Welcome to day two of the Sugar Free Challenge!
Today’s Reason to be Sugar-Free:
Some evidence from animal studies suggests that sugar can be addictive. A Princeton University research team has shown that lab rats accustomed to sugar display the cravings and the relapses that signal addiction, as well as brain changes similar to those associated with addiction to narcotics and nicotine. For example, the investigators found that the brain chemical dopamine is released when hungry rats drink sugared water and that a surge of dopamine occurs in the brains of hungry rats that binge on sugar. Over time, these increased dopamine levels resulted in fewer of a certain type of dopamine receptor and more opioid receptors in the animals’ brains. The same studies showed that rats deprived of sugar exhibited anxiety characteristic of withdrawal. ~Dr. Andrew Weil
Here is today’s sample menu:
Breakfast: Bitter Chocolate Waffles with Sliced bananas and peanut butter whip.
Dinner: Brown Rice Stir Fry with carrots, onions, leftover chicken, bell pepper, ginger, soy sauce, and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.
Dessert: Fresh Fig and Plum Crisp
Exercise Option: For those of you who chose to take part of the exercise challenge, your challenge today is to do 10 crunches, 5 squats, 5 pushups, 10 calf raises.
THOUGHT-PROVOKING, MIND-PRODDING QUESTION OF THE DAY:
How was your second day of sugar-free? Did you create menus for yourself or just go with the flow?
Remember that you can track what you eat on the printable Challenge Checklist.