VIDA Fitness 2014 No Added Sugar Challenge
Join VIDA Fitness in eliminating added sugars. For the next 3 weeks our Registered Dietitian will provide you with tips and tricks for avoiding the sweet stuff during the hardest time of year for a sugar lover. You can view the rules by clicking here.
VIDA members and non-members are encouraged to take this challenge. Everything will take place online, so you do not have to be in town to participate. Get your friends, family and co-workers on board; make bets, put your pride on the line, set the stakes high. This is no easy feat, but we will provide daily support to make sure you succeed.
Benefits of Signing Up
1. Exclusive access to tons of resources including hidden sugar sources, shopping lists, recipes and FAQs
2. Group message board access to communicate directly with other participants and Registered Dietitians
3. Confirming your commitment publicly by posting your picture on the “Accountability Board”
4. Kickoff Dec. 2nd
5. Daily support via group site
6. The chance to win a free session with our Registered Dietician!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I eat fruit?
Yes! Please do. The naturally occurring sugars in fruit provide a good source of carbohydrate, fiber and a variety of vitamins and minerals. Dried fruit is allowed, too.
Is alcohol allowed?
Yes, alcohol is allowed. Some participants may choose to eliminate alcohol for maximum benefits, but you do NOT have to avoid any alcohol without added sugars for the purpose of this challenge. For example, beer, wine, or liquor with club soda is fine; margaritas and whiskey cokes are off limits.
Doesn’t bread have added sugar? Does it count?
Yes, bread often has added sugar. Yes, it does count. Take a careful look at the ingredient list for hidden sources of sugar. Most sprouted grain breads, such as Ezekiel Sprouted Whole Grain Bread, do not have added sugar and are a great choice.
I noticed that some packaged foods say that have sugar in the nutrition facts panel, but they don’t list any added sugar ingredients. What’s the deal?
These foods have naturally occurring sugar, but no added sugar. They ARE permitted. Double-check the list of common names for sugar that you may not be aware of.
I can’t drink coffee without added sugar. Help!
This challenge is for you! We want to help you rid the need for sugar in food and drinks. If you can’t stand black coffee, add a splash of unsweetened milk or almond milk or try this creamer recipe.
My protein powder has added sugar or stevia. What do you suggest as an alternative?
Our primary recommendation – eat FOOD: meat, eggs, plain Greek yogurt, milk, cottage cheese, peanut butter and beans are all awesome sources of protein and can provide adequate protein for the average person.
Check out this 100% Whey Protein without added sugar: http://www.bluebonnetnutrition.com/product/41/100%_Natural_Whey_Protein_Isolate_Powder
Here is a Vegan, Rice Protein option: http://www.nutribiotic.com/organic-rice-protein-vanilla-21oz.html
I am an endurance athlete; is it safe for me to participate? What should I take in for nutrition during exercise?
Yes, you can participate. Ensure adequate carbohydrate intake by consuming fruits, vegetables and whole grains without added sugars regularly throughout the day.
For long runs or rides, simple sugars are essential for fueling muscles. While dried fruit and fruit leathers may work, they contain fiber, which can mess with your digestion. If you are an endurance athlete, I recommend making an exception for long distance training and continue your current nutrition program, consuming added sugars ONLY DURING DISTANCE TRAINING.
I have a pestering sweet tooth. What do I do?
Reach for a piece of fruit. Try frozen grapes, grilled pineapple or baked apples.
Will I experience withdrawals?
You may experience withdrawals, such as headaches, fatigue and irritability. This shouldn’t last longer than a few days. Have a game plan for those moments: try drinking water, sipping herbal tea or eating a piece of fruit.
What if I blow it
You can’t undo what’s been done so pull up your bootstraps and keep moving.