Last week I completed my 8 week experiment of quitting sugar (read about why I decided to take this on here) and my conclusion is that it was definitely worthwhile! I have mentioned in a previous post, here, about some of the benefits that I saw, and these continued to build. Towards the end it started to become second nature. Even my husband who was a real fruit bat and chocolate lover found that it was so beneficial that he is going to keep going. However, in the past week I have learnt something very important…
Natvia (and Truvia in the US) is a sugar free blend of stevia and erythritol and you may have noticed that they are starting to become very popular in the supermarket as a sugar replacement and also as an ingredient in many processed food items such as muesli bars, jams and chocolate. Personally, I don’t have anything against Natvia, I think it is a great sugar alternative for the general public. However for those of us who suffer from IBS it MUST BE AVOIDED! And this is why… Continue reading
It has been 4 weeks since I quit sugar, including fruit and other sweeteners. I also quit alcohol for 2 and a half weeks during that time. I was quite nervous at the beginning wondering how I would go and I did quite a bit of pre-work in advance so that I could be in the right head-space for making these not insignificant changes to daily habits (which you can read about here). I did have some early problems with an IBS flare-up which I managed to resolve in an un-orthodox, but effective way (read about this here), however since then this little experiment of mine has been a successful one. This is what I have learnt over the last 4 weeks: Continue reading
In my last post I shared with you how I was shamefully de-railed by sugar (read about it here) and my commitment to quitting sugar completely for 8 weeks. Well, I am now in Day 9 without sugar, fruit or sweeteners and I can confide this: it hasn’t been that hard and I think I know why… Continue reading
Holiday celebrations are over and January strikes. Along with hope and optimism that the new year brings, I am also plagued with an over-whelming need to write down on paper my 2015 plan and this year I have big audacious goals and also some nitty-gritty habits that I want to either entrench or change this year. I have been thinking about habits a lot lately and I have been reading up on the subject trying to work out why some habits are easily changed and some, despite all my best intentions, I seem to be quite incapable of changing.
I also have a bit of a shameful incident to share… read on.
This is a post that I have been wanting to write for a while now as I felt it was time to give an explanation as to why I follow a low carb diet as well as a diet low in fodmaps and free of gluten. A close friend said to me early last year: “what is there left for you to eat?” Well, if you take out grains, processed foods and sugar then we are left with the simple things that people have been eating for many thousands of years – vegetables, meat, eggs, a little fruit. And lets not forget chocolate which deserves its own food group (do you remember that I make my own chocolate without sugar?). Continue reading
I posted this photo on Instagram and Facebook and I’ve had a few requests for the recipe! This is a recipe adapted from a lovely blog: My Clean Plate at WordPress. The reason why I like it is that it only takes a few minutes to make, is very nutritious and filling, and after it is cooked it is portable if you wanted to take it to work or eat on the go! I make this on the mornings that my family have breakfast cereal which is about two days a week (the other days I make eggs or low fodmap pancakes – recipes to come!) My littlest taste testers also likes this muffin in a mug! Continue reading
When following the low fodmap diet one of the biggest challenges I have faced is finding out about the best sugar alternatives for baking and general use. I have posted before about the toxic effects that erythritol has on the digestion of an IBS sufferer and I have also shared some of my favourite sweet treats here and here.
After research and personal trial and error I can announce that the winner of the best fodmap friendly sweetener is: Continue reading
I have mentioned in previous posts, here and here that I love chocolate! As well as looking for low fodmap options in my everyday life I am also looking for ways to cut back on sugar without creating any more emotional angst in my life. I have been making variations of this recipe for the past 4 months and now my husband, who is an absolute chocolate lover Continue reading