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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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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