Top this if you can – on exactly the same day that I first heard tell of David Gillespie’s books on the demon sugar, an almost perfect stranger gave me a box of chocolates. I ate the chocolates whilst reading the book. And if David Gillespie has his way, that will be the last sugar I will eat, ever again, in my life.
Gillespie has written two books on sugar – Sweet Poison: Why Sugar Makes Us Fat and The Sweet Poison Quit Plan. As if it isn’t enough to be sleepless from aftershocks, Christchurch citizens – who have taken to Gillespie in a big way – are now both exhausted and dangerously sugar free. For be warned, following the plan will not be without its little sugar-free highs and lows.
Here’s how it might shape up:
- The first week you will be very busy trying to work out what you can eat and there are thousands of shocks to be had here. If you’ve been feeling virtuous tucking into your lunch of yoghurt, a fruit juice and some dried fruit, think again. They are fructose full. They are bad.
- After about 5 days you could hit a profound sugar low. You could be grumpy, tired, prone to volatile outbursts and have to be restrained from committing library rage whilst pushing a trolley.
- This is followed by a bad phase where you drink more caffeine and wine than ever before and seriously consider taking up smoking, segueing from one addiction (and make no mistake sugar is an addiction) to the next in one smooth action.
But you make it to the end of the first month of the rest of your life. Your complexion is beautiful, your hair shines, you have a waistline and surely your heart is in much better shape. But where is your partner and why are your children hardly speaking to you any more?
So far I have only read the books. They are scary enough to make me want to give up sugar immediately. I’d really like to hear from those of you who have already turned your backs on cupcakes. Forever. Is life still “sweet as”?