Halfway…

We are Halfway through the No Sugar Challenge. Who’s still in, what are the biggest challenges, what has been the biggest surprise to you, what have you learned or realized? Please post your thoughts to the comments.

I am putting together a recipe book with all of the recipes that we have used throughout this challenge so please keep them coming.

19 Comments

  1. I’m still IN!! The 1st week I lost 4 lbs. After the 2nd week, I heard about dried fruit and completely binged on that and almond butter, then gained all the weight back! Boo Hoo. So I have learned that even eating healthy and staying away from refined sugars, we need to be careful of eating too many healthy carbs and fats! I am back to strick zone with maybe a few date dessert balls :)! I love all the recipes that have been posted, thank you EVERYONE!! Also, my kids are eating healthier which is a plus.. Keep it up everyone we’re almost there!

  2. I have had two cheat meals in two weeks, not bad. I’m feeling pretty good about how I am eating, but have not really lost any fat that I can notice. I fully intend on continuing with the no sugar for two more weeks, but then might go back to pasta/bread a few times a week. I love this new way of eating – however, I do miss gum and Fresca.
    The recipes have been awesome and I will continue to make them in the future. My kids consider the date/cocoa balls a great treat.
    The most positive thing to come out of this challenge for me has been the enormous amount of produce I have been eating. I definitely want to keep going in that direction with my eating habits.

  3. Still in :-) Feeling a lot lighter and better, dont feel bloated or stuffed all the time…lost 4lbs the first week, haven’t checked this week. I don’t think I will weigh in until the end. The scale does dictate my mood and if it is not as I would like it to be I will get discouraged to keep going. It’s becoming a lot more easy to pass by the sugary treats, or to watch others eat it without giving in, the only downside and the one thing that makes it hard to stick to is all the preparation! cooking and shoping and chopping…etc. Is not as convenient as just making a sandwich.

  4. 100%! Dana and I are both still in. I lost 9 lbs the first week, 6 lbs last week. The biggest suprise to me is how good fruits and vegetables are tasting to me. Even just sugar free 100% orange juice tastes fantastic, and I hated it before this challenge (yes, Jason, I’m being very easy on the juice). The preparation can be a pain, but I’ve found that I can make a lunch for work out of some fruit, veggies, and a cheese stick or two if I’m in a hurry. Still fighting cravings, but they are just that; As long as I can recognize them as such, they are easy for me to get past so far. A zucchini sauteed in a little olive oil, and fresh garlic is about the best snack ever. And I’ve hated peppers my entire life, but those multi-colored ones from Costco are awesome; good in just about everything.

  5. I am still in! Even though i had a cheated the other day eating a couple chips. My tastes are changing! Honestly looking at “normal” food makes me sick. Tonight we went to a party and there was sweets everywhere! Did not bother me one bit.

  6. well i have to say this frist two weeks have been hard at times but still good. the frist week i lost 7 pounds which just suprised the heck out of me!!! this week has been harder and i have only lost onebut every pound counts. I love cooking for me and barry, i get really pround when i meal turns out and is healthy!!! I enjoy being back at the gym even though it is baby steps. Thank you to ever one who is so so supportive.

  7. Congrats to everyone who is still in and doing so well. This is truly a life changing experience. We are still in and going strong. I’ve only lost 2 pounds so far ( I haven’t weighed yet this week because “somebody” took the battery out of my scale) but I am not upset with that because I know where my issues lie…Like Allison, I was eating way too many nuts and peanutbutter balls. Although they are healthy, nuts are very high in calories and too much of a good thing can still be BAD! I also found myself overdoing the fruits because they are so sweet, they would satisfy my sweet cravings. Again, too much of a good thing. We need to limit our fruit intake and make sure we are getting enough veggies. Try putting some cucumbers, red peppers and carrots in some red wine vinegar and a little bit of olive oil…..soooo good and you can use any veggies that you want.
    Also, we need to make sure we are eating when we are physically hungry and not because we are bored, upset, lonely (insert emotion here). I have found that my emotional eating has almost disappeared. I guess a chicken breast is not quite as comforting as a Recees’s Peanutbutter Egg! Like Adam, I am finding that I like foods that I have hated my whole life, very exciting. Only 15 more days left guys, keep up the good work. For those of you who have fallen off the wagon, it’s never too late to start!

  8. I am still in however I too had two cheats and have over done it with the nuts! I haven’t lost any weight but I feel better without the sugar and carbs. I am zoning my fats (nuts) to make sure I don’t over do it and am hoping this week to see a pond or two go! When I need a quick lunch I eat a red pepper stuffed with chicken, cilantro, few grapes, and a sprinkle of feta- super easy and yummy.

  9. We are still in!! Went to Tucson for the weekend and packed our meals. We even took our mini food processor to make our smoothies!! During the Gymnastics meet each girl gets a goodie bag and they always have candy – Lauren gave her candy away and she was snacking on the grapes we brought. Once her teammates saw her eating grapes they all wanted some. So when they were waiting to get on the beam they were all eating grapes.

    We made meatloaf again last night and she didn’t want any changes to the recipe – thanks again Nick!! She is at home all this week on Spring break and has a fridge full of fruits, veggies and meatloaf! Tonight we are making the Chocolate Balls again – hopefully tomorrow when I get home from work there will be some left! Made Paleo crackers last night and that was hit, now we have crunch!!

