IQS: Week One – What It Involves

ID-100206025Week one of the “I Quit Sugar” plan…  here we are right at the start of the journey plan detox.   And, thankfully, it’s not about going cold turkey. 

[Want to know why I’m on this journey? Check out this post.  And this one, too, for good measure.]

This week is about cutting down on sugar (fructose) and being conscious of my food choices.

At this stage, artificial sweeteners are allowed… but they won’t be for long.

How will it go?  We’ll see!
I’d say it shouldn’t be too  hard but I don’t want those to be famous last words!

Keep Strong

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This one has been doing the rounds on social media since the news of Charlotte Dawson broke.

While there’s a lot to her story that we will never know, there are elemets that will ring true for you (or people you know). Depression and anxiety (they’re different!) will touch everyone during their life – albeit in different shapes and forms.

No matter the timing, this sort of thing is always worthy of a post.

Kia kaha, guys.

[If you’re interested in reading more about what it’s like living ad dealing with these issues, at least from my perspective, I’d recommend checking out my post “Depression Is…” from late last year]

Why I’m Going Sugar Free

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75.8kg.  It’s a big, ugly number and it’s growing.

I’ve gotten sloppy.
It’s not good enough.

I have to make changes and, from what I’ve read over the last month or so, this is how I’ll do it.

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Why sugar, why not fat?

Well, firstly, it’s really fructose – not all sugars – that I’m cutting out.   Glucose and lactose… less of an issue.

The body processes fructose differently to the likes of protein and fats.  Without getting into the science of it all, there are a few differences:

  • When we eat fat or protein, the body releases hormones to tell our brain that we’re full.  Fructose doesn’t do that, so we can just keep eating and eating and eating and eating and eating…
  • Fructose does crazy things to our body when it tries to process it (while we’re eating and eating and eating and eating…) – spikes in blood sugar levels, and wreaks all sorts of havoc on our liver.

Plus, people much, much smarter than me are researching more into the effects of fructose on the body in other ways (to name a few):

  • its links with dementia,
  • its impact on fertility,
  • the way it inhibits the immune system,
  • as fuel for the development of cancer, and
  • its connection with adrenaline spikes, and anxiety issues.

So does that mean I should eat lots of fat?

Nope.  Still need to pick the good fats.  Stick with the healthy, good saturated fats and avoid the yucky stuff that was made in a lab!