Sugar

The I Quit Sugar Programme is no more

For those of you who have been reading this/ following me on Instagram for a while, you’ll know that I’ve been a member of the I Quit Sugar community for the past few years.  Since my first programme in February 2016 I’ve since completed three rounds of the structured 8 week course and undertake my own 8 week programme (using the recipes) whenever I feel like my sugar habit has been spinning out of control.

So it was a sad day when I heard that Sarah Wilson, the founder of the IQS movement, announced that she was closing down the programme and the site.  You can read the full announcement here, to focus on her mental health and food activism work instead.

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Sarah has since announced that although the site will close and the programmes will be no more, Sam Wood will be hosting the free recipes over on his site here and that the paid programme material can also be accessed there too (it’s currently being integrated into Sam’s programme and the money he receives from the paid IQS content is going to charity.  You can read all about it here.)

I couldn’t let the end of the site go without writing something about how I felt and signing posting you to the resources if you’ve ever been curious about the programme but didn’t want to pay the full fee (I’ve also written about this myself here).

It’s a bittersweet feeling for me knowing that there will never be another opportunity to just ‘do another round’ when I’m feeling a bit off centre – meaning I shall have to take responsibility for giving my diet a motivational kick up the arse myself (although for the sake of full transparency that’s going to be re-visiting the old programme menus I’ve saved) and I will forever be grateful for the amazing connections I’ve made through the programme.

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To that end, if you don’t already read Rani’s wonderful blog then you should check her out here, Sarah is an ex-UKer living in Aus now and has another great blog here; Angie is a fit mum who is really inspiring and has a no BS approach to food and life, you can find her here ,not to mention the many other lovely others (too many to mention) whose Instagram accounts are worth a nosey if you want your food healthy, low sugar (mostly) but definitely not boring: Mel is a gorgeous crafter and foodie, Rowena is a herbal medicine student who gives me lunchbox envy and Bonni is a UK based fellow foodie fan and all round great lady (she gave me my first SCOBY and has since been responsible for my kombucha obsession.)

They (amongst hundreds of others) have been super supportive throughout my own sugar quitting experiment and so to them and Sarah Wilson (I know she will not read this but I want to put it out there in the universe, just humour me please) I say a huge thank you. Thank you for tearing down the BS ideas I thought I knew about food, health and nutrition back in my ‘low fat’ days, and for being the reason I became so interested in food and health which has now led on to this amazing studying path and subsequent career change.  Sarah will never know how much it has meant to but you guys do and I’m grateful that you keep reading and wanting learn more with me.

So here’s to continuing on what IQS help me start.  See you Sunday.

Katie x

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Career journey

Where have you been?!

Hi everyone,

As you may have gathered, it’s been a little quiet around these parts recently.  Well, there’s been a couple of good reasons for this.  In February I started my Diploma in Nutrition with the Institute for Optimum Nutrition (you may remember I blogged about having to do my Science Access Course last year, if not you can catch up here).  We’re now coming to the end of semester one and despite it being amazingly full on (who knew I could find a spare 25 hours a week to study?!) I’m absolutely loving it.  Every week my head is left spinning from all the biochemistry (seriously, our bodies are amazing) but not once have I doubted whether this career change is a good idea.  The more I learn, the more I love.

And as if that wasn’t enough, I also made a significant change in my working life.  I left behind my job in the legal world and started a new job working within the realms of childhood obesity and school food – fulfilling a New Year’s resolution to find employment which aligns more to my long term career aims.  It may sound like just a job change but for me it’s been a significant shift in how I identify myself (I’ve always been the ’lawyer interested in food’) whereas I’m now learning what ‘Student Nutritional Therapist who works in food’ looks and feels like.

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I’m becoming more comfortable with these new labels (although, perhaps the lesson here is I shouldn’t be identifying myself through just my work?) and the new areas I’m working in are so fantastically complex and challenging that there’s never a dull day.  So far I’ve met some amazing people who are incredibly passionate about how we tackle the obesity health crisis facing the nation (from large scale organisations and Government through to independent women in their local community organising activities for those in need). I really do pinch myself at the moment because some days I can’t believe how things have changed (for the better) in a number of months.

Over the next few weeks you’ll notice that I’ll be updating the look of the blog, creating regular content and even adding in extra useful tools that some of you have asked me about (meal planners and other printables).  I’m really excited to be changing things up after my mini-break and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you.

With that in mind, my parting thought is a positive one.  I’ve realised that if you’re passionate about something and want to make a change then don’t wait.  Don’t do what I did – don’t get in your own way and stop yourself because the time is now.  It sounds cheesy but you can do anything you want to and if something is really important to you, you’ll find a way to make it a success.  And if you’re stuck about how to get started then I refer you back to my favourite quote from Amelia Earhart which is: ‘’The most effective way to do it is to do it.’ Because sometimes you just gotta do it (take it from someone who spent years talking about doing something in food/ nutrition).

