Once you see Fed Up and learn the truth about sugar, we know you’ll be just as Fed Up as we are with the state of our food environment. We are facing the greatest public health crisis of our time and the future of our nation depends on all of us taking action in our homes, schools, communities and workplaces.
The Fed Up Challenge is a national campaign to break loose from the sugar industry’s powerful grip – with a particular focus on kids and schools! We’re asking individuals, kids, schools, parents and communities to join us in going sugar free for 10 days. Giving up sugar will be tough because sugar is everywhere and we all crave it, but setting that kind of healthy example for your kids is all the inspiration you’ll need to get through.
Below you will find tips and resources to help you with the Fed Up Challenge as well as information specifically design for families and kids!
Did you know that sugar has the same addictive properties as tobacco and alcohol? The more sugar you eat, the more you need to satisfy your craving. The withdrawal, which includes symptoms of crankiness and lethargy, is often the hardest part. Unlike cigarettes, the warnings against the addictive powers of sugar are virtually non-existent. Sugar can be found in an alarming amount of foods, and half of it is hidden by calling it one of its 56 other sneaky names, it can be hard to determine exactly how much sugar is in any particular product.
Question: How long will it take for me to feel a difference?
Answer: If you cut out all added sugars, you will start to feel better in 1-2 days. Cravings may persist for 1 to 3 weeks.
Question: Are all sugars bad?
Answer: Natural sugars in fruit are fine (but not fruit juice). Added sugars and artificial sweeteners are worse because they increase hunger. See the 56 hidden names for sugar. Stay away from all of them.
Question: How can I tell if a product has sugar in it?
Answer: Read all of the ingredients on the Nutritional Facts label and keep your eyes peeled for added sugars. Look for ingredients like: corn sweetener, corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, fruit juice concentrate, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, invert sugar, lactose, maltose, molasses, raw sugar, sucrose, syrup and table sugar.
Question: Why is sugar added to food?
Answer: Sugar is added to food for one reason only. To make it taste better and make you eat more of it. It is addictive and when you consume too much you want more and which makes you buy more of the food industry’s products. Better for them. Bad for you.
Question: Should I go cold turkey?
Answer: The best way to cut your sugar cravings are to cut out all sugar at once. Otherwise you keep triggering the addiction center in the brain. This is easier said than done, so don’t give up if you slip up.
Question: How Much Sugar Can I Eat?
Answer: The American Heart Association recommends no more than the following amounts of sugar per day (note: that the Fed Up Challenge asks you to cut out all added sugars during the 10 days)
Harvard School of Public Health: Nutrition Source
Dr. Mark Hyman’s “The Blood Sugar Solution”
Robert H. Lustig’s, “Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease”
Dr. Nicole Avena’s “Why Diets Fail (because you’re addicted to sugar)”
Gary Taubes’ “Why We Get Fat”
Dr. Marion Nestle’s “Food Politics”Dr. Kelly Brownell’s “Food Fight”
Dr. David Kessler’s “The End of Overeating”
The Daniel Plan by Rick Warren Dr. Daniel Amen, and Dr. Mark Hyman
The Family Cooks by Laurie David
Fed Up Pinterest
Dr. Mark Hyman’s “The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet”
Dr. Mark Hyman’s “The Blood Sugar Solution Cookbook”
Dr. Robert H. Lustig’s, “Sugar Has 56 Names: A Shopper’s Guide”
Dr. Robert H. Lustig’s “The Fat Chance Cookbook: More Than 100 Recipes Ready in Under 30 Minutes to Help You Lose the Sugar and the Weight”
Whole Kids Foundation Recipes
Jamie Oliver’s “Food Revolution”
Kids Cook Monday’s Sugar-Free Brownies
Alice Waters’ “The Art of Simple Food”
Tal Ronnen’s “The Conscious Chef”
Mark Bittman’s “How to Cook Everything The Basics”
Julia Child’s “Julia’s Kitchen Wisdom: Essential Techniques and Recipes from a Lifetime of Cooking”
Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s “Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week”
Deborah Madison’s “Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone”
Cook’s Illustrated Magazine’s “The Best 30-Minute Recipes”
Bryant Terry’s “The Inspired Vegan”
Douglas McNish’s “Eat Raw, Eat Well: 400 Raw, Vegan and Gluten-Free Recipes”
Douglas McNish’s “Raw, Quick and Delicious!: 5-Ingredient Recipes in Just 15 Minutes”
Alexandra Zissu’s “The Conscious Kitchen: The New Way to Buy and Cook Food – to Protect the Earth, Improve Your Health, and Eat Deliciously”
Terry Walters’ “Clean Food: A Seasonal Guide to Eating Close to the Source with More Than 200 Recipes for a Healthy and Sustainable You”
Meghan Telpner’s “UnDiet: Eat Your Way to Vibrant Health”
Josh Besh’s “My Family Table”
Quinoa with Asparagus and Shitakes
Savory Bread Pudding
Potato and Chorizo Tortilla
Halibut Baked in Parchment + Tarragon Pesto
The Daniel Plan’s 10 Tips for Your Faith Community
The Edible Schoolyard Project
How sugar affects the brain – TED-Ed – Nicole Avena
Kate Adamick’s “Lunch Money”
The Lunch Box
Super Sprowtz: Using the educational power of media to help children learn about nutrition and wellness
Getting students interested and excited about healthy eating habits can be a challenge. Here are some tips to help students and teachers with The #FedUpChallenge
The Fed Up Challenge for Families Courtesy of The Kids Cook Monday Cooking meals at home is a great way to keep an eye on how much sugar your family is eating. Getting kids involved in grocery shopping and meal preparation helps them learn more about making healthy choices and will equip them with the skills they’ll need to continue to eat healthfully as adults. Here are some tips for participating in the challenge as a family:
Most adults spend the majority of their day at their office or workplace, consuming a minimum of one meal there. Changing the food environments at the workplace is paramount to the success of the Fed Up Challenge.