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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!

Posted in: Lifestyle, Whole Food

7 thoughts on “SUGAR BET!”

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  1. 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. :]

  2. Anonymous says:

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

  3. Anonymous says:

    We go for 3-4 months at a time…

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  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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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