We quit sugar… and this is what has happened

Posted on November 17th, 2011

Time to share feedback. I’ve been very much taken by surprise by how my I Quit Sugar ebook has been received. I’m beside myself with satiated joy that so many people have been able to experience some REAL results from quitting the white stuff. Thousands have now tried the 8-week program. Here’s some feedback on what they’ve found and learned…heartening!

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Jasmin says: I’m in week 4 and i’m amazed by the changes so far, I hardly have anymore headaches, I’m not craving sugar or any crap food actually, people have commented on me losing weight, my afternoon slump is pretty much gone so I’m so happy and grateful Sarah, I have been surrounded by cakes and sweets etc this past week and for the first time in my life it wasn’t an issue for me, I didn’t want any and I was happy not to have any so that’s pretty amazing, this is def something I want to keep continuing on with so THANK YOU!!!!

Jon says:  When you originally spoke about quitting sugar early this year in the Sunday paper I had, “had enough” of being overweight (113kg), on BP medication for nearly 30 years (I’m not yet 50!!), anti-depressants, thyroid drugs (from a tumour, so I think I have to stay on them), so I thought I’d give it a try. Over this last year, I have dropped 20kg through diet alone, I’ve now joined a gym and getting ‘ripped’ (?!?!), I’ve just weaned myself of the anti-depressants, I’m now dropping the BP meds due to dizzy spells and LOW BP, due to the meds; my skin has cleared up (been bad since highschool), people are saying I look 10 years younger and I feel like I want to do things and get on with life again.

James says: I quit sugar a few weeks back and after some withdrawal symptoms at about the 1 week mark I noticed a huge change in the way I felt. I used to be exhausted after eating and feel like I needed to lie down. Now, I feel energised after eating. I’ve even found that if I need to force my body to stay awake I can do it by eating something like unsweetened organic peanut butter. This is totally opposite to before! I also feel much clearer in my mind. I’m eating less, but still have the odd binge so don’t really seem to be loosing belly fat.

Trish: I was worried that (eating more fat) would affect my cholesterol levels, so I had a blood test, and after a year of not worrying about the fat content of foods, it was 3.3 (with the good cholesterol high and the bad cholesterol low)!The blood test also measured my risk of cardio-vascular disease, and I was on the low end of the scale for all the markers used. So apparently going sugar-free is more healthy than we have been led to believe (and I’m finding it so easy to maintain, as I have completely lost my taste for it, except for a couple of pieces of fruit per day).

Renae says: I suffer from IBS and since I started this 2 weeks ago, I have noticed I am nowhere near as bloated as I was before, and I am feeling great.

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sweet enough says: Hi Sarah, I’ve been sugar free now for 4 weeks after buying your book and David Gillespie’s books, Sweet Poison. I didn’t really believe it would make much difference to me but I’ve definitely seen a change. I haven’t lost any weight, but I am not as hungry all the time, I don’t crave sugar or sweet things, I feel less bloated. I’m not drinking all the time (soft drink, juice etc) and focus less on ‘what’s to eat next?’ I think I have compensated for the lack of sweets with a bit more high-fat foods but now that I’m moving further down the track, I suspect this will slow down as well.

Maria Hannaford says: I quit sugar almost two months ago. Cold turkey. Challenging for a week or so but then I felt so much better that it was easy peasy. Seriously Sarah, IT HAS COMPLETELY CHANGED ME. I used to feel hypo every single day if i didn’t eat every couple of hours. Cranky, dizzy, blurry. I hated it. I don’t get those feelings AT ALL anymore. AT ALL. I’ve completely broken my addiction to the sweet stuff. Before, a block of chocolate in the house wouldn’t last three days. After, we’ve had a block sitting in the pantry for two months. I don’t even FEEL like eating any. Give me a piece of cake and I’ll happily decline. Seriously changed my life.

Lara says: After 28 days, I am feeling a lot more in control of what I eat. Things I previously used to snack on now seem inedible to me – lollies, biscuits etc. I’m so much more aware of hidden sugar, which I think is going to make a big difference going forward. My cravings have changed. Instead of wanting a sweet snack at 3pm, I find myself seeking out nuts, and proteins. Dessert menus at restaurants are ignored with ease as I prefer to finish meals on a savoury note. Will I stay off all sugar for life? I don’t think so. Pieces of fruit and the occassional piece of birthday cake will surely sneak its way back, but to have a better awareness and understanding of its dangers has already made a huge difference to my diet.

