16 Sep 2014

Quitting Sugar | Week 8

I did it!  8 weeks later and I have finished my detox.  All in all I have learned more about my body, about how to nourish myself in a better and more wholesome way and my physical and mental health has improved considerably.

Things of note that have improved are:

• Concentration
• Motivation
• Energy levels
• Mood swings
• General happiness

I am going to continue to limit the amount of sugar in my diet, but occasionally allowing myself to have a small amount in a day.  I am going to try and get the right balance of my fats and carbs as well, which is the one thing I don't feel like I have achieved just quite yet.

I won't be doing weekly posts from now on, but every so often I will write a little update about how it is all going and if there is anything new to report, especially about how my body reacts to the small amounts of sugar I will be having in the future.

Overall I lost a total of 9lb and I am hoping that with a little bit more perseverance and quite a bit more gym commitment, I will reach my target of another stone or at least drop down a dress size. Whilst this detox was never about losing weight, it has been reassuring to know that the majority of my weight-gain in recent years was down to too much sugar in my diet and now I have the confidence that I can finally lose the weight I've been needing to.

Food from my final week pictured L-R is:

Porridge with blueberries, pomegranate seeds, almonds and chia seeds.
Spinach omelette with tomatoes, cream cheese and salad.
Couscous with roasted aubergine, pomegranate seeds and a spicy yoghurt dressing.
Moroccan spiced lamb, herby couscous, grilled aubergines, peppers and pomegranate seeds.

I hope those of you who have been following along these past 2 months have enjoyed reading these posts and thank you for all of your support because without my blog I seriously doubt that I would have stuck it out.



  1. Congratulations! So happy for you, Anya! It sounds like you're in a much better, happier, healthier place and that's so incredibly wonderful :) As usual, the food looks delicious!
    Keep on keepin' on!
    ~ Samantha

  2. It's been such a pleasure to read all about your journey! Your meal photography has improved along the way too, and I want to eat all of them! I'd love to try something like this one day, now that I've seen all of the benefits for you!

    Owl Girl | A London lifestyle blog

    1. Oh fantastic, I'm so glad you've enjoyed the posts. Thank you! If you decide to, do let me know so I can see how you get on x

  3. I'm so impressed! I really need to cut down my sugar intake
    Allison from www.mercuteify.com

  4. That looks really delicious, I have really loved all you IQS posts, thanks for the inspo x

    1. Thank you, really happy that you enjoyed them x

  5. Congratulations on making it, you've inspired me to reduce at least - I won't be eating anything cakey, biscuity or *whisper it* chocolatey between now and Christmas. I'm three days in so it's still a bit tortuous but I'm hopeful it'll get easier!!
    It's extraordinary to think that cutting down on your sugar intake could have such an impact on all of those things too.
    M x Life Outside London

    1. Thank you! Good luck, I hope it goes well. Oh I know, I feel silly that I didn't do it sooner considering I was suffering from all sorts for so long. x

  6. this is definitely a major achievement. congratulations! I am not quite sure I have the dedication or self control to restrain my sweet tooth all that much. so, really good job!

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

    1. Thank you very much! It definitely took some serious willpower that's for certain!! x

  7. That is no mean feat, well done! I think I need to do something similar tbh, not feeling so good about my eating habits at the moment. x

    1. Thank you! It is definitely worth a try x


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