After two weeks, I have to say this Spa Week Daily Challenge was a bit more tricky then I had originally envisioned. First you think, okay, no big deal – I only ever use artificial sweeteners in my morning coffee so this will be easy. I will just swap out a pink or a blue packet for a real-sugar, white packet – no big deal, right? Wrong! Once I was turned on to the notion of looking for fake sugar to avoid, I realized just how often I actually do use artificial sweeteners: a packet in my morning oatmeal, I often toss in a few in my home-brewed iced-tea pitcher, over a bowl of fresh blueberries or strawberries, on my Cheerios… I use fake sugar way more then I realized. THEN, on top of all that, you have to become a detective and check the labels of your favorite foods and snacks for hidden artificial sweeteners in foods like gum, granola bars and even 100% fruit juice! Sometimes it’s hard to find the bad stuff when it’s masked as good stuff! On the plus side, once I became more aware of the fake sugar I was using and where it was hiding, I started to see that avoiding those foods had a positive trend on my eating and sleep habits. I slept a little better every night and was able to fall asleep a little easier, too. Keri Glassman is seriously on to something here.
We are so happy to see that so many of you took the pledge to ditch sugar on Facebook and how many of you told us that you had given up on the stuff years ago! Overall, we were really happy that everyone enjoyed the challenge and had such great, feel-good results! So with that being said, I’d like to announce the 2 winners of the $50 Spa Week Gift Cards who took part in the Ditch Artificial Sugar Facebook Event. Drum roll please…
Lisa V: “No splenda will be rough..but worth it. Count this as my RSVP to live healthier! :) ”
Tonya R: ” Will do this and hopefully continue after the challenge is over. Thanks for the motivation! ”
Congratulations you two, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts, and please contact stephanie at spaweekmedia dot com to redeem your prize!