Monday, 7 March 2016

34. LIFE: A Month Without Sugar

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.

Charlotte
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*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!

10 comments:

  1. I've never tired not to eat sugar for a week, not to say a month! It's good to hear your health was improved because of it! x

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    1. I would definitely recommend - Thank you for reading :)

      Charlotte x

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  2. Wow well done for doing so amazing!! I'm a fellow sweet tooth sugar addict and don't think i could go without it at all so I have so much admiration! It really is shocking how much our diet and the foods we consume have an affect of so many different things. Again, well done for doing it! Katie xx

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    1. Thank you so much Katie, it is hard and am so keen to get back on track!

      Charlotte x

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  3. Oh well done for doing a month sugar free! I know I couldn't! Really craving magic stars now too!

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    1. Thank you! And thank you for reading Danielle, it means a lot :)

      Charlotte x

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  4. I would love to go sugar free for a whole, I tried for a week or two but I can't help myself when I see chocolate :)

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    1. I know its so hard to say no, especially when everyone else is eating it!!

      Charlotte x

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  5. I definitely need to do this as I have the worst sweet tooth ever, sounds like it will be tough but worth it in the long run x

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    1. Absolutely - try and get a friend to do it with you or something! But it is hard resisting esp when there are so many events going on!

      Charlotte x

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