10 Day No Sugar Challenge! [#4]

You will experience far more energy, less chronic pain, and eliminate drowsiness!


1 Do not add sugar to any drinks or foods. No sugar of any kind! (use honey or 100% Maple Syrup only)

2 ESPECIALLY no artificial sweeteners! (Splenda, Sweet n Low, Equal, etc)

3 No candies or sweets or chocolate.

4 No fast food (10 days without a Whopper won’t kill you)

5 No sodas or energy drinks (No drink with “sugar” listed on the ingredients label)

6 Drink lots of water (recommend 1/2 ounce for every pound you weigh, daily)

7 Avoid snacks or foods listing “sugar” or “corn syrup” on the ingredients label.



***NOTE about alcohol – The alcohols, themselves, are fine (there is no ADDED sugar in beer, wine, or gin/rum/vodka/whiskey) It’s the mixers that are a no-no for this Challenge. Booze up!

What’s the Purpose of The No Sugar Challenge?

5lbs every 12 days...

5lbs every 12 days…

This Challenge, for some of you, will be a piece of cake! You have been eating without added sugar already and you won’t be fazed by this at all. Good for you! I love it….Then there are the other 90% of Americans out there.   And this Challenge is going to tear you apart! The average American will consume more than 150 lbs. of sugar in its various forms over the course of one year…so during this 10 day Challenge, (on average) you’ll be cutting out about 4 pounds of sugar…WOW! 4 pounds!

Step 1 – stop the sugar intake for a few days.

Step 2 – flush out some of the old sugar so that you can see how your body should function. It takes a lot of water to do that – so drink up! It’s important to pay attention to your body so that you don’t miss the lesson of this Challenge. I can’t stress that enough. Body functions will change and it’s not coincidence – so stay very aware of your body for 10 days!

*For the purposes of this Challenge, I’m not concerned with calories or the glycemic index. I’m concerned with a processed sweetener – thus making a less natural toxin that your body is reacting to. So only honey or 100% maple syrup (No Mrs Buttersworth!) for this Challenge!
None of these sweeteners: SUGAR IN THE RAW, STEVIA, MOLASSES, AGAVE, etc.

Be sure to check the ingredients label on some food in your kitchen. Sugar ingredients

IMPORTANT: It’s OK if “sugar” is listed on the nutrition facts AS LONG as it’s NOT listed in the ingredients list.

Signs you might need to lower sugar intake:

Poor tooth health
Low energy (dragging all day)
Chronic pain
Sugar cravings
Excessive yawning

Drug addiction type cravings!!

GOOD NEWS! The increased water intake fixes that! (Most Americans are chronically dehydrated thus making the dreaded withdrawal far worse than it ever needs to be)



What should I expect?

1. More energy (no energy yo-yos)
Less napping
3. Far easier to wake up (less drowsiness)
4. Decreased chronic pain
5. Crankiness
6. Irritability
7. Mild headaches
8. Hunger


– Make a list of things you like to eat that don’t have sugar. Vegetables, meats, nuts, seeds, snacks. Use lists for the various diets that are available online (or go buy the books)

YES you can eat fruits! That sugar is 100% natural and not a problem for this Reset Challenge

– Go shopping for these non-added sugar items.

– Eliminate temptations. I say this after you are stocked up because it’s much easier to hide or throw away food when you have something else to replace it

Try these during the Challenge to purge sugar from your body: Colon cleansing, Deep tissue massages, Sauna sweating.

Sugar has been around forever – Why is it so bad now?

Let’s nip this in the bud right out of the gate – sugar is a naturally occurring nutrient (like vitamins and minerals). Sugar is found in thousands and thousands of fruits and vegetables and meats, etc. Sugar, in and of itself, is not the problem. But processed, extracted, concentrated sugar – now THAT’S THE DEVIL! That is what this Challenge is focusing on – I’ll refer to it as Added Sugar. (So fruits are fine to eat!)

Even the best sugars you can buy (evaporate cane sugar – for example) go through a 10-15 step process:

That turns a naturally occurring sugar cane plantnatural-sugar-caneInto table sugarsugar-refinery

It’s shredded, boiled, evaporated, strained, separated, vaporized, drained, pressed, chemicals added, etc. The resulting crystals that we call sugar are no longer recognizable to your body in the normal ratio as it was in the sugar cane plant. It’s literally a chemical at this point…and your body treats it as such. The more you put in your body, the more will end up migrating to your body’s particular weak spot and wreaking havoc (your body may just see the sugar as a threat and wrap fat around it to keep you safe!). Imagine the energy your body has to use – constantly, all day long (hence lowered overall energy) – to clean out and remove this chemical that we keep bumping in at each and every meal or drink. Your body is working HARD!

