KATHERINE Beresford decided a couple of years ago to change her lifestyle, her habits and improve her health by going sugar-free.
It has since become her passion.
Katherine started a blog to help others, offering tips on healthy products and recipes as well as providing useful recommendations for local dining options to assist followers to lead a maintainable, realistic and balanced lifestyle.
She has now amassed a following of 45,300 people on her instagram account, @kbsugarfree, all inspired in some way by Katherine's passion to help people make healthy choices in their everyday life.
The blog also shows how to replace unhealthy eating for a wholesome, realistic approach to eating.
The most extreme form of a sugar-free diet restricts foods that contain added sugars as well as fruit and any vegetables that might contain natural sugars such as peas and also carrots.
Sugar is quickly metabolised into blood sugar, which prompts your body to release insulin - and insulin surges promote fat storage.
The less extreme form of the diet allows fruit - but not juices - and vegetables and restricts added sugars in honey and processed foods that contain sugars.
Australia's dietary guidelines recommend we limit sugar and research continues to support the need for such a guideline.
As of today, how long have you been sugar-free? I have been sugar-free for about four-and-a-half years now.
What was it that made you decide to give up sugar?
I was in a cycle of trying different "diets" when one of my friends recommended the I Quit Sugar book, by Sarah Wilson (her mum had just finished reading it).
I was immediately captivated by the entire philosophy and the science behind it. As well as the flexibility and easiness of it - it all seemed too good to be true, but it wasn't. I immediately threw out all of the "healthy" but actually sugar-laden products that I had in my room and never looked back.
What does the term sugar-free mean to you?
These days I am a little more flexible with being "sugar-free" in terms of what the IQS book defines.
So what that means is that my days consist of wholesome, healthily balanced and sugar free meals, but I do still enjoy the occasional "healthy treat" made from "unrefined sugar", such as a bliss ball or acai bowl.
I don't stress out around sugar but know how to enjoy it in small amounts and moderation. In general I just avoid it, my body doesn't respond well to anything more than a very small amount.
Has quitting sugar changed the way you think about food?
I love all things food related, but quitting sugar has really allowed me to become more in tune with my body and it's needs.
You see, it only takes a few weeks to quit craving the sweet stuff after you give it up, and that's when your body and mind become genuinely satisfied with what you are eating - it doesn't get all confused with the mixed messages that sugar gives off.
I stopped emotionally eating and also eating to cure my boredom, which was a massive change in the way I thought about food.
What health benefits did you notice after giving up sugar?
The obvious one is that I lost a lot of weight, but then I reached a really nice equilibrium when I adopted a moderation approach.
I also haven't had a pimple in four years.
And my skin has never been healthier.
I constantly get comments about it, not to boast.
But it is a benefit and people so often attribute it to not eating sugar.
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