June 22, 2016

Follow my detox diary as I go cold turkey and kick the drugs!

Would you willingly take cocaine every day? And not just once daily, but 34 times a day? Maybe you’re like me and have absolutely no time in your life for drugs, I can’t stand the thought of them and I couldn’t be more against them if I tried.

However, that doesn’t distract from the fact I am a complete addict to the white powder that kills millions of people every year, and I am going to go ‘cold turkey’ and completely detox my body from one of the world’s most addictive substances, sugar.


That’s right, plain old boring sugar. No I’m not a coke addict, in fact I have never touched any form of illegal drug in my life, however I have to use the word illegal because I am completely hooked on sugar, a legal drug. Sugar is a poison that sends our bodies into turmoil each time we put it into our bodies, blissfully unaware of the huge damage it causes and the effects, both long and short term.

I don’t agree with animal testing, however lab rats were used when experimenting with sugar and its affects. Scientists managed to get a load of rats hooked to cocaine AND sugar, and then gave them a small break from both, long enough for the withdrawals to kick in. They then offered the rats either cocaine or sugar, and guess what the rats went for? Sugar! This simple test showed that the rats need their sugar fix more than they needed their cocaine fix, and is just the tip of the ice burg when discussing just how addictive sugar is.

I am massively addicted to sugar, and I know it too well. I can’t go a day without a sugary fix. Wait, what am I talking about, I can’t go 3 hours without the stuff!

There is not a day that goes by where I don’t drink a sugary cold latte (you know, those lovely Starbucks iced coffee drinks, mmmmmmmmmm), or have a chocolate bar (or two, or three) and I can’t resist grabbing a caramel toped flapjack.

Cup of coffee with sugar on wooden table, close up

I recently started The 90 Day Shift, Shape and Sustain Plan, by Joe Wicks, The Body Coach, which is more a lifestyle change and has seen people experience some pretty incredible results. I myself managed to get half way through, but I didn’t go one single week without cheating on my new food plan with sugar. Whether it was “only one slice of cake” or “just a small chocolate bar” I just couldn’t completely abstain.


The cravings were intense and I was literally dreaming about sugary foods and drinks, the more I willed myself to stay away from it the more it consumed my every thought until cheating once a week turned into cheating every day! What’s the point in continuing? Especially as the plan, which lasts three months, costs £49 per month PLUS all the expensive food and gym equipment I purchased. There is no point what so ever in continuing to work my way through the plan if I was feeding my body with sugar and undoing my hard work?

a lot of variety chocolate pralines

So, I stopped doing the plan, and started eating more sugar. I’m now on three iced lattes a day and one chocolate bar a day, but then there are the hidden sugars found in carbs and white food like pasta and bread. Not only this but artificial sugars, like aspartame (apart from being horrifically bad for you) also feed the addiction, so it’s no good quitting the sweets but replacing them with diet cokes and sweeteners in my coffee.

I then did some studying and learnt that sugar converts to fat, causes depression, is more addictive that cocaine, messes up brain signals, is the main diet of yeast which then grows rapidly causing all manner of problems, speeds up cancer growth, causes heart disease and so so much more! It also contributes to belly fat and a chubby face, two areas I am really struggling to shift the weight in!

lips and sugar

So, if I am really against drugs and have no time for people who use them, why do I carry on skipping into petrol stations and ramming sweets into my face like a savage? Because I am a drug addict. My body relies on sugar highs, it has become accustomed to the effects of sugar like the huge insulin releases and the streams of dopamine that are injected into my blood stream, telling my body that sugar is a positive thing when actually I am killing myself.

I feel disgusting for it, now that I know what the horrible stuff is doing to my body and I want to completely rid it from my system before I attempt any fitness regime or lifestyle change again, because ultimately I will not succeed whilst I have an addiction looming over my head.

Here’s my plan, and everyone is welcome to join me, I’ll need all of the support I can get.

From 1st July 2016 I will be cutting all sugar from my diet, including fructose and high fructose corn syrup and all artificial sugar replacements. Yep, it’s going to be hard, and I will be warning people to stay away from me. I will be detoxing for the entire length of July, which should completely clear my body from sugar and dramatically reduce the damage caused by my long term relationship with the white stuff.

Then, from 1st August 2016 I will be starting the 90 Day SSS Plan over again from the beginning, this time without the burning and relentless desire to face plant the sweet counter in every shop I enter. I had good results in the 6 weeks I did the body coach prior to giving up and so without the addition of sugar I’m hoping my results will be even more impressive!

Closeup of a fit woman's abs isolated on a white background

If you’d like to join me in my detox mission then please do get in touch below in the comments section. If you recognise some of my points in yourself then maybe you are a sugar addict too and if this is the case I can guarantee you will benefit from going cold turkey with me by your side.

I eat crap food day in day out, it’s convenient for me as a busy working mum, and if I can do this then I know anyone can!

Follow me as I lead up to my detox, as I will be posting sugar facts and reasons why you (yes, you) should join me in this life saving challenge. I’m as nervous as hell, so if you don’t plan on joining me, at least post some supportive comments, I’ll need the encouragement!


