I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson (2012)
Goodreads Summary: I was addicted to sugar. I needed it every day. I convinced myself it was “good sugar”. But sugar is sugar. And it was making me sick, tired and bloated. I set about researching all the different ways to quit the stuff. It took a while. But in the process I found what works — for good. They’re simple techniques and they’re kind, sensible and totally make sense. In the I Quit Sugar ebook you’ll receive:
A sharp 8-week program that walks you through each crucial stage, week by week
A tidy, easy-to-relay-to-mates-at-the-pub explanation of how + why sugar is making us fat + sick
A sugar replacement plan: tested + nutritionally sound
“Sweet” sugar-free recipes
New treat ideas
A detox + a suggested supplements list
A downloadable shopping list of new ingredients to replace sugar in your life
I’d heard about Sarah Wilson and her I Quit Sugar program some time ago. After I found and read Julia Morris’ book Superfood Smoothies, I’ve been making her smoothies and felt myself getting even healthier. I feel like I keep evolving and wanting to try new things, push myself, and get even healthier. So I decided to do 30 days without any refined sugar. I’m currently on Day 19 and feeling really great. I decided to do this mini detox before I read this book, so I am incorporating fruit, honey, maple syrup, etc., just no white table sugar or any other artificial sweeteners.
As I was doing this detox, I thought I’d look into her I Quit Sugar program and see how she did it, and maybe get some ideas. So I read the eBook and in it she outlines why she decided to quit sugar, how she did it, what sugars are best, how to implement an 8 week cleanse, and much more.
I was really surprised that she doesn’t allow a lot of fruit. I’ve been making the smoothies and they contain quite a bit of fruit. According to Wilson, our bodies aren’t meant to handle more than a few small pieces of fruit per day. Of course I know everyone is different, and I’ve also heard a lot about the blood sugar diet from Eat Right for Your Type…but that’s a post for another day when I get around to checking out that book.
She also cuts out honey, maple syrup, agave, etc. Pretty hardcore right? And yet, I’m really interested in trying it. I’ve been feeling good without any refined sugar, and so it’s only natural to push myself to experiment and try the next step. This book is such an easy and informational read, not overwhelming at all. So I’ll definitely be turning back to it when I go to implement my own full sugar detox.
I’d definitely recommend it to anyone interested in cutting back on sugar and especially those who have already done some sort of sugar reduction and are ready to take things to the next level. As I said, it is pretty extreme, but if you’re up for the challenge, then this book is a great guide for you.