Friday, 5 July 2013

You heard right, I quit sugar! Part 1

For anyone that knows me “I quit sugar” is the most unlikely statement to flow from my mouth. I’ve been known to run to the shops late at night for a packet of M&Ms, break into a sweat upon realising there was no chocolate in the cupboard after dinner and spend hours at work deciding which fundraising chocolate bar I would eat after lunch! (All for a good cause of course!) I needed the sweet stuff, and I needed it bad! Every occasion I can think of has pretty much been punctuated by something sweet, so the fact that I have managed to banish the sugar for 9 weeks and counting is a miracle!
So why did I decide to take on this crazy challenge? A few reasons. I like many others, have been on the diet roundabout since I was a teenager. I have gained and lost 7-10 kilos about 6 times in my life and after the birth of Master Q was keen to banish some of the extra kilos I gained in back to back pregnancies. So at the start of the New Year I decided to sign up to the hugely popular Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation. I didn’t follow the program to the letter but gave a lot of her recipes a go and made a lot of little changes to my diet. I had all intentions of exercising, but the endless sleepless nights with a newborn and the constant run of illnesses in our household meant the only exercise I managed was running around after the bubbas. Despite this relaxed adherence to the program I did manage to meet my goal of losing 7 kilos in 12 weeks. I was pleased with my efforts and to be honest surprised at how easy it had seemed. I did cut down on my chocolate intake during this time but I was still eating it on a daily basis. I couldn’t imagine being able to stop eating it for a week let alone for good!

Although I was happy with my weight loss I wanted to lose another 7 kilos and was scared that history would repeat itself and that in time I would just end up putting it back on, and then some. I was desperately seeking a way to keep it off for good.  I knew if I was to keep following the low-fat, calorie counting diets of my past I would remain on this roundabout forever. I was in search of something different, something lasting.

Since my mid-twenties my immune system has been under what seems like constant attack. Suffering from irritable bowel syndrome, shingles, amoebic dysentery, glandular fever, sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis, not to mention having a kidney operation and two caesareans! In addition to this since the birth of Master Q our whole family has suffered from a constant run of colds and viruses, one cold following onto another, the humidifier going from one room to the next and contributing a record amount of tissues to landfill. By the end of our latest round of illnesses I had had enough. I was sick of our family being constantly sick and spending every week at the Doctors seeing very little improvement.

What was I to do? I had read numerous books and articles as to the benefits of organic produce, superfoods, miracle honey, and cure-all herbal teas. And although this wholefood, kale eating diet made me feel healthier just reading about it, could I as a time-poor, budget conscious, Mother of two small children incorporate this into our daily lives?  Would this be the key to a healthier family as well as a permanent solution to maintaining my weight?
On a trip to the bookstore in search of answers to these questions I stumbled across Sarah Wilson’s ‘I Quit Sugar’ book. I had barely flicked through a few pages before deciding to buy it.

I immediately read through her 8 week detox program and nervously announced to hubby “I think I might try and quit sugar”. As I expected Star Wars loving hubby’s reply was, “Do or do not. There is no try”. So with that, I did.

Stay tuned: 'You heard right, I quit sugar! ' Part 2

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