I wrote my first blog post June 28, 2009. I had no idea what I was doing. I still don’t. I was filming Masterchef at the time and needed something or someone a little more cerebral to engage with. So I chose, um, you lot!

Image via A Well Travelled Child Tumblr.
Image via A Well Travelled Child Tumblr.

Like many things that I try, if it feels right, I keep going and going. I questioned why I blogged every single day. I still do. But something compelled me to keep writing.

Mostly the comments fueled me from post to post. So did the people I e-met a long the way, some of whom I started up pen pal-like relationships with (I’m talking about you Shauna and Aran). My blog forced me to get real about what matters to me. And called me to account on slippery issues like cash for comment (you can see my policy on advertising here). It also encouraged me to be more generous and less precious about myself. The online world needs to operate that way and I learned that nothing I shared was new or “mine”.

And then it became my livelihood and I started employing People I Wanted To Be Around, starting with Jo.

And here we are today, 999 posts later. I don’t like fuss. But I thought I might celebrate a little and hand over 10 x ebook packs (each pack includes a copy of all of my ebooks) to 10 commenters on my site. Some from right back in the early days and some who’ve contributed a lot of their time and thoughts along the way. Thank you Ian Acheson, Mia Watson, Anthony Porter, Laura Valerie, Jo at Living Savvy, Mike Wilde, Sassi Sam, Liz Wiggins, Jules Eyre and Sarah at Inner Beam (you’ll be receiving an email from us shortly).

I’m also giving away an additional 10 packs to new friends…see below.

Also, since I get asked this a bit…

Some of my pivotal posts:

1. My first I Quit Sugar post. It all started here, as a gentle experiment (and mostly because I was short of a topic for my Sunday Life newspaper column).

2. The post where I first shared about my autoimmune disease.

3. Learning to check in with my inside people. Thanks, Uge!

4. The post where I had a cup of tea with one of the world’s leading philosophers who was a complete sleaze and cracked penis jokes.

5. Why I don’t wear a bike helmet.

6. The time I ate two croissants in Sardinia and the internet promptly fell apart.

7.  I wrote about the surprising joy of hitch hiking. A little contentious.

8. Oh Lord, that time I touched on vaccination!

9. My Field Guide to Dealing with Trolls.

10. The best tweak I made to my exercise routine.

Some of your favourite posts:

1. So I’ve written an “I quit Sugar” ebook

2. Who knew you’d love this so much: a guide to making chicken stock, and my mum’s chicken soup recipe.

3. Clever things to do with coconut oil. Everyone loves a list it would seem.

4. My Byron guide. I’ve updated it (just recently, in fact) a few times since I first wrote it, and I still hear back regularly from readers who’re planning their trip to Byron based on my guide.

5. A list of toxin-free cosmetics…ones I use and recommend. Although, I think it’s time I updated it again, no?

6. “We quit sugar and this is what happened”… I was receiving a stack of great testimonies from readers who were quitting sugar with great results, so I shared them in a post.

7. I had breakfast with Louise Hay and shared her five insights for healing your life.

8. I explain gluten intolerances.

9. My sugar-free Raspberry Ripple recipe. My, you loved that!

10. My series of Travel Guides. (And I’ll soon be adding more.)

I’d love to invite you to share your favourite post below. I’ll be giving away an additional 10 ebook packs, and will choose the winners from the comments below. 


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  • Michelle C

    Congratulations and thanks for all that you share here! My favourite post is http://www.sarahwilson.com.au/2012/03/are-you-all-dress-rehearsal-no-play/ and the challenge of the”frighteningly boundless freedom to choose what the rest of (my) life will look like.”

    • jenn [iquitsugar.com]

      Can you please email me? [email protected]

  • Serenity M

    I loved your very first I quit sugar post. I have been sugar free for 8 weeks now and routinely come back to your posts.

  • Ms Jane

    Ah yes the vaccination interview has been my personal favourite!! Golly it almost caused an e-riot!! I’ve always appreciated your honesty Ms Wilson. And I know you’ve probably heard this a thousand times but you really have changed my life and my dodgy liver thanks you too. Blessings and peace to you and your team x

  • Em

    Thanks so much for sharing so much with us 🙂 my sister told me about your blog when I was initially diagnosed with some thyroid/autoimmune issues. Your experiment with sugar caused me to change my whole diet and lifestyle and I discovered a whole new passion for food and health :)! I’ve had some pretty serious health problems that surfaced in the last year but I’ve learnt so many things from your blog which as corny as it sounds has changed my life. So thank you so much for all you do 🙂 wishing you all the best for the next adventures in your journey. Xx

  • Grace

    Congratulations Sarah. Seeing that you’ve put up a post is like getting a surprise something in the mail- always a joy.
    I have loved your travel guides- particularly New York and Iceland. Anything IQS. Your Blue Zone posts are always brilliant. I have a sister who has anxiety and appreciate and share these posts. I loved your meditation trick of sitting with yourself on a bench. Your posts on love, relationships and single life. It makes me very happy that someone with your profile is drawing attention to sustainability in a way that is accessible and digestible for most- creating this awareness on simple and healthy living on all fronts is a great legacy of yours. But mostly I love your genuineness that radiates through all posts. (Clearly I also like your listicles having just now created a less-than-elegant one myself). To sum you up in one post would be unfair. Congratulations to you and your wonderful team.

    • jenn [iquitsugar.com]

      @disqus_AWt8DrENp4:disqus can you please email me? [email protected] 🙂

  • Congratulations Sarah. Wow 1000 posts. 2 years ago when I was diagnosed with my 2nd AI I found your blog. Sometimes it has given me more insight and help than any doctor. Thanks for sharing so generously with us all.

  • Holy crap – 1000 posts!

    Is it lame that it’s your chicken stock post I go back to the most?


    • Karly

      Me too Kelly! I love the post about chicken stop/soup!

    • jenn [iquitsugar.com]

      @kellyexeter:disqus can you please send me an email by 5pm (AEDT) Monday? [email protected] 🙂

  • Monique H

    My favourite post was “what you’re craving is much closer”. I (and I imagine a lot of people) related to the feeling of a weekend alone, after trying to fill it with friends, before realising that alone time was what our souls needed. Thanks for always being vulnerable to us Sarah!

