• How bad are microwaves, really? In my list of Top 100 Hairy Chestnuts I Get Confronted With When I Talk About Cooking, “But aren’t microwaves bad?” comes in at about #25. I’m a fan of getting more people cooking, first and foremost. For some this involves using a microwave. Thus, my short answer to the above question is: If it more
  • Learn how to ferment. Plus a Sandor Katz giveaway! If there’s one thing you need to learn to do – for the good of your guts (and broader health) – it’s to ferment. Fermenting is a big focus in my second book, I Quit Sugar For Life (which you can preorder now), and I feature a bunch of cultured recipes – including a beetroot more
  • Quit sugar in 8 weeks: what do you need to ask me? I think many of you might have noticed…I don’t really bang on about sugar on this blog these days. I have a new site – IQuitSugar.com – where I do this now. But I interrupt proceedings today to give readers here the opportunity to ask me any niggling questions you might have about quitting sugar more
  • Pre-order I Quit Sugar For Life now and get my Chocolate Cookbook free Hello dear friends. You might have heard – I’ve written another book, a follow-up to I Quit Sugar: Your Complete 8-Week Detox Program and Cookbook. It’s taken the better part of a year to put together. It’s a reflection, however, of my life’s work. Here she is…or the cover image, at least. As you can more
  • five surprising broccoli recipes Broccoli is good stuff. I don’t need to spell it out much more than that. Why don’t I share a few clever things to do with it instead. I like to par-cook and freeze mine. I do this as soon as I buy a head. Or two. I simply cook it 60% (in a steamer), more
  • The I Quit Sugar Christmas Cookbook is here! Ready for your simplest and healthiest sugar-free Christmas ever? I’m excited to share my UPDATED I Quit Sugar Christmas Cookbook with you today – hot off the press, with six meal plans designed specifically to help you enjoy a simple, joyful, and healthy, nutritious sugar-free Christmas. Plus, a bonus Thanksgiving meal plan (just in time for Thanksgiving this Thursday!). more
  • 24 ways to have a sustainable christmas Allow me to climb upon my favourite soapbox once again. Food waste. It’s a terrible thing. Let me bullet it out… * Food wastage is the biggest environmental issue facing the planet today. * We consumers are responsible for 50 per cent of all food wastage. * The average Australian tosses out 20 per cent more
  • Pre-order your copy of the (updated!) I Quit Sugar Christmas Cookbook today! With the festive season just around the block, I’m excited to join in the build-up with the release of this year’s  I Quit Sugar Christmas Cookbook, a revised version of our original, designed specifically to help you enjoy a simple, joyful, and healthy, sugar-free Christmas. Plus I’ve chucked in a bonus Thanksgiving meal plan, perfect for a dinner party more
  • 7 signs of sugar withdrawal (and exactly what to do about them) Given the addictive nature of sugar, this isn’t completely surprising. But to help you deal with the seven most common symptoms of sugar withdrawal we spoke to Keri Maas, a cardiac physiologist and 8-Week Program expert, for some scientific advice on how to ease the pain. Headaches.   While the damaging effects of fructose are more
  • The breakfast cereal breakdown Unfortunately most breakfast cereals are loaded with added sugar and not much else. My Coco-Nutty Granola is a great sugar-free option for those looking for some crunch in their breakfast, but if you find yourself short on time and need to grab something from the supermarket, take this list with you. “Eating a Heart Foundation-approved more
  • I was wrong about sugar… Just kidding. Although today I want to take a moment to emphasise and clarify a really crucial issue that a few unmentionables in the comments insist on challenging: that my focus on fructose is misguided. Or, more specifically, that substituting fructose with glucose as a sweetener is misguided (which I don’t actually do, but more more
  • A bunch of IQS recipes A handful of IQS recipe favourites, just for you! You can find these and more recipes like them here.   Flower Power Eggs Makes: 4 Preparation time: 3 minutes Cooking time: 5 minutes For a pop of colour, try this recipe with orange, yellow and green capsicums. The kids will love it. coconut oil, butter more
  • The Sugar Science The Science. We try to stay on top of all the latest research on what sugar does to our health. It’s an ever-evolving area and some of the research is super new, requiring more time to prove the strong hypotheses. Below, however, are the latest studies that draw on the highest standards of proof (meta-analysis more
  • Why do Sardinians live so long? You might recall this time last year I visited the Blue Zone in Ikaria, where people live a ludicrously long time. No? Well, I spent six weeks on the rugged Greek island with National Geographic, looking at various factors contributing to their abnormal longevity. To refresh, I found that pork, wine, walking and eating no sugar more
  • Does your hair fall out when you quit sugar? While I was riding a mountain bike in Sardinia’s barren hills last week a sugary fuss was hitting fans Down Under. Did you read the fuss? The upshot of the fuss, if you missed it, is that a Sydney nutritionist is putting out a book that counters I Quit Sugar. It’s called Don’t Quit Sugar. more
