I quit sugar – one year on

I don’t want to place blame on anyone, but all was going well until my amazing baker of a sister-in-law placed a Cherry Ripe cheesecake on the table.

It was Christmas Day 2013, approximately six months after I had quit sugar thanks to Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar program.

From the moment the cake was placed on the table, the world went quiet. All happy chatter and noisy kids faded into nothingness. I was in the zone. My fingers were twitching like a cowgirl in a Wild West showdown ready to reach for her gun.

It was me and the cake. The cake and me.

I had been soooooooooooo good for so long. One slice wouldn’t hurt. Cherry Ripe was my favourite chocolate and I hadn’t eaten it for an eternity. Plus, it was Christmas Day. I mean, who doesn’t go crazy for food on Christmas Day?

With my family chanting around me, ‘Do it, Renee. Do it, do it!’ I succumbed to the cake*.

And it was good.

Real good.

Of course I was horribly sick afterwards because I hadn’t eaten sugar for so long, but it was worth it.

So, so worth it.

During that Christmas / New Year period, I ate more sugar than I had in a long time. I kept telling myself that it was the festive period and that I’d get back on track in January.

The next thing you know it is June and sugar has somehow crept its way back into my life.

Believe me, I don’t eat nearly as much sugar as I used to – you can read all about my sugar journey here and here and here – but, it has crept back in and I don’t like it. Here’s why.

I don’t like the way it makes me feel – after I eat a slice of cake or one of these gorgeous little chocolate macaroons I discovered in a coffee shop near my work, my stomach swells to twice its usual size and will turn hard as a rock. I feel bloated and sluggish and generally blah.

I don’t like the way it makes me look – I am starting to get flabby around my stomach again and my skin has been less than great.

Could these issues I’m experiencing be the reintroduction of sugar into my life? Even in as small amounts as I’m eating? I think so.

So, off I trotted to the shops and bought Sarah Wilson’s latest book, I Quit Sugar For Life.

As you know, I am a huge fan of her original book and found it really worked for me.

I love her beliefs on wellness and eating wholefoods. She’s not extreme or strict either. She’s cruisy and cool and I want to BE her. Ahem … Did you know she eats sugar daily?

I am only a quarter of the way through the book, but it has been extremely helpful so far in guiding me how to continue a life without sugar.

Once I finish the book, I’ll be sure to review it and let you know how I’m going armed with her extra info.

Have you ever quit sugar? Do you make a good Cherry Ripe cheesecake?

*Slight story fabrication. The chanting described was most likely voices in my head.

Linking today with Essentially Jess for I Blog on Tuesday!

69 comments on I quit sugar – one year on

  1. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    June 10, 2014 at 6:59 am (3 years ago)

    I’ll be following your journey with interest. I’ve never tried to completely quite sugar before, but I have tried to significantly reduce the amount I consume.
    I’ve never made Cherry Ripe Cheeecake, but I do make a killer Cherry Ripe Slice!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 10, 2014 at 10:45 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh I bet you do, Lauren!! Reducing your intake is definitely a step in the right direction πŸ™‚

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  2. Lydia C. Lee
    June 10, 2014 at 7:01 am (3 years ago)

    I’ve not tried, but I don’t get sick from it either…I can bury my head in the sand about many things that I like to eat…(but good for you and I’m in awe you went a whole year…does that include wine too?)

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 10, 2014 at 10:48 pm (3 years ago)

      This is one of the first things I researched, Lydia. Yes, you can drink it in moderation. It apparently has minimal fructose.

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  3. Kirsten McCulloch
    June 10, 2014 at 7:38 am (3 years ago)

    I have quit 3 times now, each time just with the intention of breaking the cycle of food cravings… I found it worked when I quit for at least 7 or 8 weeks, and after that it was easy to stay off sugar until – well, until some incident like the one you describe! One month was not enough though.

    I’ll look forward to reading your review.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 10, 2014 at 10:49 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Kirsten. I’m not going to lie. It is hard going. I find talking about it on my blog and making myself accountable helps.

