Sunday, July 6, 2008

Sugar Fast Starts Tomorrow!

And I am so excited!

If you have never done a Sugar Fast before, there are a few things you might want to be aware of. The first week will be a tad bit hard. Days 3-5 will be the hardest. Day 7, you are home free and will begin to feel great!

I know that I mentioned that you could have a 'treat' on the 7th day, but if you can refrain from that for at least another week, you will reap many benefits. This fast is only for 28 days and that is not long.

Speaking of benefits of Sugar Fasting here are a few that I have listed:
  • Lower blood sugars
  • Lose weight
  • Reduce insulin resistance
  • Reduce symptoms of PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome-annoying & uncomfortable)
  • Improved endurance training and sports performance
  • Reduce heart disease
  • Lower lipids
  • Prevent diabetes
  • Prevent heart disease
  • Reduce hunger

I took the above right off of this web site that you can go to for more information - and something I want to add from personal experience is


Days 3-5 you will feel zapped or tired. But that will begin to improve on day 6. Day 7, you will feel great.

MONDAY Weigh and measure your waist. I hope that you have a prayer journal, either a written one or one on the computer. But have one somewhere. When we fast, we pray. God may lay one need, person, situation on your heart, He may lay dozens. You might want to write them down. I am finding that I need to write them down. Start to pray over these needs written in your journal. Ask God to remind you of them throughout the day. He will. Especially when you have that desire for that Mocha Cap, Sweet Iced Tea, Scoop of Ice Cream, that little piece of candy, etc. As you fast on that sugar, pray. When you put sweetener in your coffee, pray. As you prepare healthy foods for you and your family to eat, pray. You will be ministering to the Lord and you will see Him move.

What is included in the Sugar Fast?

  • Obviously-white sugar, refined sugar (that includes brown sugar. It is just white sugar with molasses added to it.)
  • Anything with sugar added to it.
  • White breads
  • White crackers and ... snacks. Yep. Full of white flour and yeast and sugar
  • Most cold cereals, especially those with the 2nd and 3rd ingredient listed "sugar" or "corn syrup" or "fruitose" or other fancy words for hidden sugars. Read the labels.
  • Anything with "..ose" tacked on the end of an ingredient they are mostly fancy words for hidden sugars. By the way, "Fat Free" items are full of "sugars".

Now your whole wheat breads and whole grain breads sold in the stores are cut with white flour. That is mostly what I purchase. It is better than the solid white bread. But if you want to be a purist go with pumpernickel bread. Sweet potatoes better than white potatoes. The occasional white potato is fine, just be careful of what you put on it. Same with sweet potato.

More on what you can eat:

  • Fresh Fruits and Veggies!
  • Fresh Frozen Fruits
  • Fresh Frozen Veggies
  • Meats
  • Eggs
  • Cheese
  • Milk & other Dairy
  • Whole Wheat and Whole grain products
  • Nuts
  • Brown Rice
  • Whole grain pasta

There is plenty out there to eat. Just read the labels! :-)

Love y'all!

Sugar Fast Scripture Theme: Acts 13:2 While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting , the Holy Spirit said , "Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them. "


Arlene said...

I love this page. I am on day 8 of a sugar fast. I am going to be obediant to the Lord. I have a million negative things going on. It was ruling my thoughts. I have been in prayer and fasting.

I can not humble myself more than my face flat on the floor. I have been there way too many times this past year.

Holly said...

Hello, I know I should go on a sugar fast, but I haven't started yet. I searched "sugar fast" and I found this site. Wow I was surprised to then find that its a christian site at that! Thank you Jesus. I have enjoyed reading your comments so much that I'm motivated to begin very soon! I will keep ya'll posted. ty

Amy said...

I am so glad to have found your blog! I started a sugar fast yesterday, and I found your blog today after looking up the side effects of cutting out all sugar from your diet. I have had quite the headache today (day 2), but I am greatly encouraged by your blog. I also have insulin resistance / PCOS and look forward to reading more of your posts. Thank you for this post (many years later, it looks!) and God bless.

Will Riddle said...

Hey folks. I have quit refined sugar (and HFCS) until I can drop 30 pounds. I'm guessing it may take me 6 months or so. I'm not having big problems with sugar cravings (I'm hitting the OJ hard) but I'm on day 8 and feeling listless. Day 1,2,3,5 were hard but six and seven were fine. Anyone have comments? Do I have more listless days ahead?

Melissa Wertz said...

You are doing great now. For most people it is 7 to 10 days. After two weeks, you will start feeling a higher energy level like you have not felt in a long time. Now if you eat sugar, you will have a listless or hungover feeling shortly after. But as long as you stay off the sugar, you will see an definite change in physical well being. Congrats!!!!

Sullivan said...

What Holly said here, all the same goes for me. I'm starting tomorrow. I wasnt planning on fasting and praying, but its been impressed upon me so i shall, and i thnink i know i'll get more out of it that way. THanks :)

Anonymous said...

Is oatmeal acceptable in a sugar fast?

Melissa Wertz said...

Yes, oatmeal is a great source of complex carbs. Perfect for sugar fasting. I will eat it as a snack in the afternoons. Old fashion rolled oats are the best. I cook a small bowl up in the microwave. A little fruit or nuts to go along with it is perfect!

Mandy said...

I have five children, one of whom has Autism. I have had only four hours of sleep and I am not feeling well. When I woke up this morning I feel that the Lord set upon my heart to fast from sugar and I know that I haven't ever felt this way before or approached a healthier lifestyle for my children in this way. I know that since He led me to it, He will see me (**us) through it!
Wish us luck and please, keep us in your prayers.

Val said...

should honey be omitted from my diet on a sugar fast?

Val said...

Should I omit honey on a sugar fast?

Melissa Wertz said...

Val, I have the most success when I do not use honey. However, I like a little sweet in my tea. Honey still has calories. And I love it.

In a sugar fast, I have the most success when I cut out all sugars (including honey) and white starches (breads, etc.)

Have a great day!

Tonia said...

I googled "beginning a sugar fast" and this blog site was the first on the list!!! Thank you Jesus!!! I will begin tomorrow. I am not a sugaraholic :), but the stressors in my life have taken me to candy, doughnuts, chips and cookies. I need to get back to my "clean" eating and I know its going to be hard because the stress is still here and won't be going away for a while so God sent me here so I can pray and fast! Thanks for the scripture!

Brittany said...

What about popcorn?

Melissa Wertz said...

Brittany, I did not eat popcorn except on a cheat day when I added that in. It is a starch. Filling, full of fiber, but otherwise an empty starch.