Hooray – one week down! I wanted to share a quick update with how the first week has gone, mainly because it really wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. I think I started off with the advantage that despite being a bit of cake and chocolate fiend, I didn’t have any daily rituals of fizzy drinks or sugar in my tea to cut out, and I have always been much more of a veg-eater than a fruit-eater anyway so all in all it hasn’t been *too much* of a shock to the system.
Nevertheless, there are a few things that I’ve noticed which might be linked to the sugar withdrawal – perhaps someone knows more about it than me.
How I’ve been feeling
On the whole, pretty good. Despite having a bit of a cold (probably more winter-related than no-sugar) I have been feeling relatively fit and good to be off the sugar.
What I have noticed is that I am a little bit more scatterbrained than usual – just little things like not thinking as quickly as usual and making silly mistakes like buying Turmeric instead of Cumin (the German words for these are Kurkurma and Kreuzkümmel which do lend themselves to getting muddled.)
I have no idea whether being Little Miss Scatterbrain is linked to the new regime, or is just my usual self but I’m putting it down to the adjustment to less sugar.
What I’ve been eating
My diet hasn’t changed hugely. The first week is meant to ease you in gently, although I have tried to cut out as much sugar as I possibly can without obsessing over it too much (although I did spend quite a long time study labels in the supermarket).
I’ve been eating quite a lot of avocado, cheese, more meat than I usually would, salads and some brown pasta. I am struggling to find a happy medium on bread – by reading the labels bread seems to contain a whole load of sugar, but I’m not sure what to replace it with, any suggestions?
New recipes I’ve tried this week
Quinoa Pizza – Inspired by another blogger a few weeks ago and some leftover red quinoa sat in a Tupperware in my fridge, I decided to give this a go Saturday lunchtime. I’m not sure if I got the quantities right because to me it tasted a lot like an omelette with quinoa in it (also acceptable) plus I was lacking on toppings so it was a bit meagre (hence no picture). Definitely filling and packed with protein though. Check out the recipe on Rosie’s blog.
Sugar-Free Hobnobs – I found a recipe for these on I quit sugar, although I omitted the Rice Malt Syrup because I want to do the first 8 weeks 100% sugar free (even good-ish sugars) … and I didn’t have any. Problem is, I think the RMS was pretty key in getting the mixture to stick together, so even after 30 minutes in the oven, my biscuits were very crumbly and quite a strange powdery texture. This was my first attempt at baking with Stevia so I will be trying again. No blog post on these because they weren’t successful enough, but here’s a pic:
After-dinner sugar cravings – I have been eating Natural Greek Yoghurt with raw cacao nibs which is quite rich so you can’t eat much of it, but it hits the spot.
One final remark: again I am not sure whether this is no-sugar related or just a coincidence, but I have noticed a slight reduction in my appetite. I still get hungry with a definite slump at 11am, but when it comes to meals I often find that I get fuller quicker and often can’t finish a big meal (quite unlike me). I’ll be interested to see if this carries on through the 8 weeks.