My sweet secret

I bumped into my ex-lover last week.

Truth be told, I sought him out.

I was loitering near his home. I wanted him. There was no denying it.

The kids were in bed. Dave was at work. I was bored. Tired. I needed a lift.

I ventured closer to his home, opened the door in a hot rush, and poked my head inside.

There he was sitting in his sexy green and brown taunting me, whispering my name, ‘You know you want to, Renee’.

And, I did want to! I had been so good. One slip up would be okay, no one would find out.

I grabbed a huge tumbler and a spoon and flicked open the tin in urgency. My hands worked fast as I heaped teaspoon after teaspoon of chocolatey goodness into my glass.

Our indiscretion was over in minutes. I washed and dried the glass hiding the evidence and placed the tin back in the cupboard.

As I licked the remainder of Milo off my lips, I started to feel guilty. I pushed the nagging thoughts out of my head. It didn’t happen. Nothing happened. Nothing to see here, folks. Didn’t fall off the wagon at all. Doo dee doo dee doo.

What happened next though, I could not ignore.

My insides started to churn. I could hear my stomach gurgling. I felt sick. Sick, sick, sick.

I was on the verge of tears, when it hit me.

It was working. I laughed like a crazy woman. This sugar detox program I wildly decided to take part in four weeks ago was actually making a difference.

I of course don’t want to feel sick every time I have sugar. I simply want to recalibrate and re-learn what a sensible sugar intake is. Clearly eight or so heaped teaspoons of Milo is not sensible.

I am officially half way through Sarah Wilson’s eight week sugar detox. It has been a wild ride so far.

On the upside, I feel considerably less bloated, my eyes have been opened to a healthier way of living, and I am simply proud of myself for getting this far. On the downside, I have suffered terrible headaches and had a few spots on my face (which may or may not have to do with quitting sugar), I have fallen off the wagon, and have definitely battled some demons.

Sarah Wilson says at this stage of the game, it is perfectly normal to feel this way. She suggests we remind ourselves of how much sugar we were eating before we quit.

It turns out I was eating on average 32 teaspoons of sugar a day. A day!

If that isn’t incentive to keep going, then I don’t know what is.

Week five here I come!

 

My sweet secret

My sweet secret

Has anyone else done Sarah Wilson’s sugar detox program or a similar one? How did you cope?

39 comments on My sweet secret

  1. Clare
    July 2, 2013 at 6:54 am (4 years ago)

    What is Milo? Is it a drink or a chocolate spread? It says it’s got vitamins in it so must be healthy huh?!!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 2, 2013 at 1:12 pm (4 years ago)

      Hi Clare. It’s a chocolate food drink. Aussie kids grow up on it. It can kind of be likened to a hot chocolate, but you can also drink it cold with milk. I did find it at the Colchester Sainsbury’s once, but your best bet would be the Australian shop in London. Mmmmm.

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  2. Zanni Louise
    July 2, 2013 at 6:54 am (4 years ago)

    Ha ha. You really had me there for a moment! Good luck with the rest of your sugar free journey! I haven’t yet tried it. Don’t know I have the stamina. x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 2, 2013 at 1:12 pm (4 years ago)

      Lolz. God yeah. It sure is hard!

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  3. Kylez @ A Study in Contradictions
    July 2, 2013 at 9:02 am (4 years ago)

    Oh me oh my! I didn’t realise how much I have been missing Milo until I read this post! I am an eat it straight from the tin kind of girl and I haven’t had any for over 8 weeks now thanks to my gestational diabetes. I’ve not done IQS, my restricted sugar intake is thanks to the aforementioned GD and I have to say its hard. The first 4 weeks or so I find easy, and then bam, I’m craving every sweet thing in sight! Thankfully the GD was only borderline this time an it’s been much easier to control so the odd small sugar-laden treat has been ok to have and helped to keep the cravings down. I can’t say though that I haven’t been dreaming of the chocolate sundae from Maccas ill be eating as soon as this baby is born though! Which I know from last time ill only make it part way through enforce I’m feeling ill and bouncing off the walls!

    Great post!

