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Sarah Wilson I Quit Sugar for Life Book review

So a few weeks ago I was very honoured to meet the wonderful Sarah Wilson at her London I Quit Sugar for Life book review. I was in awe, I was a little starstruck and I’m delighted to share my thoughts on her book with you after utterly devouring it.

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Firstly, Sarah has been an incredible inspiration for me over the past 18 months in a number of ways. She’s certainly helped me along my own sugar-free journey with delicious recipes and great tips, but she’s also been a role model for me in helping me develop Happy Sugar Habits and pursuing this as a line of work I can dedicate myself to in a bid to spread a message I really believe in and live by. She’s continued to motivate me to inspire others with my own story and speak out in my own way about something (sugar & sugar ‘addiction’) that gets a fair bit of pushback at times.

 I Quit Sugar for Life

So what do I think of the book? Well, I quite simply love it. It’s pitched as ‘Your fad-free wholefoods wellness code’ and that’s really what it is. It’s a health bible that can support a balanced and super nutritious healthy lifestyle rather than a regimented totally ‘sugar-free’ diet – which I certainly don’t live these days.

What do I particularly love?

Tips & tricks for everyone – even if you’re not sugar-free or don’t want to go sugar-free, there’s enough other health busting knowledge in this book to make some very positive changes that will help you keep full, keep nourished and keep happy. I don’t think anyone can do any harm adding more green to their diet right?

A focus on leftovers and efficiency – Admittedly I’m a bit (probably an understatement) particular about this too. I have been known to eat some very strange things just because I’m trying to eat things up. Sarah provides some very very clever ideas to help you do your part on reducing food waste which I love. Herbs frozen in stock cubes ready to use…genius!

Simple recipes – Whilst the occasional recipe does have an ingredients list that’s rather long (there’s a layer cake recipe that would take me a whole weekend), most of the recipes are with fewer ingredients and with less ‘faff’ than many other recipe books. This makes sugar-free living accessible to many and practical. Some of the ingredients are a bit specialist, where you can’t find it all in your local Tesco. However, the specialist ingredients are used throughout the book so you’re going to use it up if you cook the recipes often.

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Things to note

Sarah doesn’t really align to vegan and is quite strong on her view on the nutritional benefit of animal protein. She actually answered this question directly at the book launch. Similarly like me, she is also fine with dairy (make sure it’s good quality and full fat!). I think this is a personal thing for everyone, but important to be aware of before you buy (in case you’re intolerant or very anti-animal products).

If you’re a fish lover rather than a meat lover like me, there aren’t loads of fish recipes. Just something I noticed because salmon, which is one of my favourite foods, doesn’t feature much.

There’s quite a heavy use of rice malt syrup in the ‘sweet recipes’. Because rice malt syrup is so low in fructose, you have to use quite a bit of it. I don’t like to rely or swing too heavily when it comes to one sugar substitute (read why here). I imagine I’ll mix these recipes up a bit with other substitutes or keep them for every now and then rather than weekly.

Note: If you’re churning through rice malt syrup like no tomorrow thinking all the recipes are ‘healthy’ then I would say it’s time to check in where you are with cravings etc. As Sarah does re-iterate, it’s important to note that the ‘sweet’ recipes are still a treat. In that sense I think it’s also OK to have coconut sugar, raw honey and higher fructose things like bananas on occasion too, but just to not go mental and to make sure you feel in control with it all.

Overall

Many of Sarah’s principles I completely and utterly align with – maximising nutrition, saving waste, cooking efficiently, eating protein & fat with all meals and having fun with it. There are some things I do a bit differently, so I pick what I like and blend it into my very own ‘wellness code’. I’m pretty sure that’s what Sarah wants you to do with this book.

The recipes, pictures, writing style, structure and layout of the book are for me also what makes this such a beautiful health resource. It’s a pleasure to browse through, it makes you excited about health and it inspires you to get in the kitchen cooking up you own wholefood world of goodness. It makes it all fun and pretty – thank you Sarah!

