Seeing statements like “I QUIT SUGAR” have never really done it for me. Big bold statements of drastic measures to be healthy, lose weight or what ever else the goal is makes me want to turn and run.
I have always been on the ‘balance’ bandwagon. Eat well when I’m home and ease up on myself when I’m out or when I just darn feel like it.
On Monday night I was invited to attend the first I QUIT SUGAR seminar in Perth. I didn’t go kicking and screaming as I do LOVE health and wellbeing and I knew I would learn something, but I really didn’t know what to expect.
Her message wasn’t forced down your throat in a battle of good vs evil, in fact, she had peanut butter on toast for breakfast (although a very rare occasion I’m sure). She didn’t scowl at the Thai restaurant menu or at her family who wanted to go, she just ate with everyone else. What!!
Aside from these two occasions which I’m sure are quite rare, what I most loved about Sarah is how she quietly goes about her business in a manner that not only suits her but doesn’t make anyone around her feel uncomfortable or like they are putting her out if they happen to serve desert at a dinner party.
Finally! A non-extremist healthy person.
Of course, if you are training for something that needs serious results to reach personal or professional goals then I’m all for a bit of extremist, but it’s Sarah’s non-shove it down your throat attitude for normal people like me that makes me want to buy all of her books and quit sugar, like yesterday!
It’s about owning and being aware of what we are putting in our mouths but being just as aware (but kind) when we choose to eat the so called ‘bad’ stuff. It’s not about doing it for weight loss or anti-ageing, it’s about eating this way because we all want to get the best out of our bodies and the results actually make you feel good.
It’s about understanding that we need to be conscious eaters. We need to know what is in most of the food we put in our mouth and be ok with ourselves if we feel like turning a blind eye every now and then. It’s not about spending hundreds of dollars on superfoods. Choosing nutrient dense food is key to sustained energy and health. I couldn’t do all that I do with the kids and businesses without this vital way of eating.
I Quit Suger is all about getting us back in the kitchen and using great simple food to make easy delicious meals.
As Sarah said “it’s not a fad or a diet, it’s a shift in mindset. It’s food freedom”.
Once you realise that it’s just as easy to cook delicious food by substituting a few ingredients rather than grabbing it off a shelf or shoving frozen meals in the microwave, you won’t look back.
And if it’s your thing to reach for the occasional square of Cadbury then that’s OK too.
You can read more about Sarah Wilson on her website here.
Her list of books and her I Quit Sugar blog is here.
Has anyone given any of her recipes a go? Or her 8 week I Quit Sugar Program? I would love to hear from you.