Before I start the official IQS 8-week program on June 5, I thought I’d share a meal plan that I came up with, doing IQS solo-style a few weeks ago, using I Quit Sugar For Life as a guide-book, along with inspiration from Sarah Wilson’s blog, Instagram account and the IQS website.
If you take a look at the meal plan above, you’ll notice a couple of things instantly. Namely, the lacto-ovo vegetarian theme (this was my choice, but the IQS program caters to meat eaters and can also be adapted for vegans!) and the fact that I don’t mind eating the same meals a couple of days in a row ;).
As I went through I Quit Sugar For Life, exploring more recipes, what I ended up making and eating each week became a little more varied, but I definitely had my favourite eats and treats (see tip at the end of this post). I added a couple of recipes from blogs and other books that were not the work of Sarah Wilson or her team, but were in line with the IQS philosophy. It helped greatly to create a structured meal plan with page reference numbers and a shopping list as, when cooking every meal from scratch, being organised is the best way to keep things manageable (and sustainable, long-term).
And of course, being organised when it comes to cooking saves valuable time no matter how you are eating or whether or not you follow a program. So for anyone needing a printable menu plan template, this one has spaces for writing not only the dish name, but also key ingredients and page numbers/website sources. There is an added row for including extra things (beyond the standard 3 meals per day). These could include stock-ups (like purées to be made in advance and frozen), desserts, snacks, etc. Ingredients can then be tallied up and added to the shopping list at the bottom of the page.
I am not sure if others will find this menu planner as user-friendly as I do, but when I searched for something similar myself, I couldn’t find it. So I created this template. And I’ll share it here for FREE downloading :).
When it comes to the 8-week program, I am looking forward to having some clear direction, new inspiration and the opportunity to “eat clean” alongside others who are as curious/motivated/inspired as I am. I ate sugar-free for a few weeks (and still eat IQS-friendly foods 80%-90% of the time now), and really enjoyed it. I noticed subtle yet marked improvements in many aspects of my health and wellbeing and I look forward to getting stuck back into IQS with renewed vigour. My Stockholm bestie will be joining me on this journey too, and having someone to swap notes with (and have sugar-free afternoon teas with) will no doubt be part of the fun.
Unfortunately I will be away from home as the program starts and will be unable to follow the first 3 days of as I had hoped. The other big disadvantage we have, being in Scandinavia, is that the program is based around seasonal produce… seasonal in Australia! Ruh-roh! Luckily we are rather crafty and fairly good at making culinary substitutions, so will do so as necessary ;).
What you receive.
A fantastic weekly meal plan with simple, delicious and filling recipes – including a vegetarian option.
Weekly motivational video and two live webinars with Sarah.
Support from a team of doctors, nutritionists, dietitians, counsellors, health coaches, personal trainers and more.
Daily advice, tips and tricks to help you quit the white stuff for good.
Weekly payment option.
June 3 is the last day to sign up, so if you’re interested, get onboard NOW! Toot, toot!
<3 MM xx
PS If you want a yummy breakfast tip, try Sarah’s Coco-Nutty Granola. It’s apparently the most popular recipe from Sarah’s first book. I make a new batch every week now, had it for breakfast myself just this morning and absolutely vouch for its deliciousness. Vegan, healthy, clean-eating yumminess in a bowl!
FOR MORE IQS-RELATED INSPIRATION:
I QUIT SUGAR TOO (an experiment in going fructose-free and eating whole)
DIY CHOCOLATE BUNNY BUTTON DECORATIONS, IQS-STYLE (and my 15 seconds of Instafame)
SUGAR-FREE EASTER TREATS & BEETROOT RED VELVET CUPCAKES (for an IQS-inspired celebration)