I’d strongly recommend I Quit Sugar for Life and Sarah’s other books for anyone looking to start out in the world of sugar-free. You can also read my similar reviews of her 8-week programme book and her chocolate cookbook.

Where to buy them?

All the ebook versions can be bought on the I Quit Sugar website and downloaded instantly. You can buy the print versions of I Quit Sugar (£7.00 + delivery) and I Quit Sugar for Life (£10.00 +delivery) both on Amazon.

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Note: I am an affiliate of Sarah’s so I do get a little something when you click these links which helps me bring more Happy Sugar Habits stuff to you!

Competition

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Sarah has kindly donated three printed books as a giveaway. If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning, just comment below and tell me about where you are with sugar at the moment (I will reply to everyone!). For extra entries you can like the Happy Sugar Habits Facebook page and/or tweet the following:

I just entered the Happy Sugar Habits competition with @lauraj_thomas to win a copy of @_sarahwilson_ #IQSforlife http://happysugarhabits.com/?p=3169

WIN a copy of @_sarahwilson_ #IQSforlife with the Happy Sugar Habits competition @lauraj_thomas. Enter here http://happysugarhabits.com/?p=3169

Competition closes on the 26th May 2014 and winners will be chosen at random. Good luck!

Aside from the competition, have any of you already got the book? What do you think of Sarah Wilson and the IQS books? Leave a comment and let me know :)

Laura x

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27 replies
  1. Becky F says:

    Great giveaway, I’d be really interested to read the book. I have definitely cut down on sugar recently and actually find it quite easy to avoid the sugary snacks the people I work with seem to love. I’d rather have healthier options most of the time with occasional ‘treats’.

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    • Laura says:

      Thanks for your comment Becky, yes I’m the same – would much rather have a healthier option just because I think I actually now prefer the taste!

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  2. Emma says:

    Great review Laura :)
    I’ve managed to cut out hidden sugars and am pretty on track with my sugar intake now, but it’s hard to find sweet recipes which don’t rely on hundreds of grams of sugar from medjool dates so this book sounds really useful!

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    • Laura says:

      Thanks Emma, like you say SO many recipes I come across have medjool dates in them and I used to be a massive date fan so they are a bit of a dangerous sugar source for me. I think recipes will get easier to come by as time goes on!

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  3. Catherine says:

    I have been sugar free since January. I was a complete addict to all things sugar – sweets especially, chocolate, cake, biscuits, fizzy drinks etc etc. I have amazed myself how easy it has been to cut sugar out of my life and only fallen off the wagon once since Jan. But been back on it a couple of months now and never felt better. I know now what I can and cannot eat but would love to read Sarah’s new book so it can help me to maintain this lifestyle for life.

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    • Laura says:

      Hi Catherine, great congrats on your journey! Sounds like you’re going strong and an inspiration to many. Good luck with the competition and I’m sure you will maintain your lifestyle :)

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      • Catherine says:

        oh wow, just seen this! Thank you! I am so excited to read Sarah’s new book – I will email you now.

        Thank you!! xx

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  4. Rhiane Sully says:

    I fell off the sugar wagon on Monday…but since then I am back on track and just had an awesome lunch of potatoes, feta, tomatoes, peas and spinach!

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    • Laura says:

      Nice one Rhiane! I think falling off and getting back on is part and parcel of going low sugar or sugar-free. Sarah also talks about this as ‘checking in’ which I completely agree with. I dip my toe in sugary water every now and then to confirm that I want to stay this side of things! Your lunch sounds lovely!