  • Charlotte

    Your ‘Sit on a small wooden bench with yourself’ post absolutely changed my experience of meditation and was a turning point in my journey with CFS. Something just ‘clicked’ and I felt so reassured by the exercise, as I often do by your posts. I do the meditation quite often now, and I’m so grateful to have it my toolkit. Congratulations on your 1000th blog!

  • miamoo

    My goodness, just last week I trawled through your travel guides, as I am travelling through Provence and Iceland (among a couple of other places) later in the year. Looking forward to trying some of that Icelandic skyrr you so loved!

    Congrats Sarah, thanks for the good words. And thanks for the kind words too, because whenever you speak about being nicer to yourself, it always tugs as a reminder to me to be nicer to myself as well (…Hence the three months offline travelling!).

  • Wow, congrats Sarah! I only found your blog a few months ago, and I think I read your post on your autoimmune disease first, which is still one of my favorites.

  • Georgia

    Your ‘How to make bone broth and why you should post’! This “rather repulsive-looking brown liquid” will forever claim a shelf in my fridge door…and my ice cube trays. Here’s to the next 1000 posts! Always love you words xo

  • Katie Petry

    I love your blog! I also go to your chicken stock post a lot! I love your “just try it” approach to quitting sugar and lifestyle changes that is so kind to oneself. I have 2 autoimmune diseases here and come back often to read your insights.

  • Yay on your 1000th! Here’s to many more, thank you for your beautiful work!

  • ashes

    Love this blog. Its real, honest, and you seem genuinely lovely ! 🙂

  • GG

    Congratulations on hitting four-figures, Sarah!

    I’m a regular reader, but this is the first time I’ve ever commented on your blog. My absolute favorite was your chat with Dalai Lama and
    it was because of the final message. “Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.”

    2009 was a really tough year for me – from moving to a new country, dealing with family deaths, losing (what I thought was) love and finding (what I now know is) love.

    Your posts generally resonate with how I feel about life, but that one really hit home.

    To this day I still remind myself of the beauty of that message, especially when I feel like I’m struggling and/or fighting hard for things that sometimes don’t turn out the way I originally envisioned. And then, all of a sudden, there is a new opportunity looming from somewhere I never thought to look. That’s what I think is “the wonderful stroke of luck”.

    Thanks for sharing your life’s lessons and thoughts with all your readers. I think we are all gentler and kinder as a result.

  • Tanya

    Hi Sarah
    As a recent convert on the ‘I Quit Sugar’ journey I, as a result, have stumbled on your blog. My favourite post to date is without a doubt ‘I don’t wear a bike helmet’.
    The ensuing comments following your post are certainly heated to say the least! I was in a accident when I was 16 (before wearing helmets were compulsory), riding my bike and I had a head on collision with a truck. Yes, it was not pretty, yes the doctors implied I wouldn’t make it to my parents, but here I am many years later and I still would not wear a helmet if I didn’t have to.
    I too have travelled around Europe where helmets are not compulsory and it was bliss. For casual riding, I feel helmets are not necessary but if you are on a road bike, riding at more than a coasting speed and it is head down, bum up, pushing hard on those pedals, then yes, wear a helmet.
    Life is about choices and we must take responsibility for those choices but in regards to my biking accident, it was my own fault and I have no one else to blame and to be honest I think not having a helmet on saved me. Long story. Too long for this post.
    This is one subject that people will always be divided on.
    Thank you Sarah for all you contribute towards inspiring others.

    • jenn [iquitsugar.com]

      @disqus_ER38h65BUy:disqus can you please send me an email by midnight tonight? 🙂 jenn[email protected]

  • Oh what an awesome offer, I feel that every post you write is so personal and down to earth, that you have me believing I am capable of acheiving the same thing myself.. Your post revealing your autoimmune disease had me cheering you on for your persistence and drive. I really enjoyed when you travelled around New York though as that is where my daughter lives, and having seen that traffic I was holding my breath at you driving a bike through those streets. I am so glad that you still blog and congratulations on your 1000th post!

  • Lottie

    Congratulations Sarah. Your ‘Well, if I had a wife’ post in November has to have been a pivotal one. Your voice is authentic, refreshing and inspiring. All success well deserved!

  • Chalese

    After reading ‘Sit on a small wooden bench with yourself’ I went on a camping trip with friends, then found out that a estranged friend was going to join us. I felt almost panicked, and wanted to leave. Instead, I took myself through the exercise you suggested in that post. It was the first time I had ever tried it. It was like my other self took total charge, gave me a fierce hug, and showed me all the love and validation I would need to deal with the funk that was headed my way. I thrived on that camping trip. Thanks Sarah.

    • jenn [iquitsugar.com]

      @disqus_IDlMiwcSes:disqus can you please send me an email by 5pm (AEDT) Monday? [email protected] 🙂

  • Brooke

    Congrats Sarah! it is so hard to pinpoint just one post as they all seem to resonate – Thank you Sarah for sharing your journey, your blog is a must read everyday.

  • Rosemary

    I’m enjoying reading your blog, but still struggling to get the courage to go sugar-free. Particularly as I would like to do it with my husband and son and know that if it isn’t tasty, that won’t happen!! I don’t have a specific post that I like, I mostly enjoy browsing the archives and seeing what I find. Your #10 pivotal post about tweaking your routine I found very inspiring, though I’ve only just found it. Maybe I will go for a walk? Yay for 1000 posts 🙂

  • Rachel

    I had never even heard of you until I met you at the Bicycle Network conference dinner in 2012 – I had to google you when the conference programme came out to see who this after dinner speaker actually was! – I have been undertaking a very long and somewhat difficult journey over the last 18 months and I feel like you and your posts are a great friend – your posts are always timely to what is going on in my own life. But mostly I thank you for your honest… I don’t think I have ever met anyone who is as down right honest and open as you. Good luck for the future Sarah and congrats on your huge achievements.

  • Ian

    Sarah, yay! 1,000 posts amazing. Congratulations.

    My favourites are always the ones where you reflect on what’s going on in your heart.

