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I Quit Sugar - anyone up for this?

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Cappster Fri 10-Apr-15 13:51:04

I tried quitting sugar during January and it was really good - I lost a few pounds, ate really well, felt very good (after initial detox blush)

I need to do it again but it would be really good to have a bit of support

Any takers?

holmessweetholmes Fri 10-Apr-15 18:37:16

Yes, definitely. I have vowed not to diet ever again (after seeing amazing results on low carb, then falling spectacularly off the wagon). But quitting sugar seems like a great idea, weight-wise and health - wise. I'm in. And I have started today by resisting the siren call of the children's Easter eggs.

ZolaBuddleia Wed 15-Apr-15 18:37:47


I'm following the Sweet Poison Quit Plan, started on 9th April and have lost 4lb, so feeling positive about it. Have been awful to live with though...

Thetallestsunflower Wed 15-Apr-15 22:04:15

I cut processed foods out of my diet in January but over Easter they have gradually crept back in in the form of the kid's Easter eggs. I need to put a stop to constant snacking on chocolate

Muffin1 Thu 16-Apr-15 16:04:40

I did the plan that started in January, and so far I've managed to stick to it after the plan finished.

I've lost 24lbs, gone down nearly 2 dress sizes, and feel so much better for doing it!

I will probably sign up to the June plan just to get the recipes, although not sure if I'll follow it at the time as its Australian winter so will be loads of stews etc I imagine

Dowser Thu 30-Apr-15 10:41:23

I'm on day two. I'm doing it for health reasons . I don't think it's doing me any good.

Hopefully I will lose excess weight.

MTWTFSS Fri 01-May-15 07:21:30


Day 1 for me. OMFG. I have a pounding headache, I want to vomit... I NEED SUGAR!!! This is going to be a long week for me! I actually have no idea what to eat for breakfast blush (I soooo badly want a Kinder Bueno)

Musicianofbremen Fri 01-May-15 08:12:01

Hello can I join in? Have gone no sugar (but not the Sarah Wilson plan) a few times and always feel awful at first then tonnes better. It really helps my excema too. I have found the recipes in the Hemsley Hemsley cookbook much better than the IQS ones.

ZolaBuddleia Fri 01-May-15 08:15:54

sidles in sheepishly

I was doing very well, then fell off the wagon spectacularly and can't get back on. Too miserable about my failure to get back on the scales.

I'll start again.

MTWTFSS Fri 01-May-15 16:10:01

My head really hurts sad

Dowser Sat 02-May-15 08:28:53

Day four today and it's getting really easy. Try upping your protein.

Have a protein breakfast. I always have a two egg organic omelette with fried onion. All cooked in coconut oil.

I'm doing this for health first. Hopefully weight loss second. I read sugar blues years ago by William Duffy. I might read it again.

I have experienced lots of health/ digestive issues since turning 40. Now at 63 I have low/ no energy, stomach hurts and so on.

I've given everything else up ( wheat, dairy, ) this is the last bastion.

Good luck everyone.

MTWTFSS Sat 02-May-15 21:38:59

Day two over... I really hope I stop feeling angry soon sad

peachypips Sun 03-May-15 21:31:54

I'm in! Just did a search to see if I could find any old threads about this, and this shiny new one popped up! So glad as everyone I know thinks I'm nuts.

Just finished 'Sweet Poison'. It was excellent and I recognised myself in the symptoms described. I am addicted to food- sugar mostly.

People keep telling me I NEED fruit juice and that honey is fine, and it is so hard not to sound sour and know-all-like when you tell them about the fructose!!

I've started today. Deliciously Ella coconut porridge for brekkie tmrw!

peachypips Sun 03-May-15 21:32:58

Oh, and I have two stone to lose. sad

MTWTFSS Mon 04-May-15 21:14:10

I failed. Oh well, I went 3 days without sugar which is a record for me.

msrisotto Mon 04-May-15 21:29:29

Hello! I'm sort of half in. I won't give up fruit, but I will water down my fruit juice. Also, I won't stick to anything on weekends. I need treats still.

Anyways, tomorrow is a new day! I just really need to break the deep rooted association/habit of dessert after dinner.

AliaMairns Tue 05-May-15 07:36:45

I am trying to be in smile have read I quit sugar but found it quite difficult reading it on kindle and flipping backwards and forwards

Doilooklikeatourist Tue 05-May-15 07:45:45

I started on Sunday
So far , so good
I can't give up fruit as (TMI alert ) nothing moves in my insides
Feel exhausted at the moment , hope to be a bit more vibrant by next Sunday

Dowser Tue 05-May-15 09:28:21

Mrs risotto can I just suggest you try it for five days. Five days is how long it takes the body to completely eliminate a substance so unless you do it for that long you aren't really giving your body a break from it.

