This isn’t what it sounds like. It’s actually the SUGAR-FREE challenge, not the Sugar Challenge. The point isn’t to eat as much sugar as you can – it’s to cut off sugar for the entire week. I know what you’re thinking “Why would anyone in their right mind do this?” Well, this is for a PE Health unit, and we did this to learn about how much sugar is in our everyday foods, and how to (try) to have a healthy diet and a healthy life. How to make healthy food choices. And by that I don’t mean eating all healthy the entire time. It’s okay to have a bit of sugar now and then, but keep away from it when possible (getting an after-school snack is not that important) That was a really different week for me at mealtimes. I had to confirm with my Mom that the food was sugar-free. At lunch times, I had to check the sugar amount in foods, and multiple times I just ended up eating salads or sandwiches (without white bread) It was hard for lunch, as I was always really hungry when I got home. Salads and Sandwiches don’t fill me up good. I don’t know how I kept away from sugar for the entire week – it was hard, not because I couldn’t resist sugary snacks, but because almost all foods have a certain amount of sugar. I’m glad I didn’t starve.
Right now, I think I’m doing good on making healthy choices. The foods my Mom cooks don’t have sugar in it, and I don’t eat junk food or sugary snacks often, only occasionally (once or twice a week ) For me, the biggest problem is school lunch. The problem is, almost all the foods in school contain sugar – pizza, pasta, Chinese dishes, Delimarché – you name it. Only salads are the healthy choices. One cannot eat salad for their entire lunch! If only the school can make more sugar free food, then I think I will have a pretty much healthy diet.
I’ve learned a lot from this unit. EVERYTHING has sugar in it. It’s really hard to avoid it when things around you have them. But it’s been a good experience. I’ll try to make more healthy choices from now on.
Thanks for reading!