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o be clear, I quit refined sugar about 7 weeks ago (for good!) so what I’m talking about here is 2 weeks of no sugar at all, including even fruit and natural sugars.

Why would I do such a crazy thing? I read that in order to completely break a sugar addiction, you have to go without all sugar, including natural sugars, for a period of time. According to JJ Virgin, cutting out all sugar for 2 weeks not only breaks the addiction but it β€œresets” the tastebuds. So when you re-introduce natural sugar back into your diet, it will taste sweeter than before, and you won’t feel like you need too much of it.

So I’m a few hours away from finishing this challenge, and as I reflect on it, here are some thoughts I want to share.

  1. Challenging yourself is always a good thing. Many people (especially Americans) feel like they’d die if they had to go for a few days without something that they love or rely on, whether it’s coffee, sugar, booze or whatever. No. You won’t die. : )

    In order to grow, I think it’s important to stretch and challenge yourself, and be willing to give up certain things – even if it’s just for a period of time. You just might realize that you didn’t need that thing as much you thought you did.

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  3. Variety in foods is a gift from God. On some days, it was difficult to know what to eat, especially for breakfast and lunch, because I was so limited. I was forgoing fruit and trying not to eat anything that turns into sugar.

    It made me appreciate the gift of variety. It’s boring to have the same thing every day, and I believe that God wants us to enjoy the wide variety of natural foods we can eat, including even things like honey.

    My son, eat honey, for it is good, and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste.

    Proverbs 24:13

    That said, we have to use wisdom and common sense, of course. In the very next chapter of Proverbs, it says that it’s not good to eat too much honey. Again, common sense.

    The reason I’m bringing up this point about variety is because there are people who miss out on certain things, due to having extreme views on food. For example, the “fully raw” vegans who live on nothing but fruits and vegetables, with maybe a few nuts now and then.

    I would get bored having only fruit for breakfast every day, just as it was boring to not have fruit at all for 2 weeks.

  4. If you’re going to do this, be wise about it. Be sure to get enough protein, drink lots of water, and have a good plan or idea on what you’re going to eat for the 2 weeks.
     
    Also, if you’re going to go to parties, where tasty treats will inevitably be offered, be sure to have a full stomach before you go.
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  6. After getting through these 2 weeks, I feel like I can do just about anything. Supposedly, sugar is more addictive than cocaine. And I was pretty addicted to the stuff (sugar, that is!) So, if I can do this, anyone can, and I feel like with God, I can do anything I set my mind to.

And lastly, I’m looking forward to having a yummy (and healthy) fruit smoothie for breakfast tomorrow!

photo credit: Emily, via Flickr, cc
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  • Susana Coldren

    You are absolutely right about it!

  • Joanna Sormunen

    I did a month sugar detox once. It was horrible at the beginning, it’s like the mind just goes around in circles trying to find a way to get the next fix (of sugar, lol). But after the first two weeks (it took a long time for me), I started to be able to think about other things too.

    • Haha! I know what you mean. I don’t know if you went cold turkey, but I think it helps a lot to not go cold turkey. Before I did this 2 week detox, I had a few weeks of no refined sugar, but I was still using honey and eating lots of fruit, so that transition wasn’t too bad. Then when I did the 2 weeks of no sugar at all, I tried to gradually taper off of natural sugars for a few days beforehand. Still, like you said, there were some days at the beginning where I had cravings, so it wasn’t easy at first but then it got better. Thanks for reading & commenting Joanna!

      • Joanna Sormunen

        I did it coldturkey, and it was a nightmare at the beginning. But for me there just isn’t any doing it halfway. Either I stuff myself with sugar or eat none of it. Haven’t learnt how to control my cravings until now, sad to say.

        • Oh my goodness. Yes, I can imagine. And I’m that way too…. it’s usually hard for me to do things in moderation. For some reason I was able to taper off of sugar before the detox, but i’m normally not like that, lol. Blessings!

  • NEPAMOM

    Good for you for doing something that most people wouldn’t be able to manage…you broke the addiction! Thanks for linking up to Motivation Monday!

    • Thank you, Nepamom! πŸ˜€ I appreciate the kind words. God bless and thanks for the linkup!!

  • Johan

    Very nice post. I agree with a lot of the points you make. But when you say raw vegans are missing out on things, are you saying missing out on essential nutrients? Because that is not really true. I don’t consider not eating animal products missing out on animal products ;), but I guess the important point is to not be too rigid. If you feel bored with fruit everyday, then of course sure take something different. I don’t feel bored with my smoothies as breakfast, but yeah I’ll have a nice bread from the oven, with some hummus, salad and/or other vegan stuff spread on it, once in a while. πŸ™‚
    On point 3: protein is not something to put high on the worrylist, we only need quite little of it, and it’s easy to get from a lot of different sources. Most people actually get too much. Just a small note there πŸ™‚

    The picture of the fruit you chose for this post just looks so appealing! :p Thanks for inviting me to your blog, it looks great πŸ™‚

    • I just meant missing out on a wider variety of foods…. not necessarily nutrients, although some might be missing out on that as well. But yes, I can see your point of view… you don’t feel like you’re missing out on eating meat because you don’t want to eat meat haha.

      As for what you said about protein…. I kinda doubt that, but anyway, my point when I wrote that was simply to say to be careful when doing a sugar detox….and to be sure you’re getting enough nutrients and protein, instead of going for a few weeks eating empty calories. It wasn’t meant to be a general statement about protein.

      Thank you for the kind words on my blog, Johan!! πŸ™‚ I’m sorry that this was such a late reply!

  • It definitely is hard to go without fruit!
    How is it now that you are allowing natural sugars again? Do things taste sweeter?

    • Hi Saph! Yes, it was difficult to go without fruit or any sugar, but I’m so glad I did it! I really feel that I kicked my sugar addiction. And yes, after the 2 week detox, I remember using a bit of honey, and it tasted REALLY sweet! So I didn’t use that much.

      I’m happy to be eating healthier foods and only some natural sugar….it has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! Thanks for visiting and commenting! πŸ™‚