A few months back, I realized that my family was eating a LOT of sugar. It was around the holidays, which always makes it more difficult, but even so, I was uncomfortable with the way our eating habits had derailed.
In early January, my husband and I were waiting for a table in a restaurant, and during our wait, decided to peruse the Barnes & Noble across the street. While I was there, I came across Sarah Wilson’s book called I Quit Sugar. It seemed like a sign since I’d recently been obsessing about the sugar intake of my family. I flipped through the book, took a photo of the cover, and decided to check it out from the library. (No, the sign wasn’t strong enough to cause me to purchase the book on the spot, ha!)
A few days later, I had the book in my hands, and I’d discovered some new ways to help limit the amount of sugar my family consumed. I’d also learned about all the hidden sugars in foods that you don’t think about when you think of sugar-filled foods. Just because something is considered “healthy” doesn’t mean that it’s low in sugar!
Wilson’s book contains a couple of different things:
- An introduction, which talks about her path to a sugar-free lifestyle, the way the body was designed to worked in ancient times, hidden sugars in foods, and the dangers of low-sugar and low-calorie foods.
- An eight-week detox program to help you learn to identify and eliminate hidden sugar sources.
- A shopping list to help you stock your pantry and fridge with foods to help you succeed in the upcoming detox.
- Lots of recipes to help replace store-bought, sugar-filled foods and limit your sugar consumption.
After checking the book out from the library, I decided it would be useful in my everyday life and decided to buy the ebook on Amazon, using some of my Amazon No-Rush credits (read more about those here). Admittedly, I haven’t followed the entire eight-week detox program, as I’m pregnant and not comfortable eliminating entire foods from my diet at this time.
I have, however, used lots of the recipes in the book and found ways to reduce my family’s sugar consumption. For example, I’ve learned to make sugar-free almond milk from scratch, I’ve made delicious almond-meal cookies, and even discovered ways to make all of my own condiments. It sounds like it’s a lot of work, but almost everything I’ve made has been REALLY quick and easy, and it all has the side benefit of containing no added sugars and no added chemicals.
Perhaps it’s all in my head, but since I’ve made these simple changes, I already feel better and have more energy, and a lot of my night-time pregnancy headaches have abated. My two-year-old has more energy, too, though I’m not sure if that’s a benefit or not! 😉
After my baby is born, I plan to follow the eight-week detox program more closely to find out if I can pull even more benefits from the book. If nothing else, I’ll have the chance to try some new healthy and nutritious recipes and hopefully find better ways to feed my family.
Have you ever tried a sugar detox program? How did it go? Are you familiar with the I Quit Sugar book?