Mel says: i can’t believe that in 2 weeks my sugar “switch” has been completely turned off. if i wasn’t constantly eating something sweet i would definantely get that pang of wanting if i saw anything sweet. i never get it now. when i see cakes, biscuits etc i just feel no connection and i have noticed a huge weightloss but i have also cut out grains and just eating when hungry. I am so much happier, still feeling a little lethargic. The ‘carb flu’ I’ve heard. great to hear how everyone else is going. i was the biggest sugar addict, so if i can everybody can.

Bonnie: Thanks so much for your advice on quitting sugar. I got your book, and although I haven’t quit sugar completly, I have cut down on it considerably and I feel so much better. I don’t have the sugar highs and horrible lows (so painful in an office job at 3 in the afternoon!) and I’ve lost 5kgs. Which also makes me feel lighter and happier. So thanks heaps for inspiring me. I’m sure you get this kind of email a lot, but I really do appreciate it!

Melanie says: Hi Sarah, I just wanted to thank you so much for opening my eyes about sugar. I love the ebook, it is written like a friend giving me advice, I love how you have an eight week program that seems easy to follow. I am addicted to sugar, it got to the point wear I was eating so much cake, chocolate and lollies I was getting a bit jittery and I was eating it all the time, even sneaking packets of lollies in my desk at work and eating them throughout the day. To be honest I was really embarrassed at the amount of junk I seemed to be eating and not being able to stop! So I knew I needed to empower myself and it seems I found you! I have also read the Sweet Poison Quit book you recommended and it is all coming together. I am only four days in but I have noticed a change already, I feel lighter and no longer bloated and most importantly not sneaking around shoving sugar into my mouth any chance I got. I feel like I am making a positive change for myself and my 16mth daughter. I am still having a few equals in my coffee and if I am really craving sugar I am having a pear and I feel ok. Im also drinking heaps of water as I have had a few headaches. I had to write and say thank-you!

Sarah: Thank you Sarah! You have made me feel like a million dollars!! :) I was diagnosed with Lactose Intolerance when I was 17. This year I began to do a lot of reading regarding Fructose Intolerance as both have a lot of the same symptoms. With your book in hand, I conquered my fears of giving it up and kicked sugar! I have not been sick for the last 5 weeks and I have actually eaten dairy for the first time in years. As i am living in Hong Kong I have struggled to get a lot of your suggestions of products, but I have managed to get most. Thank you so much and keep the recipes coming! Love Sarah


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  • Kristy

    Hi Sarah,

    I just have a query about the book – is it suitable for vegetarians?

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    Sarah Wilson

    Sarah Wilson Reply:

    Yep. Most of the recipes are for sugar substitutes – nuts, cheese, coconut oil etc

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  • Leanne

    Hi Sarah
    A huge thanks for all the handy nutrition advice and especially for the sugar free stuff. You are a huge inspiration & I’m forever hanging out for your next blog post. I’ve been following your IQS plan for 4 weeks now and have been totally sugar free for about 3 weeks so far – its going well, I do feel relieved to be off the sugar treadmill, the cravings and constant hunger have definately calmed down but I don’t really feel that much better so far. I’m hoping as I go on I’ll be less tired, have more energy, feel less bloated like everyone else is reporting! Fingers crossed X Thanks again – You’re a star!

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  • Hannah

    Hi Sarah,

    I adore your blog and read it everyday. I think the idea of quitting sugar is great and am planning to do it after exams. I’ve been telling all of my family and friends about it so that they at least be more aware about what they consume everyday.

    I’m sure this has been discussed before but my brain’s a bit fuzzy at the moment due to exams. As the brain’s main fuel source is glucose, how do we make sure it is getting enough when quitting sugar? I know the main culprit is fructose, but do you still recommend eating much glucose and is it enough to meet the brain’s demand? This is my only concern when it comes to quitting sugar.

    Thanks :)

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    Sarah Wilson

    Sarah Wilson Reply:

    There’s enough glucose out there in all the food we eat! Our brains get more than enough…unless you’re starving yourself. Plus, the fats I promote are ALL about brain feeding.
    ps…good idea to leave it until after exams…you don’t want to stress yourself. Good luck!

