So, you’ve decided you’re finally ready to kick your sugar habit and are wondering how to make your goals a reality. Here’s everything you need to know, from getting off the stuff to staying off it.
Why would you quit sugar?
There are a number of reasons people are keen to shake sugar of their backs – for one, it’s a highly addictive substance that wires our brain to crave it over and over… and over. Once it hits our brain’s reward system, we end up stuck in a vicious cycle of cravings and low moods, then the inevitable binge. This might not be such a big problem if it weren’t for the host of dangerous health conditions associated with sugar consumption. Take a look at the shortlist:
- Digestive issues
- Acid reflux
- Autoimmune conditions
- Anxiety and depression
- Heart disease
- Liver disease
And the list goes on. But two of the biggest health crises – obesity and diabetes – have been directly linked to sugar consumption, specifically fructose. This is the visceral-fat building stuff that strains our liver and is one of the number one causes of obesity. This condition affects 1.9 billion people around the world, and with sugar slipping its way into all manner of foods – from bread and yoghurt to cereals, spreads and premade meals – is it any wonder so many of us are stacking on the kilos? Another condition with ties to fructose consumption is liver disease. Affecting a quarter of the population, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is projected to become the become the leading cause of cirrhosis in the next 10 years. Yikes. But that’s not all – studies have shown rates of depression are greater in those who eat a high-sugar diet. That’s right, mental health is also tied up in sugar consumption – so there are more than a few reasons people are ditching sugar. Even the smaller signs of sugar overconsumption, like mood swings, headaches and fatigue, can make life that much harder. All of these issues have one thing in common: sugar.
So, how do you quit sugar?
Are you ready to reap the health benefits of ditching sugar, but not sure where to start? This is where we come in.
- It’ll take 8 weeks: Ever wondered why it’s the 8-Week Program and not the 2-Week Program or 10-Week Program? It comes down to addiction theory which shows that we need around 60 days to break the chains of our addictive habits.
- Reframe your relationship with food: A lot of people struggle with guilt and shame around eating – when you reframe food as fuel and take the shame out of the equation, it becomes easier to unpack and move through the fog of emotional ties to food. It’s not just about the physical act of eating – it’s about the thoughts, process and mental health behind our actions.
- Learning how to shop: Once you know exactly how much sugar is in all those household staples and so-called health foods, you’ll never look at them the same. But you’ll also be better equipped to pick out the healthier options and maybe even decide to make some of your essentials at home.
- Learning to cook: Quitting sugar involves relearning how to cook and bake, since we’ll be cutting out one of the most common ingredients in recipes, there will be a period of adjusting to new ingredients and ways of using food. You can still eat all your favourite baked goods, curries and snacks – with a few tweaks to the recipes. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with recipes and meal plans.
- You don’t have to diet: When you quit sugar, it’s not about limitations and restraint – it’s about enjoying delicious, nutritious food. Living a no-sugar or low-sugar life is about freeing yourself from addiction, while still having whipping up exciting dishes and loading up on all those essential nutrients.
What you’ll have to look forward to in 8-Week Program
- Sustainable and affordable meal plans: That’s right – we don’t just improve our own health, but that of the planet, too. We reduce waste by relying on in-season produce, using meal-prepping storage techniques and reinventing leftovers into exciting new dishes.
- Nutritionally balanced: We know how important our gut health is to our entire bodies – from digestive issues to mental health – not to mention, it’s a massive part of fighting cravings. Fibre, protein and healthy fats all help to improve satiety, with the latter having been found to decrease appetite and sugar cravings throughout the day.
- Dietary flexibility: We cater to vegetarian, paleo, gluten and dairy-free people – and we have some pretty exciting recipes for you guys, from paleo bread to hearty veggie curries – we’ve gone all out with no holds barred.
- Health improvements: Many people report improved – or completely healed – symptoms for conditions like acid reflux, low mood and fatigue. Weight loss is another common benefit of joining the program – but one of the biggest takeaways is the mental strength that comes with putting your health first.
Sounds good, right? If you’re keen to get your health back on track, the 8-Week Program is for you. We’ll be learning the ins-and-outs of a healthy lifestyle, from managing cravings to low-impact exercises, we’ve got it all covered. With exclusive meal plans and nutritious recipes, there’s never been a better time to turn your life around. Here’s what’s on offer:
- 8 weeks of expert-crafted meal plans and shopping lists.
- 90+ member-only recipes.
- Community forums to share your journey.
- Support from the I Quit Sugar team, plus our panel of experts.
- Mental and physical health benefits that last a lifetime.