Monday, 16 March 2015

Sugar Detox - Week 1


How's it going? Have any of you achieved any success on the sugar front?

Personally, I'm going stage by stage. Maybe the word 'detox' isn't entirely appropriate?! 
For my first week I decided to give up sauces. Ketchup, brown sauce, some hot sauces. Not all thank god...and I kept mayo in moderation. I know mayo isn't loaded with sugar but it is overloaded with fat so I didn't want to go crazy and be all 'ooh I can have ALLTHEMAYO.'

It was easy. Much easier than I expected to be honest. I know. This from the northerner. Mind-boggling.

This week its chocolate. Chocolate is out the window. I wouldn't normally worry about this at all but (TMI klaxon) my period is due any second now and this usually brings with it the desire for a Reese's Nutrageous and a can of Coke. I'm not looking forward to it but I'm determined. 

I bought the obvious book - 


but unless you really want to bake alternatives to sugar-laden goods it's not ground-breaking to be honest, although it's on offer from Amazon at the moment for a steal if you are a baker.

 I'm just enjoying trying to avoid it. Treating it as a sport rather than a punishment. :)

Always open to your tips!

The Sarah Wilson book is here for £4.99.





46 comments:

  1. I just relapsed after two months of being suger free (and feeling great). I turned 30, had a piece (or two) of cake and 1,5 weeks later I feel terrible but keep eating all the sugar I can find. I need to get back on track dammit, but it's so hard...

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  2. I've been trying to cut down on sugar for a while now. But when there's always cakes and biscuits on offer in the staffroom at work .....it's a struggle!

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  3. Just keep hanging on in there - its tough and some days worse than tough. Tips - sometimes when another clementine or apple just doesn't inspire you, get some fresh dates and stick some desiccated coconut in there too but that's just a couple not the whole box! Water, water, water. I also find that once you have toughed it out, you can get a bit precious about it all - bit of a head fuck! Plan ahead its a big part x

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  4. Naked bars. The coco ones. Get ALL of em.

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    1. The Naked bars are full of sugar which, although natural, is still no good if you're trying to cut down or cut it out. It's all fructose as well, which has a proven link to insulin spiking and diabetes. I'd avoid if I were you.

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  5. I waved of sugar a while ago(maybe 2-3 years) when i stopped taking my coffee and tea without. I am pretty sure is not as drastic as no sugar at all but most days i do withouth. Don't take in coffee/tea, no chocolate since not a fan and also rarely eat ketchup and mostly my mum makes a delicious home version. i do however eat an ocasional homemade pastry or treat of some kind. My biggest challenge is geeting rid of salt(especially chips) which cause me so much grief

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    1. I totally agree with you, Schumitza! Salt is more difficult to reduce!! I had too much salty food yesterday and immediately felt something burning in my body and a lot of little acne started showing up ;( Today I'm so thirsty and keep drinking water but still...... Regret!!! 😭

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  6. The Hemsley and Hemsley book is worth picking up (I'm hoping to make their probiotic ketchup soon), as well as Thug Kitchen. Also make sure you check your mayonnaise because most of it does have sugar added, I had a low fat one and the second ingredient was sugar :'(

    I have been off sugar for a while, mostly I'm only eating low sugar berries and the occasional couple of 'nakd bites' (raw fruit/nut things). I'm trying to avoid grains as much as I can too, but since I have a cupboard full of them that I don't want to waste that might take a while to come in to full effect!

    I am trying to also lower the amount of sugar my son eats, he doesn't get many sweets but he's addicted to the refined carb/high sugar fruit rush - whole punnet of grapes in a sitting anyone? But he has ADHD and his appetite is dulled most of the day by his medication, so when he does want to eat he craves a quick energy source aka sugar haha.

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  7. chocolate for me is the hardest, but I just eat 1 piece of dark +75% chocolate & I'm good.. Or I'll have a smoothie with raw cacao.. Good Luck! ;) x

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  8. Natural yoghurt with strawberries and red grapes is super yummy and refined sugar free. I'm not sure I trust these honey/maple alternative recipes - they set off my reflux as much as the powdered stuff. Like the e-cigarettes of food. Much better to just wean off the sweet tooth altogether.

