I Quit Sugar – Two years on

As I sat down to breakfast the other morning, a simple bowl of oats with almond milk and blueberries, I marveled over how far I’ve come.

Prior to quitting sugar more than two years ago now, breakfast involved me jacking myself up on Milo and a bowl of porridge laden with sugar. Shortly after my sugary start to the day, I would crash and seek sustenance in the form of Milo or Nutella and sometimes both. On a particularly emotional day with the kids, I would turn to my friend Tim (Tam) for support.

Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar book came into my life at a time when I desperately needed resuscitating from my self-induced sugar coma.

I was what you would call a heavy consumer of sugar. I worked out that I was eating roughly 32 teaspoons of sugar a day. The recommended quantity is five to nine. Yep, I was addicted and I needed help.

I found the first few weeks of the eight week detox program rough. Quitting sugar was an absolute shock to my system. I suffered headaches that lasted for days, migraines, nausea and dizziness. It was nothing short of intense.

It was halfway through Sarah’s program, that I could finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. I was seeing results and I liked the way I felt. My mind was clearer, my body less bloated. Plus, I was proud that I could handle stressful situations without gorging myself on Milo straight from the tin.

The detox allowed me to recalibrate and re-learn what a sensible intake of sugar looks like. Sarah opened my eyes to the nasty effects of my over consumption of sugar and taught me how to make the right food choices for me and my family.

I somehow managed to quit sugar for six whole months.

The six month mark coincided with Christmas where things went a little haywire. It was around this time that I purchased Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar for Life book in an attempt to get back on the wagon.

I needed Sarah’s wise words to remind me why I quit sugar in the first place and that quitting sugar didn’t mean I had to deprive myself. Her words encouraged me that it was possible to make this a lifetime change.

But, I still couldn’t give up the occasional, and sometimes more than occasional, sweet treat. Since reading her second book, I have been off and on the wagon giving myself a major guilt trip every time I fall off.

It was only last week while I was eating my breakfast that I reminded myself just how far I have come. I realised it was time I started being kinder to myself.

I like my sweet treats every now and then, especially after a hectic week. The treats in Sarah Wilson’s book, while tasty, just don’t cut the mustard for me. I’ve tried rice malt syrup and stevia, but let’s be honest, they aren’t Milo or Nutella.

When you want a treat, you want a TREAT. Am I right?

I have decided that there is nothing wrong with a little indulgence every now and then as long as I get back on the wagon and don’t let myself get out of control.

If my friend Lauren from Createbakemake comes over to my house with a selection of her famous slices, I’m not going to say no, am I? That would be absolute lunacy. I’m going to do my best to try every single one of them. (Sorry, that was my alter ego Naughty Naisy stepping in there.) I’m going to try a couple, not make myself sick like I previously would have, and make her pinky promise to bake me the other slices another time. I feel like I can trust myself now.

What I’m trying to say is that while I haven’t quit sugar completely, Sarah Wilson has still empowered me to make a lifetime change to my diet.

A couple of Sarah’s mantras always stay clear in my mind – be kind and gentle to yourself and eat according to what you need and not what you crave.

Two years on, I can say that I have a much healthier relationship with sugar than ever before and it is largely thanks to Sarah Wilson’s books.

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What is your relationship with sugar like? Do you have a love-hate relationship with food? Have you or could you quit sugar for life?

Linking up today with EssentiallyJess for IBOT.

96 comments on I Quit Sugar – Two years on

  1. Lydia C. Lee
    June 9, 2015 at 6:42 am (2 years ago)

    Could never do it, wouldn’t want to…I just need to eat better (cut out the junk…) and I’m all good…

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  2. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    June 9, 2015 at 6:44 am (2 years ago)

    I think you’ve done an amazing job Renee and I love the attitude that you have. I actually felt a little guilty as I drove over and realised I had a plate full of sugary treats to share!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 11, 2015 at 6:35 am (2 years ago)

      Lol! Don’t feel guilty, it was awesome x

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  3. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    June 9, 2015 at 7:30 am (2 years ago)

    I could never quit sugar because I love it too much but I have cut down a lot. I’m not a fan of eliminating diets because once I know I can’t eat something, I crave it even more. I prefer to try to eat everything in moderation, and more of the good things and less of the naughty stuff. However, I can never say no to Nutella, I’m just not programmed that way! High five to you, Renee, you look great and you feel great, what’s not to love about that?

