I’m giving up sugar.
I’m giving up sugar as an ingredient – I won’t be eating anything that has sugar, glucose, fructose, dextrose or any other word ending in “ose” on the label. I’m giving up things that are mainly sugars, like honey and maple syrup, and I’m giving up things that contain a lot of fructose in them. I’ll still be eating some natural sugars but by cutting out the added sugar and naturally high sugar foods my overall sugar intake should be less than 3-4 teaspoons a day. To put that into perspective, the average person consumes around 14 teaspoons of sugar a day. I’m doing this because I have a sweet tooth and eat too many treats. I also eat a lot of added sugar in food because I don’t take the time to check what I’m eating. Giving up sugar will require me to give up foods that I like a lot, and eat more consciously.
I used the Children’s Society Lent calculator to calculate how much I’ll be saving by not eating a chocolate bar every day - £33.60 – and I’ll be donating this at the end of Lent. I've signed up to the benevoLent challenge to help keep myself on track. I've also signed up to 40 Acts to get daily prompts on being more generous during Lent.
40 days is a long time but I’m excited. It’s a fantastic opportunity for reflection, to make some important lifestyle changes and practice generosity in a more deliberate way.