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  4. Grace
    June 10, 2014 at 7:43 am (3 years ago)

    I have Sarah’s first book and loved a lot of her ideas and recipes. I don’t think I could ever consciously have a completely no sugar diet but I don’t really have that much of it anyway. I’ve never have had a sweet tooth.
    Having said that, I think it’s great that you saw its benefits and knew that it worked for you. If you’ve done it for a year before (amazing!!!) you can do it again!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 10, 2014 at 10:49 pm (3 years ago)

      Lucky you, Grace! I’ll let you know how I go with the second book.

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  5. Jen D
    June 10, 2014 at 8:06 am (3 years ago)

    I’ve been thinking about the whole “quit sugar” thing recently (not that I think I eat much sugar..) but I definitely don’t think hard enough about chocolate, cake and sweets mostly just on special occasions… Like Fridays or hard days at work… I Will read you previous posts and will be interested in your book review!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 10, 2014 at 10:51 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much for dropping in lovely Jen. You will be surprised what has sugar in it. Virtually everything especially processed foods. You should buy the book. It would be right up your alley x

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  6. Bec | Mumma Tells
    June 10, 2014 at 8:13 am (3 years ago)

    Sugar… my friend, my enemy. I just don’t know that I could live without it. Love it so. Can you hear my willpower talking? Me either. X

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 10, 2014 at 10:51 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol, Bec. At least you’re honest! x

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  7. Bec @ Seeing the Lighter Side of Parenting
    June 10, 2014 at 8:13 am (3 years ago)

    I have to admit, I’m skeptical of the whole quitting sugar thing. But I wonder if it’s just that I don’t have all the information – is it just refined sugar you have to quit, or all sugars including those in fruit, for example? If it’s just refined sugar then I think I could probably get on board with that. I did Lite n Easy a few years ago, which has very little sugar content or sweet anything, and found I had huge sugar withdrawals for a few days but then was fine and felt much better. So maybe there’s something in it… The problem is I recently won a $25 Cheesecake Shop voucher, so….:-)

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 10, 2014 at 10:54 pm (3 years ago)

      Well that really is a problem, Bec!!! In the detox program you give up all sugar including in fruits. Once you allow your body to recalibrate you can reintroduce certain sugars. Sarah Wilson for example has a couple of pieces of 70% chocolate a day, some honey, and some fruits like berries. Check out the I Quit Sugar website if you like. It has some great info.

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  8. Erin
    June 10, 2014 at 8:22 am (3 years ago)

    Totally relate, I quit sugar over Lent, dropped a dress size by the end, was feeling good, so much clearer in the thinking, energy etc. Lent ended sugar was back and I just seem to be addicted, crave more and more. Really need to go cold turkey. btw been meaning to check out what does Sarah say about coconut sugar?

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    • Sarah from Creating Contentment
      June 10, 2014 at 10:20 am (3 years ago)

      I have her book as well and I’m certain she doesn’t mention it. I consider it still a sugar, so don’t use it generally. That said, it is less processed than sugar, so we do use it in our bread recipe. Yeast needs sugar to grow and the coconut sugar is working really well and the bread comes out lovely. As a part of my family not eating processed foods, we make our own bread every day.

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      • mummywifeme
        mummywifeme
        June 10, 2014 at 11:11 pm (3 years ago)

        Wow. Good on you, Sarah!

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        • Erin
          June 11, 2014 at 6:54 am (3 years ago)

          Sarah
          have you seen this recipe for the days when you forget
          http://www.lafujimama.com/2009/09/simple-one-hour-homemade-bread/
          bread within an hour! we’ve made it heaps of times and so delis! and I’ve just used plain flour too. I wonder because you are not growing the yeast in this recipe if you could eliminate the sugar??
          btw just assuming you are using wheat flour. Yesterday I made our first gluten free bread, tasted fine but..felt a bit ill from it. and sides one of my teens acne flares up at rice (and oats) so gluten free flours aren’t really going to work. I digress

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 10, 2014 at 10:57 pm (3 years ago)

      I haven’t yet heard her mention coconut sugar, but many of the recipes have coconut oil as a base. The amount of times I gave up chocolate for lent as a kid is crazy πŸ™‚

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      • Erin
        June 11, 2014 at 6:51 am (3 years ago)

        Okay did a search at her blog
        http://www.sarahwilson.com/?s=coconut+sugar&x=24&y=6
        whilst coconut sugar is the most nutritious of sugars it is high in fructose. sigh. For a serious health issue of one of my children we need to eliminate white sugar at the least.

