No Sugar Challenge

Can you go a week without sugar?

Chocolate Coconut Bites
Chocolate Coconut Bites

This challenge comes from Rob’s Newsletter #2 October 2016.

The goal: Go 1 full week with no sugar. This means avoiding anything with added sugar to it. That includes added corn syrup, honey, agave, cane juice, fruit juice, etc. These are all forms of sugar (fructose, glucose,or a combination of both). Certain foods, such as fruits, corn, and beets have naturally occurring sugars and are fine for the purposes of this challenge. Sugar alcohols (xylitol, erythritol, etc.) and stevia are fine as well. Technically, artificial sweeteners are not sugar, don’t elevate blood glucose, don’t produce an insulin response, and therefore, are okay for this challenge. However, I do not recommend anyone use artificial sweeteners if they do not already do so. There has been a considerable amount of research into the health impacts of these and the results are mixed. My gut feeling is that they are best avoided.

The rules: Post here in the discussion section when you start your challenge. Post again when you are finished. You can try it multiple times if you want. The person who goes the longest will get a prize. Honor system. No judgment.

Please feel free to post any comments about your experience, such as close calls, helpful recipes or advice, etc. Also, please let us know how you feel! Do you notice a difference? Increased sugar cravings? Decreased cravings? Energy levels? Headaches? Weight loss? It’s all relevant.

To get started, check out one of my go to recipes for a sugar free dessert, foundĀ in Rob’s Newsletter #1 September 2016.

6 thoughts on “No Sugar Challenge”

    1. Michelle! You started on Saturday 10/8 and it sounds like you are doing great. 5 more days to go! I know for you it’s helpful to have fruit handy. Any other tips?

  1. I started the no-sugar challenge on 10/5 and I’m (shockingly) still going strong! I’m totally having fun with this challenge; I’ve been recently making an active effort to be more aware of the food I’m eating and avoiding foods with excess chemicals/preservatives, so I’ve already been reading ingredient labels. I’m now learning that many “healthy” foods I eat actually have some form of processed sugar additives! I am finding that I can’t even get various prepared salads at whole foods because of some form of sugar additive.

    One trick that has worked for me is to always have healthy snacks with me so I can munch on something healthy instead of the much more easily accessible sweet treats. Another tip: do not have any sugary treats lying around the house–you will eat what is in front of you! I often eat when not hungry because I’m bored. I have been actively only munching on raw veggies and hummus for example instead of an unhealthy sugary snack, which in turn makes you eat more due to sugar’s addictive properties. And of course I’ve been eating a ton of fruit to satisfy my sweet tooth.

    Definitely worth watching the video Rob posted in the above comment “Sugar, the bitter truth”–I loved how the speaker breaks down biochemically how your body and liver metabolizes sugar (fructose vs. glucose), and compares it to ethanol. One of his main points is that a high sugar diet=a high fat diet. I always operated under the assumption that high fat/highly caloric diet (more calories in>more calories out) results in weight gain. However, he does a great job at explaining why not all calories are equal! I also recommend the documentary Sugar Coated (on netflix)…it highlights the speaker who gave this talk and is very eye opening with regards to the politics behind the sugar industry and how some form of sugar has entered basically everything in the American diet.

    1. Great post Lindsay! I’m so glad you shared all that and glad you appreciated the Robert Lustig talk. Looking forward to watching Sugar Coated!

    2. Lindsay, I started Sugar Coated last night and it’s really good. It had me at Gary Taubes, the author of “Good Calories, Bad Calories.” Watching the documentary in combination with hearing about your experience with the challenge has really inspired me. You are in such a beautiful place of curiosity, adventure, and growth. That’s why I write these newsletters and why I created this blog. Thank you!

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