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October 11 - October 25, 2017
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Amy Hendrix



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Avoid refined sugar

I will adopt a diet free of refined sugars, which eliminates sweetened beverages, candy, and processed foods.


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Eliminate Nonrecyclable Plastics

I will not purchase foods in plastic containers and bags that can no longer be recycled. As of October 1, clamshell containers and plastic bags are no longer accepted at nearly recycle centers.


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  • Amy Hendrix's avatar
    Amy Hendrix 10/25/2017 2:40 PM
    As the challenge wraps up today, I must say it has been pretty tough to avoid refined sugar! But I definitely feel better for it and hope that I can keep it up. My second challenge was one that I created. It was to stop purchasing products sold in plastic clam shells. I used to recycle those at New Seasons, but that option came to an end on 10/1 due to China's ban on those recyclables from the U.S.  As the challenge progressed, the amount of food in grocery stores packaged in plastic clam shells really stood out like never before. It has increased my resolve to avoid these items and look for ways to lobby for packaging alternatives, even if the market for these recyclables opens up again. So I'd say the EcoChallenge was a big success for me!

    • Rebecca Snook's avatar
      Rebecca Snook 10/25/2017 4:18 PM
      That's wonderful! I applaud your ability to stay away from sugar. I usually don't have a problem with it, but I "accidentally" had ice cream at home and was weak:/
      It's crazy how doing a challenge like this really makes you aware, right?

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    Amy Hendrix 10/16/2017 9:39 AM
    Well I was 50% successful on Saturday. I was grocery shopping at Freddy's and a woman was rolling a cart around the store with chocolate cake samples. When she asked if I wanted to try one, without even thinking I said "yes!" and enjoyed that piece of cake! About half way through eating it I remembered the challenge. Oops. Cake was so good though...

    • Patrick Morgan's avatar
      Patrick Morgan 10/17/2017 9:53 AM
      OH! Nabbed. Danged impulse. But at least you enjoyed it, and it was just a little sample.

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    Amy Hendrix 10/13/2017 4:53 PM
    Three days in and my sugar cravings have improved. Now comes the real test - the weekend. Yikes!

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    Amy Hendrix 10/12/2017 3:14 PM
    Added cherry tomatoes to my baby carrot snack selection today. Neither are as enticing as sugary treats, but I can certainly eat cherry tomatoes like they were candy! Made sure to purchase them in a recyclable container. No more plastic!

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    Amy Hendrix 10/11/2017 10:11 AM
    Okay here we go! I brought in baby carrots to replace my pretzel chips. Sigh.

    • chevy pham's avatar
      chevy pham 10/11/2017 10:46 AM
      Amy, I am doing this as well.  My weakness is desserts... At least I can have honey, which is cheating really if I want to give up all sweets for 14 days.  Let's see how strong my resolve is.

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    Amy Hendrix 10/10/2017 9:36 AM
    I am really worried about my avoiding refined sugar challenge. This is going to be so tough!! I usually have some chips or pretzel chips with lunch at work and ginger snaps too. And I'm not one to pass up treats wherever they may be around the 2nd floor. Ugh! Maybe writing about my struggles each day will help.

    • Jenna Garmon's avatar
      Jenna Garmon 10/11/2017 10:42 AM
      Me, too! I have to admit that I ate some peanut M&M's last night as a last hoorah. Today I brought some mandarin oranges and apples from my parents' house as an afternoon sweet treat. Maybe when we feel tempted, we should post on this site for encouragement?

    • Lake Thelen's avatar
      Lake Thelen 10/11/2017 10:35 AM
      I'm doing this too, Amy! Nuts, fruit, carrots, and rice cakes are my favorite snacks! Avoiding sugar in office treats is tough - maybe I'll bring in some sugar-free treats this month...

    • Patrick Morgan's avatar
      Patrick Morgan 10/11/2017 9:52 AM
      Right. Halloween is a real challenging time for this one. Good luck!
      BTW, Kim Waxler gave me a great recipe for sugarless chocolate mousse using avocado, maple syrup, and cocoa. It could help satisfy your sweet tooth.