Earlier this week I saw the book 'I Quit Sugar' by Sarah Wilson (see here) in Tesco. At £9, I didn't buy it...but I did get it for Kindle for considerably less! Having done the Harcombe diet in the past, I've been sugar-free before, and I know I coped and I didn't miss it. I didn't find it sustainable though, and relapsed to 'normal' eating, finding myself 20lbs heavier two years later. In February 2013 I embarked on 5:2 and lost that, and more, and have stayed at a healthy weight for more than a year.
So right now I'm 46, I weigh less than I have done for many years, and I can run for two hours or more non-stop. I've set new Personal Bests for 5k and 10k several times over in the last six months, achieving times I didn't think I was capable of. Recently I've been running 18-21km every other weekend, and not finding it too much of a struggle at all...in fact, I've even enjoyed it!
So why give up sugar? Well, last year I spent around £500 on repairing the damage sugar has done to my teeth. I said then that I would reduce my intake. I think I did, for a while, but I've slipped back into bad habits recently. I find it easy to fast and can even go without food for 24-36 hours, no problem, but I often eat sweets and chocolate on days when I'm not fasting. It's become too much of a habit, it's not good for me, and I want to stop.
This weekend I have the house to myself and as well as housework, shopping and running I'm systematically clearing the fridge and cupboards of the things I don't want to eat any more. Today, that means eating quite a lot of Muller Greek-style yogurts! I need to re-read the book, start my shopping list (chia seeds and coconut seem to feature highly) and start my journey towards a sugarless future.