what i learnt this week 2016 :: WEEK 5

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Sugar addiction is real and getting off the white stuff can really hurt!

I went sugar free a few years ago. And when I say sugar free I mean processed sugar free. I still ate fruit and less processed sugars like coconut sugar.

In January last year (2015) I went on a really strict elimination diet to once-and-for-all determine what foods make me sick. While on such a strict diet my managing dietician advised I go back on sugar as so few food options were available to me and that I would likely go nuts. I really enjoyed the sugar rush and embraced my new sugary reality.

Now that I know what I can’t eat I have also put on a few extra kilos. I put this weight gain down to the sugar I so enjoyed.

Since 1 January this year I have tried to incrementally reduce my sugar intake (once all of the Christmas chocolate and candy were consumed) and it’s just as hard the second time around. Perhaps it is harder as I no longer have the crutch of coconut sugar (no one can tell me definitively if it contains salicylates or not).

I have had MASSIVE sugar cravings and at times feel positively cranky looking for a sugary fix. I know it will pass but it hasn’t passed yet. Most of the foods that people consume to make the transition easier are off the table for me, so I’m going cold turkey. The only kind of cold turkey I enjoy is thinly sliced on a sandwich with lettuce and cranberry jelly – but I’m also allergic to that! Does the madness ever end?

It’s safe to say that I may have an occasional indulge on the white stuff in the future (no one can be a saint forever) but I will never go back on it. Having a lapse or treat day is very different to forming a habit. Habits are hard to break… I will beat the white daemon but don’t piss me off in the meantime LOL.

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what i learnt this week :: WEEK 28

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I had been sugar free for quite a while… almost two years. In January this year, I had to start a strict elimination diet with the RPA Allergy Clinic and my diet was soooo restricted that the dietician suggested I not worry about the sugar thing until this strict diet was over. So I have gone back on sugar. I haven’t died or anything… but I have noticed a few kilos slowly piling on, less mental clarity and distinct ebb and flow of energy.

I really think that excessive sugar consumption is keeping us all from reaching our fullest potential.

My diet will hopefully be over soon and once I’m eating a broader range of foods I will be able to get back to what I consider to be normal sugar consumption… not a lot of it. Anyone who has gone off sugar will testify to the mental clarity and greater feeling of wellbeing they have.

This week I watched That Sugar Film and it was great. As a scientist it had enough meat to keep me interested and as a consumer of food (aren’t we all) I found it immensely helpful. One amazing tool is to read the label on your food and find out how many grams of sugar it has… then divide that number by 4 (as there are roughly 4 grams of sugar in a tablespoon). This calculation will tell you how many tablespoons of sugar contained in whatever it is you’re about to eat.

The World Health Organisation has recommended we eat no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar a day… that is only 2 tablespoons. I think it’s safe to say that we ALL eat way more than that.

So do whatever it is you have to do to reduce sugar in your diet. It will make your life better.

Also, do yourself a favour and watch That Sugar Film. It should be compulsory viewing 🙂

Watch the trailer…

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I am not affiliated with iTunes or this film and don’t make any money from you clicking through to iTunes to watch it.

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