ice creamNo more of these bad boys!


The last few weeks have seen my usually pretty healthy way of eating go to pot, with lots more sugar finding its way into my diet from celebratory cakes to saturday ice creams, afternoon teas and far too much champagne (with my recent 10th wedding anniversary brother’s engagement and baby cousin’s birth)- making me feel sluggish, tired and really not my best, physically or emotionally. I’ve less energy than usual, haven’t been sleeping well and my PMT is worse than ever. Good times.

So what to do?

I’m determined to get back to my mostly mediterranean diet with limited sugar, high quality protein and slow releasing carbs, and wanted to set myself a challenge so I felt a little bit more accountable.

Similar to those who join a slimming club, by sharing my journey of cutting out the white stuff here, you can hopefully keep me on track. Along with pretty pictures of fruit and veg.

I mean baby tomatoes are nearly as tempting as chocolate right?!

fresh tomatoes

Seriously, my priority is to feel healthier than ever (any weight loss is an added bonus) and I’d love to know if you’ll be having a go at this with me. We can fight the lure of sugar, together!

Why it’s important I do this

I was diagnosed with PCOS at 19 and have followed a low GI then low carb way of eating since, to help balance blood sugar levels and help with my reaction to hormonal changes.

I’m not overweight, finding myself mostly a UK size 10 but my weight fluctuates and 2 1/2 years post-birth I’m yet to fully rid my mum tum. Having had 2 C-Sections really doesn’t help matters but I want to rid myself of Spanx once and for all.

Why now?

With holiday season upon me, I leave for the Cannes Film Festival next Saturday, then Jamaica towards the end of the month with my family (with a swimwear shoot for heidi klein, no less-eek), I’m hoping to reap some of the no sugar/paleo related rewards (fairly quickly, please) that along with exercise will make me feel stronger and healthier than ever before. Boom.

We all know sugar’s bad for us (check out the NHS site here if you’re in doubt) so I’ll be filling my plate with mostly vegetables (hello tonnes of greens, pretty yellow courgettes, cabbage, cauliflower and more ), low sugar fruit, grass-fed meat, fresh fish and seafood, and in small quantities, some low GI carbs like sweet potatoes and even though they’re not entirely paleo, some oats here and there.

courgettes

I’ll be using manuka honey, lots of coconut derived products from fresh to dessicated, water and milk and of course my favourite flavour enhancers: garlic, chilli and ginger with salads drenched in olive oil with fresh lemon juice or various wine vinegars.

I suffer from the odd migraine so am bidding goodbye to dairy of the non coconut variety, a trigger I’ve learnt, and after reading and watching lots of posts and videos on quitting sugar/and going paleo, I’m excited to hopefully feel ah-mazing soon!

I also want to limit sugar in my kids’ diet as well, while not restricting it completely, but trying where possible to cut down on it, as I know it will benefit them massively too.

Luckily these guys love all the good stuff. We even call Xander below ‘Gwynnie’ as his snacks of choice are avos and coconut flakes.

alexander holding fruit

Today is day 4 and so far so good. I feel bursting with energy yet calmer than ever. I’ve been sleeping well, despite a poorly child. Once he went back to sleep, I was able to, something unheard of before.

I hope this is the start of more great things to come.

Do come join me on the journey if you fancy it, even if it’s just in spirit, laughing at my crazy chocolate withdrawals. Please tell me dark chocolate’s still OK isn’t it?

Are you following a paleo diet or have quit sugar too?

I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

 

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48 Responses

  1. hannah Mums' Days

    Ooh your next month sounds a-maz-ing and you are totally gorgeous so you don’t need to worry about a thing! Having said that you know I like to keep on top of my weight too, and with a soon to be announced brand ambassador role for a sports and bikini brand (don’t tell anyone 😉 !), I’d certainly like to lose a couple more pounds. I feel so much better when I cut out the sugar (and booze!!) – it’s definitely key to my weight loss goals and feeling more energetic and alive too. Good luck darling xx Oh and how amazing do those tomatoes look?! haha! xx #FitnessTuesday xx
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    • honestmum

      Oh wow hun that is utterly amazing and you look stunning, you will be the perfect ambassador. I always need to keep an eye on my weight, I put on weight so easily but so far, so good, I’m feeling really well and full of energy. Those tomatoes look amazing xx

