Sugar Coma.

I’ve been asked a few times about adding sugar back into my diet after the detox.  If you’ve followed my blog since the beginning of the year, you’ll know that I did a month long sugar free detox.  It also included artificial sweeteners.  Long story short, it wasn’t the most difficult thing I have ever done and my body felt good doing it. I felt like it got a little boring towards the end because removing sugar wasn’t a big deal anymore. 

Several people have asked how I have been feeling adding sugar back into my diet so I thought I would do one final post.

First, I think it’s important to note that I didn’t go from 0 grams of sugar to 500 or immediately the next eat a dozen donuts. I have casually brought sugar and artificial sweetener back into my life.

It would be unrealistic for me to think that after this challenge I would never have artificial sweetener again. is something I could never and will never commit too.  My vice in the morning is my daily wawa coffee.   I think my coffee instagram handle should be called fueledbycoffee since I’ve been posting a #coffeeaday for 544 days.

This is me enjoying whip cream and coffee....but mostly whip cream.

This is me enjoying whip cream and coffee….but mostly whip cream.

For a few days after the challenge I opted to keep my sugar low and add artificial sweetener back into my daily coffee.  The first day of February brought my first sweetened coffee (with the lovely yellow wawa packets).  It tasted delicious and it was everything I missed.  I didn’t mind black and plain coffee and could tolerate it but I will always enjoy sweetened coffee more.

I didn’t know if my body would have a strange reaction after not having sugar/artificial sweetener for a month.  I read a few articles on both sides.  Some people had issues and some didn’t.  I held off for a few days before getting the big sugar filled dessert I had been wanting all month.




The diner came out with a new red velvet cake January 1st and I had been wanting this cake since.  It was certainly worth the wait.

I think taking about sugar and artificial sweeteners are

First artificial sweeteners:

I normally keep my artificial sweetener limited to my morning coffee and occasionally pancakes if I make them.  I’ve honestly been enjoying eggs more lately so pancakes and waffles are in the minority right now.  I would say on average I use 10 packets of artificial sweetener in various coffees, hot cocoa or food daily.  Typing that out makes me realize I have been craving far more savory food lately then sweet.  Eggs over pancakes, what is this madness?


I have slowly been integrating sugar into my diet daily too.  Even though I enjoy dessert, cake and ice cream I’ve never been obsessed.  Now that my detox challenge is over I’m not avoiding dessert.  If I want cake (red velvet cake) I’m going to eat cake.  I don’t eat cake, ice cream or cookies every night but do enjoy it when I do.

My body does not feel a rebellion from adding sugar.  A lot of people who have done a detox challenge have mentioned their bodies feel shocked once they add sugar back in.  I can honestly say that mine does not.  I will admit that I feel better with minimal sugar but I don’t feel like I’m going into a sugar coma from a little bit or from the red velvet cake.


I am enjoying life with sugar and artificial sweetener but I am definitely using less.  I am having a little less artificial sweetener and things seem to taste a lot sweetener then they did.  We will see how this lasts .  If you have any other questions feel free to ask.

Please don’t forget to vote for Napa.  1.5 weeks to go! 

Questions for you:

How much sugar or artificial sweetener do you have in your diet? 


27 responses

  1. i think with the whole 30 i struck that balance too, like realizing i didn’t need as much as i normally thought and craving more savory in the end. it still scares me to look back at how much I used to be using, no wonder my stomach hated me!

  2. I’m a sugarholic Hollie thats one of my biggest vices but I can curtail it when necessary and I don’t have to have it everyday. I really dont have a strict rule with it although I do cut out all artificial sugars and sweets about two to three weeks prior to any races I just seem to perform better when doing so. That red velvet cake looks soooo freaking yum hahaha lol. Yep! Red velvet anything and peanut butter cups are my weakness. Guess you know what I’m having after next week’s race ha!

  3. I appreciate your honesty in this. I find so many people do a whole30 or detox and then rant about the evils of sugar and saying they’ll never eat it again. Not realistic !!

  4. when i was eating really strict paleo i found that balance between what was just enough to make it sweet and now when i have lattes and the like I find it overwhelmingly sweet.

    that red velvet cake…

  5. Nice post! I don’t use artificial sweetener, but I do have a huge weakness for peanut butter + chocolate! Ugh, it’s hard to resist and oh, I love cake, too! I applaud you for your detox.

  6. I use almost no artificial sweetener, but plenty of sugar – which needs work. I think I’m back to where I was before the challenge, which I blame on running… But I need to work on it so it doesn’t affect my training!

  7. I put 2 artificial sweetener packets in my cup of coffee each morning, but I am also thinking my cup is a lot smaller than yours bc you go to the gas station and usually they have at least 12 oz cups. I also use a sweetened creamer. Honestly, I could see putting 10 packets in a very large cup of gas station coffee just bc of the size of the coffee. 8 oz. of coffee is really different than 16-20 oz :). Usually when I go to the gas station and fill up my mug I use at least 4 packets!

