May 20, 2012

My Sugar-Free Journey + A Giveaway!

My sugar-free journey so far

Those of you who have followed this blog for a while may remember that back in October 2011, I was inspired by this book to quit sugar. The challenge for me was not as dramatic as it may sound - it basically meant no fruit (for about 4 months), no more dark chocolate and baking with rice syrup instead of raw sugar or honey which I had done in the past. It's been over 8 months since I went sugar-free and although I now eat fruit daily, I haven't got back to eating dark chocolate and when I do bake, I use either a couple of tablespoons of rice syrup or just fresh fruit as a sweetener.

Sprouted quinoa and coconut crisp

What changes did I experience after quitting sugar?

Contrary to many testimonies of the sugar-free diet, I didn't actually loose any weight. I like to think of this as a good result as it indicated that I wasn't actually eating a lot of sugar to begin with. I did, however, stop craving for sweet things, especially after meals and I noticed my palate became much 'cleaner'. I don't eat as much fruit as I used to eat and I tend to stick to apples, unless I'm baking with fruit (like bananas). When I eat out I don't order desserts, but this is not just because of sugar, but also because it's almost impossible to find vegan desserts at "main stream" restaurants.


Why should you go sugar-free?

I do recommend people to first become aware of the amount of sugar they are consuming daily and then adjusting their diet accordingly. I don't really think you should get so hung up on whether or not you should eat fruit, but I would instead encourage you to look at all the processed foods (including processed white sugar) you may be consuming and cutting down on those. As a tip, and this goes for going vegan too by the way, I would suggest that you change your way of thinking. Instead of thinking that you are "missing out" on something if you don't eat sugar, processed foods, etc. try to think about what else is available and how much you will gain in terms of better health, cleaner skin and more energy.

Toasted Super Muesli
Chocolate-blueberry pudding, persimmon brownies and banana and walnut bread (all vegan, low-sugar)

The I Quit Sugar Cookbook by Sarah Wilson

I am so excited to announce that earlier this week, Sarah published another great e-book titled "I Quit Sugar Cookbook". This book is full of sugar-free and low-sugar recipes from Sarah and many others including Aran, Maggie, Gwyneth and myself. Needless to say I feel utterly honoured to be amongst the contributors for this book. You will find 4 of my recipes included in the I Quit Sugar Cookbook and I am so smitten to be featured.

Since I'm on the topic, if you are in Australia, you may want to pick up a copy of the latest Wellbeing Magazine, as well. Sarah's e-book and my recipes are featured there, along with my photos. Thank you Sarah and Wellbeing Magazine for the features! 
Photography by Marija Ivkovic


I am so pleased to let you know that Sarah has kindly offered three I Quit Sugar Cookbooks to give away to Scandi Foodie readers! The competition is open to all readers, in Australia and overseas, and all you have to do to enter is leave a comment below answering this simple question "Why do I want to quit sugar?" This competition ends May 31, 2012.

If you have any comments or questions about my sugar-free journey (or my vegan journey, for that matter!), please don't hesitate to email me at scandifoodie [at] gmail [dot] com or leave a comment below. You can also find me on Twitter @ScandiFoodie.

I'm looking forward to hearing from you and good luck!

120 comments:

  1. ...to improve my health! I have drastically reduced my sugar intake and have noticed a clearer mind and definitely less craving of sweets. Thank you for the opportunity!

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  2. I want to quit sugar because I hate the artificial "high" and drop of it. I don't eat hardly any processed foods anymore, but I do sometimes crave a ton of fruit. I'm getting better at moderation but still.

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  3. angelacomedy20 May 2012 10:35

    The best thing about giving up sugar is how alert and happy you feel in the mornings.

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  4. I want to quit sugar so I can set a healthy example for my children - leading by example. I also want to be the healthiest, fittest mum I can be for them.

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  5. ...to break free! Seriously, I've developed a real dependence on sweets which I need to break-it's affecting my energy levels and my skin. Any guidance on quitting the sugar habit is definitely appreciated. Would love a chance to win a copy of the book.

