Day One: The White Stuff

Today, June 18, is day one of my personal challenge, The White Stuff: Four Weeks without White Flour or White Sugar.

There, I said it.

Crap.

Now I have to actually do all four weeks. Drat.

I think it goes without saying as to why one would want to cut out refined sugars and flours but just in case, think about this:

The single-largest source of calories (for Americans) comes from sugar.

  • In 1700, the average person consumed about 4 pounds of sugar per year.
  • In 1800, 18 pounds of sugar per year.
  • In 1900, 90 pounds of sugar per year.
  • In 2009, more than 50 percent of all Americans consume 1/2 a pound of sugar PER DAY—translating to a whopping 180 pounds of sugar per year! [source]

Sugar is in everything. Take a look at almost any processed food label and you’ll find it. Fruit juices, baby food, pretzels, deli meats, cooking sauces…you  name it!

Not only does sugar lower your immunity and pack on the pounds, it is also known to make your skin sag and feed cancer cells.

That’s not good at all.

As for white flour, not only do many people feel bloated and lethargic after eating it, it’s completely void of almost all nutrients.

White flour is created by removing the bran and germ from the wheat, which contains 76% of the products vitamins and minerals. In removing these parts, 97% of fiber is also lost.

Once this has taken place, there are many things that are added such as chlorine dioxide, potassium bromated, emulsifiers, ammonium carbonate, alum, chalk, alloxen and sorbitan mono-saturate.

Of course, all the nutrients and mineral have been removed from the flour, so some has to be added in, making it enriched. But these vitamins and minerals are synthetic. Even though the vitamins are added back in, they are still not the same and not as healthy for you. [source]

So you’ll probably see a little less “yummmmmm” on this blog and a little more “yum…I think?” throughout the next four weeks. This is about eating clean and not just substituting artificial (toxic) sweeteners for the missing white sugar and flour. But I will attempt making treats that don’t require either.

Does that even exist?!?!

We shall see.

For starters, I made a batch of my Apricot Energy Bars (honey is a-OK, and quite healthy in moderation) and by the end of day one, I am feeling great and definitely consumed more fruits, veggies and nuts than I usually do.  It’s amazing how much good stuff you can eat when you’re not filling up on garbage.

Now, if only my hubby wouldn’t bring home an entire Lindt Chocolate bar to devour in front of me…

6 thoughts on “Day One: The White Stuff

  1. Shannon Loucks says:

    I think agave and maple syrup are also acceptable sweeteners … I have had success with them ..

    oh ya and homemade apple sauce, or unsweetened works well as a replacement for sugar in muffins ..

  2. Vanessa says:

    Day 1 – Looking forward to joining you for 2 weeks on this! I am doing good and feeling up for it. It’s been a long time since I’ve done a cleanse. However, if Mike came home and ate a Lindt chocolate bar in front me, I might have a serious problem holding back. Thank goodness he’s not a huge chocolate fan.

    Feeling hungry more often today and needed to eat more frequent (but smaller) meals. Went to a friends house today for lunch and she made chicken salad and I brought fruit salad – perfect. I won’t lie, this evening will be tough but here’s to perseverance.

  3. Shannon says:

    Believe it or not…it’s not that hard.

    This coming from me! You won’t miss it. use honey in tea…use cinnamon or fruit or whatever on cereals (yes there ARE cereals with NO sugar…it was SO hard to find them but I did!)

    Yep…If I can do it…you definitely can

  4. Natasha says:

    That’s cool that you’ve been doing this, too, Shan! My sister, Vanessa, and I have done this a few times over the years and have found that it always helps to have an accountability partner! Thankfully I already cut out sugar from my coffee years ago…or that would have been hard (I don’t really drink tea — even though I know I should). Good for you for cleaning up your eating…it’s been great reading about your bootcamp/overall health improvements on your blog! 🙂

    I find doing no flour is definitely the harder of the two — although the cravings for sugar are more intense, the flour-based things seem to be more commonly used in meals (i.e. pasta, bread, etc). But this time I’m allowing whole wheat flour — which I’ve never done before. We’ll see!

    BTW, what cereals did you find w/o sugar? Here it’s literally impossible. The problem is finding one that has no sugar, no artificial sweeteners and no cane sugar. Even the organic healthy cereals here have cane sugar. I have resorted to making my own granola for my morning yogurt (a future blog post!).

    And V, “feeling hungry” is a good thing! And eating those smaller, more frequent meals will keep that breastfeeding metabolism burning away! 🙂

    Keep up the good work girls!! I can’t wait to post my progress. I’m hoping for healthier skin and just for my pants to fit a bit better. The last three months of inactivity (after the whole health scare) has definitely kicked me in the butt.

  5. Tim says:

    mmmmmmm…. Lindt chocolate.

    I even chose a caramel nuget one that Tasha loves, instead of my usual preference of a dark chocolate (which normally guarantees that I will get the whole thing).

    I. Am. Evil.

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