No Added Sugar Challenge!

Time to get serious.  It’s been almost 4 months and I’m feeling great! Been working out fairly regularly between the gym, running, and this box project I just finished but my nutrition has been hit or miss. I often allow myself to use breastfeeding as an excuse…I’m ready to turn that into my motivation! I mean really. What better reason to eat healthy than to provide better nutrition for your little one!

I’m definitely not one to promote “diets” because they’re usually not sustainable. But sometimes you just need a little kick-start, especially when fighting addicting foods like sugar. That’s why I am taking a “no added sugar challenge” for the month of April!

The goal is to cut out refined sugar (white sugar, corn syrup, brown sugar) as well as natural sweeteners (honey, molasses, stevia, agave nectar, coconut palm sugar, xylitol, maple syrup, etc.) and artificial sweeteners (Truvia, Splenda, Nutrasweet, etc.). Naturally occurring sugars in fruits, vegetables, and other whole foods don’t count. Feel free to enjoy lots of these!

There will be a period of withdrawal with possible side effects including headaches, weakness, and irritability. Don’t worry! It should pass in about 2-4 days.

I am not looking for perfection…sugar is addictive and in EVERYTHING! The idea is to do our best to cut out the obvious sugars and become more aware of and avoid the hiddens ones.  If you consume some added sugar don’t dwell on it…just focus on trying again with your next snack or meal (or beverage)!

These challenge things always go better with a little help from your friends, so who’s with me!?! Please comment below or on this post on my Enlightened Eating Nutrition Facebook page and I will be sure to check in with you throughout the month!

As a little extra incentive, I’m offering 10% off one month of meal planning and nutrition services for anyone that signs up during the month of April!!!