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  5. Vicky says:

    Hi Laura,

    I am now 8 weeks sugar free and haven’t felt better. My skin, hair, body shape has never been soooo good. I’ve lost over a stone and whats great is that it doesn’t feel like a diet. I have always followed a low fat diet that only worked in short term as I could eat sweets n boy did I eat sweets!! I have found your weekly emails and website a real help and inspiration especially snacking tips – loving peanut butter in celery, love peanut butter, also really good spread over an apple!! I don’t even crave sugar/sweets, and I think I can honestly say….I also have quit sugar for life.
    Thanks for your expert advice and help,

    Vicky xx

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    • Laura says:

      Whoop whoop Vicky :) that is amazing! Thank you so much, it’s lovely to hear and congratulations. Like you say you discover such cool little new snacks and things you grow to ‘love’. Thanks for this lovely comment, it means a lot! Hope you continue and settle into a nice permanent balance with everything xx

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  6. Joy says:

    Funnily enough I was staring at Sarah’s book at Selfridges just a few minutes before I came across your latest blog entry. I’ve never heard of her before but would love to read her cookbook. I’ve been attempting a low sugar diet throughout my pregnancy (it’s a key component of the Gentle Birth Method), but with mixed results. Sometimes I do well for a few weeks and sometimes I can’t stay away from the sweet stuff for more than a week. I don’t think I will ever want to cut sugar completely but I would like to live without regular cravings.

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    • Laura says:

      Hi Joy, ok well fingers crossed with your entry. Sarah Wilson really is a great resource and inspiration so I would recommend following her. I’ve not been pregnant myself but I know the cravings can be particularly intense so just be kind to yourself. Also remember there are lots of different types of sugar cravings e.g. the memory ones, emotional ones as well as the physical. Just keep going and trying new strategies and techniques to substitute when you can. When are you due? x

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      • Joy says:

        Thanks Laura, good advice especially about being kind to myself at this stage. That’s what I learned in my first pregnancy when I was a little too over zealous with my attempts to cut out sugar. Once my son was born I completely binged! (Although breastfeeding & extreme tiredness didn’t help on that front).
        I’m due at the beginning of July with my 2nd little one.
        :)

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        • Laura says:

          Eek exciting wow really not long. I am getting massively broody these days! I know from friends and clients that a busy Mum’s life can be particularly tough when it comes to sugar as time and tiredness are issues. I very much understand but I need my own little one to fully relate ;) x

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  7. Helen Lea says:

    I am just starting my sugar free journey. Researching and the weekly food shop is to be done tomorrow… EEK.

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    • Laura says:

      Good luck Helen, how did the weekly food shop go? And how is it going this week? Keep me posted, would love to hear your progress?

      Laura x

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  8. Becky Dell says:

    I’ve been pretty much sugar free since September. Had a lapse over Christmas but back on it now! Both you are Sarah are a real help. I mainly find having the knowledge that you aren’t alone in this is the biggest help and I have encouraged many friends to a lower sugar life. Love the work you do!
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    • Emma Bruce says:

      I am at the start of my sugar journey. It is something I fully grasp in principle but find it much harder to carry out. I hope I can overcome it and gain some control, but I guess it is a life long process. this book would be wonderful. take care. Emma

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      • Laura says:

        Hi Emma, it is a process and longer than a few weeks or months but as you go on it gets easier as you find your own way and identify your priorities/boundaries with things. Just keep going, have some faith in the process and that you will have your own success in different ways! Good luck with the comp :)

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  9. Zoe says:

    I try to follow a low sugar lifestyle the majority of the time and I am generally interested in healthy living. I love reading both yours and Sarah’s blogs, they really do keep me motivated and I love the recipes ideas! We need to spread the word about how addictive and dangerous sugar really is! Keep up the good work! Thanks for your help! :-)

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    • Laura says:

      Hi Zoe, absolutely! Thank you so much for your comment :) Like you say it’s just keeping everything interesting with new recipe ideas. Hopefully as we all start to radiate lower sugar lifestyle, it will spread and become more normal (which is totally what it feels like to me now rather than any restrictive diet!). What recipes do you get stuck on the most out of interest? I’m just planning some future posts.

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  10. Joy says:

    Funnily enough I was staring at Sarah’s book in the bookstore just a few minutes before I came across your latest blog entry. I’ve never heard of her before but would love to read her cookbook. I’ve been attempting a low sugar diet throughout my pregnancy, but with mixed results. Sometimes I do well for a few weeks and sometimes I can’t stay away from the sweet stuff for more than a week. I don’t think I will ever want to cut sugar completely but I would like to live without regular cravings.

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