Sugar Free January Recap

For the start of the year, I decided to participate in Pinch of Yum’s sugar free challenge. I knew I was eating a lot of refined/added sugar but I didn’t realize just how much until I started looking into what I was eating closer. There is so.much.sugar in everything, especially processed foods. I cut out refined sugar and and refined grains. Meaning that, I still included real maple syrup, raw honey, whole wheat pasta and whole wheat flour. I was feeling really uninspired when it came to cooking and this was the perfect solution to give me motivation to try some new things! Some of my overall thoughts and takeaways are below!

Key Takeaway

Honestly, my biggest takeaway is how easy it was! All that it took was a little bit of prep, reading a few more food labels, and a few modifications to what I bought. For example, buying bread with honey instead of sugar and natural peanut butter instead of one with added sugar.

What I missed the most

Hands down, Coke! Specifically, McDonald’s Coke. To me, there is nothing better. And I’ll still allow myself to drink Coke but just in a little more moderation.

Biggest Sugar Culprit

When I think of sugar, I think of desserts and candy. However, there is so much sugar in sauces like barbecue sauce, ketchup, and dressings! I started making my own instead which 1) tastes way better and 2) includes no refined sugar!

Most Difficult Aspect

Eating out! For the few times that we ate out, I’m sure that we had some sugar in a sauce or something else. Which at the end of the day is fine, I was more focused on the mindset.

Favorite Recipes/Things to Eat


  • Apple + Babybell Cheese
  • Carrots + Hummus
  • Homemade Popcorn

Would I do it again?

Absolutely! I’m planning to keep up with it for the most part, with an occasional Coke. 😉 Honestly, with food I think that everything is fine in moderation. Eating dessert here and there, go for it! What I realized when I did this is that I didn’t actually want dessert, I just ate it because it was convenient.
Have you ever gone sugar free? Or better yet, done Whole 30?! I’d love to know!

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