30-Day Sugar Challenge


(so sad I’m not local and couldn’t join these pretty ladies for this shoot!)

Deep breaths.

I’m partnering with three of my fave bloggers this month (Jess from Happily Hughes, Laura from Walking in Memphis in High Heels and Heather from My Life Well Loved) for a 30-day sugar challenge so I can learn to reduce added sugar intake in my diet.

I’ve always wanted to do this but never had the motivation. I was on such a restricted diet during Lincoln’s first year of life, that bingeing on my “allergy-free” cookies was one of the only comforting things for me (by the way, those cookies taste repulsive to me now, but at the time, I could eat an entire box in one sitting). Before I had to cut soy out of my diet too, I was eating an entire row of Oreos in one sitting and sometimes more later in the day. It’s embarrassing to admit that, but it’s the truth. Any type of cookie or candy just left me feeling out of control because I couldn’t just have a few pieces…many times I would eat them until I almost felt sick.

Sugar has always been my kryptonite, even from a young age I had a really intense sweet tooth and always felt the need to have something sweet after every meal. Some studies show that sugar may be as addictive as drugs.
Now that I’m exercising regularly, I’m motivated to make small changes to better my health and improve the results of all of the hard work I put in at the gym. Other than my massive sugar intake, my diet has always been quite healthy…so I’m eager to get this under control with a 30-day challenge.

Reducing my added sugar intake is a big goal to strive towards. I’m worried I’ll fail…that the cravings will be too strong. But I’m going to try my best to learn moderation and find alternative sources for my cravings (like fruit).

Every blogger has their own personal parameters for this challenge. Because this is the first time I’m attempting this, I know it’s going to be rough to wean from all of the sugar I consume (well over the daily recommendations). So, my parameters are the following:

avoid all added sugars (in things like coffee creamer, processed foods, etc)
avoid candy, ice cream and baked goods
try to eat high protein and lots of veggies
eat fruit if I have a sugar craving

Will you join me on this journey? I hope we can do this together as a community so that we can encourage and support one another. Lord knows I’ll need it when I’m detoxing from the sugar.

I’ve already completed day one and it’s hard not to fall back into my old habits, but I’ve suceeded so far— when I had a sugar craving today after lunch, I waited until I was hungry again and had an apple and some herbal tea.

In celebration of our sugar challenge, Kortni Jeane is hosting a giveaway! They have the cutest mix-and-match swimwear. My fave is this sweetheart peplum top! Of course my main goal is health and wellness as well as having more control over my nutrition habits, but it doesn’t hurt that eating less sugar (along with a balanced diet + exercise) will help me look my best in a bathing suit this summer!


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28 Comments

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    Ashley Cerny
    Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Love the swing tops!

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    Lina
    Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    What a fun giveaway! If I win, I would get a swimsuit for my daughter! And I join you on the sugar challenge!

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    Bree
    Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Yay for completing your first day! Love their momma + mini matching swimmers, we just got the pink floral 🙂

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    Kate
    Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    I’ll join you in this challenge, starting tomorrow! I love the mix and match bikini with the racer back style, and I love the long gold necklace with the lavender and green stones

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    Heather Keiler-Green
    Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    I would choose the racerback swim top, and the high-waisted bottoms.

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    Quincy Mason
    Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    I’m trying to reduce my sugar intake as well! Through nursing school and now as a nurse, I haven’t always reached for the healthiest snacks. Trying to reach for healthy alternatives like granola or Greek yogurt 🙂

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    Jesa
    Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    I love the v-neck top from Kortni Jeane and the Karma Tassel necklace. The sugar challenge is a great idea!

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    Sally
    Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Green tea helps my sugar cravings. Stay strong its a huge challenge. Ill be joining you in preparation for Easter. Definitely love the peplum sweetheart top and the swing top for the little.

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    Veronica
    Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 12:52 am

    I like the indigo swing top from Kortni Jeane and the Marquise necklace from Sequin NYC.

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    Veronica Urbaniak
    Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 5:55 am

    I LOVE the highwaisted bathing suit bottoms! I have been wanting to try that style, I feel like it would be so flattering

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    Rachel @ Better LIVIN
    Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 6:00 am

    I’m a stress eater and sugar is my number 1 go to. It’s AWFUL. Anytime in my life where I’ve had long time stress, my weight creeps up. BLAH!

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    Krystal Hake
    Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 6:43 am

    I need to reduce my sugar as well. When I am on a workout/eating plan I do pretty good but as soon as I am not it is back to the chocolate.

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    Abby
    Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 7:08 am

    So inspirational! Sugar is SUPER hard for me, too. The swimwear is so cute!

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    Cyndi
    Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 7:13 am

    I would choose the Carla Pearl Tassel necklace from Sequin! From Kortni Jeane I would go with the Sweetheart Peplum Top in Hearts and the Ruched Highwaisted bottom in Pink Floral for me and then grab something similar for my little lady!

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    Claudia
    Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 7:18 am

    you are brave girl! good luck! I’ll be rooting for you!

    – Claudia
    http://www.justalittleblush.com

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    Tara
    Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Great job on completing your first day! Keep up the good work 🙂

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    T
    Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Sugar is in everything!! It is so hard, good luck!

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    Barbara Lisette
    Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Try keeping berries on hand. Blueberries and raspberries are my favorite. Berries have some of the lowest glycemic indexes so you don’t crash. They don’t affect your blood sugar as much. A handful of berries is something I started a few years ago, and now I prefer them over sweets. Its a little pricey, but in the long run I think it pays off for better help. Another go to snack is green apple slices with almond butter. I tend to love this if I am in between meals and starving.

    You got this!!

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      Veronika
      Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 11:41 am

      thank you so much! the good news is that I LOVE berries 🙂

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    Jenny
    Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    I love the suits. They are so cute without looking too old or too revealing. I think that’s a hard thing to find in a swimsuit. We want to be trendy but not flashy. Thanks for the post.

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    Natalie Mattson
    Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    I’d have to pick the maternity suit for myself! I’ll join you on the sugar detox.

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    Tiffanie
    Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 10:35 am

    I’ve done this now for almost three months. The first two weeks are the hardest, then it’s easy breezy. Good luck!

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    Megan
    Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    I like the high-waisted skirt bottoms! And really like the round initial necklaces. I’d want one with my husband’s initial.

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    Rachel
    Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    The tie tank top in the pink floral pattern is adorable!

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    Elaine Welte
    Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    Best of luck with your challenge!!!

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    Kaitlyn
    Monday, April 10, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    I’m going to try this out- I need some motivation to look a little better in a swimsuit! I love Kortni Jeanes latter back tops!

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    Rachael P
    Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Eek! totally addicted to sugar!! I am weaning my LO off nursing/pumping and am hitting the gym more than ever now. Looks like it is time for me to try and kick the sugar addiction as well!

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