No Sugar Challenge Update: week 2

I’ve been putting off writing this post all day.

Because I don’t wanna tell you what happened this week!

First off, I’ve been dealing with a few different stresses this week as well as having a baby that’s cutting her top two teeth and wants to be held 24/7. And because of this my toddler now wants to act out. Over the weekend I got a total of 11 hours of sleep, with one night ringing in with a whopping 2 1/2! Talk about exhaustion.

But that shouldn’t be my excuse! And I’m not making excuses, really. No matter the circumstances or trials we go through each day, we choose how we act.

So here goes: I ate a handfull (or two) of Mike and Ikes.

I told my husband not to leave them home. For 3 days I told him to get them out of here! I finally hit a wall after no sleep and no lunch and I grabbed that box and ate them before I could tell myself any better. And I ate them fast because I knew if I didn’t I’d come to my senses!

It was in that moment, I realized my biggest enemy was not in any actual sugar craving, it was my own self. You see, I eat sugar when I’m stressed, and let me tell you – this has been a stressful year! So no matter what I do to keep cravings at bay, it’s never going to be enough until I figure out how to better deal with stress in my life.

While my food prep for this weekend should help out a bit, as I’ll have food in the fridge to grab when I don’t have time for anything else, I;ve decided I need to make time for myself. Time for devotions, time for prayer and reflection, time with God. Because without Him, our earthly cravings gain a foothold and we become powerless. With Him we have the power to overcome.

Now tell me how you’ve been doing. Hopefully you had a better week than I did!!

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Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after dealing with being less than fertile. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.


  1. I did REALLY WELL!!! I went to a local homeschool meeting potluck. There were even my favorite cookies around and though tempted, I did not grab one!!! I ate lots of apple slices (which were sweet, but a natural sweet!) I do agree that NOT having them in the house does help, as all day today I have been craving sweets after seeing the cookies last night. So I am thankful that I do not have any in the house to mindlessly eat. I have taken to giving all sweets brought into the house to my husband to hide in his office. And though one would think there are not many hiding spaces in there, there must be because I cannot find them! 😀 LOL!! Not only that, but he works from home, so me going into his office makes it difficult for me to look without him going “what are you doing?!?!” 😀 I appreciate you starting this challenge and I really appreciate your honesty in this post. I agree that it is much easier to do when you are doing it in His strength instead of one’s own.

  2. Last weekend was Hubby’s birthday, so I made cupcakes. (with beet puree a la Deceptively Delicious). I limited myself to one. Then on Sunday, I had a half of one. On Monday? Migraine!!! There is no longer ANY DOUBT in my mind that refined sugars are a major trigger of my migraines. One more reason, and a MAJOR one, to avoid refined sugar. I haven’t had any since. :-)

  3. Don’t feel bad, after I wrote a lengthy comment on your blog post telling how I had been sugar free for a month, I, that very weekend (also lacking sleep) ate a slice of gluten free cake and about 4T. of cream cheese frosting. Can you say “pride cometh before a fall”? :) Let’s pick ourselves up and move on…we can do it! And its so good to realize our stressors and have plans of action. I have a teething one year old right now as well, they can be so demanding, I plan to get out and excercise when the hubs gets home…and leave the teether behind, it’ll help me regroup before dinner. Another thing I’ve found is when I drink my daily quota of water, that seems to help as well. Thanks for doing this, and for your honesty, so refreshing!

  4. Heather:
    I have been feeling in a brain fog since my splurge this weekend, (see comment below)…refined sugars are not good for the head, or the brain! Oh and did I mention fatigue, um yeah! So not worth it! There is normal tired and then there are sugar lows, there is a difference!

    Gena @ Girl Gone Domestic Reply:

    Oops, I guess my comment is actually above ∆

  5. Well I am holding steady at Day 29. We went to a restaurant for dinner tonight( I cannot tell you how thrilled I was to leave the house) and looked at all the things I could but can’t have. I got a veggie wrap with hummus and told them NO french fries. I freely admit to sniffing everyone’s dessert like a dog. I take it one day at a time. If I think about how there are over 40 more days of this I would cry. Something that helps me, that might help you is to keep a dozen hard boiled, peeled eggs in the fridge. That way I always have an easy, high protein snack ready to go.

  6. It seems as soon as I started trying to cut out the sugar, I started craving it more than ever. This has been a horrible week food-wise for me. But, like Gena said, we can all move on from here and move one. We CAN do this!

  7. Celia – that is a great idea about the hard-boiled eggs. I’m going to do that. My hubbie and toddler both love to eat those as a snack.

    Julia Ross, author of The Mood Cure, says to take 500-1000 mg L-glutamine between meals to fight sugar cravings.

    She says sugar cravings are caused by nutritional deficiencies and that we need to eat more protein with amino acids to correct our brain chemistry. She recommends taking amino acids in the short term until we can get the problem corrected.

    She recommends the following for sweet/carb cravings in her book (p 345 The Mood Cure):

    5-HTP (or tryptophan) – to eliminate the low-serotonin dark cloud symptoms – 50-150 mg afternoon and at bedtime

    Tyrosine – if you are a blah type who uses food for relief from low-energy depression and poor concentration – take 500-1,000 mg on arising and midmorning

    GABA – if you eat to calm your stressed out feelings, take 100-500 mg as needed. See “Adrenal Tool Kit” if GABA is not enough

    DLPA – if you eat to soothe oversensitive feelings and eliminate comfort-food cravings: try 500-1,000 mg on arising and mid-morning.

