This challenge is officially over.

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 June 1st, so this will give you plenty of time to prepare yourself! I will be posting my daily sugar-free eats for the challenge, and tips on going sugar-free.

Bloggers: 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 is a badge (courtesy of RunToTheFinish) to attach to your blog if you like:

SugarFree
Here is the HTML for the badge: <a href=”http://spoonfulofsugarfree.com/health-facts/sugar-free-challenge/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://i1229.photobucket.com/albums/ee464/acetennis94/SugarFree2.jpg” border=”0″ alt=”Photobucket”></a>

How to Join the Challenge:

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.

Questions? Comments? Concerns?

Email me at spoonfulofsugarfree@gmail.com. If you every 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!

Good Luck!

Thank you to everyone who signed up! The official list of participants is found HERE.

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134 Responses to June, 2011

  1. […] idea that I had to oblige. Also, I am going to be starting a sugar-free challenge on my blog. Click HERE to do the […]

  2. Kayla says:

    So glad you are doing this! I have talked about eating sugar-free on my blog, I think this is a GREAT challenge for everyone who has been too scared, to try eating sugar-free! I know they will see a HUGE difference in just 10 days!

    I can’t wait to see your daily eats during the challenge!

  3. Damjana says:

    I’m almost sugar free (I use honey and hazelnut syrup) but I’m willing to give this challenge a kick!
    love Damjana

  4. Margarita says:

    Hi Alex,

    This is a very great idea about the challenge. I think I emailed you before and mentioned a bit about me going sugar-free and being pretty much sugar free for the last 6 months (but I don’t like counting! ;))… however, I too still use stevia in my life (and raw honey on rare occasion). Stevia is a sweetener as well and I would like to be completely 100% sugar-free. I will be joining your challenge on June 1st. YEY! :D

  5. Brooke says:

    Wow, I am so glad I found your website. I’m currently doing a detox called “the Clean and lean” diet and it has really opened my eyes on just how harmful sugar is. So I’m proud to say I’ve been sugar free for 5 days now and have seen a huge improvement on my tummy. Anywho, I just made your oatcakes this morning, love them! Keep those recipes coming!

    Brooke

  6. Tory says:

    Kicking the sugar habit together. What a wonderful idea!! A suport group to be there when we kick the sugar habit. For me I think for the first time in my life I will truly understand what people go through when they try to give up smoking when they have smoked all their life…this is certainly NOT going to be easy for me!!!! Sugar has a hold on me and I know that’s not good. So thank you for wanting to be there as I kick the habit. After 10 days, lets try for 30 etc… Love your web site.

  7. Diana says:

    I really need to do this challenge. Sugar is the one thing that I can’t seem to get rid of, and I know I would benefit so much from being sugar-free. My dad is a recovering alcoholic (15 years now) and I’ve read that there can be a genetic predisposition to this. Well, I don’t drink, but I think sugar is my vice. Once I start, it’s hard to stop. Even simple carbs can do this to me. I need to kick this habit in the butt!!

  8. This sounds like fun!!! :) I am totally in! :)

  9. Val says:

    This sounds like such a great idea. I’ve always wanted to try this, but its so hard when you are the only one. I feel like this will be great motivation to actually finally do this!

  10. Shannon says:

    I defiantly want to try this, count me in!

  11. Jessica says:

    Sign me up! This sounds like a fantastic jump start to curb those summer sugar traps!

  12. I would love to do this! Quick question though, is stevia off limits as well? Don’t think it will change my mind, just want to fully know what I’m getting into :)

  13. Karine says:

    Hey!

    Excellent idea! Hopefully this challenge will help and motivate many of us. :)
    So, I’d like to enter it! I’m looking forward to it!

    ++

  14. Karine says:

    Oh, and I have a question : what about flours and refined grains (pasta, bread, …) ? Should we include them in the challenge, event if they don’t taste sweet? I’ve heard somewhere that even whole wheat bread “acts” like refined foods…

  15. Jen says:

    I was sugar free for 4 years, then started nibbling here and there. Now I feel how strong a sugar addiction can be. I’m in!

