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Should you quit sugar?


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Well, only you can answer that. Our aim is to simply issue you an invitation to try things out and to see if it does good stuff for you.

But perhaps you’d like to ask yourself:

  • Do you get an energy slump in the afternoon?
  • Do you need something sweet after lunch or dinner?
  • Does your stomach get bloated after eating?
  • Are you unable to eat just one piece of cake and walk away?
  • Are you “podgy” around the middle, perhaps even slim everywhere else?
  • Do you often feel unclear? That you’re not always sharp and on-form?
  • Do you want to lose weight?
  • Do you have an autoimmune issue and wonder if quitting sugar might make a difference?

If you ticked yes to most of the above and you have a sneaking suspicion that sugar is making you feel baseline–crappy, then you might like to take up the invitation and see if quitting sugar makes you feel better.

If you’re intrigued, and keen to know the facts or do some extra reading on the science of sugar, check out our science page.

Please be respectful of other participants in the conversation. We'd love you to keep your comments respectful, friendly and relevant. Differences of opinion are welcome, but trolling and abuse of other commentators and the IQS editorial team is not and will result in blacklisting.

  • mel

    I’m just wondering how I go about getting a refund for the eight week program. I’ve tried emailing but the web page is down. Am running out of time so I really need some help. Thanks.

  • Teeegs

    Hi,

    Very keen to start, but as I am such a fussy eater and a major sugar addict, i am a bit worried that i wont enjoy the meals!!

    i dont eat seafood, avocado, capsicum, eggplant, eggs – sometimes i can eat egg but so long as it isnt the main/only ingredient, as it upsets my stomach quite a bit.

    do you think that the program would be suited to my fussy habits?

    • IQS_Team

      Hey Teegs, there is no reason to let the fact that you’re a fussy eater stop you. We have plenty of substitution fact sheets that you can use. If there are particular meals you don’t like swap it for something else that week. We do use eggs quite a bit but there are plenty of alternatives. Major sugar addicts are our specialty, and even fussy eaters can kick the sugar habit. Good luck! We hope to see you on the program.

  • Karcapellis

    Hi, I am signed up for the 8 week program. I bought all the books and did a 2 week test drive. I ate no sugar, bread, or fruit. I noticed I had very low energy and was very tired from low blood sugar. Do many people experience that? Is it just part of the detox or should I incorporate a small piece of fruit or slice of bread? Thank you
    Warmly,
    Karen

    • IQS_Team

      Hey Karen,
      It’s all part of the detox. Instead of having a piece of fruit why not try snacking on some roast sweet potato or some carrot sticks with hummus… we discuss all of this and more in the program! Not long to go now!

      • Karcapellis

        Thank you so much. Now knowing it’s part of the detox it’s full steam ahead! I can’t wait.

        Warmly,
        Karen

  • Hannah

    Hi, I’ve cut out sugar for almost a month and a half now but I’m finding I’ve put on weight and I get really bloated after every meal. I’m so confused!

    • Emily

      I’m having the same issue. Could you guys please answer this question?

    • Dee

      That’s because your cells and your brain NEED sugar to function properly. Please, eat as much fruit and veg as you want to and instead cut out the processed, unnatural crap foods. You’ll feel much better!

      • Amanda

        Agreed! Every cell in our bodies runs on sugar! The GOOD kind in fruits and veggies!

    • Olivia

      You may need to look at a low FODMAP diet. I’d suggest visiting a registered dietitian or nutritionist who specialises in the area.

  • Pauline

    I am a lacto vegetarian so not sure how I would manage this no sugar i.e can I still eat nuts ? regards Pauline

    • IQS_Team

      Yes you can still eat nuts

  • Jennifer

    I have a question on the IQS 8 week programme – if i am not available to attend the live discussion groups can i view/listen to them later? Im also not on the same timezone as Australia (there is apporx 8 hrs difference), will that matter?

  • Daniela

    Hi. If I have a fructose and wheat intolerance, will this program cater to that?

    • IQS_Team

      Hi Daniela,
      The Program aims to reduce and then cut out fructose consumption. We also provide gluten-free alternatives for all meals.