I’m going to sign off by saying thanks for sticking about during the radio silence since the new year.  I’ve finally got my study schedule down pat and the job appears to be settling down so I’ll be back doing my regular blogging thing from this week on. I will be sending those of you who subscribe to receiving updates (and if you don’t –  go do it now, that way I’ll send you regular content to your inbox.  No effort required) a GDPR email this week (sorry – you’ve probably had about a million land in your inbox at the moment, but needs must) so watch out for that.

Until Wednesday,

Katie x

Sugar

The IQS 8wp week 3 roundup

Hi friends,

How has your week been?  This week has been a busy one work-wise but I’m feeling pretty good as all my food has been taken care of so I’ve not needed to eat junk or rely on pre packaged food to get me through the week – and that feels pretty great (plus my bank balance is looking much healthier than usual towards the end of the month).

So, I’m into week three, there’s still no sugar (including fruit) but I have to confess there have been a couple of times when I’ve deviated off plan and so I think I’m setting myself up for some harder sugar withdrawals next week if I don’t nip it in the bud.  Full disclosure I had a slice of chocolate vegan cake that someone had baked at work and a chocolate eclair because someone was leaving at work and there may have been red wine almost every night this week…

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Sugar

The IQS 8wp weeks 1+2 roundup

Hi everyone,

As promised, today’s post is a wrap up of weeks one and two of the I Quit Sugar 8 week programme.  In my last post here I gave you the low down on the facts and figures of the programme but today I’m giving you the ‘behind the scenes’ details about what I’m eating, how I’m feeling and what’s going on generally as the weeks unfold.

The first thing you’re probably wondering is what have I eaten?  Well, week one is fairly gentle and there are no strict rules about completely cutting out sugar.  You are strongly encouraged to start reducing the sweet stuff (and you have lots of information available on the site and forums to help you become more mindful of where the sugar is coming from in your diet) but it’s not until week two when the sugar ban comes into force.

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Sugar

The I Quit Sugar Programme – the details

Hi friends,

After enrolling on the I Quit Sugar 8 week programme at the start of the month I wasn’t sure whether I would share a weekly progress update on here (because I wasn’t sure if you’d be interested) but after an overwhelmingly positive response to my posts over on Instagram (here btw, if you don’t follow me already) plus number of people asking me a whole range of questions these past two weeks I thought each week I’d do a little wrap up of how it’s going and give you guys a space to ask me anything you want to know about the Programme.

So, as I’m moving into week three here’s some basic programme information to help you decide whether it’s for you and on Wednesday I’ll do a full run down on weeks one and two.

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Sugar

I’m quitting sugar (again) – the 8 week programme

Hi everyone,

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.

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Food hacks

Back to work (or school) health hacks

Hi everyone, how are we doing now we are ‘properly’ back into January? I’m feeling fairly fresh and energised (which I’m attributing to some newly implemented habits) but if you’re not then this post might come at the right time for you.

Today I am sharing some quick and easy things you can do help keep your healthy habits on track and your wellbeing a priority as the day to day routines settle back in and the year rolls on.

If your good intentions are starting to slump and your motivation is waning then read on for some easy ways to inject some goodness into your January – without investing in a new gym membership or embarking on a crazy diet.

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Self development

New year, new you?

Happy New Year everyone.  As I write this the first week of January is over and all around me everyone is starting to get back into the swing of the 9-5.  I’m easing back in gently (this week being my first full week at work) and I have spent a lot of time since Christmas reflecting on whether to make any new year resolutions (I usually have some goals or good habits I’d like to develop) and if so, what would these look like?

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Christmas

The Christmas fallow – what now?

Hi everyone,

How was your Christmas Day?  Are we all feel sprightly and bright or did we overindulge and feeling in a bit of a festive fug?  Well, hopefully you’re somewhere in between and had a great time, however you celebrated.  If you did indulge more than you originally intended, please don’t beat yourself up about it.  It happens, today is another day and another chance to have a fresh start.

This period between Christmas and the New Year (the Christmas Fallow) can leave you feeling a little ‘what now?’ as it is that strange time when some are back to work, others are not and there’s usually lots of leftover Christmas food to eat – but we’re all starting to feel mighty sick of the excess chocolates and cheeses.  With this in mind I thought I’d share some easy ways to use up leftovers in-case you are in the mood to start re-introducing veggies back into your diet and you’re feeling a bit ‘now what?’

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Christmas Eve wisdom for surviving tomorrow

Happy Christmas Eve everyone.  In this shorter instalment of ‘surviving the festive season’ series I’m here to give you some festive cheer and some sensible tips for surviving tomorrow.  Whether you’re chief present giver, head chef or in charge of keeping the children entertained whilst others get on with making the day run smoothly this post has something for everyone.

I know that from the minute the house wakes on Christmas Day to the minute we go to bed that night it can be go, go, go and tensions can run high – especially when families get together and spend protracted periods of time in each other’s company.  It’s common to find yourself reverting back to stroppy teenage behaviour too easily when Aunty Gladys asks again why you don’t have a ‘lovely boyfriend’ or Uncle Bob makes a snide comment about vegan diets.  So how do you deal with it?

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