I Quit Sugar - Sarah Wilson
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Sarah Wilson’s book I Quit Sugar has taken Australia by storm, hitting the top of the bestseller lists a week after the release and creating an eating plan that’s actually easy to follow AND involves desserts. Ummm, sign us up!
Tell us about the I Quit Sugar plan.
A no-angst-required 8-week guide to quitting sugar, losing weight, getting well and getting your vibe back... for good!
What prompted you to quit sugar?
I have an autoimmune disease and had been told for years I should quit sugar. The idea was far too scary to contemplate, as it is for most. (Tell someone to quit, say, peanuts and they just don't shudder in the same way). I then decided to experiment with the idea and quit for two weeks. I wrote about it for the newspaper column I was writing at the time. It felt so good, so right - I lost weight immediately and had much better energy - that I just kept going. And going. It's been two years now.
What are your Top 5 quitting sugar tips?
Does this mean no dessert? Not at all. The recipes I’ve included in the book are the kinds of things you can make in an instant when a craving hits. They look and taste like explosive indulgences, but on closer inspection contain highly nutritious ingredients – coconut, nuts, cream, low-fructose fruit and raw cacao. Most of my mates now ask me to bring dessert because they know you can eat it and not gorge on it…and not have a sugar hangover in the morning. They love the "excuse" to eat sugar-free.
What are your Top 5 foods to eat to help you through the I Quit Sugar diet?
Try it for 8 weeks and see if you become a nicer person. I also dangle the fact that pretty much everyone - of the 30,000 people who've done my program - loses weight. That generally gets people in.
Do you have any tips on how to avoid sugar when eating out?
If I'm out at dinner, I'll order a cheese platter for dessert. Or a big pot of tea (which I can fiddle with to distract me from others eating chocolate mousse). If I'm going to someone's place for a dinner, I'll offer to cook one of my sugar-free desserts! Mostly, people are actually happy to have a reason to forego sugar when they're around me.
Take us through a regular day of meals for you – what did you eat yesterday?
For breakfast I had scrambled eggs with avocado. I then had a late lunch/snack of sautéed celery and sprouts in chicken stock with feta and macadamia oil. And for dinner, a delicious steak with some veggies.
I Quit Sugar has been very popular since release and rocketed up the bestseller charts. What’s been the best part of the success of the book?
I think there's three factors.