Yep, its been a whole month. I have to admit, yesterday I did eat half a bag of magic stars after a week of derailing from my sugar free journey but I had a week off from work so thought this was a good excuse? Anyway, before this episode, I was actually doing really well with the whole not-eating-sugar and I really would recommend it to anyone. I have looked at a few books about this topic including ones written by Sarah Wilson and more recently, Davina McCall*. These were both really helpful and gave me yummy ideas, particularly for evening meals.
However, it was hard. I can’t deny that. I was really really strict, as in I still ate fruit now and again as well as maple syrup on pancake day (oops) but I pretty much cut out all refined sugar which was a bit distressing for a sweet addict. The first couple of weeks I really craved sugar but tried to curb this by having making chai pudding (chai seeds, soya milk and total 0% yoghurt) with a bit of honey. This did work and it was actually mainly after my evening meal that I really fancied something sweet. I did struggle a bit with lunch as I wasn’t eating enough and was often really hungry, yet I adapted to this by making large quantities of my evening meals and packing them up for the next day. I am not a baker at all, but I even experimented with sugar free banana bread (I added chai seeds) and it was delicious if I say so myself (my best friend did agree but maybe she was being nice?!) When eating out, I tried to go for a meat and veg type meal which wasn’t too difficult, but what I did find hard was when my friends and family bought snacks or had an afternoon treat and I couldn’t join in.
|The very 'rustic' chai pudding|
On the positive side, I experienced a lot of side effects of not eating refined sugar. I have struggled with my sleep literally forever and since not eating sugar I have found it easier to go to sleep as well as being less restless. I also feel less tired and have more energy throughout the day which is definitely a bonus. I have felt generally better within myself and haven’t had that horrible sluggish feeling after eating something packed with sugar. When I had my week off work and reverted back to my sinful ways, I actually felt pretty crap for a good three days with a banging headache for most of it. That in mind, I am keen to get back to cutting out refined sugar and even though it has been a bit of a struggle, I feel the benefits of cutting back out weigh those white chocolate buttons I have in the fridge.
*Sarah Wilson's book is pictured, however, I would recommend using Davina McCalls book as the recipes are easier or even looking online, especially if you have a busy lifestyle!