To Nancy Appleton 27th January 2013
I’m so grateful to you for your research and advice.
After praying in despair about my on-going symptoms of exhaustion, almost daily headaches, drowsiness, weakness and dizziness, I felt prompted to search my bookshelves for “Lick the sugar habit” which I’ve had for about 18 years, but forgotten about the wisdom inside it. After reading it and ordering through the internet “Suicide by Sugar”, I knew that my problem is sugar and that I can’t expect a miracle healing if I continue to feed my body with poison.
To counteract the terrible tiredness, I’d raised my “junk intake” to a mug of extremely strong espresso coffee with 2 overflowing desert-spoons of honey in it, topped with drinking chocolate powder. Far from feeling better, I was having to go back to bed 2 hours after getting up.
I was also eating cornetto ice creams after every meal and sometimes in between meals.
On Monday 2 weeks ago, I started the day with the coffee without honey and had no other sugar during the day (apart from fresh fruit). I expected to have to wait months before my body – abused by sugar and piles of painkillers to relieve the headaches – started to mend. I was amazed that from that first day I felt so much better. What a fool I have been!
I’ve photocopied the front cover of “Suicide by Sugar” and stuck it up on my wardrobe. I can’t afford to slip back into temptation.
I also noticed that, without the vast amount of honey, the coffee tastes bitter and like poison. I’ve turned the dial down on my coffee-making machine, so that it’s now only half as strong. However, I don’t think I’m ready yet to go cold-turkey with the coffee. I’ve given up all sugar and all pain-killers, and am making the coffee weaker and weaker.
I enjoy sometimes before I go to bed a couple of rice-cakes with peanut butter. When I realized how much sugar is added to the peanut-butter, I went out and bought some roasted, salted peanuts (vacuum packed with neither preservative nor sugar) and put them in my mixer. I now have really delicious peanut butter, which must also be much healthier.
I still have days when I feel rough and headachey. As I have felt like a new person most of the days in the last 2 weeks, I don’t know why I can’t feel well every day. I suspect now that my body may not be tolerating some of the “healthy” foods that I’m eating. I’ve ordered from you the kit to test for homeostasis in the body. I’m very much hoping that will indicate to me which foods my body may not be tolerating.
I live in Germany where “coffee and cakes” is an integral part of the culture! I’m celebrating my birthday next week. I’m planning to make a fresh food salad. My sugar-addicted friends will have to get their fix elsewhere Too much is at stake for me.
Although I’m almost 60, my hope is that my body will still be able to mend. Thank you for all the work you have put in and for the information you have provided.