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  • Sara

    Sarah, I really think you should target the US with your book. I recently spent 3 wks over there and still cannot believe how and what people eat. The number of clothing shops specalising in ‘larger sizes’, says a lot.

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  • Helen H

    Hi Sarah,
    I’m loving the book and wanted to share a variation of your ‘Sweet Potato Truffles’ recipe that I just made… I didn’t have a few of the ingredients so I have substituted accordingly and I am pretty chuffed with the results!! Can’t wait to try the original recipe next time.
    Soo… instead of using an orange sweet potato, I used a white sweet potato (the one with bright purple skin). I didn’t have coconut flour, so i used desiccated coconut…I also didn’t have any stevia, I think it’s quite sweet already… but I also added about 3tbs of pistachios which i pulsed to be chopped a into smaller bits… You know how white things and pistachio always go together…?! I was so surprised but this just worked and they’re yum!! I rolled the balls in toasted coconut as you suggested :)

    These successfully satisfy my super-sweet tooth… which thanks to you, is quite under control!!

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    Sarah Wilson

    Sarah Wilson Reply:

    Like the experimenting!

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  • http://www.laramcpherson.com Lara

    Wow! These are some amazing testimonials! I have a couple of funny food things already (cows dairy allergy, wheat sensitivity, meat aversion) so I thought cutting out sugar would limit me too much – but maybe I really should be giving this a shot.

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    Renae Reply:

    Hi Lara,

    My testimonial is above. Honestly, give it a go! I am a vegetarian, have sensitivity to wheat and lactose also and I found it made me experiment MORE with my food instead of limiting, it exanded my options. When you are aware of what’s actually IN the foods you eat its amaxzing how you see things differently :) I am also finding I can handle some lactose now that I have quit sugar! Not large amounts, but a few dollops of full fat natural yoghurt seems to be fine and not giving me cramps/bloating like it did before. Good luck if you give it a go!

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  • Liz B.

    I read the EBOOK last week and have spent the last week (mostly!) sugar-free. I had no clue what a sugar addict I was, especially since I LOVE veggies and healthy foods, but relied solely on demolishing myself each night with chocolate/treats. It’s as if life wasn’t worth living without my treats.
    But, after a week (not counting a couple bites of this and that accidentally), I’m the most sugar free I’ve ever been. WOAH!
    Not to mention, I’ve also been a DIET SODA addict for so many years…relying on the caffeine and the sweet taste.
    Despite the first few days’ headaches and tiredness, I now feel even MORE energetic and am seriously pinching myself with the fact that I have quit the Diet Soda, too! It’s as if the sugar and the aspartame went hand in hand.
    It’s not easy, no. And I’m not saying I’m DONE with sugar. Raising 3 small children sometimes lends itself to predicaments or situations where only sugar is available and let’s be honest: sometimes I DO eat emotionally. I’ll accept that.
    In fact, I just baked cookies for my family and tasted the dough. But that was it. It didn’t “DO” anything for me. It’s as if I need to be completely sugar free and to then, only here and there, live normally and have a taste of something.
    Thank you. I really never though i could do this, but it’s so liberating, surprisingly, to have these limits. Really. Thanks a lot.

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  • Shalome

    It’s funny, I always thought I was relatively in control of my sugar urges as I tended to be fairly disciplined and generally directed them to the odd piece of dark organic chocolate. Yet when I read your ebook and saw your comment on page 5 about eating a whole bag of chocolate bullets if they were put in front of you, I knew 2 things straight away: 1) that there was another contender for the Bag Of Bullets Eat-a-thon, and 2) that I was an undercover sugar addict.

    And so, I am now 2 days and 2 weeks into the world of IQS and am feeling groovy. No major craziness to date although I have gone wild on the nuts and haloumi a couple of times. Mostly I feel more settled, more satisfied, and more smiley.

    Thanks for sharing the IQS key and helping us all unlock the good stuff within x

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    Liz B. Reply:

    No, I think you have a contented for the Bag of Bullets…but I don’t know what those are because I live in the US. But I have been known to demolish a bag of M&Ms, fun size Snickers, etc. Oh man!