  • i ate sugar It was two chocolate croissants that undid me. I’d like to share how and why. I feel I need to, given that today marks DAY ONE of the new 8-Week Program that I spent ten months developing with Jo (and then Zoe, Jordanna, Stef, Jenn, Kate, Martyna, Shayne, Tom, Steve, and now Jane and another more
  • last chance to sign up for the I Quit Sugar 8-Week Program! Our very first I Quit Sugar 8-Week Program starts Monday August 26, and over at I Quit Sugar HQ we are finally ready to host you all. If you were planning on being involved, now’s your (last) chance for this year. Sign ups for this round of the Program close Wednesday August 21 so make sure you’ve more
  • Writing places in New York I do my best work on planes in economy seats. I do my best thinking waiting in the line at the post office. We all Get More Done in unexpected places, where the contrast flicks us into inspired action. Which is why it was pretty cool to be in New York for two weeks finishing more
  • Congratulations Caroline, you’ve won a place in the I Quit Sugar 8-Week Program Last week on my site, I Quit Sugar gave away one place in the I Quit Sugar 8-Week Program starting August 26. My site and the I Quit Sugar Facebook page were flooded with entries, and the IQS team and I have been really touched by everyone’s stories. Thank you to all of you who shared. more
  • Gary Taubes: We can win the sugar fight A little update from my Adventures in New York… Today (it’s Thursday evening here) New York Times science writer (the guy who wrote “Is Sugar Toxic”) and author of Why We Get Fat Gary Taubes and I met for a drink. We wanted tequila. The bar only served wine. I had Cote du Rhone. We met more
  • Friday giveaway: one place in the I Quit Sugar 8-Week Program! It’s a month away. To the day. The first I Quit Sugar 8-Week Program starts August 26, and the team are all madly getting ready to host you all. Seeing as it’s Friday, and I like to give things away on this site on Fridays, I’m thrilled to announce that today I Quit Sugar is more
  • how to carry your breakfast and lunch to work With each passing day, my lunch arrangements get more and more ridiculous. Actually, I don’t think they’re ridiculous. They’re very practical and economical and smart. If you ask me. And, if I can be boastful, they’ve inspired others to get ridiculous too. Check out the I Quit Sugar team’s efforts from the blog the other more
  • Sneak peek: one-pan salmon ‘n’ super slaw from the I Quit Sugar meal plan Part of the reason I launched iquitsugar.com is so that this blog can return to being an exploration of broader life-bettering stuff. Not everyone here wants to quit sugar. I get that. More to follow on this soon. In the meantime, I know many of you are asking me about the new site and 8-Week Program… more
  • iquitsugar.com is now live! Hello there, excuse me. Can I have three minutes of your time? OK. The day has come. Iquitsugar.com is officially Gawn Live. We here at the I Quit Sugar office are bursting with pride, excitement (and bloody relief!). The I Quit Sugar adventure has taken on a life of its own over the past year more
  • Our bargain Christmas in July I Quit Sugar Bundle Deal! Looking for inspiration for your Christmas in July celebrations with friends? Or wanting to kick start your Dry July and wondering how to do it all sugar free? I’ve put together the Ultimate Christmas in July I Quit Sugar bundle deal to help you do it all. Sans sugar. For this month, you’ll be able to more
  • A Friday Giveaway: 20 Pepe Saya butter wheels! Oh it’s been a big week here in the office. My. Oh. But it’ s Friggen Friday…why don’t we ram things up with a Nice Thing to Giveaway. This time, Pierre Issa of Pepe Saya artisan butter has generously donated: 20 handcrafted 225 gram butter wheels   Pierre is great. He puts the Pepe in the Saya. And more
  • how to live to 100: drink wine and walk I’ve written about my visit to Ikaria a few times, through a little series that’s evolved on my blog titled “How to live to 100”. Paniyiris and wine, eating no sugar and eating pork are some of the tricks I came across. Recently my mate Dan Buettner, a National Geographic adventurer and author of the New more
  • a friday giveaway: 30 Wild Patch chocolate gifts Because it’s a Friday, and it’s a long weekend, I thought it might be nice to giveaway chocolate. This time, Linda from Wild Patch has kicked in to share: 30 x fructose-free chocolate gifts, worth $15 each plus shipping  I’ve shared a bit of Linda’s story before. She’s a chocolate maker from Olinda (near Mt Dandenong) more
  • Did you miss my Conscious Club talk? Have you come across Conscious Club? It’s a get-together of kids who want to learn stuff and share and get conscious on a Friday night, rather than go drink and do the default (whatever that might be in your ‘hood). It’s held in Sydney every second month (or so), and is about to expand to more
  • What if you could combine coconut and rice milk in one? I know a stack of you ask me about non-dairy milks that don’t contain sugar, GMOs, phytic acid or other toxins. Which is no mean feat. I struggle to recommend many* and mostly suggest you make your own nut milks (there’s a recipe in my I Quit Sugar book). And, then, from another angle, some of more
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