    Thank you for your constant generosity of spirit to your reading community. As I’ve said many times the goodness that you and now your team of 11 continue to put out there keeps on returning to you all. One of the great wonders of life.

    And thank you for blessing me with that pack.

    To the next 1,000 – raising a glass of Aussie red to you and the SWE/IQS team. Bless,

    Ian x

  • Miss K

    Sarah finding your blog was like an Oasis in the dessert. I had been diagnosed 3 years with Hashi’s and the day I found this fabulous site I sat on my couch and cried with relief….it was the first time I’d felt like I was with others who understood. Almost 2 years on I am an avid visitor and am currently 14 days into quitting sugar. You and all of your generous contributors have shifted my life to a great place, I will always be grateful. Thank you.

  • Sharon

    I do love your Mum’s chicken soup. And I loved the post about sitting on the bench with yourself meditation. But just recently you wrote about Kombucha. And would you believe it – I am now brewing my second batch! I love it and feel excited about being able to take control and move toward health. I am keen to get into Kefir as well.

    Congrats on 1000th blog. Long may it continue!

  • courts

    You so do know what you’re doing! Congratulations on the 1000th post, I’ve recently started a blog and I’m on post #11, so a little way to go yet 😉 Your style of writing, topic posts that matter and your cool-ism is what I love. But most of all it’s the I Quit Sugar ‘movement’ and desire to live a beautiful life that keeps me coming back for more. I don’t think you’ll ever realise how many lives you’ve changed for the better – well hopefully you do. Mine included. Thank you Sarah. From Courtney aka The Wellness Mummy

  • Daniel L

    Congratulations on 1000th blog post!!! I spent a lot of time reading them, to catch up 🙂 And enjoyed a lot all the way… There are a few still missing, but I will read them soon 🙂 … Bravo for your huge talent and effort to express your original opinion in a such perfect way and to connect so many different segments from everyday life, to create such a beautiful mosaic…
    You deserve success in everything that you do and I wish you to make not only thousands of more posts, but many more books and more…
    Thank you!!! Your blog truly makes life better 🙂 !
    Keep doing this great work and keep smiling forever 🙂

    • jenn [iquitsugar.com]

      HI @disqus_oIsHw4qlET:disqus can you please email me today some time? [email protected]

  • Jessica

    I have been following you along on your journey for only a couple of months, but you have managed to inspire and fascinate me through your blog and ethos. I was recently told by my naturopath the reason for my ibs, moods/anxiety, skin issues and a whole lot of other internal issues (including gluten intolerance and lactose intolerance) was involved with sugar in my diet and that I needed to cut that relationship. That’s when I hit google, and like it was heaven sent, I came across your blog and IQS. I honestly look forward to your daily blog updates and what interesting topics will be hitting my inbox. I also am now completely addicted to trawling the blogs for recipes. What a burden I thought it would be, having to be sugar free, but what a blessing it truly is. Once upon a time I feared meal times because I never knew what meal would make me sick and always had to plan for an escape route. But I have not been sick once since following IQS and I have you to thank for that. My body is finally starting to function properly and healthily and I feel great, balanced and happy.
    Anxiety in my bones has been the entry I have most strongly resonated with and on days where I feel my Vata is out of whack, I don’t know whether I want to hide, scream or cry, I simply refer back to the blog entry and read through all the comments, just so that I know I’m not crazy and there are other people out there that feel the same. It’s a good feeling!!
    So congratulations on your 1000th! I look forward to being a part of the next 1000!

  • Lana Dobric-Flanagan

    I have only just started my IQS journey (and it has not been without failure let me tell you!) Nevertheless, I am determined and so very inspired by your books, recipes, blog posts and the online community you have created. I look forward to continuing to make positive changes to my health and lifestyle. Thank you for caring 🙂

  • Kirstaylor

    Congratulations Sarah! My favourite post has to be the Byron Guide, it inspired me to take a one-woman, three-day babymoon, away from my husband and three year old, a very special time just to myself. The most amazing food, massage, and sunset drives through neighbouring towns. Thank you Sarah X x

  • Christina

    Thanks for such an amazing blog Sarah. Your posts on love food hate waste completely changed my perspective on how I treat and eat food and not only encouraged me to be more resourceful and appreciative, but led me to instil this mindset in others too. Thank you for so many brilliant and practical ideas and for allowing us to gain an insight into your world through this blog.

  • Helen K

    Ah, a challenge to identify a ‘favourite’ post – so many to choose from! You have really opened my eyes to sustainable living and sustainable (in all senses) eating. If I had to choose, I’d pick two (which I know is cheating but ..) I loved reading about your recent birthday celebrations (such an innovative approach), and, scrolling through your past posts, ‘how to live with a wobbling mind’ – so helpful to hear someone else identify so clearly how I feel from time to time too.

  • Natalie

    First of all, congratulations! Thank you for sharing, Sarah <3

    A while ago I found your blog through an I Quit Sugar participant and it caught my interest at once. Some weeks after that I got diagnosed with Hashimoto's and at that time I didn't know what it was, or that you had the same disease. When I found out I wrote to you (and got an answer! Thank you so much) and bought your book (which I LOVE). I've also read almost all of your auto-immune posts, and I can't just pick one because they have all been such a huge comfort to read when it all seems to overwhelming.

    Your blog matters!!!

  • Amazing job Sarah. Congrats on ur 1000th post. U r such an inspiration for many. Specially thank u for sharing ur life experiences with us & for being a role model. U’ve inspired me to quit sugar & i did, now my husband has quitted too 🙂 that’s no joke, great great work Sarah. My fav post is your guide to Byron where i’ll be going soon to celebrate my 30th bday 🙂 cannot wait for that. ( ur guide to NYC was pretty awesome too, i went there last december & just loved it.went to the right places & found incredibly tasty food, my fav is Hu Kitchen) i’m living my life to the fullest, enjoying every single day, being happy & by nurturing my body w whole foods. Looking forward to hear more of ur stories. Cheers x

  • Angelique

    I just can’t go past the chicken stock post. I pretty much visit it every fortnight (yes my memory is shocking, I blame hasimotos) but not only did that recipe get me on a path of nourishing myself and family with food, it was the impetus for me learning how to actually bookmark something on my mac. It’s the little things …..

