#4 My Man Quits Sugar: Week Two

It’s fair to say that we feel AMAZING at the end of Week 2. However, I’m not sure if this is because we’ve ‘quit sugar’, or because we felt so ill with food poisoning this time last week that simply returning to normal feels so good in comparison.

It has been a confusing week. We had a couple of ‘fuck it’ moments, when we nearly convinced ourselves to drop the program altogether. My man watched the SBS documentary during the week about fat versus sugar and freaked out, convinced that in cutting out sugar his body would stop producing insulin and start eating his muscle. We talked about bringing in a serving of fruit a day to mitigate this fear, even though we are not supposed to eat any during the first five weeks of the program, to allow our bodies to recalibrate. Somehow, we talked ourselves down from it. He then looked into the SBS program some more and discovered that a number of academics had questioned its credibility.

However, it highlighted to us the extreme public confusion about this issue. Just when I’ve convinced myself that sugar is ‘bad’ and coconut oil is ‘good’, another article, television show, or expert comes out to say it’s all a fad and isn’t as good for us as we think. It was truly interesting to see the expose from I Quit Sugar during the week on which health organisations receive funding from Big Sugar. And yet, I still feel I need more information about how this affects the public health messages we are fed. My friend is studying to be a dietician. She hates the I Quit Sugar program, and prefers low-fat dairy. When my mother visited a dietician to discuss her diabetes, she was also told to consume low-fat dairy. It’s all very well to read the theory behind why sugar is bad (and even to feel physically healthier in cutting it out), but when confronted daily by experts who oppose it, it’s no wonder people feel conflicted. We don’t know who to believe. It’s too much for our brains to handle!

At the end of the day, I return to the same place: that I will use this opportunity to move away from processed foods, and particularly those that include added sugar. I will continue consuming full-fat dairy, because I do believe it is more nourishing than low-fat dairy. After the program, I will cut down on the sugar I include in my own food, but I will probably still include honey and maple syrup in small amounts.

But back to Week 2. One of the great things about the program is that it has expanded our breakfast horizons. We used to be toast or muesli people. Occasionally we would treat ourselves to eggs or pancakes. I would diligently serve my own and my son’s pancakes with yoghurt and fruit. My husband would smother his in butter and maple syrup. Now we have embraced some new breakfast foods, and we are more inclined to get prepared for it the night before.

Cheese and avocado sourdough toasties are a breakfast revelation!

Week 2 in Review

1. Favourite meal?

Him: Roast chicken. And the cheese and avocado toastie was the best thing ever.
Me: Unexpectedly I enjoyed the warm broccoli and chorizo salad (mind you, we substituted bacon for the chorizo and chucked in some pasta).

2. Least favourite meal?

Him: Broccoli and chorizo salad – it was nice but not fulfilling.
Me: I wasn’t overly keen on the coconut chicken nuggets.

3. What are you missing?

Him: Having sourdough bread has made me happier, but sometimes I still want a can of coke.
Me: I’m still missing chocolate cake! My favourite berry-nice brownies from Well Nourished, served with double cream.

4. How are you feeling?

Him: I feel good, and better than last week.
Me: Good, great.

5. How is the reduced alcohol intake going?

Him: Horribly, I really want a beer. So I’m going to have one! Sip, ahhhh.

In Week 3 we will be eating moroccan chickpea stew, lamb with minty pea and feta smash, roast pumpkin with buckwheat noodles, basil and spinach pesto with zucchini noodles, chicken laksa, minestrone soup and quinoa fritters. We’ll be making quinoa porridge for breakfast, which I already enjoy but my husband is dreading, and poached eggs on greens.

View #5: Week Three in Review.
View all posts in the My Man Quits Sugar series.

The incredible cheese and avocado sourdough toastie. Try it for breakfast!

The incredible cheese and avocado sourdough toastie. Try it for breakfast!

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