The Challenge

Going Sugar Free for 30 days is a challenge. Living with Muscular Dystrophy is much harder!

What Sugar Free September

When 1 - 30 September

How Cut refined and added sugars from your diet

Why Give sweet opportunities to kids and adults living with the challenges of progressive muscle wasting conditions such as Muscular Dystrophy

The Rules of Sugar Free September

We recommend that you cut out all refined and added sugars for the month of September, but ultimately it is up to you how much sugar you want to remove during the challenge. 

Think sugar we add to tea/coffee/cereal or use in cooking, soft drinks, jam/spreads, biscuits, cakes, muffins, lollies, chocolate, ice cream, desserts, flavoured yogurt and many brekkie cereals. Artificial sweeteners in 'diet' and many 'sugarfree' products like coke zero.

Think honey, maple syrup, dried fruit and fruit juice. Also natural sugar alternatives like stevia, xylitol and monkfruit sweetener. These are all concentrated sweeteners, and although natural, should be used in moderation. You can also choose to omit these if you want. 

Think fresh fruit and veggies including carrots, beetroot and sweet potato for natural veggie sweetness. Think also plain yogurt, cacao powder, cacao nibs, nuts and seeds, natural nut butters, whole grains and spices. Grab these unprocessed whole foods for food that's sweet enough already.

Resources, gurus and guides

You're not alone! We've got resources and perks galore to help you through your Sugar Free September challenge.

FREE 5 week online fitness program from our partner Peaches Pilates

Discounts on home-delivered healthy ready-made meals from our partner Able Foods

Expert advise, resources and tips from our partner Nutrition Australia

Facebook Community Group for tips, inspo and connection to other challengers

Weekly motivation emails to keep you on track

Daily inspiration posts on Instagram & Facebook

E-cookbook, meal planning and challenge guides

Fundraising guru, tips and downloadable templates

In case you we're wondering...


Not all beverages are created equal, but some alcohol is low sugar and is allowed during your challenge, if you choose. For example dry white and red wine, gin, vodka and beer are all low in sugar. We'll have lots of resources to help you make informed and healtheir choices during the challenge.

Remember though, alcohol can make it harder to resist temptations, and should be consumed in moderation, if at all. It is up to you whether you include low sugar alcohol in your challenge or go alcohol free.

Need a Break?

We encourage everyone to go the whole month sugar free, but understand that there may be an event you need to attend, or just need a short break.

That's why we offer a Sweet Release Pass that allows you to take a short break from your challenge and enjoy a sweet treat or two. Just ask a friend to donate the $37 pass, or buy one for yourself!

The Truth About Sugar

Most of us are unaware of how much “hidden” sugar we are actually consuming on a daily basis. According to the Australian health survey, we actually consume 22kg of free sugars each year, which equates to around 14 teaspoons of sugar each day. We may not add a lot of sugar to our foods and drinks, but that doesn’t mean we’re not over-consuming the sweet stuff. 

By drawing our attention to our sugar intake, Sugar Free September's goal is to educate and inspire everyone to make healtheir food choices that last all year long.

What is the link between muscular dystrophy and sugar?

Apart from advocating healthy lifestyle choices for people living with Muscular Dystrophy, there is no medical link between sugar and muscle wasting conditions.

Try cutting sugar from your day and you’ll soon realise that it’s really tough...but not as tough as living with Muscular Dystrophy!

Here at Muscular Dystrophy NSW we love people who challenge themselves and use their strengths to empower others. By offering a challenge that promotes a healthy lifestyle, we aim to empower you too.

Thank you for making a difference!

So what are you waiting for? Go Sugar Free For MD! Sign up here!