    Ps happy 1000th. This blog has been a lifeline to me. So thank you.

    • jenn [iquitsugar.com]

      @Angelique, can you please send me an email by 5pm (AEDT) Monday? [email protected] 🙂

  • Petra

    Hi Sarah 🙂 thanks for sharing your thoughts with us for so long – I know many besides myself have drawn a lot of strength and ideas from it at various points! I have really enjoyed my own sugar-free transition and I love a good environmental, waste-free post!! But, I would have to say my favourite post was your “happiness doesn’t depend on what happens” post. Of course I don’t always remember/am not always able to rationalise quite so clearly… But I do like to come back to it every now and then: simple thought that we could all use a reminder of regularly. Thanks again, you have in me a dedicated listener and reader. Love Petra x

    • jenn [iquitsugar.com]

      @disqus_Sfll3N8eUz:disqus can you please send me an email by 5pm (AEDT) Monday? 🙂 [email protected]

  • Stephanie

    Congratulations, and thank you for continuing to write! It’s so hard to choose a favorite post beacause when I stumbled onto your blog, I realized I had found someone I looked up to, admired, and (really) strove to be like. From owning minimal possessions to feeling great sitting on the floor (instead of a couch!) and from choosing simple foods to learning to calm and focus, you’re sending out good vibes that I’ve been making on the small scale in my own life. I love reading your blog! I do find myself coming back to the “Inside People” post and am always inspired to continue living like Uge. <3

  • Michelle C

    I loved “Are you all dress rehearsal, no play” in 2012 – and the challenge to explore my ‘frighteningly boundless freedom’ – thanks for all you share here!

  • Debbie Yeomans

    When you first shared your auto-immune disease. While my troubles are different to yours, it is something I deal with daily and your words really resonated with me. Thank you!

  • Jen

    You’ve definitely been my inspiration to cut down on sugar but aside from those posts, your travel posts are informative and interesting. I particularly liked the Slow food and hiking in Sardinia guides. But, my absolute favourite, the Writing places in New York post just made me want to go there and write.

  • Dianne

    Congratulations Sarah! I loved your many posts and will soon delve into the I Quit Sugar books once I have my new kitchen! Many thanks

  • Carol La Garde

    Wow congrats on your 1000 post!! I’m sorry I haven’t found you before! Here’s to 1000000000000 more!!!

  • Cass Good

    You are the reason I started my whole lifestyle change, first I quit sugar after reading your book, then gluten, then processed foods and I now attend regular sessions with a life/health coach as well as many workshops on raw foods. I love the changes that I am seeing in myself and every time I read your blog or pick up your book it reminds me of how far I’ve come and for that I am truly grateful 🙂

  • Lynette

    My favorite blog post is the first one I read, Want to feel better today? It all starts in your gut. I am still tickled that I just happen to stumble on to your book in the library. As an ‘amateur’ endurance athlete, I have been experimenting with a low carb, high fat diet and was looking to reduce my sugar intake. I’m still working at the eating thing. But through your posts and ideas, I am inspired to continue to see what will happen and strive to see my body become fat adapted. 🙂

  • Sara-Jayne

    Wow!! It’s amazing what happens when you step out!! You’re such an inspiration!!
    I seriously love all your post, I get so excited when a new one comes out!! You’re number 1 post that I’ve been loving recently is your vegan chocolate mousse!! Absolutely my fave!! I’ve been telling my friends all about it!! They love it too!!

  • Samson83

    I loved and appreciated the ‘How to Survive Social Situations’ post!! The last 24 months for me have been a massive period of change! I have lost 30 kilos, changed my entire outlook on life, left the only job I have ever had and moved from the city to the country to make the most of my life. It was a very big change, especially in social settings as so much of what i would do would revolve around food in some way so to change that element of my life-changed every element. I was learning so much and at the same time found some people very supportive while others I almost felt as though I had to justify what I was doing. At the end of the day however, for the first time in 30 years, I sleep through the night, feel rested when I wake up and am learning to love and appreciate myself and am constantly amazed at how much food affects every part of my being! I love your program! x

    • jenn [iquitsugar.com]

      @disqus_aoB5qCJ41Z:disqus can you please send me an email by 5pm (AEDT) Monday? 🙂 [email protected]

  • I love the coconut oil post. We go through so much of it around here! My favorite tip from your post is the ice cream shell topping 😉 I use it weekly to make almond milk coffee creamer. Blend it with some homemade almond milk and vanilla extract. Yum!

  • Tayler

    As a uni student studying social welfare in Lismore I thoroughly enjoy and want to genuinely thank you for all of your posts! Whenever i am having a stressful day or falling off the healthy lifestyle band wagon your blog is the first thing i turn to. I am thankful for your sustainability posts and particularly your byron bay guide as i grew up 13 hours west and ‘had’ no idea how amazing Byron Bay could and would be. In a world where consumerism plays such a vital role in society, your blogs refresh and recreate my mindset every time those crazy emotional thoughts start to take over. Thank you 🙂 x

  • Alexandra Bruggisser

    It’s so hard to pick a favourite!! Maybe at the moment your fermented foods one from a couple of weeks ago… Or maybe the one on Kombucha – I’m just getting one going and am just A LITTLE BIT EXCITED ABOUT IT!!!!

  • Megan Bullen

    I like the one where you first shared about your autoimmune disease. Baring your soul to help others 🙂

  • Jen

    2014 is my year of change – moving more, munching more mindfully, making me time and being the best wife, mum, friend and me that I can be. These awesome e-books would be such a boost and motivator and reward! 🙂

  • Isabel Paiva

    Hi everyone, i live in Portugal and i had no idea about sarah wilson, i was randomly “googling” images about thyroid and found a picture about sarah’s blog (6 months ago). I just clicked and started to read “how to heal autoimmune disease” and that’s how i started the journey! Yes for me it’s a journey. I started to read all post in date order from 2009 until now (i’m still doing it) ehhehe
    Don’t get me wrong i’m not a stalker but i have a thirst for knowledge too, i want to learn more and share what i know, like a chain doing freely not expecting nothing in change.
    I guess this is what You Sarah does, give so many information and inspiring so many of us, transforming your lives and the ones who lives around us.

