This Challenge is officially over. 

Welcome to the Second Sugar-Free Challenge Homepage!

I had a great time with our first sugar-free challenge, and by popular request, I will be hosting another. We had many participants in June, and I hope we have many more this time!

Here’s the Challenge:

“Don’t eat any sugar for 10 days. This includes honey, molasses, syrups, artificial sweeteners (like Splenda), sugar alcohols (like maltitol or xylitol), and no refined sugar.”

The challenge will start on November 3rd and end on November 12th.

How to Join the Challenge:

Simply leave a comment below to join the challenge. After signing on-there is no turning back! Just kidding, if you wish to be removed for some reason, email me.


 I would love for you all to spread the word and join the challenge! During the challenge, it would be great for you to post your sugar-free eats so that you can inspire others. I will be featuring your sugar-free eats and recipes during the challenge, too. Here’s a badge you can add to your site to help promote this:

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Questions? Comments? Concerns?

Email me at If you ever need any help, don’t hesitate to ask. I am creating this challenge so that we will have a big sugar-free support group! If you would like to send me your story on how being sugar-free helped you, I would love to publish it! Any other ideas you have? I’d love to hear!

Frequently Asked Challenge Questions:

Are you allowed to eat fruit during the challenge?

Yes, you are allowed to eat fruit. Try not to overdo it, though (as in, don’t eat 15 bananas a day!). Other than that, I believe the naturally occurring sugars found in fruit are perfectly healthy in small amounts. Fruit contains plenty of antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins to help your body. 

Is stevia allowed during the challenge? 

Since stevia is considered a sugar-substitute, I am not allowing it in the challenge. This makes the challenge, well, more challenging! Challenging is fun! If you think that you absolutely cannot complete the challenge without stevia, then feel free to use it.

Is alcohol allowed during the challenge? 

Yes, as long as it isn’t a “mixed” alcoholic beverage like margaritas, because they have added sugar. Mixed alcoholic drinks that use only fruit juice and no added sugar are accepted. Plain wine, beer, etc. are allowed. 


One randomly selected challenge participant will receive an 8 oz. jar of Artisana Coconut Butter and a variety of nutbutter squeeze-packets. Courtesy of Artisana.

One randomly selected participant will win a mixed case (12 packages) of Crunchmaster items including Original Multi-Seed and Hint of Sea Salt 7 Ancient Grains Crackers. 

Good Luck!


Challenge Recap:


140 Responses to November, 2011

  1. Shannon says:

    I am on for the sugar free challenge. I’m excited to have my kids do it with me.

  2. Roni says:

    I want to join! I did a sugar free challenge by myself last year for 2 months and I felt so good! But now I am back to being a sugar addict! Count me in on this challenge!

  3. I am on board for the challenge! Thanks for planning this.

  4. Lora says:

    ever since first challenge I stopped eating sugar – thank you, but not being super strict about it, no reason. So i am definitely joining this one.

    should I avoid stevia extract for extra challenge? though i only add it to my coffee…thank you Alex

    • Hi Lora!

      I’m so glad you feel great without sugar! Makes me super happy!

      I definitely think you should challenge yourself to not use stevia. Stevia is considered a sugar-substitute, so it’s would be nice to ween yourself off it so that you feel like you don’t absolutely need it every day (even if it is just with your coffee). It’s a fun challenge!

      Thanks for joining!

      • Lora says:

        I need a good sports drink to fuel prerace or just before intense workout, any ideas?
        I found some I sure very good ones but expensive, too; can you come up with something affordable?

        • Hey Lora,

          Are you looking for more of a carbohydrate-fuel or a an electrolyte-based drink? I use coconut water for a small, natural sugar, and I use Trace Mineral’s Electrolyte drops for electrolytes. Is this what you are thinking of?

  5. Jenn says:

    I’m in. I want to see if I can do better than I did in June now that I have much more knowledge regarding what foods/products contain sugar. And I have tried out many of your amazing recipes so I will be more than prepared.

  6. Suman Maan says:

    I am on board for the challenge! Thanks for planning this.

  7. i’m taking the challenge 🙂

  8. Christine says:

    Count me in! 🙂

  9. i’ll definitely take on the challenge!

  10. Kiran says:

    I was hoping you would host another one, I’m in!

  11. Suzanne says:

    I’m in!

  12. I’m IN!!!!! this sounds awesome!!

  13. I’m totally in. My sugar free challenge totally flopped so this is just what I need 🙂

  14. Amanda says:

    Bring it on! 🙂

  15. Anne says:

    My mother and I are in!

  16. Jensine Crandall says:

    Count me in!

  17. I’m in! I’m new to the idea of living sugar-free and have only just begun looking into it and reading books/blogs about the subject. So hopefully by November I’ll be in the right frame of mind and have some tools to help me get through this challenge!

