity, and corresponding health issues is wide, and many will continue to choose it. On the other hand, the path of not only health, but true fitness is narrow, and not an easy one.
But it is so worth it. Because your quality of life IS worth it.