The One Week Check-in

This day last week I gave up all sugar except for small amounts of raw honey and maple syrup. I’ve struggled with cravings, had my eczema flare up, felt hungry, dealt with a baby who also had her eczema flare up and also must have been feeling some detox/craving stuff going on as well. (she was super fussy for about 4 days, had horrible diapers, and wanted to nurse like crazy, and not take her naps)

But you know what?

I feel good! My physical cravings have diminished and aren’t an issue unless I let myself get to hungry. After the last two days, I’ve even noticed a marked improvement in my eczema. Best of all, I stepped on the scale this morning and I’m down two whole pounds!!

Now for confession time.

I seriously did very well this last week. I’ve tried to limit myself to only one honey/syrup sweetened food per day as well as limiting my grain intake. So, say if I had oatmeal sweetened with syrup in the morning, I’d try and go without sweets and grains for the rest of the day. I’ve also made sure that each time I do have a grain, a piece of fruit, or honey/syrup, I also make sure I include a bit of fat and protein in that same meal to help balance my blood sugar, and to keep it from spiking so rapidly. I’ve also been measuring the honey/syrup I’ve been using and have been amazed at how much I had been letting myself pour on!

I even stayed away from the sweets that were brought to our local Weston A Price chapter meeting this past Tuesday. Even though I knew what was in them (recipes were provided) and most were sweetened with a honey/rapadura mixture. They even had these little gluten free chocolate muffins. And I stayed away!

But…..last night I stopped at the library on my way home from Katie’s (Kitchen Stewardship) house.

*as a side note, I was picking up a few books on sourdough baking as well as Native Foods of the Americas*

So as I’m waiting for the librarian to go in the back and get the books I’d requested, I just stood there looking around.

And like I always do, I reached over into their candy bowl and grabbed a now and later.

Chewy candies are my hugest downfall.

As I walked out, I popped it right into my mouth without thinking. Hopped in the van and though to myself, “Mmmm, these watermelons ones are the best! Haven’t had these in years. Wait….haven’t had these in…Oh….Oh, no…..I’m not supposed to be eating candy!!!! Argh!”

And I spit it out.

Oh, yes I did.

So while I now have the willpower to stay away from sweets, I now have to retrain myself and make these automatic actions something I think about before I do them!

And I now want to know, how are you doing? What’s been the hardest thing to change?

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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. You’re awesome! I love that you spit it out!

    We’re doing Maker’s Diet stage 1 right now (absolutely no grains, only 1 tsp raw honey a day max and we try to not even use any if we can). It’s definitely tough at first. The cravings get intense. But I always feel soooo much better after we do it. Last night I made myself some coconut/almond flour muffins with stevia and blueberries, and they helped to take away some of the cravings, too. I find that coming up with other good things to eat or special “diet friendly” treats make it so much easier!

    donielle Reply:

    @Stephanie @ Keeper of the Home, Oh wow, you guys are going hard core! I definitely don’t have myself together enough to do that right now. :-)

  2. Umm, yeah. My daughter has been sick all week, so reminding myself to eat anything has been a challenge. We have been having goofy meal times, goofy nap times, little sleep. My meal plan was completely out the window. I am hoping to jump into by about Monday when I grocery shopping.

    donielle Reply:

    @Kelly, Yea, sickness always throws everything right out the window!

  3. Donielle, I can totally relate. I was a sugar junkie most of my life, with the same knee-jerk reaction to candy bowls and the five desserts at every family party. Sweets ruled, and so did my irritability, blood sugar swings and cravings. The book “Sugar Blues” by William Duffy always resided in my thoughts, and finally I made the plunge to cut the sugar cold turkey.

    After taking out wheat and sugar (only small amounts of agave and fruit), the people around me can smile, and I don’t have any blood sugar swings. I cheat occasionally with a bite, but it tastes sickeningly sweet. Almost to the point where I feel like spitting it out because I want to, not because I feel like I have to. A spoonful of Coconut Bliss ice cream is just that…bliss in a bite.

    Kudos to the major step. You’ll still stare and admire the enticing wrapper of a piece of candy or the decadence and lure of a big cookie, but will power and conviction will pull you through to just giving in. One less swing and more self discipline. You’ll have better skin and your kids will have a better role model. Strong mom = strong kids to just say no to drugs/sugar, which can easily be interchanged.

    Now I’m off to write a post about just this. Thanks!

