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Robyn Openshaw - Sep 11, 2011 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

It’s September 11, 2011.

Today Matthew and I make a bet that we will pay an astonishing sum of money to each other, if we eat sugar anytime in the next year. (He has been texting me, “OMG! There’s sugar in my SOUP! It’s in Corn Nuts!” On and on goes the list.) Check out this video for the details.

Making a Sugar Bet keeps you accountable.

We negotiated for what natural sweeteners we’ll allow:

Not allowed: white sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, aspartame (Nutrasweet)

Allowed: real maple syrup, molasses, organic/raw agave, raw coconut sugar, dates, fruit, stevia, raw honey

JOIN US, and find yourself a partner! Make a sugar bet. State your intention here! What is your length of time, and what do you lose if you eat sugar? Matthew wanted to have shooting each other in the butt with his BB gun, or eating silkworm larvae, or zapping each other wearing a shock collar, part of the deal. He’s kinda odd like that; his colleagues and he do this all the time to accomplish their goals. But even if you’re not motivated by fear of physical pain like he is (I said NO), say yes to an amount of money that blows your mind, whether that’s $50 or $500 or $50,000. That will keep you motivated.

Because sugar is the Nice Girl’s Crack Cocaine.

I am giving it up because it’s my only vice. I don’t eat fast food, soda, fried foods, or chemicals. Not that I eat it very often, but I do have a thing for chocolate. I go “off sugar” completely, often–for weeks or even a few months. And what sugar I DO eat is an unrefined kind from the health food store, usually, eaten only after a mostly-raw meal—but it’s still a concentrated sweetener I’d be better off without.

I want this challenge, to see what happens if I literally NEVER eat it for a whole year.

I’ll be blogging about what happens to us, as we go through the year, here.

Tell us about your own Sugar Bet, and come BACK to give us updates! You can remember where to find it because it’s on this blog on the historic date of 9/11/11! (Plus this blog is searchable.)

Tell ALL your friends about your Sugar Bet so you’re not tempted in social settings. Tell everyone you know, to keep you honest.

I’m excited to hear what your specific, detailed health benefits are, as you kick the habit. Read the seminal book The Sugar Blues by William Dufty, for some education and motivation as you start your journey away from addiction!

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24 thoughts on “SUGAR BET!”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn,

    Inspiring bet, good luck! I’m going to find a partner to do this with (I know just the person, she’ll probably read this!)… my husband would never go for it but I can refrain eating his surgary stuff, no problema!

    I’m in CA and cannot find raw almonds that haven’t been pasturized… and I want to sprout! Can you provide a resource for purchasing almonds that are sproutable (is that a word? :^)).

    I’m hooked on green smoothies because of my friend who got hooked because of you. I appreciate you so!!

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      JoAnn, we hook you up with a direct-from-the-CA-farm unpasteurized almond buy oct. 1 through nov. 30 every year. Stay tuned here on the blog / facebook / newsletter for when we kick it off.

  2. Robyn,

    This is so funny and coincidental that you started your “sugar bet” today, because a few girlfriends and I also started that same thing today (w/o knowing about yours until now). We are doing it until Halloween! We also have basically the same list of things you CAN have-stevia, raw honey, agave…I have done it before and it wasn’t that difficult except that there are small amounts of it in things like bread, salad dressings, etc. But it is do-able!

    I have loved reading your blog and website and agree with almost everything you preach. I will be attending your seminar in Boise, can’t wait to meet you!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Off topic: You and your little BFF may be the cutest friends ever! 🙂

  4. Great bet Robyn! I too would like to find someone willing to go on a sugar bet. 10K is too much for me, but I guess you have to make it an amount that you would be sorry to have to pay out 🙂

    I will be back to post my sugar bet soon!

  5. Anonymous says:

    I went off sugar 2 years ago and my eyesight improved from -2.0 to -1.0 as a result. I’m 58 years old and eyesight doesn’t improve at my age. Or so they say!! My eye doctor definately attributed my improved eyesight to diet.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Robyn — this is great and so timely for me. I think this challenge is such an important one and will be happy to take part in it as well. I’m challenging myself to be processed sugar free until 2012 — through the holidays and everything. Your web site, blog, and videos are so inspirational for me. Thank you so much — can’t wait to take this journey and watch us succeed!

  7. Anonymous says:

    My Husband and I are committing to no sugar for a year–he has already pretty much stuck to this since the beginning of the year and I cook like this but it is the going out with others that makes it a large commitment for me–We Will Do It!!

  8. Anonymous says:

    My husband and I made this commitment in February of this year. With both of us having digestive track issues, we have gone grain free (thus gluten free), lactose free, and processed sugar free. The only sweeteners we agreed to allow are fruits, dates and honey. Basically only monosaccharides. That has meant… you guessed it…. almonst everything that comes in a package. Our newest evaluation of what we put in our mouth is ‘if it came in a package we probably should not be eating it!’