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    Deesal Reply:

    Bullets are small, bullet-shaped (kind of) chocolate coated licorice bits. They are YUMMO and I used to love them too but since quitting sugar a month ago, I have not wanted any at all:)

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  • Laura

    I am really excited to do this! My partner and I have decided to begin after Christmas (hmm… might get started even sooner…). I am reading the book already though to get more used to the idea. When I first thought about quitting sugar, it was the strangest idea to me.. I thought ‘how can I be happy without sugar?’. Well, that pretty much says it all.. time to get rid fo the stuff!

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  • K.

    I’m into Wk 6 now Sarah and I feel AMAZING! Looking forward to trying some of your sugar free desserts when I finish up at 8 weeks. Thank you!

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  • YoungVintage

    The last 6 weeks have been AMAZING for me…

    My skin in clearer and less oily (have always had super oily skin regardless of how well I eat and how much water I drink)
    I’m never bloated (I used to feel bloated after every. single. meal)
    I don’t crave chocolate like I used to (I used to eat a packet of Tim Tams a week)
    I CAN eat one little piece of chocolate if I CHOOSE to (I tested this out last week and was amazed – I ate a little piece and it didn’t even taste any good…)
    I don’t hit a slump in the office at work at 3pm
    I’ve never eaten so many greens in my entire life

    THANK YOU!!
    xx

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  • http://womanincredible.com Kat Eden

    You’ve really hit on something here Sarah. Isn’t it amazing how much we can complicate nutrition with all these detailed rules and ‘musts’, and yet for so many people it’s not complicated at all …. (I don’t mean not a bit difficult at first of course) … quit sugar to look and feel amazing? Sure appeals a lot more than trying to follow super-anal diet plans!

    PS – your book has been quite popular on my site, so thankyou for that as well!

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  • Jodie

    Hi Sarah
    I purchased your book a few weeks ago but still haven’t been able to successfully open any of the versions Jo has sent me…. and I haven’t heard back from her yet. All these testimonials sound great so I’m looking forward to actually reading the book and getting started, if you could help me out that would be great
    Thanks
    Jodie

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  • Deesal

    A friend gave me a copy of your ebook which I have read twice and although I do still have 2 pieces of fruit per day, I have approached the whole “quitting sugar” thing as an experiment… just as you say. I’ve actually lost count of how many weeks I have now been (mostly!) sugar free (maybe 3 or 4??) but am feeling energised, my skin is glowing and the scales have also started to dip:) BUT the funniest thing I’ve noticed (& I really hope this doesn’t gross you out) but in the past, whenever I had a professional scale & clean done on my teeth, despite brushing and flossing twice a day, I would usually have a layer of tartar build up and close in any gaps between my lower front teeth within 3 days of having the clean done. Three weeks ago, I had a clean done and even as I sit here typing this, I can STILL whistle air through my lower teeth because the tartar is non-existent all because I have cut out sugar from my diet! We’ve all seen those ads on TV about how sugary foods and drinks cause plaque build up etc but I just thought tartar was a normal occurance rather than the precursor to plaque & decay no matter how vigilant I was about oral hygiene! Thank you for giving back my pearly whites:):):)

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  • http://g2-generationgreen.blogspot.com/ Daniella

    I’ve been sugar free for 3 weeks now. I always considered myself a healthy eater but didn’t realise how much sugar I was consuming! Now i can look back and see how it was controlling me. I’m now eating so much less and only eat when I’m truly hungry. I am very much enjoying eating lots of high fat foods such as nuts, seeds, avocados, eggs, cacao, coconut which are truly nourishing. I’m no longer bloated and feel slimmer. And the thought of eating a cupcake or piece of cake almost makes me feel ill. However, the biggest thing I have noticed is I feel happy all the time.. I think sugar was really dragging me down. All very interesting.

    THANKYOU!

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  • Julia

    Hey Sarah

    I discovered you when I gave up sugar in FEBRUARY of this year (after eating half a dozen cup cakes on Valentine’s Day) and was just soo sick of the afternoon cravings and crashes. In fact, I was more than just a sugar addict – I drank two cans of energy drink a day (including first thing when I got out of bed) so caffeine was also a huge issue.

    NINE months later, it couldn’t be easier. Apart from the occasional piece of organic dark chocolate (with natural sweetner) and the odd Thai curry, I am basically sugar free and totally fine with it. Lost weight, lost the mood swings and less crippled by hunger daily.

