The Month of No Sugar is simply an experiment I am trying with some of my children. I really need to get a handle on my overall health. I read the book Year of No Sugar and while I didn’t love it, it made me think. We plan to have no processed sugar for a month and see how we feel at the end.
The members of our family who plan to go without sugar are: me, Jubilee (12), Hezekiah (10) and Tucker (9). My mom has also decided to join the no-sugar bandwagon.
The “rules” are simple. No processed sugar (sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup of any kind*). There will be mistakes, I’m sure. We plan to allow honey and 100% juice which likely no purist would allow. The experiment is designed to be fun, not torture. There is no pressure on anyone to participate, no awards for completing it and no guilt for “failing”. I will keep the month free of sugar, but am not worried if my kids give in. This is my project, not theirs.
*Eating Rules has a great list of types of sugar. I am sure this month will not be “perfect” but obviously by following our own rules we will be cutting out the majority of sugar in our diet.
I am concerned about the amount of sugar my kids eat. Too much is a bad thing and it seems to be lurking around every corner and at every event. The three kids participating are very excited to join me. For me, I need to get a better handle on my health, I need to be more active and I need to lose weight.
I will probably update about our Month of No Sugar about once a week for the month of January. If you would like to join us, leave a comment (or link if you blog). We will be starting this Thursday (January 1) and continuing on until January 31.
So tell me…who’s in?
100 Days of Real Food has great information on “real” foods. I am sure I will be getting recipes and tips from here.
Jubilee bought the book Body and Soul: A Girl’s Guide to a Fit, Fun and Fabulous Life. It is a fun, upbeat book by Bethany Hamilton (she had her arm bit off by a shark at age 13) and is filled with healthy (sugar free) recipes Jubilee hopes to try.
My Month of No Sugar Pinterest Board
A friend of mine with Lyme disease shared this website: Detoxinista. All recipes are gluten and refined sugar-free! Thanks, Carrie.
Elana’s Pantry is also full of gluten free and paleo recipes. While we don’t plan to drop gluten, many of that paleo recipes will be good options for us.
I will be continually adding to my Pinterest board as well as adding links here to keep this post updated.
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