- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Macmillan; 1 edition (2 Jan. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1447264282
- ISBN-13: 978-1447264286
- Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 1.4 x 25 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (341 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
I Quit Sugar: Your Complete 8-Week Detox Program and Cookbook Paperback – Unabridged, 2 Jan 2014
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The huge Australian bestseller: kick the sugar habit, lose weight and change your life
About the Author
Sarah Wilson is an Australian media personality, journalist, health coach and blogger. She's the former editor of Cosmopolitan magazine and was the host of the first series of MasterChef Australia, the highest-rating show in Australian TV history, as well as the health makeover show Eat Yourself Sexy. I Quit Sugar has been a bestselling phenomenon in Australia, and sold over 100,000 copies and kick-started a lifestyle revolution Down Under. She is also the author of I Quit Sugar for Life and I Quit Sugar: Simplicious.
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First off I will say you actually need to read the bit at the beginning of the book, I never usually bother but I think hearing some home truths about my excessive sugar consumption and how bad it really is for us is one of the things that helped me stay focused with this new lifestyle.
I was consuming probably double the amount of recommended sugar a day, and felt lethargic and tired all the time, I had a nap every afternoon and struggled to get up for work in the mornings. Since cutting a lot of sugar out my life, I feel like a new person, I have much more energy and actually feel like exercising. As a result, I have lost two stone since mid January and the pounds are still dropping off.
At first this book was about helping me lose weight but seeing the positive impact it has on my health, that's not my main goal anymore, and I see this as more of a lifestyle change than a diet.
The recipes themselves are delicious.
Although Sarah is Australian and at first I found myself thinking 'What the heck are half these ingredients?!' I soon noticed a pattern in the book, that she keeps the ingredients to a limited amount using the same ones in a lot of recipes so once you've bought them, you can use them for a multitude of things and they won't go to waste collecting dust at the back of your cupboard.
I found most of the ingredients, which there is a list of in the book, either here on Amazon or in my local supermarket/health shops. They weren't as foreign as I thought, and most are relatively cheap.Read more ›
However as I liked the principles and have seen a lot of scientific research that backs up the sugar issues (so don't understand how others are saying this lacks scientific evidence!) I thought I would give it a go and give up sugar.
When I re-read the book and started taking notes on what to avoid, what to swap out and started writing down breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner ideas and assessing what I could drink, I suddenly found I had loads of written notes and actually this book holds everything you need to do a detox. It just doesn't force you down some prescribed meal plan - you have to think about what you eat already, consider what is high in sugar, look at labels and then use Sarah's advice to swap things around.
This detox completely changed my life - I lost 10kgs in around 6 weeks and am still consistently losing weight each week - without even thinking about it and still enjoying food. The tips around swapping out sweet treats for fats are excellent - as someone who was a total chocolate addict, I now snack on yoghurt, nuts and the occasional piece of 90% dark chocolate, and most of the time I don't even feel the need to snack. I sleep better, I have more energy and no longer feel fatigued all the time, and I am inspired to look at other blogs and books on healthy eating - including raw, vegan and vegetarian options.Read more ›
The most difficult part for me is that the recipes rely heavily on rice syrup. Which to me is just a slightly less bad sugar. Plus its expensive and hard to find. It's also fairly inconsistent. Don't eat fruit, but have a fruit smoothie? In my mind its better to have an occasional piece of fruit than to make a highly processed dessert with added sugar (albeit sugar from rice).
I agree with the general concept, we eat way too much sugar and that is bad. But in my mind trading one type of sugar for another is not helping. Sugar is sugar is sugar. Rice malt syrup still has a sweet taste that causes you to release the hormones etc. so keeping it in your diet is only going to create the same cravings. Additionally it still creates an insulin response, feeds candida and many other negative sugar issues. I just don't feel like you can say you quit sugar if you are still consuming something that is so clearly just another sugar.
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Not a good book to buy on Kindle as you need to refer to menu's at the back a lot as you read. But interesting.Published 1 day ago by NOREEN HARRISON
this book really changed the way I think about eating. I now have a few of her books and I regularly look at her blog.Published 7 days ago by Book Worm
love love love this book.. this woman... her plight is real.. And so happy be part of the revolution to ditch the sugar.. Read morePublished 8 days ago by JustHIL
Great book with some great information to help you get on the right path and get healthy. The way the book is set out is very easy to read through and it's not filled with big... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Kimberley-Jayne Higgs