sugar free challenge road tripDay 1 of my 5 days with no sugar was a day that we were traveling back from vacation. Probably not the best day to start this, but I do like a challenge. The day started off with last minute packing and cleaning before loading our suitcases in the rental car to head to the airport. After a few hours in airports, we then headed out on what ended up being a 12-hour drive home. With all that time in airports, planes, and our car you may be wondering what I ate to get through the day without feeling hungry and without getting tired.


For breakfast, I had a 6″ Subway Turkey and Bacon sandwich with lettuce, tomato, pickle, olives, and mustard. I had to pull off and toss the bread as it is made with sugar. I had 2 oz. of Ningxia Red and approx. 32 oz water before heading out to the airport.

  • 240 Calories
  • 18g Protein
  • 10g Fat
  • 19g Carbohydrate
  • 7g Sugar (NO added sugar)


In the car, we had a bag of Clementine oranges. I had one while driving and then we stopped for lunch at Pollo Tropical. Lunch was a Regular Chicken TropiChop with Black Beans and Rice (no sauces.) I had water to drink and had several water bottles in the car as well.

  • 900 Calories
  • 77g Protein
  • 17g Fat
  • 109g Carbohydrate
  • 9g Sugar (NO added sugar)


We didn’t really end up eating another meal, but we did stop at a gas station for some snacks. I chose some salted peanuts. Several of the bags of nuts listed sugar as an ingredient (or High Fructose Corn Syrup), but I found one that was just peanuts and salt and had about 3 servings of 1/4 ounce. I also had another 2 oz. Ningxia Red and several more bottles of water. I didn’t feel great after all the peanuts, but the Ningxia Red was good for a blast of energy to finish the drive late at night.

  • 700 Calories
  • 30g Protein
  • 57g Fat
  • 25g Carbohydrate
  • 10g Sugar (NO added sugar)


I managed to make it through the day without eating any added sugar. This page from the American Heart Association suggests that naturally occurring sugars are ok and suggests a limit of 36g of added sugar (for men.) I did not have any added sugar, but I found it interesting that when trying to avoid sugar I still had 26g in the food I ate. This is why added sugar is such a big problem – you get plenty of sugar without even trying.

My totals for the day ended at:

  • 1,840 calories
  • 125g Protein (27%)
  • 84g Fat (41%)
  • 153g Carbohydrates (33%)

I haven’t done a food journal in a while and I was a bit surprised to see my protein consumption at such a low percentage (and fat so high.) Most of this came from the peanuts and admittedly I had 3 servings. Those aren’t something I normally eat, so I’m not going to stress about that.


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