    The best part now is, I know I can have a tiny piece of cake for a friend’s birthday and not lose control of myself.

    Best thing I ever did.

    J

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    Liz B. Reply:

    Julia, I completely understand the sugar addiction coupled with the caffeine addiction! I was the same way for SO many years. It makes me sick to think about now…the amount of caffeine I drank…a sugar free rockstar bright and early in the morn and then in the afternoon. Then lots of healthy food, but nightly gorges on chocolate. No wonder I had strange abdominal pains and weird bloating/gut issues. It’s only been a week and I seriously cannot believe I have been without a drip of caffeine/sugar and been STILL energetic and motivated. Even more-so. I thought I relied soley on those exterior things to get me through my day. Now I realize I don’t need any of it! I’m so much more even-keeled now and I thank you. I’ll be looking here for more inspiration, though, as I feel like this feeling is too good to be true. And I’m telling ya…I want it to last!!!

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  • Angie

    Hi Sarah
    I have been on this journey with you since you first posted about giving up sugar. It coincided with commencing a Naturopathy degree. I am a different person with nearly a year of study under my belt and in January I will have been sugar (and alcohol) free for a year. I look forward to your weekly email and I have loved your tv show this year too. I just wanted to say thank you. I look and feel amazing and I love the new happy relaxed me. People often ask me what changed…. and I send them your link.
    THANKS :)

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  • anna

    Hi!
    Thats great that so many people are doing so well sugar free. But where are all the people like me who haven’t quite got there yet?? It’s hard to give up something thats been an emotional crutch for so long. I get to the end of a relentless day of parenting and running around after demanding children and feel a distinct and tangible disappointment that I can’t have my bit of chocolate. Its my reward for getting through it all. And SO hard to give this up. The ebook is great and I’ve read Sweet Poison as well and know the facts, but its so easy to let sugar sneak back into my life.
    The other part of this is that I think you need to have the precious TIME and energy to prepare all this wonderful life giving healthy food. I am going to keep coming back to it though, until I get there. At the moment though, sugar free feels like a long way off.
    Thanks for the encouragement!

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    Angela Reply:

    Anna, I know what you mean about that little reward after a hard day chasing kids. The best thing I ever did was to try out Sarah’s recipe for the nutty balls.http://www.sarahwilson.com.au/2011/10/yes-chocolate-nut-balls-so-healthy-you-can-eat-em-for-breakfast/

    I make it in my food processor. I whizz it all up and spread it into a flat plastic container, and keep it in the fridge- cutting off chunks when I need a fix. Every time I make it, it is with a different combination of nuts, but I always use butter and coconut oil, and raw cocoa powder. It is delicious, amazing, and so satisfying.It is hard to believe it is so good for me. There’s no need for a sugar hit anymore – this does the trick.

    I have found being sugar free much easier by eating a lot of healthy fats. I’ve never felt better – I have more energy and am much happier.

    Don’t give up, you’ll really be glad you did it.

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    Freda Surgenor Reply:

    I am a little puzzled about the use of Maca Powder, when I Googled it, the nutritional information shows it contains 31.3% sugar, which does seem very high.
    see this website:
    http://www.menstruation.com.au/menstrualproducts/macanutguide.html

    cheers
    Freda

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  • Michelle Austin

    Hi Sarah

    I tried to buy your ebook but my computer pops up an error about an invalid security certificate. I pressed on anyway, and put in my credit card details but nothing happened – no download. Is there some other way to purchase the ebook?

    Thanks
    Michelle

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  • Mondo

    Well Sarah, after following your blog for a while now, i have decided to give the “I Quit Sugar” 8 week challenge ago. I’m a shift worker and rely heavily on sugar to keep me going. I will be interested to see how it changes my life. Thank you in advance.