Also watch the hidden sugar in ketchup etc.

I actually don't think it hurts to eat an as nature intended whole apple. In fact pectin is really good for the digestion.

If you have health problems like I do with digestion it might benefit you to just quit for a week all the triggers like wheat, dairy, sugar and see how you feel.

I'm up to day 7 of sugar free. I also don't eat wheat. My diet is protein and vegetable based. It's amazing how sweet onions taste when your palate hasn't constantly got sugar chucked at it.

Since day 5 my digestion has got quieter. I am starting to feel less bloated.

I'm like an addict. I can't say it's forever. It's just for this precise moment I'm living in.

Where my stomach/ abdomen used to feel like stuff was fermenting in there and was painful , it now feels normal. I had begun to forget what normal felt like.

I'm sure I have a lot of healing to do. It's had a lot of years of abuse. I have bars of chocolate in the fridge but at the moment I'm concentrating on good stuff.

I also know that sugar shuts down your immune system and my immune system hasn't been too good lately so I want to build it up a bit.

Well done for giving it up for three days. When you are ready see if you can get to day 6 . See if you feel much better.

The lady in a health shop told me not to eat white rice as it just turns to sugar in the body. You see there are traps all over. So proper whole rice it is then.

Trial and error really.

Dowser Tue 05-May-15 09:39:52

Sorry I got mixed up. It was mtfss who has gone 3 days.
Good look peachy pips and alia.
Tourist , tiger sell a great tea called ginger tea. I get mine from the store in Cardiff. Everything is in there including nettle which is a fantastic cleanser. A mug full before bed will help the innards in the morning.

Also get some probiotics into you. I make a kefir which is amazing stuff. You can get kefir grains from the kefir company if you have no friends with any.

We also make our own sauerkraut which I don't care for particularly but you do get different strains of probiotics.

All our years of sugar misuse may have led to a candida overgrowth and probiotics help to redress the balance

If you want to learn how to do it look at Donna Schwenk . I must admit I prefer sauerkraut mad with peppers
I must order a kombucha next as you get different strains with that. If you decide you don't like sauerkraut you can always hid some of the juice in a green juice.

Day 7 . Bring it on

Here's wishing everyone great health, good energy and stamina.

Doilooklikeatourist Tue 05-May-15 10:23:18

Thanks Dowser there's a Tiger in town I'm in Wales too , Carmarthen

Just had toast ( homemade whole meal ) butter and cheese , black grapes and 3 black coffees

Dowser Tue 05-May-15 10:41:27

Ah, we are staying in Carmarthen on our next visit. MIght have to pm you for info on the best bits ;-)

peachypips Tue 05-May-15 12:03:08

Hi all,

On to day 2 of no sugar. Ive found it ok so far- knowing I can eat anything else other than sugar has helped. I did find yesterday that I felt hungry but didn't want anything unless it was sweet in some way, which shows me I am not hungry when I think I am, just craving the sugar hit. Nothing passed my lips however!

Humous, crispbread and avo for lunch, with nuts for a snack later.

I am not going to tell anyone else about this way of eating- I get such a lot of negative responses! A friend told me I needed fruit sugar - and that fructose is not refined sugar as it comes from plants!! I pointed out that table sugar comes from a sugar cane PLANT. There is so little understanding about what 'processed' means. They think it means chemicals, not food that has gone through a process. And they won't listen to another point of view. So anyway, I'm glad I can get some understanding here!

PP xx

senrensareta Tue 05-May-15 12:08:52

Can I just warn anybody trying this against following recipes like those from Davina McCalls book that use maple syrup, honey or fruits to sweeten things. They are just sugar in other forms

I had a friend follow these recipes and thought she had given up sugar despite using it in less refined forms

BeachyKeen Tue 05-May-15 12:39:20

Hello, any room for a late to join?
As a rule, I don't cut out food groups as I don't think it is sustainable, but sugar isn't really a food group, is it?
I am the queen of baking, it is my stress reliever, and sharing sweets and baking has always been my thing.
It will have to be someone else's thing now!
I have sarcoidosis, and I am hoping that cutting sugar will help reduce inflammation, and maybe shift a few pounds in the process.
I am hoping to be strong enough to get through the first detox bit.

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