Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Sugar Detox - Week 2 and Amelia Freer

Actually week 2.5/3? Wow - it gets SO much easier. Seriously. No cravings, no cheating. Any kind of craving - gone.

Since my last update I've (TMI klaxon) had a period, my first without any chocolate or fizzy drinks, probably in 30+ years - and yesterday I had a rogue bug that included vomiting and dehydration - for which I did have a can of coke at tea time - and it settled my stomach perfectly. I could've lied, but I've spoken to so many of you recently that are in your own sugar detoxes and I'd feel like a complete fraud by pretending otherwise. BUT - it tasted really sweet and certainly didn't trigger any 'cravings'. I'm rather chuffed to be honest.
I'm pretty much aware of the sugar content in everything now, and it has stopped me mindlessly picking up food that I would previously have just bought and eaten. I've cut back on fruit - which was my personal addiction, and am now choosing fruits lower in sugar. I will never give up fruit, it's too good. And in the right picks, good for you.

The key for me has been attacking one thing at a time - a tip I picked up from this book.....


Fortunately, I managed to get my hands on Amelia Freer's book before Sam Smith posted his picture on Instagram and sold it out worldwide (it's back now) - but I understand the phenomenon. It's simple, easy to read, sensible and doesn't use the word 'diet'.

If you are at all interested in nutrition, check it out here. It's not faddy, it's sensible nutrition advice.

Those of you doing your own sugar detoxes, how are you getting on?

24 comments:

  1. Sounds like you're doing great. I am having trouble with breakfast cereal as also cutting out wheat & gluten and my cereal has sugar ( in the form of raisins!). Cut fruit down to one banana and some berries. Even managed to turn down the (free) chocolate brownie at work. Never been a fan of fizzy pop so no struggle there.

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  2. I am doing pretty good, but cutting back on fruit will be the worst part, so I am saving this for last.

    LindaLibraLoca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  3. Wow I wish I had your motivation, well done!

    www.lilyroselo.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. I just watched a film called 'that sugar film' VERY worthy of a watch. funny, enlightening and educational! Its only just opened here in aus, but I think they mentioned that it will be out in EU around july..?

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    1. And it's DEFINITELY worth reading That Sugar Book, written by the guy who did the film and includes some recipes too. Easier to go back to the science again and again when it's written right in front of you though. I read the entire book in one day and decided the very next morning to cut out sugar, especially because some of it is just so horrifying.

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  5. And here I am drinking my tea with 3 teaspoons of sugar...

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  6. Its been now 32 days without sugar or pastries. What cheffy told me is that I might of been more addicted to the butter than the sugar as I indulged in scones, muffins and cookies and he said for the most part the sugar in these items was much lower than butter. Hmmm....???
    Anyways I have been carded twice this week at two different stores so it must be doing something for my skin...Im 44 years old. Way past the carding stage. lol

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  7. I don't know where to post this Question .. but here it goes.
    I want your opinion on skincare brands such as La Prairie, Verso and Erno Laszlo?
    Which is better ? I currently use Sunday Riley and La Prairie (which i really love) and was thinking of trying one of these brands to add to my routine.
    I hope you would talk about them or make a list of luxury brands and compare their effectiveness (please tell us which ones you prefer more).

    Thanks in Advance (and i really love your blog as i check it everyday and it helped me a lot)

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    1. Depending on your skin type I wouldn't recommend Laszlo - they used to be excellent but have recently changed a lot of their formulas. They always used mineral oil and very strong alcohol based toners and foaming bar soaps. I used (the old formula) ritual for 12 years and enjoyed the "ritual" nature but have moved on. Also some of their products are ridiculously expensive and if you look at the ingredients simply not worth it. I never got on with La Prairie ( too heavy / greasy/ synthetic feeling to me. But if it works for you and you can afford it stick with it. You'd probably do better with Kate Somverville or Perricone to be honest.

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    2. I don't have any knowledge of those brands but if you have a look back to some of the posts on here you can see lists of products Caroline used daily, in her routine. I have used one of the Tata Harper cleansers and it is very lovely indeed.

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    3. Thanks about the Laszlo info that was very kind of you and very helpful.
      I did try Kate Sommerville moisturiser that I've seen on this blog (Nourish Daily Moisturizer) but I found it very scented and it irritates my skin sometimes .. I only use it when my skin is totally fine.
      I have sensitive skin but I'm fine using La Prairie and Good Genes even if my skin is a bit irritated but if i try to use kate sommerville on its own thinking its hydrating and will calm my skin, the opposite happens and my skin gets more irritated, immediately reddens and it would burn.
      La Prairie is really good I got some samples and loved them after few days as I could see a difference in my skin and tone. I could relate to what your saying but thats only with the spf products; I do feel that their day moisturiser with spf is heavy and a bit greasy but I love the night cream <3 and I wanna try another night cream of theirs.
      Perricone MD is something I always wanted to try and every time I get to the counter to purchase it, the sales person would recommend something else and change my mind.
      I DO want to try Tata Harper after seeing it so often in this blog and reading about it.

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    4. I want to try Tata Harper as well but have too many products to use. Yes - you are right about la Prarie - I only tried the spf day creams and eye creams & the only thing I liked was a pretty basic moisturiser called "the smart cream".

      Re Perricone - if you are super sensitive you could try their sensitive range (in green glass) - I use the peptide serum in this range after exfoliating. They also do a hypoallergenic moisturiser that has been reviewed on here & an eye cream.

