Monday, 2 December 2013

FFS has a moment with Sarah Wilson .. the woman behind IQS

The Food component of Fitness, Food and Style focuses very much on wholesome, real food that is quick to prepare and nutritious. You'll know by now that I'm not into fussy ingredients or elaborate preparation - just easy food that provides maximum energy. In our household, it pretty much means our day-to-day eating involves no added sugar.

I've now done a couple of "No Added Sugar" challenges here on the blog, and they are amongst the most popular. Hundreds of people have been motivated to join these challenges and it's always such a buzz to hear reader feedback saying how much better they have felt as a result of eliminating added sugars.

One of the people who has really inspired me with our move to sugar free is Sarah Wilson of the IQS (I Quit Sugar) 8-week Program. I've done it myself and loved it so much I became an affiliate and promote it as a great way of getting into the sugar-free zone. 

With so many people loving the benefits of a no-sugar or reduced-sugar lifestyle, the IQS phenomenon has expanded to include fantastic recipe books with hundreds of recipes for delicious no-added sugar snacks, meals and drinks.

I'm always pleased to promote the program and IQS book, as it's come in so handy for transitioning our 4 kids to a low-sugar lifestyle. Truly, if I can hold rocking kids' parties with no-added sugar birthday cakes and healthy, fun treats, then it's a way of life you can adopt with your family too! Our thriving kids are completely used to eating like this and actually don't really enjoy the taste of sugary sweets now at all!

wholesome and delicious no-added sugar pancakes

When the opportunity arose to have Sarah Wilson answer some interview questions, I knew you'd also be wanting to find out a bit more about what makes this superwoman tick.

FFS readers, I'd like to introduce you to Sarah Wilson ...

Sarah Wilson {image from iquitsugar.com}

She is an author, tv host, blogger and wellness coach whose journalism career has spanned 20 years. 

FFS asks: What fitness activity do you schedule into your daily routine to keep healthy?

At the moment for me, walking is one of my forms of transport. It means I get my exercise done, but it also ensures I have pockets in my day - when I walk to the post office, my office, to a meeting - where there is some time to think clearly and recalibrate.  

Most of us don't need big slabs of time to recalibrate, just 5-15 mins here and there throughout the day is enough to stay on track.

FFS asks: Describe your dream meal - what could we expect to find on your plate?

Roast pork, with plenty of crackling! And a stack of green vegetables. 

FFS asks: What’s a childhood habit or mannerism that has followed you into adulthood?

I bite on my lip. When I'm mulling things over. 

FFS asks:  Name three things you can’t leave the house without and why?

In the mornings I don't leave without a green smoothie. Because I'm often eating on the run, I make sure I take a densely nutritious smoothie with me to keep me going. 

I usually don't leave without my bike! I ride, or walk, most places. 

My running shoes. I usually have a pair on me or in my bag, for when I'm walking or riding places. 

If you haven't yet checked out the 8-week IQS Program, maybe it could be something to add to your Santa list, ready to kick off as a New Year Resolution for a fresh and sugar-free 2014??

If you've already kicked the sugar habit, I'd love to know how it's going for you. Leave a comment to let me know.

much love and friendship
xx Dani