Recently I watched an American news report where two presenters challenged themselves to a 'no added sugar' diet for 10 days. Inspired by this, I decided to try it myself.
The rules are pretty simple - no ADDED sugar. No processed sugar, whether it's been put in to make something sweeter or just used as a preservative.
I started the challenge yesterday, and already I'm struggling with how many simple foods you wouldn't class as processed contain sugar that's been added in. I am allowing myself dried fruits and what I would consider natural sweetners like agave nectar and honey.
Sweetners are also off the list as it challenges you more to find alternatives to what you normally eat.
So far, I'm not having too much of a problem with savoury foods although that can be a challenge too. But mostly I'm having trouble with craving sweet things, which is to be expected! I've been eating plenty of fruit and dried fruit. I've also been working hard to invent new desserts like frozen banana ice cream, sweet potato biscuits and energy balls.
I feel like I'm really cleansing my body but I just wish the headaches would let up! They're really intense!
It just goes to show how much my body craves sugar.
I'm going to do a blog post at the end of the 10 days with tips on how to stick to the challenge, also I'll stick up some recipes, mainly for desserts, along the way.
I've got some challenging days ahead, eating out is going to be a nightmare as soooo much sugar is in fast food but I'll do my best!
Much love, Beth xxx