I am so excited about getting started on this upcoming sugar free January Challenge. If you are not sure what this challenge is all about, then go check out the intro post to this challenge where I explain all the details and the challenge guidelines.
The goal of this challenge is to spend 30 days avoiding added sugars. Added sugars are everywhere! So it is really important to this challenge to read the nutrition labels and ingredients to check for those hidden sugars. It is also important to try to avoid sugar free foods that substitute with artificial sweeteners. The reason for this is because the goal is to help our tastes adjust to less sugar, so substituting with artificial sweeteners would not help us accomplish that. Remember that naturally occurring sugars are okay and within the guidelines.
Week 1 Meal Plan
Every week I am going to be sharing my upcoming weekly meal plan and grocery lists. As a reminder, these are the meal plans that I am going to be following to help me accomplish MY sugar free January. In the intro post I explain that this challenge is going to look different for everyone, and I encourage you to make up the guidelines that suit your diet preferences and needs. For example, I am also excluding processed foods and processed carbohydrates on my plan (like whole wheat bread and pasta), but you can totally include them if you want to!
If you aren’t into planning or don’t know where to start then feel free to follow along with my plans! And feel free to make substitutions when necessary. Not into brussels sprouts? Make broccoli instead. (Don’t forget to adjust the cook time though). Make sure to read through the recipes before hand so you know ahead of time if you are making substitutes and then update the grocery lists.
Download the Week 1 Meal Plan by clicking the image link below.
A couple of notes about my plan:
This meal plan and recipe list is currently set up for one person. All of the meals can be easily doubled or multiplied if you are cooking for more than just yourself. Don’t forget to update the grocery list!
My plan combines meal prep, real time, and batch cooking. You will see at the left of the calendar that there is a section for prepping ahead. This is where I list out everything that I want to prepare ahead of time the night before (this would usually be a Sunday, but since we are starting mid week it is on a Tuesday this time). You don’t have to do the meal prep ahead of time if you don’t want to, but I like to do this to make weeknight meals a little easier.
Since my plan and recipes are set up to be for one person , you will notice that I really embrace the leftovers! If you don’t like leftovers, feel free to cook a fresh meal every night! For me it works better to batch cook some meals and have them throughout the week.
If you want to create your own meal plan, I have added a blank meal planning calendar tool here to help you along the way.
I’ll be sharing updates next week over on Instagram @WellnessInterpreted. If you don’t have an Instagram account, or just want to make sure you don’t miss the weekly meal plans and grocery uploads, then you can subscribe to the challenge by signing up below. You will get the challenge updates and meal plans straight to your e-mail inbox!
I’m so excited for this challenge! If you have any questions please post them in the comments below or you can reach out to me on Instagram @WellnessInterpreted.