  16. […] for 10 days? Or it might be you already don’t consume sugar. That’d be even easier for you. Check out the challenge here! Say hello to the wonderful Alex at Spoonful of Sugarfree. Basically it means not eating sugar from […]

  17. Christine says:

    I’m in! I look forward to trying lots of new sugar-free recipes and feeling better!

  18. Courtney says:

    I would love to join!

  19. shelby says:

    I’d love to join this challenge! :) I’m sure I’ll be ready by june 1st ! i hope at least! :)

  20. Mowenackie says:

    This is a great idea – thanks for sponsoring it!

    I’m 99% sugar and sweetener free (I use agave in desserts still), but I’d love to eliminate that or even just kick my tastebuds into “downsizing” the amount I use. This will be the perfect opportunity to do just that.

    And I *think* I even have my husband talked into trying it with me. But I can’t guarentee that one, especially as long as we have chocolate chips in the house. (:

  21. Hats says:

    I’d like to join, sign me up!

  22. […] up to take part in a 10 Day Sugar Free Challenge, hosted by Amanda (Run To The Finish) and Alex (Spoonful of Sugar Free), from June 1 to June 10. The goal is to help reset my body and my taste […]

  23. I guess I am in. I should be moved and settled by June 1. I feel sorry for the people that will be around me :)

  24. I really really want to do this challenge. I’m going to be going on a retreat starting June 9th so, while I’ll try my best to avoid sugar, I may not be able to 100% avoid added sugars. Maybe I could start a couple days early and end a couple days early?
    I think that doing a sugar free challenge is such a great idea!

  25. […] now, starting on June 1st, Alex is hosting the Sugar-Free Challenge. The challenge is this: Don’t eat any sugar for 10 days. This includes honey, molasses, syrups, […]

  26. Lauren says:

    I’m in, I can use some agave/honey detox, fruit is ok? I will blog about it too.
    Great idea.

  27. Angelique S says:

    Wow, this is a great challenge! I’m sure I consume more sugar than I’m aware – and sweets are my weakness. I’d like to make change!! 10 days – we CAN do it! Glad I found your site!

  28. down for the challenge!

  29. Jessica says:

    In January I went sugar free and artificial sweetener free. I used stevia. Since Easter I got a taste and once again craving some sugary goodness. Looking forward to the challenge. Love your blog!

  30. Becky says:

    I’m in! It’s sort of perfect timing for me, as we are handing in our Bachelor’s project on Monday, and I need to get healthier to make up for the past weeks very poor food choices.

    I’m thinking I might do both sugar and gluten free, or would that be too much at once?

  31. Wow this look like SUCH A cool challenge!!! I think I’ll give it a try!!

  32. I’m in! I already eat and sometimes blog sugar-free (I call it sweetener-free). I used to be a professional baker and have always had a killer sweet tooth….but these days it aint nothing a good banana or mango can’t satisfy :)

  33. […] Spoonful of Sugar Free – Sugar Free Challenge A 10 day sugar free challenge starting on June 1. This is perfect timing for me since my move will be complete just before this starts. Although my camping trip complete with s’mores falls right in the middle of this. […]

  34. Val says:

    Hi! I was wondering if you could do a post and before the sugar free challenge starts of common things that people think doesn’t contain sugar, but really does and maybe a few tips and stuff. I’ve been making sure not to buy anything with sugar in it lately (although still eating a bit of whats in the house…oops) but I can’t seem to find any bread at the grocery store that doesn’t contain some form of sugar. Thanks!

  35. Emily says:

    The timing of this is perfect. I’m glad I found your blog and the sugar free challenge.

  36. Cate says:

    I will most definitely join! I used to eat sugar-free and felt fantastic. Getting back on the bandwagon has been really hard, so I’m glad I’ll be joining a group effort—maybe it’ll be the extra kick in the pants I need!

