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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  • Holly A.

    Hi Sarah, I’m on day four of my sugar detox and have been feeling lightheaded, yuck in the tummy and shaky/edgy. Is this normal? Ta.

  • Danae

    Hi Sarah, I quit sugar over a year ago. The main reason I continued to eliminate sugar from my diet was the affect it had on my menstrual cycle. Previously I was experiencing menorrhagia and was severely anemic requiring a blood transfusion. The menorrhagia had been ongoing since the birth of my first child of 5 years. After one month of giving up sugar I had my first ‘normal period’ in over 5 years which allowed me to leave my house!! – A break through. I continued my sugar free lifestyle and continued having ‘normal’ periods until a month ago (yes during Christmas) when I thought, bugger it, I’m eating sugar. My goodness. During the next menstrual cycle I embarrassed myself three times via leakage and am feeling absolutely wiped out. I am getting back onto my sugar-free journey to test the effect it has on my monthly celebration of womanhood!!
    During the past year I have had two of my friends who were also experiencing heavy periods who tested my no sugar theory and both of them noticed a difference after excluding sugar. I hope this is helpful to your readers and thankyou for your weekly blogs!

  • Olivia

    3 weeks in and i’m definately deep in the withdrawel zone…I keep getting headaches, feeling tired, nausea….general feeling of crappiness! BUT i’m sticking with it! I made a cake using coconut oil, coconut flakes and a bit of dextrose when i was feeling really rubbish the other day and haven’t had any more sweet cravings since then…Hoping to start feeling better soon!!!

  • Carrie

    Hi Sarah,
    I just wanted to say I think your whole I Quit Sugar program is great!
    I’m 22 years old and started my journey at 146.2kg. I’ve been trying different diets since I was 9 years old but nothing has ever really seemed to work. Now, in just 3 months of no sugar, I have lost 21kg and I’m still going. I don’t find it difficult or challenging any more.
    I didn’t know your 8 week program existed when I started. I just knew I had to quit the junk, cut all things sugar. I’ve done a lot of research on various diets and safe to say I think yours is the best for me. This whole new lifestyle, joined with daily exercise, leaves me feeling energetic and active and ready to face life again. Thank you for all your hard work and for putting yourself in the spotlight, despite critics, to help an ordinary person like me. I really appreciate it.

  • 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

  • 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?

  • 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!!!!


    • Amadeus Monroe

      Hi stephanie..yes you can have all the fruit you want. It’s healthy.

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • 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!