This month’s Wellbeing Challenge aims to reduce the amount of sugar we consume.
The consumption of too much sugar has been linked to diabetes, heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, tooth decay and many more health conditions. With changes in food production and product labelling it is now easier than ever to control the amount of sugar you consume, and in turn reduce the risks of developing any health complications.
Did you know, in Britain, each person eats approximately 140 teaspoons of sugar every week!
Therefore, we’ve dedicated November to helping you find out how much sugar you consume, and how you can reduce this to improve your health.
We’re joining forces with Matthew’s Friends, a charity specialising in ketogenic dietary therapies for children and adults with drug-resistant epilepsy, who are also going Sugar Free for November, to raise awareness of Ketogenic Therapy.
If you wish to, you can support them by fundraising along the way – look out for the Mini Challenges and take a look at their website:
Mini Challenge One – How much sugar are you consuming each week?
For the first challenge, work out how much sugar you consume in an average week. To do this, simply write out a weekly food menu and add up the total amount of sugar in each portion, don’t forget to add drinks too!
To find out the sugar content, look at the labels on the food…but remember, there are many different words for sugar!
Mini Challenge Two – Save and Donate!
To make a start with reducing your sugar, why not take the challenge and support Matthews Friends by not buying any sugary drinks, crisps, biscuits, cakes, sweets, chocolate or alcohol for the week. Keep track of the money you save too as it adds in to your savings, or ask friends and family to sponsor you and donate to Matthews Friends, it’s up to you!
Mini Challenge Three – Sugar swaps
Now that you know what foods contain the most sugar, and have suffered through an entire week without them, why not explore what alternatives are available to all those sugary snacks? By using alternatives, you can make simple changes to your diet which are much healthier, without the need to change the tastes you like and crave. Lots of foods and drinks now have sugar free or low sugar options, so look out for these when shopping. Making small changes will make a big difference.
Mini Challenge Four – Bake and Donate!
What better way to celebrate a month of being sugar free than a good old fashioned bake sale, but with one important difference, SUGAR FREE CAKES!
Check out the recipes on the Matthew’s Friends website for some inspiration, and whilst you’re at it, why not support them by raising money, and awareness, of epilepsy and ketogenic therapy.