Sugar Detox Challenge 2011

sugar detox challengeThe last couple of years now, we’ve done a sugar detox challenge after the holidays. This year I’ve made a lot of changes for you! Instead of weekly posts or emails, I’ve bundled it all up into a convenient, 24-page, FREE ebook. This way you can download it (for free) and keep it for future reference.

I used to be quite attached to sugar as I’m sure some of you are, but I had no idea how to reduce my consumption and then replace refined sugars with natural ones.

Whether you’re just starting on your journey to ‘real’ and natural foods, or you’ve been on this road for some time and just need a bit of encouragement, this ebook is for you!

As our Standard American Diet dictates, most of us are addicted to refined sugars. Not only do we dump them into our coffee, and inhale cookies, it’s hidden in almost every processed food we buy. And the problem is, the more we eat it, the more our body craves it.

Along with the 8 weekly challenges you’ll also find:

  • My Story with Sugar
  • What’s Wrong with Sugar
  • Know Your Good Sugars
  • Dealing with Cravings
  • Links to recipes using natural sweeteners

To download this free ebook, just subscribe to either the weekly newsletter! This link will take you to the page of free subscriber downloads. (also available are the “Naturally Balanced” and “Is Your Flour Wet?” ebooks!)

Remember – you don’t have to sign up again if you already get our emails! Just check the bottom of your weekly newsletter for a link to the subscriber downloads page.


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About Donielle

Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after dealing with being less than fertile. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.


  1. This sounds like a great challenge! And a great way to start 2011. I’m just not sure I can do it while pregnant 😛 I know it would be good for me and the baby. But I don’t think I can give up my chocolate right now 😛 Someday…

  2. Ditto with Mary! Pregnancy has made saying no to sweets easier for me, except for dark chocolate and icecream!! Unless you count fruit, that’s nearly all I’m eating! LOL!

  3. Chris Clark says:

    I used to do great with limiting sugar until I got pregnant. Then the sweets cravings went through the roof. It’s hard to get back into the groove now that my daughter is here.

  4. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! I’m so excited for this challenge to start and to get all your great tips weekly.

  5. This is just what I need after being sick over the holidays. All the family traditions and tasty baked goods are hard to resist!

  6. A perfectly timed challenge, I look forward to it!

  7. I’m in… between you & Kelly & Katie, maybe I can *finally* make some changes this year?

    donielle Reply:

    @Lenetta, YES!! This is the year!

  8. Sarah Bauer says:

    Sounds like a great idea Donielle! I’m in!

  9. I need to do this. BUT I’m also going to kick and scream and dig in my heels.

    donielle Reply:

    @Audrey, Yell all you want – I can’t hear you!!! :-)

  10. Thinking I just can’t pass this up despite the whole pg/chocolate thing. Maybe I’ll do a modified version :)

    donielle Reply:

    @Mary, Yes, yes – sign up! :-) Give in to peer pressure……!

  11. I signed up because I know I NEED to more than WANTING to LOL…then I noticed in the email today that it starts January 10, which is the day before our church starts a 21-day corporate fast….and I was planning on fasting sugar. How perfect! I fasted sugar the last time I participated in the 21-day fast and wish I never went back on the stuff…well, my tongue doesn’t agree with that, but I did feel so much better! Now I’m more excited (I think) to start this!

    donielle Reply:

    @Dawn, YAY!! So glad you’re joining in!

  12. I’m going to give it a try!

  13. Donielle, I signed up and clicked the confirm link and got sent to this page:

    Does it only matter that I clicked the link in the email and not that it took me to a particular page?

    Also, to the ladies who aren’t sure they’re ready: sign up anyway, that way you’ll have the emails and can start when you are ready. It only takes a few days to kick the sugar cravings, even when pregnant. I’m due March 30 and managed to avoid most sweets for the 2.5 weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. (I admit I had a spoonful of honey in a cup of tea ~once a day and the occasional piece of dried apricot.) I gave into pie and I haven’t been willing/able to go back, but I think I will be by January 10. Oh, I think I’d better get willing to start a week early–my glucose tolerance test is Wednesday!!

    Also, giving up sugar made my head so much clearer–I run around being confused and distracted most of the time, but I remember being very level-headed and calm and thoughtful during that time.

    Andrea Reply:

    Never mind, I received the email saying I’m subscribed!

  14. Socorro Rivas says:

    Hi there

    I’m new to your site. I’m really interested in your health articles but not for fertility issues. I recently had my 4th baby and am nursing him. Is the sugar challenge something I can safely take part in?

    Donielle @ Naturally Knocked Up Reply:

    @Socorro Rivas, Most definitely! And it will probably be great for baby as well since he gets all the good bacteria that build his immune system from you and your milk. Once we get a bit further into some of the major dietary changes, I’ll try and remember to make notes for breastfeeding moms. (I’m currently breastfeeding my daughter as well – though she is already 20 months and nurses only a couple times per day) I’ll also set up a discussion forum so everyone can ask questions if they need to and we can all discuss how we’re doing or the struggles we might have.

  15. I’m really excited about this challenge!

  16. I just found your site! And I want to do the sugar detox challenge, but I’m already behind a few weeks! Can you send me the emails I missed?! Thanks for this!


    donielle Reply:

    @Sarah R., When you sign up you should receive all the previous e-mails (like one a day) till you’re caught up! After you sign up, if you don’t get them, let me know!

  17. Is it too late for me to join the challenge? I desperately need it and feels so daunting w/o support!

    donielle Reply:

    @JAYLEEN, If you haven’t yet, you can sign up at any time! You’ll get the previous weeks sent yo you each day until you’re up to speed.


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