No sugar challenge

Cereal, flavoured milks, yoghurts, soft drinks, canned or boxed soups, frozen meals, stir-in sauces, ketchup, salad cream,  marinades, sugars, candy, cakes, cookies, pies, chutneys and crisps. Have any of these in your kitchen? If so, this post may interest you.
Sadly, most of these things are still labeled as “natural,” which means they may seem low in calories but contain an inordinate amount of sugar. Many people consume more sugar than they realize. The AHA recommends no more than 24 grams per day (about 6 teaspoons) for most women and no more than 36 grams per day (about 9 teaspoons) for most men.

The world’s top sugar-consuming nations 2019

*Daily sugar consumption
United States
United Kingdom
 I know, this is so crazy!
If you eat or drink too much sugar, it can lead to health problems like:
What you need is to get your sugar intake down. Reducing sugar in your diet will help you drop pounds and improve your health.

What is the 5-day No Sugar Challenge?

  • 5 days of choosing to be mindful about what you eat
  • Mindfully avoiding added sugar/artificial sweeteners in anything you eat
  • Focusing on fueling your body with nutritious, delicious foods
  • Learning what’s in your food so you can make informed choices

What this challenge is NOT:

  • a detox (your organs do that every day so you’re good on that front!)
  • a guarantee to lose 50 lbs and inches off your body
  • an expectation that you will never eat sugar again
The purpose of this challenge is to get you to realize what’s in your food and help you to reduce your daily sugar intake, beat sugar cravings, and find out how you feel with less sugar in your life?
If you find yourself feeling more energized and better, you may think about a longer diet change in the future. Why not make it 14 days sugar-free… or a month sugar-free?
In this free challenge, I’ll help you to get your sugar intake under control. This is a good way to get started, especially for those who have never targeted sugar in their diets before. This challenge is also about giving you the tools to continue to reach healthier living goals even from your busy schedule.
Interested in seeing how cutting back on sugar may improve your life?

12 thoughts on “No sugar challenge”

      1. WOW! That´s impressive… and very interesting! You´re an unicorn in this sugary world :) Would you mind to share some of your tips?

      2. Nothing out of the ordinary, really. I’ve never had that much of a sweet tooth anyway, and I was conscious of the bad effects of salt and sugar through reading various books and articles on the subject. It was part of the concerns that then made me turn vegetarian. So, only willpower!

      3. I mean it. You know how hard it is for some people to give up sodas, chocolate or Big Macs? Sometimes I run out of ideas to help them cope with their habits :)

      4. I was lucky in that I never really had a sweet tooth, so the sugar part was easy. Then becoming vegetarian for ethical reasons led me to looking carefully at everything I ate.

      5. I had a severe allergy when I was a kid. It went away in adolescence, and then I was able to eat candy. Man, I couldn´t give up the pleasure of sweets since then, haha. I don´t eat a lot of them but I really enjoy dessert every single time :)
        As for the meat, I think my grandmother would go crazy if I became a vegetarian. But I have quite a few vegetarian friends who have discovered delicious dishes for me.

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Lower Back

The Erector Spinae is not just one muscle, but a bundle of muscles and tendons. Paired, they run more or less vertically. It extends throughout the lumbar, thoracic and cervical regions, and lies in the groove to the side of the vertebral column.

Latissimus Dorsi

The latissimus dorsi is the larger, flat, dorsolateral muscle on the trunk, posterior to the arm, and partly covered by the trapezius on its median dorsal region.


The Deltoid muscle is the muscle forming the rounded contour of the shoulder. It is divided into three portions, anterior, lateral and posterior, with the fibers having different roles due to their orientation.


The Infraspinatus muscle is one of the four rotator cuff muscles crossing the shoulder joint and is commonly injured. It is the main external rotator of the shoulder joint.


The Biceps brachii is  actually two separate bundles of muscles (heads). The two heads of the Biceps vary in length and as a result, are called the Short and the Long Biceps heads.


The Triceps Brachii muscles  have three muscle heads: Lateral, Medial and Long head. Primarily responsible for the extension of the elbow joint. The lateral head is used for movements requiring occasional high-intensity force, while the medial fascicle enables more precise, low-force movements.

(Anterior muscles)

The Pronator teres pronates the forearm, turning the hand posteriorly. If the elbow is flexed to a right angle, then pronator teres will turn the hand so that the palm faces inferiorly. It is assisted in this action by pronator quadratus.

(Posterior muscles)

The Extensor Digitorum muscle helps in the movements of the wrists and the elbows. It extends the phalanges, then the wrist, and finally the elbow. It acts principally on the proximal phalanges. It tends to separate the fingers as it extends them.


The pectoralis major makes up the bulk of the chest muscles in the male and lies under the breast in the female.

The pectoralis minor is a thin, triangular muscle, situated at the upper part of the chest, beneath the pectoralis major. 


The Rectus Abdominis is the most superficial of the abdominal muscles. It is this muscle which forms the six-pack shape! It is a paired muscle running vertically on each side of the anterior wall of the abdomen. There are two parallel muscles, separated by a midline band of connective tissue called the linea alba.


The External Oblique is situated on the lateral and anterior parts of the abdomen. It is broad, thin, and irregularly quadrilateral. It is the largest and the most superficial (outermost) of the three flat muscles of the lateral anterior abdomen. 


The gluteal muscles are a group of three muscles which make up the buttocks: the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius and gluteus minimus. The three muscles originate from the ilium and sacrum and insert on the femur. The functions of the muscles include extension, abduction, external rotation, and internal rotation of the hip joint.

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The Quadriceps Femoris is the knee extensor muscle.  As a group, the quadriceps femoris is crucial in walking, running, jumping and squatting. It´s subdivided into four separate “heads”.


A hamstring is any one of the three posterior thigh muscles in between the hip and the knee (from medial to lateral: semimembranosus, semitendinosus and biceps femoris). The hamstrings are quite susceptible to injury.

Lower Leg

The gastrocnemius and the soleus form what we know as calf. They are involved in activities such as walking, running, jumping… 

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The trapezius is a broad, flat and triangular muscle. The muscles on each side form a trapezoid shape. It is the most superficial of all the back muscles.

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