How i quit sugar

Ten weeks ago, high on sugar, I wildly declared to the blogosphere that enough was enough.

Sitting at my computer with a Tim Tam hanging out of my mouth and crumbs falling into the keyboard, I pressed publish on My name is Renee and I am a sugar addict.

I had finally taken notice of the signs the universe was waving in front of me and decided to listen to my body which was screaming, ‘Step away from the Tim Tams, Renee, step away!’

Proud of myself, I put the Tim Tams away.

They stayed in the fridge for about 15 minutes before I decided it would be best if I rid the house of sugar before quitting.

After much procrastination, I decided I should come good on my declaration. I picked up a copy of Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar and started her eight week detox.

The first few weeks were a roller coaster ride. (Read about how I went in week one, week two and week four). I was emotional and felt like quitting quitting sugar. My kidneys were aching and the headaches, the headaches were horrendous. There was one week where I had a headache everyday seemingly 24 hours a day. At one point, Dave told me I should see a doctor.

Something clicked for me around the halfway point though. I was seeing results. I liked the way I felt. My mind was clearer, my body less bloated. I had more energy, which amused me because I used to reach for sugar when I needed a lift during the day. Sugar was quick, easy, and in this house, readily available.

Each time I handled a stressful situation without gorging myself on sugar, I exuded pride. Gone was the tired and strung out mummy hiding in the cupboard rocking back and forth with a mars bar in her hand. I felt strong and empowered. I was kicking sugar’s butt.

I realised over the weekend that it has been nine weeks since I started I Quit Sugar. The last time I referred to my book was week four. Amazing!

In her book, Sarah says studies show it takes 21 – 28 days to break a habit. It seems I was spot on with this.

After about four weeks, I found my rhythm. I had become wiser about what foods to buy and eat. The changes to my body and mind fuelled me along. I liked the way I felt and didn’t want to stop. I was proud of myself. This was doable.

Don’t get me wrong, this hasn’t been an easy gig. I have fallen off the wagon plenty of times, but the thing is that once I fell off, I dusted the crumbs off myself and got back on. I didn’t beat myself up about it. I decided tomorrow was a new day and I could start afresh.

Yesterday, I read through the final four weeks in I Quit Sugar and was pleased to discover that I was already doing some of the things Sarah had recommended like not being too hard on myself if I fell off the wagon, having a cuppa when I get a craving, and brushing my teeth after dinner.

I know I still have a long way to go in making a permanent change to my diet and lifestyle, but I feel like this book has equipped me with the knowledge I need to make this a lifetime change.

I know for certain that I hate the way I feel after a sugar binge. My stomach churns, I get a headache, and I feel sluggish. While I used to live for the sugar buzz, I now get a greater buzz out of saying no.

If I could impart any advice on anyone considering quitting sugar, it would be to go easy on yourself. If you fall off the wagon, just hop back on. Don’t give up. I stuck with it and have been rewarded with a whole new outlook on food. I’m experimenting with foods I’ve never even heard of before and am loving it.

Since I started my detox, Sarah has launched a dedicated I Quit Sugar site packed with great support, recipes, and interesting info. I Quit Sugar is also set to launch their first ever 8 week program online. If you feel like you need support in your quest to quit sugar, this could be for you.

On another note, if you are looking for some sugar free ideas for your kids, check out Sugar Free Kids. I only found them recently and am excited about so many of their scrummy sugar free recipes.

i quit sugar

Doing my best Sarah Wilson I Quit Sugar impersonation πŸ˜‰

Who else has decided to give sugar the boot? How have you found it?

(This is not a sponsored post.)

36 comments on How i quit sugar

  1. Jodie@FreshHomeCook
    August 6, 2013 at 6:32 am (4 years ago)

    Good on you Renee! So great to hear you feel so good after going through this. It’s a nightmare that sugar detox – have been there a few times – think I need to go there again, but just can’t quite bring myself to put down the Tim Tam yet.
    I have to say though – you have convinced me to get Sarah’s book – it does sounds like a good starting point!! Again – well done, you have every right to be proud & feel good – quitting sugar is a big deal!! πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 6, 2013 at 10:12 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Jodie. Yes, definitely get the book. I found it really helpful and there’s some great recipes in there that you would like too πŸ™‚

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  2. Josefa @always Josefa
    August 6, 2013 at 6:44 am (4 years ago)

    So, so, so many posts and people doing IQS! I don’t know if I have the will power. But my curiosity might drive me to buy the book. Baby steps right? I hate feeling bloated and lacking energy…..

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 6, 2013 at 1:27 pm (4 years ago)

      Baby steps are great. One day you’ll be like me and think enough is enough and take the giant leap to changing your lifestyle.