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        • mummywifeme
          mummywifeme
          June 12, 2014 at 10:21 pm (3 years ago)

          Great investigating thanks, Erin!

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  9. Kathy
    June 10, 2014 at 9:11 am (3 years ago)

    My biggest thing with quitting sugar I reckon would be the alcohol part – I don’t think they make wine without sugar?! I am going back to read some of your earlier posts about this and will follow what you think of the new book.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 10, 2014 at 11:12 pm (3 years ago)

      They say wine in moderation is okay, Kathy. Very low fructose apparently. I couldn’t live without mine!

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  10. Bec @ The Plumbette
    June 10, 2014 at 9:15 am (3 years ago)

    I love chocolate and I probably eat too much of it and I’m not sure if I could quit sugar altogether. I need to monitor how much sugar I eat because I do tend to have a sweet tooth. I’ve always been skeptical about diets that completely rule out sugar or carbs and etc. I like a balanced diet and I don’t want to feel limited in my diet. Do you feel just as bloated and blah after eating a piece of fruit because essentially that is sugar too… but maybe a different type of sugar? I’d just be interested to know. πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 10, 2014 at 11:15 pm (3 years ago)

      To be honest, I don’t eat a lot of fruit. I never did. If I do though, I never feel bloated afterwards. Interesting isn’t it? In the detox program you quit sugar completely a few weeks in. Then you bring it back in. For example, some berries, a little honey.

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  11. Me
    June 10, 2014 at 9:24 am (3 years ago)

    I have just started the IQS 8 week program yesterday. I cut out sugar a while ago but also found it slowly creeping back in. Can’t wait to hear what you think of her book.
    Have the best day !

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 10, 2014 at 11:15 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh yay!!! Good for you. Please keep me up-to-date with how you go xx

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  12. Sarah from Creating Contentment
    June 10, 2014 at 10:17 am (3 years ago)

    lol, thanks for the ***. I was thinking your family were horrible!

    I’ve been sugar free since Christmas/ New Year. I wonder if your sugar freeness escaped you and cam to me? I love it. I’m not horribly strict either. It is part of my wellness to be gentle on myself and go with the flow. Can you tell, I also own Sarah Wilson’s new book. She is one of my many gurus. I see removing sugar from your diet as a part of removing processed foods. Sugar is ridiculously processed. If I could grown sugar cane, I would probably use it. I eat fruit occasionally, generally my children’s left overs and honey if I bake. I rarely bake.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 10, 2014 at 11:17 pm (3 years ago)

      Good on you, Sarah. It’s great to hear from someone else who follows Sarah’s views on wellness. I definitely have a lot to learn, but I’m enjoying it πŸ™‚

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  13. Jody at Six Little Hearts
    June 10, 2014 at 10:46 am (3 years ago)

    Don’t worry Renee, I eat enough for the two of us – go ahead and quit. The sugar cane farmers will not suffer.
    I have a horrible addiction to sugar. Oddly, I famously ate a family block of chocolate every day for a year and dropped to one of my lowest weights ever. (I ate normal meals mind you, just with the addition of an afternoon pick me up!)
    I have months where I manage to stop the chocolate but always climb back on board as soon as I see a block floating around the kitchen πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 10, 2014 at 11:18 pm (3 years ago)

      You ate a family block everyday for a year??!!! Are you serious? I need the full details. Stat πŸ™‚

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  14. floodproofmum
    June 10, 2014 at 11:01 am (3 years ago)

    I don’t eat a lot of sugar but I don’t know that I could give it up completely, especially during that time of month πŸ™‚ Good on you though!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 10, 2014 at 11:19 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol. Thank you πŸ™‚

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  15. Simone
    June 10, 2014 at 11:52 am (3 years ago)

    I just bought the new Sarah Wilson book too and am reading it at the moment! I think it is pretty easy to “fall off the wagon” when it comes to sugar…and other junk foods too. I always try to think about how it is going to make me feel if I eat it (much like how you described!) and then I weight up how much I want to eat the cake versus how much I don’t want to feel shite, and usually, feeling great wins out πŸ™‚ My only problem with following Sarah Wilson’s plan more thoroughly is being vegan…she uses meat a lot, and eggs…so it is a bit tricky. I end up eating a lot more fruit than she recommends, but I reckon fruit is still better than other options out there!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 10, 2014 at 11:21 pm (3 years ago)

      Yes, that is the tricky part, Simmy. I found the original detox program hard when she was saying to eat fat like bacon and chicken etc. Instead I formed a mild addiction to cheese, but you don’t even eat that! I made a raw vegan raspberry chocolate cheesecake from her website on the weekend. Yummo!