    So, i guess i have written to much, but i just have to say I don’t have “The” post, i have so many post (…) and I hope to read many many more in the future! Thank you Sarah for doing a great job and inspiring so many lives like many in the other part of the world! 🙂

  • tenar larsen

    I woke up this morning for my 530am crossfit class feeling lethargic, tired and bloated (despite my commitment to working out and eating well) – Lately I have been having uncontrollable chocolate cravings, and I’m over it! I become a different person. A guy at my gym this morning said I’ve got to Quit Sugar…I agree!! Here I am.. :))

  • qwerty19

    I remember reading THAT Sunday Life article, a seed was planted, it took a few years to sprout but now look at me, and WOW! Look at you x

  • Stefani

    Definately Insights into healing your life post was my favourite. So touching, real and down to earth. It gives great perspective.

  • Kieran

    Hi There, your vaccination post! It’s such a hot topic, I admired your professionalism when dealing with a difficult situation. Well done.

  • jenni Browne

    As I’m a newbie I love the versatility of the clever things with coconut oil, think you might be converting me 🙂

  • Pick one favourite post?! Haha! Ok, well I have the “clever things to do with coconut oil” saved in my email for all the handy uses and I’m intending to start making my own toothpaste & deodorant. Although I also love any recipe posted and of course the list of toxin-free cosmetics.

    Clare x

  • jade seeque

    I’ve just bought the 2nd IQs book, to pop beside the first one, these would have to be my favourite books, and has seen me be a lot more adventurous in the kitchen!
    Thank you for all your hard work

  • AW21

    I love the story of the chocolate croissant consumption – we are all human, we all make mistakes and one little slip isnt a reason to throw all your hard work away!

  • Lisa

    Love your work Sarah – really inspires me! I also would love an updated toxin free beauty products update!

  • Kerry

    Hi and congrats Sarah, I love your books and recommend them to all my friends, and that they explain in easy terms, why and how and you make the recipes as simple as possible. Love your blogs also, especially the How to survive social situations. You always have great advise.Keep up the inspiring work.

  • Vicki H

    Congratulations! I’m a relatively new reader, but loved your post on the simple home. As one who is in the unique position of starting my whole house over from scratch with my husband and 2 boys, I can’t wait to put some of your ‘bare essentials only’ principles into practice!

  • Coralie Cameron

    My fav is Toxin-free beauty: why I use oils. FInding your site was the first step in transforming my health and life. Thank you xo

  • Stacey Ellice

    I love the post about gluten intolerances ! I was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and one of the natural ways to alleviate the symptoms is to avoid gluten. This post gave me some great information that has assisted me in eliminating gluten from my diet, so thank you!

  • Deepa

    Yay! Congrats on this amazing milestone Sarah! You have inspired me in so many ways, the most important being showing me that I can quit sugar and have control over what I eat.
    One of my favourite posts is ‘well, if I had a wife…’ as I think you outlined some gender differences that do exist but that many others are hesitant to voice in today’s PC world.
    Thank you for writing this fabulous blog and for the impact you have had on my life.

  • Emca

    My my… I have recently stumbled upon your blog (not knowing it had a separate identity from IQS) and have been reading for days… At night, in the bathroom, wherever my smartphone allows! I must sometimes remind myself to heal is a process, to change should be slow, and the pressure we all feel to be perfect in every aspect will never go away. One day at a time! 🙂

  • Fiona

    So many favourites, its funny when a total stranger writes about the things that you honestly think you are going through alone.. You have saved my sanity more than once with putting all this out there. I feel reassured, inspired, motivated, comforted and amused. Thanks Sarah. I am going to name my top two – Friend Fade Outs and Sitting on a bench with yourself… However I altered mine to, sit on your childhood bed with yourself. Big love x

  • Selina McGarrigle

    How inspiring! Thank you 🙂 I have transformed my life inside to out in the last 12 months including launching a blog -with the help of my coach Kylie Ryan My Mind Coach and she has introduced to me a whole new food of nourishing my body with food -including you! My chiropractor has recently lent me your book – wow – i am on the right path for me and it feels amazing! FREE! AND Fabulous! Thank you Sarah 🙂

  • Ros Guy

    I love your clever things to do with coconut oil. I use it such a lot now.

  • juganaut’s

    Congratulations on your 1000th post. I have to admit, my favourite is the recipe for balls that are so healthy, you can eat them fro breakfast: http://www.sarahwilson.com.au/2011/10/yes-chocolate-nut-balls-so-healthy-you-can-eat-em-for-breakfast/

  • Megsy

    Well done Sarah! My favourite post was the one you did about what it takes to get out of work on time, something I feel passionately about. At the time I commented about am old boss who forced me to see that to him it looked like I had poor time management skills, rather than commitment to my career. Since then I have changed careers and am now a teacher. I am missing the simplicity of being able to fit work in during work hours and not have it impact on my home life. Not complaining too loudly when I get to do my dream job.
    Keep up the great work X

  • JohnRenee Herrington

    I appreciated your real-ness and openness with your two chocolate croissants post.:) I am so glad I came across your book I Quit Sugar two weeks ago while searching the web for ideas to stop me from wanting to eat so many sweet things. You book has really opened my eyes to things I should of known being a jump on, jump off low carber. I have shared your book with my best friend and my family. My anxiety is practically gone, my cravings have started to disappear and not consume my every thought and I actually wake up with energy. I can’t wait to see all the other benefits going forward. Thank you for sharing your journey and info. I’m extremely grateful. Sincerely, Renee

  • Joy J

    I liked the 19 clever things to do with coconut oil/butter

  • Wendy Schultz

    Keep going Sarah, you inspire & delight us all….I am currently living in the UK and pass your blog details on to many….sugar as in Oz is a problem here, love your work, happy 1,000th x

  • Jess

    Congratulations on your 1,000th blog! What an amazing achievement and to think of all the people you have helped along the path of your own journey. My favourite post was “This is what a thyroid day looks like”. It was so comforting to know that somebody else experiences the same symptoms and to see the actions that you take on those days. Most thyroid days I just fall into a heap and deviate from all my good IQS work, but since that post I have been able to put into place positive actions to help me back on my road to recovery. Thank you Sarah. I can’t wait for the next 1000 blogs 🙂

  • Kylie

    I love all of your posts. I look forward to my Friday email every week and read the blog on my way in to work on the train 🙂 My favourite post is the buffering post (and another one that I can’t locate now but it was around getting your body to relax) – although I am also really liking today’s post, very timely, was having a melt down this weekend and saying to my husband, why do I always get so caught up in things?! I refer back to your toxin free cosmetic post a lot – so an update would be great!

