We’re back at it again for November! We’re kicking off another 30 day no sugar challenge this month. While technically it started yesterday if you’re getting started today you can go from November 2nd-December 2nd, or really anytime you want to get started this month.
I started this challenge because it’s to help me, too. It keeps me accountable through the holidays. One of the best and biggest changes I made to lose weight (and keep it off despite multiple injuries this year) was to break up with sugar. Keeping off sugar is easier now that I know what to buy at the store, what’s safe to eat on the go, and my go-to options for things like breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I want to help you do the same! Breaking up with sugar isn’t easy, and we can all use the support of a group to keep us at it!
This month I’m doing more to support the challenge. Not only do we have a Facebook group, but I’ll be sharing weekly Periscopes about the challenge, emails to subscribers, and some goodies, too.
How To Join The November 30 Day Sugar Detox
Here’s all you need to know.
WHEN: We’re starting now! Jumpstart yourself into a healthier holiday season with the challenge. Want to take a day off on Thanksgiving? Read on…..
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 About The No Sugar Challenge
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 now? Nope! Start when you can, and mark your calendar for 30 days later.
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.
How do I identify sugar in food? Want to know what to avoid? Check out this list of ingredients to avoid.
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. You might want to ditch the Halloween candy.
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.
Pumpkin pie? Take Thanksgiving off if you need to. Pumpkin pie is delicious after all.
Have more questions-ask away.