Adam is a good friend of ours at I Quit Sugar. He’s one of our original success stories and has been a follower of Sarah’s for years. We asked him to share his story.
I used to play ice hockey at a high level representing Australia internationally. I decided about five years ago to get back into it again. The big difference between being a high-level athlete in my twenties to a beer league warrior in my thirties was my energy levels and length of time to recover.
Every morning after a game I would ache and cramp. I would stretch, run, swim and nothing could beat the cramps, then I would sit at work like a tired old donkey with no legs.
I remember reading about Sarah’s first foray into the sugar-free experiment, thinking to myself, “Pfft we’re supposed to eat sugar, it’s where we get our energy”, and dismissing the article. Then I read an article by Steve Nash (a professional basketballer in the NBA) on competing in your thirties. He attributes his performance and longevity in the game to quitting sugar. Hearing this from a guy that I admire along with Sarah’s calm and common-sense reasoning made me want to give this sugar-quitting thing a try.
My typical routine at ice hockey practice was to drink a can of Coke or Red Bull prior, Gatorade during and beer after. As an experiment, instead I mixed a 1.25 liter bottle of water with a teaspoon of Celtic sea-salt and sipped it during practice.
To be honest, I didn’t notice a difference in my energy or fatigue. It’s what happened the next morning that shocked me, I got straight up out of bed with no stiffness or cramps, no eyelids stuck to my eyeballs, no drowsiness, no nothing! I did this for about a month’s worth of games and practices until one of my teammates gave everyone a Gatorade before the game. The next morning I was cramped, tired and dehydrated.
That was maybe two years ago.
I have completely dropped sugar and I will never go back.
I now have a complexion, cheekbones, a six (four?) pack and loads of energy. And I actually think I’m more positive and optimistic.
This is not a fad diet for me or detox religion. I’m skeptical, stubborn and opinionated, but quitting sugar was one of the best things I ever did. And I can see the difference.