I Quit Sugar for life?

  • By The Alchemist About Town
  • 23 Feb, 2017

The #IQS8wp challenge follow up

In my January  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.
In line with the   New Year New You/Me goal to be well I reviewed  the  "I Quit Sugar"  book and tried the IQS 8 weeks programme (from the book).

 I do not believe in diets as such but in eating fresh seasonal food, cooking rather than microwaving and 3 square meals a day ;  for me food is also a sensory pleasurable experience rather than just checking nutrients and I do not deprive myself, if I fancy something sweet, I have it.
This is  why the IQS approach resonated with me; a step-by-step guide to kicking the habit (sugar), returning to a more natural way of eating and 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.

So, how did I do?

More than two weeks in and I was feeling great, I’d survived multiple temptations but then I ate something sweet and eating that cake was one of the best things I did.
I am glad I “fell off the bandwagon” because I realised that:

  • My emotions dictate my sugar-cravings.
  • When I feel down or I am bored the cravings kick in. 
  • My tastebuds had already shifted. Eating a small piece of  cake gave me a sugar-head-rush, and later I actually felt a sick; even after just 2 weeks without sweets, my body wasn’t able to consume that much concentrated sugar in one hit anymore.
  • My tolerance for carbs had lessened and that grains and starches kept me in a cycle of blood sugar ups and downs and cravings. 
  • My tolerance for alcohol , even on a full stomach, had dramatically decreased.
My approach since has been largely gluten- and grain-free, a ‘paleo’ approach – perhaps you know it as the ‘caveman diet’ – fundamentally low-starch, low carbs, hight fat, non-processed and organic ; I found that this is how I feel at my best.

Is it going to be I Quit Sugar for Life for me?

Definitely - I have more energy, I need less sleep, I have stable focus with hardly any cravings (mostly related to that time of the month...), I am less bloated and I managed to lose a couple of kilos (eating MORE).

Quitting sure is a way of life, living without process food (or very very little) and as Sarah Wilson said herself:
" Quitting sugar is about eating like your grandparents used to. Before the crap".

That sums it up perfectly for me and it is aligned to my philosophy around food & life: life is for living, enjoy it and ditch the diet!!!

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