Five-ingredient detox juice

Four-ingredient detox juice

Bear with me before I reveal the recipe for this super simple five-ingredient detox juice – I’m about to go on a blog rant!

It’s not often I write rants (I usually share them verbally!) so that’s kind of why I wanted to mix a recipe with this post. Think of it as a reward for listening to me go on (or you could just skip the next bit and jump straight to the recipe if you like – I promise I won’t be upset!) (more…)

Roasted vegetable aubergine bruschetta

Roasted aubergine bruschetta

I’m sure you’ve asked someone this question at least once today: have you given up anything for lent?

I never usually do (I don’t trust my own willpower!) but after learning to live life sugar free in January, then failing spectacularly to continue the challenge with a brownie binge last weekend, lent’s given me the perfect excuse to try it out for another 40 days.

The one thing I know I’ll miss (aside from chocolate and cake) is store-bought bread. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think it tastes nicer than making your own, but it is a lot easier to grab on a lunchtime sandwich run!

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Raw cacao overnight oats

Raw cacao overnight oats

What’s your Valentine’s Day habit?

I say ‘habit’ because, well when you’re with someone for a while you tend to stick to a bit of a V-day tradition!

Ours? An M&S meal + wine for £10 (or Waitrose if we’re feeling fancy!)

This year though there’ll be no ready meals on the table. That’s mostly because I’m attempting to stick to a no sugar diet – and Mr Rinroad’s basically on one by default! (more…)

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…)

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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