Sweet Poison, by David Gillespie: a real jaw droppper
Like so many people, I find weight maintenance a constant battle of will. Dragging ourselves out of bed of a morning to go for a run; opting for a salad at lunch instead of a steak; freaking out about portion control… all these things we think – no, believe – we have to do to in order to maintain or lose weight and lead a healthy lifestyle. But what if it was all wrong? What if all the messages we’d been told throughout life were completely off the mark? That this roller coaster ride or treadmill we’re stuck on wasn’t of our own making? That if we had stuck to our guns and applied some common sense to eating, cooking and grocery shopping – rather than listen to ‘health guidelines’ established by governments and major corporations with vested interests – the world would actually make total sense and we’d be happier and healthier for it?
That’s exactly what David Gillespie will tell you in Sweet Poison, and the evidence will make your jaw drop. For me, reading this book was a real light bulb moment where my genuine philosophy about food and the key to a healthy lifestyle was confirmed, and by someone who had done the research, lived the experiment, and could turn the science into understandable reasoning.
What Sweet Poison does do:
- explains why sugar makes us fat (and backs it up with centuries of research)
- outlines the basic history of processed food (from preserving in the 1800s to the introduction of canned food during WWI and the growth of the multi-billion sugar industry that exists today)
- discusses the growing trend of gyms and how exercise affects weight (notice how more people are going to the gym but obesity is worse than ever?)
- highlights the exponential increase in various health problems relative to the increased consumption of sugar (the average Australian consumes more than 50kg of sugar per year, compared to about 800gm per year in the 1830s).
What Sweet Poison doesn’t do:
- tell you that you can’t eat fruit
- try to sell you something (there’s no diet or meal plan to sign up to, it is far simpler than that)
- outline a way of life that you wouldn’t have already considered (subconsciously or otherwise) to be a better approach to healthy living.
After I read this book, I thought ‘Oh my God, honestly – how haven’t I thought of this before? It makes so much sense!’ And I guess the thing was that I had thought of it before. But I hadn’t done any extensive research; I’d simply taken the advice of ‘health professionals’ verbatim and continued to struggle with cravings, dissatisfaction with the foods I was restricting myself to, and resenting the fact I had to work out and eat ‘rabbit food’ (as the boyfriend would call it) just to maintain weight. It just didn’t seem right or fair.
Since reading Sweet Poison I’ve completed an 8 week no sugar challenge, made a lifestyle change and quit sugar, and found a whole community of people who are leading happier and healthier lives as a result of doing the same. The best thing about Sweet Poison is that it opens your eyes to the health implications of too much sugar in the diet and then allows you to make up your own mind.
If this sounds like something you’d like to know more about, you can buy Sweet Poison here.
Just so you know: I receive a percentage of the sale if you like my recommendation and choose to buy Sweet Poison by David Gillespie.