  37. jane says:

    I would love to join as well!

  38. […] — lookie here!  Just the motivation I […]

  39. Ruthie says:

    I’m in! Looking forward to this! I’m basically sugar free already due to the fact cane sugar drains me of energy. I do use coconut palm sugar & agave syrup but am learning the evils of agave syrup. I tried your chocolate cupcake recipe – which even my kids loved! So glad I found your website – you are an absolute gem!

  40. Tracey says:

    So excited for the challenge SIGN ME UP… I emailed you awhile back and you were so wonderful to respond to me with such encouragement. I have been totally sugar free before and I can do it again. Maybe it will inspire me to start a blog too! :)

  41. Jenn says:

    I would love to join in the sugar-free challenge. I’m wanting to try sugar and flour free to see how it affects my body, but one thing at a time.
    Sign me up please :)

  42. […] by Alex of Spoonful of Sugarfree.  Want to review the challenge and sign up to participate?  Just click here.  […]

  43. […] already in the Sugar-free challenge spirit. It starts June 1st and hey, why should one wait till a certain date to give up sugar if one […]

  44. Kay says:

    I’ve been thinking about doing this for a while. Might as well jump in now!

  45. Amanda says:

    I am so doing this!!! I need do something like this so I can decide if I should go sugar-free forever!

  46. Bree says:

    ive been debating this for two weeks now…but i am going to do it.

    i am a huge sugar addict…it wont involve changing my meals, but i eat a lot of desserts. i think this will be very good for me, even if challenging.

    here we go.

  47. […] Don’t get me wrong, it’s vacation, and a few [extra] chocolate chip cookies never killed anyone. But it does make me realize how much I genuinely like eating vegetables. And how much more energy I have when I eat healthy! Which got me thinking about Alex’s Sugar Free Challenge! […]

  48. Rafia says:

    I’ve been thinking of doing this for a while, I’ve already drastically reduced my added-sugar intake. No honey or gum will be hard but I’m game for a challenge!

    By the way, thanks so much for blogging. Its great to know that I’m not the only one in the world with similar goals/mission. The people I know in real life don’t understand. Reading your posts makes my life that much more easier and happier :)

  49. Serena says:

    I think I’m joining. Can’t wait to see everyone’s eats (and figure out my own!)

  50. Hey Alex, I tried to put the badge on my blog but all that shows up on it is the word “Photobucket.” Did I copy something wrong?

  51. Hmmm…I tried that one, not sure what I’m doing wrong. =( I put it into a text widget to put in my sidebar. Does that sound right? Haha, sorry, I know you’re not here for technical support, lol. If you’re not sure, I’ll keep working to figure it out!

  52. Hello! I am officially joining the challenge!

  53. momma kiki says:

    ok-ok-even though it is my birthday this friday, I will do it! Plus, being your mom…I guess I should support you, huh? Will you still make me some yummy treats to replace my dark chocolate fix???xoxo

  54. Tiffany Barnett says:

    This sounds very interesting. I’ve never tried a challenge like this. Looking forward to it! Sign me up please!

  55. Shannon says:

    I’m ready!

  56. Twyla Dill says:

    I already do sugar-free with refined sugar and a good friend is doing no sugar whatsoever. I’m excited for the chance to see how this makes me feel!
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  57. […] I hope at least some of you are joining me on Alex’s 10 Day Sugar Free Challenge! […]

  58. Serena says:

    I’ve decided to join. Okay, I said it. I’m joining the sugar-free challenge! Definitely going to be tough for me but I’ll blog about the experience and see how it goes :)

  59. jessica says:

    I’m in! I’ve been trying to be sugar free for a while now and keep relapsing. I think this challenge will be good for me :)

  60. Annie says:

    I’ve been looking for motivation to cut sugar out of my diet, and this is perfect! Count me in!