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  3. Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    August 6, 2013 at 6:55 am (4 years ago)

    That’s a great “I quit sugar” impersonation. I actually don’t eat much sugar. And then when I really sit down and think about it … I realise I do! Even when you’re not eating sugar, you’re eating sugar. My apple pie for lunch yesterday is a case in point …
    Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 6, 2013 at 1:30 pm (4 years ago)

      Mmmmm apple pie… Yep, Leanne, it is amazing what sugar is in. Everything virtually. I feel so much more educated on sugar after reading this book. I know what to look for on the back of labels now and can shop a little smarter.

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  4. Lydia C. Lee
    August 6, 2013 at 7:06 am (4 years ago)

    good for you….not for me πŸ˜‰

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 6, 2013 at 1:30 pm (4 years ago)

      Maybe one day, Lydia πŸ™‚

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  5. Deb @ home life simplified
    August 6, 2013 at 7:20 am (4 years ago)

    I don’t follow her plan but found my way to quit sugar 2 years ago through trial and error as I was sure sugar was causing my anger surges (correct!) and I would also get exhausted after eating sugar (no energy boost just immediately crashing and passing out). You look great in that last photo hon xxx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 6, 2013 at 1:31 pm (4 years ago)

      Oh thanks, Deb πŸ™‚ Wow, that is amazing what an effect sugar had on you. Can you imagine the effect it has on kids?! I’ve had people tell me that they’ve given up alcohol no problem, but when it comes to sugar it’s another story. Goes to show how addictive it is. Well done you x

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  6. Zanni Louise
    August 6, 2013 at 7:28 am (4 years ago)

    I haven’t but I always eat sugar in moderation. My weakness is sweet coffee. Oh, I don’t think I could live without that.But you are looking great, and so glad you are feeling fantastic. Sugar totally lowers the mood, I have experienced that too. x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 6, 2013 at 1:32 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Zanni. Yes, that really is the key. Everything in moderation. x

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  7. Me
    August 6, 2013 at 9:49 am (4 years ago)

    I gave up sugar and then began to put on weight at a phenomenal rate – like 4-5kgs a week – which turned out to be due to medication but that’s a whole other story !!
    I like how I feel since I gave up sugar. I have had the odd craving for it – and, on the occasions that I have given in, I have crashed so badly and spent hours just sleeping. I don’t get the sugar high – I go straight to the crash – it’s not pleasant !!
    It is the best thing that I have done. And you are right – when you have slip up, you just dust yourself off and get back on the wagon.
    Well done on quitting sugar !
    Have the best day !
    Me

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 6, 2013 at 1:34 pm (4 years ago)

      That is so not pleasant! It’s just amazing the effect sugar has on our bodies. I can’t believe I had to get to such a point of addiction and overindulgence to realise what I was doing to myself. You must have been devastated when you put on that weight after quitting sugar! You are doing well now though. I’ve just read your latest story πŸ™‚

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  8. JodiGibson (@JFGibsonWriter)
    August 6, 2013 at 11:43 am (4 years ago)

    Good for you. I couldn’t give up sugar but I am very mindful of moderation. Fortunately I don’t find that a little bit here and there affects me negatively but I’m sure if I quit I would feel the benefits. I think it’s like everything – you have to want to and be ready. It’s so awesome you feel so much better!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 6, 2013 at 1:35 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Jodi. Yeah I think I had got that point where I was so addicted I needed to go cold turkey and recalibrate as Sarah Wilson says. Now, maybe I can have a little in moderation πŸ˜‰

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  9. Twitchy
    August 6, 2013 at 12:02 pm (4 years ago)

    Well done you! I’m also off the sugar train for some big reasons but doing it another way, via a naturopath and with supplements and other exclusions. The initial moodiness and headaches were hideous. It’s been five months now and going really well. Stevia is my coffee saviour! When I do transgress, its minor and I don’t need much any more anyway. I don’t think I’ll ever be going back.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 6, 2013 at 1:36 pm (4 years ago)

      Good for you!!! Five months is amazing. I really hope I can stick it out that long. It’s great you have the help of a naturopath to keep you on the straight and narrow πŸ˜‰

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  10. Emily @ Have a laugh on me
    August 6, 2013 at 1:47 pm (4 years ago)

    Go you Renee! I’m not sure I could completely give it up, not in coffee, but I’m not bad at eating chocolate, we don’t have much in the cupboards and I only eat it once or twice a month, I know right? But I know there is sugar in lots of things I eat, I bet it must be hard trying to cut it out completely, but you look great!!!!!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 6, 2013 at 2:54 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Emily. I find not having it in the cupboard really helps. Yep, that sneaky sugar is in everything. Stay away from sauces. They are packed with it!

