bite-sized challenge: sugar SOS

June 2, 2010

I’m back with another task for Noelle, this one to challenge my ugliest, most stubborn food demon.  Here’s how Noelle would like to feel:

I rarely eat refined sugar – my diet contains only natural sugars.

Yep, me too.  Sugar cravings have plagued me for life.  I’d like to take the favorite cop-out and blame it on my family.  I was born into a Cuban American household, so this meant that as soon as I was weaned I went straight onto café con leche with generous spoonfuls of the sweet stuff – cue Beastie Boys: “I like my sugar with coffee and cream!”

But here’s the thing: humans are born liking sweet stuff for a perfectly good reason.  It’s the form we choose that’s the problem.  Our sweet tooth is there to instigate an appetite for juicy fruit – and the natural sugars in them.  The natural sugars are of course diluted with the heavy water content in fresh, whole fruit – quite different from anything processed or even from dried fruit.

So here’s Noelle’s challenge: she needs to keep a big, beautiful bowl in both her kitchen and office and make sure they’re always filled with whole fruit.  The more colors, the better.  The assortment should be as alluring as candy, and it should be in season if possible.

Then she must allow herself to eat from them freely.  That’s right, if she wants to down a bunch of bananas in one sitting, go for it.  An entire tub of strawberries?  Eat up, girl.  It’s a free for all.  The only rule is that she allow the fruit to be as ripe as possible so that it’s also as sweet as can be.  Contrary to what one might think, eating lots of fruit (as part of a healthy lifestyle) does not cause unhealthy fluctuations in blood sugar – again, the water content in whole, fresh fruit takes care of that.

Noelle will be posting her feelings and feedback over the next two weeks in the comments section.  Hopefully, you’ll follow along, too.

Ready?  Sweet!

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  1. Noelle June 4, 2010 at 01:38

    Great challenge! :) …looking forward to getting this one up + running…

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