In 2014 I quit sugar. In what started off as a way of loosing some extra weight and being healthier – my quit sugar journey became exactly that, a journey. A journey with extraordinary results.
WHY AM I EVEN TELLING YOU THIS &WHAT USE IS IT TO YOU?
Well, I’ll be sharing a lot about food, beautiful books and inspirations for a healthier lifestyle – so I wanted to start by sharing my own story about this. If you’re interested because you’ve heard about this latest diet movement, or its something you’re considering in a bid to lose some extra weight before your wedding, or you just want to know more about me – read on!
I’m ashamed to say that I piled on about 3 dress sizes in the last few years and have found it so difficult to get back to what feels like ‘me’. My confidence has been very low and I always used to enjoy clothes and putting together a nice outfit – this has also suffered, I feel like I need to cover everything up! I feel constantly conscious about my weight, and what I am wearing – even when I really make an effort!
I knew I just had to do something to improve this!
I thought about my eating habits and realised that I actually eat pretty healthily! I don’t have very big portions, I eat nutritious home cooked meals, I drink green tea and decaf coffee.. but I snack, a lot! I need some energy and snack, I feel stressed and snack, I feel bad about something and snack, I’m working long hours and often up very late – and snack!
So I got really serious with myself and started having green smoothies – packed full of health benefits and backed up by lots of information I had read about adding chia seeds, using pak choi or goji berries and spirulina. After a few weeks I should have been seeing some weight loss and feeling good – but I didn’t.
I was super hungry, had energy dips and spikes and the weight was still there.
Then someone told me about ‘these juice diets being loaded with sugar!’ So, I went online to read about this and I came across Sarah Wilson and her I Quit Sugar books. I have her I Quit Sugar for Life book and it is amazing – it’s so informative and what I really love is that she talks you through the whys and hows. You understand how to apply this to your everyday life, why certain things are great and others are bad. To me this means a lot more than calorie counting. I understand how to treat my body but also what I have been doing to myself…
Looking at the whole sugar situation I knew I had a snacking problem and a sweet tooth – in fact in my family I’m quite notorious for it! If a weeks worth of chocolate had disappeared, my Mum, Dad and Sister knew where it had gone! It was me – yet I wasn’t big back then – and that’s part of the realisation with sugar and that you’re a little bit addicted to it!
Ok, so I wasn’t just a little bit addicted to it – the side effects I felt when I did the first week of the detox proved to me that I was driven by needing snacks and sugar! I had such excruciating headaches and I felt so terrible that I vowed I could never go through a week of feeling like that again.
The initial week James felt was hellish as I was the crabbiest, grumpiest he had ever seen me! (After almost ten years together that says a lot!) I had mood swings, headaches, I was so utterly irritable! Then it all went away and I started seeing amazing results!
My skin was beautiful, so clear and bright, my under eyes have always been dark and difficult to conceal yet they were fine even without much makeup! I had tonnes more energy! I slept better and snored a lot less (this is a huge bonus for James!) I felt positive, and the weight absolutely dropped off! From around my face was very apparent, my stomach and waistline – all shrinking!
As the weeks went on I developed a different appreciation and love for food, things started to taste so wonderfully different! I saw food more as nutrition and fuel and not as craving or comfort. All of the positive results I was seeing continued and after 2 months I felt like a new woman, me but free from sugar! It was actually really empowering that I didn’t need it or want it and that I had overcome this hurdle!
You know what I’m going to say now don’t you?! That’s right I gave in to ‘just one little meringue’!
I had a very stressful couple of weeks and I truly felt like I didn’t need sugary snacks anymore, I didn’t crave them but I made the mistake of thinking that I’d done it and could literally treat myself to a meringue with some strawberries one weekend. Do you know what – I didn’t even enjoy it, I said at the time that it did’t taste magnificently delicious and that was enough. It’s not just about that though is it, I started the cycle of food being an emotional thing, previously it was comfort and now it was a reward.
Before I knew it all the hard work was undone and I was really upset with myself for falling back into this – but Sarah Wilson’s method is about being kind to yourself. If you have a blip, it’s just that – you can do it again! You can stumble and the main thing is that you get there. Except I found it difficult to face the thoughts of that first week of feeling so utterly horrid!
I knew I had to be in the right mindset, I also knew I had lots of long hours for work, working on the Shining Lights modules, developing our beautiful new website and blog – I told myself that I had too much going on to spare the time for this.
But it is so important to me!
So, from mid June, I am putting it out there that I am quitting sugar! I’m putting it right here for anyone and everyone to see and hold me accountable, for me to hold myself accountable!
No more excuses – I AM QUITTING SUGAR!!!