      I would also recommend Biologique Recherche but you need to see an experienced therapist / facialist who uses this brand to find the right products as they have an overwhelming line of creams and serums.

      Re Lazslo - if you had asked me 10 years ago I would have recommended whole heartedly as this is one of the all time "classic" names of skincare used by all the stars from Garbo to Monroe to Hepburn. But the formulas have been tinkered with so much there's little of the original "magic" left. They also discontinued their sensitive / dry skin soap a while ago. If you can get a sample of the pHelityl cream ( not active pHelityl) from Harrods or online you MAY like it because it is soothing (or was before the current owners took over) but at £95 for a basic oil/water/silicone formula it's a bit steep.

      Re Kate Somerville - I have only used Exfolikate ( red face but very thorough exfoliator ) and the Goat Cream that is lovely ( so good got 2 jars of it)

      Best wishes for your skincare quest!

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  8. I reduced my sugar intake 3 years ago, and by reducing I mean REALLY reducing it. I quit ice cream, coke, chocolate, desserts, all kind of sugary pleasures you can imagine, expect for the brown sugar I use sometimes for my juices. I am planning to eliminate that as well.

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  9. I didn't actually realise sugar detoxes meant sugar too, I always thought it was processed sugars, I like I would struggle the most with that. You learn something new every day!

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  10. I'm doing OK, I think! I'm also trying to tackle my "emotional eating" as well so it's a lot to deal with all at once, but I'm doing OK - definitely avoiding sugary "treats" and things that are obviously high in sugar (sauces, drinks etc) and have cut down on fruit (but, like you, I'm not cutting it out, that would be sad!) and am trying to only eat 3 times a day rather than when I'm bored, happy, sad, etc, etc, etc!! It's amazing how many truly awful habits I've picked up over the years but this is giving me the will to keep going with trying to make it better so thank you! I bought some 100% cocoa chocolate to see if I could substitute that for the regular stuff but it's really hard going - it almost tastes like beer, it's so bitter and I hate beer!! If you like beer though, it might be an option because dark chocolate is really good for you and it does give you a bit of a buzz even if it's not as pleasurable an experience as settling in with a box of Hotel Chocolat's finest pralines!! Yum!!

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  11. You are convincing me to try this out!

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  12. Congrats on your progress, you should be very proud!! I'm finding it a lot easier now I'm home from university (what is it about that place that makes you eat biscuits 24/7?) Have cut out all processed sugars despite some inevitable slip ups and overall I'm feeling a lot better.
    I'm very hesitant to cut down on fruit though, I was wondering what the benefits of this would be/ are there any fruits which are particularly high in sugar and would be more worthwhile to cut out (citrus fruits maybe?)
    Thanks in advance

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  13. I don't know if I could ever cut out all sugar. I am trying to be healthier and have naturally occuring sugars rather than white sugar. I can't resist a brownie sometimes though!

    Emily x
    www.emandthem.co.uk

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  14. I am easing into this right now - for me it's definitely much deeper than liking sweets. I was once off sugar and all sweeteners for 10 months and the results were amazing. I decided to take a day off so I could have "just one cupcake," and three years later I still struggle to get back to that place. So just posting to say that it's easier to stay stopped than stop again - please learn from my error!

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  15. I am doing very poorly, as it seems that once I decided to cut back on sugar the cravings went into high gear. I pre-ordered Amelia's book and am looking forward to reading it and kicking the cravings. Last year I was able to cut back, then the holidays came around and I made poor choices - instead of enjoying small amounts, the sugar monster woke up and has not yet gone back to hibernation. It will be a battle always, I think, and will require conscious effort on my part to keep in check. I appreciate your sharing, it helps greatly!

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  16. Caroline, would you be able to, at some time when suits, do a post on sugar and how it affects skin? I thought it was only a short term effect, but apparently eating sugar now will have consequences on skin for the future too - ie. aging acceleration, etc? is this true? could you enlighten us?

    I was also wondering if you could do a post on US brands specifically for those of us outside the UK?

    Thanks a lot!!!

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  17. When I went off all processed sugar for 3 months I had a sip of soda and made me sick. I spat it out. You don't realize how nasty it can be until you don't have any. I'd never been a real soda drinker but I'd have the occasional juice or small natural soda once in a while. I can still handle a small natural soda every now and then. I was having a wierd craving for cherry coke, I bought one. The first 3 sips were like heaven and then the fourth, I was about to be ill so I threw it out. The only "soda" I can drink with any regularity is ginger beer and it has so much in it, I just avoid it.

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  18. Hello Caroline, I hope that you feel better now. Sorry to read that you've been ill.
    You are right to not give up fruits as they bring you essential vitamins. I eat 2 fruits a day (one is often grapefruit) and that's all. I think that being aware of the amount of sugar in everyday products is the best way to do a detox, and it helps you to make the healthiest choices.
    However, sometimes some sugar is good. I mean that it is better to eat one praline when you want it (just one, dark chocolate) than to keep a strict diet, to become kind of frustrated and finally to eat a complete box of chocolates.

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  19. I am doing well too! I am reading The Blood Sugar Solution - and my cravings are almost nil. It is challenging, but doable. I want to commit to maintenance now. Thank you for sharing your journey on this, it helps to keep me motivated too. Sugar is in everything, so eating whole, clean foods can be challenging. But worthwhile, of course.

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