Carlie xxx






  • Anon says:

    Good luck!! I too am a sugar addict… I will be following your journey…

  • Carol whyte says:

    I feel exactly the same as you! Food and plan expensive and prep time is awful. I’m so time poor! I’m also addicted to sugar and need to detox. Would love to follow your progress x

  • Kareena says:

    Hi there I can so relate to what you are saying you have described me haha I would love you to take the journey with you I am.going abroad in the middle.of July bit will try me best x

  • Sarah says:

    Wow I could have written this myself snap! I’m completely addicted to sugar I also fell off the Body Coach wagon because I could’nt kick the habit. I’ve been doing lots of research into sugar addiction and have been thinking about doing exactly this! I want to do it, hell I need to do it I’m going to follow you and do it too. Have been seriously thinking about employing someone to follow me around and slap sugary food out of my hands this could also work 🙂

  • Kimberley says:

    Carlie I want to join you. I am a self confessed sugar addict. He loves me!

  • Fi says:

    I need to hop onboard too! More than anything want to do Bodycoach but that rubbish keeps getting in the way…..!

    • Carlie says:

      I’ve never finished anything in my life Fi, and I am absolutely determined to see the Body Coach through from beginning to end, but I know that in order to succeed I need to divorce from sugar!

  • Kimberley says:

    Carlie I want to join you. I am a self confessed sugar addict. Help me!

    • Carlie says:

      You can do it Kimberley, the more people who join me the more likely we are to succeed as a team! I know I’ll definitely be relying on my readers to keep me going!

  • Natalie says:

    Carlie, I am 100% on board with you!!! The only time I am physically able to give up sugar is during Lent…which is ridiculous – I should be able to refuse the stuff all the time! I really am a sugar addict and would love to follow your journey too. Best of luck x

  • Kate says:

    Great post Carlie. I am just at the end of C1 and have failed miserably at it due to similar reasons as yourself and the realisation that my binge eating disorder is completely and utterly taking over my life. I need more mental input and support, so I am considering trying the train eat gain programme which has mindful exercises and more personalised support, plus I am going to pay for 2 PT sessions a week, all the hope that by becoming more accountable to others, it will keep me on track and help me to curb my binging and learn to control the mental demons, some of which you touch on. I will follow your posts. Good luck xx

    • Carlie says:

      That sounds interesting Kate, I’ll be looking up the train eat gain programme, sounds like my cup of tea. Being accountable is definitely a help, hence my blog. If others are keeping an eye on me I’m less likely to fail and let others down!

  • Carla says:

    So glad I saw your post, yep I also did 6 weeks of the body coach and was also pleased with my results, and also like you I am a ToTAL sugar addict, I would love to follow and join you on your journey, 🤗🤗🤗

  • Rebekah says:

    Carllie, I completely agree with everything you have said, I too believe that sugar is horrific and I can actually feel the effect that it has on my body more or less immediately after intake. I too did well on the 90 day SSS plan for 6 weeks and then I really do not know what happened but since January all has gone pear shaped, I have a great diet, go to the gym 5/6 days……but, if I have access to something sugary then all hell breaks lose and I am like an addict, it’s terrible, I would love to detox from sugar as I think that’s the only way, just one tiny bit and your hooked wanting more……just like illegal drugs.

    • Carlie says:

      You’re right Rebekah, the effects are immediate and there are also delayed responses. It’s so worrying, since looking it up and doing some research I’ve realise how bad my addiction is, I might as well be using cocaine regularly throughout the day! If I can do it, you can too!

  • Sam says:

    I will join you on your quest!
    I’m also a 90sss participant, but stopped due to injury on c3w1.
    Have tried 3 times to start again, but I too have a reliance to sugar! Coffee here, chocolate there – just gets out of control at the weekends and I vow to start again Monday! And then repeat!
    I’m starting tomorrow!

    • Carlie says:

      Excellent Sam, make sure you keep me updated on your progress, if you are about to cave in message me and I’ll give you a kick up the bum! God knows I’ll need the odd kick!

  • Emily says:

    This is exactly me, it makes me feel so much better that there is someone exactly in my mind set!!! Will definitely be following you and may even join you 😬 Although I can’t give up the Diet Coke 🙈

    • Carlie says:

      You can do it Emily, if I can anyone can! Diet Coke is also highly addictive, it’s the aspartame (sugar replacement) which is also dangerous stuff! I used to have several cans a day and forced myself to stop during pregnancy and I’d never go back. Now I drink full fat instead as normal sugar is less damaging (if at all possible!)

  • Collette says:

    I am Definateky up for joining you on this…. Been saying I will do it all year, the time has come😀

  • Julie says:

    Want to follow your journey

  • Leanne says:

    Well done good luck and looking forward to reading about how it is going

    • Carlie says:

      Thank you Leanne, I’m a bit apprehensive about how I will feel, considering a day in the office without access to chocolate or sugary coffee makes me very grumpy!

  • Laura says:

    Good luck! Looking forward to following your journey and very tempted to join you!x

  • Michelle says:

    Good luck on your journey Carlie, l will be following you along the way. Looking forward to your tips and inspirations.

