About The Recipe Bible
The Recipe Bible was originally founded as ZeroSugarDiet.com in 2014. Set up by Rebecca Lovatt after re-learning how to cook from scratch with new ingredients, ZSD was set up to document recipes she cooked and adapted. Although Rebecca gave up refined sugar and most other sugars (read more below), she felt the name Zero Sugar Diet could be misinterpreted and instead of delving into the details of all different types of sugar, ZSD was rebranded to reflect what the website was all about… The Recipe Bible was born.
You will find most of the recipes on here are low in refined sugar, sucrose, fructose, lactose, etc and are naturally high in nutrients value. We hope you enjoy the recipes and look forward to trying some of our recipes!
What are the benefits of quitting sugar? I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while but somehow it’s easier to just get on with creating lovely, yummy recipes than it is to talk about a personal journey, if that’s what we can call it. In this post I will relay the benefits of quitting sugar for me, and how quitting sugar helped me change my life!
Benefits of Quitting Sugar
Why did I Quit Sugar?
My journey without sugar began around 2 years ago aged 22/23. If anyone would have asked me 12 months before then what my diet and general lifestyle was like, I’d have said I was really healthy. The reason? I was pretty slim and lead a normal life. But just because I wasn’t overweight did not mean I was healthy. In fact, far from it. There were a few warning signs I should have noticed before it got to the point of being noticeable how unhealthy I was, but I think I would have ignored them and stuck my head in the sand anyway.
So what was the turning point? For me, the real alarm bells rang when I noticed my hair was turning grey. And I mean, REALLY grey. I’d have been grey by the time I was probably 25 at the rate it was turning. I didn’t have a very stressful job so stress was ruled out, in fact those who know me know I’m a very happy, chilled out person! It’s a little running joke of theirs… so why was I going grey? I wasn’t stressed. I had no underlying health conditions. I was perfectly ‘healthy’ to the outside world. I wasn’t old… The answer turned out to be my diet.
Although I didn’t eat particularly badly, I wasn’t getting anywhere near enough nutrients in my body as I should have been. After several years, that had taken its toll. We’d always eaten very well growing up as kids but I was your typical child who HATED vegetables. No matter what my mum and dad did, I just wouldn’t eat them. Luckily my mum cooked a lot growing up so ready-meals were rather rare, but the fact I wasn’t eating much fruit, veg or getting many of the essential vitamins and mineral my body needed. That type of abuse had now started to show itself. Luckily it wasn’t too late!
How did I Quit Sugar?
I’d been enlightened to the effects of a bad diet through my partner Mat (who will be doing some guest blog posts soon!) … he had done quite a lot of extensive research into the effects of a high GI diet and high sugar diet on the body for his own personal use. When he shared this information with me it suddenly all made sense. It wasn’t that I was particularly eating too much sugar as we’d think it (I didn’t really eat sweets or chocolate or drink sugar in my tea), but my diet was high on the glycemic index and it was low in nutrients in general. As soon as I started to slowly introduce more vegetables to my diet and stay away from foods I knew I shouldn’t be eating, suddenly things got a lot better.
I also started reading lots around nutrition and health and wellbeing in general. Practising a little yoga, educating myself about diet and nutrition, exercising more and generally enjoying life an awful lot more. If you are wanting to read more around the subject, there are several books I can recommend which I’ll list at the bottom of this post.
I think the key to quitting sugar is to do it at your own pace. Some people can cut it out and switch easily. Others can’t. It’s going to be an individual journey and one you’ll have to want to make yourself. But once you do, trust me when I say you’ll feel like a new person!
What happened when I Quit Sugar?
- Reversed my grey hair almost completely
- Less frequent, almost none existent migraines
- More energy, better sleeping pattern, and the rest!
Just a few things I noticed as the benefits of quitting sugar. There’s way too many things to list. The fact my grey hair has almost now (after 1 year clean eating) completely reversed and repaired years of abuse I think is absolutely amazing for me. But also I used to suffer from extremely severe migraines from the age of around 7. The sort of migraines that leave you in bed for days on end. Now, I get one every 6 months or so? And they’re SO much easier to control. I can almost feel what my body is asking me for, and usually, it’s water or pumpkin seeds (high in magnesium which have been attributed to migraines).
So, that’s me! In a nutshell. I’m going to try and share more personal experiences on here as I add my own research notes and the latest scientific information out there… almost use myself as a little human guinea pig. And I’d love to hear from you and your experiences as I go along too to try and help me in my own concepts.
Have you quit sugar yourself? What have you found the benefits of quitting sugar? I’d love to hear your feedback.
- Fat Chance – Robert Lustig
- I Quit Sugar – Sarah Wilson
- Pure, White and Deadly – John Yudkin
- The Sugar Detox – Brooke Alpert and Patricia Farris