Janice Mangas decided to quit sugar and, as a result, watched her mental health and irritable bowel syndrome symptoms drastically fade. She has maintained a nutritious, low-sugar lifestyle ever since.
The 28-year-old translator-interpreter says the catalyst was the 8-Week Program with I Quit Sugar. That was 7 years ago. (Scroll down to read how you can join Janice on our new September program or CLICK HERE NOW to claim your early bird 20% Off discount!)
How She Did it.
Janice was fed up with the debilitating symptoms of IBS and anxiety when she heard about the 8-Week Program from a friend.
You’re probably wondering how Janice has managed to keep this healthy lifestyle going for 7 years, but the answer is simple. She says the improvements to her mental health after quitting sugar played a major role in transforming the way she eats.
“I was finally able to control myself and decide what to eat instead of letting my anxiety decide for me,” she says.
The biggest obstacle for Janice was overcoming her sweet tooth. But she explains that the program showed her how to take back control of her cravings, along with providing a unique toolset to navigate the intimidating world of health and nutrition.
“The program helped me to understand the risk of a daily sugar intake, and helped me through delicious recipes to find the balance.”
Janice now enjoys calming activities like walking her dog, playing piano and meditating, and this is what the program is all about – doing the things you love and keeping your mental health as sharp as your physical health.
Janice’s favourite recipe:The oriental chicken dishes.
Why she did it.
Janice was tired of her food choices being controlled by her anxiety and was keen to put a stop to the painful symptoms of IBS that were interwoven with her excessive sugar intake.
Janice also struggled with binge eating sugary snacks in attempt to manage her emotions. As many will know all too well, this only leads to a cycle of low mood and binging.
“I used to eat whatever I wanted, the junkier, the better,” Janice said. “I realised that my anxiety was making me binge when I was down, and it only made things worse.”
Research shows sugar triggers our brain’s reward system – and here’s the scary part: it evokes a stronger reward response than cocaine. It works by causing the release of dopamine, the “feel-good” hormone, into the brain, locking many of us into a dopamine hit-seeking cycle.
This addiction is dangerous not only because of the ubiquitous nature of sugar, but also due to the array of health risks involved. This is what motivated Janice to kick her sugar habit. Have a look at just a few of the conditions associated with excess sugar intake.
- Heart disease.
- Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
- Autoimmune diseases.
- Mental health conditions like anxiety and depression.
Benefits of joining the program.
After understanding what was fuelling her urge to binge eat, Janice was finally able to address and treat the issue at hand. By cutting sugar out, she put a stop to the never-ending cycle of cravings. But that’s not the only benefit she experienced – Janice says one of the most significant improvements was centred around her IBS.
“It changed everything,” Janice said. “My overall bowel health is much better now, and my anxiety levels are more under control.”
Janice was also thrilled at the ricocheting effect the prorgam had on those around her.
“My husband and my parents learnt a lot from my journey, also some friends decided to say goodbye to sugar.”
This program didn’t just change her life, but family and friends’ lives too. 7 years on, she’s still in awe of the knock-on benefits from signing up to the 8-Week Program.
The takeaway: Top tips that you can use.
- Ease into it: Here at I Quit Sugar, we don’t believe in going cold turkey. This is because it can aggravate cravings and lead to binge eating cycles. Instead, we start slow and steady and provide the tools to ensure a long-lasting change in your life.
- Make tasty recipes: Quitting sugar doesn’t mean quitting delicious food. In fact, we have some of the most flavoursome meals in our exclusive cookbooks that you can rely on for restaurant-worthy dishes that hit the spot – every time. It makes ditching sugar that much easier when you replace it with nutritious, wholesome foods that taste as good as they are healthy.
- Be kind to yourself: We understand there may be relapses, but we believe that tomorrow is always a new day. It’s never too late to get back on the wagon. We think Janice says it best:
“You're detoxing from an addiction. Is going to be difficult, but very rewarding.”
If you’re ready to make lasting changes like Janice, it’s time to sign up for our 8-Week Program. With experts guiding you every step of the way and a friendly community to lean on, there’s never been a better time to put your lifestyle goals into action.
Here’s just a glimpse into what’s on offer:
- A wholistic approach to wellness.
- 8 weeks of meal plans and shopping lists.
- 90+ member-only recipes.
- Community forums for support and care.
- Support from us on the I Quit Sugar team.
- Exclusive content from our panel of experts.
Sounds good, right? The next program kicks off in September, so if you’re keen to revolutionise your relationship with food and healthy living,JOIN NOW
September 8-Week Program Registrations NOW OPEN!
Join our September program HERE and claim your early bird 20% Off discount!