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The results of a year without sugar

Over the past couple of years, I’ve come to believe that refined sugars are one of the worst things we can put into our bodies. When you investigate the nutritional value of sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and other sweeteners, you find that it’s zero, if not negative. These sweeteners are used to enhance food flavor and are highly addictive. They also create resistance to hunger suppressing hormones in the body resulting in the never-ending hunger cycles and insatiable pantry raids almost all of us have experienced. Food companies understand the flavor enhancement and addictive nature of the substance and employ food chemists to optimize the level of added sugars. Their job is to determine the right amount of sweetener to add that enhances flavor but doesn’t make it too sweet for our tastes. If you don’t believe it, just look at the amount of sugar per serving in something as benign as tomato sauce. Then start looking at nearly every processed or packaged food. If you’re eating it from a box or a bag, there’s a very high probability that some sweetener has been added to it.

With this in mind, about 18 months ago I decided it was to take a stand against sugar. I didn’t eliminate all sugar, but I significantly cut back on how much sugar I consumed on a daily basis. I cut out my morning packaged orange juice routine, starting making homemade tomato sauce (which tastes way better than what you get out of a jar), and became aware of the sugar content of everything I was eating. When you start reading labels, you’re floored by how many things have sugar in them. Even things you would never suspect contain sugar, such as a box of whole grain crackers, have some type of sweetener added.

What inspired me to run this experiment? I wanted to see if it would have any affect on my weight. It’s not that I was overweight, but I felt like I could afford to lose 5-10 pounds to get to a more optimal weight for my body type. I also wanted to see how it would affect my blood test results. Luckily, I decided to start having blood tests done annually when I turned 40, so I had six years of results to compare against.

Here are the results from 18 months of limited sugar, and what’s next.

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Marvin Braude Trail – redux

Marvin Braude Bike Trail at Torrance Beach

At the end of last year, I was closing in on 1,000 miles of cardio activity. I needed about 30 miles or so to break the 1K mark, so I decided to ride the Marvin Braude trail with my oldest daughter Amanda the day after Christmas. The Marvin Braude trail starts at Will Rogers State Beach at Temascal Canyon Road and stretches all the way to Torrance Beach. It’s a great ride through Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Marina del Rey, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach. Having ridden it once before in September 2014, I figured some of the lessons learned would make for a smoother ride this time around. Unfortunately, things don’t always work out as planned.

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My first (and possibly only) 10K

10K Running TageI’m not a runner. I don’t like running. I don’t understand why people run.

My daughter Amanda, who’s run both a full and half marathon, roped me into running a 10K recently. Well, she didn’t twist my arm too hard. I do my best to stay is shape at the gym, and I do a lot of walking with my dog. Running a 10K was one of those things I wanted to cross of my list of fitness things to do.

Here’s my experience running my first, and quite possibly my only, 10K.

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