I don’t want to place blame on anyone, but all was going well until my amazing baker of a sister-in-law placed a Cherry Ripe cheesecake on the table.
It was Christmas Day 2013, approximately six months after I had quit sugar thanks to Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar program.
From the moment the cake was placed on the table, the world went quiet. All happy chatter and noisy kids faded into nothingness. I was in the zone. My fingers were twitching like a cowgirl in a Wild West showdown ready to reach for her gun.
It was me and the cake. The cake and me.
I had been soooooooooooo good for so long. One slice wouldn’t hurt. Cherry Ripe was my favourite chocolate and I hadn’t eaten it for an eternity. Plus, it was Christmas Day. I mean, who doesn’t go crazy for food on Christmas Day?
With my family chanting around me, ‘Do it, Renee. Do it, do it!’ I succumbed to the cake*.
And it was good.
Of course I was horribly sick afterwards because I hadn’t eaten sugar for so long, but it was worth it.
So, so worth it.
During that Christmas / New Year period, I ate more sugar than I had in a long time. I kept telling myself that it was the festive period and that I’d get back on track in January.
The next thing you know it is June and sugar has somehow crept its way back into my life.
I don’t like the way it makes me feel – after I eat a slice of cake or one of these gorgeous little chocolate macaroons I discovered in a coffee shop near my work, my stomach swells to twice its usual size and will turn hard as a rock. I feel bloated and sluggish and generally blah.
I don’t like the way it makes me look – I am starting to get flabby around my stomach again and my skin has been less than great.
Could these issues I’m experiencing be the reintroduction of sugar into my life? Even in as small amounts as I’m eating? I think so.
So, off I trotted to the shops and bought Sarah Wilson’s latest book, I Quit Sugar For Life.
As you know, I am a huge fan of her original book and found it really worked for me.
I love her beliefs on wellness and eating wholefoods. She’s not extreme or strict either. She’s cruisy and cool and I want to BE her. Ahem … Did you know she eats sugar daily?
I am only a quarter of the way through the book, but it has been extremely helpful so far in guiding me how to continue a life without sugar.
Once I finish the book, I’ll be sure to review it and let you know how I’m going armed with her extra info.
Have you ever quit sugar? Do you make a good Cherry Ripe cheesecake?
*Slight story fabrication. The chanting described was most likely voices in my head.
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