  • Bron

    Hi. I am thinking of doing the 8 week program commencing at the end of Jan. However, my 10 year old son trains and competes in high energy sport between 4 & 6 times a week. Bananas are his go to food (grapes and watermelon too, but not so much) during training and competition as they don’t sit too heavily in his stomach and provide the energy he needs to continue. Is there an alternative while on the program, or should fruit continue to be part of his diet? Thanks.

    • libby

      DO NOT QUIT SUGAR!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is possibly the worst mistake you could ever make!!! Our bodies run on sugar!! This lady, Sarah Wilson, does not know what she’s talking about.

      Scientific Reason: Think about it. . . Out closest relative in nature is what? The chimpanzee! Compared to the DNA of a chimp, our DNA is 98% the same. . . Now, what do chimps, monkeys, gorillas, etc. . eat? BANANAS!!! Sugar, is not something to be feared, sugar in the least! Do not deprive yourselves of what you need!! Eat abundantly. . . eat as many fruits and vegetables as you wish. . .

      Educate yourself: read 80/10/10 by Douglas Graham or the China Study by Campbell

      See those questions above? Want the answers??

      - Do you get an energy slump in the afternoon?
      Then you’re not eating enough sugar. Sugar is carbohydrates. Carbs give us energy we need. Try it, one morning eat FIVE BANANAS. It will not kill you, you will most definitely not gain weight. Then tell me, how great do you feel? You will feel alive, vibrant and energized; compared to this diet were you’re falling asleep and miserable. Check out Freelee the Banana girl, FullyRaw Kristina, Ellen Fisher, Loni Jane on Youtube and your life will change!!!!

      -Do you need something sweet after lunch or dinner?
      You need more sugar!!! We have a sweet tooth for a reason! DUUUHHH. We would not have been given one if we’re only made to eat “two pieces of fruit a day” THAT IS CRAP!!!

      -Does your stomach get bloated after eating?
      SURE? Then try PROPERLY FOOD COMBINING!!! You will be amazed at how light and vibrant you feel after a well combined meal of fresh, whole, ripe FRUITS!!!!! and veggies

      - Are you unable to eat just one piece of cake and walk away?
      You wanna know why? You’re sub conscience brain is telling you to eat the cake because you know that the cake is sweet, it has sugar. Your brain and every single one of the trillions of cells in your body crave sugar. Skip sugar, then be a depressed, slumpy and tired person. It is simple. Sugar releases serotonin, the feel good hormone. Don’t deprive yourself of what it needs. HOLD ON!! Im not saying eat the cake, the cake contains unnecessary amounts of animal, or saturated fats. Go for a big luscious bowl of sweet, fresh fruit!

      - Are you “podgy” around the middle, perhaps even slim everywhere else?
      Animal fat. Stop feeding yourself and your children processed animal fats. “You are what you eat”, so why would you want to feed your body animals products that are dead, decomposing pieces of rotting flesh, or secretions from an animals utter or vagina? Thats not all though. . . the animals that are killed for your consumption (yes even dairy cows and hens are killed for your dairy) are brutally beaten and killed. These animals are anxious, depressed and terrified. . . why would you want those toxins in your body, or your children’s’? CHECK OUT: EARTHLINGS on youtube. What you see will forever change your lives.

      - Do you often feel unclear?

      Once again, your brain thrives on glucose- SUGAR – when you deprive it of what they need. . . of course you’ll feel “unclear”… C’mon!!! Lets use our brains here LOL

      – That you’re not always sharp and on-form?
      Lack of glucose!! Fructose!!! BEAUTIFUL, FRESH, WHOLE, RIPE FRUITS AND VEGGIES!!!!!!

      Do you want to lose weight? Do you have an autoimmune issue and wonder if quitting sugar might make a difference?
      WATCH FREELEE THE BANANA GIRL, FULLYRAW KRISTINA, ELLEN FISHER, LONI JANE, FAT2FITONFRUIT, RICE AND RAW, IZZY DAVIS, ETC. on youtube!!! DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND STOP BEING MISERABLE!!!! FEEL ALIVE! THE WAY NATURE INTENDED!!!!!

      LIVE IN ABUNDANCE, NOT RESTRICTION!!!!!!

      Forget about this “I quit sugar” BS!!