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  6. I want to quit sugar for better overall health and clearer skin. I've noticed when I cut back on the refined sugars in my diet, I feel so much better and have tons more energy!

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  7. What an inspiring story... I don't eat refined sugars and always looking how to reduce those sugars, too. I'd love to see what kinds of recipes are in the ebook!

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  8. I guess I don't want to 'quit' sugar ... I don't like the idea of outlawing something. but i am definitely interested in the alternatives. how can i bake without it? how do i modify my daughter's palate? this is a great set of authors so I'd love to check out the cookbook! :)

    PS. Awesome work, Maria!

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  9. I used to add 6 tsp of sugar per cup of coffee and that was ... terrible. No i use 2 wich i think its better but there are some things i cant imagine to eat without sugar, it will be nice to find recipes to have a healthier life.

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  10. Because I am tired of feeling like I must have a dessert to top off my meal, that my morning "healthy" smoothie has to be sweetened with honey and extra fruit just to be palatable, and that I have to eat a salad with a sweet dressing just so I am willing to it. I want to learn to enjoy life without this sweet craving, addiction, and dependency. Thank you for offering this opportunity to win such a simple, yet life-changing cookbook.

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  11. Congratulations on having your recipes published Maria :) I have actually just baked a batch of brownies without sugar....looking forward to an afternoon cuppa & slice very shortly.

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  12. I want to quit sugar... to be healthy and addiction free! And having eaten low sugar for almost 3 months now I feel that I am getting there. However,I so struggle with coming up with new things to cook and have been keeping my diet very simple. I would love to get my hands on this cookbook to inspire myself in the kitchen!
    :)
    xx

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  13. Because I probably shouldn't be eating endless Werther's Caramels ever night ;)

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  14. I eat quite a lot of sugar every day (dessert after each meal and sugary snacks at night) and would love to break this addiction.

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  15. I want to quite sugar to help with my irritable bowel symptoms and improve my digestion. I get a lot of bloating and cramps after eating things that are quite sweet. I'd also be interested to see what effect it would have on my skin!

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  16. Although I only use alternative sweeteners, I still feel like I am highly dependent on sweet food. I would love overcome this dependency and lead on overall healthier life.

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  17. to be healthier, of course! and to finally quit this addiction of mine that has been around for ages...

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  18. Sugar is my addiction and it rules my life and I hate it! I already tried sugar free diet but I manage to do so for 4 weeks and then I went back to eating sugar again. I think in Poland people don't pay any attention how sugar is bad for us. I would like to change it and I really think my body need to quit sugar.

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  19. Maria, congratulations on having your recipes featured in the book. I have never been highly dependent on sweet food but hence I have never felt compelled to make any drastic changes. But lately, my diabetic mother had to undergo a surgery and that actually made me more aware of sugar free alternatives. I truly admire your discipline and determination.

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  20. To overcome the craving for something sweet in the afternoons at work, to replace the sweet snack with a healthier alternative to start with - something that doest't start the "sugar-up-down"-rollecoaster, that in the end makes one tired and sleepy.
    Nina

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  21. I do not use any refined sugars at all and I never add sweeteners to my drinks. I always try to reduce the amount of sweeteners in my baking, too. I like fruit and dried fruit a lot, though. I don't think I want to give up sugar all in all, but I am definitely interested in seeing how far I can go as far as palatability in my baking and recipes go. I would love to see how sugars are reduced and substituted in that recipe book and I would love to experiment with sugar-free recipes more!

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  22. I want to quit sugar because I have fructose malabsorption! And even when I eat something that isn't high in fructose, but just higher in sugar (whether natural or processed), I end up feeling like garbage. I have Sarah's IQS book (and I found your blog through her blog), so I am really looking forward to what the cookbook has in store! I cook mostly sugar free, but some recipes can be really hard to adapt if they are based around sugar.

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  23. Congratulations on being featured and thanks for including us in the excitement.