    That cake looks absolutely delicious, and that’s the kind of sugar I love, hehe. I still think it’s cool you did the detox experiment and posted about it even if you don’t want to keep that going long term… which I do not blame you!

  8. You know, it’s funny — I used to eat what I think of as a “normal” amount of sugar, but for no particular reason, over the last few years my sugar intake has dropped to almost nothing (except for fruit). When I do crave dessert, I definitely have it, but it’s just not something that appeals to me much anymore. (I might have a dessert or some other kind of sweet once every couple of months.) The exceptions are maple syrup in my oatmeal on the weekends, honey in my tea maybe once or twice a week, and the occasional cocktail with some kind of liqueur or simple syrup in it (but even then, I REALLY dislike sweet cocktails & tend to prefer the dryer, more tart ones). Artificial sweeteners, I’ve never used, which is I think a side effect of having a bunch of overeducated chemist / biologist friends who tend to share what they know about research on the chemicals in some of the more popular artificials. :-/

  9. I’m actually more of a savory person and would usually choose seconds on dinner vs dessert but my one vice is splenda in my coffee. And I drink a LOT of coffee. My friend was actually shocked that I use it and the quantity because I am so “healthy” and “run a lot” pffftt if my vice is splenda (probably in the ballpark of your daily intake) then I am just fine with that.

  10. I love sugar! I don’t use any artificial sugars because I can’t stand the taste. I don’t think I could live without any sugar for even a day. I did cut down my sugar intake in my coffee and tea recently but I don’t think it was enough to see a difference. I love sweets, in fact I just had a cookie after my health salad that I had for lunch. I give you so much credit for cutting it out for a month, very difficult to do in my life.

  11. I have a huge sweet tooth, but my most common cravings are usually for fruit so I don’t feel bad for satisfying them. That being said, desserts happen on a regular basis and chocolate is pretty much a daily thing. I don’t like cutting things out from my diet because it just makes me want them more. As long as I’m eating a pretty balanced diet and not craving cake for every meal, I figure I’m doing alright.

  12. I have 2 splenda in ever cup of Joe each morning (even my decaf). I have been watching the amount of sweets I have been eating and noticing a difference. Mainly limiting chocolate, I realize I was eating a lot more of it than I thought before!

  13. I am not a huge sugar fan! I only use it in my coffee and I limit that to a couple drops of stevia, but I am sure a lot of the food I do eat contains ton of sweetener! Like my protein powder, questbars and some of my nut butters so I am sure I get my sweets in!

  14. I used to use artificial sweetener on everything but now I use none. I do however put foofy creamers in my coffee (1 per day) which to me is the opposite of how I want to eat but it’s my one big vice! I can’t drink black coffee so a sugar free month would entail coffee with plain coconut milk which sounds awful! Or black – worse! 🙂

    I do put a little brown sugar on my oatmeal in the morning and I eat a vegan dessert a few days a week and when there is something delicious like that cake I will eat it! My sugar habits have dramatically decreased since my college years when I was addicted to diet coke, Splenda and 100 calorie pack cookies!

    Anyway cheers to you for surviving one month!!! And I think it’s very sane/normal of you to add back the sugar – everything in moderation right?!

  15. It’s interesting to hear your perspective on it, especially since I’ve never done anything like this! I honestly think I’d be fine giving up sugar, but it’s salty things that are my vice 😉

  16. I’ve just recently bought a box of Stevia packets, it’s the most natural, and 1 packet is only 1 gram, and it tastes good too. I carry them in my purse, in case I buy a latte. I wish I could drink regular coffee, I just can’t get passed the taste.

  17. I feel like I really need to work on reducing my sugar. I know I am guilty of way too much, but I somehow rationalize this by the fact that I eat pretty healthfully and I don’t eat a ton of sweets. Most of my sugar is from fruits, yogurt and the artificial sweetener in my morning coffee.

  18. I’ve never had a big ‘real’ sweet tooth, but lately I’ve been eating a fair bit of gelato- just for the novelty of it (not that the taste is bad!). Since trying to adopt a more slightly paleo style of eating, my artificial sweetener has decreased significantly- except for gum, diet soda on occasion and the pre bed scoop of protein powder…something I will NOT be giving up!

    Thanks for the honest posts as usual!

  19. It’s all about moderation. I’ll go through phases when I’ll crave sugary things (usually it coincides with a monthly something if you catch my drift ;)), but I’ve definitely become more of a savory person this past year. I probably have eggs for breakfast 5/7 days. 🙂

  20. Hollie, you are my idol! I literally could not do it! When I cut all sugar out for my peak season in college, I not only put on weight through trying to “fill the void” and was miserable, but once I added sugar back in….I went CRAZY and couldnt get enough of it. My stomach flipped out, but I couldnt stop myself! Running did not go very well that week! I have run my best times through just cutting it down….but my cutting down is still probably your high sugar diet!

    I love that cake though, yum yum yum!

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