Sunday, October 19, 2014

One week without sugar

So last weekend I informed myself about sugar and I was shocked ! You can check out my recent blogpost about it. I decided to try to do one week without sugar and I completly honestly admit it I failed, I have reasons, I am not perfect and I tryed. And that is what I think it is all about, TRYING. Here you can see my Conclusions, results and thoughts about this past week.

Monday:
I woke up wanting to eat sugar, luckily I had reduced my sugar consume over the weekend, so the transition wouldn't be as hard. My usual breakfast which is just some cereal and milk with equals to about 23 grams of sugar. So I ate plain oatmeal with milk, yes milk has sugar, I am sorry I will not give up all the good stuff in Milk, I love it...it's my coffee. Having to make my lunch for school was a challenge, luckily bread has only 0.2g of sugar per slice, it is a reasonable amount. I couldn't find anything else in our pantry with barely or no sugar. Knowing I wouldn't survive the day without more than 2 slices of bread, I ate some crackers with 2g of sugar, I am sorry and thats all I have to say about that. Luckily I was distraced enough in school to not think about sugar most of the time. I came home very hungry and as my normal cookies were not an option, I stole some crackers from our pantry they had 3g of sugar per 12 crackers, so I ate about 7-8 ( I couldn't wait untill dinner). I don't remember what we had for dinner...was it tacos? Idk, but all my dinners had barely to none sugar, the only meal I could eat like on a regular day. After dinner, I was missing my usual chocolate, but I survived. Later I got really hungry and ate another 7-8 crackers I think.

Conclusion: So a week without sugar is impossible, unless I make everything from scratch and obviously I don't have the time for that.

Tuesday:
Woke up, found it would just be easier to just eat some bread+butter, not very satisfying but no other option. For lunch, I made 2 slices of bread  + creamcheese and it does have about 1.5g of sugar, but bettter than most things. I added some carrots and mini tomatoes, they have sugar but it doesn't hurt your body and it's vegetables so...? And now comes what I am most emberassed of, I am not perfect and I admit it. I came home, my sister made chocolate fudge brownies with frosting  in a heart shape. How unresistable and you can guess what happend. After that I noticed they contained more sugar than you should eat daily, so I should not ever eat one again, I said should not would, haha. After that I went to Dance and yes I dance. After an hour of dance I always need something to eat, before going to my second class that day and I packed a banana. At about 9.30 pm I came home hungry and I had dinner, again I dont remember what it was. And I ate another brownie, so ashamed.

Conclusion: If I really want to reduce my sugar on a regular basis, that means only 2-3 cookies a day, no cerial, no brownies, no cupcakes, no more chocolate than 3 pieces a day. Defestated.

Wensday:
Same routine for breakfast and lunch. But, a funny story, I know it seems like I may have nothing to do with sugar, but I will explain later how it does. I fell asleep several times in the bus for about one minute trying to keep my eyes open. The last time I fell asleep for 5min, I woke up by accidently banging my head against the window, haha ( wonder how many people saw that). Still struggling not to fall asleep again, I made it to school.  After school, I had a cucumber and some tomatoes? Yep, that was it, couldn't find anything else. Then, I had to go to the doctor to get my flu shot, never  got one before. Anyways I got it and passed out. Luckily one nurse catched me and dragged me into a room. they offered me popsicles and juice, but I just wanted water. My mom claimed it was cause of my natural low blood pressure and having "no sugar", but me ( I just knew cause I read the sheet the gave you about the shot) and the nurses knew it , it was one of the stupid symptoms. Anyways I went home and had a granola bar, to get my blood pressure up. After that I had dinner and a banana, I think.

Conclusion: I can't wait in till next week, then realizing it wouldn't be much better, with my now limited sugar health plan I created to stay around the daily sugar recommendation. Also I noticed falling asleep became much easier (not just because of the bus situation)

Thursday:
Normal day, same breakfast, same lunch and same dinner. Went to dance, I ate a granola bar, pretty normal. Did you know that a Quakers Chewy granola bar contains 8g of sugar and they are so tiny, I could eat 20 of them.

