About 3.2 percent of the U.S adult population are vegetarian or vegan. In Sacramento, there are a lot many of people with plant based diet. Each year a festival is held to showcase the community. Welcome to the Sactown Vegfest.
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A recent survey says that many of the brightest, young minds at University of California campuses do not have access to high quality, nutritious food.
They took a group of 41 volunteers and had them drink 17 ounces of water before each meal over a 12 week period. They were only allowed to drink plain water, whether it was from a bottle or the tap. The volunteers that stuck to this regimen lost an average of 9.6 pounds during the 12 weeks. Those who only remembered to drink water before one meal lost an average of 1.8 pounds during the 12 weeks.
“I think they could be right. There must be some science behind it if you drink a lot of water it will probably help your metabolism,” said Kukuli Micaela, an American River College student. “Also, if you are drinking some other than sugary drinks during your meal, you are cutting out so much sugar.”
The researchers also asked a group of 43 volunteers to imagine being full before sitting down to eat. This group lost an average of 6.7 pounds.
A New York Times article states that Coca Cola is now funding scientists who are saying that the main cause for obesity is that people don’t exercise as much as they should and that it does not have to do with a bad diet. I spoke to some Sacramento residents to get their inputs.
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People said it could not physically be done.
“Jenny, you’re never going to make it that long.”
People said that today’s modern lifestyle wouldn’t allow it.
“Jenny, what if you don’t come out of this alive?”
Those are all just words, I told myself, and I am a woman of action.
I would prove all the nay-sayers wrong by living a full week without sugar. I know it will be difficult but I have the time and motivation to come out victorious.
Day One: I accidentally ate a cookie for breakfast, so this is now a six day challenge.
Proper diet and nutrition have always been of interest to me. The idea of healing my body from the inside is the perfect cop-out for a girl who was afraid of taking aspirin until the age of 12.
I try to educate myself on health by both perusing the Internet and listening to and understanding my own body.
In recent months it has come to my attention that sugar can be linked to a number of health issues. Being the experimental dieter that I am, I wanted to experience life sans sugar, or at least life with much less sugar (it is almost impossible to eliminate it completely).
Day Three: I feel about the same. I am definitely less bloated. I believe I lost some water weight because I can’t eat about 75 percent of what my normal diet consists of. I find myself eating a lot of berries, meat and carrots.
Following this type of diet requires the elimination of almost all processed foods and anything with trans fats or artificial sweeteners. Food like fruits, vegetables, nuts, and healthy fats are encouraged.
Day Five: I am tired, but I feel like my mood is more stable. I find that my appetite has diminished greatly. Normally, I would finish everything on my plate, but now I can tell when I am full and stop eating without issue.
Day Six/Conclusion: I had no idea the grasp sugar had over my diet. It used to command my eating habits, so much so that I could not imagine life without it. Now I feel more free, unchained. I can go whole afternoon forgetting about food until my stomach reminds me. A week spent avoiding sugar has allowed me to become more in tune with my body.
Here is a simple low-sugar diet plan people at home can try.