As mentioned in my January Goals post I read the book ‘I Quit Sugar‘ and committed to the 8-week program to cut sugar out of my diet in an attempt to see how it would affect my energy levels and sugar cravings. Here is a review of the book and how the program is going for me so far (almost three weeks in!)
I found the book really interesting and really related to a lot of things Sarah Wilson addressed like how sugar addictions can make you especially moody, can play havoc on your energy levels and a simple way to gauge if you have a sugar addiction is by asking if you identify yourself as someone with a ‘sweet tooth’ (I SO DID this and would have INTENSE sugar cravings after lunch and dinner but especially intense in the evenings after dinner).
Here are a few snippets from the book:
How it’s going for me?
Honestly? I feel amazing. I have not lost a single pound but my energy levels are way more steady and I’ve also had a few comments about how I look like I lost weight, which I think is because I’m less bloated. I’m also finding it much, much, MUCH easier to get out of bed in the mornings. Something I’ve struggled with for years. I think this has a lot to do with not spiking my blood sugar the night before by eating a sweet treat. In the last two weeks I’ve consistently gotten up at 5:15 AM 8 out of 10 days!
And I’ve had almost no cravings. I actually sat across from my coworker the other day while she ate a red velvet cupcake with homemade icing and I barely even blinked. It’s true that the more sugar I eat, the more I want to eat and the less I eat the less I want it. I haven’t even missed fruit at all because I’ve been eating way more veggies. As someone who has dealt with binge eating in the past feeling satisfied after a meal is huge for me.
In three weeks we are off to Mexico and I will not be depriving myself of ANYTHING while we are there so I’m sure after five days of indulging again I will almost be back at square one. My plan is to do another two weeks with NO sugar at all (including fruit again) after Mexico and then two weeks where I slowly start adding fruit back in as a treat. From then on I will just see how it goes but I would really like to keep sugar to a minimum because I can tell I feel better when I eat less of it. I am planning on doing some experimenting with sugar-free baking too because I’ve actually found quite a few recipes out there during this little experiment and I’m also planning on purchasing Sarah Wilson’s cookbook.
A couple of slips:
In order to be completely transparent and offer full disclosure there have been a few incidents where I consumed sugar:
- I’ve ate sushi twice (sushi rice is made with sugar)
- I’ve ate takeout pizza (I can pretty much guarantee you that both the pizza dough and the pizza sauce contained sugar)
- I had a mint after dinner at Boston Pizza last weekend. It actually didn’t taste as uber sweet as I thought it would but was definitely solid sugar.
Other than those three slips over the last three weeks I think I’ve done really well keeping sugar out of my diet. I haven’t had any fruit juices or fruit and I certainly haven’t had any of the obvious culprits like candy or chocolate (minus the mint)!
To be continued:
This post ended up being longer than planned because I spent a lot of time talking about how I was feeling since quitting sugar and didn’t address as much from the book as I was hoping or talking more about what I’m eating now vs. how I ate before. So I will do a follow-up post next week about that as well as answering any questions people ask in the comments
I know something like this wouldn’t be for everyone but it is working so well for me right now
Full disclosure: If you buy the book by clicking the link above I will receive a small amount of compensation. HOWEVER, I bought this book and started the program before knowing about the affiliate program and had full intentions of reviewing it anyways so that was just a nice perk I found out about after. Everything above is really my own thoughts and opinions on the program!