Conclusion: People need to be more aware of the amount of sugar we have and what they consume daily. Sugar is im everthing !!!

Friday:
TGIF....same for breakfast. lunch and dinner. Ate 1 granola bar and pancakes that had 4g of sugar and am very ashamed of myself. But it's only human to want sugar so badly, I have such a strong sweet tooth.

Conclusion: This will be over soon, wait no it won't? I still have to daily reduce my sugar consume, and I don't know what to do without brownies, cupcakes, barely any chocolate. So I was/still am sad.

Saturday:
So I had the same breakfast, but got really excited for a day at my dream college ( I know I am just a freshman in highschool). They offered delicous free lunch, I choose a really good beef hamburger (so delicious) with some fries (ugh calories...) and it was great. I wanted simple water, but they only had lemonade and orange juice so I choose orange juice ( I was so thirsty) and it probably had so much sugar. After a few hours we went to Starbucks and that store is pure sugar, the healthiest thing I found was a croissant with a defestating 6g of sugar, but it was Saturday, I had a great day and I just didn't care anymore. At night my mom made fries (second time eating them) and a german meat,that we don't have here.

Conclusion: Now I can't even drink Starbucks hot chocolate and frappuccinos anymore. What now? OMG, I just found out a tall frappuccino has 38 g of sugar !!! That is more than  I should eat daily sugar wise. What am I gonna do with my life ? I can't eat them anymore.

Sunday:
Same breakfast. For lunch I had some Spagetti, after that I had to eat carrots for about 2 hours...ugh. And then bread for dinner. I didn't think I would survive this day, my hunger is only for sugar. My mind is only thinking about sugar.

Conclusion: I will try to be healthier and get my daily consumption of sugar down to 30-40g sugar, because I want to be healthy, hopefully I will get used to not having as much sugar, I mean I did very slowly  but maybe even more in the future.

Things I had to resist this week:

Yummy but a cookie has 8-15g of sugar


Cookies, Pumpkin Bars, Frosting and Brownies...

My favorite icecream

sweets that are so unhealthy!!!

So, my health plan is to eat no cerial, instead bread with peanut butter or simple pancakes 3-4g of sugar. For lunch just some simple bread and I will have to find some kind of healthy snack. Dinner as usual and for snacks only up to 3 cookies a day and 3 pieces of chocolate. Only occaisonaly brownies, cupcakes, icecream.

xoxo, Sophia


Sunday, October 12, 2014

About me

Hello, my name is Sophia. I'm 14 years young, go to a regular highschool and I love life, even with the challenges it comes with. I have a passion for Interior Design, Architecture, Design, Fashion, Art, Dance, Beauty, Health, Travel, Shopping, Diys and so many other things. At my current age, I am just really finding out who I am, what my style is and what I want to do with my life.


This is me, most people think I am about 12 years old to be honest.

Another picture of me, I have some pretty voluminous hair, I always hide it on selfies though, haha :D

Where am I from?

´My parents and family are from Germany and I consider myself to be German, I love that country :) I was born here in Ga , because my parents moved here and I also consider myself to be American. Then we lived 6 years in Germany and I learned some very valuable things there, now I live back here.

I started blogging to express my passions that I have about so many things. I want to make a name for myself and share my experience of changing, growing up and my very different opion on some very interessant things. There are so many things I would like to say something about, like America's Health or our Education.  I hope I can also  make a difference in our world and actually DO IT, not just say it. Hopefully, there will be some people in this world that understand what I mean.

So this is me, Sophia.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Sugar and it's effect on our society

So, this weekend I did some research on sugar for an upcoming challenge for me (their will be a blogpost next week). It is actually pretty intresting and shocking the facts that I found out about sugar, its effect on our health, body and society.

                               

Doesn't this cupcake look delicious ? Well, you might learn the cons of this cupcake much more specifically than just the many unhealthy calories it contains. 