  • BrisChic

    I joined the #IQS family last year after my mum was diagnosed with high blood sugar. Both her and I made a pact to kick the habit. Mum lost over 15 kg across 6 months and her blood sugar level drops to ‘normal’. I lost 7 kg without even realising but also felt fitter, healthier and generally better. I’ve since moved to New Zeland… Wow for some reason I can’t escape sugar here. I need your latest book to kick me back into IQS mode!

  • Sandra

    My favourite and the one that has been a saviour to understand what I have been worried abou for a long time was the 2012 post “moody-flat-it could be your leaky gut”. Thank you sarah x

  • LaurenBurke BenHissink

    Congrats on such a huge milestone!! My absolute fav is your mums chicken stock – its my go-to!, plus I loved your Byron guide (I’m normally a yearly visitor) and the coconut info – as I’m getting my coconutty-grove on!! thanks so much! oh, and for sharing the raspberry ripple… (I hid that one -yumyum!) 🙂

  • Carly

    Hi Sarah,
    Firstly congratulations 🙂
    I also love your Louise hay interview.
    It’s benefited me today. I have very sick still with linters thyroud issues but I’m fed up trying to force down more medication I cannot tolerate.
    I ‘spoke’ to my thyroid today
    Me:”Are you ok?”
    Thyroid:”Yes, I don’t want to be over drugged. I want a chance to grow and develop myself. Trust me. Give me time.”

    Interesting 🙂
    Who know what will happen but for the moment I am giving myself some time just to see if I can feel better on a lower dose and trust my thyroid. I certainly haven’t reached this decision lightly and if u felt medication was working if choose this route. But after 18 years it’s not. I’m hoping a low dose and being kind to myself and Pursuing creativity will be a better plan. For now. Fingers crossed all round.
    Carly xx

  • Carly

    Sorry for typos – *am sick with long term thyroid issues….

  • sarah

    Sarah Wilson you have changed my life and so many more! I am 8 months sugar free and have a large collection of ur recipes. Congrads on your 1000th blog. I loved reading about so many of ur experiences, coconut oil uses to ur blog on the amazing Louise L Hay who is also my idol. I would love ur e books to go with my Sarah Wilson folder in my kitchen 🙂

  • Msalerno

    Happy 100th post! I love reading all of your blogs. You are an inspiration to all!
    Keep sharing your knowledge. You don’t know how many people you have helped sharing your information. You are truly a blessing to us all!

  • josie

    ALL OF THEM! Theres always something relevant.
    I go away and come back to ur blog regularly!
    I’m holding on to the hope that I’ll work out the pain
    from eating the inflammatory foods will finally convince me to stop the madness. In the meantime ur musings and research are just so helpful.
    Theres a wilderness of info out there and urs is steady go to place when my ears are ring and my throat is tight from worry. Thanks again.Ill take my thyroidy self off to bed now….

  • Beck Bannister

    What a remarkable milestone!

    I have been predominantly sugar-free since July 2010! I heard David Gillespie being interviewed on the radio after dropping my kids to school. So much of what he said rang true for me and generations of my family before me. I bought his book that very day and began on the road to wellness. Within three weeks I had almost no signs of my severe IBS, arthritis pain or migraines, YAY!!!

    I was more than excited to stumble onto your blog from March 9th 2011 – “How my sugar journey is going”. I finally felt like somebody really got this whole sugar free thing like me! The quote “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” – Arthur Schopenhauer, was exactly what I had experienced with people around me.

    I have lost count of how many copies of yours and David’s books I have bought and given to friends, I just want them to know and experience the amazing health that I have now.

    Thank you for being so brave and real 🙂

    • Jenn [iquitsugar.com]

      @beckbannister:disqus Hi Beck can you please email me by midnight tonight? 🙂 [email protected]

  • Laura

    My most visited posts are the ones about fermenting….ginger-ade, daikon etc. and I also like the post about Louise Hay. Really enjoy reading your blog – thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Congratulations Sarah for continuing to show up here, to share with us your ups & downs and anything in between. Your willingness & courage to be vulnerable has created the most amazing space for connection. Thank-you for the mention & gift, I’m truly honoured. Your sharing was critical to my sanity whilst so unwell with hyperthyroidism & struggling with ‘the meaning of life’…and all that jazz. Your blog continues to be my ‘go to’ space for recalibrating & feeling a little more normal because I’m reminded that I’m not alone in my challenges- be they on the physical, emotional or soul level. PS Inner Beam has evolved to become ‘Inner Me’- an online space that allows me to champion (aka coach) other women in this journey we call life, to find the meaning, the joy, the purpose, the wellness & acceptance…the essentials.

  • Alli G

    Sarah, I absolutely adores the “if only I had a wife” blog and it resonated wih me ever since reading it that I realise that it has been a subconscious thought for so long. Thank you for being brave enough to point out the difficulties of being a single, driven woman who is trying to build a career as well as a balanced life – I sometimes forget that the reason I can’t do absolutely everything is because I don’t have a second pair if hands helping in the background. I found it refreshing that the blog didn’t come across at all as though you were unhappy about this, as I’m sure many of us can agree, but simply pointing out a fact that is frequently overlooked.
    Thanks again and I look forward to reading more books and blogs of yours!

  • livia

    Congratulations Sarah! I found out about this blog from Sunday Life. It was a muat read column for me every weekend. Everything you wrote was so interesting and a lot of them resonated with me so much that often I wonder how can someone can write so well and explain things that I find hard to explain myself. Was so sad when I read your last column in Sunday Life. But been coming back here again and again to read your wonderful writings. Love this site a lot! And yes pls do update the toxin free cosmetics. Thx!