    At the beginning of the year I quite sugar for 5 weeks and it was really great. Unfortunately a two month holiday brought back my bad eating habits. And with some stress since returning those eating habits have been pretty darn horrendous. I am considering doing having a "vegan June" plus sugar free (still eating fruit though). The recipes would be a great help.

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  24. I want to quit sugar because I feel so much healthier without it. I already love using more natural sugar alternatives, but I need to stop being lazy about eating pre-prepared sweets when I find them. (I seem to have this mentality that if it's vegan, I should eat it! Just because it's vegan, doesn't mean I need dessert!)

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  25. I want to quit sugar to maximise living life! I notice that when I reduce my sugar intake my energy levels stay at a constant high and i never double take on a task at hand. Recipes to help me along this journey would be great and invigorating!

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  26. Danielle Lorkin20 May 2012 21:01

    I'm aware of what I eat and I'm usually prety good during the day at avoiding sugar (although I will always eat fruit!)and so I hate when I eat something with a little sugar and then the sugar beast is unleased and I am drawn back to the pantry and fridge too many times, and as a result feel bad physically and for my lack of willpower. Alternative recipes would be amazing - I have brown rice syrup sitting in my pantry purchased sometime ago, I'm just not too sure what to do with it!!

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  27. Hi,
    I would love a copy of this cook to help me to find recipes that are healthy (vegan) to replace my usual fruit. I eat about 6 pieces a day! It's a lot but I don't add sugar to anything so it would help to have some guidance in what I can replace fruit with.
    Lisa xx

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  28. I would like to quit sugar because at the moment I am tired all of the time and have such a problem getting out of bed everyday. If I was off the sugar craving roller coaster maybe I'd have more energy, decrease the risk of getting sick (I have chronic depression and am on antidepressants but usually get sick at least once a year), and be a better role model and mum to my 3 year old son.

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  29. ...I'm addicted to sugar, and white sugar especially! I have been trying to wean off sugar but it's been hard. A cookbook with recipes specially sugar-free would be good, since my cakes without sugar taste like crap :/

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  30. Big congratulations!
    I have now for 3 months been quitting sugar and have only been eating what is about 2 pieces of fruit on daily basis... And it's great for me! My stomach is much better now, my skin also(have a skin decease) and my joints that I have been struggling with... I am on a day dance education so I do exercise 5 hours a day.......... But I would love some more inspiration because it HAS been a little hard getting adjusted.. So it is still a lovely giveaway for me too!

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  31. I am a full-time foodie and aspiring nutritionist. I would love to bring more sugar-free recipes into rotation in my kitchen and think that this book would be a terrific resource.

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  32. I want to quit sugar, as I am finding I feel very "blah" after I eat sugar. I just don't feel well after I've eaten processed sugar or heavy carbs. I feel tired, cloudy, shaky, weak and generally unwell. I'd love to regain energy and hope non-processed foods and a sugar free diet can help immensely. I do plan on still eating fruit here and there.

    ps. Love your blog. You've got such great recipes + photos! :)

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  33. congratulations on having your recipes featured in the book.

    my family background has 'diabetic' issue, I was scare to death when I was pregnant the doctor found out that I had diabetic,and when my daughter born she carried the symptom for 5days. Since than I really want to quit consume sugar but I still couldn't find a 'good' , very tasty food recipes without sugar added. I will be glad to having this book as cooking resume

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  34. You are inspiring me to lower my sugar intake, since I am a major sweet addict! Thanks for the tips and recipes and motivation.

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  35. What a concise way to explain going sugar free. I think that so many people do not do it for the right reasons which make it completely unsustainable, and being aware of how much sugar and its sources is key. Congratulations on the cookbook!!! So very exciting and extremely useful. I went sugar free for about 2 months and if you are not a cook well-versed in nutrition, it can be very difficult. Thanks for being an inspiration!

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  36. I want to quit sugar because I think it would help me with my sugar cravings. I eat way too much honey and fruit.

