For most my life I have been an avid sugar fan. Hey, my first steps were towards chocolate, I kid you not. Later in life sweet foods were something I turned to for comfort, when bored at the office, if I wanted a treat. It’s so easily done.
So you can imagine my distress as being diagnosed with having Candida and Endemetriosis in the space of a year, of which both conditions can be worsened by sugar. So, I listened to my body and with the guidance of a very good nutritionist cut out the sugar, wheat, yeast and starches. I already was dairy free as I have had an intolerance to that for years.
I was very strict for the first two months not even eating sugary vegetables and that really took some willPower! At first, I spent far too much time focusing on what I couldn’t eat and the social limitations of the restricted diet imposed. I’m not going to lie, withdrawal from sugar is tough. Fortunately, I was doing my willPower Phase 2 training at the time which gave me focus and strength to stay clean. I know in willPower & grace® we often use the phrase ‘what if I had to‘. Well I had to!
I ate a high protein diet rich in leafy green vegetables and good fats, and a month later I started to feel better, two months later I was feeling great. I started to research and experiment with other foods that I had never even heard of such as xylitol, chestnut flour, coconut flour etc.
The result a whole notebook of gluten free, dairy free, wheat free, yeast free, sugar free recipes including cake, and chocolate spread.
A year later and I’m a stone lighter, my skin is good, my energy levels are constant and I feel amazing!
I have learned to focus on what I can eat, what I can do and trust me, you can eat like a ‘normal’ eater would do, you just have to be a bit more organised and think out of the box sometimes. Skills which really benefit us in life any way. The week I wrote this, control was the word of the week, and philosophy was to take on the quality of water, flow. I think I’ve learned to.
Be sure to pick up my new book, Sugar Free Me – and check back here, monthly, for new dairy, gluten and sugar free recipes, as well as personal tips on changing over to a healthier lifestyle!