Post-Holiday Sugar Purification Series: What to Eat/What Not to Eat

Has anyone started their sugar detox yet? I have and I have to tell you, it’s not bad. It never is. We started on Monday and we’re the kind of people that if we put our mind to a goal, we are unwavering. I hope you’ll consider joining us!

Post Holiday Sugar Purification: What to Eat/What Not to Eat

What this purification is: Detoxifying your body of white refined sugar and other unhealthy refined carbohydrates, such as white rice, white pasta, and white wheat. This includes processed foods because most processed foods have hidden sugars.

What this is not: A Paleo, Atkins, or similar “carbs are bad” diet. I love carbs – healthy carbs that is. By all means, load up on beans, fruit, and whole grains. Fruit is actually what will get you through this. Every time you crave sugar, have some fresh pineapple or an orange.

This is also not recommended for Type 1 diabetics or anyone whose diet is being monitored by a doctor. If you do have a condition where you have a very specific dietary restrictions, talk to your doctor before beginning this purification.

There are different levels of sugar purification.
  1. No added sugars at all. This includes honey, maple syrup, sucanat, and other unrefined sweeteners. No processed foods.
  2. Use raw organic honey and maple syrup (the real stuff, not Aunt Jemima) sparingly as sweeteners. Sucanat is an acceptable granulated alternative. But, please try to avoid it if you can. Even though it retain nutrients and is an unrefined form of sugar, we’re still trying to kick a habit here. Still no processed food.
  3. Incorporate some processed food (again, sparingly). Read labels very carefully and only use those products that have 1 or 2 grams of sugar per serving and make sure you stick to the serving size. Use honey, maple syrup, or sucanat if you must add a sweetener and look for processed foods with these ingredients instead of sugar.

Under all levels, you cannot under any circumstances, consume artificial sweeteners. These are actually more harmful than white sugar. Stay away from them even when you are not purifying.

Also avoid alcohol. Most people don’t even realize how much sugar and empty carbs they could eliminate by limiting their alcohol consumption.

If you just don’t think you can go cold turkey and are wondering where you can pick up sucanat, visit This is where I get mine. Use this link and you will get $10 off your first order. And, I’ll get $10, so it’s a win for everyone!

The first time I did a sugar purification, I went with #1. Quit cold turkey. I felt great and my metabolism went through the roof. Now that we are very particular on what we keep in our house year ’round and are very selective in the sweeteners and processed foods that we keep in our house, we generally do a #3. We are more focused on purging those sugar cravings that developed from not-so-healthy sweet treats of the holiday season and going back to normal sized portions and healthy snacks.

Check out these links for some help with your menu:

The Wellness Wife’s Clean Eating Menu

The Wellness Husband’s Clean Eating Menu

Buy Healthy, Save Money

Healthy Super Bowl Meal Options (in case you start before Feb. 1!)

Healthy Snacks for People on the Go

19 Ways to Lesson Your Resistance to Healthy Eating This Year


Peruse all of my healthy recipes and follow me on Pinterest for tons of healthy recipes. I even started a board to help you get through this sugar purification.

In the next post in this series, I will share specific recipes and snacks that have helped satisfy my sweet tooth during sugar detox.

Other Posts in This Series

Getting Started

Image is from the portfolio of “Witthaya Phonsawat” from, edited by The Wellness Wife.

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