At the end of the first week on the I Quit Sugar (IQS) program, here’s how it’s travelling. Despite copping a nasty dose of acute bronchitis in the lead up and during the first week, I amazed myself by not wavering from the plan.
First things first, I began by:
1. Clearing out the kitchen
I’ve been ditching/eating unnecessary foods for quite some months as a prelude to quitting sugar and rubbish food altogether. We have a very small kitchen with limited cupboard space, so all interesting ingredients are lined up along the main shelf.
I left existing sauces intact in the fridge. They’re easily enough ignored (who binges on tomato sauce?) and my partner can happily finish them off. He’s not interested in being on this no-sugar plan, so I can’t penalise him too much.
Anyone who knows me will know I LOVE cream. Cream is by far and away the world’s best invention. Because full fat dairy is encouraged on IQS, cream stays in the fridge. However, there’s not much I can munch it with during the first 8 weeks – no cake or fruit or desserts. However, I’ve worked out it can be tossed on cereal and if one is desperate, one could make creamed rice or sago. Where there’s a will there’s a way. The trick will be consuming a little tiny bit and not half the carton, otherwise weight loss won’t be happening.
Stopped buying fruit a few days before the start date and anything left has either been munched or tossed to the insects in the compost bins.
Leaving everything else as it is because, as mentioned above, I don’t have a lot of space in the kitchen so it’s not filled with tempting evil munchies.
IQS kindly provide you with a list of stuff to buy. So on Sunday I took my list, hacking cough and grocery bags for a big shop.
Had the vague hope I shouldn’t need to visit a supermarket for another week and this proved correct. This is a welcome novelty – tend to hit a supermarket a few times a week. Nice to not waste time going so regularly.
3. Cooking up a minor hurricane
* Tomato sauce
Store bought tomato sauce is FULL of sugar, BBQ sauce is even worse. So I made a batch of homemade tomato sauce.
Oh my, it’s very spicy and the cooking odour sure flavoured the house. However it rocks and rolls on top of sausages and lamb chops. Scrumptious.
I divided into 3 portions – one for the fridge and rest in the freezer.
Stopped eating store-bought mayonnaise a few years ago after realising how full of toxic fake oils they are. You will not find a single mayo that doesn’t contain canola, sunflower or some other crap oil, no matter how much the label declares it’s healthy and amazing.
I keep a container of IQS mayo in the fridge. Makes it easier to create a potato salad or toss over a green salad. And what’s more, it’s a really nice mayo.
In 2016, I worked out which breads to buy at the supermarket. Certainly not the rubbishy mass produced bread all supermarkets have as they contain toxic fake oil and/or sugar. So I’m left with artisan breads – ciabatta, rye, wholemeal and white cob. Pretty sad isn’t it, having to eat artisan breads.
Over the past year, I’ve often made my own bread with divine help from a breadmaker*. Originally Gregoire and I were concerned we’d stuff our faces with fresh bread until it was gone, but that’s turned out not to be the case. We love devouring the crust straight away, but otherwise a smallish loaf lasts 2-3 days.
* Breakfast muffins
The Apple Bircher Breakfast Muffins took a while to make – a lot of ingredients and a bit of fiddling around.
They look great but are quite heavy, so I can only eat one at a time (a serving is two). Devoured them warm with delicious full-fat yoghurt.
Next time I’ll lessen the amount of almond meal and use flour to see if that lightens them up. Oh, and pick a sweeter apple. I used a very sour granny smith – not a smiley experience when you bite into a wedge of apple inside the muffin and it sets your teeth sideways.
Due to the bronchitis, no exercise occurred until the end of the week, and my appetite went on holiday (bit of a change). With thick phlegm constantly sitting in my throat and a vague chemical taste lurking, both the look and taste of food wasn’t so enticing.
Hence I wasn’t hugely interested in eating, let alone overeating. I wondered how that would change once the lurg cleared up. It finally got better as I moved into week 2, and the appetite is back. Kept getting hungry and so overindulged in nuts. Not a good idea, need to plan better as they’re too high in fat.
Even though my appetite wasn’t brilliant, found I was still getting the odd craving after lunch or dinner. I got around that by going off into my study and doing some painting or messing about on the laptop. Worked a treat. End of craving.
Isn’t this a fun topic? I know you’re busting to read about this. I’m actually only including this because it might be useful to others who follow this regime. You young things may laugh but trust me, it’s likely bowel issues are going to happen to you.
All my later adult years (never took any notice earlier on in life), bowel movements occurred every 2-3 days. Never been regular and often I’d be a bit constipated.
Poor eating has inspired the advent of first stage haemorrhoids (trying spelling that in a hurry). This means it bleeds when I have a bowel movement. No pain at all – but it sure requires a lot more toilet paper to mop up.
I’m charting how often I go and so far, while it’s still irregular, bowel movements are more often and it’s easier to go. This is a good thing. You may smile now.
4. Other stuff
No other issues, which is surprising. Thought there’d be lousy somethings happening at some point. In a weird way, I think the bronchitis helped in that I was too sick to crave anything.
Energy is good, slowly improving. This is the main area I’m keeping an eye on as I’m so tired of being tired. However, it does help being retired. Full time work has got to be one of the biggest obstacles to being rested and relaxed.
I lost 1 kilo in the first 5 days, then put it back on in the last 2 days.
Why? We went out for meals on Saturday night and Sunday lunch plus dinner. I’m still no good with controlling my intake when I’m at someone else’s place, where the only things to occupy my brain are conversation and food.
Even though I didn’t eat sugar (excluding 6 cherries, 2 strawberries and 2 thin slices of pineapple), there was too waaaaay much cheese, salami and olives consumed. I paid the price.
We’re away from home and eating out for 4 & 1/2 days in the second week. I’m trying to plan for this now.
- Thanks to my sister Ruth who loaned the divine breadmaker