Sugar Free

I have done it again and I feel so much better today.  Yes, another sugar free day 🙂  Or to be accurate, since nearly all food contains some sugar, a no added sugar in any of its guises day.

I began with Natural yogurt with ground seeds.  I used the coffee grinder to grind 1 tbsp each of hemp, flax and sesame seeds.yogurt and seeds I should have put the yogurt in a separate pot to the seeds for the journey to work because by the time I sat down to eat it had gone gloopy.  Seeds contain soluble fibre which is exposed when the seed is ground.  The fibre absorbed some of the liquid in the yogurt turning it in to a wallpaper paste consistency.  So not very pleasant but I ate it.gloop 1-10-13 I am really enjoying my coffee with cream in it.  I bought a 300ml pot of single cream which has 190 Kcals per 100ml so 570 Kcals per pot.  I have 2 coffees a day and have so far used about half the pot or .  So I add approximately 70 calories of cream per coffee.  The cream feels like a treat and helps keep me full for ages.  Yesterday I wondered if that was less calories than the lattes I used to swig.  YES, YES, YES!

Even a skinny latte is about 160 calories and I used to have 2 – 3 a day plus tea.  I have switched to herbal teas and just have my 2 coffees a day with a total of about 140 calories from the cream.  I am very happy with that.  The other advantage is that making coffee myself in the kitchen at the office also saves me about £3 a coffee too 🙂  So I am saving pennies and calories.

At lunch time I headed out to M&S Food.  I had brought a salad in from home and was searching for some protein to add to it.  I looked at quite a few products and there is a lot that is sugar free.  So I am going to try and take in the salad and then shop for the protein each day.M&S Bankside Most ham has added sugar or honey so is forbidden but I found this packet of Italian Cooked Ham which was very lean, no added sugar and completely delicious.

Italian cooked hamLook at the ingredients – meat is virtually sugar free.  Which I guess means I won’t be going vegetarian, which I keep toying with.

Italian ham ingredients I also bought some humous as I was in the mood for something creamy and garlicky.M&S Humous How much sugar in the humous?  I was expecting it to be quite high because of the chickpeas but I was very pleasantly surprised as I love pulses and humous.  It was low :-). I had half the tub and have put the other half away for tomorrow.

Humous ingredients

I also had half a pot of Tzatziki to provide a runny type of a dressing.M&S Deli Tzatziki That had more sugar than the humous which I was surprised by.  I assume that is the lactose from the yogurt and some sugar from the cucumber.tzatziki ingredients Plus a bottle of fizzy water.  Not sure why I bought that because I don’t really like it !Sparkling Scottish waterToday’s salad pot had a whole little gem lettuce, half a yellow pepper, one celery stalk, one spring onion and 2 medium sized tomatoes.  I added half the Tzatziki, half the humous and ate all the ham.  That lot kept me feeling full until I got home.
salad mix To be honest I wasn’t very hungry then but last night I made the mistake of not eating anything and then suddenly being hungry and eating some Cheddar.  Also I had half a smoked Haddock to use up today so I steamed that with 2 types of broccoli.  I did add butter.haddock and broccoli

So, another sugar free day.  It is getting easier and I am feeling better than I did yesterday.  Here’s hoping I continue to feel better each day for a while as I have way to go to feel back to my usual perky and energetic self.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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