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  37. I want to see if quitting sugar improves my skin

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  38. I want to quit sugar because that is the one 'thing' I have not tried and I am extremely interested in how it impacts my health! I have given up processed sugars but never fruit or dark chocolate so I am really curious to try this out.

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  39. I want to quit sugar because I have struggled with binge eating in the past, and without fail, the consumption of sugar is what triggers it. I've reduced my intake with great results, but I'd still like to take it a step further :)

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  40. I want to quit sugar to see if it makes a difference in my lifestyle!

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  41. because I've been a sugar addict all of my life and it has taken a toll on my health in so many ways. I must take action now.

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  42. at first: i love your blog, the pics and the recipes! and "wow"...your recipes in a book and a magazine! i quitted sugar more or less a 3/4 year ago and it was an exciting time...since that i don't use sugar, honey or very sweet fruits, but once a week i eat a spoonfull molasses on an avocado bread...don't know why, but i love it and seems to need it :) for me quitting sugar was one of the best things i could do in all my "dieting"... but because i love to cook for and with friends, i'm always looking for "sugar-free recipes for everybody"...

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  43. Because I'm addicted to it! If I go off for a week I feel better, but I always come back to it and it makes me miserable. :(

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  44. Because I'm sweet enough! I want to experience the delicate flavours and sweetness of foods as they are, with nothing added or taken away. Its then when we really appreciate the life cycle of the produce, how its grown, matured, been minimally processed etc to reach our pantries and tables :) I want to get away from cravings and reaching for something like sugar as a pick me up or energy source.

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  45. Just yesterday I told my husband that I wanted to do a two week sugar free challenge and then I see this on Foodgawker. Nice!

    I'd love to be able to quit sugar but it's just not realistic so what I want to do is cut back drastically. It's gotten out of control and now I basically only want to eat sweets. I just want to be able to enjoy my food without adding tons of honey and craving it all the time.

    And congratulations on being a part of this book! :)

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  46. I want to quit sugar to loose weight.

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  47. I'd like to quit sugar completely because I'm already halfway there! I have an extremely low tolerance to sugary foods, and have really cut down on the amount of sugar in my life as a result. I'd love to find more ways to share sweet food with others (such as birthday cake, or ice cream) without having to abstain from eating it all together.

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  48. Congratulations! What a wonderful achievement.

    I want to quit sugar because I know it makes me cranky and irritable, and my children don't need a cranky mum!

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  49. I must admit that I don´t eat very much sugar as it is. I usually stick to fruit and occasionally I can eat some dark chocolate. I rarely bake but when I do I use agave syrup, sucanat, honey or maple syrup. I started cutting down alot because of my 2 year old daughter. I don´t what her getting used to sweet foods so then I just naturally cut down on my consumption as well.
    The reason I would like to quit eating sugar has alot to do with curiosity. How will it make me feel and what can I learn along the way. I really wish to pass on healthy eating habits to my daughter and this I believe would be a great step along the way. :)

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  50. I want to quit sugar primarily because I am an artist and I am a daughter. Despite the wonder surrounding a life dedicated to observing, interpreting, creating, and sharing I can't afford health insurance and most likely never will be able to. As a daughter, I have had the opportunity to bear witness to the painful and damaging effects of not caring for a body; physically, emotionally, and spiritually. To watch unhealthy patterns overtake and shape lives that I love so deeply is painful. This life, these choices, have helped me to understand at a core level how important it is to create and maintain a strong physical environment to thwart preventable dis-ease, and to help my body, mind, and spirit be in the best possible condition for the events that I experience that can not be prevented or prepared for.

    Over the past two years, I have made slow yet marked changes in my life focused on being as healthy, gentile, frugal :), open, positive, and present as possible. It is my goal to love and to live. It is in the spirit of these elements that I want to quit sugar.

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  51. I hate that I feel like NEED to have it. I know I don't and I know I feel loads better when I don't eat it. I am working to train my body to never want it. Ill get there someday!

    Congrats on getting into this book! I love your recipes. I look forward to the many more to come!

