Cutting out sugar in coffee and tea was one of the monthly challenges I set myself in April of this year. I was having around 12 cups of coffee and tea combined each day. Although I can’t say that I’ve ever overindulged in sugar and I wouldn’t really say I’ve got a sweet tooth, but I’ve always liked 2 teaspoons in both tea and coffee and the odd one in a hot chocolate. I’ve also got a little addiction to sweets such as midget gems and Haribos. I’m also partial to a bit chocolate every now and again – naughty but nice as they say.

I’m one of the lucky ones and I don’t put on a great deal of weight no matter what I eat and I have a really good fast metabolism (you are going to hate me now). I also don’t have the healthiest of diets, neither do I have the worst.  Well, that’s what I thought anyway.

So, why did I make the decision and decide to do this as a monthly challenge?

The main reason was more so as a preventative measure. Research has shown that processed or refined sugar can lead to weight gain, blood sugar problems as well as an increased risk of heart disease, strokes and type 2 diabetes. As I’ll be approaching the big 50 next year it made perfect sense to me to start thinking about what I put into my body.

Was it an easy process and did it affect me?

Well, to be honest not really. It took a while to get used to the taste of both coffee and tea without sugar but after 30 days of going without it, I did try a teaspoon in my coffee and couldn’t drink it (it had worked). I did though start waking up in the early hours around 2 AM needing a sugar fix, which resulted in me scoffing a lot of biscuits especially bourbons and custard creams. This has now subsided thankfully.

So, the conclusion…

I found it to be an easy process in cutting out processed sugar in Coffee and tea and I do feel better for it. I also understand this may not be as easy for you as it was for me. So, below are my top tips Ito help you cut down…

  1. Restrict yourself to a daily weekly amount.
  2. Gradually reduce the amount until you can cut it out altogether
  3. You could start by swapping to sweeteners
  4. Try alternative hot drinks such as herbal fruit teas, hot squash, etc.
  5. Simply remove sugar from your home.

Just by cutting down one teaspoon of sugar per day could make a huge difference to your health as well as for trimming a large number of calories from your diet. Don’t just take my word for it have a look at the articles below..


11 reasons why too much sugar is bad for you –

Some tips on fully quitting processed sugar –

How to cut back on sugar without noticing –

How to cut down on usage in your diet –


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