Sunday, March 31, 2013

I QUIT SUGAR


... My Easter present from James. As you may know, we agreed not to buy chocolate eggs for each other (we get so many from his family) and so this is what he bought me! If you don't know about Sarah, you will soon - her star is on the rise and rightly so - she's smart, she's curious and consequently a minefield of information on health and well-being. Check out her blog and get acquainted!



I downloaded the e-version of I Quit Sugar (IQS) some time ago, which really helped me to quit sugar and gain some control over my sweet tooth. I felt it had more power over my eating habits than my own mind and will and it wasn't until I took all those excess, added sugars away that I realised just how addicted I was! IQS was an awesome preparation, motivation and reference for me throughout the whole process.

Though I have indulged from time to time, I feel great that I have reined in my addiction and now sugar doesn't tempt me as it did (but I must stay mindful as sugar consumption is a slippery slope for me). A really nice side effect of this decrease in the amount of sugars in my diet was that my stomach went as flat as a tack and stayed that way even after I'd eaten my three meals a day! I dropped a couple of kgs and felt really light and more energised than I thought I could - after the initial withdrawal, of course. 


Usually new eating plans don't give me that sudden, enlightened, brand new feeling that people rave on about so often. You know what I mean? Someone goes on a detox and suddenly the fog lifts and they can take on the world. Well, saying sayonara to sugar did something pretty monumental to me. I was never sluggish, never puffy, always alert, brain fog lifted and that second coffee I always needed mid-afternoon I realised I was only now purchasing out of habit, rather than necessity. It was just what I needed.




We eat mostly LCHF and one of the principles of that eating style is cutting out sugars and starches. Sarah's Paleo/IQS approach is really not too dissimilar and so I am excited to have a hard copy of the book not only for all the delicious recipes but also to reach for when I have sugar/carb cravings. She has an incredible way of talking to her readers, imparting wisdom as if a trusted friend. There's no preaching from  Ms. Wilson - just gentle and considered words that make a heck of a lot of sense. Even if you don't intend to quit sugar completely, this book is fantastic for its healthy recipes and as a general health-focused read. It's worth getting your hands on, I promise. Buy it here.




4 comments:

  1. I am really starting to think I have an issue with sugar, I just consume it constantly and never seem to stop! I am definitely going to be checking out her website, thanks for the post!

    Nancy | http://siddalee-lifestyle.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Anna, your article is a good inspiration. Most people don't realize that they consume tons of sugar everyday not knowing about the negative long term consequences.
      Now after 17 days of doing a 21day sugar detox challenge I truly realize how much sugar I consumed (ref:timreviews.com/21daysugardetox)
      Eloise

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    2. Thank you Anna, your article is a good inspiration. Most people don't realize that they consume tons of sugar everyday not knowing about the negative long term consequences.
      Now after 17 days of doing a 21day sugar detox challenge I truly realize how much sugar I consumed (ref:timreviews.com/21daysugardetox)
      Eloise

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  2. I looked at this the other day and meant to get it, but got sidetracked looking for books for my daughter. I'll have to pick it up this week. Great review. :)

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