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Hey there, welcome back to my blog for another keto product review! This is my first review of 2021… I’d like to say I’m hopeful for a better year this time, but lord, every time I get hopeful, something crazy happens. So let’s just take 2021 one day at a time, ok? Speaking of taking it one day at a time, I’m willing to bet that many of you are starting keto for the first time this year. Welcome! And congrats on making this choice to take charge of your health. I hope you don’t feel too stressed out. There’s a lot of information on keto available on the web. Make sure that the sources you get your info from are research-based and FREE. Don’t pay for those 28-day meal plans this year, friends. Just ask someone who does keto to help you.

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At the end of 2020, I did a little experiment with a company called SweetKick to see if I could get rid of my sweet cravings before the holidays threw their punches. When they reached out to me, I thought it would be interesting to try. I’m not usually into these sort of “craving suppressant” products because I worry they’re a little extreme in most cases. I don’t ever want you guys to get the impression that I support things like “detoxes” or “cleanses” because those are usually harmful products (mostly sold by MLMs that just want your money) that contribute to eating disorder culture. I’m just not into that. And I don’t think you should be, either. I want you to feel comfortable giving money to companies that value your health and wellness.

In reading about SweetKick, I think it’s not at all like a shady company selling a “cleanse.” The product itself is meant to help people manage sweet cravings. At the beginning of keto, this is a huge issue that many people just can’t tackle. It is possible that a system like SweetKick could help with those cravings. Also, I don’t eat sugar regularly, so I wanted to test their slogan-Kick Sugar-to see if it applied to artificial and alternative sweeteners, too.

This post is a total review of my experience with their 14-day system to help you kick sugar, or if you’ve been keto and don’t eat sugar, kick sweets.

Who is SweetKick?

From their website:

“Quitting or giving up sugar is all together impossible in today’s society. Sugar exists in almost 90% of the foods we consume today and it’s hard, if not impossible to go cold turkey. Our story and our products are focused on a simple message- small steps can lead to big changes! Our mission to create simple yet effective products that help you reduce your sugar intake over time and allow you to take back control of your sugar cravings. Small steps, everyday leading to a healthier low-sugar lifestyle.”

Low-sugar and small steps leading to big changes are my love language. This company’s mission speaks to my soul. The company also places a big focus on making health and wellness more accessible, which is a big bonus for those who feel like they can’t afford to eat healthily. SK seems genuinely invested in the health of their consumers. 

How does it work?

The 14-day Sugar Reset includes 48 sugar control mints, 14 body balance powders, and a sugar reset guide. In the morning, you’re instructed to put the body balance powder into a liquid to drink. I usually put it in my coffee so I wouldn’t forget it and omitted my usual sweetener (Skinny Mixes). 

You’re supposed to take the mints any time you get a sweet craving to suppress that urge to pick up a sugary snack. Even if you do end up caving and having that treat, it just doesn’t taste as good. The mints are really minty in a way that I absolutely adore. Like, Altoids level. Gum usually curbs my cravings anyway, so this was right up my alley. 

The mints contain Gymnema Sylvestre as a sweet suppressant. Here’s what their site says about this ingredient: 

GYMNEMA SYLVESTRE

Referred to by some eastern cultures as the “sugar destroyer”, Gymnema is a herb traditionally known for its amazing ability to reduce our sense of sweetness when consuming high sugar foods.*

Here’s an article from Healthline on this ingredient: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/gymnema-sylvestre-benefits#TOC_TITLE_HDR_8 
Overall, it appears to be a great supplement for a lot of reasons – weight loss, cholesterol control, and fat absorbtion. 

Both products contain a lot of fiber and a lot of vitamins. This is important to note because, while fiber may be good for you to have in your diet, too much of it will cause gastrointestinal distress and discomfort. If you’re trying SweetKick, leave the low carb tortillas and low carb bread alone during those two weeks. Trust me. 

If you’re looking to go full keto, disregard the guide. It has some suggestions for lower-sugar foods that aren’t necessarily low carb or keto-friendly. Instead, follow a beginner’s keto shopping list/meal plan that incorporates a lot of whole foods and veggies. 

Pros

  • The mints are GREAT (if you don’t chew them)
  • A lot of mints are included – too many, in my opinion.
  • I really felt different after trying the body balance powder. It made me crave my coffee less, too.

Cons

  • Still a little expensive at the $46 price point. Would love to see it somewhere in the $30-39 range.
  • Don’t bite the mints. I feel like this needs to be stressed. 

RKF Product Score

Taste: 7/10
Mints are great unless you bite into them. The body balance powder has just the slightest taste but I can’t place it. It affects the liquid in texture more than taste. 

Availability: 2/10
Only available in their webshop and from Poshmark sellers. Don’t buy food from Poshmark.

Necessity: 5/10
If you have a hard time cutting sugar initially, this may be a huge crutch for you. But also, you can kick sugar by just eating keto foods. You might need this or you might not, depending on who you are. 

Cost: 6/10
A little too high for me to purchase on my own sans discounts. Maybe if I really needed it. Would love to see a decrease of ~15%.

Quality: 7/10
Decent ingredients, I’ve seen much worse from products like this: https://sweetkick.com/pages/ingredients 

Branding: 9/10
Website and socials are beautiful and informative. Would love to see more testimonials/images from BIPOC. 

Bottom line: 6/10 

Overall, this was a pretty OK experience. The product did what it said it could. I think there are some newbies who would really appreciate this, but that’s probably the only keto subset I would recommend it to. 

Did it knock me out of ketosis? No

Want to try it for yourself?

Here’s a link to their web shop: https://sweetkick.com/products/14-day-sugar-reset

Ready for another product review, but don’t see it listed on my blog? Drop a comment below and let me know what I should try next!

Until next time,

<3 RKF