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!