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  52. I have a truly horrible sweet tooth. If there is one thing I want to change about my diet--besides binge-eating, that is--it would be cutting down my sugar intake significantly. What a wonderful giveaway!

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  53. i want to quite sugar because it makes me so tired! after like 30 minutes, i crash. plus my teeth would probably be happy if i quite sugar ;)

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  54. I want to quit sugar so i can finally clear my mind and find inner peace with myself :)

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  55. I find that I crave sugar after a big meal and have to deliberately not buy ice cream so that I don't reach for a big bowl of it after dinner every night. Sugar has a grip on me, so I'd love to try learning some new recipes that taste sweet but don't contain any nasty artificial sugars.

    Simone

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  56. Congratulations on the book and I shall definitely get the current copy of 'Wellbeing' - I used to subscribe to it and well may again. Sugar is not a big problem for me, as I have never eaten desserts and have no desire for cakes, biscuits or soft drinks. Hardly even buy processed foods either. BUT, I do have the supposedly two healthy servings of fruit a day, a couple of squares of 70% dark chocolate as a treat a few times a week and use stevia in my coffee. For my general health and for my weight, with which a foodie like me tends to have trouble! Looking at the contributors to the book to be given away, it would be admittedly an utter delight to see what all these knowledgeable people have to say!

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  57. To get my hormonal balance right & feel healthier overall!! Thank you :-)

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  58. I stopped eating sugar in February, including fruit sugars, and the results have been amazing. I find that I have more energy and mental clarity than I have experienced in years. I feel reborn and revitalized. It is hard, however, to find recipes, so I would love a chance at this cookbook. Congrats to you on your journey!

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  59. Hi Maria, congratulations on being featured in the book and mag. Your recipes are always so lovely and inspiring.

    I think I'd like to give quitting sugar a go because I need a new challenge. I'm generally pretty healthy and try to make 'healthier' alternates wherever I can. I really got my health in check when I did a raw food detox last year, but I've slowly fallen off the bandwagon. By increasing my education, reading lots and being inspired by others I think removing sugar from my diet might just get me back on track to my ultimate healthy lifestyle.

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  60. I want to start eating healthy! I have been craving sweets for years now and it's getting really old.

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  61. I would like to eliminate sugar from my diet b/c I've battled with Candida related issues for about 10 years now, but I haven't quite been able to eliminate sugar for longer than 6 months. I always think I'll just have a taste of something sweet and then the cravings take over!

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  62. I used to be a sugar queen. Yep, dessert every night. Just knowing what it can do to your body has made me slowly cut down. While I do indulge in something sweet at night from time to time I only eat and bake with natural sugars such as brown rice syrup and honey. I feel so much better waking up without a sugar bomb in my stomach. Also, I have been regulating fruit to first thing in the morning, the best time for it to digest. I want my body to be alkaline and feeling fresh and nourished. But I love to cook and bake so recipes with little or no sugar such as these would be oh so appreciated!

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  63. THank you so much for your banana bread recipe. I've made it twice in the last week. We have to steer clear of egg white, dairy and wheat in our house. It's very hard to find things for the school lunches with those restrictions. But I was amazed that my three boys all loved your recipe, even though it had no sugar. What a find!

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  64. I exercise and eat well but have a big problem with giving up sugar, it's such a drain and makes me feel lousy. Sarah's I Quit Sugar book might be the key I need to finally do it. The cookbook sounds great as a companion.

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  65. I would love to learn about how to change our diet and decrease the sugar I feed to my children. I am very careful about what we eat and I work hard to avoid additives and preservatives but my children still eat sugar as I just don't know where to start.

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  66. I have been eating a Primal/Paleo diet now for a while, and getting rid of sugar is an important part of that discipline. And it is NOT easy.

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  67. I don't think I want to quit sugar completely. I eat so healthy and I really enjoy a little chocolate or vegan baked good now and then. I don't want to deprive myself of a simple pleasure. However I am extremely interested in lowering the amount of sugar I consume to see how it affects my overall stress levels.

