Raw cacao coconut oil hot chocolate

Raw cacao hot chocolateSugar free January is nearly over, and to be honest I’m kind of exhausted!

Between the meal planning, the weekly food prep and daily helpings of overnight oats, turns out learning to live life sugar free takes up a lot of time.

That’s not to say I’m wouldn’t do it all over again though. My energy levels are up, my weight is down, and although anxiety still rears its ugly head, it’s easier to manage its symptoms without sugar rushes clouding my mentality.

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Eating out sugar free

I decided to commit to trying one month sugar free on December 31 2014.

On January 1 2015, I found myself staring at the menu in a seaside pub, wondering what the heck I was going to eat for lunch!

Yep, eating out sugar free is tough. You become suspicious of just about everything on your plate (“Do you think carrots have added sugar in them?”) Plus, you’re only one poor menu choice away from breaking your newfound habit – and at high risk of abandoning it completely when the dessert board comes out!

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Spiralised vegetable burrito bowl

Spiralised vegetable burrito bowlI’m officially a sugar free failure!

Last Friday, after a super busy couple of days, I gave into temptation and indulged in a takeaway pizza.

I really wanted to hate it. I so wanted to be able to say I’d lapsed, but I didn’t enjoy it. But, despite the amount of sugar that I know must have been in that meat, cheese and tomato topped treat, I was pretty happy to carry on eating it. I guess it’s going to take a little longer than three whole weeks for my tastebuds to truly change!

Anyway, despite that minor set back in my journey towards learning to live life sugar free, and with the help of my trusty spiraliser, I’ve hopped back on the health food wagon. (more…)

Chorizo and black bean soup

Black bean soup

Did you know it’s National Soup Month?

Explains why I’ve been eating so much of the stuff lately – although my post-Christmas bank balance might also have something to do with that.

I love that there’s a month to celebrate a food that’s both heartwarming and healthy. Having said that, I wouldn’t say no 30 days of pizza if we decided to celebrate that food in Feb!

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Sugar free food swaps

This week I’m celebrating a milestone – I’ve made it more than halfway through sugar free January!

I have to admit, I launched into my challenge of learning to live life sugar free kind of arrogantly. I didn’t even prep my food cupboards at the beginning of the month (in hindsight, this was a mistake!)

Assuming I’d only really have to cut out chocolate, cookies and cake, and knowing I don’t eat too many of those foods anyway, I felt pretty confident that I’d get through the challenge successfully. Ohhh how wrong I was.

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Homemade avocado pesto

Avocado chilli rosemary pesto

Taking some time off sugar has given me a great excuse to go back to basics, and cook even more meals from scratch.

And by ‘from scratch’, I mean from scratch – sauces, dips, dressings, the works.

So far I’ve mastered homemade salsa, bbq sauce, and even a butternut squash puree (which ended up cooked into a tasty chicken lasagne!) (more…)

Learning to live life sugar free

I started thinking about giving up sugar halfway through last year.

Inspired by people who’d quit the sweet stuff completely – and felt mentally and physically better for it – I wanted to see what kind of an impact it would have on my mood and my anxiety.

So, at the start of 2015, I finally bit the bullet and decided to try to live life sugar free for 31 days.

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Broken New Year’s resolutions

How many of your New Year’s resolutions have you kept so far?

As of 3 January 2015, my broken New Year’s resolutions totalled three out of four. Even that last one has been stuck to reluctantly – I’d quite happily swap dry Jan for a glass of pinot right now!

Every year I start out with the very best intentions on 1 Jan. And every year, sooner or later, my ‘new year, new me’ resolve ends up broken by the end of the month. Here’s how it happened this year (and why I’ve decided to carry on anyway!)

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