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.
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