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  68. Giving birth to my beautiful baby girl, Sofia, almost 9 months ago, was the catalyst for me to take a good look at ME, to heal and grow stronger after delivery to be the best possible mum to her - to be energised to enjoy every single giggle, cuddle and developmental achievements, and to create a home where she is nourished with good wholesome, home-cooked, REAL food to give her the best start in life I can. Giving up sugar has been the crux of this transformation, and I thank those like Maria and Sarah for their support and inspiration through their website.

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  69. I've been thinking that it would be impossible for me to quit sugar, my sweet tooth is impossible! I would love to try sometime though and I think a cookbook like this would inspire me to try and explore the new "diet".

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  70. I would like to quit sugar because I'm addicted to it! I don't like to feel that I NEED something sweet all the time

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  71. I'm already addicted to chocolate so I'd like to avoid sugar-salt-fluor the three white death to become more healthy:)
    More than a years ago I became vegetarian and I feels much more relaxed and healthier , energetic and calm :) (yeah these words are opposite of each other but that's the truth more patient but can do what I want, don't feel stoned or tired.)
    Also if i won I'd like to share this with my sister who's also changing her lifestyle and it would be a great help for her!
    In addition I could advice my mom to use these receipts 'cause she's on a diet but she always has a jo-jo effect after stopping eating moderately.

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  72. this sounds like a fantastic cookbook. I cut down on sugar drastically and actually only eat it in my green smoothies (the fruit) and in my 70% (and more) dark chocolate. Would love to win the book!

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  73. Congratulations on being featured in the book and the magazine! I would quite sugar to see how it affects my energy levels and mental clarity.

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  74. I would love to win this. Been thinking of quitting sugar already for a while and already
    managed to get most of it out of my diet. As in Holland we don't really have good books on the subject,
    this could give me the last kick in the butt :)

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  75. I feel too tired. I have a feeling quitting sugar will help me with that.

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  76. ... to feel the best I can!

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  77. hi maria! are you familiar with baking with palm sugar? it has a very low GI index too, just as rice syrup. I love making granola sweetened with a combination of rice syrup and palm sugar (for the crunchiness. I'd love to hear your thoughts on it;)

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    1. I haven't baked with palm sugar, but have used it in other dishes. Need to experiment more, very curious! Thanks!

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  78. I really want to get back to where I was when I quit sugar earlier this year - clearer mind and skin, more energy - before I fell off the wagon a month ago. Getting back on the wagon is hard! You have to be so vigilant - it's so easy to let a little, then a lot, of sugar sneak back in. In the past month of eating sugar I've experienced brain fog, weight gain (and an insatiable appetite for all things sweet), headaches, joint pain and mild depression. I NEED to quit sugar for good!

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  79. As a Registered Dietitian currently employed with a county WIC program, I constantly encourage women and families to reduce the amount of added sugars in their diet. My own diet is fairly sparse in terms of this type of sugar and I feel great about that -- mentally and physically. I'd love to cut it further.

    Cheers and congratulations,

    *Heather*

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  80. I want to start my 40's with a new healthy appoach, I am tired of having digestion, skin and weight problems.

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  81. What a great cookbook! I'm always trying to find ways to cut sugar. I don't eat too much, but I do love my fruit with my granola and green smoothies. I'm about to go on a three month doctor prescribed cleanse to help figure out some health issues.... and no sugar allowed! So I'm loving the sound of this cookbook.

    And congrats on book and magazine feature!

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  82. I have actually experimented with quitting all sugar and grains in the past - and have found that while it was extremely challenging (my body went through some pretty significant detox) it definitely opened up my palate to flavors in a way I never would have expected. I've since fallen off the wagon, but would love to go back to at least eliminating all processed sugar and gluten. This book sounds like the inspiration I need!

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  83. I want to quit sugar mainly for better overall health and to lose some weight. I have already made a conscious effort to cut back on refined sugars and processed foods and I feel so much better.

