No Refined Sugar Challenge

Sugar has always been an issue for me. Despite knowing it’s harmful effects I always seem to slowly add it back into my life. Try as I might, my sugar tooth always seems to get the best of me.

While I tend to go straight for the sugar laden candy, many people suffer from sugar overload by consuming less obvious foods. So called “healthy” foods can have a ton of sugar hiding in the ingredients. (Granola, fruit juice, low fat yogurt, dried fruit, granola bars, cereal…)

I challenge you to a 10 day no refined sugar challenge. If you feel good then keep going! Can you stretch it to an entire month? Skies the limit! Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you can’t have any treats. There are plenty of no refined sugar desserts you can make ( get creative with fruit and yogurts)!

Here is some more information to help you get started..

What is the difference between natural sugar vs refined sugar?pexels-photo-325526

Natural sugars are found in fruit as fructose and in dairy products, such as milk and cheese, as lactose.

Refined sugar comes from sugar cane or sugar beets, which are processed to extract the sugar. It is typically found as sucrose, which is the combo of glucose and fructose. There is white sugar and brown sugar which is typically used to sweeten cookies an cakes, as well as a number of other items.

Food manufacturers add chemically produced sugar, typically high-fructose corn syrup, to foods and beverages, including crackers, flavored yogurt, tomato sauce and salad dressing. Also beware of low-fat foods as they are packed with the most chemicals and added sugar so they have more flavor. (Yay! No fat, but bring on the chemicals!)

You should also avoid added artificial sweeteners such as Truvia, Splenda, NutraSweet and Aspartame.

What can I eat that is on the sweet side?

Fruit contains glucose, but this is natural sugar (glucose) so feel free to still enjoy this during the challenge. Just don’t overdo it and stick to 1-2 servings of fruit a day.

A sweet snack I like to indulge in is dehydrated fruit, but be sure to carefully read the ingredients. I have found that dried mango sold at the stores will sometimes have added sugar and something like “color yellow” added.

EW why? Mango is sweet enough, so be sure that ingredients read as : Mango. This goes for nut butters as well. Peanut butter should have 1 ingredient. Can you guess what that is?…

Positive side effects:

  • Clear skin
  • weight loss
  • elevated mood
  • clear head
  • more alert

Be sure to follow me along this no refined sugar journey on my Instagram as I will be posting tips and recipes throughout the next month. Let’s kick sugar to the curb together!


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