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 11, 2015 at 6:36 am (2 years ago)

      Whoever invented Nutella is a genius πŸ™‚

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  4. Karin @ Calm to Conniption
    June 9, 2015 at 7:37 am (2 years ago)

    I have bought Sarah’s books and have attempted to quit sugar but I am very half hearted about it. To be honest I won’t sit down and add up my sugar intake even though I don’t think it would be to bad…except for my current late night NutriGrain binges I need to stop!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 11, 2015 at 6:36 am (2 years ago)

      You definitely have to be in the right head space, Karin. I found adding up how much sugar I consumed a real shock to the system. It was definitely an eye opener for me.

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  5. Amy @ HandbagMafia
    June 9, 2015 at 7:41 am (2 years ago)

    I couldn’t quit completely. I’m not a huge sugar junkie but I like the odd sweet treat. I think you’re on the right track- it’s all about moderation.

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  6. Bec @ Seeing the Lighter Side
    June 9, 2015 at 7:52 am (2 years ago)

    I’m allergic to fads but I’ve gotta say this is one that I’m totally on board with. I did Lite n Easy when my first son was 11 months old. What I realised was one of the main things about it is almost zero sugar. I’m a sugar addict too. I control it by not having it in the house. If I start eating one Tim Tam I will eat the whole packet. My eldest’s sugar intake really worries me. I try my best to cut it down but he gets way too much outside of the house. Time to crack down I think. #TeamIBOT

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 11, 2015 at 6:38 am (2 years ago)

      Yes, I’m the same. It is definitely best to not have it in the house.

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  7. Ingrid @ Fabulous and Fun Life
    June 9, 2015 at 8:13 am (2 years ago)

    I know I consume too much sugar. As an emotional eater I reach for sweet treats in times of emotional stress.I don’t know that I’d be able to give up sugar completely!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 11, 2015 at 6:38 am (2 years ago)

      I think we all tend to do that in emotional situations. It’s hard isn’t it?!

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  8. Zanni Louise
    June 9, 2015 at 8:59 am (2 years ago)

    I am thankful to have a pretty moderate personality, and somehow can’t do things in extreme, even if I wanted to. I have always enjoyed a little bit of sugar {Lindt dark chocolate after dark, if you please ‘m}. My husband is a little more of the extreme variety, so he’s got me in the habit of sneaking chocolate at night, because we can no longer enjoy it together, or he’ll finish the pack. Ah… I think the I Quit Sugar book has probably done wonders for many people. I do wonder about some of the substitutes though. Apparently many of them are higher in GI than actual cane sugar? Everything in moderation!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 11, 2015 at 6:42 am (2 years ago)

      Yes good advice, Zanni. I’m one of those ‘in extremes’ people. I’m learning though πŸ™‚

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  9. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    June 9, 2015 at 9:04 am (2 years ago)

    I wonder how much sugar I eat? Maybe there’s some in the milk I have with coffee but otherwise I don’t have it with my porridge… I’m sure there’s incidental sugar but I’ve knocked it on the head a lot recently, but carbs is my downfall – DOH! Proud of you – go girl x

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 11, 2015 at 6:43 am (2 years ago)

      It’s hard with winter coming on, too. Winter and carbs go hand in hand πŸ™‚

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  10. Toni @ Finding Myself Young
    June 9, 2015 at 9:14 am (2 years ago)

    I don’t think I could ever quit sugar, mind you having said that the majority of the sugar I have would be in my tea. I’m not really huge into sweet things. We don’t eat dessert and I dont bother baking sweet stuff because it never gets eaten in time before its past its use by. Mind you I do enjoy a mud cake and if we buy one I can polish off nearly the whole cake myself over 3 days so I guess thats not too good lol but it only happens every few months.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 11, 2015 at 6:44 am (2 years ago)

      Lol. It sounds like you have everything well under control, Toni x

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  11. Raychael aka Mystery Case
    June 9, 2015 at 9:20 am (2 years ago)

    I recently introduced my family to the 28 day low sugar lifestyle program. I went better than expected. It’s not cutting out sugar altogether, but making small changes. It was a huge success and we are already seeing the benefits and a change in the girls palettes. They are now finding some of the home baked recipes they use to love before starting far too sweet.

    I’ve always been low sugar myself, due to health issues or at least thought I was. It was after That Sugar Film that I realised I still had a long way to go myself.

