Jennifer Ellison goes cold turkey from sugar on show with medics called
Published 19/01/2016 | 00:11
Jennifer Ellison became so unwell when she went cold turkey from sugar that medics had to be called in.
The dancer and West End star was taking part in ITV show Sugar Free Farm, which sees celebrities quitting sugar for two weeks - instead living together on a country farm, helping to produce wholesome and healthy food.
Ellison was joined by musical theatre star Jane McDonald, comedian Rory McGrath, quiz master Mark Labbett, actress Tupele Dorgu, and The Only Way Is Essex's James "Arg" Argent.
But medics were called in when McDonald and Ellison suffered from withdrawal symptoms.
Ellison said: "I got hit the hardest with withdrawal, as my sugar intake was the highest. I was picking carrots with Jane on the farm and every time I bent down I felt like someone was standing on my eyeballs. I felt physically sick.
"I had the worst headache I've ever, ever felt. If you've ever detoxed, take that feeling and times it by 10. We were detoxing from processed food, sugar, alcohol, everything.
"It was literally like someone had put my head in a vice and was just twisting it and twisting it. It felt like my eyes might pop out of my head."
Before the programme she was consuming six to eight cans of Coca-Cola per day, alongside snacks of Mars bars and jelly sweets, as she balanced the demands of motherhood with running her dance school business.
She also suffered from lack of confidence, declining auditions because she felt too fat and unhealthy.
At the start of her experience at Laverstoke Park Farm in Hampshire, the 32-year-old said: "They asked would I be interested in doing the Chicago tour and I've had to say no because I couldn't go on stage like this.
"So I'm just in a mess. I have got to make a change, I do know that, and that's why I'm here."
She went on to lose a stone and a half.
Looking back, she said: "I'd never had a day without sugar before. I was terrified of what was going to happen to my body and the withdrawal symptoms I'd have."
Arg struggled more with the practical element of the programme when he had to help with the farming.
He explained: " I did have a bit of an incident with some milk, in that unfortunately I spilt rather a lot of it. I don't think one of the farmers was too impressed with me. It was quite a substantial amount."
Ellison added: "I was partnered with Arg a lot and in the nicest possible way, he was pretty useless.
"He actually made the trip for me because he was so nice and so funny. He was just on another level. I said, 'I didn't know guys existed like you.' He just didn't have a clue."
:: Sugar Free Farm starts Tuesday January 26 at 8pm on ITV.