Sugar Addiction {Health & Weight Loss}

The past 36 hours I have had the headache from hell. Like absolutely miserable. No amount of advil is working. Ohmygoshhelp.

So, I decided to make matters worse by doing a sugar detox. Yeah. I apparently want to have a terrible headache and be a cranky person. You’ve been warned everybody! Stay away from Monica.

I’ve been professionally trying to lose weight for, oh, like ever, so it’s always on my darn mind. Lose weight. Lose weight. Lose weight. Oh a donut! Lose weight. Hey, beer time! Lose weight. That’s a glimpse of my psyche right there. Ugh. So this year, I had managed to lose about 17 pounds, and now I’m at only 9 pounds loss, which means…lose weight. Obviously whatever I am doing is just not working, and I think the culprit is carbs. Not all of them, but the refined, delicious ones. Like donuts. Which I love. A lot.

I love donuts so much that I look forward to the fateful day in August when Bath & Body Works releases their cinnamon sugared donut scented candle. Judge away. Even worse, I snag all those suckers up once they go on clearance. I’m literally hoarding one right now in my home office. Maybe I’ll light that and sniff it when I get a donut craving.

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With great triumphs, comes great sacrifice. And I’m willing to sacrifice refined sugars to see if I feel better. Well, honestly how could I feel worse? For real, y’all. I was on vacay in Houston with my pal last month, and while she was shopping away at most stores, I was sitting on a bench outside the store waiting for her because none of the clothes in there fit me. None. And how pitiful is it to google, “Plus size stores in Houston Galleria?”

The answer: hardly any unless you’re over 60 or want to look like a plus size prostitute. I prefer neither of those, thankyouverymuch!

I’m tired of being the DFF. Designated fat friend. I WANT TO SHOP AT NORMAL STORES! Oh, and yeah, I’m not talking about the plus size section at the JCP at La Palmera Mall—it’s upstairs, in a dark corner, sequestered with the maternity clothes, in the ONE PART of the store that has not been renovated. Oh, oh, and…!!! The fitting rooms are not air conditioned because they want us fluffies to sweat. I know I need to, but maybe not while I’m trying on clothes I haven’t even purchased, mkay, JCP?

But I digress.

I really do think that too many carbs and sugars have led my body to store fat despite my best efforts at calorie counting. This can lead to insulin resistance and diabetes. No thank you. Maybe for the first time in my life, my desire to be healthy is trumping my desire to be thin and shop at normal stores.

Here’s my plan of action for the next week:

  • No pasta, bread, sweets, refined sugars, etc.
  • I can eat fruit and nuts. And veggies, of course.
  • Lean proteins.
  • Nothing fried!
  • I’m not quitting my diet soda for fear of committing a crime out of anger/hunger, but am limiting myself to 1-2 a day.
  • Alcohol in moderation (though I will try to avoid it)
  • Water, water, water! With lemon. 🙂
  • I can still use honey/splenda, sparingly.
  • Non-fat, unsweetened yogurt is OK.
  • I’m reading this book and this book to remind myself that science backs this up.

Nothing crazy. Or at least not to me. Some of the sugar detox plans called for like no fruit, no honey, no caffeine, no artificial sweeteners…Once you start telling me what I can’t have, I obsess over it. I think this one-week trial is enough to get my foot in the door of trying to cut out some of the things I know are just not good for me. And then I can cut some more later. You can view my daily food diary over on MyFitnessPal and feel free to friend me if you’d like.

I’ll be blogging/tweeting about my progress, so if you want to cheer me on, please do so. I really hope this helps my constant headaches, oily skin and acne issues. Plus, I am so tired, cranky, and generally just not the woman I’d like to be because of all this junk in my body. Maybe I do have a gluten issue or am insulin resistant, so this will help no matter how I look at it. Lastly, this gets me started on a semi-paleo/gluten free/low carb lifestyle that I’d like to adopt forever. If you want proof that Paleo/gluten free can be delicious, please visit Juli’s blog: (Thanks @FlamingoToes_ for the rec!)

Tortillas, I will miss thee!

Have you tried to combat a sugar addiction? Any tips, helpful blogs, success stories, or donut recipes that aren’t made with flour/gluten/sugar would be lovely.



  1. A @ A Conquered Mess
    July 21, 2013 / 5:29 pm

    Congrats on doing something about your sugar addiction, most people have a problem taking that first step. Do you work out? Instead of focusing on the fact that You are "on a diet" and wanting "bad food" because of it, focus on working out and that will get you better results. The weight loss and the healthy eating comes from the fact that it takes energy to workout so you loose the desire to eat junk because you'll end up working out in vain if you do. I do the videos on its usually a 30-40 minute workout when repeated but the video itself is anywhere from 4 to 12 minutes. When I first started I would only do the length of the video but as I got stronger I actually started to repeat it. You end up super tired but it gives you a rush that no amount of sugar can give you! Switch your goal from loose x pounds/don't eat x thing to workout x amount per week and you'll see it becomes easier to get where you want to be.

  2. DeadlyViolence
    July 22, 2013 / 4:49 pm

    I've recently gone on a diet like this one. I've lost a few pounds and have only been on it two weeks. Check out blogilates dot com, she has a meal plan (I'm using the 90 day plan) and you use the July calendar on the top right of the website that has youtube videos to work out to each day. It might not work for you, but it's worth a try, right? Good luck!

    July 23, 2013 / 2:40 am

    Hey, Monica! I feel your pain. My husband recently went on a no carb / no red meat / no sugar or dairy diet, and he has lost 10 pounds so far. But he has a ways to go, and I do, too! I have been following a modified version of his diet (not as strict — I cheat sometimes), but we went on vacation last week at the beach, and I totally failed on my diet. I think I've gained everything I lost! And I so want to be able to wear cute clothes again, too!

  4. Elli
    July 26, 2013 / 8:55 am

    Monica, I'm glad you're fighting your sugar addiction for good now. Basically my husband convinced me to change my eating habit and honestly without him I wouldn't have survived to beat phases of intense sugar cravings. But I can say that it's so worth it! Stick to your decision and you will be very proud and happy about your new eating habits 🙂 One thing that did the trick for me is to always carry around healthy snacks (almonds, carrots, boiled egg,..) and as soon you start getting these annoying cravings, start snacking your emergency snacks. You may also find the 21DSD (for your ref.: very helpful – it gives you the right shopping list and all the tips you need to endure your challenge until your free of cravings.All the best for you,Elli

  5. rabia basri
    December 2, 2013 / 2:46 pm

    Sometimes natural things can give a very good effect on the skin and sometimes they do not suit at all. SO it is not a problem at all as there are so many products nowadays which can help you improve your skin. Some give very instant output and some take time but it solely depends on your skin. These products are good and very beneficial for your skin. Wrinkles are the major problem which arises with the growing age. So treatments must be taken to keep your skin young and glowing. Rolando