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, found in Rob’s Newsletter #1 September 2016.