Rules For The No Sugar Challenge

No Sugar Challenge Rules

If you’re interested in doing the No Sugar Challenge, these are the guidelines to follow.

NOTE: This challenge is about avoiding ADDED sugar. Read ingredient lists, NOT the daily values (percentages). Plenty of perfectly healthy foods like fruits have sugar. But there is no ADDED sugar in fruit.


Regardless of how long you do this challenge for, you should follow these simple rules for the duration of the challenge.

This challenge should be done for at least 2 weeks as it can take up to a full week to get the cravings to subside after removing sugar from your diet.

  • Sugars – Avoid all added sugars for this challenge.
  • Substitute Sugars – Avoid all substitute sugars, including stevia. While it’s not a sugar, the idea of the challenge is not only to get sugar out of your diet, but also to get you away from the need for something sweet.
  • Fruits – You are allowed 3 pieces of fruit per day at most.
  • Alcohol – Avoid alcohol because it can make your cravings worse.

Be sure that you are truly cutting out all sugar from your eating plan. If your cravings persist beyond a week, you might want to consider taking a closer look at what you’re eating.

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  1. What about a whole banana?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Judith – That would count as 1 of the 3 servings of fruit.

  2. Been clean eating with no added sugar for past couple of weeks but finding lots of products have moderate amounts of salt. I do cook evening meals from scratch but finding it had to find variety. My varied diet has reduced greatly. I’ve found I’m eating more bread and nuts to fill up. I would like to lose weight and reduce the salt. Any advise?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Julie – To get away from the salt, you have to get away from the products. Cooking from scratch is the way to do that. As for variety, I have lots of recipes here to keep things interesting. Sounds like just a few minor adjustments will accomplish what you are trying to do. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Hello,
    If I only have one piece of fruit a day and honey in my one cup of coffee, Iโ€™s this ok or coconut sugar?

    Sandy ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sandy – Not for this challenge. The idea is to get all sweeteners (added sugar) out of your diet. So it would be no sweetener in your coffee unless you use something like date paste.

  4. Hi! I know Iโ€™m super (like years) late to jump on this challenge, but Iโ€™m wondering about cocoa and/or cacao. Would you consider it/them sugar containing?

    1. Adrienne – That’s why I leave the challenge information up. So people can do it any time they want! ๐Ÿ™‚ As long as your cocoa powder is unsweetened, it’s fine. Pure chocolate does not have sugar added. Hope that helps!

  5. If I make homemade guacamole are corn chips or maybe blue corn ships allowed during the no sugar challenge? Btw, all the of the QA was so helpful. Thank you!

    1. Chanda – Glad you found it helpful! As long as the chips have no added sugars in the ingredient list, it’s fine for the purposes of this challenge. Way to go on getting started! ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. Iโ€™m sorry if this has been asked before- I tried to read all the comments first but I was wondering about coconut milk with no added sugar for my coffee. I tried to determine from other questions but I still am confused. Thank you!