Want To Do Your Own No-Sugar Challenge? Here's Everything You Need

Contributing Food Editor By Liz Moody
Contributing Food Editor
Liz Moody is a food editor, recipe developer and green smoothie enthusiast. She received her creative writing and psychology degree from The University of California, Berkeley. Moody is the author of two cookbooks: Healthier Together and Glow Pops and the host of the Healthier Together podcast.
Want To Do Your Own No-Sugar Challenge? Here's Everything You Need
If you're looking to try out a no-sugar diet, you've come to the right place. With mbg's no-sugar challenge, you'll get tips, tricks, inspirational stories, and recipes to help you eliminate sugar for good. You can check out our 10 best tips for eliminating sugar to help you get started on your sugar-free journey today. Every day builds on the next—soon enough a day turns into a week and a week into months.

You can do one any time you feel like you need a break from sugar, whether you find yourself consistently reaching for a 3 p.m. chocolate bar or you've just gone an especially indulgent vacation. Want to create your own no-sugar challenge? Here's what you need to do.

Want To Do Your Own No-Sugar Challenge? Here's Everything You Need

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1. Decide how long you want to do it for.

Many of our experts note that the worst of the cravings dissipates after a few days, and after a week, you've truly reset your palate, making seven days a great starting point (that isn't too intimidating!). But if you want to go longer or shorter, feel free! It's all about what feels good for your body and makes sense with your lifestyle.

2. Decide what you're defining as sugar.

This depends, in a lot of ways, on what your current lifestyle looks like. If you're regularly eating Skittles and sweet cereal, a refined sugar detox might be enough to create significant change in your life. If you're generally a fairly healthy eater, you might want to kiss maple syrup, coconut sugar, and other natural sugars goodbye. For our challenge, we eliminated all forms of added sugar and limited fruit to small quantities of low-fructose fruits, like berries. Here's a doctor's take on whether fruit sugar is healthy, and here's a breakdown of all the various types of sweeteners.

3. Grab some partners!

It's always easier (and a ton more fun!) to do a challenge with buddies, so enlist a few on your own journey. You can even create a hashtag to check in on one another's progress (and see what tasty treats you're each concocting!).


4. Know that sugar is addictive—and the withdrawal is real.

The first few days can be a little rough, but there are a few things that really help. Dr. Vora dives into why sugar's so freakin' addictive and arms you with some potent weapons to help deal with withdrawal symptoms.

5. Read up on the tips and tricks that'll help you get through the worst of times.

Have you tried the "sugar destroyer" herb, for instance? Here are the nine best tips for quitting sugar we've ever heard.


6. Arm yourself with tons of blood-sugar-balancing, no-sugar recipes.

Here are a few of our favorites:

A one-day meal plan designed to balance your blood sugar

No-sugar, no-bake chocolate peanut butter balls

A three-day sugar detox (with recipes)

Four no-sugar desserts to crush any sweets craving

The no-sugar smoothie recipe supermodels are obsessed with

7. Dive even deeper into your no-sugar journey.

If you feel like you need extra support, registered dietitian Dana James gets into the nitty gritty of ditching sugar in her mbg class.


8. Remember to have fun!

When eating gets too restrictive, it loses all of its pleasure (and food has the ability to be the source of great pleasure). So treat your challenge as a way to have fun and get more in tune with your body, but don't limit yourself till you're no longer having fun. If you're stressing out too much, eat the damn cookie.

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