Sarah Wilson: I Quit Sugar

We spoke to Sarah Wilson, author of international bestseller I Quit Sugar, who has helped over 700 000 people worldwide to cut sugar out of their diet.

Sarah Wilson is a New York Times best-selling author and entrepreneur. Her career as a former journalist spanned 20 years across television, radio, magazines, newspapers and online. The author of international bestsellers I Quit Sugar and I Quit Sugar For Life, she is the director and founder of IQuitSugar.com, an online wellness programme and series of bestselling ebooks.

Our Interview With Sarah Wilson:Sarah Wilson

How I Quit Sugar

The most important thing I learnt growing up on a subsistence-living farm was to be more mindful about where our food comes from. This is where my awareness for sustainability is rooted. Living this way has made me passionate about coming up with lots of kooky tricks to prevent food from going to waste. It’s something I talk a lot about in my new book, Simplicious, which includes a stack of ways to eat your scraps… and really elevates leftovers to the main attraction.

I am an avid hiker and cyclist, but this is not necessary to maintain a healthy level of fitness. The key is doing something every day. It need only be a 20-minute walk, but it’s the everyday bit that matters. That is what I believe it is important for people to know. At the moment, for me, walking is one of my forms of transport. It means I get my exercise done, but it also ensures I have pockets in my day – when I walk to the post office, my office, to a meeting – where there is some time to think clearly and recalibrate. Most of us don’t need big slabs of time to recalibrate – just five to 15 minutes here and there throughout the day is enough to stay on track.

I am an advocate for minimalism because consumerism doesn’t agree with me. In fact, my friends tease me about how serious I am about it. An example: I have been wearing the same green shorts when exercising for the last three years. But it’s not just about buying less stuff . It’s also about decluttering our life by getting rid of those things that distract us from what is really important, such as relationships. I think if we’d all strive to invest our energy and money in something that is important to us, and in line with our values, we’d be much happier.

Sugar

My most positive health result since quitting sugar is being able to control my autoimmune disease. I have Hashimoto’s, and quitting sugar has had the biggest impact on my wellbeing, more so than my medication or any other medical fix (and, trust me, I’ve tried everything). I’m now on the most minimal dosage of my medication and my hormone levels have fallen back into the right range.

Being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s was very much the impetus for me to quit sugar. Autoimmune disease is all about inflammation, and sugar is all inflammation. I was forced to really look at the way I ate. I also had to learn to pull back. I needed to get well. So I started being gentler with myself.