So you may have been thinking about quitting sugar for a while now. I know it took me a couple of years of deliberation before I finally signed up to the I Quit Sugar 8 Week Program (IQS 8WP) last year.
And I don’t regret it for a second. In fact, it was easier than I thought, and it seriously changed my life.
But if you’re a sugar addict like me, it won’t all be plain sailing.
1. Know your ‘why’
Keep asking ‘why’ until you cry. You’ll get there.
Maybe it’s because your physical state is having a huge detrimental effect on your mental wellbeing. Perhaps you want more energy to run around with the kids. Or you’re seriously concerned for your health if you carry on the way you’re going with your high sugar diet.
Whatever it is, know it. Embrace it. Remember it.
Your ‘why’ will take you through the more challenging times.
2. Positivity rules
Go into the program with an open mind (you will learn so much) and a positive attitude.
Take a few moments the day before to think about all the things you’ll be ‘gaining’ rather than ‘giving up’. Increased energy levels, clearer skin, weight loss, new yummy recipes…
3. Be prepared
On the program, you’ll be encouraged to do your ‘Sunday Cook-Up’ to help you get things together more easily and quickly during the week.
My advice is to also have a bunch of additional sugar-free snacks on hand (the IQS team provide recipes for these) to help when you get the cravings.
And also to think ahead – if you’re going to be late home one night with no time to cook, then cook up double quantities of a previous meal and have that in the fridge or freezer ready to go.
Before too long, you’ll be meal-prepping like a boss.
4. It’s cool to be kind
You may fall off the wagon occasionally.
That’s OK, you’re human.
Be kind to yourself. Draw a line underneath your little (or large) mishap and just jump back on board pronto. Not ‘on Monday’ or ‘tomorrow’ but straight away.
5. Be present
Be mindful when you’re preparing your food (the secret ingredient is always love).
Be mindful when you’re eating it (it’ll stop you gorging).
And be mindful of how your body feels after eating it.
You will notice how sluggish you feel if you have a little sugar relapse (following the initial ‘rush’, of course). And conversely how great your body feels after eating a dish full of fresh, clean, healthy produce.
If you’ve got any questions about the I Quit Sugar 8 Week Program, someone’s probably already asked me <<< Read this post to find out more (spoiler alert – yes you CAN drink wine, but only one sort!)
Let me know in the comments below if you’re taking part in the program, and how it’s going.
If you haven’t signed up yet, here’s the link – go for it 😉
Good luck, sugar-quitters. You can do it!
P.S. Because I loved the IQS 8WP so much, I have become one of their affiliate partners. This means that if you sign up using the link above, IQS pay me a small commission. Which is awesome because I can put that towards the costs of running the blog 😉
There’s no extra cost to you, naturally.