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  • http://www.surgenor.com.au Freda Surgenor

    Hi Sarah, it was your Sunday paper article that made me decide to quit sugar.
    I didn’t realize you had also written a book but in the article you did mention David Gillespie and I did get his books.
    I have been sugar free for nearly ten months and have lost thirteen kilos.
    My health has improved no end and I feel weller than I have for years. I have just turned 70 and can’t believe that one can actually feel better and better.
    I am so glad I discovered you through the Sweet Poison Facebook Page and can use this facility to give you a big hug and a thank you.
    cheers
    Freda

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  • Lisa Ingram

    Sarah,
    I downloaded the book in Week 10 of Michelle Bridges’ Body Transformation Challenge. So I am a good way along into quitting sugar just by good habits. Had some sweet treats last night at an outing, and honestly, I am over it. I actually have an ulcer on my tongue. There can be no reason apart from that – well – I just don’t eat this sht any more! I never eat low fat and never eat bought sauces without major label reading. I won’t be making replacement sweet things though, using sweet substitutes. I am losing the taste for sweet, and prefer it that way. Not perfectly, Phillippa’s apple, cranberry and walnut muffins are never to be spurned, but I am happy with the choices I am making. Loved the e book. Lisa

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  • Tanya

    Sarah, what a great little ebook. I also had a look at David Gillespie’s site. Such interesting info. I only went off sugar a few days ago but have noticed a big difference already and i plan on continuing.

    The biggest thing i took from your book was that i thought my kids had a brilliant diet but i realise even now that although they have very little processed food, they are still consuming too much sugar through fruit, fruit juice (freshly squeezed), dried fruit and honey. We have started cutting back and replacing excess fruit with cheese, nuts, (they love grilled haloumi too!) and a few chopped veg. Luckily they haven’t really hooked onto tomato sauce so if i can continue to avoid that it will be a bonus. Parties and school friends will obviously start to have an influence but i like to think that for at least 90% of the time they are eating great food that is supporting their bodies and setting them up for a healthy life. Thank you

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    Liz B. Reply:

    I completely agree, Tanya! I have always thought my kids are such stellar non-processed food eaters (which they are), but the amount of sugar they eat is insane! Cereal (not even the “sugary” kind), dried fruit, raw fruit, granola bars, ketchup, pb & honey sandwiches. It’s our staple!! You’re lucky your kids like nuts and haloumi! I hope we get there. But, wow, it’s an eye opener what an early-on addiction I’m helping them create! Great point made.

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  • Mags

    Hi

    Was reading through this blog for most of yesterday and came across a recipe for BBQ sauce in the comments section somewhere, but I did’nt write it down and now can’t find it! I am having BBQ steak today and want to show my partner how good sugar-free sauces can be. Can anyone help?! (The sauces are his/our downfall, so any more would be great – particularly tomato sauce which I find cringingly sweet now!)

    Many thanks for your help.

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  • Drake

    Hi Sarah,

    I just downloaded your e-book and am on my first day. I had a quick look through the recipes and snack ideas – a lot of them contain nuts, since I am allergic, I was wondering if there are any substitutes you would recommend.

    Other than that everything seems really helpful and informative, I look forward to seeing how this goes.

    Thanks!

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  • Jenny

    Hi Sarah

    I’ve noticed all the benefits that you talk about and then some – I think the best part is the peacefulness of not looking out for the next sugar hit!

    I did have two questions – first, have you heard of/tried Coyo yoghurt? I think they use xylitol as a sweetener – I tried some last night and it was amazing! Would love to hear what you think…

    Second, would/could you freeze a green smoothie? or does that ruin all the goodness?

    Thanks!!

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  • levi

    what a hottie!!!!

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  • Sara

    Hi Sarah
    Today is the last day of my 8 week sugar quit – i have lost 8 kilos, and no longer think, obsess and desire food!!!! I love it – i have more focus and drive in other areas of my life, and will be continuing this way of life. Thank you so much!!

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  • Sara

    Hey Sarah
    Finished my eighth week last night – have lost 8.5 kilos and feel great. I no longer focus on, and obsess about food, which is great! Am going to keep going with it, with a few allowances for the festive season – thanks heaps.