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  84. I would love to win these books for a coworker of mine. She is having migraine issues and is trying to go sugar and gluten free! This would be great for her

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  85. What fun to do a collaborative cookbook. I would love to have a copy! I definitely have a sweets addiction. I would love to tame the beast: )

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  86. I've been suffering from a tennis elbow now for 6 months and have tried everything to ged rid of the infection. It didn't come to my mind that nutrition could help, until one friend of mine asked if I had tried to quit eating sugar. Now I've been on a sugar free diet for about 3 weeks (I've also done some other changes, like increased omega3) and my elbow feels soooooo much better! I'd love to have the book to get new ideas and some "extra support" on my way to a healthier life (without infections)!!!

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  87. i continue to monitor both my sugar intake and my physical/emotional responses to sugar because I think it is a powerful substance that can be misused or overused easily in our modern environment. It's nice to enjoy the wide variety of foods in this world without being overly committed to one! Thanks for the giveaway offer, it's really neat!

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  88. Christina Flux22 May 2012 03:28

    Why do I want to quit sugar?
    To be healthier. To feel better. But most of all, to provide a better example for my children to follow so they can grow up making healthy food choices naturally.

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  89. I want to quit sugar to help keep the cancer away. My future health is based on my nutrition and what I put into my body.

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  90. Hi There!

    I would love to kick the sugar habit. I did a series of raw food classes and recently incorporated this into my diet, the kids and my husband (minimal). I have noticed an unbelievable improvement in physical and mental well being. I am so inspired by life and have been much kinder and happier all round. The kids are really enjoying the extra attention and fun I am showering them with and my better moods have definitely been noted by my husband. I am at the beginning of this new relationship with food and others but previous to this I was known to knock an entire block of chocolate off if left in front of me for too long. I would love more tried and tested recipes without the sugar. I AM READY FOR IT!!

    Bianca x

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  91. I want to quit sugar because I feel like an addict craving my next fix when the sugar rush subsides and it feels weird to be so dependent. There are days when I eat fruits and veggies and no desserts that I notice how I feel so much better and my skin looks better. My eczema doesn't flare up when I don't consume anything with refined sugar. I hope that this book can help me recover and learn how it's possible to be without sugar.

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  92. I want to quit sugar to improve not only my own health but to be an example to my husband and children. As a mother I feel one of the greatest gifts I could give my children is to give them a love for food that will nourish them and not addict them.

    I also want to really taste food and not be addicted to tasting sweetness.
    Stephanie Eastman

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  93. I want to quit sugar so that I can enjoy a healthier lifestyle and feel good about what I'm putting into my temple!

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  94. I want to quit sugar because I want to be in control of it not the other way around.

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  95. I want to quit sugar because I know that I'm addicted to it...gah. I hate saying that, but it's true. As soon as I stop eating sugar, I start feeling so much better. I want to do it for my health and well-being.

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  96. I want to quit sugar because it makes me feel drowsy!

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  97. I want to quit sugar because my sweet tooth helped me gain a lot of weight in the past year, and I want to make my body healthier.

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  98. Though I eat as little sugar as possible, and always try to substitute it with healthier alternatives, I'd really liked to quit it completely, I just cannot imagine how. I'm so addicted to it, mostly to chocolate and giving it up seems like a mission impossible. I really admire you that you have achieved it!
    Imola

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  99. With chronic fatigue, I rely too much on sugar for quick energy. I know this habit needs to be broken. I really want to quit sugar!

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  100. What great healthy dishes! I've been trying to eat healthier lately too. They look like the ones I must try!

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  101. Great post. I generally eat a clean diet with minimal processed sugar, however I notice when I am consuming natural sugars from raw honey, dates and large amounts of fruit it causes me digestive problems. I am a Coeliac and currently on a long and painstaking road to rebuilding my digestive health. I am hoping that quitting sugar may be the missing link. I am also studying nutrition and am very interested in reading the book from that standpoint.