    Raych

    ps. You received a little worth casing mention on Agent Mystery Case this morning.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 11, 2015 at 6:46 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Raychael! The 28 day low sugar lifestyle program really intrigues me. I’ve read what you’ve had to say and also Fit Mother Hubbard. I definitely want to learn more πŸ™‚

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  12. Bec @ The Plumbette
    June 9, 2015 at 9:47 am (2 years ago)

    I know I probably eat too much sugar and I wonder how I’d feel if I gave it up. But I love chocolate so much and it has helped me get through some tough moments as a mum.
    I haven’t read the books but I’m sure they are pretty motivating. After the comment I got the on my Instagram photo I’m reluctant to go sugar free completely.

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  13. Kathy
    June 9, 2015 at 10:48 am (2 years ago)

    That’s great Renee – and your attitude is perfect. A treat is a treat, but you’ve quit (or mostly) sugar for everyday life now, and that’s pretty darn great.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 11, 2015 at 6:47 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Kathy. I’m really pleased with how far I’ve come.

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  14. JodiGibson (@JFGibsonWriter)
    June 9, 2015 at 10:55 am (2 years ago)

    There is no way I could quit sugar for live basically because I don’t want to. Sugar isn’t the enemy, our mindset is. Having a healthy mind and valuing moderation works for me. We certainly limit sugar and preservatives and additives as much as possible, and love our veggies, but we also enjoy a treat as part of our lifestyle. I can see how for some self-moderating is hard work. It’s about what works for the individual.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 11, 2015 at 6:48 am (2 years ago)

      Yes, I’m one of those ones that has a history of poor self moderating lol. I feel like I have things under control now πŸ™‚

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  15. Tonia Zemek
    June 9, 2015 at 11:25 am (2 years ago)

    Congrats Renee, it sounds like you’ve come a long way and I totally understand re: the occasional treat. I seem to struggle when all the occasions come at once…a birthday, followed by a wedding, followed by a party….(you get the idea)! Again, great job on shaving that intake from 32 teaspoons – that in itself is a huge achievement xx

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 11, 2015 at 6:49 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Tonia. Yep, celebrations can be very tricky. You have to have serious willpower x

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  16. Erin Landells
    June 9, 2015 at 11:39 am (2 years ago)

    Good work Renee! I too have quit sugar and then come back to a reasonable level. I have definitely found that the sugar itself doesn’t affect my moods and mind, but some additives send me crazy! Milo is one that makes me bananas! I wish I could have it but it’s never worth the next day of self-doubt! ha!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 11, 2015 at 6:50 am (2 years ago)

      Oh really. That is so interesting. Milo you naughty thing! Why do you taste so good? πŸ™

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  17. Deborah
    June 9, 2015 at 11:39 am (2 years ago)

    Oh yes I’m a lover of sugar, but savoury stuff (usually carbs) are as big an issue for me sadly!

    Deb

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 11, 2015 at 6:50 am (2 years ago)

      It can be a constant battle for some of us πŸ™

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  18. Vanessa
    June 9, 2015 at 12:57 pm (2 years ago)

    My husband is diabetic, so we eat suitable (generally low GI) carbs as part of our meals. We also like chocolate. Moderation, baby. We can all do it.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 11, 2015 at 6:51 am (2 years ago)

      I think I can. I think I can πŸ™‚

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  19. Michelle@myslowlivingadventure.wordpress.com
    June 9, 2015 at 1:45 pm (2 years ago)

    I’ve done the absolute no sugar thing before. The Candida diet. You can’t even eat pumpkin on that!! It did work though. Now I’m a relatively sugar free, enjoy sweet treats occasionally kind of girl. I do have a recipe for homemade Nutella which is very good…and pretty good for you too.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 11, 2015 at 6:53 am (2 years ago)

      Ooh now that sounds good, Michelle! I will have to google that πŸ™‚

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  20. Robyn
    June 9, 2015 at 1:48 pm (2 years ago)

    You are awesome! I did the 8 week program too and lasted 6 months. Then I fell well and truly off the wagon and now I think I am even more addicted than ever before. I am so aware of how bad sugar is, especially with the kids. I love your attitude about breaking it every now and again and not punishing yourself for it. Maybe I need to try again. Yes, yes, I really need to try again! Thanks for the inspiration :))

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 11, 2015 at 6:52 am (2 years ago)

      Oh Robyn. I know how hard it is. Buy that second book and it will REALLY help x

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  21. EssentiallyJess
    June 9, 2015 at 2:55 pm (2 years ago)

    I love that you have a really balanced approach to this Renee.
    I do love a treat, but I’m much more of a savoury than sweet girl.I can say no to cake, but not to garlic bread. No to chocolate, but not Doritos. Salt is something I need to reduce for sure.
    You’ve actually made me want to read the books now after this post, because I feel like it won’t make me feel like the craziest person in the world. And maybe just a bit healthier.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 11, 2015 at 6:54 am (2 years ago)

      You’re definitely not the craziest. I have a bad addiction to salt too. I’ve started using himalayan sea salt which is meant to be a good alternative.

