Talk about ‘refined’ sugar! In January, the team at The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, AZ, took on the “30 Day Sugar Challenge,” developed by personal trainer and wellness coach Vickie Loucks. A 26-person team agreed to shun foods that listed sugar in the first five ingredients, plus foods with a glycemic index of 55 or higher.
Armed with a list of suggested foods and 30 $1 bills, the challenge began. Contestants put $1 in a jar each day they met the challenge. But if they cheated – even once – they had to remove $2. The person with the most money in their jar at the end of the challenge would be named No Sugar champion and awarded with a 50-minute spa treatment of their choice.
To make the challenge sweeter, Loucks sent contestants nightly emails about sugar: codenames and alternatives, known hiding places, how much people are eating and the dangers of high fructose corn syrup. There were also healthy recipes and credit challenges for trying new workouts and classes. Loucks assigned a weekly pop quiz to check that contestants were reading her emails.
After 30 days, there was a three-way tie for first place. The winner was determined by percentage of weight lost – the victor had $32 in his jar and a weight loss of 20 lbs. The group lost a combined total of 141lbs and 53 inches!
The money was emptied from the jars and donated to the Foothills Food Bank. Congratulations to the whole team for living sustainably – and sweetly!
Posted on May 2, 2012