    Beautiful blog and congratulations on the recent publication success! x

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  102. Oh I want so much to quit the sugars of my life. The sugar was a sweet friend for me in bad time and in good time. But now my body is addicted and if you are addicted to something/body it is time to leave. The sugar has left me with headache and tiredness. I now want to start fresh and the book would help me on the way:-))

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  103. Oh I so want to quit sugar. Sugar and I have been friends for sooo long for better and for worse. But when addicted to something/body it is time to leave. The book will be my new friend on the way:-)

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  104. I want to quit sugar to make my body healthier and to give a better start in life for my first (still unborn) baby.

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  105. I want to quit sugar because I want to treat my body in the best possible way and therefore want to try to only eat foods that have a great nutritional value! :)

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  106. I did one month without sugar in February. I felt great. Although I changed my eating habit - I'm vegetarian but I make and eat many vegan meals too -, I would like to eat more healthier. I still use raw cane sugar or coconut flower sugar, honey, rice syrup, maple syrup, malt syrup in my baking but every time I use less and less. I would love to win this book to learn more about sugar-free cooking and baking.

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  107. I would like quit sugar to set a better example for my 8 month old and future children, and teach them that there are other joys in life other than sugar.

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  108. I want to quit sugar because when I go without it I feel so clear-headed, generally, in all aspects of my life. I'm able to handle stress better and a more loaded schedule. I'm not as easily triggered to go back to my previous unhealthy ways.

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  109. I want to quit sugar to reignite my zest for life and get back some much needed energy! I am a (self confessed) health junkie who is always looking for challenges and ways to extend my knowledge and understanding of health and nutrition principles. By quitting sugar I will come even closer to living my ideal wholesome, healthy and balanced life!

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  110. I want to quit sugar to banish sweets cravings and gain the most energy I can possibly have so I can continue to lead an active lifestyle!

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  111. So many studies have shown that it simply isn't the best thing to put into our bodies. eclairre(at)ymail(dot)com

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  112. Because its being proven that its not good for so many reasons but its such a tough nut to crack!

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  113. Jelena Simunovic28 May 2012 15:31

    I have had chronic insomnia over the last two decades and I feel that my sugar addiction is probably connected; I feel I constantly need sugar to pick me up to combat the fatigue. It would also be great to win this book to serve as an educatational tool for my kids and have them enjoy wholesome foods and healthy desserts that actually support their bodies not work against it as sugar does.

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  114. I have just, very happily I must add, stumbled across your sugar free vegan 21 day diet, which I am starting right away! I have been vegan for almost 4 years now and just went and filled my face with all the samples at Bristol Vege fest this weekend, and felt very full of sugarised engery later on, followed by a downward spiral of crash and burn! I have tried to follow a 7 day dugar free diet I picked up late last year, but it becomes monotonous eating the same stuff every week (especially when its based on proteins like turkey, chicken, salmon and prawns).

    So, I'd just like to say thank you (!) and that your recipes will now become my new best friend until I return to my job on a cruise ship and my oat meal and 2 bowls of salad a day diet!

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  115. The joy and comfort I get from sugar is akin to buying a new pair of shoes... But I know that what goes in our body must be more like a fuel to gear us up for the tasks at hand and that is why I'd like to quit sugar. It's time to run on premium unleaded!

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  116. I want to quit sugar because as awful and sluggish as it sometimes makes me feel, I feel like I *NEED* it...and that is a sign that something is not right. I would feel much cleaner and healthier without it, but I definitely need the guidance and push that the book seems to offer!

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  117. To eliminate those naughty sugar cravings and to have more energy!

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  118. Your journey is so inspirational. I would love to follow suit. I want to quit sugar because it leaves me zapped of energy, messes with my digestion, affects my skin..and worst of all, makes me want more!
    Thank you for the chance to win.

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  119. I have been chronically I'll and nutrition is key to getting back on my feet. When I went into menopause my intolerances became severe. I am making gradual changes to my diet and want to quit sugar as I come to truly appreciate the links between the gut and mind body and soul. I see this now as a journey to health rather than I'll health. Love your blog which inspires me.

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