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  22. Clare
    June 9, 2015 at 3:39 pm (2 years ago)

    Trying to get the kids to quit sugar (well not completely) is hard. So far the biscuit tin has successfully been replaced with a jar of nuts and a jar of seeds. Next big step is to wean the youngest off Cheerios for breakfast. Xxx

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 11, 2015 at 6:55 am (2 years ago)

      You are doing well, Clare. My littlest started eating sugary treats way before my eldest did. I need to get serious about cutting their intake down x

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  23. Shauna 'Round the Corner
    June 9, 2015 at 3:58 pm (2 years ago)

    I always choose the sausage rolls over cakes and slices if they’re on offer at a function! Chips over lollies. More of a savoury girl I guess but I definitely find that I crave sugar as I grow older and have a growing appreciation for sweet things. Possibly hormonal? I don’t know. But good on you for wrestling your addiction. My weakness is carbs!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 11, 2015 at 6:56 am (2 years ago)

      Yes it possibly could be hormonal. That is a very interesting thought, Shauna.

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  24. Mumma McD
    June 9, 2015 at 4:31 pm (2 years ago)

    I just did a low sugar month and it was great, although not easy! I try to keep our refined sugar intake really low, and just use things like dates and tice malt syrup for sweetness, you get used to it eventually πŸ™‚

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 11, 2015 at 6:57 am (2 years ago)

      Good on you, Mumma McD. I haven’t used many dates. Will have to get onto that.

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  25. Veggie Mama
    June 9, 2015 at 4:57 pm (2 years ago)

    I have no sweet tooth, so I think I got off lightly! I’m glad you feel great!

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  26. Dannielle
    June 9, 2015 at 5:17 pm (2 years ago)

    Go you!
    I have quit sugar completely once before but that’s all it will ever be once, I can’t give it up completely I realise that now but a good balance is definitely the key. So if I hit the Nutella Jar there’s no other treats that day and through the week I do try to stick to healthier options, TRY! When I do all my baking I always have plenty of samplers in waiting which is a great thing otherwise I would Sugar OD, I hate seeing yummy food go to waste!
    Have a great week gorgeous lady! xx

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 11, 2015 at 6:59 am (2 years ago)

      It would be SO difficult to refrain from eating all of those delicious treats of yours. Thank goodness for willing testers xx

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  27. Hugzilla
    June 9, 2015 at 5:57 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh man, this is one I know I have a problem with. It just seems insurmountable. I am such a shitty cook that making things from scratch just isn’t going to work for me. *excuses, excuses, I know….!* So my hat goes off to you – FULLY! I know how hard that must have been.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 11, 2015 at 7:00 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks ‘zilla. I’m a shitty cook too, but am slowly getting better πŸ™‚

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  28. Mark
    June 9, 2015 at 7:14 pm (2 years ago)

    Apart from the fact that sugar is yummy I love the idea that I’m supporting the Australian farmer. Viva la Sugar. Long may it’s empty calories fill the void in my diet

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  29. Melinda
    June 9, 2015 at 7:37 pm (2 years ago)

    Good on you! I think identifying problem areas in your diet is very confronting, and being able to overcome them takes even greater strength. So, well done- it takes courage and determination to face your diet demons. Personally I don’t have a problem with sugar but I do love good food and tend to eat for about three not people, not one!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 11, 2015 at 7:02 am (2 years ago)

      Hmm yes, that’s another problem of mine πŸ™‚

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  30. Emma @ Life, kids and a glass of red
    June 9, 2015 at 8:38 pm (2 years ago)

    Super impressed! I couldn’t quit sugar completely, but cut back regularly. There is no way I’m giving up chocolate completely!