    Now that we are over 6 months into our commitment, we have never felt better! We will likely make this a permanent nutritional lifestyle. I am already vegan and 90% raw so there really is little change for me, but my husband is really liking the change he is experiencing. We have challenged many of our friends and they just think we are nuts…. They may change their minds in the future. We are not giving up on them… we are cooking for them instead!

  9. Anonymous says:

    I’ve been doing this since January… my husband has been for years! It’s amazing how much more intense and delicious everything tastes after you’ve given up sugar and other refined sweeteners. Good luck! You can DEFINITELY do it. I’m never going back!

  10. Anonymous says:


    I wanted to be held accountable, so I made my own facebook group called Amy’s Sugar Bet. I’m excited. I even linked this blog to it, so friends can see what exactly you are doing. I am going to start with just 3 months and hopefully go much longer!

    Thanks for all your wonderful insight!


  11. Anonymous says:

    My friend Haylee joined in! $1000 bet – and she is telling everyone!!!

  12. Dates and syrups still contain high amounts of sugar, refined or not. Come on guys! – have some real guts and quit the “real” maple syrup, molasses, agave, raw coconut sugar, and dates. I am definitely prone to sugar addiction myself. I have found that when I’ve given up all sugars, that all cravings go away even for my favorite fruits. Shockingly, eating sugar becomes an aversive. And, you won’t even have to bet $10,000 because you won’t need that amount of an incentive — your sugar cravings will just die out. So right here and now I pledge to give up refined sugar, dates, maple syrup, coconut sugar, molasses, agave and honey. I”ll minimize my banana intake to one a week and keep to the lesser sugared fruits such as the berries, kiwis and green apples. Here we go! How about you? I’m challenging you to cut the so called “natural sugars” which are highly addictive and promote the cravings for the refined sugars such as chocolate and the like. Are you in? Lori Sash-Gail, Dog Trainer and Photographer

  13. Anonymous says:

    My husband and I have a similar bet going – only ours did not include the money, as it is all the same account! 🙂 However, we’ve bet high stakes…. a plastic yellow LIVESTRONG bracelet! We each wear one, and if we eat sugar of any kind (or refined flour of any kind) – we have to relinquish our bracelet to the other person. Sounds simple but it works! Neither of us want to have to hand over our bracelet to the other, and our kids are cheering us on! Fun and a great reminder of why we are getting healthy and staying healthy. [Marry Matthew already, would you? The love is clearly there between you! 🙂 ]

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      MB, that is my favorite thing I have heard today! DO NOT give that bracelet up!

  14. Anonymous says:

    K. I’m going to say what I think alot of others are thinking.

    You two are way too cute for just BFF.

    You are a very cute couple.

    And I’m with some of the others……I think a much more “telling” bet would be to go off all sugars, except for fresh fruit. Then I think we’d really see how amazing we’d feel!

  15. What I love about this challenge is it’s only a few things to give up – white sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, aspartame. Now, I know it comes in many forms and you have to read labels. But, the trick is not to buy anything with a label, or a label with just a few ingredients. I like that the decision is “No, because it has sugar etc.,.. or yes because it doesn’t..

    Then maybe we can add white flour down the line!

    I do wonder why Splenda/sucralose is not on the list though..??.

    If anyone wants a buddy, or wants to set up a group please private message me at the FB website I mentioned. I looked for the FB group mentioned by Amy above but couldn’t find anything.


  16. Anonymous says:

    I did this in 2009. No sugar (not even fruit) for three months. Then, only unrefined natural sugars (fruit, honey, maple syrup…).

    I have an intermittent bet with my co-worker. We got for 3-4 months at a time. It totally works! And the bonding is fun. :]

  17. Anonymous says:

    We go for 3-4 months at a time. Sorry, so excited to see your post, typo! :]

  18. Anonymous says:

    We go for 3-4 months at a time…

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  20. http://none says:

    Hey Robyn, just curious, why do you not do salt? I am a local UT guy as well and I am a big fan of dr young and I have been living on his diet for a few years and I am downing a teaspoon or more of raw salt and sodium bicarbonate a day and it seems to be doing very well in toxin removal, energy etc. I like your bet idea and listened to the video soup to nuts but that one comment on the salt caught my attention. Why remove it when it is so full of essential minerals and elements the body uses for the removal of acids. Just curious if you heard something I have not. Keep up the good work! I am really loving the Lotus! Newfie.

  21. Anonymous says:

    If you really want to cut the addiction you shouldn’t have any type sweetener except maybe stevia and xylitol. Otherwise the cycle will continue. Not even breads, pastas, grains, or rice. Good luck.

  22. karylli says:

    I’m looking for the full recipe of the favorite blueberry dessert. The video demonstration of the dessert is inaccessible unfortunately (says the video is private).

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