You don’t have to go it solo – why not share your journey with the family? Make your membership go the extra mile by sharing all our recipes, exercises and tips with your family. Here’s how.
If you’ve noticed your family relying on after-dinner desserts, midnight fridge raids and constant snacking, you might be wondering if you can share the program with them. Well, you can! And there’s no need to buy an extra membership, simply use your own and share the tips and recipes with your loved ones – after quitting sugar your family’s hunger cues will have a chance to recalibrate, so if you’re eating nutritious foods like healthy fats, protein and fibre-based meals, you’ll feel fuller for longer. Fibre slows the metabolisation of sugar, with studies showing it reduces hunger frequency, and when you eat healthy fats like those found in avocados and olive oil, those intense sugar cravings will fade as these fats help balance blood sugar levels, according to studies.
When you’re overloaded on sugar, you tend to be more irritable, with unpredictable mood swings which can cause tension and fighting within the family. That’s why bringing the family aboard will help balance everyone’s mood, gut and blood sugars too! You’ll also reduce your risk for the development of mental health conditions like depression and anxiety, studies have shown rates of depression to be greater in those who eat a high-sugar diet and another study shows the same diet increases the risk of developing anxiety. Your family may also discover their tastes change – instead of only thinking about junk food, you’ll be surprised that the kids start thinking about the tasty and nutritious recipes formulated in the program. Many fear that eating healthy will feel like a chore, but your tastebuds recalibrate and you start to enjoy those nutritious foods. That’s why the 8-Week Program is so useful – we provide those simple recipes that turn you away from the addictive stuff and on to the healthy stuff. From brownies and pancakes, pasta bakes and roast veggies – we’ve got it all. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring, in fact, it’s quite the opposite. Quitting sugar isn’t about losing something – it’s about gaining something: your health, your zest for life and a love of good food. So, if you’re ready to ditch sugar and bring your family along for the journey, here are 3 simple tips for success.
Cooking with the family
If you’re looking to share the recipes with your family, simply adjust the ratio of ingredients to suit the number of people in your family. So, if it’s a lasagne recipe for 2, double it to make 4. You can also make use of our Sunday cook-ups where we store and freeze food to be reused – this is a great way to save money throughout the week while still enjoying delicious food. The most notable savings for prepping are money and time, where instead of cooking multiple meals every day and having to hit up the shops frequently – which leads to increased power bills from the stove, oven or microwave and shopping bills – preparing food in advance means cooking more food in a shorter amount of time and simply portioning it out over the week. This can save hours over the week and allow you to dedicate time to other areas in your life, whether it be hobbies, family time or exercise. Plus, you might find you enjoy getting the kids involved in the cooking process and taking the time to bond.
Exercising with family
Instead of exercising along, bring a partner, the kids or even the whole family along can add more fun and enjoyability – you may not even notice you’re exercising! It’s also a great way to spend time with family, and we’ve got a range of fun exercise videos to help you get into the groove, from dancing with Biggest Loser coach Libby Babet to enjoying some relaxing Pilates, there’s something for everyone. Get the whole family’s endorphins flowing with getting that daily exercise that is so important for health and development.
Fun recipes for kids
We know a lot of you have kids, and that’s why we’ve included a range of fun recipes they’ll enjoy – from fudge squares to pizza muggings, lunchbox-friendly snacks and delicious desserts. The best part? They’re loaded with nutritious ingredients so they’re as good for you and your family as they are for your tastebuds.
Here’s a taste-tester recipe to give you a look into the kinds of snacks we’ve got on the program:
Supercharged Peanut Butter Fudge
For the full recipe, take a look HERE.
- 3 1/2 tablespoons gelatine powder
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 cup peanut butter, smooth, unsalted
- 2 tablespoons rice malt syrup
- 1 pinch sea salt
- Dissolve the gelatine powder in 1⁄3 cup of cold water and let it sit for 5 minutes until it has become gel-like.
- Heat the almond milk, peanut butter, rice malt syrup and sea salt in a saucepan until almost boiling. Remove from the heat and stir in the gelatin until it has dissolved.
- Pour into a 10x15cm glass or plastic container. Refrigerate for 1 hour, then cut into squares.
- Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to a week.
Sounds good right? If you’re not already on the program and you’ve been having a little trouble keeping that sugar addiction at bay, we’re here to help. We know it can be hard to stick to your health goals – especially when you’re trying to manage it alone. We’ll be quitting sugar and turning our health dreams into a reality with the support of our panel of experts like Jess. When you sign up with us, you’ll have access to clear-cut meal plans, community support and exclusive access to our sugar-free content. Here’s what’s on offer:
- 8 weeks of meal plans and shopping lists.
- 90+ member-only recipes.
- Community forums to share your journey.
- Support and guidance from the I Quit Sugar team.
- Exclusive content from our panel of experts.
So, if you’re ready to ditch sugar and the host of maladies that come with it, it’s not too late to join. We’d love to help you get started on your health journey. Sign up HERE today!