No Sweets November


If you're wondering why I used that tempting picture for this post-- so am I...

I have a serious sweet tooth. Honestly I have a sugar addiction and it's a hard thing to admit, but it's a huge problem for me. I'm not going to lie, I feel a little bit dramatic talking so strongly about sugar, but really something need(ed)s to change.

The title is slightly misleading because I'm not totally cutting out sweets or sugar but I'm cutting way back (for me)-- if you follow along with my blog regularly you know how much I love to bake. I also have a huge addiction to candy- not so much chocolate but skittles, starburst, sour anything... it's a problem- especially when there is always a giant bowl of candy at work staring me right in the face.

My husband refused to buy halloween candy until the day of because he knew I would possibly eat half of it before halloween... ugh, it's a problem!

Anyway, for November (and maybe longer) I'm saying NO to candy, cakes, cookies, pop, ice cream, basically sweets of any kind. With the exception of something for Thanksgiving... it only comes around once a year, right?? (this is why I have a problem...)

In addition to Thanksgiving I am making a few other exceptions, because while I'm serious about making a change, I know what's realistic for my lifestyle. I will probably partake in the occasional Starbucks drink. I don't care for the sugar-free syrups, and if I'm going to pay to get a fancy drink I'd rather enjoy one that I actually like/want-- only in moderation 4 total for the month.

That's my plan for the month! It also means there won't (or shouldn't) be any baking recipes up this month, which makes me a little bit sad, especially around this time of the year, but I don't trust myself to bake anything without eating it.

Have you ever done anything like this? An elimination diet of any kind? Or made a conscious effort to cut back on certain things? 

Also, if you have any tips or suggestions please let me know. If you have any good snack or treat ideas that aren't loaded with sugar I would love those suggestions as well. Sometimes using Google and even Pinterest can get overwhelming.

26 comments

  1. Good for you! We all need to do a lifestyle change once in a while - my husband and I included! I've actually been hearing a lot about baking sugar-free cookies and how they still taste just as good, etc. Maybe that's worth a shot!

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  2. You are a much stronger woman than I, but this is such a great idea. I like that you're being realistic about it, too! Good for you and GOOD LUCK!

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  3. OMG girl, good for you!! If I didn't have a giant bowl of candy sitting in my kitchen I would totally join you for that! Good luck, I know you can make it!!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  4. This is awesome! You can do it. Just hold yourself accountable. When I did my 24 Day Challenge earlier this week I cut out all sweets. I blogged daily with everything I ate (really only so it held me accountable).

    You can do it girl!

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  5. This is a great idea! You can do it!! Replacing your sweets with things like strawberries or bananas always helped me when I was cutting back. Good luck!

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  6. Carly, this is 100% me!! I have the exact same issue. Sweets is what I crave all the time and I binge on them at times. I am someone who there is nothing too sweet or rich for me. Someone will say "oohh this is too rich" after 1 and I can seriously eat the whole pan. It's not silly at all, it's real, it's an issue for us! I have cut myself off before, it definitely makes a difference. 100% it's like a drug, when I cut it out I don't crave it like I normally do. When I've done this before, I do the same thing- I cut out all the extra sweets & desserts but I'm not cutting out every single food with sugar in it. It works, you got this! Want me to do it with you? I probably should too :)

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  7. I'm doing no sugar too! And I am an addict too. It's out of control. I'm with Mia!

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  8. Good for you cutting out junk for the month. I need to do that myself... & then make up for it all on Thanksgiving :) haha

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  9. Good luck!! I think I'm the opposite in that I crave salty stuff like chips etc instead of sweets!!

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  10. I'm right there with you - I've just recently developed a sweet tooth!! I don't think I could cut it out, but I can certainly cut back!! Good luck girl!!

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  11. I started doing Paleo because my sugar intake was getting out of control. It is really helping and I was drinking a lot of water before but adding in sugar-free powders. So bad for you. It is helping me crave it less and I am down 12 pounds. Total bonus.

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  12. Good luck!!! You can do it :) I kind of did last spring; I elimated a lot of junk food (actually I should say reduced, but there was about 6 weeks I think I went without chips which is a big deal for me, sadly haha) I should definitely do this again soon. With sugar especially!!

