Wednesday, 15 October 2014


My sugar diary

Week two has been an interesting one. At the beginning of the week while in a cafe I got so desperate for a sugar hit that I almost caved.  I ran past the counter food, out the door and to the health food store next door where I devoured a carob bar.  I did read the ingredients first and although it assured me it was sugar free I still felt incredibly disappointed in myself and swore it wouldn't happen again. Then came the night sweats. I can only imagine that it was my body detoxing, but for two nights in a row I woke up drenched in the most hideous smelling sweat,  I mean it smelled toxic!  I had to change my t shirt in the middle of the night, as well as the sheets.  Nic even asked me if I had been sick and not told him because it seemed like I had broken a fever.  Poor guy!  Thinking back now it was after this that I began to notice some changes.  Firstly that intense afternoon tiredness (at which point I would normally be reaching for my sugar kick) wasn't nearly as bad anymore, and secondly my cravings were not only starting to wane but I was actually turned off by sugar.  At a family birthday party on the weekend there was a whole table laden with cakes and little tarts, and I was hardly tempted.  I wasn't clawing at the table or drooling from a distance. The final and most incredible change that I noticed is that I had no period cramps this month!  I honestly couldn't tell you if the two are related or not but I don't know what else it could be.  We'll see if it happens again next month or was just a once off.   I want to minimise my sugar intake permanently but I also need to ramp up my fats because I'm noticing my jeans getting a bit baggy,  I know for a lot of people that what be a welcome bonus but I've always struggled to keep the weight ON.  Anyway it's still early days so we'll see how we go.
This weeks changes:
  • Hideous night sweats
  • Sugar cravings lessening
  • Alcohol cravings lessening
  • Afternoon tiredness less extreme
  • No period cramps
  • Suspected weight loss (I don't actually weigh myself).
 Snacks that have gotten me through this week:
  • Raw, unsalted cashews.  I'm eating these like crazy!  In the first weeks after having Ayana I would eat a good kilo of these a week, and now I feel like I'm doing the same.
  • Toasted coconut chips.  I did make my own a while back  but our oven is about to give up its ghost so I've been buying them again.  I keep them in the car and practically eat them constantly while I'm driving!  They are SO delicious.
  • Hummus.  I've been making extra batches and keeping it in the freezer.
  • Cheese biscuits.  My great grandmothers recipe.  So ridiculously laden with cheese and butter but oh so good.
I'm now half way through week three and things feel like they're getting a little more challenging again.  But more on that next week!  I'd love to hear if anybody else has gone sugar free and had similar experiences.

P.S The photo above is of a sugar free banana loaf I baked yesterday.  Aside from the banana I simply left out the cup of sugar.  I won't lie, it wasn't the best thing I've ever eaten but it was nice to feel like I was getting a little treat.


    1. I've definitely had those detox night sweats before, they are something else! Good luck with the no-sugar!

      1. Glad I'm not the only one. Yuck really makes you think about what you put into your body! x