24 Aug 2014

Quitting Sugar | Week 5

I have spent the majority of this week in Edinburgh with my family.  It was challenging trying to make sure I was eating well and also avoiding sugar when I didn't have complete control over my meals.  It also really showed me how so much food has added sugar, in particular convenience food, but in some cases things that I just wouldn't have considered (bacon!?).

What I've eaten:
It has all been a bit random because of being away from home and not really having much control over the food. I ended up having eggs for breakfast quite often with bread that I managed to find without added sugar.  I did make scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and then after one bite suddenly realised I'd forgotten to check the packet. I was right to do so as the third ingredient was sugar.  I ended up having to give my breakfast to Kyle and make something else.  I was so very annoyed with myself (and the salmon) as this was my first slip-up!!  One day all that I could have for breakfast was some pastrami and cheddar, not ideal!  Lunches were salads and just a random selection of things like olives, cheese and crisps.  For dinner I had meals such as veggie chilli and also cheese and tomato quiche which I made and brought with me to share with everyone.

The pictures I have featured were from before I went away as I didn't really get a chance to photograph my meals in Scotland.  Images L-R are: 
Homemade cheddar polenta sticks and salad with healthy homemade ranch dressing.
My go-to 'chocolate' yoghurt with raspberries.
Prawn salad with a homemade mustard dressing.
Tuna steak with roasted tomato and basil spaghetti and pine nuts.

What I've drunk:
Water, wine and fruit tea.

Weight loss:
Lost a little bit more so my total loss stands at about 8lbs.

How I feel:
My sweet tooth may have got the better of me, by which I mean that I may have overdone it with the sweeteners at the beginning of the week as I experienced one of the less pleasant side effects that are associated with them (I will leave you to find that out for yourself).  Won't be overindulging like that again that's for certain.  Other than that I have felt pretty good overall and am finding my energy levels are continuing to improve.  I don't feel like I am craving sugar particularly anymore either and considering I spent four days with a box of Lindt Lindor staring at me every time I went into the kitchen, I think I did pretty well not to want to tear it open and devour the lot.

What I have really learned this week is that in order to be able to reduce the amount of added sugar in your diet when travelling, you really have to plan ahead.  I tweeted a few days ago about how I was in a service station looking for food as I had no time for dinner before we left Edinburgh.  We chose this particular service station as it had a Marks and Spencer which I thought would be my best bet at finding something to eat that was sugar-free. Turns out pretty much everything had sugar in it.  I anticipated sandwiches and salads being crammed with the stuff, but I wasn't prepared for things like plain roast chicken pieces and pots of tomatoes with mozzarella to contain added sugar.  The only thing I could have apart from normal fruit or vegetables was plain crisps. Needless to say, in my hangry state I had to work really hard not to burst into tears and probably looked a little bit crazed searching through all of the lists of ingredients.  I am off to Dorset in a week, so am planning on making quite a bit of food to take with me just to make life a little easier and so I can concentrate on enjoying myself.

I have also started thinking about what I am going to do about my diet once the 8 weeks are over, but haven't come to a firm decision yet.  More on that next week.



  1. This post popped up in bloglovin just as I finished reading an article on the guardian about sugar being 'poison' All your meals look amazing!

    Tilly Enn // A Beauty and Fashion Blog

    1. Haha, it is as if I knew! Thank you :) I've been trying to put extra time and effort into making them more interesting so that I don't feel like I'm actually missing out on anything x

  2. It sounds like things are going really well and you're getting a lot more control over what you're eating now that it's becoming a second-nature thing for you. I'm starting to feel the same way as a vegan (two months on Tuesday!). When you switch back to a normal diet, I would be extremely careful to add things back very slowly...your body might not know what to do! Or, if you're interested, I'd love to help if you're thinking about maybe trying a vegan/vegetarian diet? Let me know!

    Best of luck to you in the upcoming weeks!
    ~ Samantha

    1. Yeah, I'm definitely going to make a plan of how much I'm going to allow back into my diet and how often. Nothing too restrictive, but don't want to accidentally go overboard. Ideally, if this detox has worked its magic, I won't actually feel like I want much sugar at all.

      Thank you for the offer, I did try being a vegetarian once but I ended up getting really ill all of the time. I usually only eat meat once or twice a week and only ever buy good quality and free range produce, plus I LOVE vegetarian food. I have a lot of respect for vegans and veggies, so good luck in your new diet too x

  3. Hahaha I totally know what the 'unpleasant side effects' are! Stevia is the devil! How do you make that chocolate yoghurt? Looks yum!

    Kirsten | kirstenlearns.com

    1. Haha, I'm glad I didn't have to explain that. I felt like such a numpty at the time seeing as it was all completely self-inflicted. Thanks, I use full-fat natural yoghurt mixed with unsweetened cocoa powder and stevia x

  4. Bacon has added sugar?! This made me sad :( You are doing so well, these posts are awesome and I feel like I'm right there with you. Definitely cheering you on for the last few weeks!

    1. Some does yes :'( Aw thank you so much! It really has been a great experience posting my progress on here, especially as the support I've had has definitely made me even more determined to succeed. x

  5. Sound like you are doing amazing ! I love the 'I quit sugar ' message - one of the best things you can do for your health is ditch the processed sugars , plus you still get to eat tasty foods!
    Kezia Hall @ Super Naturally Healthy

    1. Thanks :) Oh yes completely! I feel so much better than I did a month ago and don't necessarily feel like I'm missing out on anything anymore x


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