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.
We are a family of pancake lovers, and really, what is not to love? The days where pancakes feature for breakfast are happy, messy and wondrously whine-free – usually on the weekend when I have a bit more time to prepare. Over the last couple of years I have experimented with different recipes and I have two low fodmap recipes that I make each week. 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