    #teamIBOT was here!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 2, 2013 at 1:14 pm (4 years ago)

      Oh yeah! I lurve eating it from the tin too! Gestational diabetes totally sucks!!! The hospital I had my girls in makes the most delicious warm milos. As soon as I had Smiley, I was like give me some of that! πŸ™‚

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  4. JodiGibson (@JFGibsonWriter)
    July 2, 2013 at 9:35 am (4 years ago)

    You definitely had me going! LOL. Good for you. I think it’s something we need to be ready to do. I did it for a week but I missed the feeling of freedom. Sounds silly because it is. But I don’t want to feel like I’m restricting myself. I certainly watch my sugar intake and splurge now and then, but for the most part I try and incorporate the ‘everything in moderation’ lifestyle. Works for me. But good luck for the rest of your journey. You are killing it! And if it’s making a difference. Fantastic!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 2, 2013 at 1:15 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Jodi. I am really hoping once this program is done that I will be in a position to eat everything in moderation and not fall back into my wicked ways. Fingers crossed πŸ™‚

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  5. Rhianna
    July 2, 2013 at 10:08 am (4 years ago)

    Oh man 8 spoonfuls? That in itself nearly made me feel sick just at the thought. Mind you 32 teaspoons of sugar is just crazy as well. I shudder to think what the reality of my sugar intake is.

    It is ok to fall of the wagon sometimes you know. It helps you remember how great it is on the wagon and can encourage you to get back on it.

    Fairy wishes and butterfly kisses lovely

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 2, 2013 at 1:16 pm (4 years ago)

      Yes, that is very true Rhianna. I know, I know. Eight teaspoons. *Hangs head in shame* πŸ™‚

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  6. Josefa @always Josefa
    July 2, 2013 at 10:08 am (4 years ago)

    I am in awe of anyone quitting sugar. I would have to throw out the entire contents of my pantry if I ever was to start! Love the late night Milo affair ~ perhaps a little less next time? xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 2, 2013 at 1:17 pm (4 years ago)

      Yes, good idea, Josefa πŸ™‚ It is tough being the only one in the family quitting sugar because my pantry still has a few goodies in it. Helps me build my willpower πŸ™‚

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  7. Lisa @Circle of Toast
    July 2, 2013 at 11:12 am (4 years ago)

    My doctor always advised me to have Milo – I was anemic and apparently it is high in iron, so that’s how I always justified sprinkling it over the top of vanilla ice-cream!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 2, 2013 at 1:18 pm (4 years ago)

      Well there you go, Lisa. I am vegetarian and often low in iron. I was just doing myself a favour really πŸ™‚

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  8. Michelle
    July 2, 2013 at 12:47 pm (4 years ago)

    You crack me up!!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 2, 2013 at 1:19 pm (4 years ago)

      Haha. I’m so silly sometimes πŸ™‚ Thanks for dropping by!

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  9. Katyberry
    July 2, 2013 at 1:03 pm (4 years ago)

    Ha! When I make Milo for my girls I take a milo tax, which is the first scoop of all the yummy floaty bits. Off each cup of course.
    Good luck with your sugar detox. I am not off sugar, but I have cut back a significant amount after reading Sweet Poison, and generally becoming a healthier eater.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 2, 2013 at 1:20 pm (4 years ago)

      I have bought my dad both of the Sweet Poison books when he was diagnosed with diabetes, but I haven’t yet read them. I really must do. Love the milo tax!

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  10. Nicole
    July 2, 2013 at 2:02 pm (4 years ago)

    Ha ha, funny story πŸ™‚ Well done on your detox, its difficult, but youre getting there!! Isn’t amazing how sweet things taste now that sugar is missing from your diet? We use another product here now that has no sugar, it has Nativia as the sweetner, the kids love it and it doesn’t have any of the nasties. Fair compromise. Good luck on your continued sucess!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 2, 2013 at 2:08 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Nicole. I’ve never heard of Nativia. I will have to look out for it!

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  11. EssentiallyJess
    July 2, 2013 at 2:14 pm (4 years ago)

    Now I really want a milo!!! πŸ™‚
    I would never be able to quit sugar completely. I admire those who can

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 2, 2013 at 3:26 pm (4 years ago)

      Haha yes, I think I’ve tempted a few people with a Milo today πŸ™‚

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  12. Jodie@FreshHomeCook
    July 2, 2013 at 2:34 pm (4 years ago)

    Hehehe! Nice one Renee! Milo is one tempting love indeed!! Keep up the good work!! πŸ™‚

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  13. Becc
    July 2, 2013 at 3:25 pm (4 years ago)

