I like a good challenge. I am the person that will eat the bowl of jalapeños in under a minute just because you said I couldn’t do it. Does that make me stupid? Maybe. But am I fun at a party? Heck, yeah! So naturally, you can imagine my immediate response when I was approached to participate in the SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener’s #GoodbyeSugar30 Challenge. They didn’t even need to tell me what it is about. I’ll do it.
The reality set in when I heard all the details. No sugar for 30 days. Come on, Sam! It is called the ‘Goodbye Sugar’ challenge, what were you thinking?! And I agreed to do it in the month of the most sacred holiday of all… Halloween! Clearly, I have lost my mind. But I am as loyal as I am stubborn and I do not back down from a good challenge. And since this ship is about to sail, it needs some more passengers. Care to join me?
Okay, here’s the deal… as Americans, we have a lot of added sugar in our daily diets. Coffee, check. Ranch dressing, check. Zucchini bread, check. Tomato sauce, check. Sugar is so revered in our country that it polls as favorably as bald eagles and freedom (results taken from a scientific survey that I just made up). So, what SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener is challenging us to do is spot the added sugar and make small changes to reduce your intake. For 30 days! Luckily for us, the SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener doesn’t have a bitter aftertaste like some stevia sweeteners and skips the calories, added flavors and artificial ingredients. So it’s sacrificing without the sacrifice.
I may complain, but I am really excited to start the challenge. Between work, a 1-year-old, and just general life, I find it hard to find balance in my food decisions. Plus like many new moms, I am having a hard time shaking that last 5 to 10 pounds. So simple decisions, like swapping out added sugars, are made easy by having SPLENDA® Naturals readily available. I am starting slowly by trading the sugar in my morning coffee with the stevia sweetener. But I am going to be conscious from here on out about how often I add sugar to my recipes and continue to make the deliberate swap. I am also going to be signing up here and following along with #GoodbyeSugar30 on social media so that I have tools, resources, and a community to help me stay on track. I’ll report back with my ‘findings’ in a month and may even post a recipe or two that I have altered along the way. So are you in?
So hurry up and let’s do this together. Get your box of 40 or 80 count SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener at your local retail store. For more information, visit SplendaNaturals.com.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.