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  9. Well done Caroline! :)
    I have on skincare question I was hoping you would help me with please! I have one cystic spot on the lower side of my cheek, and it has been there for four weeks now. It's not sore or red, just bumpy under the skin like.. And in som lights you can see its white in color underneith the skin.
    What can I do to get rid of it? I follow your routine, and also purchased some of the products Dr. Sam recommended.
    Im very gentle with my skin - only balm cleansers and no picking. But somehow this little fellow wants to stay :(
    The products im using;
    AM: EH cleansing balm, pixi glow tonic, serozinc/caudalie BE, Ole H truth serum and sheer transformation moisturizer
    PM: Clinique ttdo cleansing balm, Ren clear calm clay cleanser, sometimes serozinc, Bravura candula toner, Ole H truth serum, PC retinol 1%, Ole H sheer transformation.
    I use Effeclar on my spot in the AM - sometimes also in the PM.
    Something I can do different to get rid of my spot?
    Thank you, you are the best!!

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    1. I don,t know anything about routines but when I had cystic spots in my face, after trying everything the only thing that worked was Duac. You put a small amount on the spot and after some days it is gone.

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    2. I had one of these a few weeks ago, it came up, then went down and I was left with the hard white bump. I followed Caroline's previous advice of massage when cleansing, oil/balm cleansers, acid toner, hydrating toner and putting a drop of facial oil on the spot and really rubbing it in gently. Then serum/moisturiser on top. Then it came up and out again like a proper spot and once I'd spot treated that and followed the same routine as above it went away, I still have a faint mark there and can feel it under the skin but it's to all intents and purposes gone right down.

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    3. Thank you. I do use Durac. I will try a face oil. Wich one do you use Gilly?? :)

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    4. I had a sebaceous cyst that my derm said she would excise at my next appointment but that would have meant a scar so I attacked it with nightly bentonite clay mask, followed by 8% lactic acid toner then in the morning used a ozone galvanic current dermawand on it and after 10 days it came to a head and burst. Yuck but now it's flat and no scar - I had the cyst for 5 months. My derm was shocked that I'd healed it myself as she was positive it would need excision.

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  10. Chocolate is the hardest to give up! But we can do it!!!! I have the best skin of my life thanks to your blog, my friends and fam can't get over the glow! I've added your full am and pm routine and figured out that I'm allergic to lavender, salicylic acid and sls. Seriously life changing!! No more bumps and cystic acne.

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  11. Deliciously ella does a lot of chocolate flavoured goodness. Check out her brownies or chai balls.

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  12. I've cut out all refined sugars save an occasional piece of 90% dark chocolate. I'm 14 and my acne really hates processed sugar :)

    Btw, do any of you lovely readers here have advice on treating mild perioral dermatitis? I've gotten some of those annoying little bumps around my mouth. Thinking about getting a prescription cream for it but I don't have health insurance, so it might be a little too pricy :/

    Thanks! -Astra <3

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    1. Not sure if you've checked out the cheat sheet that Caroline did on PD, that might help?

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  13. and would love more videos please!!! :)

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  14. I think it's important to replace something we give up with a better alternative, so we don't feel too deprived. When I avoid sugar I tend to go for lots of fruit, dried fruits, and unrefined sugars like agave, honey, coconut sugar, etc. You still get that sweet taste but these alternatives are processed much better by the body so no sugar spike.
    Also, a little extra bonus of a sugar "detox" I've found is your taste buds adjust, so when you do reintroduce some sugar it tastes much more sweet and you tend to want less of it!

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    1. Agave is processes. All these things cause sugar spikes!

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  15. I don't eat sugar, fruits, honey, cookies, chocolate, sweet yogurts, etc. After I stopped eating sugar I lost 15% of my body weight, changing nothing else and otherwise eating a lot of unsweetened food. And I also don't feel sleepy after every sugar boost as I was used to. I first stopped with chocolate, then with the rest. It was not my plan. Eventually I even stopped eating fruits, they just started to feel too sweet for me and not appealing anymore.

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  16. Keep up the good work Caroline! I personally found a cold turkey approach best for me. Sugar is so addictive, the more you have the more you want.
    I read Dr Stefanie Williams book though and that's pretty hardcore.

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    1. Cold turkey was the best way for me. It's hard at first but gets easier and when after a few months you try something with it in, your gums shrink away from your teeth in horror at how sweet the item really is. Ditto salt.

      A friend who gave up smoking told me that after stopping, her taste buds came back. Cutting out sugar results in the same feeling.

