#2 My Man Quits Sugar: The Pre-Program Interview

Last week, I wrote about my man, a lover of beer and food (and me, of course), who has signed up to do the popular I Quit Sugar 8-week program. I am following along for the ride. We are really doing it as an experiment to see whether his health improves and his fatigue lessens.

The program formally kicked off last week, but we are starting a week late because he went away for work. In the meantime, I have been enviously watching everyone post pictures of their creations (check out #IQS8WP on Instagram and Twitter). I may or may not have already snuck in a recipe or two while he was gone – couldn’t resist trying out the berry omelette!

Now he is home, and as we get ready to start the program tomorrow, I asked him a few questions prior to starting the program.

1. How do you feel about the idea of ‘quitting sugar’?

It’s all a bit weird, a bit different, but a bit intriguing too… I thought it would be simple and I don’t think of myself as overly dependent on sugar, but I didn’t realise how much sugar was in stuff we use all the time! All the sauces – tomato, BBQ, sweet chilli. I find it weird because sugar is supposed to be natural, so why isn’t it good for you? But I’m intrigued.

2. How are you physically feeling at the moment?

I feel tired all the time. I feel slobbish and my digestive system feels run-down.

3. What are you hoping to get out of the program?

A freshen-up for my health. To change things, a holiday for my body, a detox. Kinda like giving the car a service and a detail.

4. What are you scared of, and what will you miss the most?

I’ll miss putting sugar in my coffee. And coke. Especially when I’m on a long work shift. Can I have zero coke?

[No. No artificial sweeteners allowed in the first half of the program.]

Oh. Shit. I’m also a bit scared I will actually like the program, and feel better on it, and then I’ll never get to have sugar in my coffee again.

5. What are you looking forward to?

Eating more meat and cheese. Trying the slow-cooked lamb this week.

6. Lastly – the scary question – how do you feel about reducing your alcohol intake as part of the program?

Not happy Jan. I enjoy my beer. I’m not happy about it because I make my own beer. I don’t drink to get drunk – I like the flavour and it helps me to relax. But we’ll give it a go.

In Week 1 of the program, we’ll be dining on paleo veggie bread with avocado and feta smash, pepita and sesame chicken, thai sweet potato and pumpkin soup, eggplant parmagiana, pork and fennel meatballs, white bean and chorizo soup, sweet potato frittata, and slow-cooked lamb with radish tzatziki. Look forward to reporting back in a week!

View #3: Week One in Review.
View all posts in the My Man Quits Sugar series.

1 Comment

  1. Gary Lum says:

    For me low carbohydrate is relatively convenient. I use artifical sweeteners and I can’t drink alcohol so it makes it easier. I miss cakes and bread and rice though.

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