#3 My Man Quits Sugar: Week One

It’s a little hard to be enthusiastic while writing this post, as my man and I are emerging from the fog of food poisoning. Dodgy chorizo in the white bean and chorizo soup, which, incidentally, we didn’t even enjoy eating. Luckily, our three year old turned his nose up at it and refused to eat any.

But food poisoning aside, we are one week down – ‘only’ seven to go! Week One of the I Quit Sugar program is supposed to be a transitional week, focusing on cutting back sugar and eating only low-fructose fruits, like berries.

Well, my husband doesn’t do things by halves. He’s either in or he’s out. So we went cold turkey from Day 1. This meant no sugar, in all forms, including non-fructose sweeteners like stevia and rice malt syrup, and significantly reducing refined carbohydrates: white bread, rice, pasta – everything he loves.

Goodbye, delicious fruit. Cutting up fruit for my son was torturous. However, aside from the food poisoning, I have felt quite alright all week. This is probably because I had already reduced my intake of sugar and refined carbohydrates a lot, and it was less of a shock to my system.

My husband though, LOST THE PLOT. It was both sad and a bit funny to watch.  He looked particularly devastated on Tuesday night when I told him we were having Eggplant Parmagiana for dinner. Where’s the meat!? By Day 3 he was starting to adjust. We even went out for a delicious sugar-free brunch at Local Press.

The timely release of the IQS Slow-Cooker eBook is also providing us with some excellent substitutes for when we are a little uninspired by the menu plan. Not really feeling like the kale frittata, we instead made the Irish Beef Stew in the slow-cooker, with some yummy paleo veggie bread.

Week 1 in Review

1. Favourite meal?

Him: Definitely the lamb roast – it was “fucking delicious”.
Me: The pork and fennel meatballs, and the slow-cooked lamb shoulder (and I don’t even usually like lamb!).

2. Least favourite meal?

For both of us, it was definitely the white bean and chorizo soup. And not just because it made us sick.

3. What are you missing?

Him: Toast for breakfast. Honey on my cereal. And I miss sauce! It’s hard having eggs without BBQ sauce or HP.
Me: Chocolate cake. I keep seeing it everywhere. And fruit – berries on my muesli.

4. How are you feeling?

Him: Tired, but mostly fine now. Looking forward to it being over though, so I don’t have to second guess every time I want to eat something.
Me: Until the food poisoning I was feeling just fine.

5. How is the reduced alcohol intake going?

Him: I had four alcohol-free days, and on the other three only had one or two drinks. Beer, or red wine. I’m coping pretty well with it, although haven’t felt the need for it this week too much.

In Week 2 we’ll be cooking lamb sweet potato pies, coconut chicken nuggets, roast chicken and green fish curry. We will be substituting a paleo risotto for the Kangaroo Roganjosh recipe from the IQS Slow-Cooker eBook, which I am particularly excited about. We also splurged on some stinky cheese to have as an after dinner treat.

View #4: Week Two in Review.
View all posts in the My Man Quits Sugar series.

We've been snacking on indulgent coco-nutty granola, on its own and with yoghurt.

We’ve been snacking on indulgent coco-nutty granola, on its own and with yoghurt.


  1. Victoria says:

    Hey Erin, do you mind sharing the fennel and pork meatball recipe. It used to be available on Sarah’s I Quit Sugar website for free. But since she sells the 8 weeks I Quit Sugar program it has disappeared and I didn’t think off writing it down. I loved it …

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