Steps to create table sugar

Steps to create table sugar


Artificial Sweeteners:

So think about it – Splenda, Sweet n Low, Equal, etc – Those are 100% chemicals. The only thing worse than added sugar are artificial sweeteners. Crazy huh?! All that your body sees from those is chemical, chemical, chemical! Don’t. Use. Them. Ever 😉


If you eat the Standard American Diet, your body has built up a chemical dependency on sugar at this point. That’s not something that you’ll break overnight…but you absolutely can! So don’t beat yourself up if you can’t last the full 10 days. You can stop and restart this Challenge as many time as you need to until you make the full 10 days.

Once you see how your body feels after this 10 days, hopefully you’ll get a glimpse into your possible future. NOTE: To speed things up – The Veggie Cleanse and the Juice Cleanse and especially the Master Cleanse will be the most effective and dramatic ways to PURGE years and years of sugar effects and damage from your body. A Cleanse will also Reset your taste buds so your cravings fade away! For now, just take it one day at time and let the compound effect of the 8 Challenges rebuild you into a new, stronger, younger you!

This is #4 of the 8 Challenges to Reset Your Body. As soon as you complete this Challenge – start Challenge #5, The 1 Day Reset as soon as you can. 


Please share this and BE WELL…


“My reset challenge started last week with the water and no sugar challenge. After staying consistent with my exercise routine, I’m feeling great, and it was much easier to walk away from the option of doughnuts for a quick breakfast! Progress is slow, but I’m feeling great!”

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42 Responses to 10 Day No Sugar Challenge! [#4]

  1. Cheryl January 16, 2014 at 3:24 am

    What about coconut sugar? Can it be use in this phase of the challenge.

    • Terry Givens January 19, 2014 at 6:02 pm

      Hi. Only sweetener is honey on this Challenge. Sorry!

  2. Alia March 24, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Starting tomorrow: had a warm-up day today with 3 biscuits only when I thought I was going to chew the fridge if I did not have sugar.
    I hope it will get slightly better tomorrow! I can do 10 days!!!!! I know it’s all in my head, as with so many addictions!

  3. Kate April 20, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    My friend and I are doing these together and this will be the hardest one yet for me. I’m sad that gum isn’t an option, that is my main source of distraction!

    • Terry Givens April 23, 2014 at 11:37 am

      You’ll do great Kate. Be sure to click the link above to join my Cleanse Support group so we can follow your progress!

    • Regina September 13, 2015 at 8:42 am

      Spry has xtlitol gum. It’s a natural sugar from tree bark that helps to reduce cavities and bacteria in the nose, mouth, throat and intestines. It is also an dietetic. It a better chioce then sugar free gums. They sell Sprt gum at whole foods stores. Or you can check out

      Regina, RDH

  4. Aleah April 25, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Are you suppose to continue with the no bread challenge (even after finishing the 7 days) during the no sugar challenge?

    • Terry Givens April 25, 2014 at 4:22 pm

      Hi Aleah. Bingo!
      The goal is continue with each of the 1st 4 Challenges permanently. You’ll continue resetting each & every day!
      If you like the benefits you felt, that is 😉

  5. Lisa May 24, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    I just came across these challenges and think I will try them. If #1 is going good, can I start #2 at any time? And so on?

  6. Alika September 30, 2014 at 3:32 am

    So I will be starting this challenge tomorrow and I wanted to find out if I have a salad what is the best dressing because almost all dressings have sugar in the ingredients even vinegertte.

    • Rainbow November 3, 2014 at 3:12 am

      Hi Alika! The best/most awesome dressings, are ones that are made at home! I control exactly how much oil I do or don’t want. After cleansing, I now only use balsamic vinegar! It used to be milder with the olive oil, but when you make it at home, you realize how much oil is really in the store bought stuff!! BLEH

  7. Nicole October 18, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Hi I was wondering if when doing this challenge do you do them all at the same time or is it challenge 1 for a day and then challenge 2 etc. or do they all go within the 10 days?!

    • Terry Givens October 20, 2014 at 6:04 am

      Hi Nicole. Actually you can do it either way! 10 days each, or do the first 4 Challenges all at once. Join my free support group and see how others are doing!

      • Chandan February 17, 2016 at 5:44 pm

        The exseitrpe shines through. Thanks for taking the time to answer.