  • Natalie

    There have been posts where you have opened up about being childless, & I’ve enjoyed these as I have my own reasons for being childless in my mid-30s (both by inability & choice). It’s nice to read posts regarding childless women that share the insight that it doesn’t make you less of a woman or less female because you haven’t given birth to a little human. We can give birth to other creative things. & we’re not alone in this.

    If I have to pick one post in particular, the one that is ringing true with my right now is the post, ‘Anxiety: fight it or ride with it’. As I’ve hit that point. It’s now time to deal & ride it through, rather than fleeing to the (unhealthy) methods I’ve used to escape for too long.

    Thanks for your insights Sarah, & congrats on 1000 posts xo

  • jannah lea

    Sarah & team, congratulations on your 1000th blog and the ongoing evolution of your project in the world.

    I first stumbled across the I Quit Sugar book at the gorgeous Mary Ryan bookstore in Byron Bay, where the owner was very happy to tell me that you Sarah had been in a few days earlier and were sweet, authentic and down to earth … a rave review!

    The book and its message were just what I needed at the time, and since then I have enjoyed reading your articles and thoughts on issues health related and far beyond.

    My favourite post is the Joy Of Missing Out – amidst the frenetic, multi-tasking, gadget addicted pace of life it is deeply refreshing and calming to give ourselves permission to stop, slow down and even (gasp!) miss out on something. The reality of course being that almost always, we find that we haven’t missed anything at all, and may most likely gain something smaller and sweeter and richer.

  • Maria S.

    Congrats, Sarah! You are one of my favorite writers and I feel blessed to have discovered your blog a couple of years ago! My favorite post has to be “Take a Flanerie” because it captured quite gorgeously what I loved most about Paris when I was lucky enough to live there for a time in my early twenties. TRUTH: “Paris is a great city for being alone.”

    • Jenn [iquitsugar.com]

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  • Natasha Foster

    I’m relatively new to the I Quit Sugar phenomenon but am hooked. I’m yet to kick the beast altogether, but have seen massive health benefits from reducing my sugar intake (most impressively with my eczema, if I cut sugar altogether it vanishes entirely!) so I know I need to quit it once and for all. Your blog helps! You’re an inspiration. For quitting sugar AND for trail blazing ? (Geddit?)

  • Sarah

    By far the most comforting and reassuring blog post I’ve read was your one on autoimmune disease. It was the pivotal point I knew I wasn’t alone and that someone else had gone through what I did and was on their healing journey. AID sufferers are in a classification of their own and non sufferers never really know what it’s like. I’ve spent most of my life fighting illness and not knowing why or how, but with your blog and your recipes I was humbled by familiarity knowing someone was cheering for the ones that do suffer. Thanks Sarah for the last 5 years of support tht you didn’t know until now that you have given me.


  • Kerrie Giannakis

    It always brightens my Fridays to see your humanity for all of us to share!

  • J M

    Hi Sarah, firstly congrats! Totally well deserved and absolutely warranted! If I had to choose one post, it would most definitely be the Raspberry Ripple post. Being a visual type of person, that post did it foe me! Oh and I know I’m not supposed to mention another post and this one has nothing to do with quitting sugar, I loved the post about how you wait until you have all your dirty white tops ready before washing. Ha! That’s just so me!! ? X

  • abbie

    Congratulations Sarah! I love your blog, it is simply amazing. I went completely sugar/gluten/dairy free for quite some time, and felt amazing! Things happened, and I fell off the wagon, but I’m slowly climbing back up to the reigns! You and your blog are so inspiring! So much so, that I am beginning to create my own recipes, and branch out into areas of natural beauty as well. Time to free my life of all things toxic 😉
    Thank you so so much, I will be forever grateful 🙂
    Ps. You share the same name as my awesome cousin in-law!

  • Laura

    hi sarah, i would have to say i am a great fan of your chicken stock post. i have 4 young boys under 6 and 1 husband very much like a young boy himself and i very much enjoy introducing sugar free ‘yumminess’ into their eating habits, there is nothing i love more then sitting down to a family meal and seeing them reach for my sugar free mayo or sauces and enjoying their meals to bits! bliss* thankyou for your guidance and inspiration, from the bottom of our hearts truely appreciated! xo

  • Melissa Ryan

    http://www.sarahwilson.com.au/2014/03/this-is-my-1000th-blog-strewth/ I love reading your blog posts, and particularly this one. I think we can all resignate with owning too much, and I love how Louise Hay says we need less stuff. It’s too true, and a cluttered home leads to a cluttered life. I can resignate with exactly where she is coming from with each point, and I love the direct way you have blogged it, as I can imagine this is the way she would say it. Thankyou Sarah

  • Daphne

    Thanks so much for your honesty and compassion- not to mention the great books! I just received IQS For Life yesterday and sat down and read the whole thing in one go! I think my fav post has been the one where you dealt with the ‘eejits’ that have nothing better to do with their time than be negative and inflammatory. Keep up the good work and don’t stop kicking at the machine!

  • Bree

    Raspberry Ripple is pretty much life saving! For real! #keepitcoming #nomnomnom #AHmazing!

  • Tam

    I’ve loved so many of your posts. Your guides to Spain were a favourite though I think. They helped me when planning the month I spent there. I absolutely adored some of the treks I did around Granada and Cabo de Gata. I’m sure my holiday wouldn’t have been as adventurous without your inspiration!!

  • louessence

    Big congrats to you Sarah! Soooo enjoy reading a sweeter life every Friday, thank you xo

  • Jane

    Hi Sarah. Biggest fan of your blog and ideals (to the point where I’ve been teased about my obsession by my friends in my 21st speech).

    One of my favourite posts by you is “stuff I’m not paid to endorse: my best stomach fixes” – http://www.sarahwilson.com.au/2010/06/stuff-ive-not-been-paid-to-endorse-my-best-stomach-fixes/. This helped me significantly not only on my backpacking travels but also day-to-day.

    Please never stop writing!

