Hi, I'm Jane...
…health researcher, author, mother, former sugar 'addict' and emotional eater.
Today I am happy, healthy and full of energy but several years ago I was in a completely different place. I was a new mother, I wasn't sleeping, I was overweight and lethargic. My energy levels had literally hit the floor.
I had been blaming my situation and inaction on a lack of sleep but now I was a year into parenthood, my daughter had started to sleep through the night so why couldn't I?
I was coming from a place where I knew my relationship with food was shaky at best, I knew my diet was lacking and I snacked on sweet treats throughout the day for energy surge I thought they would give me.
I mistakenly thought if I exercised everyday it would counter-act my bad choices and boost my energy levels. I walked and walked but I didn’t feel any better, neither did I lose any weight.
My absolute lack of ability to say NO to food, especially ‘treats’ was embarrassing to me.
It took me months of being overweight, unhappy and uncomfortable in my skin to have a light bulb moment. I must be doing it all wrong. I needed to have a drastic re-think!
I began with a diary... I looked at my food choices, how much sleep I was getting, what exercise I was doing. In doing this I began to see just how much sugar and processed food I was putting into my body without realising it.
I realised that I had two choices.
I could continue to be unhappy with myself, my weight and my energy levels, and continue to hurt my body with the wrong foods... risking my health, my family and my future happiness.
Or I could think of my future, the future of my family, and find how I could become truly comfortable with myself and my food choices, put and end to binge eating and food guilt and strive to become the person I knew I had potential to be!
It was really a no-brainer – I had to take a long hard look at myself, my lifestyle and the person and mother I wanted to be and start to make some changes.
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About the Author
This was not only about weight loss for me... I was about quality of life and future health.
Sure, I wanted to get back to feeling comfortable in my own skin but I had so many more important reasons these days.
Every spare hour I had I spent researching nutrition, trying to figure out what my problem was, what did I really need to do to improve my situation.
I wanted to be like those super moms on Instagram who could do everything and be healthy, slim and happy (even though I couldn't stand their perfection! ) What was their secret??
With my research came a revelation….
It wasn’t my fault!
The food that I was eating was spiked. It was packed full of sugar… All of it… from the obvious things like cakes and cookies to all the sauces and packets I used when cooking my family meals.
Sugar is like a drug, it directly hits us in our reward centre – levels of the ‘feel-good’ hormone, dopamine spike when we have a sugar hit, sending the brain into overdrive.
For me this was real! I experienced a real lack of control when it came to sugar, undeniable cravings and as time had progressed so had my tolerance I just needed more and more.
I let myself off the hook. This wasn’t because I was hopeless and weak with no self-control...
...It was because I had been conditioned by food engineers and manufacturers to crave more and more sugar.
I discovered that it was a conspiracy created to SELL SELL SELL high-taste, low nutrient, cheap to produce ‘food’ to people like me.
Now, before all this, like you, I’d heard the ‘Quit Sugar’ hype.
I didn’t pay much attention. ‘How bad can it really be?’ I said to myself. It’s a natural product isn’t it?
Sure, you shouldn’t eat too much of it, but is it really killing us? It all seemed a little dramatic to me.
It wasn’t until I began my research that I discovered what sugar was actually doing to my body and my mind. It took MONTHS of trial and error to actually put all the pieces together and formulate a plan.
This was not about cutting out all sugar completely, that wouldn’t be realistic. This was about breaking the cycle and recalibrating, not complete denial.
What was important to me was to be able to enjoy food without guilt – to be able to actually choose what I ate rather than being a slave to cravings and lack of control.
I thought long and hard about it, and then made myself one massive promise.
If I was going to do this, I vowed to make my program as EASY, AUTOMATIC, and STEP-BY-STEP as possible, otherwise it was just like every 'hard to stick to' diet… this would be a plan for LIFE.
And I did it! Not only that, I was so empowered by my new found energy, my weight loss, and renewed outlook on life that I had to share it with you.
Welcome to the Sugar Crush Detox system.