I’ve been a fan of the I Quit Sugar recipes for a while. I’ve got a few of the cookbooks, including Simplicious which is my favourite of the IQS cookbooks. But I’ve never done the full 8 week program of cutting out processed sugar. I’ve been meaning to do it for a while so I’ve finally taken the plunge and signed up for this round of the I Quit Sugar 8-week program.
It starts this Sunday, with the shopping list and recipes for the first week being sent out this Thursday, which is also the last day to sign up for this round. I’m a bit nervous about doing it but I’m excited to reduce my reliance on sugar. I was going pretty well with my eating but when I got sick earlier this year and with the stress of the separation I started turning to sugar as a bit of a crutch.
Over the 8 weeks of the program (and after as well), I want to document my expectations and experiences of this program to give you a realistic idea of what’s involved and see if this will make a meaningful and long-term difference to my food habits.
I really want to cut down on processed sugar, instead focusing on using more natural sugars in more nutritious treats. And I would love to include some different recipes into my meal plans (including cutting down on the meat that I’m eating). The other thing I want to get on top of in this program is my portion sizes. It can be really easy to overestimate the portion size I should be eating so I’m really going to try to get my portion sizes recalibrated as part of this program.
I definitely don’t want to lose weight from doing this at all, it’s not an aim for me with this program. I’ve already lost a lot of weight recently (unintentionally) and will be watching my weight just to make sure that cutting out sugar doesn’t cause any sudden weight loss.
I have to admit that I’m worried about how I’m going to cope giving up my sugary treats. I’m a massive sweet tooth and chocoholic and I think that it’s going to be hard. I think the accountability of the program (and putting it out there on the blog!) will help me stick it out. If I was doing it on my own I’m not sure I’d have the discipline to make it through without taking shortcuts.
I’ll receive my first shopping list and meal plan this Thursday, and I’m sure that I’ll enjoy the meals in the program as I have eaten a lot of meals from Sarah’s cookbooks. I like that it all gets sent through on a Thursday as it gives me time to do the shopping (I go to the Farmers Market and bulk store on Saturday mornings) and on Sunday do a lot of the meal prep, which Sarah calls a Sunday Cook-Up. It works well with the existing habits I have in my week around food planning and prep which makes it a bit easier.
Each week of the 8-week program has a specific educational focus on the effects of sugar in your diet along with the meal plan and recipes. You do have to cut out all sugar for a period (including fruit) so you can reset your taste buds and body’s reaction to sugar before slowly reintroducing more natural forms of sugar into your diet.
In Week 1 you are still allowed fruit, sugar, and sweeteners but you should start to cut down. Weeks 2-5 cuts out all sugar completely, including fruit and natural sweeteners. Weeks 6-8 has you slowly reintroducing low-fructose fruits and natural sweeteners (like rice malt syrup) in your meal plan.
I’m looking forward to cutting down on the sugar in my diet and my cravings for processed sugary foods, I’m not looking forward to the detoxing symptoms in the first few weeks of the program though!!
I’ll post an update after 2 weeks to check in on how I’m going and try to keep up with some regular updates on my progress.
If you’re keen to join me for this experiment with this round of the program, you can sign up at the I Quit Sugar website until this Thursday.
Have you done the I Quit Sugar program? Do you have any questions that you want me to answer as I document my experience?
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