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  16. Denise
    June 10, 2014 at 12:36 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m really interested in this topic Renee and will be following along with interest. I’ve had Sarah’s book on my shelf since Christmas. I’ve even read some of it – I love her take on wellness too. But I still haven’t taken the plunge. Obviously I have sugar issues if I find it this hard to give up!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 10, 2014 at 10:58 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol. It could be a long road ahead, Denise πŸ™‚ Maybe ask a friend to do it with you so you can support each other??

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  17. JodiGibson (@JFGibsonWriter)
    June 10, 2014 at 12:41 pm (3 years ago)

    I’d be interested to hear your review of the book Renee. We have significantly reduced sugar in our house, but won’t ever quit it completely. I’m a huge believer in moderation (plus I could never give up chocolate!)

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 10, 2014 at 11:00 pm (3 years ago)

      I agree. I certainly will not give up chocolate or sugar for life. If I really really want something I will have it, but just not all the time like I used to πŸ™‚

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  18. Eleise
    June 10, 2014 at 1:22 pm (3 years ago)

    I am not a quitter and always thought it strange to be so strict but recent readings of Gretchen Rubin made me realise that some people are moderators and some people are Abstainers. I try to moderate my diet but that might not work for you. Sugar has always made me feel pretty crap so I am normally on a low sugar diet with the odd blowout. I probably should read Sarahs original book. Goodluck going sugar free again.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 10, 2014 at 11:01 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Eleise. I try to have everything in moderation, but am not really good at it. I would gorge myself with sugar in the past. I just could not stop myself. I needed to do this program so badly so I could recalibrate!

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  19. Danielle L
    June 10, 2014 at 2:10 pm (3 years ago)

    I’ve read all of the ‘I quit sugar’ books and enjoy making many of their recipes. I am very aware of my sugar intake and try to limit it as much as possible, but I love food and sometimes it just needs sugar and I think life is too short to cut such great joy completely from my life! If in doubt I try to go with Michael Pollens’s ‘eat food, not too much, mostly plants’ – that suits me best!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 10, 2014 at 11:02 pm (3 years ago)

      Oooh I haven’t heard of that book, Danielle. I will have to read it. Thanks!

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  20. Michelle@myslowlivingadventure
    June 10, 2014 at 2:31 pm (3 years ago)

    I quit sugar completely for 2 months last year, and that included no high carb veges and definitely no fruit. I felt phenomenal during and after but have adapted to a very low sugar diet including being grain free now with a balance of indulgences if I want them. My skin is better, my eyes are clearer, I have the flattest tummy and leanest middle I’ve had since my 20’s. It feels good. I do eat a lot of fat though which a lot of folk have trouble getting their heads around.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 10, 2014 at 11:04 pm (3 years ago)

      It really is hard to get your head around. When I first read Sarah’s take on fat, I thought she was nuts πŸ™‚ I’m so glad you have found what works for you. Sounds like you’re really happy!

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  21. EssentiallyJess
    June 10, 2014 at 2:45 pm (3 years ago)

    I’ve never read the book, and honestly I don’t want to quit sugar!!
    Not that I have a huge amount of it anyway, but I’m quite happy with my diet. It could do with improving for sure, but what can’t? πŸ™‚
    As for Cherry Ripe Cheesecake, I rock those πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 10, 2014 at 11:05 pm (3 years ago)

      I bet you do, Jess!! You’re lucky you don’t eat a huge amount. I was out of control and something had to give :/

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  22. Alex @ Fun Fit Fam
    June 10, 2014 at 5:44 pm (3 years ago)

    I live in the heart of sugar cane country so I implore you all – keep guzzling the sugar!!!! πŸ˜‰

    That being said, I don’t really eat processed foods and know how horrible I feel after I chow down on the odd random chocolate bar or cake. My belly, teeth, everything feel gross. Good luck with it!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 10, 2014 at 11:06 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol, Alex. Don’t worry, my husband eats enough to make up for what I don’t πŸ™‚

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  23. Josefa @always Josefa
    June 10, 2014 at 6:26 pm (3 years ago)

    Cherry Ripe cheese cake – that will do it every-single-time! I’ll be honest and say I have no idea how anyone has the will power to quit sugar. I would have zero will power to get through a day let alone longer. But I get how yucky it can make you feel (oh after it has tasted sooooo good!)