  10. Im still in:) The first week was the hardest and last week was pretty easy. I have found that my cravings for my normal candy intake everyday and energy drinks are not as bad. The hard thing is finding time and cooking. It is much easier to just make a sandwich each day but I have enjoyed is so far. If I see someone eating something I really want, I just convince myself their eating poop. ya Im weird but it works:) Keep it up everyone!!!
    Oh and I love how people at my work who are not even involved with the challenge are asking to try my food and asking for the recipes. Awesome!

  11. I’m still in. No cheats. I’ve lost 13 pounds and feel great. (Some of those were gained the weekend before the challenge began…whoops) I usually lose weight quickly but have trouble continuing after about 2 weeks and keeping it off, so we’ll see how it goes! I’ve done this before but allowed myself artificial sweeteners, so I miss the occasional diet soda, crystal light, gum, flavored latte, etc. My fridge is stocked with veggies and meat for the week!

    So far I’ve eliminated all fruit in addition to the sugars/breads/etc. As soon as I get that sweet taste I just want more and the cravings for more fruit and other sugar/carbs begin. I’m going to try to slowly reintroduce it but keep an eye out for cravings. Also going to try and cut down on dairy in the next two weeks to get closer to paleo.

    Starting to fit back into some of my old pre-baby clothes FINALLY so that is fun! Looking forward to getting to the gym again as the chiropractor makes progress on my back…hopefully this week.

  12. I’m still in! No cheats.The hardest part of this challenge for me has been eliminating gum (“sugarless”) from my day. The toothpaste/mouthwash industry has definitely benefited from this challenge! Although I lost 5 lbs the first week, I am back up to my original weight this week. However, my jeans are no longer as tight so lean jeans here I come….The hardest part is over guys. Now we just get to cruise thru the last 2 weeks and smile about our results. :-)

  13. The greatest part is when my wife said we are going to keep this going longer than the month. Thanks alot guys, this may have changed my household. We are still in no cheats and loving it.

  14. I am still going strong as well, no cheats and I feel amazing! I have not weighed myself but my size 33 jeans are basically hanging off of me. :-) Oh and I forgot this recipe last week for awesome juicy chicken with crispy skin:

    Rock Salt Chicken that can’t be screwed up… seriously

    Needed:
    1 whole chicken (completely thawed with gizzards removed)
    1 large metal pan ( at least 1 1/2 inches deep and big enough to hold the bird with room to spare)
    1 large bag of rock salt. Or two boxes of rock salt if you go to Fry’s.

    Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

    Put 3/4 of an inch of rock salt in the pan. Place the chicken in the middle, on top of the rock salt and season it however you like. Bake it at 350 for 90 minutes. That’s it. :-)

    Notice: after it’s done cooking and the chicken is taken off of the rock salt, look…on the bottom of the pan there is “brown” …I don’t know what. The chef that gave me this recipe told me that this method, cooking on rock salt, pulls out impurities and fat from the chicken that does not happen on a BBQ grill or rotisserie. I’ve never been able to confirm that but all I know is its gross and I’m glad I don’t eat it with this cooking method. And you get crispy skin and succulent, juicy meat. Enjoy!

  15. Coffee with milk and cocoa powder tastes great!

  16. Half Way? Although I may have a treat when this Challenge is over, this is going to be a new life style for myself and my family. I feel so much better eating this way and I love that my family is now eating healthier. Again, all the recipes have been great!

  17. Crackers and Brushetta with Parsley and Basil

    Paleo Crackers (adapted from this recipe at Elana’s Pantry.)

    3 cups almond meal/flour (or any nut meal)
    1½ teaspoons salt
    1 cup pine nuts, chopped walnuts or pecans, or sesame or sunflower seeds
    2 eggs
    2 tablespoons olive oil, coconut oil, or lard… pesto is also delicious here

    1. Stir everything together
    2. Separate dough into two halves
    3. Line two large (12 x 16) stainless steel baking sheets with parchment paper
    4. Place one half of the dough in the center of each lined sheet
    5. Cut another piece of parchment paper and place it over one of the balls of dough
    6. Roll dough out between the two pieces of parchment paper, until it is 1/8 inch thick and covers the entire baking sheet; remove top paper and repeat process with the other piece of dough
    7. Cut the dough with a knife or pizza cutter into 2 inch squares
    8. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown
    9. Cool and serve

    The crackers at the edges may cook more quickly if you’re an uneven roller-outer. If you don’t want to add another kind of nut to the mix, just use 4 cups of nut meal. Warning: these are dangerously addictive!

    I bake one half as plain – Lauren loves them.
    And the other half I added herbs for me.
    2 tablespoon Rosemary
    1 teaspoon garlic powder
    2 teaspoon onion powder
    Adjust amount for your taste or try your own herb combo.

    Bruschetta with Parsley and Basil:
    3 Medium Tomatoes – remove seeds
    1 tablespoon of fresh Parsley
    1 1/2 tablespoon of fresh Basil
    1/2 of a small Onion
    2 small Garlic Gloves
    1/2 tablespoon of Olive Oil
    Black Pepper to taste

    This is great on crackers and also added to a chicken breast for a change from salsa.

  18. Just had someone return from maternity leave and co workers brought in a cake as a surprise to celebrate, so I have to go to the “meeting” – thank goodness I have apples and oranges at my desk!!!

  19. Good Job Kim!! And everyone who is still IN!!! WOOT WOOT! So exciting. This has changed my life. Thank you Sally, Jason & Nick for all your work!! Your the best trainers in the world!!