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  31. Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages
    June 9, 2015 at 9:12 pm (2 years ago)

    Well done, that is awesome. I am a strong believer in balance. I don’t think I need to quit sugar entirely, but sometimes we do need a little reminder to take it easy.

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  32. Vicki @ Knocked Up and Abroad
    June 9, 2015 at 9:40 pm (2 years ago)

    Well done Renee. I think balance is key. Being completely devout and denying yourself something seems a little unrealistic to me, but then again, maybe that’s just my addiction talking. I have both Sarahs cook books and I admire the program and one day think I will attempt it, but right now I know I couldn’t even – not till after the baby raring is over. I take inspiration from people like you however who have changed their lives for the better and found a happy place. I’ll be sure to pass this post onto my friend who just today started the program xx

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 11, 2015 at 7:05 am (2 years ago)

      Oh thank you! I hope your friend finds success with it. And no, you definitely can’t quit sugar until you’ve finished the baby rearing πŸ™‚ xx

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  33. Lauren - Gold Coast Mum
    June 9, 2015 at 9:41 pm (2 years ago)

    Good on you Renee! I’m seriously addicted to sugar! Something that needs sorting very soon (so I can squeeze into a gorgeous dress to be Maid of Honour at my sister’s wedding)! :-O

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  34. Di from Max The Unicorn
    June 9, 2015 at 9:56 pm (2 years ago)

    I have Sarah Wilson’s book but haven’t committed to it yet. At least I’ve stopped using Equal and now use the more natural sugar substitutes Stevia and Natvia!

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  35. Gael - The Vinyl Edition
    June 9, 2015 at 10:58 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh, my relationship with sugar is purely hormonal, and I have a stash that the kids don’t know about. Although I must admit that when Cadbury came up with their limited edition pretzel and peanut family block I may have extended things outside of the usual boundaries.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 11, 2015 at 7:07 am (2 years ago)

      Lol. It does sound pretty tasty πŸ™‚

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  36. Jo @ You had us at hello
    June 10, 2015 at 12:06 am (2 years ago)

    That is so impressive Renee, well done and looking fab! I’d love to see That sugar movie and perhaps read Sarah’s book for a greater understanding. I too wouldn’t like to dismiss sugar completely but I do enjoy learning ways to improve. I’d hate to think how much sugar 1 single piece of fudge has!!!! Lol!

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  37. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    June 10, 2015 at 8:04 am (2 years ago)

    I love this Renee!!! I’m not a fan of the all or nothing diets that are out there. Balance is key, right! I love cake, but I’ll only have one piece… and then I’ll be really good for the rest of the day. Sometimes if I eat too much sugar, I get really jittery and feel crap lol! Go you (and yes, there’s no way you can say no to Lauren’s slices!!)

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 11, 2015 at 7:08 am (2 years ago)

      Yes, I hate that jittery feeling. It is not good. You must be very disciplined with all of the yummy stuff you bake.

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  38. Mrs Organised
    June 10, 2015 at 10:13 am (2 years ago)

    Well done, Renee … it’s great when you can see such fantastic results! I’ve cut back on sugar so much in the last 6 months and feel so much better for it … lost a few extra kilos too, so that’s a huge win!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 11, 2015 at 7:09 am (2 years ago)

      Good for you! That is a massive win. Well done.

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  39. Whitney
    June 10, 2015 at 11:31 am (2 years ago)

    Well done Renee. You inspired me to do the ‘I Quit Sugar’ program. I really enjoyed it and since finishing late March have managed to keep my sugar intake relatively low…. No sugar in my coffee any more! I’m about to try the Michelle Bridges 12WBT so I can be fit too.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 11, 2015 at 7:32 am (2 years ago)

      Whitney, that is awesome! I’m so happy to hear that. Let me know how the Michelle Bridges program goes. I think it would be perfect for someone sporty like you xx

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  40. Nicole@ The Builders Wife
    June 10, 2015 at 12:44 pm (2 years ago)

    Sugar itself, I find easy to avoid, it’s the sugar in starchy carbs I find challenge me. I love chips, and find it super hard to say no, especially when I am stressed, which with 5 kids, is nearly all the time. For me, life is about finding balance. Glad to see you’ve found what works for you xxx

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 11, 2015 at 7:33 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Nicole. It really is scary how much sugar is in everything xx

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  41. Sally@Toddlers on Tour
    June 10, 2015 at 1:13 pm (2 years ago)

    I think I have hidden sugar addiction.
    I’m not a big lolly fan but love dark chocolate and old fashioned cakes (not bought from the shop with loads of icing etc.) I also love carbs – savoury carbs. But they’ve all got sugar. I try to trick myself I’m not eating sugar yet if I read the labels I know I am.
    I think I need Sarah.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 11, 2015 at 7:34 am (2 years ago)

      Lol. Yep, Sarah may be able to help. Those hidden sugars are scary!

