And We’re Off!

And We’re Off!

Yes, we’re off; well not exactly ‘we’ as you probably have a few rational bones in your body. I should say “I am off”. I start on my grain-free sugar-free journey today.

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Subliminal message or coincidence that the box should bear the name of my favourite chocolate?

This box contains just some of the ingredients I need to start. I have heard hell described as ‘a place of weeping and torment’ and I have a horrible feeling that that may be where I am heading.

The grain free I know I can do. There are so many alternatives to grains available now. I love buckwheat soba noodles. I am happy to have bread made with quinoa and buckwheat flours and already I much prefer quinoa to rice. Making grain free bread is quick and easy because there is no need to knead; there is no gluten to work into a stretchy frenzy. I made grain-free white bread rolls last night to use for hamburgers. They were delicious with a lovely crunchy crust.

sugar-free which bit which is daunting, no, a lot daunting. I love sugar. Sugar is my drug of choice and that right there is the rub, sugar is addictive and I am under no illusions about how difficult it will be to kick the habit. We have always enjoyed sticky, gooey treats after a special dinner or for morning tea during the weekend and there has always been chocolate in the house. There was no guilt, being as active as I am, as long as I ate in moderation I didn’t put on weight.

Four Days Later…

I am four days in to cutting out as much sugar as I can and already I am struggling physically and mentally. I feel decidedly flat and yesterday I was plagued with the shakes just as you would feel if you’d overdosed on caffeine. I have had a small amount of sugar but nothing compared to our normal weekend intake. Saturday night we were out for dinner at a friend’s place and she made this delicious dessert.

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When people make something special for you it seems rude to say “no thank you” but to eat it is to fall off the bandwagon so to speak. That is something I have yet to work out how to deal with. I think as time goes on and my body is less able to cope with eating sugar it will be in my best interests to say something but until then I will take each day as it comes. We are not drowning in friends inviting us to dinner right now so it may not be a huge problem.

Everything I have read suggests that I am not going about quitting sugar the easiest way possible but I figured that a complete withdrawal was cleanest and easiest way. Besides, this is my journey so it is up to me to structure it for success.  I have tried giving up sugar before, the difference this time is a real motivation to improve my somewhat floundering health.

I am on the lookout for a recipe for something which will satisfy my craving for something nice to eat with my coffee on the weekend. Today I tried making a brownie but with not much success. It tasted foul. Once I’ve gone through withdrawal and come out the other side the taste may improve but for now it is relegated to the bin and my hunt for sticky and gooey will continue.

On my hunt I found some great recipes for some very tasty looking treats.

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That’s next Saturday night’s dessert sorted. You can find the recipe here on the fabulous Rawmazing website.

 

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