    I myself need to take more GABA. I’ve been taking it in the evenings to calm down before bed and it really helps me sleep better. I’m also planning to go off coffee soon so I am going to reread her book and see what I’m supposed to take to help with that.

    Ross also says to eat protein with every meal and make sure you eat 3 times a day.

    Gena @ Girl Gone Domestic Reply:

    @Ann Marie @ CHEESESLAVE, I believe Tyrosine works for the coffee addict.

    donielle Reply:

    @Ann Marie @ CHEESESLAVE, I have the Mood Cure book but ran out of time to read it! After all that info you just left, I think I need to make the time. :-) Thanks for the education!

  8. I have to say I was doing very well until my husband and I went out for dinner last night to a Mexican restaurant. They did have a guacamole salad, but it was very tiny. I did ask how big it was before I ordered and they said it was big. When the waiter brought it to the table he apologized and did not realize they had changed the salad to a smaller size. He did let me order something else, but there was nothing else healthy on the menu and I was very hungry. I had a quesidilla and it came with refried beans and rice. I ate the quesidilla and a few bites of the white rice and beans. I then came home and drank some tea with coconut oil in it. I was hoping that would boost my metabolism and keep me from gaining those unwanted pounds.

    I do have to say that I have not been craving any sweets. That is very unusual for me. I think the coconut oil in my tea has really been helping. I have not been faced with any sweets in the house or at any parties though. I am very happy about that.

    donielle Reply:

    @Christy, Ooo, I love coconut oil in my tea. I should really start drinking it every night again!

  9. Ann Marie:
    I’ve been taking L-tryptophan, L-glutamine and GABA (the GABA occasionally) for over a month now, but I have to say I don’t know if GABA is for everyone. The last few times I’ve taken it, my lips started tingling and my heart rate elevated, and I experienced what I can only compare to ADHD, as if it had the opposite affect, instead of tranquil, I felt wound up! It may be that my protein consumption is very high, (My Metabolic type is protein), maybe I just don’t need it. The L-glutamine really does work for cravings! I’ve been grain free for a month, and I love bread!

  10. Donielle, So sorry to hear of your sleep depravation. Just remember in Proverbs where it says that the just man falls seven times he gets up every time (something along those lines, and I really hope we don’t have to pick ourselves up 7 days a week! that would be defeatful – if defeatful were a word).
    As for me, I feel a little more motivated this week (though I can’t say I have been perfect… I gave in to 5 oz of Sprite the other day) BECAUSE I found out Sunday evening I’m pg (not very far along… almost 5 wks). Having lost my first 2 pregnancies and knowing that insulin resistance can cause early miscarriages, I have great reason to stay away from sugar and refined carbs now!

    donielle Reply:

    @Deanna, Congratulations!!!! What wonderful news!!! I pray that little baby stays safe inside your womb.

    Take care of yourself mama!

    donielle Reply:

    @Deanna, And thanks so much for your words of encouragement!

  11. I often find myself grabbing at cheese and nuts when I am craving something sweet (besides fruit) and usually my craving is abated. I was just reading what Ann Marie said about combating sugar cravings, and you know, I think the part about getting GABA in your diet is correct (from Julia Ross).

    Last night I made home-made turkey fried rice, with germinated brown rice, naturally rich in GABA, and I slept fantastic! If I eat too many carbs (especially refined ones) during any given day, it can cause problems with my sleeping pattern. I will actually get anxiety-type symptoms that range anywhere from just mild jumpiness and butterfly-in-the stomach feeling to night sweats, nausea, and heart palpitations (although I rarely get those anymore now that my diet is so much improved). I’ve also been taking a fantastic herbal supplement to eliminate parasites called Botanifuge (sold by a doctor who treats cancer patients with complimentary and alternative therapies), as my nutritional therapist and doctor both said sleep disturbances can be attributed to parasites (which can also be caused by candida overgrowth and poor diet), and it has been helping my sleep tremendously. I have had diet-related sleep disorders for a good part of my life, and this product along with careful attention to diet has helped eliminate sugar cravings as well as disruption in sleep.

    If anyone is interested in the recipe for turkey fried rice, it’s going up on my blog first thing tomorrow morning.

    donielle Reply:

    @Raine Saunders, Thanks for the info! Interesting you mention anxiety. It’s one thing my DH deals with and last year we had him go gluten free and it seemed to help him out quite a bit.

    I’ll have to go look for that recipe, sounds yummy!

    Raine Saunders Reply:

    Donielle –

    Here is the recipe…


  12. Wish I’d consulted with Google Reader two weeks ago! i would have loved to have started this with you! I gave up “sweets” for the year, meaning anything that usually falls in the “dessert” category, but still, of course, allowing sugar. Maybe the next two weeks I’ll make more of an effort to go completely off. Wonder how pizza sauce will taste with Maple Syrup instead of sugar?? :-) We’ll see, huh?

  13. Today I remembered a “treat” I enjoy while trying to avoid sugar. Ricotta cheese mixed with a small amount of honey or stevia (maple syrup would probably work too) and vanilla extract. Tastes great just like that or with cocoa powder mixed in. I really used just a tiny bit of raw honey today and it was great.

    donielle Reply:

    @Carmen, mmm, sounds delish. Might have to pick some up soon. :-)

  14. What a rough weekend. Hang in there! You have a great plan to stock your fridge with foods to eat when you’re feeling a little stressed. Don’t beat yourself up over a little Mike & Ikes. This outburst of candy gobbling was an external reflection your needing to slow down and take time for yourself. And a little handful of candy now and then won’t hurt you…next time enjoy your indulgence and know that it is just that:) Here’s to a better week ahead!