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  17. I don't eat a ton of sugar normally, but I have been trying to cut back to almost none. It's definitely hard as I have been feeling more tired, irritable, and sometimes I feel like I'm starving even though I just ate. The hardest part so far has been getting rid of chocolate and Sriracha. I have definitely noticed a change in my skin since cutting way back on dairy and sugar. My skin was almost clear and then I had an iced Chai Tea Latte from Starbucks and boom, breakouts everywhere! Keep up the good fight :-)

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  18. I stopped to put sugar in tea and coffee... I was used to drink very sweet hot beverage! And all the spots on my chin (red and sore) just gone away!

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  19. My biggest suggestion is to watch out for the sneaky sugars, I've being doing something similar to Atkins and I've found added sugars in smoked salmon (of all things!), bacon, gammon, most cured meats and even some other smoked fishes...why smoked salmon and bacon need added sugar is beyond me!

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  20. May I suggest that you watch this? It made me snort my sugar-free tea with laughter.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UZJRR8OHhY

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    1. I was just going to post a link to that, too. I'd never heard of Sara Wilson until I watched that video 2 weeks ago - now I see her sugar-free face EVERYwhere, lol.

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  21. I'm a hot sauce addict too - which ones are you keeping? Have you found any to be lower in sugar than others? Thanks.

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  22. To Kelly - Nom Nom Paleo has a great sugar free sriracha recipe! Check it out

    Also to the person talking about coconut sugar, honey etc. Ok raw, local honey isn't as bad for you in small doses, but coconut sugar is pure fructose and therefore still bad for you. Same with Agave. It's a popular misconception but sugar is still sugar!

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  23. Well done, Caroline. Hope you manage to keep it up... I think I wrote you I quit sugar a few years ago (joint problems at a youngish age are scary enough to make you stick to it!). In my experience going cold turkey was easier, as I'm also not allowed honey or agave or maple syrup.
    But you really DO NOT have to give up chocolate. Lindt has a great 99% cocoa bar and once you get used to the intensity it's amazing.

    Here is a very quick recipe for making chocolate yourself - literally takes a few minutes. But careful cause you might have to hide this from other family members ;)

    1/4 cup  or 52 gr melted cold pressed coconut oil 
    1/2 cup or 59 gr. coca powder (preferably raw)
    1 tsp vanilla essence
    2-3 tbs rice or date syrup
    2-3 drops of Stevia
    Nuts, raisins, coarse salt etc

    Melt the oil, then add the cocoa and stir quickly, lastly adding the rest of the ingredients (you have to work quickly, as it hardens very fast). Take a piece of baking paper, pour the mix onto it and shape into a slab with your hands. You can scatter some extra salt on top for an extra kick!

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  24. Oh, forgot to write you have to stick it in the freezer or fridge for a while...

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  25. I cut back on sugar, which means sweets in my case, and I am pretty content with how it is going so far. Not without them completely, but I will get there step by step.

    LindaLibraLoca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  26. A bit lengthy, especially for a fabulous and busy lady! I managed to cure myself of sugar addiction and I hope this may help others who have the same problem. I suffered from sugar cravings and are still unable to stop myself eating a whole bag of Haribo if put in front of me! The best advice I came across is to not stock the offenders. If there's no sweets in the house, you can't have any and instead snack on other things like dates and nuts in a desperate attempt to get sugar. This was akin to cold turkey for me but got easier day by day and I was completely cured after a week. I also systematically reduced sugar in my tea and coffee every 2-3 weeks to the point where I now drink black coffee and hate the taste of even a quarter of teaspoon sugar. I use honey in my tea instead to take the edge of the bitterness. I still eat chocolate, but buy Lindt with a high cacao content (75%) in the mint or orange. After 3 blocks you can't eat anymore, and the lovely freshness of the mint can only be endured for so long...So bingeing is not going to happen. Now I can't stand the sugary sweetness of 'normal' chocolates, it actually makes my teeth hurt. Other than that, whenever I craved sugar I ate bucketloads of salted rice cakes, thereby 'reprogramming' my brain and diverting the cravings, instead insisting on curing it with salt. Not exactly what a doctor would recommend, but it worked for me and I hope it will for others too. :)

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  27. I've cut out a lot of sugar this past week or so. So no chocolate, biscuits, bread etc. Still eating fruit though. Hopefully I can quit sugar for good this year :)

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  28. So to the point, this post! Thank you Mrs. Hirons.
    It sometimes takes a very long time to banish all traces of the dreadful sugar. Tackle one thing at a time and it will be gone forever from your life.I did it long ago by starting with the large and obvious sweeties and then, its sneaky, more insidious relatives that lurk inside jars of spaghetti sauce.
    My skin has finally graduated to the flawless stage (not my description, but that of others) and I know that not ingesting sugar at all, ever, has been a major factor. Loving chocolate as much as I do, every morning I mix unsweetened cocoa with boiling water,add a tiny pinch of stevia and a touch of cream. That truly does eliminate any temptation for sweets all day long.

