It occurred to me that with a new year, there are a lot of you out there asking questions and interested in living sugar-free. Fructose free technically, I guess. Or just greatly reducing the amount of sugar you consume. I often receive a tweet or email from someone who has been pointed this direction by a friend who reads this blog. I appreciate that folks, keep them coming. Your friends are my friends, I promise to treat them well. There are questions about the initial quit stage mostly. But there is plenty about my experience with quitting in the Sugar Free Suger archives. What there is not a lot about {except complaining when I slipped off the wagon} is life after detox.

So let’s talk about that, babe-ee.

I gave up sugar in September 2010. Since then I’ve had peaks and troughs with my intake but all in all I would call myself sugar-free. So what does that look like? Well these days I am focused on clean, whole eating. The less processing and mucking around with my food the better. Going sugar-free kicked off that process in earnest. When you first give up sugar you read a lot of labels. Lots and lots of labels. It turns out that your food isn’t always what you think it is when it comes down to it. I am a stickler for this now.

Life after detox means that the fruit has returned, a little and so has the occasional special occasion treat. An ice-cream cone with my family, a shared piece of cake with my hubby. It rounds itself out a little. I would absolutely be well within the recommended daily intake for sugar and I’m happy with that. That was my goal. To kick the habit, break the addiction and get on with life. All in all I’d say it’s pretty easy. Way easier than those first few weeks. The questions are gone about WHY. The people who rolled their eyes have now seen it on A Current Affair and just seem so much cooler about it. I don’t even have to lie any more to get what I ordered.

I find it much easier to do it now. My environment is conditioned to me being sugar-free. My office still has cakes and biscuits, but no one even really asks if I want one. New people are told that I don’t eat sugar and to leave me alone. My boss proudly tells them how he didn’t believe me when I first started, not really, but that it’s true. A SUGAR FREE LADY. Woooah. Bless. My family doesn’t bother, never really have. And well, we all know I don’t really have any friends, so they’re fine too. Haha. My house is a fortress keeping deadly granules out and I don’t find that difficult or restrictive at all. These days, if I want it, I have it. But I never want much.

If you want too much, it’s time to go back to the start again. Starting again is never as hard as the first time. You’re more prepared, so is your body, your environment and all that. So if it doesn’t work out, who cares, try again tomorrow. Next week. Whenever. Just try again. The clear head, restful nights and the feeling awesome are your rewards. Keep them in mind. The not cranky, coming down version of you. They are in there somewhere. Life looks different when you are not rushing from one sugar high to the next, no matter how little you think you are effected.

So do I recommend you quit sugar? Heck yes. Do recommend Sarah Wilson’s eBooks to help you? YES. {I’m an affiliate so I get about $6 per book of the proceeds of sales if you use my link}. Do I think that anyone can do it? I do, I really do. Even those ladies sitting down to a block of chocolate a night. Even those with health concerns, talk to your doctor, show them the quit plan, I bet they get on board {even if there is a modification or two}. My body is fitter, stronger and well’er than it has been my entire adult life, and that all started by quitting sugar.

The end.

But first, tell me, why are YOU reading this? Interested? Sugar free? Or got nothing better to do right now? {haha}

  • bmidontcare

    My name is Jody, and it’s been 3 days since my last sugar hit.

    I finally got Sweet Poison from the library, and before I was even halfway through, I was determined to quit sugar. The biggest issue I’ve found is breakfast, although I fixed that just this morning with a yummy omelette! Professor was shocked when he tried to surprise me with some breakfast cereal that was sugar free, lol.

    At the moment I’m doing it by myself, as we’re still living with my parents and Professor can’t stop himself eating (or buying!) treats. No doubt they’ll all start jumping on the bandwagon when my weight starts falling off! That is, if they’re still around from the huge anger tantrums I’m having while withdrawing 😉

    • Oooo, you decided to go for it! Exciting!!

