Sarah Wilson is a self-starter. She had her first business at 12, got her start in journalism redesigning the restaurant pages of a News Corp magazine on work experience (and subsequently given the reviewer job), became News Corp’s youngest opinion columnist at 24, was appointed Cosmopolitan (Australia) editor at 29 and then hosted the first season of MasterChef, Australia.
In 2008, however, Wilson was struck down with thyroid disease, forcing her to leave her career. She set out to heal herself via experiments she shared online; quitting sugar was one such. An early adopter of technologies she developed an engaged online community ahead of the curve. She soon realized a gap in the market for a solution to the sugar problem…so she created the world’s first consumer quit program, initially as an e-book, then as an online product, which she ran solo for two years. A hyper-vigilant researcher, Wilson liaised with international biology and endocrinal experts to develop the most effective techniques for breaking fructose addiction. Some of the nascent science she surfaced has since informed the WHO’s nutritional guidelines and Wilson is regarded as an international pioneer in the realm. Today, her 8Week Program remains the world’s leading consumer sugar-quitting program.
Wilson’s I Quit Sugar series of books sell in 46 countries, the first becoming a New York Times bestseller and winning the ABIA publishing award in 2014. Her titles sit in the Australian lifestyle top ten bestseller list. Wilson was ranked in Greatist.com’s 100 Most Influential Health Experts in 2015 and as one of the top 200 Most Influential Authors in 2017. The rankings, determined by science-backed ranking evaluating influence, is an attest to her online audience of 5.2 million.
Wilson gravitates to ‘hard problems’ and intrepidly tries to solve them so she can pass on the hard-earned wisdoms to all who want to make life better. She applied this formula to quitting sugar and now to the force in her life that’s brought the most pain and become her finest teacher: Anxiety. Her latest book First, We Make the Beast Beautiful (Dey Street Books), which will be published in the United States April 2018, encourages the myriad souls who dance with the condition to live the better life with anxiety.
Currently, Wilson resides in Australia.
Praise for Sarah Wilson:
“Wilson is so capable you don't doubt she could toss together a roasted pigeon with grilled polenta, smoked pork belly and date sauce without needing to stop talking to the camera.”
— Graeme Blundell, Review Magazine, The Australian
“Ogilvy Public Relations Australia is the largest PR consultancy in Australia. We hosted an event which focused on the future of the communication industry and our panelists included an academic and very senior private and public sector leaders in communication from both Australia and overseas. Sarah was the moderator/MC and masterfully managed a great event. Her natural style lends itself to this type of work. Sarah is a real pro and a delight to work with.”
— Kieran Moore, CEO, Ogilvy Public Relations Australia
“Sarah Wilson is vibrant. She talks like she means and knows it. Such engaging smarts is a rarity!”
— Bill Tikos, CEO TheCoolHunter.com
Praise for First, We Make the Beast Beautiful:
“Sarah’s life mission is to help us all feel less lonely in our pain. These pages are filled with authenticity and clear direction for how to return to our spiritual truth.”
— Gabrielle Bernstein, #1 New York Times bestselling author of May Cause Miracles
“Quirky, edgy and brutally frank […] You’ll never read a more searingly honest account of mental illness than this.”
— Hugh Mackay, author of The Good Life and Beyond Belief Hugh Mackay, author of The Good Life and Beyond Belief
“A nomadic journey, a cri de coeur and a compendium of hard-won wisdom.”
— Professor Patrick McGorry, Professor of Youth Mental Health, University of Melbourne
“I cannot recommend it highly enough. I found the beast indeed to be beautiful.”
— Dr. Mark Cross, consultant psychiatrist and author of Changing Minds
“Sarah speaks directly to my heart, articulating her journey in a language that is almost visceral. The words leap from the page and resonate so deeply with me, as they will for anyone who has walked the path of anxiety.”
— Aurelio Costarello, fashion designer and Lifeline Ambassador Aurelio Costarello, fashion designer and Lifeline Ambassador
“Sarah’s story provides great insight into what I see people experiencing every day […] She recognizes that the road to wellness is about embracing and living a life aligned to our values.”
— Dr. Jodie Lowinger, clinical psychologist, Sydney Anxiety Clinic for Adults, Children, and Adolescents
“Thank you Sarah Wilson. This book is a beacon of reality in a sea of avoidance.”
— Louise Androlia, writer and emotional mentor