My Sugar-Free diet

Today I was interviewed by The Sunday Times about my sugar free diet. They came across my sugar free eating habits via an interview I did a few years back on the Foods To Love Website, which is run by the lovely Jenna Zoe, again a healthy eating enthusiast. 

With Christmas now done and dusted, there is no better time to cut down on sugar. I found that as soon as I did my energy levels were better, I was leaner and I looked less puffy and bloated. It’s a no-brainer. Why do you want to eat chemicals when there are plenty of naturally, tasty foods that you can eat instead?! Don’t get me wrong I still have it every now and then but nothing like I used too! 

Here is my interview – I hope you enjoy it. I do now offer a 21 day sugar detox, which is £25 a week and will give you 24/7 support to help you give up sugar for 21 days. I know 21 days may seem like a weird amount but that’s how long it takes to break a habit! If you are interested please drop me a line on miller82uk@yahoo.co.uk. I have helped plenty of people do it and will give you all the support you need to be sugar free for the New Year without feeling hungry or deprived. I’ll look forward to helping you!

Interview from Foods To Love 
Personal trainer and Paleo enthusiast Lucy Miller writes for Health and Fitness magazine. In our first interview with her, she talked about cleaning up her diet and discovering amazing health benefits. Here, she talks to us about kicking it up a notch by eliminating processed sources of sugar entirely from her diet.

1. You recently decided to eliminate sugar entirely from your diet. What inspired you to do this?
I found out I had adrenal fatigue and PCOS, both a result of unsteady blood sugar levels and stress. I am usually a really clean eater but every week I was having a ‘cheat’ meal as advised by my PT to boost my metabolism and as a result I had crazy blood sugar crashes, mood swings and cravings for sugar. I felt like six days a week I was on a sugar withdrawal and by the 7th day I was going mad for it. And I mean mad. Its crazy how much rubbish I ate on my day off. I felt out of control and it was not fun. I decided I needed to stop being so extreme. As a result, I loosened my diet slightly over the week, so I wasn’t craving sugar by the end of the week. When I say loosened my diet, I started introducing fruit and low GI carbs rather than living on protein and green vegetables all day everyday.

2. You eat pretty healthily as it is; how did your average daily diet change? What foods did you have to remove?
I removed my ‘cheat meal’ which could have been a gluten free pizza followed by a large tub of pick ‘n’ mix sweets, frozen yogurt or cookies. I never used to eat all this but allowing myself a cheat meal opened up all sorts of new cravings because I was feeling so deprived and low on energy. Once I allowed myself to have an apple (which I was advised NOT to eat when being really strict with my diet) with some yummy almond butter and cinnamon as a snack and then some sweet potato fries with dinner, I felt like I wasn’t missing out anymore and focused on enjoying these food rather than focusing on fake food and sugar.

3. What foods were hardest to go without for you?
At first pick n mix. I had a real thing about it from a childhood connection but I saw Marisa Peer And I sincerely believe it was her hypnotherapy techniques that allowed me to stop the connection I had with it and realise that I didn’t need it in my life anymore. It’s fake food with no nutritional value and was actually making me ill and unhappy. 

4. Did you find it got easier to go without sugar as the time went on?
Absolutely! The first two weeks were hard, especially as I went on a family holiday in the second week, and they were all having ice-creams and deserts. I just focused on what I could have though and when they were eating ice-cream, I enjoyed an apple tea or chopped apple with cinnamon. Now I’ve done it for five weeks and think well I’ve come this far, I don’t need sugar anymore!

5. How do you feel now and have you settled into a new norm?
Fantastic. I have more energy, my skin and eyes are clear and I feel less hungry. Unstable blood sugar levels made me hungry all the time and lethargic. If I do fancy something sweet, I go for coconut chunks, protein pancakes with blueberries or a nice juicy orange. I’ve tried sugar free sweets but they just feel fake (they are I suppose), so I’m enjoying feeding my body foods with lots of nutritional value.

Find out more at http://www.lucymiller.me.uk/

Image

 

 

A little Visit to see Vivien Kay at Simply Healing Detox Retreat – Juicing, Healing and Catching Up.

I can’t praise Vivien Kay and Simply Healing enough for all the support they’ve given me and my husband over the last year.

Image

It’s crazy to think that this time last year I had my first fertility appointment with a specialist, who told me I probably had PCOS. As you know from older posts it wasn’t that at all and I just needed to give me body a bit of TLC, eat more, cut down on the exercise and get more in tune with my body, which I did with the help and advice from lots of incredible experts.

I remember, this time last year I felt so incredibly helpless. My sister was pregnant, it was coming up to Xmas and I was waiting to hear from my doctor about my next plan of action. It’s crazy. I was down in the dumps big time. I’m now 38 weeks pregnant and counting down the days until my due date…was a difference a year makes!

So today I thought I would pay Auntie Viv a visit. Its hard at this stage of the pregnancy – you feel so close – yet so far. The due date is in sight but you feel tired and you are winding down so the days feel longer and you feel like you are just waiting. You also haven’t been scanned since week 20 (well most of haven’t unless you pay for a private scan or have had a problem) and you just want to know that you’re baby is ok and ready to come out. Re-assurance was defiantly needed.

As usual my healing session with Vivien started with a warm welcome as I walked in to her gorgeous Sussex home.
I then laid on the couch as she placed her hands on my bump. The first thing Viv said was that baby was very cozy and sleeping. She tends to sleep lots in the day and wake me up at 5am in the morning so this didn’t surprise me. After a few minutes, Viv expressed that she was slightly concerned about mine and the baby’s energy levels. I must admit, this rings true. My energy has been awful recently, and I just haven’t had an appetite – it’s a catch 22 as you obviously need to eat for energy. She said that she wants me to eat more (at least every three hours) because the baby needs energy to get into the prime position and get ready for birth. At this rate it looks like she might be late as she’s slightly lethargic – and not engaged.

So what’s my plan of action? I need to start setting my alarm for every three hours and even if I don’t fancy food, have a juice or something with plenty of nutrients in. Here is a link to some of Simply Healing’s famous juices. There are loads to choose from and they are all super easy to make!
I also need to make sure I have a snack before bed to stop me waking up so hungry and eat more good carbs like Rye Bread, Brown Rice, Sweet Potatoes and quinoa. Stuffed peppers with brown rice sounds nice!

Another funny thing that Viv said was that the bubba liked the colour lemon yellow – which made me laugh as her nursery is very pink! We may have to start buying some yellow bits….

photo-13