      Breakfast can be hard. I eat a lot of yoghurt with nuts and seeds, now that it’s years later I have a Chobani Greek yoghurt with fruit mixed in which is still below the guidelines per 100g. Otherwise Taryn Rucci { from memory – blog name This is Taryn} has some great muffin recipes that I make if I’m sick of yoghurt {they freeze really well and feel like a total treat when you reheat them with a bit of Greek yoghurt or butter dolloped on top}.

      On your own is fine as long as they aren’t working against you, then you might have to put your foot down. Like say if in your second week when you think oh, a little bit of sugar won’t hurt and then resist anyway and your husband surprises you with 6 Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Oh wait! That was MY husband. He always died. Was murdered. You’ll be fine, the cranky goes. 😉

  • I’d love fo have the whole family go sugar free, but my kids love fruit. Having said that I do try and limit, reduce or omit sugar in recipes if I can. I’m just always trying the best I can, you know.

    • I read this thing saying that there is no way you could EAT 12 apples {you know, if you were THAT hungry then so what} but there is the juice of that many apples per container or glass or something ridiculous of apple juice. And virtually none of the fibre. So let them eat fruit, I say, just make them chew it, not drink it.

      OF COURSE YOU ARE. Hun, that last line made me feel a little sad! I didn’t mean to imply that or even make you feel like you should be doing more or anything. Promise. xo

      • Oh Hun I didn’t read anything into your last lines. I just added that I’m trying the best I can, with no reaction whatsoever to what you said. I guess what I was trying to say was that I’m always aware and doing what I can to adjust things so they are the healthiest option for my family. That’s just me, the way I roll.

  • Reading because I’m VERY interested! You know I’ve bought the ebook, haven’t read it yet, having trouble moving it to my iPad. But we are very much focused on whole food eating and no processed foods at all. And yes I’ve started reading the labels on everything! Quite surprising what sugar/fructose is actually in.

    • Ahh yes! Hiya you. I just drop my eBook into the iTunes books section and sync them.

      Quite surprising what you find in your foods when you read the labels! 20 years since they brought those labels out, did you know that? I saw it on Facebook somewhere.

  • rinniez13

    Oh i wish thats where I was at with sugar. I let myself fall wayyyy off the bandwagon. I know I can quit sugar and I know how much better I feel when I do, but I made a choice to go back to eatting shit and now I need to start turning my diet back around! Time to kick the sugar habit again me thinks.

    • A week away at Christmas pretty much eating what I want did me in. I was like, gosh I feel like craaaaaaap. So I stopped. You’ll be able to to when you make up your mind to do it again. You have that light at the end of the tunnel. 😉

  • Mel M

    I’d love to live sugar free. I’ve made small changes in my diet for example I’ve changed the chocolate I do eat. I now eat an organic cocoa block instead of the cadburys dairy milk I was raised up on. I don’t drink tea anymore and if I do it’s green tea which stops me from having a white and two. I’d be interested in learning how to cook sugar free though. They say knowledge is power right? 🙂

    • I think any positive changes you make for yourself and your health are awesome!

      About the cooking, there are lots of great sites out there with recipes, just Google sugar free cooking or a recipe idea you have in mind. Most sweet ingredients can be switched for an alternative. If you check your labels and buy low sugar ingredients, the rest will just happen.

  • HumbirdsSong

    As you know I am a huge advocate for clean eating, not just for the lack of sugar but for the allergy issues in our house too. I’ve found that I’m taking a great amount of enjoyment out of cooking now and trying new recipes, and as we talked about before dinner time is my fave time of the day. Well done lovely, keep up the good work xx

    • Absolutely. I loved your post the other day about your family sitting down to eat together, enjoy the food prepared together. The best!

  • Michelle

    Have you lost any weight by giving it up, or were you not a very big sugar-holic before?

    • I originally lost about 7kg in the first 8 weeks. I put 3kg of that back on then lost 5kg since then. So since giving up I’ve lost 10kg and spent a lot of time in the gym. Haha. I wouldn’t have said I was a sugar-holic before. I was more a hidden sugars girl. Cake and chocolate were never really my thing. But white crusty bread was.

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