Are you ready to break up with sugar? Split with the sweet stuff? Dump sugar for the next 30 days? then I’ve got the challenge for you.
I’m hosting a 30 day sugar detox challenge!
You may remember I have talked about dumping the sweet stuff last year. My husband and I did a 30 day no sugar challenge and I came out the other side having ZERO sugar cravings. That has seriously never happened in my entire life. I’m a lifelong sweet tooth, so this was pretty amazing.
I knew I had kicked the sugar habit to the curb when I had dessert after the challenge was complete and only ate one bite. Old me would have eaten the whole thing and licked the plate, too. Not even kidding.
In the year since we’ve had some splurges, but even so we find the super sweet stuff tastes horrible to us both.
So, starting October 1st we’re doing another 30 day challenge, but this time we’re adding the kids to the mix! The whole family is doing the challenge, and I thought it would be great to have some online support during the challenge and encourage you to do the same.
How To Join The 30 Day Sugar Detox
Here’s all you need to know.
WHEN: We’re starting October 1st and ending on October 30th. I may not like sugar anymore, but I’m not cruel enough to make the kids miss Halloween. If you do the challenge you may not end up eating as much sugar as you would during October, and will certainly jumpstart yourself into a healthier holiday season.
HOW: Get advice right here at CentsibleLife.com, email me, or sign up below.
WHERE: I created a Facebook group for support. Come talk with us, introduce yourself, ask questions, and get support when you’re having a tough day. Join our 30 Day No Sugar Facebook group here.
WHAT: Sign up for emails. I’ll be sending out about one email a week with some tips, tricks, and info. No spam, just things that might help push you through. Sign up here.
WHO: Me! I’m not a professional, I’m just sharing what worked for me and offering support as we go.
FAQs aka Common questions (I’ll update this as we go)
Are you crazy?! Yes, I am, but that’s not why I quit sugar. I quit because I needed to stop depending on the sweet stuff to get through my day.
But, really WHY?! Just watch Jon Oliver explain it.
Why is it called a ‘detox’? That’s just a fancy way of saying your body will be breaking up with sugar and you won’t crave it anymore.
Why 30 days? Because it’s better than 29 days and 31 days.
Do I have to start on October 1st? For the first 30 day challenge, yes. Though I may keep it going on a rolling basis if there is interest.
I hate the Facebook, do I have to join the group? Nope. You do you.
You’re going to email me? I hate email. No worries. No need to sign up, though if you do I promise I’ll make it worth your while.
How do I get my kids/friends/husband/wife/whoever to join in? Ask them. Tell them you can suffer together.
Is it….hard? Am I going to scream and cry? The first few days are hard, and you might. I didn’t scream or cry, I just needed nap time (for real), and had to keep myself busy so I wasn’t tempted.
What happens if I mess up? Keep going. Mistakes do not mean failure. You’re not weak for succumbing to your cravings either, you are learning how hard it is to break up with sugar.
Should I toss things out now? Yes. It’s easier to break up with sugar if you don’t have stuff in the house. We even tossed our baking supplies when we first started.
What about alcohol? Isn’t that sugar? Technically yes, your body coverts it to sugar. But also no, it’s not the same as a spoonful of sugar. Breaking up with it for 30 days isn’t a bad idea. But if you must have that Friday cocktail or glass of wine with dinner, go for it. Just be sure you stick to wine, beer, or hard liquor without mix-ins. Tonic water has sugar, too (sorry). If you want a great cocktail just ask for your favorite kind of liquor with soda water and lime or lemon.
What about soda? Try seltzer water or flavored sparkling water. Not the same I know, but really yummy. Take pain reliever in the morning if you don’t have another form of caffeine as you may get caffeine withdrawal headaches.
What about my morning coffee/tea? Depends on how dependent on sugar you are. Try a lighter roast of coffee or shorter brew of your tea so you aren’t masking the bitterness of the brew with sugar. Try coconut milk or vanilla unsweetened almond milk for some flavor.
What about sugar substitutes? I say nope, but it’s up to you. No artificial stuff for sure, because ew. If you must have a substitute try agave nectar or local raw honey. Use it sparingly. If you need dessert ideas I’ll be sure to share some.
What about that birthday/anniversary/party? C’mon you can just say no, thanks. I’ll provide some no sugar treats you can take if you want to celebrate. We even made my husband’s birthday cake this year without sugar and everyone LOVED it.
Have more questions-ask away.
Hope you’ll join us!