  61. […] a real challenge? Join Spoonful of Sugar-Free’s Sugar-Free Challenge. Eliminate sugars, hidden sugars and artificial sweeteners from your diet for the first ten days in […]

  62. […] is the start of the 10-Day Sugar-Free Challenge, hosted by the very healthy Alex from Spoonful of Sugar Free. It’s not too late to join the […]

  63. lora says:

    looking forward to the challange!

  64. Janelle says:

    Thanks for posting a challenge like this! AA few weeks ago I tried to cut out sugar completely to help some of the yeast in my digestive system die off. It was a miserable week for me and I ended up just reducing my sugar and have continued that until now… I wish I knew about your blog when I was trying to go sugar free. I bet it would have made a big difference! :)

  65. Sistajuju says:

    Meeeeee!!!

  66. […] also Day 1 of Alex’s sugar free challenge so let the games […]

  67. Ami Patrick says:

    I AM IN! Sugar-free and happy to have the support of this group. My body reacts very strongly to all refined sugars (racing heart, anxious, irritable and then a crash of energy) and I have been avoiding them for the most part for about a year. But I love my raw desserts made with agave, maple syrup or honey, etc and can overindulge. I still crave something sweet at the end of meals and would love to feel content after instead. I have also been gluten free for the past year and have noticed dramatic improvements in my digestion. I appreciate this opportunity and look forward to sharing with you all.

  68. Melanie says:

    I’m in! Let’s do this – HELLO SUMMER!

  69. Devan Newman says:

    I am going to sign up!!
    THANKS xoxo

  70. […] Are any of you bloggies doing the Sugar Free Challenge? […]

  71. […] I’ll break down at some point) so I made one of the recipes Alex suggested on her blog before the challenge […]

  72. Deanna says:

    Consider me committed. Just to clarify – are dried fruits and fruit juices out as well? Or no?

  73. […] joined the Sugar Free Challenge! If you’ve joined, then your name is on The List. It’s Day 1 and I can’t wait to see […]

  74. I tried to add the widget to my sidebar and it said the image has been moved or delete. Just wanted to let you know in case something happened to it.

  75. Cindy says:

    Hey Alex!

    Is it too late to join in?

    I am already going sugar free (well, “no sugar added”) as it were.

    I just did a two week “No Sugar Added” challenge and decided to keep going.

    I would love to participate!

    things look busy here…GOOD FOR YOU!
    xoxxo

  76. […] over at Spoonful of Sugar-Free, is hosting a 10 day sugar-free challenge, and I’ve decided to play along. Now, I normally eat fairly low sugar. But, it’s been […]

  77. I’m going to commit! The timing on this is actually perfect as I wanted to get back to dairy free and sugar free (as well as gluten free), so this challenge will help me stick to it.

    So glad that Deanna (The Mommy Bowl) mentioned this on her blog! Not sure I’ll have any posts to share during this time, but we’ll see. :-)

    Thanks for hosting!
    Shirley

  78. Kara says:

    What do you do for a special occasion? Example i have a wedding this Saturday?

    • Hey Kara!

      I usually just stick to what I know is sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free (since I don’t eat all three). I know breaded-things, and cream-based things are out. Anything with fruit “sauces” usually always have sugar. I stick with meat, vegetables, whole fruit, and whole grains. I also skip dessert. I always have a back-up plan, too. Like a bag of nuts and an apple in my purse. Hope this helps!

  79. […] Tricked! Posted on June 1, 2011 by Mowenackie| Leave a comment They got me! Arg! Day One and already I’m out of the game (aka: The Sugar Free Challenge). […]

  80. Jennifer Doyle says:

    HI! I’m a frequent visitor of you site and would love to join the sugar-free challenge! I started a new workout and eating plan today and this fits right in! Thank you and good luck to everyone!