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  2. Nikki Thomas

    wow good for you, it is hard to give up sugar but I know that the benefits are so amazing. I am cutting down slowly but would love to give up completely, you are right that there are so many other ways of giving your food flavour. I will be watching your journey with interest

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    • honestmum

      Thanks so much Nikki, day 5 and feeling great so fingers crossed it continues. Thanks for your support x

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  3. susankmann

    Good luck with cutting out the sugar. I think it’s hard. But definitely worth it xx
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  4. Victoria

    Fab post! I have cut down on sugar (I have allergies and am gluten intolerant so had to!) although haven’t ruled it out completely. SO good for you and I can so tell the difference. Well done for doing this, you will feel so much happier and healthier. xx

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  5. Ginny Williams

    This is something I keep trying–or intending to try–to do–and I keep failing! You’ve inspired me to try again, but I need to chuck out some food first! (This does *not* mean I will eat it! lol)
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    • honestmum

      Hahah! Yep we did the chucking out bit too, gotta be done. Good luck and here if you need me, we can support one another x

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  6. Hilda Hazel Wright

    Sugary food is really addictive and you do feel a need for it in the first few days after cutting it out. I think people fail with diets because of the craving need, but if you can stick it out your tastes do adapt and you no longer feel something is missing! I’m on a long term healthy eating plan rather than a diet. I am always battling to keep on top of my weight and I’m really good at sticking to it. I love the food I eat and I don’t feel deprived. My downfall is completely and utterly booze! I love it! I’d rather have a nice cold stella artois than a bar of choc or an ice cream! Good luck with your plans!

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    • honestmum

      Thanks so much Hilda, sounds like you have a great balance there, really inspiring. Ooh now I want a beer!

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  7. Michelle Reeves (bodfortea)

    Can’t wait to read more about this new regime of yours honey – I’m already low carb and wheat free most of the time (not so much lately I hasten to add *tsk tsk*) but I’d love to free my addiction to sugar. More posts on your progress please! xx
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  8. Lucy Bishop

    Oooh I found this post mega exciting – I can’t wait to hear all about your journey and how you get on. I have read so much about both quitting sugar and paleo diets – and I find both topics really fascinating! 🙂 I use loads of paleo recipes and am a devout follower of Ella Woodward (cue tons of screeching from me when I found out she was a BritMums key note speaker!). GOOD LUCK poppet – I’m sure you’ll feel amazing. I too have been feeling super-sluggish after a few weeks of too many treats/celebrations: time to get myself back on track for sure! I need to get to my 10 stone goal pronto – my deal with myself is that we’ll start trying for baby Bishop number 2 once I hit that weight – so I must try harder to get these last 7 lbs off! xxxxx
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    • honestmum

      Oh my gosh how exciting is that. I think you look so slim as is so don’t pressure yourself and I too am so excited about Ella at BritMums, amazing speaker and such an inspiration, thanks for your support, I really want to feel my best, physically and emotionally and sugar drains me x

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  9. Notmyyearoff

    Ooh good luck, I know from just thinking about how much sugar I am eating that it’s not easy cutting it all out. I think I’ve most definitely overloaded whilst on holiday. I’ll be following your journey 🙂 x

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    • honestmum

      Can be hard and definitely when pregnant, ooh off to see your holiday post now, welcome back lovely x
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  10. Mama and More aka Zaz

    Well done darling – your skin as well as your waistline and energy levels will be thanking you, not that you don’t look incredible already! I’ve slowly been using more and more coconut and almond milk products, just because I like the taste, and thankfully none of us are that keen on junk food! And if your energy levels perk up, well, all I can say is watch out world!
    xxx
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    • honestmum

      Haha aw thanks honey, feel the same way about you, always gorgeous. It’s true that we are not meant to consume dairy products and I really see a difference when I give them a miss, along with wheat which has never been my friend. I’m really excited about this challenge, mostly for the health benefits and I’d like to bid goodbye to my mum-tum once and for all xx

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  11. Californian Mum in London

    I began Paleo in March, giving up sugar and dairy. It has made such a difference in my skin, energy and I have even lost some weight. I took a couple of weeks off when I went to Florida and I am now so bloated. I am so happy to return to it today. #FitnessTuesday
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    • honestmum

