I Quit Sugar

  • By The Alchemist About Town
  • 12 Jan, 2017

New Year, New You - #IQS8wp challenge

January is the month when the majority of people set New Year resolutions of one kind or another, often about losing weight , get well and become fit.
In my recent  business blog   "The Power of Goal Setting" I said I I don't believe in New Year resolutions : to me they sounds like something that we should do,that might be good for us, but boy they are such a pain and sacrifice  that we give up at the first obstacle or opportunity ( let's face it, we give up quite easily too ), but I do believe in the power of goal setting.

Goal setting  (not target setting or tasks listing) is a powerful process for thinking about the ideal future, and for motivating yourself to turn the vision of this future into reality, "goals are dreams with deadlines" -quote - Tony Robbins. 
If one of your goal is New Year New You, to be well and lose weight than I suggest trying the  "I Quit Sugar"  book and/or the programme.
Wilson was a self-confessed sugar addict, eating over 30 teaspoons of sugar every day. She'd developed mood disorders, a weight issue, sleep problems and an overactive thyroid. She knew she had to make a change. In January 2011, she decided to quit sugar. What started as an experiment soon became a way of life, and she hasn't looked back since.

 I do not believe in diets as such ( they don't work); I believe in eating fresh seasonal food, not processed, cooking rather than microwaving, 3 square meals a day ( preferably in courses); for me food is also a sensory pleasurable experience rather than checking nutrients, i do not deprive myself, if I fancy something sweet, I have it, in moderation ( I know, very continental - to be fair some of the most long eve people in the world are either French or Italians).
That is why her approach ( book and programme) resonates with me; they both provide a step-by-step guide to kicking the habit (sugar), a sensible, simple and accessible guide to return to a more natural way of eating, to getting well (and losing weight in the process).
I liked the fact that there isn't a prescriptive diet  menu  but rather a simple and accessible process of elimination first (sugar, processed foods), and crowding up later with wholesome nutrients. a way to reconnect with your taste buds, your natural appetite, and portion control.
The recipes in the books are good albeit with some very Aussie ingredients; there is however a pattern in the book, that she keeps the ingredients to a limited amount using the same ones in a lot of recipes so once you've bought them, or found substitutes, you can use them for a multitude of things and they won't go to waste ( and what you cannot source locally , there is always the ever useful Amazon, delivering right to your door).

For me, the most important thing is that the   " I Quit Sugar"   book/philosophy is  not a  diet/task/resolution  is a lifestyle
If you are an habitual dieter, still looking for "the perfect one", give this a go,
If you have constant cravings, sugary cravings and feel tired all the time, give this a go.
 The actual
 I Quit Sugar 8 weeks programme starts today ( 12 January)

Articles and website on sugar and its effect on health, for information:
SugarScience
Harvard Medical School
Global Research  




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By The Alchemist About Town 22 Sep, 2017
I am so utterly delighted that my book is now out, available to order both on paperback and on Kindle edition just in time for Business Women's Day - YES!!!!!! :-) 

STOP IT! It's all in your head   is my labour of love and my way to encourage, inspire and empower women to achieve what they want professionally and not be confined by societal, religious, family paradigms of what " women should do/are like" and, most importantly, the restrictions in their head.
If that is being CEO of a Global Company or a stay-at-mum or Director of Paperclip ( whatever grabs your fancy) so be it.

Writing this book was also a personal challenge ( the 30 days thingy) which confirmed to me once and for all that you can really do whatever you set your mind to, if you really want to that is.

Couple of tips for writing a book from me:
  • write about what you are passionate about, you know more than you think.
  • free-write about the parts/chapters in the book you like the most and you are most interested in first - that will give you a great boost at the beginning - you can edit and add the boring bits later - by then most of the book will be almost there
  • keep your own voice - write as you speak so to speak ( people do need to understand you though..)
  • keep an open mind, ideas will flow into you mid-way through the project
  • a deadline and going public is good to beat procrastination ( but if that stresses you out too much don't do it) - the deadline certainly helped me.
You can do it too!!!

If anyone would like to be part of the book launch, the event is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it- I hope to meet you soon, in person or through the pages of my book.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



By The Alchemist About Town 19 Sep, 2017
The time is getting closer and closer to the release of   STOP IT, It's all in your head   my new book ( 22 September for Business Women's Day - US) .

I have now  received the proof copy of the paperback which looks absolutely fabulous: a couple of things to correct but overall I am super happy with the result.
A lot of marketing to do now between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ ( which is PS: looking like more work than the actual writing of the book).

The book event/launch/talk is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



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