Monday, 26 July 2010

Sugar free

I admit it, I'm an addict. The clock has barely struck 8 before I need my first hit of the white powder, but no longer! Starting this week, I'm doing something about it. I'm going cold turkey. I'm giving up sugar.

Since Alice was born, I've increasingly relied on high energy foods that are easy to grab. Biscuits, cake, sweets and chocolate don't last long in our house. Once a packet is open, it's usually empty by the end of the day. Even as I'm eating, I'm planning what I can eat next. I'm fed up with relying on food to give me a boost, and the energy boosts and dips are doing nothing for my mood, so I've decided to do something about it.

So, here is my plan:

  • Naturally occurring sugars are fine - I can still eat fruit and have dairy produce. I'm just cutting out refined sugars. I say 'just'. I'm amazed at how many innocuous seeming foods have added sugar. Even the bran flakes that I usually feel so virtuous having for breakfast contain an extraordinary amount of added sugar.
  • Make other easy to eat foods to help me through cravings. I have trawled through this blog, amongst others for sugar free recipes and have a stock of lovely biscuits, cake and even some savoury flapjacks ready and waiting.
  • I will start on the 27th July (tomorrow - when every diet begins...) and finish on the 27th August.

I expect it to be a difficult experience, but I need to get control back, especially as Alice is beginning to notice if I'm eating something different from what she has. Hopefully, this time next month I'll be clean!


  1. Good Luck!! It's a tough one. I'm working on a similar thing but much more gradually.

    I've got a pretty good sugar free cake recipe if you want to give it a try and I'm going to be trying sugar free biscuits this week.

  2. Ooh, I'd love to try it out! If you've not got a recipe already, I'd really recommend the sugar free biscuits on the blog I linked to. They're made with sugar free jam and really lovely. How are you getting on with cutting down? Am I in for a rough ride?

  3. Good luck, you will find it is not so hard. The detox/craving lasts about a week or two and then you'll find that added sugar really tastes way to sweet after a while.
    We've been on the paleo diet for about 6months now and I find I go queezy when I eat refined sugary things

  4. Thank you! I've set myself the month long target to make sure I get it out of my system, but then, who knows? I may not want sugar any more!