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  • Christy

    Hi Sarah, I bought your ebook from my iPad and downloaded the shortcut, however when I try to get back to it it says access denied time is up. Can you tell me how to get it back.
    I am excited to get started, I have been gradually gaining weight and know I need to lose at least fifty pounds. I started an exercise class a year ago and love it but haven’t lost any weight.
    Thank you,

    Christy Shores

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  • Victoria

    I bought the book and given that it’s holiday time & lots of visitors I thought I’d ease myself into it. I always have lime & soda (staying away from alcohol, so I thought) but by switching to mineral water & slice of lemon and cutting out the obvious sugars (1 tspn in my cup(s) of tea) I noticed my headaches decrease, sleeping better, less hot flushes and a weight loss of 3kgs in about 3 weeks!! I even had porridge WITHOUT sugar – now that’s a test. Even when I have had chocolate I have had just a small bit, as I found it really sweet!! Unfortunately I’ve noticed sweet stuff creeping back in, & found the hot flushes at night coming back, the afternoon tiredness really hitting me. (But encouragingly enough I’ve maintained the weight loss!!! just not any extra, so that’s a good sign.( Now along comes your NY program and I’m so keen. Don’t like the hot flushes particularly, or the falling asleep in the afternoon … so I’m doing it in January!!! thanks heaps

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  • Sande

    I still haven’t received my book? I paid on paypal and nothing has happened.

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  • http://www.eliquidlabs.co.uk Juicee

    I stopped eating any sugary foods two days ago only. I found your blog as I was trying to find out if the headache I have had all day today is to do with stopping sugar. Seems it is normal to experience a headache at first.

    I didnt realise that so many people quit sugar, I only did it because I seemed to be craving sweet stuff all the time and it was making me put on weight. I am hoping that those cravings will diminish if i quit sugar and it will be easier to control my weight.

    I am going to check out wheher artificial sweeteners can be used, but I think I read that its best to just go without all together….dreaming about a big bowl of fruit salad right now. I intend later to add fruit in my diet after meals, but for now I am just going cold turkey.

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  • Louise

    I have Hashimotos and in the last 5 years gained 16 kilos and given I was thin all my life this was a huge shock for me. I tried over these years to diet to no avail until I heard about the sugar free diet. I have been on the diet now 3 months and have lost 7 kilos, although still feeling unwell some of the time! Recently I was put on the FODMAP diet by my GP for IBS and although sugar is allowed on this diet I have succesfully managed to combine the two diets and feel fantastic.

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  • Ange

    I have to get this book!! I have been processed sugar, almost carb (the odd spud in my dinner) and processed food free for 2 weeks after an intervention from a holistic Chiro who is helping me overcome a crisis and then work to manage my thyroid/adrenal/kidney issues. I was an absolute addict, and i had no off switch when it came to sweet foods. I still eat quite a bit of fruit (always have) but that is more out of habit now as opposed to ‘needing’ it.
    The funny thing is – it was so easy. I felt less food obsessed (I have always been obsessed with my next meal/snack) in fact, I don’t feel obsessed at all, I eat when it’s around mealtime, or when my tummy begins to growl (or I feel a bit queasy – that’s my main hunger signature now). And I actually get to a point of feeling full. Super keen to get the book, I already have Sweet Poison, which I will have to get out and read again.
    Now I should get back to studying, I want to be a GP (when I grow up – am 35 and in bachelor degree – only another 9 years to go) and I want to help people like us.
    Thanks so much, so glad I found you all:)

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    Fiona Reply:

    Ange, you have rung at least 6 bells with me. Thank you for writing so honestly. I hope I can get to where you are now. Good luck with the study !

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  • beulah

    Hi Sarah,

    Im on week 4 & Im feeling horrific, terrible stomach pains, sore tougue, joint, muscle & nerve pains, constipation, felling low & sad… I see all these comments about feeing great & Im just feeling terrible.

    Are these normal withdrawal symptoms? Or is this something I should see my GP about?

    Im determined to stick with the 8 week programme as I have been hooked on sugar for over 25 years so I guess its not going to be easy!

    Thank you for your ebook as I have tried to quit before but only made a couple of weeks & never cut out all sugar its been a very helpful tool!

    Beulah

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  • Sarah

    Someone please help!!
    After quitting sugar 3 weeks ago I thought I was on the right track. I’ve been really good, no sugar full stop! Yet coming into week four, the kilo I lost in first two weeks has gone back on, I feel incredibly fat and bloated what’s happening?!
    I drink green tea and water and the occasional tea with milk. I’ve never been one for a sweet breakfast opting for eggs on toast (which I’ve found a grain bread with no added sugar).
    Healthy meals, lots of veg, lean chicken, fish, little red meat.
    I have been making treats with stevia and rice malt syrup and probably having one too many pumpkin muffins! After years of eating low fat “butters” now switched to real butter.
    Can anyone shed any light into why I feel likely pilling on pounds instead of losing like I hoped?

