30-Day No-Sugar Challenge – How Does It Affect My Overall Wellness
With New Year’s resolutions in the forefront, you might hear a lot of buzz around the 30-Day No Sugar Challenge. This way of eating is a lifestyle change for most people who are trying to lose the holiday weight-gain or those who might be struggling with gut issues and uncomfortable symptoms such as gas and bloating. To get to the root cause of your health issues, a great place to start is by cutting out sugar for several weeks to see how it affects your symptoms. Here are all the details you need to know to tackle a 30-Day No Sugar Challenge – without going insane!
30-Day No Sugar Challenge 411
- See your Doctor: Before you embark on a 30-Day No Sugar Challenge, you may want to run it by your doctor or nutritionist to make sure it’s a good fit for you.
- Get Support: No one said cutting back on sugar and shifting your diet was easy, but it’s possible! Get support by teaming up with a best friend or loved one who will do the challenge with you. That way, you can be one another’s cheerleader throughout the 30 days!
- Be prepared: Set yourself up for success by cleaning out tempting items from your fridge and pantry. Know that added sugar can sneak its way into things like sauces, condiments, cereals, bread, yogurt, and packaged snacks, so read the labels. You’ll also want to cut back on high-sugar fruits like apples and dates. Now is the time to get rid of soda and juices as well, opting for lemon water, sparkling water, or tea instead.
- Know Your Sugars: Educate yourself ahead of time so you can understand the different types of sugar on food labels and how to navigate the nutritional label. Sugar can come from lactose (milk sugar), fructose (fruit sugar), glucose, maltose (broken down from starch), or galactose (broken down from lactose). People with sucrose intolerance should steer clear of sucrose from ingredients such as sugar, cane juice, cane syrup, brown sugar, and powdered sugar that may cause uncomfortable digestive symptoms. Here’s a list of Foods Highest in Sucrose.
While grocery shopping, keep in mind that the ingredients listed first on the food label are used in larger amounts than those listed last, so you don’t want sugar listed as one of the first ingredients (and preferably not at all).
How a No Sugar Challenge Affects Your Overall Wellness
Once you’re through with your 30-Day No Sugar Challenge, hopefully you’ll have a better understanding of the digestion and absorption of sugar, and how sugar affects your body.
Here are some other potential health benefits you may experience along the way:
- Increased energy
- Fewer cravings/better craving control
- Healthier overall diet
- Weight loss
- Lack of bloating or uncomfortable digestive issues
- Improved skin
- Symptom relief such as better digestion, fewer headaches
Are you feeling much better after a 30-Day No Sugar Challenge? Visit your doctor to further evaluate your symptoms and to test if you may have a sucrose intolerance.
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