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  13. I totally agree with being overwhelmed with google and pinterest sometimes. good for you though, i would totally do this but i already ate junk over the last 2 days, so.... but i am trying to eat better this month overall, but i ate some candy on the weekend. thankfully we didn't have any leftover from halloween, but i still managed to buy some for myself. i have a sweet tooth, or what i call a junk tooth.. i love lollies like gummi bears and skittles, and i love chips and dip.. i just love to eat. it makes me happy (lol, so sad). I would love to do something like the whole 30 but it cuts out too much of what i consider good food (grains and beans). maybe January I will try a no sweets thing. maybe.
    anyway, rambling. sometimes smoothies taste like sweets to me, i don't know if you like them but i just do milk, banana + berries = yum. it's yummier in the summer, but still. otherwise, apples + peanut butter (or almond butter) are good snacks.... you can do it! and please let us know how you go!

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  14. This is such a good idea, and I love that you're considering it a lifestyle choice and not completely cutting it out - that's what makes people crazy and binge. I definitely applaud you and need to find a good month... after Thanksgiving... and Christmas... after Valentine's...and Easter... ugh yeah, there are too many candy holidays!

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  15. Good luck! And good for you for knowing what's realistic. The reason most diets fail is because it is really scary to think about cutting yourself off completely from something you enjoy. Life is to be lived, right? But lived *healthily,* I believe.
    I'm not a huge sweet tooth (I'm more of a salt person!) but there are certain sweets that are just not safe around me. I keep fruit leather or even fruit snacks in the house for when I want something sweet. Other than that, straight-up fruit is great too. Apples & peanut butter or berries with a drizzle of fake sugar or yogurt or honey are my go-tos!

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  16. Gah, aside from PMS time I could totally do this (as long as sweet beverages don't count ha). Good luck to you, lady! We can commiserate with our no sweets/shopping November now :)

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  17. I have terrible willpower, but I'm usually an out of sight out of mind person, so if I try not to keep "bad" foods in the house, but it's much harder now that Tyler is around and he loooves all the junk foods. Lately I've been trying to find recipes of things we can make to substitute some of the things he craves - I made apple chips this weekend and they were a huge hit! A lot of recipes recommend mixing cinnamon and sugar but I just used cinnamon and he didn't even notice!

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  18. Good luck in your challenge! I like that you've set a pretty strict goal, but are still being realistic and allowing yourself a few "treats." That's the only way I can ever achieve something diet or fitness related! I might try to do something similar like this for November, too- my boyfriend has recently gotten me into eating candy, and it's just a matter of time before I get addicted! :)

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  19. We are starting to cut out sugar in our house. We bought the book I Quit Sugar which has lots of good recipes and simple facts. So far, I'm loving what it is offering :) Good luck! i'm here for you!

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  20. You can do this! I have a major sweet tooth as well and when we did Advocare last year I thought I'd never make it. The first week is the hardest but after that it's much easier. You got this#

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  21. God speed you brave brave braaave woman!!!!! I could never do anything like that. I don't have the willpower. But it's awesome that YOU do!!!!!!!

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  22. Good luck!! I have a hard time cutting back on junk food so I know how hard this will be, but I think it's great you're doing this for yourself! Can't wait to see some new recipes you'll try!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

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  23. You are brave! I feel like I could have written this post. I've always had a huge sweet tooth and it's such a problem! I've cut back as I've gotten older but I still indulge more than I really should. I think it's awesome that you recognize that this isn't something you want for yourself and are willing to take steps to fix it! You got this!

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  24. You can do it!! It feels great to come through it on the other side and be able to say you stuck with it!

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  25. You can do this! I also have a major sweet tooth and I know how rough it is to cut out sugar. I'm addicted to Sour Patch Kids, and all sorts of gummies! You just have to try your hardest to stay strong and replace the sweets with fruit, dry fruit, nuts and other tasty stuff that is also healthy.

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  26. I have a huge sweet tooth, too. I can never eat too many Skittles or Starburst without feeling sugar overloaded, though. My favorite food is bread - I can't really bake much bread myself because I would eat ALL of it.

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