Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A spoonful of sugar...

It was the Cadbury creme egg that did it. An icky sugary Easter creation that sealed my resolve to walk away from the love of my life - at least for a while.

I'm talking about chocolate and more broadly sugar. Like so many others I have phased it out and two months in I'm finding life is just fine without it.

In typically dramatic fashion I decided to start suddenly on Easter Monday. I  sent all the left over Lindt goodies from the house and set about reworking my home-made muesli - toasting flaked almonds, pepitas and sunflower seeds with coconut and sesame seed without the apple juice, honey and dried fruit.

I then downloaded Sarah Wilson's e-book, read through her her blog and sifted back to find these pages from Townmouse and My Pear Tree House. Honestly when I read these at the time I paid scant attention but they stayed in the back of my mind. I then found David Gillespie's latest book buried in a pile of new releases on my desk at work.

It was the way I was feeling that spurred me into action. I was feeling rubbish in the afternoons - close to death at three o'clock with an overwhelming need to lie down. I would eat something sweet to pep me up which in turn would make me feel a little shaky.

I'm not one for diets, self-help books or advice I hear on the radio - heavens I'm the cynical one putting it on the radio...   but eventually all the 'sugar is poison' talk made it through my cynical filter.

I still don't think it is poison but I do think we eat an enormous amount of sugar without realising it.

It dawned on me that giving up sugar in most forms wouldn't trouble me too much and it hasn't. Juice, dried fruit, dessert, cakes, ice cream are not things I crave and we don't eat much processed food like bottled sauces.

Breakfast has been the hardest meal but I've adapted well to my homemade muesli mix with natural yoghurt. I also buy this fruit free muesli when I'm sick of mine.  The muffins and biscuits I bake for the kids go in their lunch boxes and not in mine.  I take cheese and almonds and grapes to snack on at work. I still eat whole fruit - it sounded mad to me to give that up.

I dropped the sugar from my tea and haven't missed it and even chocolate hasn't been too hard - although of course there's been the odd lapse!

I am still me after all - but a much less sweet version and I feel a whole lot better. I'm definitely more mindful of what I eat and how it makes me feel.

Goodness I sound almost sensible. I'm turning forty in less than a year. That could explain it.


  1. I've been on the verge of trying this for quite a while, and the description of your muesli, which sounds lovely, is another push in that direction.

    1. It's a very simple muesli - two cups or so of oats and then a half a cup each, or so of nuts and seeds of your choice. Pepitas are my favourite. I toast the coconut separately as it browns so quickly.

      And if I can do this then anyone can... I am by definition a chocoholic with no discipline at all !!

  2. Ooooh.... I too have given up the lethal sugar! Not fruit - I'm with you, that would be madness.

    Have you tried Loving Earth chocolate? It's raw and sugar free but also sweet. Well, it is now I'm sugar free. My taste seems to have changed a lot! My favourite is the chilli flavor.


  3. I know what you mean about tasting the sweetness in everything - tomato sauce tastes like icing to me now!
    I will look out for that chocolate...

  4. Oh dear you put me to shame!!!! I am now and suspect will always be a chocoholic and cannot drink my coffee without. Though must say I don't do processed foods of any sort and don't add sugar to anything else so maybe it is not too bad!

  5. I have contemplated doing just THIS many times. NEVER had the gumption to do it although I know I eat TOO MUCH SUGAR! Good for you!

  6. Most impressive, Ann. I heard Richard Fidler's interview with David Gillespie ages ago and was fascinated by his thoughts. I have too much on my plate at the moment to give this a try but may well consider it. J x


Thanks for taking the time to write, Ann x


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