Sugar detox for Lent time!

So today is Ash Wednesday and for those of the Christian faith that means the beginning of Lent, a traditional time of giving something up.Β  Well booze is obviously off the agenda πŸ˜‰ and I’m pleased to say that since the beginning of 2015 I have succeeded in weaning myself off of the nicotine lozenges so am now nicotine free YIPEE!!Β  I’ve been drinking caffeine free for a good couple of years so that’s a no-go too.

So that only leaves one substance – SUGAR.Β  As you know sweet treats have been a massive way of rewarding myself since I started on this journey.Β  Although I am eating way less than I was in the early days I am aware that once again I’m not role-modelling great behaviour to my kids when I’m quietly snarfing chocolate every night and we ALL need to eat less sugar in this house.Β  It’s time for a sugar detox!!

So it is with great trepidation that I bought the new book of Davina McCall’s called Davina’s 5 Weeks to Sugar-Free which is described on Amazon as ‘yummy, easy recipes to help you kick sugar and feel amazing’ and if you’d like a copy you can get it here.Β  She has been criticised as she uses honey and maple syrup in her cooking/recipes but that seems eminently sensible to me because if I tried to deprive my 7 and 8 year old of all sugar there would be a mutiny!!Β  And I wouldn’t be too happy either as a resident sweet tooth πŸ˜€

Over the next 6 weeks I’ll write an update post once a week on a Wednesday to let you know how we’re getting on but I’m expecting it to be a bit bumpy and I’m going to have to find a new way to treat myself that doesn’t resort to reaching for the biscuit barrel!!

For today if I can’tΒ  have sugar I’ll have make do with thoughts of a mutiny involving Johnny Depp πŸ˜‰

johnny depp


33 thoughts on “Sugar detox for Lent time!

  1. I think rewarding yourself with a shot of Johnny is the way forward πŸ™‚

    have had a look at that Davina book and it is interesting… my sweet tooth has been getting a bit out of hand and have been trying to rein it in again. it’s a bugger when we can tell now that we’re using something dysfunctionally, isn’t it?!

    might join you for a ‘one sweet treat a day max’ Lent? but if that makes me the sugar equivalent of MM I may have to shut the hell up and leave the room πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ xx

    1. Morning Prim! I think so too! πŸ™‚ I made Davina’s digestive biscuits on Sunday and they are really very good – pre-stopping crutch in place already anyone?! I KNOW I’m using it dysfunctionally *groan* Yes – get your coat with that talk of sugar MM around here missus πŸ˜‰ xx

  2. Good luck! I could definitely do with a sugar detox but am not quite up to it yet. I am going to try giving up chocolate for lent though…
    Have a good day

    1. Claire – focus on booze for now and don’t worry about sugar/chocolate. You need to be secure in your sobriety first and it’s taken me almost 18 months to tackle this next one!! If we start to deprive ourselves on all fronts in the early days there is a danger our brains rebel and we just back slide on everything so keep doing what you are doing – you are doing just great! πŸ™‚

      1. I agree. Have no intention of denying myself at the moment. Still too fragile…
        Thanks for your support missus πŸ˜‰
        Have a great day xxx

  3. I’ve been pondering this … read FFF’s post on the same topic… my concern is not so much sugar itself and its evils, but the way that I eat when I eat it. TBH – I think a slice of cake in a cafe when I’m out with a friend, or baking with the kids and trying a bit – that’s all fine. It’s the endless dipping into the biscuit tin when I’ve promised myself not to, spooning secretively out of jars, offering to nip down to the shops when we’ve run out of milk with the first thought in my mind being “excellent, I can quietly stock up on chocolate” – in short, it is the addictive behaviours around food that I don’t like, and feel hyper-aware of. Like I’m doing it, and then thinking, why are you doing this? at the same time. Hmm. I suppose that’s the same as saying, I’m not that worried about alcohol, it’s just the way that I drink it that is the problem. Maybe a few weeks off would do me good! Still not sure though. I’m feeling a distinct lack of commitment here, which doesn’t bode well …
    Good luck with your campaign! And good lucks to your kids! I think they’re awesome πŸ™‚ xx

    1. Ghegheghe ‘feeling a disctinct lack of commitment’. Yeah, I have that, and I am a little bit ashamed to say so because I have been fighting the sugar windmill for months here. I currently tell myself that I am studying my addictive behavior… How does that sound?

