Healthy Living #2 I'm Quitting Sugar!

So I'm sure you read the title of this post and thought “girl, are you crazy?”. Well maybe I slightly am, because I’ve decided to quit sugar!


Last week, after promising to start living a healthier life, I had some very bad days, with lots of chocolate involved in helping me through these bad days. Sitting in bed, crying, feeling sick from eating too much chocolate was when I knew I needed to change. After a long google session leading from one diet to another, I landed upon an article about quitting sugar, and a book by a Sarah Wilson about how she quit sugar and changed her life. 

After spending the evening online, reading about the benefits of quitting sugar, I decided to hit the shops to find this book and find out If I needed to quit the white stuff!

 [I quit Sugar - Sarah Wilson, £7.00 on amazon]

Quitting sugar may seem like a drastic and almost impossible thing to do, but I feel like it’s exactly what I need to improve my health and subsequently my life, along with hopefully some weight loss. In her book Sarah talks about her addiction to sugar, saying 

“I was addicted, and in the most undignified way. If someone put a cheesecake in front of me or a family sized block of chocolate, and I was having a weak moment, I’d damn well eat the lot. Once I’d gotten a taste, I couldn’t control myself.” 

I immediately connected to this, give me a bar of chocolate and I’ll eat it all too, I have no control when It comes to yummy sugary foods. Am I, too, addicted to sugar? Then I saw the “Should You Be Quitting” questions and I knew quitting sugar was something I had to try. The questions she asked were,
  • Do you get an energy slump in the afternoon?
  • Do you need something sweet after meals?
  • Does your stomach get bloated after eating?
  • Are you unable to eat just one piece of cake and walk away? 
  • Are you ‘podgy’ around the middle?
  • Do you often feel unclear? That you’re not always sharp and on top form? 

To every question I answered yes. I was addicted to sugar, and I guess I’d always known this, after years of constantly needing chocolate, being a ’sweat tooth’, and having binge sessions where I just didn’t know when or how to stop. Im sure many of you will be wondering why I need to quit all sugar, why can’t I just stop eating chocolate? But the issue of being addicted to sugar is that stopping chocolate and still eating other sugar, whether thats ‘good’ or ‘bad’ sugar, will still feed my addiction. 

The reason sugar (more specifically, fructose, a type of sugar) is bad is because it makes us eat more. Back in cave man days, and even more recently, sugar was a rarity and therefore we evolved with no fructose ‘off switch’. Our bodies don’t know when we’re full and doesn’t tell us to stop eating it, fructose also converts directly in to fat, which for anyone wanting to loose weight is a big issue. 

So, Im going on a sugar detox. Sarah’s book gives you an 8 week plan of how to quit sugar. The aim of the detox is to get your body back to a balanced state, where you’re not controlled by cravings for sugary foods. 

[A quote from Sarah's book. Found here]

Hopefully this is something I can stick too, as Im really interested to see how my body responds and I how I feel emotionally, without a dependency on sugar. The first week of the detox is a cut down week, where I begin to take sugary foods out of my diet, and replace them with very low or non sugary items. This means no chocolate, no low fat goodies, no biscuits or hot chocolate, no cereal, no yoghurts and also no fruit

Although this may seem very drastic, Im hoping it’s going to be a good experience for me. I’d love to know what you think. Are you addicted to sugar? Could you ever give it up? Also let me know if you’re trying to live a more healthy lifestyle or loose weight too, I’d love to have some support.

You can read more information about Sarah’s story online, and here’s a article about why sugar is ruining our health. 

16 comments

  1. I read in a recent newspaper about this book, Sarah talked about how it had changed her health so much for the better. I really could do with this book Lucy

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    1. Yeah I read about it online. She says it totally changed her lifestyle and health, and Im hoping it will do some good for me too! The books £7 on amazon, and I think most supermarkets will have it as well. :)
      Emma x

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  2. I wish you all the luck in the world with this. It's hard but it's worth it. Expect headaches. And mood swings. And break outs. Again I swear it's worth it. I did it a couple of years ago. I lost a stone and a half and I've kept it off too. Before my weight was up and down. It's so hard being totally sugar free, it's in everything, soup, bread, sauces...I gave up EVERYTHING for a month to detox. Including fruit :( but I do allow myself fruit etc now. If you need any support give me a shout
    @aimeebelle86 or aimeebelle.weebly.com
    Xxx

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    1. Thanks so much, I'm a bit nervous about how Im going to find it. Im not looking forward to the detox period, my boyfriend is going to hate the mood swings!! ha.
      Well thats amazing, i'd love to loose a stone and a half! Im struggling to totally give it up, its in everything!! I'll probably ask you on twitter for some help! Thanks lovely.
      Emma xx

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  3. Everything you've said above is soooo me - I can really relate. I'm gradually trying to reduce my sugar intake but now am considering giving it up altogether. I hate the energy slumps I get in the afternoon. And how hungry I feel right after eating something sweet. Keep us posted of your progress - I have a feeling I may be joining you very soon! :)

    www.curiouser-and-curiouser.co.uk

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    1. I'll keep you updated and let you know If I feel better. You should join! Would be great to have someone to talk to about it all :)
      Emma x

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  4. I understand the reason to do it as too much sugar can lead to diabetes but I think it's a little dramatic! I can't live without chocolate much less fruit. I don't eat much chocolate anyways and I always prefer dark chocolate over milk chocolate as I love the bitterness and they say it's healthy for you too! I can't cut out all sugar out of my life. My nana has diabetes and she can't even take off all sugar products, she drinks hot tea with low sugar, dark chocolate, and etc but she doesn't need them and she knows that. I give you props for wanting to try it, but I would never want to do it. No offense. :)

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    1. Im cutting all sugar out for 8 weeks, to clear my body and stop craving it, then I'll gradually allow it back in, and hopefully because Im not addicted to it anymore I won't crave it and therefore won't eat as much anyway.
      Emma x

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    2. Ohhh, well that makes sense! I was talking about what you were doing with my nana today and she says she's basically on the same diet, She had trouble a few months ago with swallowing and she's had to be on a soft foods diet. She can have certain things like pizza and burgers but only one bite as she doesn't want to risk of getting choked. I told her that you were giving up chocolate, yogurt, and fruit. She eats dark chocolate but only has a little bit, same with the fruit but mostly the canned fruit is what she eats the most. She was advised by my aunt (who's a nurse) not to eat yogurt as its not good for her in someway.

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  5. Oh wow I could not do this you're definitely braver than me!

    AliceMegan

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    1. haha, Im not going to lie it is difficult!
      Emma x

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  6. I def will be a challenge! Most of our foods have sugar of some sort but a short term dramatic change could be the catalyst you need to adopt more healthy forms of sugar such as whole fruit. Good luck - keep us up to date esp with the side effects!

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    1. Yeah, I've been checking the labels on everything and it's crazy how much sugar is in some things. Hopefully having such a strict 'diet' will help me be more healthy in the future. Will deffo keep you up to date :)
      Emma x

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  7. I think this is a really good idea! Even if it does work, it's something you've tried and experienced. Definitely let us know how you're getting on week to week or something! :)

    Charli | Charlotte Rose

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    1. Yeah I really just wanted to try it and see how I coped and If it made a positive impact on how I feel. Will definitely keep you updated on how Im getting on :)
      Emma x

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