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Day#2 – Whole30 – The sugar debate and carrot salad

Carrot salad |

I can still vividly remember our very first Whole30. We weren’t allowed any sugars, so naturally the first thing that springs to mind is cookies, cakes and candy. But it was a total shock to discover that sugar is literally in almost everything. And when I say everything, I really mean everything… Take for instance a package of ground beef. You don’t really expect that that would have sugar in it, right? A package of sandwich ham, there is sugar in it… Fishsauce, sugar again and the list goes on. It’s quite maddening really.

The alternative – of course – is making everything yourself from scratch, but while I have no issues making tomato sauce or something like that, I don’t really see myself making a ham and smoking or cooking it. Or whatever you do to a ham. So we’re depending on what we can find here. It’s easy to make your own ground meats from chicken or beef, but really start reading the labels on the meats! I could have guessed there would be all sorts of things in a schnitzel but why would there be more than just porc inside porkchops?? I find that utterly weird… I guess partially it is for preservation maybe? But still…. weird…

Carrot salad |

The sugar police will tell you that sugar is addictive. And they will tell you that companies put sugar in everything because it will get you addicted to their stuff, making you buy it more often. Sweet is delicious and people want to have sweet stuff.

During our whole 30 áll sugar is off limits, including artificial sweeteners and even natural sugar like honey. The reasoning behind it is that you need to get rid of that urge to eat sweet. And wether it is artificial or natural, sweet is sweet and so off limit for the whole30.

And sweet for me is one of those things… I think I am seriously addicted to the stuff. And I want to get rid of that. Because quite frankly, I don’t react all that well to sugar. If I eat to much I do not simply have a sugar dip, I have a whole sugar crater more like it. Well maybe that is the same for everyone else; I honestly don’t know. I just know it doesn’t feel all that good. And still I keep stuffing my face with more of it.

And that sugar is not good for you is a well known fact right? It’s the same with smoking almost; everyone knows it’s bad for you and still you keep doing it (well I don’t. I quit smoking 16 years ago.. ;))


Entire books are filled with the effect that sugar has on your body. It gives you an increased risk to all sorts of illnesses, varying from cancer, diabetes, auto immune diseases and so on. That I love sugar is pretty obvious when you look at my blog. And I will not say that I will never eat sugar again (the idea!!) but I do want to get rid of those uncontrollable urges (those that go “I WANT SUGAR! NOW!!!) I am having right now.

And during our first go on the whole30 that worked pretty well. After two weeks we have a giant dip because you’re body needs to move from burning carbs to burning fat for fuel, but once you’ve passed that stage you really do feel awesome. It’s really true.

And because there are so many stories and articles about sugar I wanted to include a list here below but seriously; the opinions vary so wildly that it seemed a bit weird to do so. It’s varying from foundations telling you sugar is a necessary food (??) to others that tell you it is the white poisson from hell… If you’re interested in the topic than google it. You’ll get lost in the chaos I am sure.

Whatever the case ; we have finished day 1… The first day is generally easy; you’re still fully convinced this is the right thing to do. Motivation is high.. So what did we eat on day 1? (Obviously I will be posting the report of each day with one day delay so I can give you an account of the entire day. Not just the morning)



Omelette with tomatoes and spring onion


Salad of lamb’s lettuce, smoked chicken, roasted hazelnuts and a dressing of olive oil, red wine vinegar and pepper and salt


This delicious carrot salad. We made it before, during our first whole 30 but it needed something extra that time, so this is the new and improved version


Carrot salad

Carrot salad |
  • Author: Adapted from Hallo Paleo by Willeke Linneman
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Salads


  • 500 gr grated carrots
  • 300 gr ground beef
  • curry madras spice mix
  • pepper
  • salt
  • cilantro
  • mint
  • roasted hazelnuts


  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • red wine vinegar
  • pepper
  • salt
  • splash of orange juice


  1. Bake the ground beef with the spices and break it down into small bits.
  2. Roast the hazelnuts in a frying pan briefly and leave to drain on kitchen paper
  3. Put the grated carrots into a bowl and once the beef is cooled a little add to the carrots and mix well. Season with additional salt and pepper if needed.
  4. Make the dressing by adding the ingredients together and mix well
  5. Add the dressing and the hazelnuts to your carrots and eat!

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  • Reply
    July 15, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    I love sweet treats, but I try not to use too much refined (white) sugar…

    This salad looks realyl appetizing! A great combination of flavors.



    • Reply
      Simone van den Berg
      July 17, 2014 at 10:17 am

      That’s a good strategy not to eat too much of the refined stuff! And yes the salad is great!

  • Reply
    July 15, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    interesting! so no ‘added’ sugar, but, inherent sugars are allowed?

    I don’t crave sugar but am tempted to try this regime only to see what impact it would have on me!

    • Reply
      Simone van den Berg
      July 17, 2014 at 10:19 am

      He Asha. You should. It’s been a real eye opener for me the first time. It’s different now as we know what to expect, which is good in a way. We know the hurdles ahead! And yes, inherent sugars are allowed, even though they do urge you to limit the amount of natural sugars in fruits as well. Natural or not it will still spike your blood sugar and that’s what you try to avoid in this stage.

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    Thalia @ butter and brioche
    July 16, 2014 at 8:10 am

    good luck with the no sugar challenge! this carrot salad looks so delicious. who needs sweets when food can looks as good as that carrot salad… definitely one i will be creating in my kitchen

    • Reply
      Simone van den Berg
      July 17, 2014 at 10:21 am

      I know right? I do still love to have something sweet every now and then but not in the next 30 days for sure!

  • Reply
    July 16, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Good luck Simone
    Giving up sugar entirely is not an easy thing to do. The carrot salad looks delicious to me. I used to be a sugar addict as a child, but trained myself to avoid it. Now a bite or two is just enough for me. I like salt.

    • Reply
      Simone van den Berg
      July 17, 2014 at 10:22 am

      Thanks Angela. It’s not easy to give up sugar indeed. Especially since they put it into everything! I love salt too. I guess I am a sweet and savory kind of girl.. 😉

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    John@Kitchen Riffs
    July 16, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    The way I understand it, the deal with the sugar (and starchy things and carb-heavy fruits and veggies) is they’ll convert into glucose in your body, which your body burns rather than fat. By not eating that stuff, you’re forced to burn fat. Basically same deal as the Atkins diet. Of course my understanding is pretty limited on this stuff! Anyway, it’s not that sugar is bad (although too much of anything is), but that eating it does inhibit fat burning. Anyway, this carrot salad looks wonderful! And good thing I’m not on the Whole 30, so I can enjoy it. 😉 BTW, good luck!

    • Reply
      Simone van den Berg
      July 17, 2014 at 10:25 am

      Yes that is indeed part of the problem with sugar John. Your body will always go for the easy option if there is sugar available, but I do find the whole30 very different from the Atkins diet (which I have never done, so I might get it wrong) as that is really almost only proteins you’re eating. I can vaguely remember my mother in law doing the Atkins diet and she had to consume endless amounts of ham.. Lol.. But like I said I’ve never really looked into that.
      There is also some other things wrong with sugar and the way sugar behaves in the body, but yes the fat burning is definitely a big part of it! Thanks John!

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