I was at my sister’s and couldn’t get to sleep. So looking through her books late one night I discovered David Gillespie’s “The Sweet Poison Quit Plan”.
She had talked about it, I hadn’t taken much notice (I am the typical older sister). But I had to admit she was looking increasingly happier, healthier and fitter.
In fact she looked fantastic.
A number of hours later I finished the book all in one reading, it was about 5am. I could not put it down. This book described what was happening to me in absolute detail. I was amazed I hadn’t heard about the problem with fructose before. It made so much sense to me.
So I quit sugar, right there and then.
You have to know that I was an absolute sugar addict.
On any given day I would drink a minimum of 2-3 hot milos a day, plus I would eat so much sugar it makes me shiver to think about it. To this day my family and friends cannot believe I don’t drink Milo anymore. I would take a tin of Milo to anyone’s house I was visiting and leave it there for each time I came over.
I tell myself today that I didn’t know any better; now I do.
I often think about the damage I must have done to my body (my poor, poor liver) and hope that I’m now busy reversing it by trying to be sugar free.
Sugar free is not always easy and I will tell you that sometimes I stray. But what’s different today is that if I do eat sugar it is a very conscious decision and I no longer feel addicted.
Today it’s actually quite rare for me to eat traditional sugars and I don’t eat or drink any “false” sugars either.
But when you’ve been brought up in a household that loves to bake and really loves to eat baked goods it’s tough to say goodbye to your favourite foods.
So my sister and I started to experiment cooking our favourite foods with dextrose powder and rice malt syrup. It’s lots of fun and is as much cooking adventure as science experiment.
What we did realise is that we couldn’t get the dextrose powder and rice malt syrup that we needed to produce the results of baking that was like our favourite foods.
One night I had a dream that we could supply fructose free products and I sent a text to my sister saying let’s create these ourselves. She was just as excited and thus The Sugar Breakup was born.
Over the eighteen months I’ve lost 6 kilos. I’ve got 14 kilos to go.
It’s the first time I haven’t gained weight in 12 years. I sleep better, rarely get bloated and my body is healing itself so well that my doctor recently asked me what I’m doing differently, my blood results are coming back with improved results. So I know it’s making a difference.
It can be tough for those around you to understand fructose free or accept it. But slowly and surely they come around. We come from a family of feeders and lovers of sweet goodies, but I’ve noticed that as a family we are all making better decisions about our diets and health.
Maybe it’s because we have learnt to make our favourite foods in healthier ways.
The last thing I want to say about being sugar free is the life style changes I’ve experienced. I want to eat better so I cook a lot more and am careful about where I eat out.
I now read all the food labels and ask lots of questions at grocers and restaurants. My taste buds have changed and I’m eating foods I’d never tried before and liking them.
I feel like exercising because my energy levels are what I’d now call stable. My body wants to stretch and run. I feel happy almost all of the time, to the point that other people comment about the smile on my face. It might not all be due to being sugar free but I’d like to think it has helped.
If you are already sugar free then you know exactly what I’m talking about.
If you are thinking about it, I would advise you to read David Gillespie’s “Sweet Poison” books. Also good to watch Dr Robert Lustig’s YouTube video, “Sugar: The Bitter Truth” and read his book, “Fat Chance”.
I doubt you will ever be able to think of sugar in the same way again.