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About our Program

Sugar Free September
1 Sep 2017

Sugar Free September is a 30 day challenge where you try to eliminate all ‘added’ sugars from your diet.

This includes any product made with or ‘containing’ refined sugar or higher glycaemic natural sugars such as maple syrup, agave syrup, honey or dates.

Our aim is to create AWARENESS around how much sugar from added to hidden, may be coming into your daily diet.

Sugar or excess carbohydrates, found in so many processed, low nutrient food but also many ‘health’ foods is responsible for a number of health concerns from inducing type 2 Diabetes to poor sleep, low energy levels, fatigue, digestive concerns, dental issues, cravings and weight gain.

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Why do the program?

Our aim is to help you give your body a rest from the stuff for 30 days and see if you feel the wellness benefits of having less sugar in your diet.

You may be new to this or just need a 'restart' back into good eating habits but being aware of the food you are buying from sauces to cereals can have a big effect on your mood, energy, digestion, concentration and waistline.

This challenge is to help you get back to basics including looking at the ingredients list, the nutrition panel, identifying hidden sugars, gaining new ideas for meals and snacks and ultimately having some extra accountability around your food choices from groceries to takeaways (plus we can probably save you money) all while doing it in a fun supportive way!

let's face it, sometimes we know what to do but we just don’t do it…this will help put knowledge into ACTION!

PLUS we are partnering with Diabetes New Zealand to help raise money for the foundation so they can continue their great work in preventative advocacy, support work and research helping thousands of kiwis with type 1 and type 2 diabetes

Why is sugar bad for your health?

When we eat or drink sugar or foods containing carbohydrates, our body breaks it down into glucose (sugar) and circulates it in our blood stream. When we have glucose in our blood stream, a hormone called insulin gets produced and its role is to grab onto glucose and get it out of the blood stream and store it in the muscles, liver or fat cells.

By having too much insulin during the day due to the amount of total carbohydrates or sugary snacks, especially if we are less active, can encourage the body to store more fat, play havoc with your energy levels, mood, liver function and in the long term increase risk of insulin sensitivity, obesity and type 2 Diabetes.

You will learn more from our weekly tips and Sugar Free September pack. Taking out refined sugars is great but do be cautious of substituting refined sugar to excess natural sugars.

What is type 2 diabetes?

Diabetes is the result of the body not creating enough insulin to keep blood glucose (sugar) levels in the normal range. Everyone needs some glucose in their blood, but if it's too high it can damage your body over time. In type 2 diabetes, either the body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or the cells in the body don’t recognise the insulin that is present. The end result is the same: high levels of glucose in your blood. Diabetes left untreated can result in damage to many parts of the body including eyes, kidneys, feet, sexual health, heart, skin, blood vessels, thyroid, immunity etc. Find out more from Diabetes New Zealand type 2 diabetes most often occurs in adulthood usually after the ages of 30 – 40 years. However, increasing numbers of teenagers and children are developing type 2 diabetes. For many people (but not all) type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by making healthy food choices and staying active. Find out if you are at risk www.diabetes.org.nz

What does this cost?

Very little. An individual registration for Sugar Free September E Pack is only $35. Or for a hard copy (printed, binded and mailed) for those that like paper is $45.

Check out the donations for Family Pack, Team and Workplace Registration under the tabs All participants receive Sugar Free September Challenge Certificates All teams/ participants go into weekly draws of winning spot prizes from sponsors from food to massages





What is included in the Sugar Free September Challenge?

SFS Starter package

  • A ticket to the Sugar Free September Launch party
  • Either a binded or eSFS pack with nutrition plan, shopping list, recipes, food diaries, tips and facts on how to live a reduced sugar life and posters.
  • Every Individual/ Team/ Workplace goes in the draw to win weekly spot prizes. Make sure you have liked and commented on the Go Sugar Fee facebook page to be viable.
  • Every Individual/ Team/Family or Workplace gets a certificate
  • Every Workplace will get a SFS Hamper
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What’s allowed?

Sugar Free September
1 Sep 2017
 

What’s allowed for the challenge:

A good start is to exclude refined sugars from your diet. However, there are so many products that contain sugar other than lollies, cakes, biscuits etc that we want to encourage you to check the nutrition labels and ingredients list of everything from yoghurts, dips, sauces, cereals and anything that may be in your pantry so you can just be aware of what you are eating contains.