  18. Lou says:

    Sounds like a (non sugary) treat – I’m in!

  19. Ashley says:

    I’m down for the sugar-free challenge. I’ll have to be creative, for there are a lot of birthdays around this time.

  20. Val says:

    I’m totally in! I’m so glad you’re doing this again!! I wanted to do it again, but its so much harder on your own. Can’t wait!

  21. Jennifer Doyle says:

    By commenting here does this sign me up? Id love to try the challenge (again!) The hardest part for me will be the sugar substitutes, since I use Stevia in greek yogurt and like those Tofutti bars. But, anything that I make from your site tastes a million times better and is healthier!! Thanks! XO

  22. Melissa says:

    I am in!

  23. Jen says:

    I’m in, this should be fun. Now to see if I can get hubby to join me!

  24. Lucy says:

    I am so ready, I am a syrup freak and this will be good to come back to moderation 😀 Lesgo!

  25. Mortah says:

    I’m in 🙂

  26. tracey says:

    Going to try it again! Fell off the wagon!

  27. Nikki says:

    Count me in!

  28. Kathryn Ross says:

    I think I can… I think I can….quick sign me up before I change my mind.

  29. Kim Frederickson says:

    I am in! Might be a challenge as I fall in the sugar addict category, but am giving it a shot…with your help of course!!

  30. valerie says:

    I want to join the challenge!

  31. Megan says:

    I’m in too!!

  32. Maija says:

    yay! I’m so excited about the challenge! This will be interesting- I’m now refined sugar free but I do still use brown rice syrup, honey, agave and stevia… it’s gonna be fun!

  33. Cassandra says:

    I’m signing up! I was Sugar free a few years ago. I felt great, I lost some weight, but slowly I let sugar back in. I want to change my life and be healthy. Thank you for your blog.

  34. Rachael says:

    I want to join the challenge….I don’t typically add any sugar to my food, but for these 10 days I will make sure that anything that I eat, that isn’t homemade, doesn’t contain sugar.

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  35. Taryn says:

    I will give it a try. I try to avoid sugar and its substitutes- but sometimes I get slack. Thanks

  36. Reid says:

    I would like to take the challenge too! I’m always on the edge of sugar free, but not quite there yet, this would be a good opportunity for trying.
    Thanks for your great recipes. 🙂

  37. Marie-Sophie says:

    Oh yes, I want to join! I don’t have a blog (yet) so I can’t post anything but I am so glad to have some support! I’ve discovered I have hypoglycemia and also have noticed that I feel lots lots better (and get a lot less migraines) when not eating sugary things!

  38. Tara says:

    I’m in! I’ve been doing sugar free for 4 weeks, but I have been using Stevia. It’s helped my gut feel so much better. I plan to try to stick with this as long as I can. Sugar is so toxic. Thanks for hosting this challenge!

  39. i’m already doin it!! but have to avoid fruit too. (candida)

  40. I was sugar free for a period of time last year and I miss it! I’m not a blogger but I hope to complete this challenge and stick with it! 🙂

  41. Steffi says:

    I was refined sugar free after 3 week cleanse end of January up to just past month. I felt amazing. Former sugar addict and happy to say i have yet to buy the theatre box of candy I used to every week walking in a Walgreens. But sugars been sneaking back in when I used to turn up my nose.

    I am ready to get back on the unsweet team!

  42. jane says:

    Count me in! I was considering wussing out, but I’m going to go for it!!

  43. Jane Wolfe says:

    Us Janes can do it! Count me in too!

  44. I’m signing up! Not eating refined sugars is easy but no honey or molasses is a lot harder! I’m so excited to see how I do. Thanks for the challenge!!

  45. jessica says:

    I would love to join the challenge!

  46. momma kiki says:

    OK. Ready to try it again! Actually, it wasn’t as hard as I thought the first time around. My dark chocolate almonds and I will part ways for a while…..

  47. I’ve decided to join up. Looking forward to this challenge!

  48. Megan says:

    Yes count me in please!

  49. tanya says:

    Seems tough, but I would like to give it a try!

  50. Leah says:

    I’m signing up for the challenge. I don’t eat very much sugar, so this should be a piece of grain-free bitter chocolate cake!

  51. Suman says:

    I start my challenge little early.


  52. Brandi B says:

    I can do it–my problem is stevia:)

  53. Erica says:

    I’m signing up for the challenge! I have a major sweet tooth so this will be tough!

  54. nicole says:

    Count me in!

  55. Laura says:

    Yes! I really need this! This will be hard as I have a few events that week that I will be challenged at, but for my health, I will do it!

    I am a little unfamiliar with going sugar-free. What are the rules regarding natural sugars, such as that found in cheeses, etc? And the rules regarding alcoholic beverages (not necessarily mixed drinks, but wine, beer, etc)?

    Looking forward to learning and getting healthy!

