Since giving up sugar, a lot of people have asked me what I am eating, which is fair enough, given that sugar is in just about everything. To be honest, despite missing chocolate and biscuits terribly, I’ve not had to adjust my meals all that much. I tend to make my breakfast, lunch and dinner from scratch anyway which means I control what goes in and I can’t say I ever add any extra sugar.
What I have had to make changes with are snacks and sauces. I usually have a Graze Box delivered every week for my mid-morning snack at work, which I’ve decided to snooze until Lent is over. I could have gone through all my preferences and stopped anything that had sugar in, but that would have meant stopping just about everything which wasn’t worthwhile: goodbye Graze my good friend. I’ve not really replaced it with anything yet, apart from the occasional piece of fruit, but I do get really hungry by about 11am so I’ll have to be creative and think of something.
I’m also really missing honey. For breakfast most days I usually have a bowl of berries, greek yogurt, honey and chia seeds, which I’ve stuck to and just removed the honey. You might think it wouldn’t make much of a difference in the grand scheme of things but it really does and I miss the sweet taste.
I have a really sweet tooth and was really struggling with having no cake/chocolate/sweets/biscuits and after much research I stumbled upon a recipe for a sugar free banana loaf and it’s so delicious! I’m going to do a blog post on it at some stage so if you’re interested in sugar free baking then watch this space. It’s not the same as my beloved bourbons, but a fat slice is definitely stemming my sugar cravings.
One thing I know I’m going to miss through this whole process and won’t be able to replace are sauces and condiments. I rarely eat a meal without some kind of extra sauce to go with it like hot chilli sauce, ketchup or mayo so to go without is a struggle. I’ve tried adding things like extra chilli flakes to a meal, however it isn’t doing the same thing because it’s the sweet taste really that is missing, but I guess that’s the whole point of going sugar free. You don’t realise how much of a difference sugar makes to food until it is gone!
Anyway I’ve made a food diary of everything I’ve eaten in my first week to answer the question; so what do you actually eat? This week hasn’t been regular because I’m currently on a weeks holiday from work and away visiting family so I ended up eating out quite a lot towards the end which I usually wouldn’t. It was quite hard trawling through a menu and trying to decipher which items would contain the most added sugar, so as a general rule I avoided anything that contained bread, pasta or pastry and anything with a sticky sauce, marinade or chutney. The food that I ate out more than likely contained some sugar, but I tried my best to choose the least sugary option available.
N.B. Mango has always been a staple part of my diet but I didn’t realise quite how much I get through in a week until I wrote it down. The addiction is real.