17 Aug 2014

Quitting Sugar | Week 4

This week hasn't seen any drastic changes, just slight improvements overall.  I have felt gradually better in myself and have definitely noticed that it is getting much easier not having any refined sugar and only a small amount of fructose.


What I've eaten:
Much of the same sorts of things as last week although I have tried to eat less fat than I was consuming.  I also tried out some more sugar-free recipes of my own making, as well as following some recipes from the I Quit Sugar books. 

The 8 week programme from IQS recommends that you don't have any sugar substitutes for its duration in order to recalibrate the brain into not wanting sweet things.  I knew that this wouldn't work for me, to put it bluntly.  Yes I have been having sugar substitutes, but other than this week as an exception, I have been eating very little sweet things in general.  I see it as aiding my mental health, I don't want to find out what I'm like without sweet things!!

The sweet food that I made included waffles using this recipe, except using rice syrup instead of sugar and maple syrup.  Rice syrup is recommended by the IQS books and is a complex carbohydrate blend of glucose and maltose, which is much better for your metabolic health than fructose.  I also made these gluten and sugar-free scones as well, which I ate with clotted cream and sugar-free jam and it was amazing.  I felt like I was shoving my face full of sugar and it made me very happy.

I had my first chocolate bars in ages because I caved with (TMI Klaxon) PMS.  Dicky tummies one week and PMS the next, it is all glamour here.  I ate no added sugar chocolate from Holland & Barratt, it was just the thing I needed and the praline flavour is really delicious.

Above images L-R:
Aubergine, tomato, feta and basil bake with maize couscous, one of my favourite dinners.
Porridge with natural yoghurt and frozen berries.
Waffles with berries and rice syrup.
Halloumi salad with avocado, cucumber, pumpkin seeds and a homemade mint yoghurt dressing.

What I've drunk:
Water and fruit tea.

Weight loss:
Lost one of the lbs I put on, so my total loss stands at 6lbs.

How I feel:
My stomach has been a little unsettled from the sweeteners from recipe testing this week, but other than that, no crazy mood swings, I'm a lot less lethargic and I also feel a lot more motivated which is something that I was desperate to feel again.


After the initial irritation of not being able to make sugar-free biscuits (tears were shed), all of the new recipes that I've tried this week have been very encouraging and have proven that I can certainly live without the added sugar. I'm going to Edinburgh next week so it will be interesting to see how I cope without being able to have complete control over my meals.  I may have to pack my homemade ketchup just in case!


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14 comments

  1. Well done - you're doing so well, and I am in complete awe of your commitment to this! I don't even have a sweet tooth and my mind is still reeling from the idea of giving up sweet things! That porridge looks lush by the way!

    Owl Girl | A London lifestyle blog

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    1. Thank you so much. It really helps keeping the diary on here actually, it makes me so much less likely to give up knowing that I've told so many people that I'm doing it! x

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  2. That aubergine bake looks sooo good! I really want to read the 'I quit sugar' book. I get constant sugar cravings and I hate it :/

    Tilly Enn // A Beauty and Fashion Blog

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    1. Oh it is so simple yet so delicious! I may do a recipe post on it actually. I'd recommend giving it a read, the information at the beginning of the book is pretty eye-opening. x

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  3. wow these look great!! I should really try to make some of these. It'd change from my super sweet Special K with chocolate ;-) xx

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    1. Thank you :) Oh make me jealous why don't you haha! I love cereal so much, but I'm going to have a go at making healthy chocolate granola soon so hopefully that will fill the void. x

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  4. You are doing so well! I really want to do this myself but I don't know how I will deal without diet coke! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

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    1. Thank you! Ahhh yeah, the drinks thing has been tough, but for me it is fruit juice that has been the hardest not to have. I could neck a whole carton in one sitting quite happily and kid myself that it was healthy too, not so much... x

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  5. Wow this is amazing! You're doing incredibly well. I quit added sugar for a month not very long ago and found that hard enough, but the health benefits are so worth it. Good luck with the rest of it! I found your blog on Cider with Rosie and look forward to hearing more about how you get on!
    Carrie xx
    carriebrighton

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    1. Oh thank you so much! It certainly is difficult, but I do feel so much better for it. Thanks again x

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  6. I have this book and keep meaning to try the programme, but I've not quite taken the plunge yet. I would miss fruit so much, but if it's for the greater good I should really just bite the bullet and get on with it. x

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    1. I think the book is great as a guide and has some great recipes. I haven't completely cut out fruit, but cutting down has been hard as I used to live on smoothies and fruit juice! x

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  7. My stomach struggles on sweeteners too, I hope you feel better soon x

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    1. Thank you :) I won't be eating loads in one sitting again that's for sure! x

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