      • Elli

        Hi libby, what if, like me, you have been diagnosed as fructose intolerant and have to avoid several fruits and vegetables (not something i am happy about, as i now have to go without some of my personal favourites, but the alternative is not worth the pain nor being chained to the toilet seat). I am wary of quitting sugar, or rather i have an open mind, but if i follow your advice regarding eating heaps of fruit and veg, there is a lot of stuff i can’t have anyway so i’m damned either way it seems.

      • ParalegalJulie

        Libby – can you please explain the basis for 80/10/10? Please don’t tell me it is 80% carbs. I am type I diabetic (non working pancreas, diagnosed at age 6, insulin dependent) and I can best control my blood sugars with healthy carbs and lean meats and veggies. I am interested in this program but I don’t eat a lot of sugar and don’t crave that second piece of cake so maybe I quit sugar isn’t for me? thanks.

      • Clj

        Quiting sugar was the best this I ever did for my health!!! And I hardly ever ate processed sugar to begin with.

  • Sarah

    Hi there really keen on joining the 8-week program but im allergic to wheat will this be suitable for me :)

    • IQS_Team

      Hi Sarah,

      Yep, the 8-Week Program offers gluten-free options for every meal so this will suit your allergy.

  • Tara

    I am interested in doing the 8 week program but I am pregnant. Do you think that it is suitable during pregnancy?

  • denise a day

    HI Anybody else having trouble trying to log in to website ? I’ve just joined up for the Jan. 8 week program but can’t even get a password and have tried many times Help!

    • IQS_Team

      Hi Denise, are you still having issues with this? If so can you please email us at info@iquitsugar.com.

  • Belinda

    I am allergic to tree nuts and peanuts. Will suitable substitutes be given with the meal plans? Thanks!

  • Jenny Fallover

    Hi Is the plan vegetarian friendly?

  • Rochelle Avinu

    Can I eat plain rice crackers or rice cakes on the program?

    • IQS_Team

      They’re pretty much void of all nutrients, but yes you can still eat them on the Program.

  • Michelle Enzenroth

    I am thinking of trying the program, but I am concerned about losing weight. I have been doing better with sugar lately, but know I am still consuming a lot of it. I am 5′ 2″ and weigh 113 lbs, so I am leary about losing weight. Anything below 110 lbs would not be good for my body (I know from past experience) Any thoughts, ideas, or suggestions?

  • libby

    DO NOT QUIT SUGAR!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is possibly the worst mistake you could ever make!!! Our bodies run on sugar!! This lady, Sarah Wilson, does not know what she’s talking about.

    Scientific Reason: Think about it. . . Out closest relative in nature is what? The chimpanzee! Compared to the DNA of a chimp, our DNA is 98% the same. . . Now, what do chimps, monkeys, gorillas, etc. . eat? BANANAS!!! Sugar, is not something to be feared, sugar in the least! Do not deprive yourselves of what you need!! Eat abundantly. . . eat as many fruits and vegetables as you wish. . .

    Educate yourself: read 80/10/10 by Douglas Graham or the China Study by Campbell

    See those questions above? Want the answers??

    - Do you get an energy slump in the afternoon?

    Then you’re not eating enough sugar. Sugar is carbohydrates. Carbs give us energy we need. Try it, one morning eat FIVE BANANAS. It will not kill you, you will most definitely not gain weight. Then tell me, how great do you feel? You will feel alive, vibrant and energized; compared to this diet were you’re falling asleep and miserable. Check out Freelee the Banana girl, FullyRaw Kristina, Ellen Fisher, Loni Jane on Youtube and your life will change!!!!

    -Do you need something sweet after lunch or dinner?

    You need more sugar!!! We have a sweet tooth for a reason! DUUUHHH. We would not have been given one if we’re only made to eat “two pieces of fruit a day” THAT IS CRAP!!!

    -Does your stomach get bloated after eating?

    SURE? Then try PROPERLY FOOD COMBINING!!! You will be amazed at how light and vibrant you feel after a well combined meal of fresh, whole, ripe FRUITS!!!!! and veggies

    - Are you unable to eat just one piece of cake and walk away?

