Aussie author, journalist and TV presenter Sarah Wilson has been on a sugar-free journey for quite some time now. Ever since I noticed most of my instagram feed hashtagging #iqs I knew that quitting sugar had become a BIG movement! So I decided to ask Sarah if she’d be happy to answer a few questions and she said yes!! The interview has also spurred me into creating another 10 day challenge. This time, it will be a sugar-free challenge using recipes and tips from her book (starting June 1st).
How hard has the journey been?
Surprisingly easy, so long as a few things are observed. Such as replacing sugar with good fats and proteins. Once my body and appetite started to shift to it’s natural state everything became easier, not harder.
Some readers get confused about a sugar free diet, whether it includes natural sugars in fruits etc. Can you clear this up for them?
Quitting sugar means giving up fructose for good. A lot of foods contain other safe natural molecules like glucose and lactose which are sweet. There are lots of great sugar alternatives that don’t contain fructose (which is the problematic molecule – we can’t metabolise it), such as stevia and rice malt syrup. Also, once you’ve done my 8-week program, you can then re-introduce whole fruit (NEVER fruit juice). One to two pieces a day of low-fructose fruits are great….if you’re not eating other forms of sugar.
What’s the biggest difference you’ve noticed since you’ve quit sugar?
Short term, you get more energy, your skin clears and you lose weight (weight loss generally kicks in after just a few weeks). Long term, you keep the weight off (unlike most diets) and you can reverse all kinds of chronic “modern” diseases, such as high cholesterol and diabetes. I’ve seen this reported many times.
What would your advice be to someone who has considered quitting sugar in the past but can’t quite do it? Continue Reading