No sugar November.
The standard challenge – a good way to start:
- From 1 to 30 November
- No foods or beverages with added sugar or sugar substitutes
- 2 wildcards: when the social pressure is too much or it’s a shame to miss out – choose wisely
Unless you cook your own food, you have to be diligent in checking the labels of what you’re eating. Be aware that sugar isn’t just sugar on a label, but have many names such as ‘glucose’, ‘fructose’ and ‘syrup’. You will be surprised the amount of foods that contain sugar. However, it is only added sugars that you have to avoid. You’re ok by eating fruit or having a glass of juice – but watch out, you don’t want to overdo it on naturally occurring sugars either, as this is also about getting used to things tasting less sweet.
The extra challenge add-ons – I’m ready for more:
- Cut down on simple carbs such as white rice, pasta, bread, potatoes
- Avoid dried fruits
- Eliminate fruit juices
- Throw in some exercise
The baby-steps challenge – just doing a little is a big challenge for me:
- Select specific food items you’ll avoid, e.g. cakes, candy and dessert
- Consider if you need 1 wildcard per week
When selecting your level of challenge focus on finding the balance where you cut out the most added sugar and can stick with it for the full 30 days. Be ambitious, you’re doing this for yourself and remember it is just 30 days. How far are you ready to take it this year?