  56. Adrianna says:

    This sounds like fun! Count me in 🙂

  57. Kathleen says:

    Since I can still have my glass of red wine in the evening count me in! I’m even going to see if my family will join me.

  58. Lissa says:

    I’m in! My mom is already on board and I’m hoping to get my husband to go for it too!

  59. 91% Chocolate Lover says:

    I can always use mashed banana to sweeten anything I need to. Bring on the challenge!

  60. Christina says:

    It’s been a long time coming!! I’m so happy to have found your blog! I’ve been reading it for a few days now and just wanted to say thanks for all that you do! This is exactly the type of information and motivation I need to work on kicking my sugar addiction for good. Sign me up! And a quick question for you– Do you eat bread? And if so, do you make your own w/o sugar? TIA!

  61. Count me in! I just recently found your blog and love your sugar free recipes! I’m refined sugar free but definitely eat too much raw honey and coconut palm sugar. I’ve been wanting to cut back and this is the perfect thing to get me on track!

  62. Michelle says:

    I’m in. My sugar addiction is TERRIBLE, and my attempts at moderation have failed. Looks like cold turkey is the only way to go.

  63. Aileen P says:

    I’m IN!!! Since I’m battling Candida, I can’t have any fruit or alcohol. I CAN have Stevia, however, so I’m keeping that in. Thanks for making this happen!

  64. Jessica T says:

    Sign me up! It’ll be tough, but I’m always up for a challenge 🙂

  65. Frannie says:

    I love your blog!

    I have been battling with myself for the past few weeks about whether I should do this or not… I know it’s only 10 days, but I am afraid of failing (or life without sugar … for 10 days). I guess I have a bit of an addiction?? count me in for the challenge 🙂

  66. Hailey says:

    I’m up for this!

  67. Brenda says:

    I’m Down!
    and I’m going to try and be sugar free until the christmas season 🙂
    Thanks for the support!

  68. Allison says:

    I’m joining! I’ve been reducing my sugar intake significantly recently and this will hopefully be the catalyst that will get me to take that final step to sugar-freedom 🙂

  69. shea says:

    I’m up for the challenge 🙂

  70. Abby says:

    I would like to join

  71. kris says:

    I am up for the challenge, brinbig it !

  72. Mimi says:

    I’m in! Looking forward to it!

  73. Yvette says:

    I’m in !

  74. Okay, I’m in! I’m really excited to see how I’m feeling at the end of the challenge. I don’t use real sugar nor do I eat many packaged foods, but I go through a lot of Stevia and I recently got hooked to sugar-free syrup. The rest of my diet is very “clean and green” but I always crave sweets!

  75. Hope Buck says:

    YES! I’m in. Started yesterday 🙂 I miss sugar free…when i fail it’s epic…. and makes me feel disgusting. Bye bye sugar!

  76. Molly says:

    I’m looking forward to this challenge! I’ve been wanting to forgo sugar for some time now and this challenge is a good incentive! Thanks!


  77. Lauren G says:

    Sign me up for the Sugar Free challenge! I do have a question, what are the ‘rules’ on things like ketchup or Greel yogurts with sugar? I’m trying to limit my sugar to anything less than 8g per serving but for the sake of the challenge is that acceptable?

    • Hey Lauren!

      Ketchup has a lot of added sugar. It is pretty much tomato-flavored sugar paste. So I would count that out. You an have greek yogurt, but stick to the “plain” yogurts because they have no added sugar. If you feel the need for sugar, simply add some fresh fruit to your yogurt.

  78. Maureen Vita says:

    I’m so addicted to sugar — I want to try to give it up! Need help!

  79. Tracy says:

    Alright…I am IN!!! I would love to do this until Thanksgiving! My pumpkin pie will taste so much sweeter! 🙂

  80. Liza says:

    I have been procrastinating this for a while, but count me in!

  81. jenn says:

    I want to sign up!

  82. Erin says:

    I’m in!! I actually started yesterday!

  83. AnAppleADay says:

    i am so excited! count me in

  84. I need this challenge! My life is an endless cycle of 3 days “clean and lean” eating with exercise, followed by 24h hours of eating all the junk, sugar filled food I can get my hands. I hopw we can all support and help each other to achieve our sugar free goal.

  85. Ashley says:

    I’m in!! Thank goodness for fruit, haha. 🙂

  86. Linda romer says:

    I’m in!!

  87. Jinny says:

    sugar free, sign me up! it’ll be a great challenge to not use stevia!

  88. Carla McCloskey says:

    Wanted to try the challenge.

  89. ben says:

    I will take the challenge, but only until I get finished on the computer. After that I will have to have some sugar….weakness is also fun….Ben

  90. Dawn says:

    I’m in! Does this mean no coconut or date sugar too?

    Thanks for doing this, I’m hoping the whole family will join me.

