My first full day of the I Quit Sugar 8 week program (which I wrote about before I started here) was on the 19th of June so I’ve been on the program for 2.5 weeks now and it’s been incredibly surprising to say the least.
I had expectations of hardcore sugar cravings and just not feeling my best while I was detoxing from sugar. I also kind of expected to not enjoy the food or not find it as flavourful as my usual meals (not entirely sure why I thought that) and to be hungry a lot more than usual.
But meals in the plan are delicious (the miso steak with winter slaw and the one pan lasagna are my favourites so far) and have left me feeling surprisingly satisfied and full for much longer than expected (I think because of the generous serving of vegetables). The portion sizes are a lot bigger than I thought they would be (and in some cases are bigger than what I would usually eat) but they are made up of mostly vegetables so I’m quite happy about not feeling like I’m missing out due to small portion sizes.
I haven’t had nearly as many sugar cravings as I thought I would. I thought that by now I would cave (especially when I was on leave last week) and indulge in some chocolate or sugary treat but I have resisted. It’s actually been a lot easier than I thought! (I did have two sneaky little chocolates while I was staying with my friend last weekend but they were dark chocolate and I felt like they were a choice, not that I ate them because I craved them).
I even bought some beautiful dark chocolate from the Blue Mountains last weekend as a treat for myself when I finish up the program (to eat a few small squares at a time) and they are amazingly still wrapped up in my cupboard and I haven’t been tempted to crack into them. I used to have to not have sugary food in the house if I was trying to avoid it!
I think because to me it’s not a ‘diet’ and although I’m cutting out processed sugar as much as possible it doesn’t feel restrictive because I can snack if I need to and I don’t feel guilty or like I’m breaking my meal plan at all.
My favourite snack has been peanut butter on a rice cake which feels like a sweet treat for me at the moment and satisfies my craving for a biscuit or dessert when they attack.
It’s also been a lot easier to eat out than I was expecting. For the most part, this program is about learning to make better decisions when it comes to food and in a way it’s quite empowering to feel like you have more choice and are less controlled by cravings for rubbish.
All up I’m really enjoying the program so far and I’ve really surprised myself by liking the new meals I’m trying out. Some of them haven’t been my favourites but there are a lot of things I’ve eaten that I will be adding into my meal plans after the program because I like them so much (and I never thought I would enjoy cabbage and Brussels sprouts!). It’s a good opportunity to expand my palette and try things that I think I don’t like or I wouldn’t enjoy, and it’s opening up my meal plan to lots more options.
I’ve got a couple more weeks to go of cutting out all sugar before slowly starting to introduce small amounts of (natural) sugars back into my meals but I’m really enjoying the recalibration of my tastebuds and the different flavours of all the new meals I’m eating.
I’ll check back in after a few more weeks to see how I’m coping, but in the meantime is there anything you want to know about the program or how I’m going with it?