      1. Intellectualising is a good way of not emotionally addressing an issue yes! πŸ˜‰ That said it’s only day 1 here so who knows how things are going to go for me! πŸ˜€ xx

      2. Expect the same as with quitting booze: emotional swings. It may be good to explain to the kids what they experience when this is happening. But only after they’ve had a sandwich, otherwise you might create a mini-war. Gheghegeghe. Sugar lows can cause awfull mood swings, set on tantrums in adults. Break-up, sell my house, give up my job in 2 seconds? No problem! I can do that… in a sugar low and still think I am sane. πŸ™‚ But let me not worry you. The great thing is: once you get through the detox you will FEEL GREAT! You can expect a significant rise in energy and focus. With sugar I could focus for 20 minutes. Without sugar 2-4 hours before needing a break.
        So why am I not doing this? Hmmm.. :-/ How many reasons do I have to exactly not do what I need to do? Hmmm… no, not feeling it yet.

      3. Have just come back from Cash & Carry and while I was there had to fight the urge to buy 70% dark chocolate (for cooking purposes) on day 1!! And then filled up with petrol and there were shelves of it winking at me in the garage! Jeez it’s bloody everywhere ……

      4. IT IS!!! Ceasar used to keep the peoples happy with ‘bread and circusses’ we have ‘sugar and tv/internet’ or ‘addiction and addiction’ – in my not so humble opinion all set up to keep us away from realising that there is something structurally wrong with us and society.

        Gosh… how did I turn that into a political issue again?

      5. It is so true though feeling – I was saying only the same thing to someone else this morning! We need to get you a soap box! πŸ˜‰

    2. Hey MTM FFF and I are each others sugar sponsors for the next 40 days! πŸ˜‰ Yep it isn’t about the substance for me either – it’s the ‘why’ not the ‘what’ *gah sounds familiar doesn’t it?* I don’t feel particularly committed either but I know I have to tackle this issue as part of the recovery journey. What you resist, persists and all that. Kids are on board today – ask me again in 3 weeks! LOL πŸ˜€

  4. Congrats on the non smoking! Wow! I am happy for you and happy for the world! I wish you an interesting non-sugared journey. I will be looking forward to your posts. πŸ™‚
    xx, Feeling

    1. Thanks feeling. I shall be consulting you for expert advice as someone who knows more about this than I do πŸ™‚ xx

  5. I tried the Whole 30 but only made it to about Whole 13, just can’t do without my mocha. That said, I did feel better and had loads more energy so I’m still being cognizant of how much sugar. It’s as addictive as alcohol and harder to avoid because it’s in everything!
    Good luck.

    1. Hey Sharon! It’s hard to cut out our other pleasures isn’t it and I don’t blame you on your mocha πŸ˜‰ Sugar is everywhere and in everything isn’t it? Hmm this could be interesting ……

  6. Looking forward to your Wednesday posts, and feel free to post Johnny Depp pictures as much as you want πŸ˜‰ I felt like I had my sugar cravings under control until Christmas came around πŸ™‚ Congrats on being nicotine free! xx

    1. Thanks Lori! Never thought I’d be free of nicotine much like booze πŸ™‚ Don’t worry there will be sober eye candy for every Wednesday for the next few weeks. Girls gotta have something to drool over πŸ˜‰ xx

  7. Good luck with the sugar! Food is a huge issue for me in addition to alcohol. I have been back on a healthier eating plan since January but not sure I could cut it out completely. I should rephrase that…not sure I WANT to cut it out completely. Looking forward to hearing how it goes.

    1. Thanks TMSN. I wonder how many of us have all kinds of cross-addictions going on? I don’t want to but I know I need to! πŸ™‚

  8. Ah it’s that time of year again. I eat tonnes of sugar normally, would be excited to see if cutting it out of your diet makes a difference to your mood in 6-weeks time. I’m already nicotine free for 6 months, maybe it’s time for me to find something else to work on too.

    Growing Positive

    1. Hey Growing Positive Thank you for reading and commenting on my blog! I’m interested to see how my mood is over the next 6 weeks too πŸ™‚ Congrats on your 6 months freedom from nicotine – that is still the one I crave when under real stress. You’re welcome to join us πŸ˜‰

  9. Congratulations! It’s funny, I’m one of those people who never had a sweet tooth while drinking (got enough from all the sugars in alcohol) but now I am. Not ready to quit yet though. But I have been stopped smoking cigarettes for 1 year and am using the Nicorette lozenges. I tried just stopping the other day and was really grumpy and then started again. I’d appreciate any input on how you quit them.

    1. Hey Manda! I swapped the nicotine lozenges for sugar free mints and sucked them instead! It took several attempts to really get it but it stuck in the end πŸ™‚ Now I have to give up the sugar free mints!! LOL πŸ˜‰

  10. Dear Lucy,
    I am having an issue with crackers!!! I even eat them for breakfast!
    I think I like the crunch.
    Peace out! (From my hippie days!)

    1. Are they savoury crackers Wendy? Then no problemo πŸ˜‰ Peace out πŸ˜€

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