    You wanna know why? You’re sub conscience brain is telling you to eat the cake because you know that the cake is sweet, it has sugar. Your brain and every single one of the trillions of cells in your body crave sugar. Skip sugar, then be a depressed, slumpy and tired person. It is simple. Sugar releases serotonin, the feel good hormone. Don’t deprive yourself of what it needs. HOLD ON!! Im not saying eat the cake, the cake contains unnecessary amounts of animal, or saturated fats. Go for a big luscious bowl of sweet, fresh fruit!

    - Are you “podgy” around the middle, perhaps even slim everywhere else?

    Animal fat. Stop feeding yourself and your children processed animal fats. “You are what you eat”, so why would you want to feed your body animals products that are dead, decomposing pieces of rotting flesh, or secretions from an animals utter or vagina? Thats not all though. . . the animals that are killed for your consumption (yes even dairy cows and hens are killed for your dairy) are brutally beaten and killed. These animals are anxious, depressed and terrified. . . why would you want those toxins in your body, or your children’s’? CHECK OUT: EARTHLINGS on youtube. What you see will forever change your lives.

    - Do you often feel unclear?

    Once again, your brain thrives on glucose- SUGAR – when you deprive it of what they need. . . of course you’ll feel “unclear”… C’mon!!! Lets use our brains here LOL

    – That you’re not always sharp and on-form?

    Lack of glucose!! Fructose!!! BEAUTIFUL, FRESH, WHOLE, RIPE FRUITS AND VEGGIES!!!!!!

    Do you want to lose weight? Do you have an autoimmune issue and wonder if quitting sugar might make a difference?

    WATCH FREELEE THE BANANA GIRL, FULLYRAW KRISTINA, ELLEN FISHER, LONI JANE, FAT2FITONFRUIT, RICE AND RAW, IZZY DAVIS, ETC. on youtube!!! DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND STOP BEING MISERABLE!!!! FEEL ALIVE! THE WAY NATURE INTENDED!!!!!

    LIVE IN ABUNDANCE, NOT RESTRICTION!!!!!!

    Forget about this “I quit sugar” BS!

    • Sean

      811 is as big a scam like any other fad diet. It makes about as much sense as the one promoted here.

    • Kristen

      I’m pretty sure they are advocating cutting out processed, added sugar. There is sugar added to almost all processed food, so it takes a special approach to be aware of it and avoid it.

  • Yuki

    I’m breastfeeing, but after having gestational diabetes during pregancy I am keen to try the program. Do the meal plans allow for breastfeeing mums? I’d really like to try it.

  • Laura B

    Hi, i bought the I quit sugar book about 3 months ago. Coincidentally, I read it on the day that I had the most debilitating menstrual cramps since my teens (i am now 33). I quit sugar that day. I’ve pretty much followed the rules since and found it relatively easy to do so. Although I must admit that i’ve been drinking 1-3 glasses of wine or beer about 5 times a week (so i basically replaced sugar with more alcohol).. Generally, i felt pretty good the first couple weeks..waking up less tired and had more energy. My following period came at 28 days the following month (after monitoring a 33 day cycle for the past 3 years!) Painful period again but I tried Midol this time to manage the pain. Now, I’m up to 41 days and still no period…Anybody else having issues with their menstrual cycle? Oh and for people who are wondering about weight loss, I have to say that I easily lost about 2 to 5 pounds just by quitting sugar. My belly has been a lot flatter since so that’s good.

    • Emma

      Yes! I quit sugar last month … and regular as clock work 25 day cycle is 3 days late. Just did a pregnancy test – negative! I’m happy if my cycle lengthens. I hate having such frequent periods!

  • ParalegalJulie

    What about “diet” soda or Diet energy drinks? I have been reading about “diet” sugars metabolizing in your body just as if it were sugar. Is this true? Thank you!

  • Lavinia

    Heya, I am on day 4 of quitting sugar although I am doing it rather slowly (this week, no refined carbs or sugar woo) and I have had a headache for a day or two. Is this a normal side effect? I understand that some people think that this change of lifestyle isn’t right but I have spoken to my friend who is a nutritionist and agrees that the white stuff is nasty and I have health reasons which has made me reconsider how I eat. Thanks! (I’m using the program through the books)

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