Anyone can do anything for 30 seconds (according to Coach Matt) but what about 30 days? We have adopted two different routes for the Summer Sugar Busters Challenge with one end goal in mind, awareness of the added sugars in our diets outside of natural sugars and carbohydrates. It is likely that each of us have individual accomplishments set for ourselves and we suggest writing those goals down in a conspicuous place so that you can revisit the why’s when you are questioning the how’s.
Cold Turkey for 3 days and the gradual addition of healthy food sources back to the diet weekly over the course of 30 days.
The removal of processed sugars (week 1), fruits high in sugar (2), grain (3), and alcohol (4) over the course of 30 days.
Week 1 Blue | Cold Turkey
- Days 1-3, no sugars, no dairy, no grain, no alcohol, no kidding. Think protein, non-starchy veggies, and full fats.
- Day 4, add 1 apple and a serving of full-fat unsweetened dairy such as plain yogurt or cheese back in to your daily diet.
- Days 4-7, continue through week 1 with the addition of some higher sugar veggies (carrots & snow peas) and a glass of red wine a day (optional).
Week 1 Green | Whole Foods
- Removal of processed or refined sugars (complex sugars) from your daily diet.
- Think whole foods, dis the dressings and sauces, prepackaged, canned or frozen foods and consider the ingredients in the food source before consumption.
- Exchange your sweetened yogurts and flavored milks for unsweetened full-fat dairy sources (in moderation).
- Use honey or fresh fruits as a natural sweetener.
- Nix the artificial sweeteners.
- Read labels, if it contains high fructose corn syrup, agave syrup, or molasses, put it back. The perimeter of the grocery store offers you perishable items, no shelf life typically means no preservatives.
SoWal CrossFit is ready to take a stand against the sweetest of addictions, sugar. Nutrition plays a vital role in ensuring the most successful outcome on your fitness journey and we’re thrilled to be a part of it. Let’s make it happen, together!
I love tuna salad, it could quite possibly be considered a staple in our home, especially during the summer. Summer poses more than one conundrum for the average health conscious parent, including the typical question “What am I going to feed my kids today?” Considering the possible pantry alternatives, homemade tuna salad receives my vote every time. Well, almost every time. Today was different.
My mind was in the sugar-free zone as Matt and I have been playing with summer nutrition scenarios for ourselves and our SoWal CrossFit family and I was positive that my tuna salad needed no alterations to pass the no added sugar inspection. Wrong. It was blatantly obvious as I scanned through the ingredients splayed across the counter, the “sweet” relish stood out like a neon sign arranged neatly between Duke’s mayo and a bottle of Spice Island smoked paprika. I was adding sugar, 4 grams per serving. Enough said. Game on.
A Challenge is born. The Summer Sugar Buster Challenge will begin July 10, 2017. This challenge will remove, over 4 weeks, processed or refined sugars, fruit sugars, grains, and alcohol (we know alcohol isn’t a sugar but it hinders your livers ability to prioritize the breakdown of fats, carbs, and proteins).
We will kick off the Summer Sugar Buster Challenge for members of Sowal CrossFit at NWFL Fitness with several support outlets including a group Facebook page, suggested hashtags to track your food pics and more.
New and Improved Tuna Salad Recipe
6 cans white tuna in water (albacore to chunk light 3:1)
6 tbsp mayo (Duke’s is my go to)
1/2 sweet onion finely chopped
1/2 Claussen dill pickle chopped (in place of sweet relish)
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp celery seed or 1/4 cup chopped celery
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Salt & pepper to taste
We really enjoy working out. I mean a lot. Matt and I come from a CrossFit background, it’s true, but we like to say, “Any Fitness is Good Fitness”! That’s why we’re not exclusive to one form of function over another and encourage all our members, especially our Lifting Futures crew, to join us on Fitness Field Trips. What’s a Fitness Field Trip, you ask? It’s when we pile into the car, leave the comforts of our “home gym” and travel to a realm of the unknown. We’ve climbed hundreds of stairs to honor the fallen heroes of 9/11, twisted and turned in a Power Hatha Flow Yoga class, and achieved an incredible cardio session in Piyo. Have a favorite way to sweat? Tell us! We are always on the lookout for awesome new fitness adventures.
Great things happen when you step outside of your comfort zone, regardless of age or fitness level.