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  11. Lisa@RandomActsOfZen
    August 6, 2013 at 2:06 pm (4 years ago)

    Fantastic Renee, you should be so proud of yourself!! I’ve cut way back on sugar in the last 3 weeks and feel so much better.
    Your photo is extremely gorgeous by the way x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 6, 2013 at 2:55 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you, Lisa x Good on you for cutting back. I found taking small steps is what really helped me make it work πŸ™‚

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  12. EssentiallyJess
    August 6, 2013 at 3:30 pm (4 years ago)

    I’m not a huge sugar addict (despite what my post today might suggest!) i don’t have a lot of it at all, unless it’s a certain time of the month. Having said that, I don’t think I could give it up for good. I like to be able to have everything in moderation. πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 6, 2013 at 8:27 pm (4 years ago)

      Good on you, Jess. I would like to one day be able to have sugar in moderation. We’ll see πŸ™‚

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  13. Amanda @ Cooker and a Looker
    August 6, 2013 at 5:32 pm (4 years ago)

    I fell off the wagon in December and haven’t made it back on yet. I loved how much better my body felt while I was sugar-free. I’m ready to do it again – today marks day two of going sugar free. Yes, I have a headache. Yes, I’m exhausted. Luckily, I know it’ll be worth it this time! πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 6, 2013 at 8:27 pm (4 years ago)

      True, Amanda. Good on you and hang in there. It’s not easy as you know, but will be so worth it πŸ™‚

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  14. Lara @ This Charming Mum
    August 6, 2013 at 9:23 pm (4 years ago)

    Good on you! Yes, I did the 8 weeks as well and did see a big change – particularly in my mood and skin (strangely). I have slacked off a bit for the past month or so because life has been very busy, but I really need to keep reminding myself that busy periods will be BETTER if I stick to the no-sugar commitment. I’m glad I saw your post today. It’s been a good reminder! Love the photo. Sarah positively glows in those cover shots! (could be airbrushing of course, but I choose to believe it’s sugar-free purity) πŸ˜‰

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 7, 2013 at 1:13 pm (4 years ago)

      Lol πŸ™‚ Yes, she is stunning and so healthy looking. I’m glad this was a good reminder to you. It can be so hard to be good when you’re busy. Sugar is just so quick and easy πŸ™‚ Congrats on finishing the program πŸ™‚

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  15. Andrea
    August 7, 2013 at 7:08 am (4 years ago)

    You look fababulous! Well done you! Me, not so much….:-(

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 7, 2013 at 1:14 pm (4 years ago)

      Darling, you always look fabulous! Plus you are always very good at doing things/eating in moderation xx

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  16. Miss Cinders
    August 8, 2013 at 12:16 am (4 years ago)

    Wow Renee! You’ve done sooo well!

    I don’t think I’m quite there yet. I gave up TimTams a few months back, and have done great with that. But only recently jumping on the no smoking wagon has me craving sweets, so until I have that under control going sugar free is out – although I am trying to replace icecream and chocolate with fruit salad more!

    You’ve made an awesome effort, and should be so proud of yourself for making such a great difference to your body πŸ™‚

    MC x
    #teamIBOT – My apologies for my late reply, my week has been very hectic.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 8, 2013 at 2:19 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Miss Cinders. Witnessing people close to me quit smoking, I can imagine how hard it is. To give up sugar as well … you deserve a medal. Good luck with the rest of your journey!!
      Thanks for making the time to visit πŸ™‚

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  17. Sha
    August 8, 2013 at 1:53 pm (4 years ago)

    What a great story! thank you

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 8, 2013 at 2:20 pm (4 years ago)

      You are welcome! I’m enjoying your great recipes πŸ™‚

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  18. Louise
    February 23, 2015 at 2:37 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Renee,
    I came across your blog when googling headaches and sugar withdrawal. I gave up sugar (apart from fruit) about 3-4 weeks ago. It only took 3 days to no longer crave it and at this point I don’t even think twice about it… I am not tempted at all. However about a week or so after quitting I have been getting headaches, which is very unusual for me. I am not a headachey person. It’s a real pressure headache across the forehead and behind the eyes and it’s definitely worse in the afternoons and evenings. Though it is definitely there most of the day. Is this similar to what you experienced? Everything else I have read seems to imply that the headaches happen for a few days initially and then pass. I am looking forward to going back and reading more about your journey πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 24, 2015 at 5:33 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Louise. Thanks so much for dropping in. You are doing an amazing job with the sugar detox by the sounds of it. Good on you! I have been off and on the wagon over the past months, but am doing my best to become sugar free again. The headaches you are experiencing sound similar to what I experienced. I would also get them afternoon and evening. I would get migraines too. It didn’t last more than a couple of weeks though from memory. If your headaches still persist, I would see a doctor. What I found did help with the headaches was eating. I went through Sarah Wilson’s list of approved snacks and would snack on haloumi or nuts for example and this would help ease the headache. Good on you. You are doing a brilliant job. I really hope those headaches ease for you soon. xx

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