“Clean Eating is a Myth”…and 5 other things I got right

Posted on August 9th, 2016

Almost six years ago I quit sugar. I coped flack for this. Did I what.

When it came around to publishing my first book I Quit Sugar I ran the below Arthur Schopenhauer quote upfront, by way of highlighting where I thought the whole debate just had to head. Eventually.

Image via quotefancy.com

Image via quotefancy.com

Someone referred to this quote at a public talk I gave recently, asking me if I still copped flack (ridiculed) or if we’d moved onto the next stages of truth (acceptance).

I hadn’t thought about it since I included it in the book. But I did now. I answered thusly,

The ridicule has backed off big time. The trolls have quietened down. For half a decade I’ve served back science and reason as my response. It kind of pinned them to their wall.
The opposition is still there. It looks different now. It’s less violent. However, it’s becoming more mercurial, more seemingly reasoned. Like the one about how everything in moderation is great (not really possible with sugar, which is the foundation of my argument) and that we just have to burn off off the excess calories (thus positing the issue as merely one of empty calories).
But I think we’re well on our way to viewing what I’ve been saying for the past 5 1/2 years as common sense. I was even recently tagged the “sensible voice” in the wellness debate by a newspaper that had previously sledged me as “extreme”.

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The Cheapest Stew Ever – $1.70 per serve!

Posted on August 2nd, 2016

A healthy and wholesome meal for $1.70? Yep, I’m serious. This recipe from my latest book I Quit Sugar: Simplicious is literally the cheapest stew ever made. And with a few tweaks in can be turned into a healing autoimmune stew – my go-to fix on days when my Hashimoto’s is playing up.

sarah wilson simplicious autoimmune stew

This is my autoimmune version of the stew

This stew is drastically cheaper than chips. It’s also minimum fuss. Just dump all the ingredients into the slow-cooker and a few hours later you can tuck into a warming meal. To make my autoimmune version, see the ingredients you’ll have to swap below.

The Cheapest Stew Ever

  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, cut into 3 cm chunks
  • 2 large parsnips, cut into 3 cm chunks
  • 2 swedes or potatoes, cut into 3 cm chunks
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped, leaves reserved
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cups homemade Beef Stock
  • 1 parmesan rind (if you have one in your freezer)
  • 1.5 kg stewing beef (blade, chuck, brisket – whichever’s cheapest), cut into 2 cm cubes
  • 1 tablespoon English mustard
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups Par-Cooked ’n’ Frozen silverbeet or kale (page 22)

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Time for me to get really real with you about the sugar tax

Posted on April 21st, 2016

I’m going to start this post by saying hats off to Big Soda…they sure do a fine job of spreading misinformation.


Last week the I Quit Sugar team and I launched a huge campaign for an Australian sugar tax on sugar soft drinks.

Click to sign now if you like.

Jamie Oliver did similar in the UK and, with 155,000 signatures, was able to influence UK Parliament to commit to a 20 per cent tax on sugary soft drinks in 2018. The folk behind his campaign – change.org – approached me to do the same here.

Wonderfully, on the weekend, Jamie Oliver got on board and endorsed my petition.

Wonderfully, on the weekend, Jamie Oliver got on board and endorsed my petition by sharing my link. You can do the same, adding your own empassioned message. Simply click here.

We now have 15,000 signatures. And counting.

Click to sign now to add to the tally.

Anyway, I’ve become a little frustrated about the push-back from some to the campaign. I love debate and constructive questioning of anything I do. I’m grateful for it. It keeps me on my toes and committed to getting closer to truth. But I tend to get frustrated when push-back is wedded to the black and white and lazy blanket Read more