    ~Dawn 🙂

  91. kniknok says:

    I will join to the best of my ability- last week in dorms so far too many social gatherings to be able to totally avoid it I think 🙁 But really excited to give it a shot! Thank you so much for organising this!

  92. Kathy says:

    I am going to try this:)

  93. Diana says:

    Count me in too.

  94. Sistajuju says:

    Yes I will do it!

  95. Alexis says:

    Here’s hoping I can do it!

  96. Suman says:

    I cooked all my food for next 4 days. i did not buy any fruits this week in my grocery. I am planing to go without fruits too. But if i feel i needed some thing when i get hypoglycemia symptoms i will eat one pcs. of fruit only otherwise my goal is go without it. Let’s do it i am ready for this challenge.

  97. kristi says:

    I fell off the wagon a few months ago and haven’t been able to get back on. I felt GREAT when I wasn’t eating sugar or refined carbs. I am ready to not feel cranky and tired again!! Also, I’d love to win some coconut oil – I love that stuff, too!

  98. Absie says:

    I’m getting in on this. 🙂

  99. Nicole says:

    I’m in!

  100. Janice says:

    Alright!!! I love challenges and so I’m totally in!!! We’ll see how far I get and how this motivates me to stay with my “South Beach Diet” AND train for my upcoming 5K!!!

  101. I’m up for the challenge! I went sugar free for lent last year,and think I can do it again.

    I will definitely post my sugar free recipes on my blog. I actually just made a sugar free apple bread today that tasted amazing!

  102. Emily says:

    I need to curb my sugar addiction so I’m in!

  103. Angela F. says:

    Sweet! I just found this blog and I think it’s my new favorite thing!

  104. Ashley R says:

    With reluctance, I’m in.

  105. Hi everyone and a big THANK YOU to Alex for assembling us all here. I’ve read the first Challenge newsletter and planned my first sugar free day. Breakfast was wholewheat sugar free cereal with unsweetened stewed apple and milk. Took the dog for a walk (wet and windy this morning in UK). I have raw carrots at work with me as snacks, a gren lentil and feta cheese salad for lunch and eggs and mushrooms waiting in the fridge at home for dinner tonight. BEST WISHES to all and good eating!

  106. Marie-Sophie says:

    Yay, first day of the challenge! My breakfast: oatmeal with cottage cheese, homemade almond butter, coconut oil and a vegan gluten-free (sugar-free 🙂 ) fruit crumble. Snacks will be another small portion oatmeal with fruit crumble and almond butter, some homemade protein cookies, an apple and baby tomates. Lunch will be pasta with homemade pesto & some meat plus side salad and dinner will be a salad with a goat cheese (with rosemary *yum*) and a glass of white wine!

    Some tricks that I found really useful for myself: make a big portion fruit crumble on Sunday as well as a pot of quinoa/rice, bake some sweet potatoes, hardboil some eggs, chop some veggies, make a few portions of homemade salad dressing in a jar (kept in the fridge) … and assemble some portable snacks (trail mix, babybel cheese, fruit, homemade bars that you portion and put in fridge/freezer). You won’t be as stressed each morning, can easily grab snacks and make lunch and have an easy dinner on hand. I find stress to be a big trigger for sugar-laden eating.

  107. Suman says:

    Yay, first day of the challenge!
    My breakfast:
    Warm water with ground turmeric 1tsp.
    Coconut oil 1tbsp. with warm water
    ½ a cup hot tea without sugar
    Ashwagandha 40 drops

    Lunch will be quinoa with home cooked veggies and yogurt

    Dinner:- Chia seeds 3 tbsp. pudding and homemade veggie broth

  108. Ashley Hope says:

    oooo ya! count me in! super stoked!!!

  109. janeen mitchell says:

    Looking forward to it!

  110. A-M says:

    I’ve been sugar-free for 8 1/2 years. Once you get through the withdrawal symptoms (about 30 days) it gets easy . . . except that people think I’m crazy. Sugar is poison to me – I was highly addicted, like so many posters here. Life without sugar is wonderful! – A.M. 50 y.o. professional and mother of 4, 5’9″, 123 lbs.

  111. waseemsufi says:

    Hi, Reading about this challenge is making me go reach out for sugar before I start! Can one join in anytime or we need to wait for another challenge start time.

    Thank you,

    Waseem Sufi.

    • Hi Waseem Sufi!

      I’d be happy if you joined the challenge! We are already halfway through, but it is still a great experience. I’ll probably host another one after the holidays, but feel free to start the challenge now.

      Thanks for joining!

  112. Jessica Kraf says:

    I’ve been sugar free for about 9 months but I’m in! I can always do better, it’d be great to kick white carbs forever!

  113. I wish I saw this earlier!! Are you going to host another one anytime soon?

  114. koral says:

    In! 🙂

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