Daily Archives: 01/04/2015

Week 7 of sugar free for Lent!

One last bit of eye candy before Lent ends 😉

Gerard Butler

So in the last week I noticed that I fed myself a proper lunch more regularly, I made one final batch of powerballs and flapjacks.  These flapjacks were off-piste again with seeds, goji berries, sultanas and cinnamon apple – YUM!! 😉 I’d like to say I craved them less and ate less of them but that wouldn’t be true!  Didn’t lose a pound in weight – but if you met me you would say that this was a good thing 😀

So although this is the 1st April this isn’t an April Fool’s joke – I really have gone 7 weeks without sugar!!  And we’re only 2 days from Easter.  So what happens then?  Do I go back to moderating my sugar or stay on the sugar free wagon?

I’ve been reflecting on the slew of headlines that have cropped up recently about sugar and I never thought I’d be positively quoting the Daily Mail but they are all over sugar.  Pity they can’t be all over booze like they’re all over sugar because booze doesn’t contain sugar now does it 😉  Here are some of their headlines:

Cereal bars seen as healthy alternatives for children at breakfast can contain more than 40% sugar
Pasta sauce with as much sugar as a Mars bar and soup as sweet as cider: We reveal how much of the white stuff is lurking in your favourite foods
The 15 WORST sugary drinks in Britain: Orange juice with as much sugar as 13 Hobnobs and Innocent smoothies have the same as three-and-a-half doughnuts

If you want to know my sugar eating plans from here on in you can watch this short video embedded in one of their articles which basically continues the Davina McCall approach and they too advocate:

Taking amino acid glutamine every 4-6 hours to reduce sugar cravings

SO:

  • Fruit smoothies
  • Fresh fruit
  • 70-85% dark chocolate
  • Full fat natural yoghurt
  • Stevia, agave, honey and maple syrup
  • AND a small refined sugar treat every 5 days (should you wish) to stop binges

Sounds doable to me 🙂

So I’m going to go back to moderate sugar consumption.  Not every day but I see no harm in a sugar based treat at the week-end.  Jeez I used to drink 1-2 bottle of wine a night at the week-end so I don’t think a bit of chocolate is going to kill me!!  I have definitely reset my taste-bud expectations lower on the sugar front on a daily basis which is good.  For me at the moment life feels too hard without any sugar so I take away what I learned about myself and sugar and move forward with that knowledge.

PS We’re going away as a family for Easter to Cornwall – for walks on the beach and visits to the biodomes at the Eden Project so I won’t be here responding to comments 🙂  I will be back on Easter Monday so I’ll catch up with you all again then and have a lovely Easter.  I WILL be eating chocolate 😉