We want you to explore more whole food unrefined options during the challenge for meals and snacks and there is a lot of what you CAN eat, so hopefully you won’t even miss sugar!

Natural sweeteners that can still raise blood sugar levels like honey, agave syrup, maple syrup, coconut sugar, dried fruit etc. Yes a bliss ball is better than a Moro Bar but we don’t want to have too many of these either.

We still want to keep these to moderation as if you are trying to curb sugar cravings these may not help. According to the National Nutrition Survey, only 1 in 5 Kiwis eat their 5 plus servings of fruit and vegetables per day.

So aiming for fresh (or frozen, or no added sugar tinned) fruit and vegetables would be ideal rather than packaged snacks. Other low calorie, low sugar sweeteners (not artificial) that could be used are xylitol, erythritol, stevia, rice syrup (moderation), fiber syrup.

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What’s IN: Vegetables, fresh fruit, whole grains, unsweetened dairy or dairy substitutes, sugar free dips like hummus, spreads/ dressings, nuts, seeds, nut butters, proteins sources. Other sugar free options include diet soft drinks in moderation, sweeteners such as stevia or erythritol, xylitol. Dry white and red wine in moderation and spirits with sugar free mixers is allowed. Full list in the pack.

What’s OUT: juice, beer, cider, any drinks with sugar, confectionary, ice cream, chocolate, refined sugars, corn syrup, glucose syrup, barley malt syrup, coconut sugar, dried fruit in excess (prunes, goji berries allowed), some sauces, honey, maple syrup. Full list of hidden sugars in the SFS pack. Reduction in fructose may also help alleviate digestive issues like Irritable bowel Syndrome and flatulence.

By joining the Challenge you will get the full list of WHAT’S in and WHAT’s out and an easy to follow shopping list and menu planner.


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Get Involved!

Sugar Free September
1 Sep 2017

Why is this a good challenge for you/ your significant other/ family/friends to get involved in?

You know how hard it can be to keep yourself accountable and on track so we thought we would help,plus when you have the support of others from family or work colleagues, we all achieve more! Health and wellbeing is important for everyone at any age and creating a healthy environment at home, work and school/uni, from awareness to accountability can help everyone better their health.

When we get tired or stressed we tend to go for the sugary options so this a great way to have a support person or you can become a role model to your work buddies or friends at school or for the family. Enthusiasm and Fun helps with success!

We will give you direction and motivation during the month of September with our recipe books, education, news, so you are not only helping yourself but making a great contribution to the work of the Diabetes Foundation helping thousands of New Zealanders a year living with type 1 or 2 diabetes.

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Testimonals

Sugar Free September
1 Sep 2017
Just wanted to say thankyou so much for everything! I have had a great journey! Learnt so so much. We don't own scales so I can't tell you how much I've lost but my clothes are loose and I feel fantastic!! I feel like I don't even have a taste for sweet things anymore! -Abbe

The challenge has been great...it shocked me how many things had added sugar in....I actually found it really easy and wasnt that tempted to eat the sugary stuff as all the food ideas you gave us were really yummy and so simple. Im carrying on with this way of eating but would definitely recommend the challenge to anyone. -Megan

I've enjoyed the challenge. Your recipes and emails have kept me on track. You are very positive in your approach and motivating. I would be keen to do again next year and would recommend to others. -Joanna

Hi Kate, loved the challenge! Such a great idea. Learned a lot about what is in our food (and now checking revert thing) that will assist in making better food choices for myself and my family. The healthy treats were a hit, and I had a quarter if a snickers last night and couldn't eat the rest. So it's definitely changed what my mind thinks of a sweet treat. Thank you so all the great recipes and words of encouragement across the Tasman! X -Marjkya

Definitely recommend the challenge as a way to kick start a new sugar-free lifestyle. "You can't unlearn this stuff". -Tonia Hi Kate the challenge has helped me take more notice of what's in the food I eat & taste the flavours more. I'm much more sensitive to sugar now and feel sick after a little bit so it definitely retrains your taste buds. Would be great to do another workshop but maybe with dinner or breakfast food (or a video series of you-like your own cooking show). X -Kalena

Challenge was pretty easy actually! I found I had so much more energy and didn't feel lethargic like I have the last couple of years -Sophie

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Saturday 2nd September 5:30pm- 7pm

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