What started as an empty threat to my boyfriend who loves candy more than you love anything has morphed into another self-imposed 30-day challenge I’m calling No Sugar November.
I thought some of you might like to play along so here are the rules:
- No sugar. Ok? Ok.
- No artificial sweeteners. That’s cheating. You’ll just drink Diet Coke all day.
- Agave nectar is sugar. Honey is sugar. Coconut sugar is sugar. Maple syrup is sugar. Sugar is sugar, got it?
- Whole fruit is not sugar. I won’t stand for it. You can eat fruit all day.
- But easy on the fruit juice, killer. That’s a lot of sugar and none of the fiber or anything. Just eat fruit.
If this seems horrendous to you, keep in mind that I will provide us with super easy recipes for the following no-sugar-added snacks along the way:
- Banana ice cream
- Peanut butter cups
- Caramel apple chia pudding
- Turtle cups
- Baked apples
- Fruit parfait with coconut whipped cream
- Coconut cups
- Banana split
As well as tips on simple substitutions for some of your favorites like… a fizzy swap for your daily soda and a sweet stand-in for maple syrup.
I’m not anti-sugar at all. I won’t fly off the handle calling it poison or tell you to never eat a homemade cookie every again. But it should obviously be consumed in moderation and this kind of little challenge is a good way to reset and start paying attention to how much sugar you’re really eating every day. (I do think artificial sweeteners are a terrible idea, though.) Mostly I need to stop eating a bag of Lemonheads a week.
Even if you’re not a big consumer of sweets but you’re on the sugar-free (as in artificial sweeteners) bandwagon, this would be a good experiment for you. The goal is to retrain your palate to the intensity of natural sweetness found in fruits and vegetables. Because artificial sweeteners are sometimes thousands of times sweeter than natural sugar, regular consumption of those products numbs our palates to the sweetness of the real deal. They’re just garbage. Don’t eat them.
Ok so that’s it.
In? Awesome. Our hashtag is #sugarnope.