This week has been a challenge with Pickle ill and scaring me with his incredibly high temperature and delirious talking in the middle of the night.
That aside, avoiding sugar has not been a challenge.
In fact, this week I have found it easier than ever before to not be tempted, although I have found myself snacking a lot with a subsequent increase in weight (not that that is a bad thing).
When I tried a tiny piece of Pickle’s lemon drizzle cake made with xylitol and rice syrup, both fructose-free sweeteners, it was only one tiny bite to check the flavour and texture and I wasn’t tempted to eat any more. This is a huge break through for me! I don’t think I have ever had this kind of restraint before. I didn’t even want to eat it.
As far as the 8 Week I Quit Sugar Programme goes I really love it.
Each week you get access to different parts of the programme on different days. So, first off you get the meal plan and shopping list for the following week along with something to read at the weekend (to inspire you to keep going) and things to cook on Sunday to get you ahead for the following week. Although I rarely make the things suggested on a Sunday, I love the concept because it really would make life a lot easier in the week being so prepared.
Later in the week, you get access to the ‘movement plan’ for the following week. A series of simple exercise suggestions and circuits to do to help rid the body of toxins and keep you mentally well through the programme. I have to confess to not really following these because I try to do a 25 minute run most days (child illnesses permitting).
In addition there are articles to read and things to try out that support the programme and your general health.
Finally, you get access to forums that are set up to support you during the programme.
I have to say that I find the forums of limited use. There seem to be a huge number of threads and it is hard to see where you would post something. I personally think it would be better to have a Facebook group for each tranche of people doing the I Quit Sugar 8 week programme as I find these incredibly helpful and supportive.
Basically, you get an awful lot for your money, my favourite part being the meal plans and shopping lists that I suspect I will still use when I complete the programme.
I have loved almost every meal I have made and not having to think about what to cook is a real break for me. In addition the kids have enjoyed most of them too, and where I know it is something they are unlikely to eat I make an alternative healthy meal for us all to enjoy.
I look forward to every week, I feel great, I’m full of energy and it could just be because I feel good, that I actually feel like my tummy is happier too.
Perhaps it was the fructose that was causing me problems with bloating?
Who knows, but I’m not planning on coming off this ‘diet’ any time soon; for the first time in a long time I feel as though I can eat what I want (OK I’m not, because I still avoid gluten, dairy and fructose), which in itself is probably helping my general health.
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