Today I found myself irritable, annoyed and energy deficient. We’d run out of chocolate and I really needed the sugar rush. I’d woken up early and taken full benefit of the beautiful weather, post school drop off, I went for a run. An hour and 5.6 miles later, surely, I’d earned it. I didn’t care that I looked a mess or that my cranky daughter was sleepy, she would just have to nap in the car, en route to Tesco. On balance, chocolate makes me happy and happy Mummy= happy Baby, in reality I was doing this for her…right?

Sugar Free Month Challenge

As I devoured my ‘Snickers’ bar (which by the way they have reduced drastically in size!), because what’s not to like? Chocolate…good, nuts…good…caramel gooood (imitating Joey, Friends), I came to the realisation that something needed to be done about my sugar cravings. On my research journey I found several articles suggesting that sugar is as addictive as nicotine and some go as far as suggesting it is more addictive than heroine! Wait, what? That’s frightening to hear yet it doesn’t come as a complete surprise, thinking about it, I would occasionally put my desire and cravings for chocolate down to my menstrual cycle or feeling run down. To be honest I can think of several excuses why chocolate is a requirement in my life. I dislike the idea of being dependent on anything, in fact I make it a conscious decision to stay away from things I could become reliant on. This is part of the reason why I don’t smoke, drink and rarely take over the counter drugs (or prescribed depending on their necessity). I’ve probably taken paracetamol on two separate occasions this year.

I also struggle from a degree of anxiety (self-diagnosed) which I disguise well, I find the concept of relaxing difficult. I know it’s importance, I just find it difficult to convince my mind to do it, I have this habitual need to be doing something all the time. Some studies suggest that in small quantities sugar can act as a stimulant, much like caffeine it can provide a source of energy. The difference is that after a small burst of energy, it’s often followed by a sugar low, fatigue and irritability.

I don’t want to abandon sugar entirely for the rest of my life, life is for living and I don’t want to give up everything I enjoy. Research suggests it takes 21 days to form a habit, to ensure I have tried my best at exercising restraint by limiting my intake of sugar, I am going to partake in a sugar free month. At the end of the month I will update you on how my sugar detox went, what I noticed and what it has taught me?

Benefits of a sugar detox

  1. Younger looking skin. An increase in sugar levels leads to glycation – a process which hinders the repair of collagen . Research suggests that reducing sugar prevents premature wrinkles and loss of skin elasticity.
  2. Improved energy that lasts throughout the day. Increasing your sugar intake results in a rapid surge of energy followed by a crash. Whereas increasing protein and fat intake means steady energy throughout the day.
  3. Bye belly fat and hello weight loss. Visceral fat around the abdomen accumulates overtime due to an increase of insulin throughout the body. Reducing sugar can help reduce pounds and subsequently reduce infuriating stomach fat.

Which sugar detox plan am I going to follow?

I did contemplate cutting all sugar from my diet, even naturally occurring sugar found in fruit and some starchy vegetables. That seemed a little extreme and impractical, I hate diets and that would trigger my compulsion to rebel and binge. As a substitute, I’ve decided to eat clean. Let me elaborate, I’m going to restrain from anything with ”added sugar” for a month. This includes sweeteners or anything likely to cause an insulin spike. I will keep you posted on my results in a months’ time, what I notice and how I feel?

Wish me luck. Has anyone tried a sugar detox? How did you resist the urge to give in? Also, if you have any tips for me, please comment below.

Kay X

For my post on my experience with compulsive eating go here

“Sugar makes you fat, ugly and old” – Brooke Alpert, The Sugar Detox

Posted by:Quirky Kay

A zany lady with a zest for life. A UK based Mummy of two munchkins, caffeine addict, food loving (sans gluten) globetrotter.

13 replies on “Sugar Free Month Challenge

    1. Ha, Day 2: Already losing the will to live. But, I’m determined. Will see how long I last 🙂

  1. Oooh wooow good luck. Would love to hear how it goes. I tried having no sugar in my tea and coffee for a good few weeks and you know now I went back to having sugar in my tea sometimes. However, I’ve learnt balance from it so if I have a chocolate cake I won’t put sugar in my tea like I used to do because the cake already has sugar.

    1. Thank you and that’s really good! It took me years to stop adding a little sugar/sweetener to my tea and coffee. It takes a while to develop a taste for it . But now, I can taste the sweetness from the milk and actually taste the tea and coffee.
      I’m doing pretty well, although the first week I struggled so bad with cravings!! Now fruit tastes like sweets and naughty- bizarre right? Going to keep going and see how I get on. Hopefully I’ll learn balance too! X

      1. Yeah exactly the milk gives it a sweet taste. Usually when I have tea without sugar I have to put milk to give it a taste of sweetness. Exactly, I agree with you on that. When we put too much sugar in our beverages we usually taste the sugar and not the actual beverage. Yes I have high hopes you’ll find your balance. 🙌 all the best 😊

      2. Thank you for your lovely comments! Do it with me ? Lets motivate each other 🙂

      3. I would love to do it with you but I am fasting this month so I need all the energy I can get 😂 … but does having no sugar in my tea and coffee for a whole month count as being in the challenge with you ? 😂

      4. Of course it does, small changes ! Every little counts. I am against anything that is set in stone. The fact that you are fasting, you are demonstrating resilience anyway. Well done x

      5. Exactly. Glad it counts .. I’ll also keep a track on how it goes and eventually post a blog post.. we can do it !!! Let’s do this …. so when do we start ? And thank you ❤️

      6. I’ve started but you decide when is best for you. No time like the present, how about today ? X

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