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  29. I've found the biscuits, cake etc easy to say no to. Have also virtually gone teetotal (wine is like liquid sugar). Am struggling a bit with giving up fruit - only about 1 banana and some berries a day - not sure i can go as far as no fruit at all. Life's too short to not have a raspberry banana & almond butter smoothie now and then. Was also looking into giving up grains as have read how bad they are but am settling with reducing gluten as otherwise am going to be living on lettuce & fresh air.

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  30. I also highly recommend the Pulsin bars that are sold in health food stores / Planet Organic if you do crave a chocolatey hit without the guilt.

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  31. Been having the sugar conversation with my Cousin who is completely ignorant to the fact that half the food she eats, especially her morning cereal and yogurt is loaded with sugar and is basically junk food.

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  32. Hello,

    First off, thank you for all your posts, help, and humor. I look forward to them everyday!

    But I was hoping for some direction if you happen to see this. I have constant spots that scar into flat, red splotches. I know it's not cystic acne, but it's extremely troublesome especially since I am a model/actor and need my skin to be clear. For the past 90 days since discovering your blog, I have overhauled my life:

    - I follow all your routine/cheat sheets
    - I already didn't eat dairy (I'm lactose intolerant)
    - I began taking acidophilus and lots of fish oil
    - I previously had eaten ate very small amounts of sugar, but completely cut it out
    - I wash my makeup brushes every day
    - I bought many products you recommended (Kate Summerville Goat Milk, FAB pads, Clinque Mild Toner, Retinod Face Cream)
    - I invested in a facial once a month

    And probably a few other things I can't remember. However, while my skin texture is amazing, make-up goes on like a dream, and I'm not dry at all after experiencing a extremely cold Chicago winter, my spots have not changed at all or lessened.

    I don't know what to do. Is it time to go to on antibiotics? If you read this, I'd be so grateful for help.

    Thank you,

    Megan

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  33. Giving up sugar is hard because it's in everything! I don't really eat too much of it anymore. I keep the chocolate ultra dark, never drink soda, and only really eat dessert at a fancy restaurant or the rogue vegan cookie. I will make a pie around Christmas. I pick at a few chocolate covered blueberries now and then. My only real struggle is my Sunday morning treat of a Chai soy latte.

    By eliminating processed food and non-complex carbs, you will be able to get rid of most of the hidden sugar.

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  34. I do hate to be "that person" (seriously - I'm already annoyed with myself before posting this comment), but fat is NOT bad. In fact, it's really, really good for you - if, in fact, you are eating a low carbohydrate diet (that means sugar and grain-free). I've lost 70 lbs living this way and have gone from being pre-diabetic and pre-hypertensive to having GREAT numbers in both areas, absolutely tons of energy and honestly have never felt better.

    That all being said, I do realize that diets (and by this I mean "diet" as in "the overwhelming dietary choices we make as a lifestyle" rather than some crash thing you do and then go off of in a moment of weakness/when you can't be arsed anymore) are not one size fits all and we all have to do what we can, but I'm really happy to see the whole "fat = good, sugar = the source of many of our modern woes" coming into play more. Sugar is, by far, the worst possible thing we can put into our bodies - and that's something we can all live by, even if we can't give up the other, more complex carbs.

    That all being said, I'm not completely obnoxious in the day to day. I still salivate when I smell the fresh-baked tiger loaves at Morrisons and dream about slathering it with butter. Yes - the entire loaf. So I'm far from perfect and don't at all mean to get preachy. The real purpose of this comment is just because I wanted to tell you to ENJOY YOUR MAYO! It can actually be quite good for you :)

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  35. This has nothing to do with this brilliant post, but can you please, please do a cheat sheet or some sort of post for décolleté and shoulder acne? I think this would be extremely helpful to other people as well. I'm a teenager currently struggling with this, and it's taking a hit to how I feel wearing certain thongs now. Help!!

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    1. Im re-reading this, how embarrassing I meant things not thongs

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