No added natural or artificial sweeteners of any kind for 21 days!
This includes ALL sweeteners such as honey, stevia, pure maple syrup, molasses or agave nectar. Fruits, vegetables and foods that come from the earth do not have any added sugars, so enjoy them. The key word is added. No loopholes, no exceptions: zero added sweeteners for 21 days.
Read the ingredient list! All sweeteners listed below are off limits for the challenge, so learn the hidden sources of sugar below. In general, avoid foods with the words “sugar”, “syrup”, “juice” or anything ending in “-ose” in the ingredients.
Names for Sugar:
Cane juice crystals
Corn syrup solids
Evaporate cane juice solids
Fruit juice concentrate
High Fructose Corn Syrup
In terms of a shopping list, it’s easy! Buy fresh foods that don’t come in packages. These include, but are not limited to fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, plain nuts, plain seeds, beans, whole grains (that you have to boil) and oils.
Check out the list below for some grocery staples to which you may need to give a second look. Many brands will contain sugar, but some will not. Plan to spend a little extra time in the grocery store these 3 weeks.
Beware! These Foods May Have Sugar:
Hot Sauce (siracha has sugar)
Any Pre-Marinated/Seasoned Meat