  8. Holly November 7, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Can I add stevia to some foods/drinks when I’m on the no sugar challenge?

    • Terry Givens November 8, 2014 at 2:50 pm

      Hi Holly. Check rule #1!

  9. Mike November 15, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    I cut sugars (except for naturally occurring sugars in whole, organic fruits and vegetables) completely out of my diet. This includes anything on the label that ends in ‘ose’, like dextrose and sucralose and so forth. Then I stopped fast-walking 2-4 miles/day and got a Warcraft subscription instead and became completely sedentary playing Warcraft for upwards of 8 hours per day. The reason for stopping exercise was so that I would KNOW that any affect that my body had from cutting out sugars was purely from that and nothing else. I lost 148 pounds in 18 months. I went from over 350 pounds (heaviest my scale would go) to 202 pounds in that year and a half period without a single push-up or sit-up.
    Food companies are sneaky and it will take some time for you to figure out everything that they hide their addictive sugars in. Once you do, you will have to deal with the withdrawal symptoms. They were hard for me for about 3 weeks and then my body started to come back online. My blood pressure went from the 180’s/120’s to last weeks reading of 116/68 with a resting pulse rate of 64. Mind you, although I have now finally started to exercise 3 years later, I am by no means an athlete but you certainly can’t tell from my vital signs.
    Believe me about 2 things. It will be VERY hard to come off of sugar completely and it will be completely worth it the day that you look at the ground next to you and don’t immediately recognize your own shadow because you are now half the size that you used to be.
    Great advice Terry but I would lay off of the honey too for the first month or so. Kind of like giving a little bit of morphine to a heroin addict. Healthier way to get the bump but may cause a relapse.
    One more suggestion for your followers Terry. Never take diet advice from someone who looks like Dr. Phil. Look at Terry, he obviously knows what to put in his body for peak performance.

  10. Deborah December 27, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Hi Terri, are raisins allowed on the challenge?

    • Terry Givens December 28, 2014 at 4:26 pm

      Hi Deborah. Which Challenge?

    • Terry Givens December 28, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      All fruits are allowed. Only added super (listed on the ingredients labels) is excluded. Kick butt!

      • Shaunda October 22, 2015 at 2:40 pm

        Hi terry i am having a hard time finding what to eat daily i can do the no sweets but as far as breakfast and lunch…can you help please

  11. Angelina March 6, 2015 at 10:00 am

    You’ve really imspresed me with that answer!

  12. Bernard Loken April 4, 2015 at 6:37 am

    All right, challenge started. This will be easy, and worth while.. I am totally liking these challenges. They give me a goal to achieve… Looking forward to the end of the challenge to see the difference. Thanks Terry.

  13. mark June 17, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    I’m on day 9 and the headaches have finally subsided, and my energy level is now better. I think my liver forgot how to convert carbs into sugar since I kept a steady stream of sugar every day. I went without honey and alcohol as well to help my liver do it’s job. I’ve learned how to eat/drink somethings that I will keep in my diet. I like ice coffee and almond milk, cashew butter, tofu, and cheese saved me! I love the fruits for my sweet fix. I am going to try to keep my sugar down to 35 grams or less a day from here on out. The first five days I ate a lot, craved fat, carbs, and salt. Good luck to you all!

    • Terry Givens June 18, 2015 at 10:49 pm

      Great job Mark! Join my support group and keep us posted there

      • Mark June 22, 2015 at 1:05 pm

        Do you allow alcohol sugar on this challenge? Why or why not? Thanks

        • Terry Givens June 23, 2015 at 6:40 am

          Hi mark take a look right under the rules…

  14. Matt January 4, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Terry, what about fructose, glucose, sucrose? Aren’t these all sugars that should not be included? A regular can of soda doesn’t list ‘sugar’ but instead lists high fructose corn syrup…through the roof!

  15. Leah May 5, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    Hi Terry, can you give me more information on the sugar free challenge?

    • Terry Givens May 14, 2016 at 2:43 pm

      What more would you like to know Leah? You should join us in my support group!

  16. nellie February 10, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Can I eat bread during the no sugar challenge of I make it myself with homey i.stead of sugar?

    • Terry Givens December 6, 2017 at 1:56 pm

      Hi Nellie. If the bread has “sugar” as an ingredient, it’s a no go on the No-Sugar Challenge. Amazing what they add sugar to now days!
      Join my support group and do the Reset Challenges with us http://www.resetyourbody.com/supportgroup

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