Here we are at the end of IQS Week 8 and the end of our little experiment. In an effort to think about moving forward this week I decided on a further cleanse – internal spring clean if you will. This took the form of a homeopathic based liver elixir and drops of a habit relief formula.
The first 2 days of this process was just awful – headaches, nausea and very low energy (in bed by 8pm those nights). I also cut back on coffee to coincide with the cleanse so I am not sure if the two days of awful was actually just caffeine withdrawal? However, by the third day I was feeling fine again.
I did experience a few odd cravings this week so I am not convinced those habit relief drops were actually that useful? Spicy fruit toast and deep fried chicken were the cravings, although not simultaneously. I am most certainly not pregnant!
With cutting back on the coffee I am trying to instigate new rituals around drinking tea morning and evening. In the morning a cup of organic rooibos or green tea in a pretty cup is most rejuvenating. And a chai infused milk in the evening makes a great dessert replacement.
So in conclusion:
- Was sugar controlling my mind and messing with my body? YES
- Has this 8 week IQS process recalibrated my system? YES
- Do I feel more in control of my cravings? Definitely
- Has the past 8 weeks been worth it? Absolutely
- Do I feel substantially better in my health? I do
- More than anything else I have tried previously? Yes, again
- And the question everyone is asking – did I lose weight? Well, I have not gone anywhere near a scale or tape measure but I venture a yes here too based on my clothes fitting more comfortably, especially round the middle.
So moving forward once more:
Yes, I do think I will be incorporating the IQS principles “for life” and minimising sugar intake as much as possible without becoming an anti-sugar bore. Mostly I will strive to be gentle with myself always.
I have a more balanced relationship with food and I want to keep it that way. Food is fuel for every day. I need to pay attention to the cues of my body (a different sensation from cravings). I have the idea of no sugar more the 3 – 6g/100g at the back of my mind most of the time and certainly minimising processed foods as much as possible.
But I will also enjoy every moment of times of celebration with friends and family that invariably involve food and indulgence.
No more “cold” comfort on my own after a hard day at work. I will look to new forms of comfort such as making tea, lighting a candle and meditating, walking on the beach, sitting in the garden, fresh linen on the bed, splashing out on a manicure, buying and arranging fresh cut flowers, etc.
So I congratulate myself for all the times during the past 8 weeks I did not give in to the cravings or temptations. But also for all the times I bounced back from a small lapse. I will not berate myself for the fried chicken or that bag of potato chips.
Ultimately I now think our relationship with food and getting a balance between mind and body is not ever a one-off process or stumbling luckily across one cure-it-all. Rather it is a journey (like life is). A journey of reflection, growth, refinement and finding your flow.
I am also looking forward to checking out Dr Libby’s new book – Sweet Food Story.
Good luck with your wellness journey!