  81. Lightening says:

    Well, I came across your site because I’m currently on a sugar detox. Started on Sunday so I’m a couple of days ahead. But would love to follow along. Off to investigate the rest of your blog now. :)

  82. Raquel says:

    Too late to start, tomorrow?

  83. Julie says:

    OK, I’m in! It may kill me, I am a total sugar addict. I will try my best though :)

  84. […] in the sugar-free challenge??! It started yesterday and now it’s day 2 for all these participats (long list, many […]

  85. […] 2011 by Mowenackie| Leave a comment Howdy, Buckaroos! I’m back in the saddle for Day Two of The Sugar Free Challenge. Hey, that first part rhymed, kinda. I’m a poet and you didn’t even know it. Probably […]

  86. […] you’re following Alex’s rules, dates are a go. But, stevia is […]

  87. Sadie says:

    I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on this post:
    http://www.peanutbutterjenny.com/2011/06/02/sugar-me-challenge/

    Maybe in an upcoming post of yours?

    (BTW I’m not implying that I either agree or disagree with Jenny, I’m just curious what your thoughts are on it. :)

    • Hey Sadie!

      I completely agree that we should allow ourselves treats or else we just start craving them like crazy and feel horrible. Depriving is not a way to live. However, I, personally, cannot eat the sugar or l else I get sick. That is why I created this website. To show people that treats do not have to be sugar-laden and unhealthy. All of my treats are made from whole foods. Our ancestors didn’t rely on processed junk. They did not have to have desserts everyday because they couldn’t. Our society today is so privileged to have everything at our fingertips. I remember my Grandma telling me that she would have one treat every Sunday: her father would buy a honeycomb and split it with the family. One piece of a honeycomb: a wholesome food. Whatever works for each person, though. We are all different.

  88. […] tucked another sugar-free day under my belt. Day Three of The Sugar Free Challenge and all is well. You know – except that I ate sugar on Day One. But that wasn’t my […]

  89. […] enjoy this beautiful day and soak it all up!! And best of all I’m going to continue on this sugar free challenge!!   Heres a cool article to read. I’d love to hear any thoughts!! <3 Anyone ever done a […]

  90. […] participating in Alex’s sugar-free challenge. But, I wasn’t going to let that keep me from enjoying a delicious […]

  91. […] coconut in sweet blueberry juice. [Since it is sugar free, all you bloggers who are doing Alex's sugar free challenge can feel free to imbibe in this lil' […]

  92. Greta says:

    Is it too late to join in?

    I would love to participate!

    I really do not eat sugar for quite a while, but I do Splenda and diet coke. That’s my challege.

  93. […] Wow-I’ve been really busy and haven’t posted in a few days.   So todays Day 10 of the Sugar Free Challenge.   Unfortunately- I didn’t last 10 days.   I lasted 6 days.  And on day 7 I had a piece of […]

  94. […] was Day Ten, the final day of the Sugar-Free Challenge. Minus that little (unintentional) slip up on Day One, I’m going to call it a […]

  95. […] also participated in Alex’s Sugar Free Challenge. One thing in my life I strive to maintain is moderation with sugar — the white kind. I try […]

  96. Laura says:

    I’m in for the challenge. Even though I don’t eat sugar per other than stevia only in moderate amounts, I never realized how many things it is in. Love your website and the flourless brownie! I treat I can eat without stevia (We can still have cocoa right?)

  97. Megan Baillie says:

    I just found your page and am going to start your challenge tomorrow. Thanks!

  98. nazia says:

    i would love to start this challenge! how much can i expect to lose at the end on the 10th day?

    • Sugar Free Alex says:

      Nazia,

      Weight loss is not a guaranteed benefit of the challenge. Some have reported some weight loss, though. It all depends on the person. Good luck!

  99. Jess says:

    I’m starting this tomorrow !

  100. Cynthia says:

    I am in!!! Let’s do this

  101. Lori says:

    Bring it on!!!! Started today. Already feeling grumpy.

  102. Alana says:

    I’d like to be in the challenge

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