      So good reading this (not the bloated bit) but all the fab side effects. Did you blog about it, would love to read x

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  12. Mummy Fever

    Fab plan – with you on the cherry toms! I eat them like sweets! #FitnessTuesday
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  13. Mirka Moore @Fitness4Mamas

    Well done hun. There is no way I could do it. You know me I am fitness crazy, and love healthy food, but also love DARK chocolate and wine… I live according to a bit different theory, a little bit of everything, but not sure if that’s the healthiest either! Good luck, will be watching you closely x

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    • honestmum

      Oh I’m still having some dark chocolate and maybe the odd glass but overall I am ditching empty white carbs, grains and sugar. Thanks xx

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  14. Juliet McGrattan

    Good for you. I just really don’t think I could do it! I love all the healthy stuff but need a wee sugar fix every now and then. I’ll be interested to hear how it goes. Mind you, if I had a swim wear shoot lined up maybe I could……
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    • honestmum

      Oh I’ll still be having dark chocolate and a little honey and maple syrup but I’m determined. Ha I’m planning on having most of my body in the sea! x

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  15. Mummy Tries

    So happy to read this darling, and that already you’re noticing a difference. As you know my own journey to bring refined sugar free began back in 2007 after my own PCOS diagnosis… Then we went Paleo in 2012, and I’ve honestly never looked back. I think it’s going to suit you xxx
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    • honestmum

      Thanks sweetie, love that it’s different to just low carb too in the fact that a lot of dairy is out, I see such a difference with the boys too when I limit dairy, Oliver has less chance of a rash and I always feel better. Thanks for your support and inspiration xx

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  16. Polly Mixtures

    Wowee, 6 weeks is quite a commitment! The most I have ever managed was 2 weeks (doing an alkaline detox – v similar by the sounds of it!) By then I was gagging for a G&T! But I’m also trying to cut down on sugar. It’s my nemesis. Absolutely hooked on it! As I eat less I’m craving less though so you get there in the end! Looking forward to following you as motivation! X
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  17. christina

    Good luck! No sugar would be total fail for me unfortunately. I will be following your progress, in general we like to eat healthy, and I’ve been experimenting with coconut derived products.

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    • honestmum

      Thanks Christina, I adore coconut and I’ll still be eating fruit, honey and maple syrup but I’m going to limit my intake, thanks for the support x

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  18. Lins @Boo & Maddie

    100% behind you – it’s such a good thing to do. I’ve done detoxes in the past where I’ve cut out sugar completely because I do find (especially as I get older) that I do quickly get addicted to it. Similarly to you I’ve felt happier, slept better and had more energy once I get through those first couple of days. Good luck!!
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    • honestmum

      Thanks Lins, I had a cold the first few days anyway but now that’s lifting and I’m not missing sugar, I feel so good x

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  19. Ebabee

    Oh, meant to add – Heidi Klein shoot! You go girl!! Can’t wait to see it xx
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  20. Ebabee

    You look lovely just as you are. But as you say it’s not just about weight but more about health and feeling good. I’m terrible at diets and don’t last more than a day but need to eat healthier and better soon again – once I have a kitchen! Can’t wait. xx
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    • honestmum

      Thanks darling and same with you, but it really has already made me feel more content, it’s an emotional thing isn’t it and sugar really is bad for us. Fingers crossed I feel all the benefits soon xx

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  21. Elle

    This is such a fab post hun. I have coeliac disease so have to eat Gluten-Free anyway but cutting down on sugar – i.e all the chocolate, ice cream, sweets – in the world is definitely something that I should be doing more. Well done you for taking control and making a change… can’t wait to hear your updates lovely lady! 🙂

    Elle
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    • honestmum

      Thanks darling, I too eat mostly gluten-free and my eldest can’t eat it and although I generally eat healthily, sugar has crept in. Really feeling better already so can’t wait to see more results. Thanks for your support xx

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  22. Christine Dodd

    I’m right with you on this – about ten days in and five pounds down so far. Feeling better in myself too. I’ll be following your progress!

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    • honestmum

      Really, that’s incredible, well done Christine x
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