It occurred to me this week that this is probably the longest I have ever gone without eating cake and chocolate. I’ve never really been in to the whole lent thing because I didn’t see the point of deprivation for deprivation’s sake, but this giving up sugar thing seemed to have a lot going for it so I thought I would give it a go.
I haven’t been doing weekly updates because quite frankly there isn’t really enough of interest to say – while I have been taking it seriously and haven’t once given in, I also thing a part of the key to success on this programme is not to obsess over it. I am eating consciously, but I don’t think about it every second of the day.
As was the case back after week one, I haven’t been struggling too much with cravings. Every now and again I do think it would be nice to be able to bake a cake without having to think about how the texture is going to turn out without sugar, but on the whole it has been A-ok.
I would say that the hardest week has definitely been week 4, because I had a cold and usually when I’m ill I will make myself feel better by eating copious amounts of comfort food in the form of beans on toast and Nutella, but the high sugar content of these meant they were really out of bounds. Also, my trusty old friend, Lemsip, has sugar and sweetener in it so I had to battle through without him this time (thanks for being there, Nurofen.)
Instead of the usual beans on toast I came up with a veggie & chickpea fried rice bowl with immune-boosting turmeric which definitely hit the spot as a comfort dish.
Below are a couple of other recipes I tried out over the first four weeks:
Cheddar, courgette and pumpkin seed muffins
These were great for our 5 hour train journey to Warsaw. I was panicking before we went because normally on such a journey I would stock myself up with bagfuls of sugary treats to stave off the boredom, but these worked a treat too, plus they’re quite filling.
Avocado, feta and roasted veg cous cous
In order to get through the morning at work without thinking too much about the lack of snacks in the form of fruit and sugar snacks I have found that having a delicious lunch planned is really important.
This one is really easy to prepare at work, just roast the veg the night before and make the cous cous at work with a bit of boiling water.
According to the book I am following, week 5 is due to bring on some hefty withdrawal symptoms due to the body going into detox mode, so look out for an update over the next few weeks.