22.7 teaspoons a day

The average americans consumption of sugar daily, not shocking? Well, guess how much we should consume after a research of the American Heart Association:

9 teaspoons a day for men
6 teaspoons a day for women


The Problem with fructose

  • Fructose is found in fruit and vegetables
  • It's an excess health hazard
  • Because glucose in sugar is metabolized by the body, but fructose is proccesed in liver by fats called triglycerides, those stay in the liver or are pushed out into the blood
  • eventually metabolic syndromes occurs characterized by obesity
  • Fructose is the primary reason for obesity in America

"It seems like every time I study on illness and trace a path to the first cause, I find my way back to sugar." - Richard Johnson, a nephrologisst at the University of Colorado Denver

Fun Fact: Well, if you call it "fun", it's more likely dangerous, because 1 out of 3 Americans have high blood pressure. Which is very intimidating, because it is one of the symptoms of Diabetes.

In 1960 experiments on people showed that high amounts of sugar in their diet led to high level of fat and insulin in the blood- risk factors for heart disease & diabetes.


        
This is a chart of the increase of Diabetes in America, researched by the American Heart Association. Do you see the shoking increase? It went up by 16 million people in just 40 years, what abut the next 40 years? 


The biggest problem in the health of our American society is really that it's extremely difficult to avoid sugar these days and it's a reason for our unhealthy consumption.

Fun Fact: Many foods seem healthy, because they say fat-free backed goods and they contain large quantities of sugar, to make it taste reasonably good.

So yeah, I did all this research just out of interest and I will do something related to this soon and if you are interest you should check my blog in a week when I write a blogpost about it, I hope that you liked this blogpost and found it very informational and interesting.

xoxo, Sophia
  

Friday, October 10, 2014

My first Homecoming

My first homecoming was complicated, but good. If the complications of my two friend groups wouldn't have been the case, it would have been more enjoyable. I straightned my hair, but it didn't hold for one second and puffed up...I already showed you my dress, the picture on the right shows the wrong color, it is the right color is the color of the pic on the right.


 Here are my accesories, that I used to style up my outfit. I got these beautiful hairclips from deliA's for 7$ and they wouldn't hold my hair, so I will have to return them. I had on this cute ring I but for a few dollars from Forever 21 and some glitter nails, also these cute black earings from Forever 21.


I wore this really niice bag, with a gold tassel and it was so simple and it just styled up my hole outfit, it was from H&M for 25$.

 
Sadly I took these pictures after Homecoming and all my makeup was already woren off :( Anyways I had a winged black eyeliner, mascara and I had this light purple/rose gold eyeshadow to fit with my dress.


xoxo, Sophia


DIY Fall/Halloween deco

This cost me 0$, these are all stuff I found in my home and you can find your one personal things and translate these ideas into your own. Or go to the dolar store and there are some pretty cute things and they are all pretty cheep and affordable.
                                                                                          
I just drew this and it actually looks pretty good, the letters should be ombre but I totally messed up the f. Anyways I just drew this one a cardboard and hung it up on my door. 

I found this letter S and it fitted to the vintage fall style, also I found a  fall colored deco and I picked some leafs outside and sticked them inside there. And below I found these cute postcards of some animals and they were in those beige-green-brown colors so they really fitted. Also I found a really cute frame in our basement from Anthropologie and put a postcard inside (see below).


So I have this small corner in my room and I filled up some pumpkin spice marshmallows in some orange Anthropologie bowls. Also I diyed these black faces, all I did was take paperrolls, painted them black and cute out some faces, they look best when you put a candle inside and it will light out of the holes of the paperroll.



Next I took a Halloween wrap and wrapped it around my bed and then I will show you how I did the spider inside later.

I also had this orange blanket and it just fitted to Fall/Halloween.
These were the Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows that I used to put in those cute orange bowls.



So this is how I did the spider, the first picture were my supplies, I  took some styrofoam and cut it to the shape of two circles, one larger than the other. Than you have to paint them black. Cut of some orange pipes and bend them like in the picture below. Repeat this step 6 times.


Then I glued ( you can use hot glue gun or regular glue)  the orange pipes that serve as legs of the spider, also glue the 2 circles to create a head and body. Then glue the two pompoms as eyes and you can then draw some dots in the center with a sharpie.


This were some of the things I did to spice up my rool for Fall/Halloween and I hope I gave you some ideas and was able to inspire you.

xoxo, Sophia