How’s your week going? This week has flown past for me – how are we on the 17th January already? If you read my post about new year’s intentions here you’ll know that I’m all about some general healthy commitments throughout the year.
Moving every day was one of them, and I’m happy to report I’m managing to stick to that (walking and yoga, it’s all been very sedate so far.) If you want a great little yoga challenge to ease you into the new year I can highly recommend the True series by Adriene here. I’m half way through and it’s been so wonderful to escape to my mat every day for 30 minutes of quiet time. Even when I’ve been tired or not in the mood to workout I’ve never regretted it once – it’s true what they say, the only workout you regret is the one you didn’t do.
And so hand in hand with the movement was a commitment to cleaning up my diet a little. I’m generally pretty good. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll see that I love my veggies, have been cutting back on my meat and still make time for treats (because #balance) but that being said, towards the end of last year I did start to develop some bad little habits that now and again were ok but started to become daily occurrences which long term could start to damage my health.
I’m talking about too much sugar, too many processed foods, not cooking enough, not eating regularly etc. Like I said, I’m generally pretty good with my health but I started to recognise that I wasn’t feeling as great as usual and really wanted to use the new year as a fresh start.
So, I re-signed up to the I Quit Sugar 8 week Programme. I’ve done it once before (about 2 years ago) and if you don’t know what it is, it’s a programme spread over 8 weeks (hence the title) in which you quit sugar (when they say sugar they are really talking about one in particular: fructose , which is one of the most prevalent and harmful sugars. This post here explains sugars if you’re not up on your sucrose from your lactose) in which sugars are eliminated and good food habits are developed.
The programme maps out every meal for you over the 8 weeks. You’re sent weekly meal plans, shopping lists, supportive videos, informative articles outlining the science behind why to quit sugar in an accessible way, plus there is a huge forum where you can go for support or to ask a ton of experts (GPs, PTs, Nutritionists etc.) a question on anything from ingredient swaps to detox symptoms. The plan really does lay everything out for you, you just have to buy (and cook the food) and bring your willpower – which has been perfect for me these past couple of weeks.
I’m now on week two of the Programme and will be sharing with you my thoughts, the food and how I’m getting on as the programme unfolds this time around. But, I have to say, I’m already feeling a hundred times better than before new year: my skin is clearer, my eyes are brighter and I’m actually sleeping through the night, which is a huge thing for me. Before the new year (way back to my birthday at the start of December) I wasn’t sleeping a full night through whereas these past two weeks I’m *touch wood* on a roll of consistent and unbroken sleep.
And as someone who knows better when it comes to her diet you’d think I’d be immune to the bad food trap. Not so. I’m human and when faced with festive drinks and nibbles I totally crack under the pressure. I didn’t go completely off the rails but the word ‘no’ didn’t feature very heavily in my vocabulary – and let’s just say I couldn’t be around a packet of chocolate coins without devouring the whole bag.
Now I’m not sponsored by I Quit Sugar, I’ve not been paid to write about this, I simply wanted to share with you guys where I’m at in relation to my food. I always strive to be honest, which extends to the content found on this blog, and so I wanted to let you know that I’ve been struggling too post Christmas but that I’m taking some action, which happens to be via the IQS 8 week programme.
The programme’s not for everyone – at times it can get tough. Sugar cravings, especially if you’ve been eating a lot of it over before you start, can be brutal and sometimes last for weeks whilst your body is eliminating all the bad stuff from your system (hello achey knees). But it is so worth sticking to it. The feeling you get when you’re out the other side is like nothing I’ve known. I actually wake up with energy, my moods are more stable, my skin looks good without makeup and I’m not a prisoner to the 3pm energy slump.
So, if you’re curious about what the programme entails stay tuned over the next few weeks where I’ll be sharing my food creations, my thoughts and how my health is changing as a result of the programme. Think of it as a sneak peak into the IQS world without having to part with your cash.
Have you quit sugar? Or maybe you’re on the programme with me right now? Would you love to quit sugar but are completely terrified? Let me know in the comments below and I will see you on Sunday,