Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Week 3

I am now into my third week now and having ups and downs with the sugar free life. I feel fantastic, lighter, happier, less bloated and less tired. I cant believe I can still crave sugar, knowing how much better off I am without it, but I do - oh how I do.

I recieved my copy of The Mood Cure yesterday, and promptly read the whole thing. I must admit that a month ago I could safely tick all the 'mood' boxes, and needed all the cures, however I am feeling so much stronger now. I think this is a fantastic book for anyone who needs a mood lift, or is considering medication of any kind. It also reinforces that sugar and gluten have to go.

Speaking of gluten, I will also be cutting this out to help with my thyroid issues, but I actually think that it will be harder letting go of gluten than sugar. So, one thing at a time, or at least a more gradual replacement of gluten, with gluten free pastas and breads.

Sorry for the lack of pics I will get organised I promise!

Linley x

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Sorry Ive been away, The dreaded cold descended and stole my powers.....

Anyhoo, I have finally been able to gather all the ingredients to make myself some sweet things, yay! I was at my beautiful nieces birthday party this weekend, and I ate... wait for it... hot dogs with no tomato sauce - committed right? Hell to the yes :)

Since getting home, I have made kale chips - yum, almond butter - sticky and stodgy, but yum - and the piece de resistance, almond bark, from the lovely Sarah Wilson's cookbook. This is the treat Ive been waiting for! My sister assures me the coconut choc balls are brilliant for the sweet hit also. The one thing we have found to be a miss is the avocado choc mousse. Its just too much avocado apparently. I wasn't feeling it, so never tried it out.

In cravings/withdrawals news, I'm at the end of week 2 and am coping pretty well actually. I drove to 3 different cafes in Perth this morning and ended up going home with a ham and cheese croissant.... Was this good? Yes, - but good for me? I'm not so sure.

Linley x

Monday, 18 June 2012

Ok, so some details of why and how all this came about. I have just come back from a family holiday in Byron Bay, where I was able to have some 'pampering' done for the first time in 2 years. The result of this massage left me feeling so nauseous that I couldnt stomach anything but health foods, and no alcohol. Yikes! Not a great start to a holiday. It did get me thinking though, that perhaps this would be a great oppurtunity to try and get healthy.

I was reasearching on the internet and stumbled across Sarah Wilson's blog, which really got me thinking and investigated further. It became quite clear that sugar was a crutch I couldn't use anymore to get through life, it may have made me happy in the short term, but long term it is just killing me.

Its best to visit her page for more detailed information on sugar, she has done extensive research and lays it out all so clearly. You can also find links to other great pages and blogs there as well. I have purchased her cookbook and 8 week detox plan which I am now following.

So, where I am at with the plan. I have conciously not had sugar for a week now, but have been 'stricter' for the past 2 days and I'm struggling already! I desperately craved hot chocolate last night, which I satisfied with chai tea, and have been very hungry all day today. I have made the cheesy biscuits from Sarahs cookbook, and they are sensational. Im not sure I could satisfy myself with the recommended 2 for breakfast though. I had 2 for afternoon tea and was still into the cashews after that.

My girls are interested in what I am doing, and have been understanding that there was no juice for lunch today, however I did cave and make them pineapple sorbet in the thermomix this afternoon. Getting them off sugar is going to have to be done in degrees, they have been eating so much, but I will persist.

Linley x

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Well, here we are. Joining the blogging revolution. Gasp.

I am trying to quit sugar, there has been alot of new information coming out and it has become clear that sugar is something I need to learn to live without. My sisters and I have started together, as of now we are on our 8 week detox program. I will share with you how this affects me and my family as we progress through.

For myself, I'm tired alot of the time, have an underactive thyroid - for which I take medication everyday and will do for the rest of my life, amongst other things. Our family has a history of diabetes, my sister and I both had gestational diabetes and I don't want my children to have these issues, therefore am trying to do something about it.

There are lots and lots of positive things and people in my life, I have an amazing family, wonderful friends and (relatively) healthy and happy children. It is for these people, and myself, that I want to be the best I can be.

So here we go!

Week 1 - easing off the sugar :)

Linley x