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Sammy, a travel enthusiast: “I’ve learned how to deal with unwanted cravings.”

Sammy is a mother of two young kids who loves all the good things in life- travelling, cooking and socialising with friends. A believer in exercise and eating well, Sammy decided to remove sugar from her diet to see if she could combat some lingering digestion issues. The results, she tells us, exceeded her every expectation.

Last year I made the decision to get healthy and lose some weight.

I joined up with a popular weight loss program and over 13 weeks I dropped six kilos. I enjoyed the eating plan, it was sensible and easy, I could consume any food or drink as long as I stayed within my allocated calories for the day. My strict diet over the summer included lots of fruit and salads, but I found I was constantly hungry, searching for something to sustain my sugar cravings.  By July this year I had put on almost all of the weight I had lost, but more alarmingly, I had developed a major sugar addiction.  My stomach was bloated, I felt lethargic and had infrequent bowel motions.  All in all, I was feeling pretty unhealthy and I knew I needed to make some changes.

A close friend of mine introduced me to Sarah Wilson’s book “Keys2words”. I felt intrigued as I could see so many parallels in my life to Sarah’s story – I needed to know more, so I went out and bought my own copy that afternoon.

I knew deep down I had a sugar addiction, but after reading Keys2words I was able to admit it.

Previously I thought I had a pretty healthy diet.  I ate tonnes of fruit and low-fat everything – flavoured yoghurt, skim milk, light cheese and diet jams.  In my mind, fat was bad, carbs weren’t much better but fruit and diet drinks were fine. What I didn’t know was how toxic all those sugars were to my body.  I noticed once I had consumed these foods the sugar cravings got worse. This was it.  I made a decision then and there to quit sugar for good.

The best thing is that I don’t feel guilty about it, just healthy!

I really am amazed at how easy the Program has been.  I still have cravings, but they have really waned compared to the first couple of days.  I have learned how to deal with them by having healthy snacks on hand. Having deprived myself of full fat food products for most of my adult life, I am relishing being able to eat full fat cheese, milk and nuts again (in appropriate portion sizes).  The best thing is that I don’t feel guilty about it, just healthy!  Although weight loss isn’t my main aim here, I have been happy to see a reduction on the scales.

Honestly, I do feel energised.

I have read about so many diets where people are banging on about how much energy they have and how great they feel.  I thought it was a load of rubbish, but honestly I do feel energised. I have always been conscious of health and fitness and I try to exercise most days. I have a cross-trainer at home and if my day allows it, I’ll do a class at the gym. The best thing about this diet change? My bloating has pretty much gone, and lo and behold, my turbulent bowels are returning to normal!

My taste buds have changed and I’m enjoying the effects.

The whole IQS process has been very cathartic for me.  I cleared out my pantry (a hard job to get excited about), and within a couple of hours it was looking more healthy and ordered – perhaps a reflection of my insides!  Gone are the convenience snacks packed full of sugar, and in their place are things like quinoa, chia seeds, linseeds, LSA, gluten-free flour, coconut (lots of coconut) and mixed nuts.

My journey is far from complete.  At first I wondered how I would be able to cut out fruit for eight weeks, but I can understand now that I need to be careful about re-introducing sugar in my diet. My taste buds have changed and I’m enjoying the effects. Now, natural and healthy foods like nuts and coconut taste so much sweeter than they used to!

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We originally published this post in September 2013.

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