30 Day No Sugar Challenge

May 30th, 2010

30 Day No Sugar Challenge


This morning Sierra and I decided to start a 30 day no sugar challenge.  As we talked, several people decided to join us. So we thought we would open up the option to the whole gym. 

For the month of June, we will swear off refined sugar from our diets.  This can mean a lot of things, but let’s make it simple to start.  (You can take it as far as you want).  No desserts, sodas, candy–anything with sugar or high fructose corn syrup in it.  

In order to participate in the challenge, we want you to sign up by Tuesday, June 1st.  You can either post to the comments here or sign up at the gym. 

To make this challenge actually mean something, we decided on a $100 buy in.  If you make it through the month, you get the money back; if not, the money gets divided between those who finish the challenge.  I know this sounds like a lot of money, but we want you to stick with the challenge, and sometimes having $100 dollars on the line can push you through a weak moment.  (You will be able to ask yourself if you really want to pay $100 for a scoop of ice cream.)  I will take your personal check and hold it for the month.  You will get it back when you complete the challenge.

I am sure there will be a lot of questions about types of sugar.  This challenge starts with refined sugar. If you want to take it farther, you can eliminate all other types of sugar:

  • sugar (cane, brown, granulated, powdered, etc)
  • high fructose corn syrup
  • crystalline fructose
  • honey
  • maple syrup
  • molasses
  • rice syrup
  • agave nectar
  • maltodextrin
  • sucrose
  • glucose
  • artificial sugars (aspartame, saccharin, sucrolose, Splenda, etc.)
  • sugar alcohols (maltitol, xylitol, and sorbitol)
  • alcohol (beer, wine, liquor)


Who’s in for the challenge?  Post to comments.

DISCUSSION 25 Comments

  1. Dawn m. May 30, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    For this challenge, let’s just take out refined sugar–white sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar, liquid sugar, simple syrup, turbinado sugar and high fructose corn syrup. If you personally decide you want to avoid something else, that is your version of the challenge.
    The more people we can get involved, the more fun it will be, so let’s just make it simple to start.
    I am also thinking about doing some kind of blog for us to check in on daily. We can talk about what we are eating, what are craving, who is still in, who is out, what are good things to eat when you are craving chocolate…stuff like that. What do you guys think?

  2. Papa Brad May 30, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Dawn – Just create a discussion in the member forum for that. 

  3. Lydia Encinas May 30, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    I’ll do it, I think the discussion board is a good idea too, I’ll definitely need some suggestions for my sweet tooth. When are we starting this madness? 

  4. Bad Brad May 30, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    I’m in.

    How about all the participants meet for dinner to review basic do’s/don’ts, etc?

    Operation BBLTG 178 is now in effect!

    (BBLTG – equals = Bad Brad Lessen the Gut by getting to target weight of 178) 

    The blog is a good idea. Goodness knows I need another website to suck time out of my life.


  5. Daniel P May 31, 2010 at 1:08 am

    I’m in! Yeah the $100 is going to be a big motivator for this poh grad student. I think the biggest challenge will be those hidden sugars in eating out.  I was getting Indian food today and thinking these sauces have sugar.  Is it gluttonous to consume an entire Trader Joe’s cheesecake the day before the challenge? Maybe then I won’t crave it for a month …. maybe.

  6. michael g May 31, 2010 at 1:36 am

    thanks for all the birthday love.  as bad as the michael g workout was, it was better than a card i received which basically stated to i should look  back on my life, implying it was pretty much over. that’s one of the things that keeps me coming back to cfo.

    mike, in the future you may want to re-think the birthday wods. perhaps 30 deadlifts, 30 pullups and 5 muscle ups would have been more user friendly.

    tomc it was really no big deal. i went to school with the minister of defense and what i have on him could bring down the government.

    re the 30 day no sugar challenge, i did it once and think i’ll pass. great idea for the rest of you however.



  7. Steven May 31, 2010 at 2:28 am

    no sugar


  8. Nancy S May 31, 2010 at 2:33 am

    Ha, I have an entire bag of dark chocolate pretzel slims that I can’t eat now. 🙁

  9. Dawn m. May 31, 2010 at 4:24 am

    I forgot to include cane juice and evaporated cane juice to our list of sugars that must be avoided. They are really just another type of white sugar.

  10. lcostain May 31, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    reluctantly, in. 

  11. Robyn May 31, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Thanks for organizing Dawn.  I am going to finish the B&J’s peanut butter cup ice cream I bought yesterday by midnight tonight – yum!!

  12. Ross June 1, 2010 at 12:52 am

    After my pecan pancakes with blueberry syrup for brunch, and my trip to Lush gelato this afternoon, I think the time has come to join the ranks of the sugarfree… 

  13. colleen June 1, 2010 at 4:22 am

    This is the first time I’ve read the comments on this blog. Pretty hilarious!

    I’m in for the 30day no-sugar challenge. 

    I also thinking setting up a discussion area is also a swell idea.

    Not sure when I’ll see you next, how do I get you the dough?


  14. Tina G June 1, 2010 at 4:24 am

    OK, I’m in. No dark chocolate with almonds for a whole month…yikes!

  15. Terry June 6, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    I am on the anti candida diet and that means no sugar.  I have been sugar free for one year now. 

    You will be suprised how much better you will feel without the sugar.

    Check out my blog.  My Journey With Candida.  I am having an APRON GIVEAWAY!!http://myjourneywithcandida.blogspot.com/

  16. Terry June 6, 2010 at 10:08 pm


      Because of Candida, I have been sugar free for a year now.  I still miss candy..

    Check out my blog.  My Journey With Candida.  I am having an APRON GIVEAWAY!!http://myjourneywithcandida.blogspot.com/