As I sat down to breakfast the other morning, a simple bowl of oats with almond milk and blueberries, I marveled over how far I’ve come.
Prior to quitting sugar more than two years ago now, breakfast involved me jacking myself up on Milo and a bowl of porridge laden with sugar. Shortly after my sugary start to the day, I would crash and seek sustenance in the form of Milo or Nutella and sometimes both. On a particularly emotional day with the kids, I would turn to my friend Tim (Tam) for support.
Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar book came into my life at a time when I desperately needed resuscitating from my self-induced sugar coma.
I was what you would call a heavy consumer of sugar. I worked out that I was eating roughly 32 teaspoons of sugar a day. The recommended quantity is five to nine. Yep, I was addicted and I needed help.
I found the first few weeks of the eight week detox program rough. Quitting sugar was an absolute shock to my system. I suffered headaches that lasted for days, migraines, nausea and dizziness. It was nothing short of intense.
It was halfway through Sarah’s program, that I could finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. I was seeing results and I liked the way I felt. My mind was clearer, my body less bloated. Plus, I was proud that I could handle stressful situations without gorging myself on Milo straight from the tin.
The detox allowed me to recalibrate and re-learn what a sensible intake of sugar looks like. Sarah opened my eyes to the nasty effects of my over consumption of sugar and taught me how to make the right food choices for me and my family.
I somehow managed to quit sugar for six whole months.
The six month mark coincided with Christmas where things went a little haywire. It was around this time that I purchased Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar for Life book in an attempt to get back on the wagon.
I needed Sarah’s wise words to remind me why I quit sugar in the first place and that quitting sugar didn’t mean I had to deprive myself. Her words encouraged me that it was possible to make this a lifetime change.
But, I still couldn’t give up the occasional, and sometimes more than occasional, sweet treat. Since reading her second book, I have been off and on the wagon giving myself a major guilt trip every time I fall off.
It was only last week while I was eating my breakfast that I reminded myself just how far I have come. I realised it was time I started being kinder to myself.
I like my sweet treats every now and then, especially after a hectic week. The treats in Sarah Wilson’s book, while tasty, just don’t cut the mustard for me. I’ve tried rice malt syrup and stevia, but let’s be honest, they aren’t Milo or Nutella.
When you want a treat, you want a TREAT. Am I right?
I have decided that there is nothing wrong with a little indulgence every now and then as long as I get back on the wagon and don’t let myself get out of control.
If my friend Lauren from Createbakemake comes over to my house with a selection of her famous slices, I’m not going to say no, am I? That would be absolute lunacy. I’m going to do my best to try every single one of them. (Sorry, that was my alter ego Naughty Naisy stepping in there.) I’m going to try a couple, not make myself sick like I previously would have, and make her pinky promise to bake me the other slices another time. I feel like I can trust myself now.
What I’m trying to say is that while I haven’t quit sugar completely, Sarah Wilson has still empowered me to make a lifetime change to my diet.
A couple of Sarah’s mantras always stay clear in my mind – be kind and gentle to yourself and eat according to what you need and not what you crave.
Two years on, I can say that I have a much healthier relationship with sugar than ever before and it is largely thanks to Sarah Wilson’s books.
What is your relationship with sugar like? Do you have a love-hate relationship with food? Have you or could you quit sugar for life?
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