A Month Without Sugar: 2012

Hard to believe, but this is the fourth year of our Month Without Sugar.

Over 8,000 people have joined us for a month without sugar, is it your turn this year?


Season of Sugar

It is that time of year again: The Season of Sugar.

As the weather turns colder, and the sun dips lower in the sky (except for readers south of the equator), the days get shorter and with shorter days come incredible sugar cravings. Our collective lust for sugar is only fueled by the multiple invitations to gather with friends and family and the tendency of office workers around the world to bring plates of tasty treats to share with everyone. Too many holiday parties, too many advertisers highlighting tasty foods, too little time outside, too many temptations; it is no wonder we all wake these days feeling like we have a hangover and notice that our clothes don’t fit as well as they did the day before.

New Years

New Years is coming quicker than you might think and it is a good time to start thinking about New Year’s Resolution. The best resolution you can choose is a resolution of health and the best thing you can do for your health is to kick sugar and foods that act like sugar out of your life.

Why don’t you join us this January for 30 Sugar Free Days 2012 and give sugar the kick it deserves?

Sugar Harm

The question I always get is: Why kick sugar out of your diet?

The reason is actually pretty simple: Concentrated, pure, processed sugar is not a natural thing to put in your body. Our bodies are simply not meant to handle such a pure and addicting substance.

Take a look at what eating sugar does to you and your health:

  • Sugar adds Weight: Added sugar means added weight. This happens because your body has to do something with the extra sugar that enters your blood stream. Maybe you know this, but your body is great at storing sugar as fat. This ability to store fat is unique to sugar and doesn’t happen with non-purified foods. Added weight means you are more likely to live a shorter life, get diabetes, heart disease, stroke and have certain cancers.
  • Diabetes: Despite what most medical associations and your doctor might say, there is a connection between sugar and diabetes. Consistently high blood sugar develops into insulin insensitivity and eventually diabetes.
  • Toxic: Sugar is toxic to blood vessels in a similar way that cigarette smoke is toxic to lungs. Sugar destroys blood vessels. The results of sugar damage are easy to see in diabetics (who have very high blood sugar) that have a much higher risk for heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, eye disease and other conditions.

Take the 30 Day Challenge

Kicking sugar means that you will not only lose weight (if you want to), but that you are taking the first big step toward living a longer and healthier life. When you kick sugar out of your life, you decrease the chance of getting diabetes, heart disease and even cancer.

Breaking the sugar habit is not easy; at every step you are going to run into your addiction. The effort to stop sugar, however, is well worth the results: you will live a longer, healthier life with sugar out of your diet.

Joining us for the 30 Sugar Free Days Challenge is a great step towards your better health. The program is free and provides you with the support you need to succeed. So many weight loss programs help you shed pounds (for a little while), but often do nothing to address your health.

Why not have both good health and weight loss?

Click the links in this page, or use the navigation on the top of the page and join us for the adventure of a lifetime!

About the Author

I'm Dr. Scott Olson ND. I'm a Naturopathic doctor who specializes in diet, health, nutrition, and alternative medicine. I've written numerous books and articles on health, medicine, and alternative medicine I want to help you get healthy! Take a look at my blog and make sure you join in the conversation!

11 Comments on this article. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Namita September 25, 2013 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    I exercise vigorously but still haven’t lost those last 10 lbs of my pregnancy weight. Thought of accepting this challenge and is on a 3rd day but finding it super difficult. It is a challenge indeed and is experiencing numbness, dry mouth and headache. Is it common or shall I assume it is working? Also, although I know exercise and diet can bring me good results but the headache doesn’t allow me to exercise and in addition I don’t want to get burnt out physically and mentally. Please help!

    • Dr. Scott September 26, 2013 at 7:38 am - Reply


      Sounds like you are one of the “lucky” people who have very severe withdrawal symptoms. It is no fun to go through, but it should end soon and you should be able to return to exercise. I’m a huge fan of exercise (I run most days), but surprisingly all research points to changing your diet as a way to lose weight and not exercising (for example: you may have seen people of all sizes running marathons). So, you are on the right track by eliminating sugars and foods that act like sugars, just take it easy for a few days.

      Best of luck!

      Dr. Scott

  2. janice May 29, 2012 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    ready to join. It.will be hard but it would be nice not to have mood swings and fighting weight gain

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