Put the Smackdown on Sugar. The ultimate 21 day Sugar Detox.

I don’t need to tell you that sugar is bad for you. But, I’m going to anyway. Refined processed, junky sugar is…. REALLY BAD FOR YOU.  Like most of you, I’ve had a love/ hate relationship with sugar my entire adult life. I don’t have a typical sweet tooth – I don’t even like super sweet fruit.  And I could care less about candy, donuts, cakes, pies, soda… that stuff doesn’t even enter my food radar. What really gets me going though, is rich, decadent chocolate, raw chocolate milk and home made gluten free brownies… ummm, so I have a bit of a chocolate thing going on.

While an occasional dessert is no biggy and should be enjoyed to the fullest – having gluten free brownies around as a staple is no bueno!  So, starting tomorrow, January 4th I’m eliminating sugar for the next 21 days. That means no:

  • white granulated sugar
  • brown sugar
  • maple syrup
  • agave nectar
  • honey
  • fruit juice or fruit juice sweetened food
  • stevia – because it’s sweet and you want to recalibrate your taste buds too
  • no refined white flour – it acts like sugar in the body
  • no sugar substitutes – no diet drinks
  • no alcohol

Why you should do the 21 day sugar detox and what it’s gonna do for you.

If you cringe at the idea of removing sugar from your diet for a mere three weeks, then you DEFINITELY need to do the Sugar Smackdown. Not only are you giving yourself the gift of health, but you are going to recalibrate your taste buds so that real food is exciting again.

And…. wait for it…. you are also turning on the fat burning mechanism. By eliminating sugar your body finally has an opportunity to utilize the fat it has stored for energy. When you consume a lot of sugar, the body rarely needs to tap into its fat cells for energy (there are exceptions to this, but not going to go into that). That’s because immediately consumed sugar provides the body with glucose or the fuel it needs to move, live, breath etc….  The problem is, we are eating WAY too much of it and the body can’t use it, so it stores it as fat for later.  If you eliminate or reduce your sugar intake, or eat foods that have a very low glycemic load, your body has a chance to ignite this fat burning response.

You’ll have more energy, mental clarity and focus. You’ll sleep better at night and feel more rested in the morning.  You’ll lose weight, clear up your skin, improve digestion and gut function etc…

Just in case you need a reminder – let’s look a bit deeper into the dark side of junky processed sugar:

  • it suppresses your immune system
  • promotes weight gain and obesity
  • disrupts the mineral balance
  • contributes to depression, anxiety and mood swings
  • promotes gut dysbiosis or over growth of bad bacteria in the gut such as candida
  • causes an insulin response, contributing to insulin resistance and diabetes
  • can cause hormonal imbalances
  • increases risk for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
  • disrupt the body’s pH balance
  • can cause hypoglycemia
  • will reduce good HDL cholesterol and increase bad LDL cholesterol
  • prohibits weight loss

How to do the Sugar Smackdown 21 day sugar detox

It’s easy. Really. All you have to do for the next 21 days is eliminate ALL sugar and everything that tastes sweet. That includes sugar substitutes found in diet drinks (you shouldn’t be drinking those anyway for health reasons!)

So what can you eat?

All that is covered in the Sugar Smackdown program. Join the group to get access to the fully-loaded Sugar Smackdown program.

When you join the tele-class you’ll get:

  • The Sugar Smackdown manual – with the complete list of No Foods and Go Foods
  • 21 day meal plan
  • Access to the private Facebook support group
  • Expert interviews about balancing hormones, fitness for fat loss, digestive health and more

Click below for more info! The 21 day sugar detox is a holistic mind/body turbo boost!



Erin HugginsPut the Smackdown on Sugar. The ultimate 21 day Sugar Detox.

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  2. Eric

    So why no stevia? I’ll be following, I’ve started a Paleo diet (Mark Sisson). For me the sugars are easy, the no grain (even whole) is tough, although minimal amounts of quinoa, barley and chick peas seem acceptable

    Love your energy!


  3. Grit

    I’m joining, too. The nutritionist I have sessions with right now (I’m going to lose 45 lb in the next 2 years) tells me to leave out carbs in the evening anyway. 😉

  4. Janelle

    So far I have myself and 2 others signed on! Are sweet potatoes okay? I don’t know where they fall as far as veggies…or plantains, but I would assume since they are both naturally sweet that they are both sugar packed.

    Also, what is the protocol if one falls off the wagon?

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    The reason I say no stevia is because it taste sweet. Not only do we want to do this for health reasons, but for me I’m wanting to recalibrate my taste buds too. The best way to do this is to eliminate everything that taste sweet, including stevia 🙂 Technically speaking though, stevia is totally fine as it has no glycemic load etc… Just be aware if you are one of those people that need to recalibrate your taste for sweets.

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    Awesome Janelle! Say goodbye to sweet potatoes and plantains during the next 21 days. There is NO falling off the wagon allowed 🙂

  7. Linda

    I’m totally doing this. What a great idea.
    I’m looking forward to seeing your meal plans too…very helpful.

    I will be writing about this on my blog and FB as well!