  • Chloe says:

    Good luck!!! I’d love to follow you on your sugar detox! I am a total sugar addict too, if I crave something it’s going to be sugar. I did a 21 day sugar detox not long ago which was tough as the cravings were present and I was ill during the majority of it but I felt incredible having done it! A 30 day one sounds like it’d do anyone the world of good 🙂

  • Naomi says:

    Awesome work. I to have done the same, fallen off the body coach 90day plan to little fixes! Will be following on your footsteps!

  • Sarah says:

    I think I need to join in with this. Started bodycoach, did cycle 1 ok then have been on and off the wagon with cycle 2 and 3. This week I have been like a kid in a sweet shop, eating everything sugary in sight! It has to stop!!

    • Carlie says:

      I’ve recently gone mad, eating horrendous amounts to the point I get daily headaches and dizziness – I can’t wait to rid my body of the stuff!

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  • Helen says:

    Hi Carlie,
    Wishing you lots of luck with your sugar detox. Watching with interest as I so want and need to do this-looking forward to following your journey and hopefully take the step myself too! Xx

  • Catherine says:

    Id love to go along with a month of detox , great post Carlie good luck x

  • Nicola says:

    Good for you! I’ll be following and hopefully doing it too!

  • Kelly says:

    I would love to join you as well, I feel all I do is dream about when I’m getting my next sugar fix. At the moment all I think about is food and would love to turn myself around and eat healthly.

  • Ali says:

    I need to do this too, and like you with two small children it’s not easy.
    I’ll be following and attempting to do it too.

  • emily harvey says:

    So glad I found your blog! Feb this year I got to cycle 3 of the plan and had to have an emergency op which totally ruined my whole plan, so stopped it as couldn’t exercise for 6 weeks. Then I totally feel off the fitness wagon and went back to my old ways, until last week I started C1 again and failed because of my sugar cravings, they get worse when I’m due on too! So I will be joining you in your plan, I’ve already started this week I would love to keep it up and start the plan again.

    Looking forward to see how you get on, I may document it on my blog too, give myself a kick up the backside!!

    Emily xx

  • Sarah K says:

    I’ll join you! I’m on holiday for two weeks of this but I am going to commit to making it work! Good luck!

  • Sue H says:

    I’m in

  • Rosie says:

    Carlie….you have described me I have convinced myself that I am too grumpy without it and hey what’s a little this and a little that here and there. I also have up on the 90day SSS plan but would love to see it through. So glad I came across your blog just in time. HELP PLEEAASSEE!

  • Carla says:

    This is me also, failed at SSS and seriously addicted to sugar of any form! For every reason going now is the time I need to get a grip of myself and give it up altogether!
    I have done so successfully once before and felt amazing but struggling to get in that same place again! I’m actually a day late as only saw this post today but I’m in 👍🏼 x

  • Gemma says:

    I’ll be following. I’m a total sugar addict and am desperate to quit but always fail!

  • Mel says:

    Just read your post now and agree completely,. I will be following your journey and starting this on 4 th July.

  • Carolyn says:

    Hey 🙂

    Apart from the obvious like cakes, chocolate, pop etc what else should we watch out for? What sort of things,are you going to eat? Will you still have fruit? I recently became a veggie so conscious some of the things I have might be bad.

    I seriously need a kick up the but and reading this has inspired me!

    Good luck, look forward to seeing how you get on xx

    • Carlie says:

      Thank you Carolyn, it’s not going to be easy! Bread is a biggy, it’s full of sugar, and that goes for white and brown bread. Sugar is a carbohydrate so anything carby tends to be dodgy territory. I personally won’t be eating fruit apart from not-quite-ripe bananas (still a bit green). I’ll also be allowing myself my protein powders which contain a small amount of Sucralose which is an artificial sweetener. I’ll be eating lots of organic lean mean and veg [minus spuds 🙁 ] and nuts and seeds for energy.

      I hope you reach your goals in whatever way you choose!

  • Kelley says:

    Snap, would be great to follow you 🙂

  • Lana says:

    Hi Carlie!

    Reading this felt like I was reading my diary!! I have been exactly the same the last few years and finally started a sugar detox 3 weeks ago. I have had no refined sugar for 21 days now which is unreal. Unfortunately the cravings are still there but the benefits so far are making me persevere. I’ve lost 5lbs so far, my spotty back had cleared up and eczema on my face has completely gone! I also have way more energy and am a nicer person! Good luck with your journey, I’ll be following you!

    • Carlie says:

      Oh wow Lana you must be so proud of yourself! What have you found the hardest to kick? And how long do you plan to keep going for or is this a long term thing?

      Well done!

  • Charlotte Frampton says:

    I definitely want to join!

  • Jo says:

    This is exactly me ….. Good luck and I will be starting on 8th as only just seen you blog. Good luck everyone 😊

  • Stacey says:

    Wow it was like reading my own diary , I would love to give up all sugar ect ,
    Will also help with my anxiety and depression which I think started when I started having more naughty things xxxx

    • Carlie says:

      Hi Stacey, sugar and a generally poor diet definitely impacts on mental health – I can personally vouch for that! You owe it to yourself and I know you can do it too! x

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