    • Jenn [iquitsugar.com]

      Hey @disqus_IYCeKidurJ:disqus can you please flick me an email by midnight tonight? [email protected]

  • Bin

    It’s not often that I comment online. I am much more of a silent observer, appreciating quietly on the sidelines. But 1000 blogs is something to cheer about! Congratulations Sarah. I began receiving and reading Sweeter Life on a Friday because of your openness and honesty and simply because of the way you channel our thoughts on so many topics. Quitting sugar wasn’t a big part of that for me, but through a different set of reading pathways (the local library and David Gillespie for example) I began to embrace the I Quit Sugar philosophy and now look to your blog for guidance on that topic too! From one 40-something professional woman to another, thanks so much for all you offer us through your writing.

  • Fi

    I wish I could remember exactly – it was something about ceasing moments, or being really honest, or taking risks! I was dating a backpacker from England at the time who’s Visa was running out. I knew he was special but was scared to tell him I thought so. Your writing (and a few wines) inspired me to just do it. I think I emailed you at the time – and was chuffed to get a reply! Now he’s still in Australia and we’ve been married for almost three years. Thank you.

    • jenn [iquitsugar.com]

      @Fi can you please send me an email by 5pm (AEDT) Monday? 🙂 [email protected]

  • Rana

    Thank you for your 1000 blog posts. I am currently sugar free (doing a Whole 30) and have been making some of your wonderful recipes from the I quit sugar for life book (which on a side note.. i absolutely love). I love that you are such an inspiration for many areas of life, it was bloggers like you that motivated me to start my own blog about my own autoimmune journey and to start studying at IIN.
    Thanks for making drinking green smoothies from recycled jars trendy, for preaching the ‘waste not’ message and for sharing your raspberry ripple recipe :-).

  • Margaret P

    Congrats Sarah…My favourite post was http://www.sarahwilson.com.au/2013/05/im-an-online-dater-and-it-changed-me/…… You helped me realise that it was not just me who found the whole process a little “odd”!

  • Lisa Marie Hughes

    Sarah! Congratulations on the successful blog! 1,000 posts? Amazing. There are so many that have influenced all of us. I came to your blog looking for a cool bicycle and was later led to your journey of quitting sugar. Indeed! Daring! A few years ago much to the dismay and argument of those I happened to tell, I quit eating sugar as a test to my migraine headaches. Your blog has revamped my approach to living a life without sugar. THANK YOU! Every article you share with us is a gift of your heart and promotes health in so many ways. You are DOING SO MUCH GOOD. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you…Lisa

  • Jojo

    Congrats Sarah on hitting 1000 posts! I recently started reading your posts as I am a 28 yr old who was just diagnosed with hashimotos and your blog was recommended to me as I mentioned to a friend that I had decided to go gluten free. I too have experienced frustration with doctors telling me that all i can do is go on thyroxine…end of story. I couldnt accept that – I have a PhD in immunology (the topic of my PhD was looking at understanding the environmental influences on the ‘epidemic’ of modern immune diseases currently being experienced in developed countries..e.g..allergy and autoimmunity) and i thought, well, I have the skills to search for my own answers so why not begin searching. This whole experience has certainly made me question the whole doctrine of ‘western’ medicine. Slapping on a bandaid solution is not getting to the core of the problem, and is really just a bad way to enact science. On the other hand, there is not conclusive evidence out there to say what will work for everyone. Anyways, since then I have done much research, and have also come to my own conclusions about sugar and gluten. My mum has hashimotos and coeliac disease and my grandmother type 1 diabetes. All of these diseases are linked (AI), and I am convinced that they are most likely manifestations of the same underlying problem – probably an immuno-regulatory issue (I also have allergies, so I dont think its just as simple as a TH1 imbalance). My GP also found I had low vitamin D levels (I requested that she check this during blood test) which is also linked with impaired immune regulation – i am now on vitamin D (supplements and regular exposure to sunlight). I believe this is helping too. Its nice to read about the struggles of someone else going through this who is trying find what works for them. Thank you Sarah!

  • Anthony

    when things are built with the right stuff for the right reason, they endure

  • Courtney Dennis

    Hi Sarah,
    Congratulations. You may have already written a post on this but I was wondering if I could make a ‘blog request’?
    I’d love if you did a post about your favourite reads?
    I’m always on the look out for a good new book…

  • Gemma

    Sarah, your post on the need for completition “little life processes” resonated so clearly with me and was probably the one piece of writing I’ve read that made me feel so normal, or more like, not alone in this habit. I hate waste but it’s more than that, I can’t waste anything, it has to be finished right until the end – even if I hate what I’m using / smelling / eating! It drives my husband mad as he just doesn’t get it! Thank you so much for your honest and brilliantly written posts. All the best for your next adventures!

  • Jade

    http://www.sarahwilson.com.au/2014/02/if-you-dont-become-the-ocean-youll-be-seasick-every-day/ <– This has been my favourite post. It reminded me of one of my favourite lines in a book I loved many many years ago: "how do you catch a beautiful bird without breaking it's spirit? become the sky" taking me back to a pivotal time in my life. It also inspired me to swim the length of my local beach (not quite as big as yours, but still an achievement), and I was -terrified-, although I kept pushing through and I was so proud (and exhausted) when I made it (survived!).

    and Rasberry Ripple, I don't know how I lived before Raspberry Ripple! 🙂

    • Jenn [iquitsugar]

      @disqus_UCWOZCFcMb:disqus can you please email me by midnight tonight (friday?) 🙂 [email protected]

  • Bel

    Congratulations Sarah! I always enjoy your point of view – it makes me feel like I’m not so isolated in my beliefs. Keep it up! XXX

  • Blackmores

    Congratulations Sarah! We’ve been big fans over at Blackmores HQ since the start. xx

  • Adel

    Hi. All the way from South Africa.Would love the ebook. I can feel the difference when I don’t eat sugar. I think your ebook would help me even more. It is almost Easter time and all you see being advertised are chocolate Easter bunny’s. LOL.

  • This is an amazing achievement. Congratulations!!!

  • Ana B

    My husband has just been diagnosed with Hashimotos. He is in his late 30’s. We always thought thyroid problems were mainly related to women. He has been given medication to take but is not overly keen on it but I guess there is no way around it. Is it worth while seeking a 2nd opinion and do dietary choices alter the amount of medication you have to take. All the specialist say there are no dietary changes you can make.

  • Claudia

    that raspberry ripple changed my life!!