About 6 months ago I read Sarah Wilson’s eBook- I Quit sugar. It made a lot of sense. I’d heard a lot about giving sugar the flick, and knew about how we are all eating far too much of it, and Sarah’s book explained it simply and succinctly. I had not known that sugar was the only molecule that did not have a corresponding appetite hormone. And that it is added to so many things (like low-fat yoghurt/ milk). Following my reading of this, I paired back my sugar a lot. I was a lot more ‘aware’. Suddenly I noticed sugar everywhere and creeping into everything I ate. Honey. Tomato chutney. Fish sauce. Curry paste. Some obvious, some not. But I didn’t entirely quit. I didn’t think I ate too many sugary things, and when I did it was fresh fruit, dried fruit in muesli and sometimes couple of pieces of dark chocolate after dinner. But if we were out at a great restaurant and there was a great desert (like a chocolate torte or similar!) 50% of the time, I’d ask my husband if he’d like to ‘share’ with me. Which, luckily for me, was never a struggle for him! Slowly I’ve been more aware of sugar and have cut it out where I can. I will choose eggs on toast for breakfast rather than ‘healthy’ muesli, or a have a piece of goats cheese for a snack instead of a banana which I would have done in the past. (Banana’s are 40% fructose – Fructose is the enemy per se, not sugar).
But then just as you think you have your sugar consumption under control, something else happens. One Saturday I went out for lunch with a really fun group of girlfriends, and at the end of a fabulous lunch they all ordered this ‘infamous’ peanut butter chocolate parfait for dessert and I knew I shouldn’t have taken one bite, but I went along with it. And boy did I pay for it!! I had the worst headache after eating that dessert. And I knew it wasn’t the wine! Within 15 minutes of ingesting this dessert, I could feel the sugar in my system. And I could feel my blood sugar spike and then slump. I had to nap on the couch in the afternoon. And went into food cravings on and off all evening trying to find that ‘high’ again. Oh dear. It took me about 18 hours to feel better. I drank lots of water and went to sleep, feeling very amazed it could affect me so quickly. At least tomorrow is a new day, I told myself. The next day, I caught up with a friend who I hadn’t seen in a while and she was looking just fantastic. She wasn’t looking bad before, but her tummy was definitely flatter, and she had certainly lost a few kgs. Her skin was clear and her eyes were sparkling. “Whatever have you done?” I inquired, “I’ve quit sugar- thanks to you”! I’d given her a copy of Sarah’s book some months back, not realising the impact it would have.
So all these signs, I said to myself why haven’t I done this for real myself?! So that’s it. I’m quitting sugar. I’m making my husband do it with me. We’re officially doing Sarah’s 8 week plan. Wine is OK. No tonic water for our G&T. But cheese, you will become our friend. I will let you know how we get on, and hopefully I can share some delicious new sugar free recipes and ways of eating with you!