  8. Susan

    I have 120lbs to lose. I have already committed to the 21 day challenge. This is a good wait to start. Especially since I am addicted to sugar at the moment.

  9. Alma

    I’m excited! I know I’m kind of a sugar addict and this is just the kick I need! BTW, you’re pilates work out videos on youtube are AWESOME!

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    I’d think coconut water would be okay. But if it’s sweet you aren’t going to have the opportunity to recalibrate those taste buds! So make sure it’s not sweet and it’s the fresh coconut water.

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  13. Eric

    Erin, Can you talk to us about alcohol, during the sugar smackdown, currently I’m abstaining, 2 weeks now, but definetly jonsin for some Cabernet.

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    Eric, you have made it two weeks without cabernet, you can make it a few more. Believe me, I get it. And if you’re going to commit, do it full out! Alcohol is totally fine in moderation. But, during a cleanse it’s a no go.

  15. Beets

    I’m going to do it. Right before christmas I did it for a week and it was hard. But I felt really good. I would be a bite into an energy bar and think, Hmm, this tastes really sweet. It taught me that I really need to read all labels carefully. (I eat mostly homemade food but I do have the occasional Kind bar.) Also, some brands of sprouted bread have sugar in them so beware.

    The real killer for me is wine. 🙁 I love an occasional glass of wine at night. I was going to not have any this week as part of a kick of 2010 plan but I will shoot for three weeks instead.

    Thanks for posting this.

  16. Christina

    Hey Erin!
    I’m inspired! I know that I can do this! How do grains (oats/rice) and whole grained pastas stand in this no-sugar detox? Good luck! -Christina

  17. Andrea

    Erin- I’m digging this so far today. I’m not craving any sugar…yet. Did South Beach in the past and as I recall the cravings were overwhelming 3-4 days in. But, I’m committed.

    I have a few questions:
    I know all fruits/veggies are best raw, but can I oven roast some veggies – like brussel sprouts (are brussel srpouts even ok to eat)?
    Can I have steel cut oats in the morning? Would love them mixed with some grated granny smith apple or chopped banana…
    Is non-raw milk cheese (i.e., regular cheese) ok?

    Thank you!

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    Andrea ~ eat as many veggies, raw or cooked (except sweet potatoes) as you like. Roasted brussel sprouts sound amazing! Steel cut oats are perfect. And regular milk is totally fine too. Just make sure the banana is green tipped, otherwise it will have a ton of sugar in it. All sounds good!!

  19. michael marcum

    I am going to smackdown that sugar sagar. I will be watching the menu ideas. Cause I really don’t know where to start. Wish me luck.

  20. AndiMAC

    This sounds really good and I like it since I am a diabetic. I’ve somewhat detoxed a few months ago and it really helped me avoid eating all the nasties during the holidays (cakes cookies etc) But what happens when the detox is over? Then what?

  21. Liz

    I am going to sit and watch and prepare for next week’s smackdown. I want to hear how your first week goes first. My whole family is coming along for the ride. But like another poster, I need some menu ideas, etc.

  22. Amy B H

    Wow….I decided to start my 21 days…. I’m on day four and my head is *throbbing.*. I know it’s some kind of withdrawal…. It felt like this when I quit caffeine. Nary a drop of any refined anything has passed my lips since Saturday. Only organic, minimally processed, sustainable, nutrient rich food—and lots of it! Instead of posing a challenge, this pain is only making my resolve stronger! Here’s to health!! Thanks for the tips, Erin!

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  24. Cassie

    I just started the sugar smackdown today and I’m amazed at how easy it has been. I am a true sugar addict and emotional eater. I have always known how bad refined sugar is for my body, but I started researching sugar addiction and found Erin’s “Sugar Smackdown” as well as her 4 steps to changing a behaviour or belief. Combining the two has been amazing! I have tried quitting sugar several times, and failed miserably. I have been super discouraged lately with my weight and just how I feel physically. I had a beautiful baby girl almost 10 months ago. I lost weight immediatly after, but then platued becuase of my sugar addiction/emotional eating. It’s been extremely frustrating. I’m so glad that I found this information. Erin, you rock!!!! Thanks for the incredible inspiration. I watched your youtube video of the 4 steps to changing a behaviour…and I will never be the same!

  25. Leelan

    I have a 9 month old son, my first. I started eating sugar in my third trimester in an attempt to raise my energy. I was a complete addict! I started the cleanse and feel amazing. I have 8 lbs left and am confident I will Los all the weight with this and change my life of eating

  26. Selin

    Hello Erin.I think you’re faboulous! I wanna ask that in sugar detox carbonhydrates are only allowed to be taken in veggies? I’ve read all above and what I understand is no type of breads is allowed,even made of raw grain like rye,oat etc. Am I right?

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    Erin Huggins

    Close. In the Sugar Smackdown program I go into a few different options. One would still allow sprouted grains – spouted grain bread, sprouted grain tortillas etc, fruit and veggies for carbs. And another option is for fat loss where we take out certain foods that will assist in relieving inflammation, support liver detox, fat metabolism etc. So, it just depends on what your body needs.

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