    Holy crap, 32 teaspoons a day. No wonder you had to detox.
    I am not sure I like the idea of getting sick after a cup of milo though. Good to know that it is working in some form, but the side effects dont sound too crash hot. I have been wanting to try this detox and even signed up for the affiliate should it work, but there is no way I can even entertain anything that may involve more sickness to my world.
    Then again, I dont really have all that much sugar to start with, so maybe it would be worth reading up on it anyway.
    Becc @ Take Charge Now

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  14. Kate
    July 2, 2013 at 7:50 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh don’t be too hard on yourself, I think it’s great your doing the challenge! I am a sucker for sugar, even though I try to minimise it, I love a good fruit salad!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 2, 2013 at 8:34 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Kate. Yes, the hope is that once I finish this detox program I can start sensibly bringing sugar back in. Sensibly being the key word! πŸ™‚

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  15. Claire
    July 2, 2013 at 8:51 pm (4 years ago)

    Only 8 teaspoons of Milo? That barely colours the milk!!! Unless you mean 8 heaped tablespoons….. πŸ˜‰

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 2, 2013 at 8:52 pm (4 years ago)

      Haha! Oh my God, Claire! Now that is full on πŸ™‚

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  16. Me
    July 2, 2013 at 9:18 pm (4 years ago)

    I know exactly how you feel because I felt exactly the same. I can’t eat normal chocolate now – I can have a couple of squares of 75%-80% cocoa – I did have a whole bunch of cokes the other night for dinner but on the whole, I can’t have much sugar or wheat without feeling really yucky.
    Good luck with the rest of her program.
    Have a great day !
    Me

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 2, 2013 at 9:36 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you. I’m looking forward to the day when I can be content with just a couple of squares of chocolate πŸ™‚

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  17. Toni
    July 2, 2013 at 10:09 pm (4 years ago)

    Lmao I had milo on icecream last night and I had the worst reflux I have had in weeks – now Im thinking about it the milo was the only thing I really ate different last night so it could have been the culprit. Unfortunately now Im thinking about it I want it really bad again, but alas I will refrain in the hope that I dont meet the acid reflux demon again tonight. 8 teaspoons is a lot, no wonder you felt sick afterwards!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 3, 2013 at 9:54 am (4 years ago)

      Oh you poor thing, Toni! I never had reflux, but I hear it is awful! Damn you, Milo, damn you πŸ˜‰

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  18. The Plumbette
    July 2, 2013 at 10:29 pm (4 years ago)

    Ok… your post really got me hooked in ;). I love Milo too. I would hate to know how much sugar I eat per day. I do love my chocolate. Might look into the detox. I wonder if it would shift those post pregnancy kilos I’ve been hanging onto…

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 3, 2013 at 9:56 am (4 years ago)

      Yeah it may do! I definitely feel less bloated and have had a few people comment on me looking well. If you’re eating as much sugar as I was and then cut it out, surely you’re bound to lose some weight. Those post pregnancy kilos are so hard to shift. If you have any more questions about the detox, just let me know.

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  19. Mel
    July 3, 2013 at 8:03 am (4 years ago)

    Ha ha, that was a great read! I can sympathise with you in terms of giving up sugar. I gave it up for three months about three years ago. In doing this I also gave up wheat and dairy too. It was like torture at first but then I got use to not having these things in my diet. I still don’t eat wheat and have a low dairy/sugar diet. I have only recently started craving sugar again as I ate a lot of it over summer. It’s hard to turn away from it now! I terms of coping I just kept telling myself how much better I felt without it. Eventually I didn’t need my sugar as much. All the best!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 3, 2013 at 9:57 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks Mel. I’ve been thinking of cutting out wheat too. I’ve had a friend of mine do it recently and she feels so much better for it. Good on you for sticking to your guns and being so strong.

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  20. Lisa Wood
    July 3, 2013 at 5:56 pm (4 years ago)

    OH my gosh – i so thought you were doing a scene from a movie, where a person stalks their ex-boyfriend!!!
    Until I kept on reading….I am a chocoholic so I am not sure how I would go with the Detox. Mind you I am not a fan of Milo πŸ™‚
    I like the idea of clear skin, clear eyes and not being so bloated! Good on for going through with the detox!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 3, 2013 at 10:03 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Lisa! Make sure you have some chocolate for me tonight πŸ˜‰

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