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 10, 2014 at 11:07 pm (3 years ago)

      It’s a cruel world, Josefa. A cruel, cruel world πŸ˜‰

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  24. Mrs Organised
    June 10, 2014 at 7:26 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m not sure I would have your discipline to completely quit sugar … I haven’t made Cherry Ripe Cheese Cake but over on my blog you’ll find and amazing recipe for Cherry Ripe Bliss Balls … but be warned, you won’t be able to stop at just one!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 10, 2014 at 11:07 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh I can tell you right now, I won’t!! They sound divine πŸ™‚

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  25. Lara @ This Charming Mum
    June 10, 2014 at 9:32 pm (3 years ago)

    Your journey sounds a lot like mine! I did the full sugar detox and saw distinct benefits, but little bits have crept back in here and there. I learned a lot from reading Sarah’s books though and whenever I’m feeling low health-wise, I use them to go back to basics.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 10, 2014 at 11:08 pm (3 years ago)

      I do the same, Lara. They are a great resource to have on hand.

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  26. Lisa@RandomActsOfZen
    June 10, 2014 at 10:37 pm (3 years ago)

    I’ll be so interested to see how you go Renee. I have tried, but it’s never been pretty πŸ˜‰
    xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 10, 2014 at 11:09 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol. Those first few weeks are a killer πŸ™‚ xx

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  27. Lauren - Gold Coast Mum
    June 10, 2014 at 10:37 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh wow, I eat far too much sugar but can’t give it up just a yet.
    I should really check out those books though, might give me some motivation.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 10, 2014 at 11:09 pm (3 years ago)

      You could start off with the website, Lauren. There’s some great info there.

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  28. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    June 11, 2014 at 1:53 pm (3 years ago)

    Never let the truth get in the way of a good story I say! Since my detox I don’t add sugar to my coffee and haven’t had chocolate but there’s still sugar in my bread it! Love me some head chanting xxx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 12, 2014 at 10:21 pm (3 years ago)

      You have done so well on this detox. It’s hard to be so disciplined isn’t it?! x

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  29. Sheridan
    June 11, 2014 at 4:08 pm (3 years ago)

    I’ve heard so much about the I Quit Sugar movement, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do so. I am going to follow along though – I could definitely reduce my sugar intake.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 12, 2014 at 10:22 pm (3 years ago)

      Good on you, Sheridan. We all have to start somewhere so reducing it is definitely a step in the right direction.

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  30. Tegan
    June 12, 2014 at 6:14 pm (3 years ago)

    Good on you going a year! I have been noticing that a lot of the things that I once enjoyed have been having a negative effect on my digestive system and have been making efforts to cut back on those.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 12, 2014 at 10:23 pm (3 years ago)

      It’s a good indication that things aren’t right, isn’t it?! I hope you are noticing a big difference when you cut those things out πŸ™‚

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  31. Jaclyn
    June 12, 2014 at 7:32 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi! I like your blog! I have quit sugar 11 weeks ago when i gave birth to my third child… He is totally adorable but after the pregnancy I have been left looking less than adorable and need to loose weight… I love how i feel now I have quit and a bit of sugar now gives me a headache too… BUT… not loosing weight… maybe I am just eating too many nuts!!! did you eat heaps of nuts and coconut cream etc too??? LOVING THEM!!! ha ha Really need to get over the food addiciton!!!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 12, 2014 at 10:25 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Jaclyn! You sound just like me. Sarah in her book suggests haloumi when you have a craving instead of sugar. So yep, I quit sugar and formed an addiction to cheese! πŸ™‚ I’m sure your weight will start to fall off soon. Sounds like you’re doing a great job!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 24, 2014 at 10:35 pm (3 years ago)

      Well if you’re one of those people who are good with moderation then you might not need to. I wasn’t one of those people πŸ™‚

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