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  42. pea
    June 10, 2015 at 1:25 pm (2 years ago)

    Good on you, Renee. It’s hard work to begin with but after the initial shock and life-change it gets super easy. We kicked sugar’s ass in our Whole 30 Paleo diet. On day 7 I had the runs, and I just happened to be in Costco and Ikea. How fast can you find a toilet in a warehouse? haha! I can’t believe how your body initially reacts when you try to cut it out. I never thought I’d give up my 2 tsps in my coffee every morning and now I barely think about it, except on the weekend when I want to be naughty, but even then it might just be a tsp of coconut sugar. I’ve been able to keep the 5kgs off since March too so pretty stoked. Go us!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 11, 2015 at 7:35 am (2 years ago)

      That’s awesome, Jess. You really are inspirational with your Whole 30 diet.

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  43. Liz
    June 10, 2015 at 3:31 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow, you had a real sugar problem by the sound of things! Good on you for tackling it. I totally agree that you need to be gentle with yourself and it sounds like now you have things much more under control so why not treat yourself occasionally? I’m a sweet tooth but seem to like less sugary treats like dark chocolate and more savoury sweets – I try to have small serves but have definitely found I eat them much more regularly since being pregnant and having a baby

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 11, 2015 at 7:36 am (2 years ago)

      Dark chocolate, particularly anything above 80 % cocoa is a good alternative πŸ™‚

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  44. Kristy @ Loulou Zoo
    June 10, 2015 at 11:39 pm (2 years ago)

    Good on you for making the changes….I’ve been sugar free for a couple of years now and feel great. I do treat myself, but with homemade, low fructose goodies…so I never feel deprived. I was totally addicted before I gave up so “moderation” wasn’t something I could do!!!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 11, 2015 at 7:37 am (2 years ago)

      I hear you, Kristy!!! Well done to you πŸ™‚

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  45. Tash @ Gift Grapevine
    June 10, 2015 at 11:39 pm (2 years ago)

    Well done Renee – so awesome to hear you’ve found a happy balance that works for you. I gave up sugar for 4 months and found I lost too much weight plus I wasn’t my happy self. Everything in moderation works well for me plus I love a glass of wine too much to give sugar up completely! I too am friends with Tim but we might have to cool it for a while as things have been getting intense lately πŸ™‚

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 11, 2015 at 7:38 am (2 years ago)

      Haha! You’re awesome. Thanks for the laugh πŸ™‚

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  46. Cam @ Gen-Y Mum
    June 19, 2015 at 9:51 am (2 years ago)

    I’ve been thinking about doing this. I’m just worried I’ll fail I’m such a sugar addict. I need/crave chocolate or something really sweet every couple of days. Reading this has encouraged me to give it a go. If I can remove fizzy drinks in my diet, (which I have over 10 years now with the occasional glass when out) then I can remove or minimise sugar in my diet.

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  47. Elle
    April 3, 2016 at 11:11 am (2 years ago)

    I am on day three of my sugar detox and a detox it is. Normally described as happy-go-lucky and easy going, I wanted to clock the cashier at the grocer this morning for improperly bagging my groceries. Never have I had such a strong urge to hit someone (at least over something so trivial). I laughed out loud so many times over your posts and appreciate the inspiration and hilarity of your stories.
    Thank you.
    I have noticed a difference in my energy and skin (positives) and serious anger and bloating (slightly less positives πŸ™‚ but will stick with it because I know it’s best for my health…probably averaged 40 teaspoons a day but never quit because it didn’t affect my weight so much. I’ve learned that I need to eat small meals and that quitting meat at the same time is utter lunacy but I had an epiphany, what can I say!?!
    Thank you for sharing your stories and congratulations!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 4, 2016 at 6:17 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much. I’m so glad you’ve found the story helpful. I completely know where you’re coming from. It’s so hard and the headaches and crankiness were the worst for me. I’ve slipped back into my wicked ways with sugar again. I really need to quit AGAIN. It’s so hard for us addicts πŸ˜‰ Good luck. You can do it!!!

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