Friday, May 04, 2012

Sugar free - still after two months

Our household has been sugar free for the last two months.

We experienced none of the issues that are written about in Sweet Poison, no withdrawal, or other unpleasant symptoms. We're grateful for this.

We have both lost weight, we are still losing weight, this is good, this was the objective. I suppose its the loss of sugar, but as we aren't eating cakes, biscuits, dried fruits, it could be this instead, how could I tell really?

I am enjoying eating butter and other so called 'bad' fats, as I do enjoy a bit of bread with my butter, lol!

We've returned to wheat, but only organic or old grains like spelt.

We will continue without sugar for the foreseeable future,hopefully continuing to lose weight.

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Sugar free - week three

I have been sugar free for over three weeks now and have lost 5 kilos, I am extremely impressed and pleased.

I'm not hungry, I feel well, each meal I eat fills me up and I don't crave food during the day.

My David Gillespie, Sweet Poison book arrived and I have been enjoying reading it and learning more. 

My partner suffers from bad sinus and we know that wheat affects her, so for the next month we are removing wheat from our diet as well. Interestingly, on the day we decided to do this a friend posted this article on FB.

On the evils of wheat
Dr. William Davis on why it is so addictive, and how shunning it will make you skinny

Q: How does wheat make us fat, exactly?
A: It contains amylopectin A, which is more efficiently converted to blood sugar than just about any other carbohydrate, including table sugar. In fact, two slices of whole wheat bread increase blood sugar to a higher level than a candy bar does. And then, after about two hours, your blood sugar plunges and you get shaky, your brain feels foggy, you’re hungry. So let’s say you have an English muffin for breakfast. Two hours later you’re starving, so you have a handful of crackers, and then some potato chips, and your blood sugar rises again. That cycle of highs and lows just keeps going throughout the day, so you’re constantly feeling hungry and constantly eating. Dieticians have responded to this by advising that we graze throughout the day, which is just nonsense. If you eliminate wheat from your diet, you’re no longer hungry between meals because you’ve stopped that cycle. You’ve cut out the appetite stimulant, and consequently you lose weight very quickly. I’ve seen this with thousands of patients.
 So, another week, let's see what happens sans wheat.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Eliminating sugar ~ week 1

So my first week of removing sugar from my diet is going well, one week down of my three month trial *grin*. 
I've had no side effects or cravings as yet and I am sure the lack of cakes, biscuits, chocolate, bread and jam, ice cream etc. is good for me. 
No weight loss as yet however, but it is very early days.
Sadly my copy of Sweet Poison by David Gillispie hasn't arrived as yet but I have found another good book and website on removing sugar from your diet, by another Australian as well, Sarah Wilson of I Quit Sugar. As its an eBook, I was able to download it immediately and its a great read and its giving me great tips to help withdraw from sugar in my eating habits.
One of the pleasant surprises is that wine and strong spirits, in moderation of course, can remain in my diet as the sugar from the fruit is used up during the fermentation process.
Now that's a bonus, hic!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Sweet poison ~ taking sugar out of my diet

I heard David Gilliespie on Margaret Throsby's Midday program on ABC Classic FM yesterday, he is the author of Sweet Poison and I was very interested in what he had to say about sugar.

His thesis is that sugar is the major cause of obesity today and on reviewing my food intake of sugar, I consume far more of it than I released. I thought I ate in a relatively health manner and couldn't understand why my weight kept increasing.

For my health and age, I am way overweight at the moment, over the last three years, since I stopped commuting into Sydney, I have gone from 61k to 77k.

It is partly because I'm no longer a gym junkie since stopping my city job, I still exercise, but not twice a day in the gym. Its also partly from munching on delicious home baked goods in my classes with The Tailor's Apprentice.

We always have a tea break with scrumptious treats fresh baked by my students. I eat them with pleasure, and the leftovers later. These cakes and other sweet treats are an almost daily occurrence. When I worked, such things were an occasional treat.

I don't want to get unwell due to being overweight, so I'm going to try taking sugar out of my diet for the next three months and see if doing that will enable me to reduce weight.

I intend to blog about it as I go on Blue Mountains Bliss which has been silent since 2010.
So come along with me on my journey!