Sugar Free September 2017
Welcome to a fabulous month ahead with Sugar Free September 2017. Welcome to YOUR 30 day challenge. I will teach you my best tips, tricks and recipes. You will learn how to –
- give up sugar
- reset your taste buds and sweet tooth
- learn not to give in to your sweet cravings
- learn how to cook healthier treats
- gain more energy
You will feel incredible at the end of the month and this may be the beginning of your path to be sugar free for life.
The challenge is getting rid of your sweet cravings, resetting your sweet tooth, finding healthier ways to eat, awareness about what is really in our food and it’s about giving you informed choices.
It’s about learning what is really in our food and doing something about it. I will email you each day and post on Facebook daily recipes, articles, news and videos to keep you motivated. Please feel free to ask questions on my Facebook page where everyone can share their own knowledge, tips and tricks.
Learn to make the most amazing meals with real food. So let’s get to work. Click here to download the printable challenge sheet.
What is Sugar Free September?
Sugar Free September has been around for a while, like Dry July and Junk Free June. It has become a global challenge that people are absolutely loving.
People are looking for ways to eat healthier, ditch the sugar and eat real food. This is a wonderful way to work together, and really get that dreaded sugar out of our diets.
Having a buddy will help you get you through those tough first few days and support you if you think you might be falling off the sugar free wagon. Your aim is to eliminate all added and unecessary sugars from your diet.
How do you get involved?
- If you haven’t signed up already, click here to join the challenge and receive my FREE eBook “Quick & Easy Guide”.
- Follow my Facebook and Instagram page where I will post every day for the month of September with the hashtag #DTCsugarfreeseptember and tag me using @ditchthecarbs
- Follow my Pinterest page for inspiration and more ideas.
- Choose a buddy you can trust to keep you on the straight and narrow this month. Get them to sign up too so you can support and help each other.
- Read this page if you are new to my website.
- Click here to print your challenge sheet.
How can you share?
Everyone loves to share their food photos. Why not post it on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or Facebook. Use the hashtag and #DTCsugarfreeseptember and remember to tag me @ditchthecarbs so I can share you back.
My readers love to see what you are making, get some ideas and be inspired. I’ll do a round up at the end of the month and share the best photos.
Why is it free?
There are plenty of paying subscription sites around but I feel passionately that those who need help the most, can afford it the least. That is why this will be run via Facebook where we can all help and support each other.
Think of all those junk food dollars you’re not spending $$$ and put them to good use. Why not get some books to inspire you, or update your kitchen equipment with the best kitchen gadgets that make life a little easier for you. Go on – treat yourself.
Let’s get started -What are the rules?
This is YOUR challenge and YOU choose the rules and the areas YOU want to improve. Choose rules that YOU can stick to.
Firstly, strive for improvement, not perfection. Do not put yourself down because you can’t stick to all of these. By the end of the month you will be incredibly proud of how far you have come, not how far you have yet to go.
Visualise all that junk food you would have ordinarily eaten over the month piled up on your kitchen bench. Imagine all that sugar, chocolate, juice, soda and cakes – in just 1 month! Why not put the money you would have spent in a jar each time you are tempted for a sweet treat and watch that jar grow.
You must set your own challenge and your own goals. I have written the guidelines below, but this may be too difficult for some of you just starting out. I truly want to encourage newcomers. Click here to get your own challenge sheet that you can print and complete.
- No sugars – now this means ALL sugars whether they are refined, coconut, palm, honey, maple syrup, agave syrup, brown sugar… they are all seen by your body as one and the same, sugar. Take a look at the infographic below, even if it is a farmers market organic free range sugar, sorry, it’s still sugar. So check recipes to see if they are truly sugar free, or simply refined sugar free (remember that’s just code for “we used another type of sugar”).
- No sodas, juice, energy drinks, vitamin drinks – these are loaded with sugar. Take a look at this post to see how much sugar is lurking in a “healthy” diet of smoothies, dried fruit, low fat meals and snacks. Remember that a glass of juice is not equivalent to eating 6 oranges, it is equivalent to drinking the sugar from 6 oranges. One bottle of soda contains a weekly sugar allowance for a child.
- No cakes, candy, milk chocolate, biscuits – this goes without saying, but don’t worry, I will show you healthy versions of sweet treats as the month progresses. Dark chocolate may be eaten occasionally. It really depends on your goals.
Even better, avoid these too ::
- No dried fruit – yes, sorry to break it to you, but dried fruit is dried sugar. Many recipes call themselves sugar free when they are made with dried fruit. My pet hate is medjool dates, did you know medjool dates are a whopping 63% sugar!!!!!! Now imagine how many it takes to make a cake or a bliss ball.
- Cut back on the carbs – I know this is Sugar Free September, but if you really want to be even healthier, try and cut back on the carbs such as bread, pasta, potatoes, chips, pies, pastry, cakes etc. All carbohydrates turn into sugar in your body, but for some this may be too much to ask too quickly. So concentrate on just the sugar for now, then move onto low carb foods as you feel ready. Most people find it is a natural progression.
- Read my page “New Here” which will answer so many of your questions.
- FAQ page
- Use my recipe search to plan your meals for a few days ahead at a time. Some find it easy to plan the entire week, personally, I can only plan a few days at a time as things change as the week progresses and it is easier to break the week into chunks.
- Start the day with a nourishing breakfast so you don’t feel the need to have a sneaky sugary treat at 10am.
- Add healthy fats into your diet to keep you fuller for longer. Forget those fat free foods, they are pumped with sugar.
- Read back of labels (the nutrition panel) rather than the front (advertising mumbo jumbo).
- Join me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest to get daily updates.
- Take a look at my YouTube channel for fabulous clips and playlists.
You can make Sugar Free September as easy or as complicated as you like. For success, keep it simple.
JERF = Just eat real food
Please leave your tips below. I would love everyone here to read your positive ideas and support. Please respect others and their journey.