Published on April 13, 2016

No Sugar Challenge

No Sugar Challenge

It’s almost impossible to escape the debate regarding the ‘evils’ of sugar and its impact on our teeth, weight and health. Even the government has finally determined that a ‘sugar-tax’ may help positively impact on the burgeoning obesity problem we face as a nation.

But in reality how easy is to give up sugar?

Never one to avoid a challenge, our very own Anca decided to try 4 weeks without sugar to see how easy it might be. And here’s what she reported back.

Anca: “To be honest 4 weeks without sugar – or very little sugar to be more accurate – went very well. It did mean I had to think about everything I ate or drank over the 4 weeks, and look for alternatives for sugary snacks, such as nuts, popcorn or fruit (acknowledging that fruit can have natural sugars). But overall I really enjoyed the challenge and I discovered a few things such as:

  • Unsweetened tea is way better
  • It’s not hard to refuse chocolate, biscuits or cake even at a birthday party
  • You ‘feel’ lighter and possibly drop a few kgs!
  • The cravings are not that bad – honestly!

Now that the 4 weeks are completed I have had chocolate and I don’t think I could live without that completely. But it tasted so much better having not had any for so long!”

So there you have it – it is possible to reduce your sugar intake without missing out too much!

Note: Anca took the 4 week challenge as part of the DECHOX campaign on behalf of the British Heart Foundation. You can make your donation here

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