  4. Here I am on day 22. It isn’t terrible. But I will be thrilled when it’s over. 8.5 more weeks to go. I am sad that Valentines Day will come and go and I won’t have any chocolate. What has really helped me, is burning scented candles. Hello buttercream! I want to get a coffee scented one next. I miss cookies. I miss sitting down with my husband at the end of the day and having milk and cookies on the couch.

    donielle Reply:

    @Celia, I think the hardest part to change after the physical cravings go away are the habits we’ve made with sweets. I love sitting down to a bowl of ice cream at the end of the night. I’ve done it so much I now find it relaxing.

  5. Sarah Bauer says:

    So, I’m gonna be honest…I got some brownies and ice cream (from the store) as a treat for my hubby the day after you challenged us to drop sugar, and I think I ate more brownies than he did. So I need to jump back on the bandwagon and drop the sugar! I’ve got some terrible patches on my arms and legs that are itching like crazy! Thanks for the encouragement Donielle!

    donielle Reply:

    @Sarah Bauer, I do that all the time for my hubby! He has a super small sweet tooth though and rarely has more than one serving. Then it sits around just waiting for me…..ugh.

  6. I am inspired by your commitment! (I definitely would not have spit out the candy.) I find social gatherings the hardest as well as when my little students ask “why aren’t you eating the snack I brought?”

  7. Great job! I am so proud of you!

  8. I gave in to a little honey on my greek yogurt, but it wasn’t enough to set me into cravings. I totally get what you mean about eating sugar without thinking! I went out to eat with my mom this afternoon and ended up drinking something with sugar without even thinking about it. Oh well, we just keep going forward, right?

    donielle Reply:

    @Deanna, One day at a time! :-) And you know, honey never seems to set me into cravings either. The sweetness and taste are just enough for me!

  9. The only thing that helped me with sugar cravings is fat. I would take a spoonful of coconut oil, or drink some cream, and the craving would immediately go away. I haven’t had more than two or three sugar cravings for over a year now.

    I can no longer eat desserts and really enjoy them. After a bite or two, I’m done. If it’s cake or cookies, I don’t want them at all.

    My main weakness is caffeine. I’ve gotten past coffee and cokes, but now I’m hooked on green tea.

    Best of luck to everyone trying to kick sugar! It will definitely be worth it in the long run.

    donielle Reply:

    @Monica, You know, when I first kicked sugar I felt the same way about sweets. I could take them or leave them. Unfortunately I let them slip back in gradually!

    And hey – at least green tea has some health benefits to it! :-)

  10. I know you don’t like beans, but they are helping me a lot! And fresh salsa. I made it with lime juice, fresh tomatoes, red onion, jalapeno, cilantro, and a pinch of salt. It’s just so yummy. And there are Larabars, if you haven’t heard of those — fruit and nuts only, no dairy, grains, sugar, soy. LOVE IT!! It tastes like a chocolate brownie. Chocolate mint is my favorite. If I can have all of these things (and the occasional fruit smoothie), I can go forever without grains and sugar. :) SO GREAT! lol.

    donielle Reply:

    @Kate, You know, I’m really getting used to the beans and they don’t bother me near as much anymore…it’s fabulous! And I think I’ll have to try out some larabars one of these days, they sound fabulous and I had some little snack bites that were kinda like them over at Katie’s house (Kitchen Stewardship) the other day and really liked them!

  11. Donielle – this is such a difficult thing to embark on, cutting out sugar…for everyone! I gave up sugar in 2007 for most of the year and ate very little grains, refined sugars, or even fruit. 2008 was similar, and I also completed a number of detoxes at the same time. 2009 was a bit more laid back and I started creeping back into the sugar binging again. Although I wasn’t eating the same types of sugar I used to such as refined (I was eating more maple syrup, lakanto, raw honey, and sprouted grains, and even wine fairly regularly), it was still sugar. I think now I’ve kind of become hooked again. I just completed a colon cleanse and I feel really good, but I’m still craving sugar to some extent. I always try to eat fats when I do, and it helps tremendously. I still don’t eat much in the way of sugar, and I rarely eat processed foods…but my craving, I can tell, is still there to a fair extent.

    Most of my health issues I had in the past are gone – and I have never battled weight problems. Mine have always been fatigue, insomnia, panic attacks, anxiety, lymphatic congestion, and general malaise. I have most of those things under control. But when I fall down on my eating habits, some of those things return in greater or lesser degrees. I’m still fighting my lymphatic congestion. That one is really hard to eliminate, and it may be something I’ll struggle with forever. Most other things I have under control, but that one’s been the bear.

    Some days it’s worse than others. Ugh! I’m now going on another cleanse soon, and still completing the rest of my parasite cleanse that I started in December. It’s been a long road, but I’ve been feeling good and just continuing to stay away from sugar as much as I can. Good luck to you on your journey!