You don’t need to have read many of my posts to know that I love sugar – or rather all the cake and biscuits forms that it comes in. So you’ll understand when I write that my decision to try and give up sugar is not one I have taken lightly.
When visiting family in England last week, my boyfriend bought a copy of Sarah Wilson’s ‘I quit sugar’ and although I’ve always dismissed such plans as nonsense and inachievable for myself, I nonetheless picked it up and during a bored airport moment started reading, just out of a vague curiosity.
And it’s brilliant. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is that has got my attention . Sarah’s book doesn’t greatly differ in format from many diet books, but something about the way she explains the science behind how sugar works in your body, but on a strictly what you need to know basis, along with her confidence that anyone can do the 8 week plan (she’s a self-confessed reformed sugar addict) really got me hooked.
She doesn’t dwell on all the nasty effects of what sugar does to you long term (cancer, alzheimers et al), but rather focuses on making you see that you can live without sugar, and in doing so you will look and feel better.
So, I hereby declare that I am trying the 8 week sugar-detox. This means obviously no sugar-laden cakes, biscuits and desserts, but it does mean the chance to get creative with some new recipes and I am looking forward to experimenting with different flavours and spices to get that tasty-kick I might be missing.
What I won’t be eating:
- Refined sugar
- Fruit – this is short term, once the 8 weeks are up, you can reintroduce some low-fructose fruits
- Fruit juice – my biggest breakfast vice
- Syrup – bye bye Lyle’s Golden Syrup on my porridge!
- Tomato ketchup and other processed sauces – they nearly always contain sugar
- Jams, spreads, honey, Nutella (obvs)
I am genuinely excited to see if I can stick it out and to see what effects it has on me. People who have done it say they look better, feel better and are generally much nicer people to be around when they’ve got over the sugar habit, so here’s hoping!
Stick around to read some sugar-free recipes in the next few weeks!