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  • http://www.avillagetown.com krystal

    i love this! and i loved reading all the testimonials, etc. I did whole30 in april so had no sugar for 30 days and it was incredible!! after re-introducing some foods back, i found the sugar was BY FAR the thing that made me for the worst. When I ate it for the first time after not having it for awhile, I felt like I was so sick – like getting the flu almost. Sugar is evil!

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  • jo

    Hi Sarah, I have been following your sugar free diet for 2 weeks now and after the first week or so I started to feel great, this week however, I am really struggling, cramps, bloating, extreme tiredness and change in bowel movements, have you ever heard of this before? I would love to carry on as I can really understand the slumps/cravings and addictive like characteristics but I’m a bit of a worrier, so just need a little piece of mind that others have gone through this and it will pass. Love the simplicity of some of your recipes though, and first time in years I have enjoyed shopping and cooking without it feeling like an absolute chore. Many Thanks
    Jo

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  • Laura Goode

    I’ve been refined sugar free for 3 weeks now and, whilst I love the food I am now eating (nuts/avocados/seeds/coconut) I still have painful bloating and a very ‘slow’ gut. Is this normal after this amount of time? Everyone seems to be saying how energised they are feeling and I still haven’t felt that. The scales are moving downward a bit but I wonder if I have developed an intolerance to something – or if my body is still adjusting. I know everyone is different but just wondered if you had come across this before?

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  • Amadeus Monroe

    Hi! I looked up sugar withdrawal and got this site. I’m very surprised at all the withdrawal because the article seemed slanted to infer withdrawal was in peoples minds. I am on day 2 of no sugar. I have been vegetarian 21 yrs, do NOT EAT AT FAST FOOD PLACES for 21 yrs aside from a coke now & again. I have noticed no withdrawal symptoms so far. I had a gnawing pain in my lower right side of the back of my head but i’m sure that’s for my cervical stenosis because my neck was also hurting. I took two Excedrin migraine, it’s gone. The reason I stopped sugar wasn’t because I’m pre-diabetic that would’ve been a great reason– because I had a liver and gallbladder ultrasound 2 days ago because I have a fatty liver from eating so much sugar and had in my life for so long. To my total HORROR the lovely and wise ultrasound tech said that a fatty liver can turn into cirrhosis of the liver and then you would need a NEW LIVER, and that a lot of people die from this!!! She said children are coming in for ultrasounds with fatty liver already from eating too much shit. She said doctors knew nothing about nutrition and I replied that I knew this because they only get a certain amount of hours on nutrition when they’re in school. She said sugar is devastating to the body and a complete poison. I was saddened that nobody told me this about my liver 20 years ago. She said I was a beautiful person inside and out and needed to have a healthy life and she strongly suggested that I stop eating sugar. I was so flattered but I told her that if doctors and medical people were more demanding and insisted people stop eating sugar more people would but they don’t stress it, because they aren’t great nutritionists. Idiots mostly.. Glorified plumbers. BTW fruit is wonderful and necessary. Nothing wrong with fruit. I’m here to report that it’s only day two and all the horrible stomach pain that I had is quickly leaving me plus my stomach was protruding before and is now almost completely flat!!!!

    THIS KICKS ASS!!!

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  • Pam

    I am following the 8 week program on my own at home. The first week was hard with nausea and hunger as well as slight headache and insomnia but after that I felt much better. Now at end of week 4 and for past few days I have felt just so crappy with nausea and insomnia again! I am determined to keep going …. how long will this last as it is torture?

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  • Jodi Apperley

    I’ve given up sugar and grains – over three weeks ago now and I’m exhausted and have a low body temperature. I feel lighter and am sleeping better than I used to.. but should I still be feeling this exhausted after three weeks?

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  • jared brummond

    I’m on week 4 looking scrawny! I actually dont feel the best…stomach issues are a big factor…people ask me if I’m sick :( I dont know if this is normal but looking like a bag a bones, tired to get up in the morning and eating the same crap day in and day out with different seasonings…well stinks! no energy, no motivation! I find this experiment horrible and it must be consantlyly!” sure I went from 90kg to 75kg…but does it look nice? NO I do recommend this! I’m off to sleep now…just to wake up hungry and feeling sick again!

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