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Friday, November 14, 2008

Happy Eats Club: The Series Finale

The Happy Eats Club has gone the way of a bad TV drama series.  Those of you who have been waiting with bated breath for updates on our progress (I’m sure there are millions of you) will be sad to know the Happy Eats Club is extinct.  Kaputt.

The club actually worked great!  And we’re planning on doing it again in the new year.  But we’re only going to do it for 5 weeks at a time, instead of 10.  Oh, and people are going to think long and hard about their rules next time. Here are a few lessons learned:
– The people who completely cut out sugar owed the most money to the pot.
– My friend Mindy and I had the most successful, sustainable rules. Mindy simply cut “sweets”. You can see my rules on the original post here.

I think our experiment proved what I’ve always believed: Moderation in all things. The week when I totally cut things out (white sugar, white flour, dairy)…I was MISERABLE. The 5 weeks where I had rules to follow that simply limited the bad stuff and increased the good stuff, I was successful and in a good mood to boot!

So, how has the first week without the Happy Eats Club gone? Terrible. I’m right back to not drinking enough water or eating enough fruits/veggies. Knowing I would owe money if I didn’t get that stuff in was an amazing motivator. Mindy and I may start back up again in a week or two. Looks like I need it!

Angie, another member of the club, just told us she misses our constant email exchanges bemoaning our sugarless states and has proposed a sit-up club. 100 sit-ups a day? I’m totally going to owe money.

For those of you thinking of doing something like this, you should!  It really works and helps with motivation, whatever rules you decide to follow.


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    I’m the Angie mentioned (aka fool) who decided to cut out sugar completely and ended up having a terrible headache for a week…which is kind of a scary thing…and although I lost, I am now very aware of what does and doesn’t have sugar. But,living on Triscuits, corn tortillas with melted cheese and Grape Nuts isn’t a very good diet. I thought I would just eat more fruits and veggies, but I didn’t. Sigh.

    I am glad I detoxed from sugar…everything tastes sweeter! But as for all the extra energy I thought I would have – that didn’t happen. But, I am kind of wanting to cut out dairy for two weeks, then white flour, some kind of rotation…just to see.

    Thanks, Jane, for leading the charge. Cheerio.

  2. Alas, as much as I hated that happy eats club, I’m wishing it back now. I ate three cookies tonight–something I would have never dreamed in my days of no sugar or white flour. I agree Jane, the moderation is super important. My rules were WAY too strict and also focused solely on cutting things out rather than adding things (i.e. water, veggies, fruit). Next time I’m going to try to cut fewer things (maybe just say no sweets) and add more (veggies and water) and see how it goes.

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    i’m just curious what’s up with the water drinking goals? do you not drink water when your body tells you you’re thirsty? otherwise, why would you drink it when you’re not thirsty? or is it a drink water instead of soda thing?

  4. it’s more of a I-live-in-a-chronically-dehydrated-state thing. it’s embarrassing how little fluid I take in each day. I really only drink water, so it’s not so much trying to replace other unhealthier drinks for me, but just trying to get water in since I know it’s so important. I think I’m pretty much always thirsty, but never get up and get a drink! 🙂

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    oh and I just thought of something else…I’ve heard (I can’t give you a good solid source of course)…but anyway, i’ve heard that if you feel thirsty then you’re already dehydrated and that you shouldn’t really let yourself get to that point. interesting thought….maybe I’ll do some research. 🙂

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