I was pleasantly surprised tonight when I was flicking through the book, as I had forgotten what week I was up to, and read that after gradually cutting down on sugar for the first two weeks and then going cold turkey (and giving up fruit as well) at week 3, a small amount of fruit can be introduced again in week 6. Well, I mistakenly thought I was already in week 6 so just scoffed down a pear with unsweetened yoghurt and cinnamon and then checked my original post about giving up sugar and it was written not quite five weeks ago. Oops! No big deal though and I will plod along with the rest of the programme.
It is an interesting process when you have to take notice of what you actually eat in a day. Try it for a few days and you might be surprised. Comfort eating is a big issue for a lot of people and it is so easy to just pick up a 'little' chocolate at the checkout every few days or be tempted by those freshly baked hot cross buns that the supermarkets display at their entrance at this time of the year. Well, I am pleased to say that I haven't bought any of those this year but want to try to make David Gillespie's Hot Cross Buns if I can ever find the dextrose in the brewing section of the supermarket which I have had no success at doing so far.
There are a number of sugar free recipes in Sarah Wilson's book and on her website and some of them include ricotta cheese which we learned to make at one of our Simple Living Toowoomba workshops last year. You can find the recipe here. You only need milk and vinegar.
It is very easy to make and doesn't take long from start to finish.
I have also replaced our tomato sauce ( of which more than 1/4 was sugar) with homemade tomato sauce using the recipe from a friend's blog The Herb Barrow. I must say it is quite delicious and well worth the effort. I have frozen a few batches and they should keep us going for a while.
If you would like to know more about lowering your sugar intake down to the recommended five to nine teaspoons a day then do check out the 'I Quit Sugar' website. There is now an article there about the latest WHO guidelines about sugar which have just been released. You might also be interested in reading about 'That Sugar Film'. You can also download a PDF sample of 'That Sugar Book' and subscribe to get an eBook of Damon's post experiment recipes. Damon's experiment was to find out what happened to his healthy body when he consumed only 'perceived' healthy foods which are in fact laden with hidden sugars like low fat yoghurt, muesli bars, juices and cereals. Very interesting!
Before I finish I must show you our new in-ground worm farm which we bought at ALDI for $20 last Sunday. I am not sure if they still have any in stock if any Aussies want one. They look pretty good. All I need now is for the CEO to recover from a frozen shoulder as he has to dig me a deep hole to put it in. He had an ultrasound and X Ray yesterday on his shoulder and it was confirmed today by his GP.
He was on the cancellation list and was 25th on that list so we didn't think he would have it done until next week. We got a phone call saying there was a cancellation yesterday and could he be at the radiology clinic in 20 minutes. You better believe we could get there! Oops, I was going to fill the car up with petrol the other day wasn't I? No time for that so I very nervously drove him down to the CBD hoping we didn't run out of petrol on the way. What was that word of advice I heard once about considering a 1/4 tank of petrol to be an empty tank? You live and learn don't you? :-)
I am working on a Rag Rug tutorial and should have it ready by next week if I can find a few days when I am not visiting a doctor's surgery with the CEO. Have a relaxing weekend everyone.