If I’m honest with myself I would probably say I have a sugar addiction. It only takes a minute to look at the recipes on this blog to see that the majority of them are delectable sweet treats – all fabulous I might add! But there has been a quiet whisper around the place that sugar just might be BAD for you. Could it be so?
Surprisingly, I’m actually willing to find out. I’m going to do it – I’m going to try the ‘sugar free’ diet. Will it be a fad? A passing phase? Or a permanent change? I cannot say, but I’m going to find out!
My first awareness of the ‘sugar free diet’ was introduced to me by my cousin Kym. She has always been pretty health conscious and about a year ago she announced she was on a grain free, sugar free diet. She set herself and her family the goal of a few months and away she went. She rid herself and her pantry of any sugar temptation and set out to discover a new world… one without the shackles of breads and sweets. She is actually still going strong down the sugar fee road.
The idea intrigued me at the time and I thought it might be something I’d like to try in the future….. the distant future LOL! I’m not cutting out the grains at this stage – but the sugar has got to go!
So why now? There are a combination of reasons. One of them being, I feel like crap I’m constantly drained of energy, and always tired and anything that may help this is worth a shot. The other reason which is highly motivating - I’m now the Mum to a beautiful 5 month old little boy who is just about to start on solids. Yes, that’s right I am now responsible for the complete diet of another person and I don’t take this responsibility lightly. After being raised with an appalling diet (the staples being meat, chocolate, and fast food) which has taken MANY years of work to get to where I am now (actually eating vegetables LOL) the last thing I want to do is inflict this kind of abuse on to my off-spring. (Abuse? Sounds a little harsh, I know… sorry Mum and Dad… I’m sure you tried your best but to be honest it was crap! As a result I struggled with eating healthy, got fat in my early 20′s when my metabolism slowed and spent the next 5 years yo-yoing with my weight and feeling bad about myself. Tell me that isn’t abuse?)
So what now? I guess getting rid of all the sugar in the house would be a good first step!
Oh, did I mention I’m including fruit and natural sweeteners such as honey and maple syrup in my sugar free diet? … this is going to be fun! :S