July 1, 2016

List of foods you can and cannot eat when detoxing from sugar

Woman with Healthy and Unhealthy Food. Difficult choice. Overweight Concept

This to me is the most important post, and probably is to many others; what can you eat when abstaining from sugar. I am going to explain this as if everyone reading is detoxing from sugar in the same way I am, which is to completely abstain from anything with added sugar, food high in fructose, food high in high fructose corn syrup and any replacement sugars or sweeteners.

I can sense the sinking hearts, this pretty much eliminates most food.

The best way to remember what you can eat is to eat foods that don’t come with a label, so foods that haven’t been processed and are in their natural form. It is massively concerning that nearly absolutely everything we eat contains added sugar in some form, no wonder heart disease is the world’s biggest killer!

YES Foods

  • All plain lean meat (nothing that has been pre marinated)
  • All plain fish and sea food (same principles as meat)
  • Eggs
  • Nuts and nut butters (obviously no added sugar ones a couple are excluded, see no list)
  • Olive oil
  • Flax seeds
  • Full fat dairy products with no added sugar (including yogurts and milk)
  • Cottage cheese
  • Most vegetables (see next two lists for exceptions)
  • Whole grains such as brown rice and oatmeal
  • Food made using 100% whole grain flour (NOT wheat flour, has to say 100% WHOLE wheat. Note that a lot of bread products add sugar so read ingredients list thoroughly)
  • 100% cocoa
  • Water
  • Coffee, espresso
  • Unsweetened teas (including herbal, green and black)
  • Coconut milk (full fat)
  • Unsweetened almond milk

Foods to eat in moderation

  • 1 green apple or 1 green tipped banana per day
  • Beets (1 cup per day)
  • Butternut Squash (1 cup per day)
  • Pumpkin (1 cup per day)
  • Black beans (half a cup per day)
  • Buckwheat (half a cup per day)
  • Lentils (half a cup per day)
  • Pinto beans (half a cup per day)
  • Quinoa (half a cup per day)
  • Red beans (half a cup per day)
  • Rice (half a cup per day)
  • Spelt (half a cup per day)
  • Coconut juice/water

No foods

  • Corn
  • Peas
  • Sweet potato
  • Yam
  • White potato
  • Winter squash
  • All fruit (see exceptions in moderation list)
  • All refined carbohydrates (bread, pasta, bagels, chips, pizza, pitta, couscous, crackers, cakes, croissants, popcorn, rolls, tortillas, pastries, cereal/granola)
  • Alcohol
  • Coffee shakes like ready to go iced latte (NOOOOO!)
  • Juice
  • Any milk other than full fat
  • Soy milk
  • Rice milk
  • Oat milk
  • Fizzy drinks (I wont be consuming any diet fizz either as it contains naughty replacement sugars that wont help me curb the cravings)
  • Some protein powders (check the ingredients)
  • Chewing gum
  • Anything artificially sweetened
  • Cashews
  • Peanuts
  • Honey

Balanced diet, healthy food concept  on wooden background. View from above

Basically it is down to you to make sure that whatever you eat does not contain sugar, so this may mean you do a lot of label reading over the next 30 days, and like I have said, my personal challenge may be different from yours. I wont be consuming any fruit or artificially sweetened products at all whereas you may not consider this as important and may want to just concerntrate on eliminating refined or cane sugar.

The only other thing that concerns me is the many alternative names for sugar! Whilst you’re reading your labels you may give yourself a little fist bump as a food you love doesn’t have the word sugar in it’s ingredient list, however if it has any of these words included on the ingredients, then I’m sorry – but put it back on the shelf:

  • barley malt
  • beet sugar
  • brown sugar
  • buttered syrup
  • cane-juice crystals
  • cane sugar
  • caramel
  • carob syrup
  • corn syrup
  • corn syrup solids
  • date sugar
  • dextran
  • dextrose
  • diatase
  • diastatic malt
  • ethyl maltol
  • fructose
  • fruit juice
  • fruit juice concentrate
  • glucose
  • glucose solids
  • golden sugar
  • golden syrup
  • grape sugar
  • high-fructose corn syrup
  • honey
  • invert sugar
  • lactose
  • malt syrup
  • maltodextrin
  • maltose
  • mannitol
  • molasses
  • raw sugar
  • refiner’s syrup
  • sorbitol
  • sorghum syrup
  • sucrose
  • sugar
  • turbinado sugar
  • yellow sugar

[list found on popsugar.com and can be found here]

I can hear jaws slamming into the ground all over the world, don’t worry I was just as shocked. Are you still confused as to why so much of the population is obese? I’m not. I’m also not surprised I have a sugar addiction because I’m inadvertently consuming tonnes of the stuff in nearly everything I eat, every single day.

Now that you have read this list, let me know in the comments your thoughts. How easy/hard do you think you would find a detox? Would you eliminate all sugar sources, for example fruits, or stick to eliminating the basics? It is definitely more beneficial to ditch fruit, at least for a while, to allow your body to completely rid its self of all sugar and go through the withdrawal process in order to come out the other side a better healthier person.

Carlie xxx


Follow the rest of my journey in this series

Introduction to a sugar detox

How dangerous is a sugar addiction?

Sugar withdrawal vs cocaine withdrawal – what’s the difference?

So the sugar has left my body – what now?



  • I have been almost sugar free for 2 months, the only exception is that if I’ve worked out I allow myself a carbohydrate such as a bagel or sweet potato. I have been feeling great on it, once you give up sugar you stop craving it so much. I get most of the things on your no sugar list but why Cashews and Peanuts ?

  • Sophie says:

    Have been thinking of doing a sugar free diet for a while and reading your blog has inspired me and given me the push I needed to start it. So, I am going to begin it tomorrow. Have read a lot over the years about the serious impact sugar has on our bodies so I am excited to see the benefits!


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