Recovering Sugarholic

David Gillespie calls people like me “Sugarholics” and I agree.  I think I am addicted to sugar.  I really enjoyed David’s book ‘The Sweet Poison Quit Plan’ and recommend it as a way to quickly read why sugar (specifically fructose) is so bad for you and how to go about getting rid of it from your diet and from your life.

I am now reading the second book I bought called ‘Pure, White and Deadly,  How Sugar Is Killing Us And What We Can Do To Stop It’.  John Yudkin wrote this in in 1972 and this is the new version with an introduction by Robert H. Lustig.  John Yudkin was a British Physiologist and Nutritionist and one of the first scientists to claim that sugar was a major cause of obesity and heart disease.  It is a more serious and weighty tome than David Gillespie’s book but I am enjoying it.

“Sugar also resembles alcohol and tobacco in that it is a material for which people rapidly develop a craving, and for which there is nevertheless no physiological need” (Ludkin, 1972).

I completely agree with that statement and accept that I am a sugarholic.  You will be very pleased to hear I have managed another sugar free day so I actually classify myself as a “recovering sugarholic”.

I was woken up this morning by what sounded like a monsoon.  Incredibly heavy rain.  That always poses a challenge for those of us who park in the free car park at the station!

station car park pudles This entrance was completely flooded.flooded car park

I had bought breakfast the day before and it was in the fridge waiting for me when I got to work.  A mushroom and goat’s cheese frittata.
goat's cheese frittata I ate one for breakfast and it was very tasty.  Plus it kept me going all morning with not even a hint of hunger.  I had the other one for lunch with a similar salad I have made the previous 2 days with the remaining Tzatziki and humous.frittata ingredients I had to go to a different office this afternoon for a course and I enjoyed the walk there as it took me past some places I have never been to before.under a silver bridgeI was in the office I worked in at the beginning of the year and it was really good to be back there in a familiar place.
Chiswell Street Dining I really enjoyed the walk back to the station too and was struck yet again by the variety of architecture in the City.  The buildings on this street created a tower of glass on either towers Whereas the Barbican is chunky concrete.Barbican 2-10-13 The Bank of England is a stunning building.Bk of EnglandThere is so much history here.
Stocks Market 1282 - 1737 Near Cannon Street station is this fascinating mixture of very old and very new, small and tall.old and new in City I was home earlier than usual so decided to start one of David Gillespie’s rules which is to throw out everything that contains sugar.  His rationale is that if it isn’t there, you can’t have it.  He also encourages you to rid your house of sugar for the benefit of all your family too.  I am not sure my family are going to appreciate this benefit too easily so I am keeping quiet about the sugar clearance.  Today I cleared the door of the fridge.

I have been looking in shops for a sugar free mayonnaise and have not found one!  I don’t use mayonnaise very often at home so I am happy to throw it out.  It does make me appreciate how much hidden sugar I have eaten because so many ready made sandwiches and salads, which I do eat when at work and travelling,  have mayonnaise or salad cream on them which means they all contain sugar too!  The salad creams were nearly empty so that was an easy throw away but the Mayo’ was nearly full which was annoying.salad cream and mayo The first ingredient in the mango chutney is……..sugar !!!!!! As if mangoes aren’t sweet enough.  So that was out.  Sweet Chilli Dipping Sauce is also heavily laden with sugar.  In the bin with both of chutney and sweet chili The jam was nearly finished so that was not much of a sacrifice.  The Jalapeno jelly was harder because I really liked it with roasted red meats and BBQs and I bought it in America and don’t think you can buy it here.jam and jelly Oh my goodness, just look at those ingredients.  The first 3 ingredients are forbidden sugars.  So this too is in the bin.  What a relief to clear out that lot.fructose overload For supper I cooked up a batch of brown basmati rice and some bacon.  I set the bacon on some kitchen paper to absorb fat and stir fried veggies in the bacon fat left in the pan.  I cooked an onion, a green pepper, lots of mushrooms, half a large head of broccoli and then wilted half a large bag of spinach over the top.stir fried veggies All served together to make one yummy supper.supper 2-10-13 2 The portion size is quite modest apart from the bacon – this is 4 rashers.supper 2-10-13I have another portion exactly like this in the fridge ready to take to work for breakfast.  This sugarholic is determined to recover.

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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7 Responses to Recovering Sugarholic

  1. Lucy Murphy says:

    That dinner looks delicious. Might get Trev to make that for us tomorrow. Olivia’s face when I told her we were going sugar-free was a picture so your low-key approach is probably better! The book is good and he does make it sound easy. There’s a lot in this kitchen we’d better eat up or throw out though! Hard to chuck it when half the world is starving.

    • Ease in to it if you think that would be easier. It is one of Gillespie’s suggestions. I was not going to tell my family, just do it and see if they noticed. Harry are exactly what I did in Sunday (apart from the wine) and didn’t seem to notice it was all sugar free :-). Good luck

  2. laura1952 says:

    I am so glad to see you have ditched the foods with HFCS because it itself is a deadly killer and the worst kind of GMOs. (Genetically Modified/Biotech/Not real Foods)! Great work Zoe. Mayo is simple enough to make if you need it.

    • I was thinking I would look up a good mayo recipe as I have a red cabbage ready to pick. I wanted to make coleslaw

      • laura1952 says:

        I know you have all kinds of tools for the kitchen. The tool that works best for me is my wooden salad bowl and whisk. Depending on what amount you need egg yolk and drizzle the olive oil into it a bit at a time and whisk while you are doing this. YouTube probably has a video up of how to do this I would think.

      • Thank you Laura. I suspect one of my lovely recipe books or even some of the blogs I read will tell me how to make it. Mine will soon too 🙂

      • laura1952 says:

        😀 That I am counting on you sharing. Especially because of how much better it taste than the processed mayo. You can make it with olive or coconut oil. I have a recipe I can give you for making a quantity with Coconut Oil that I got from The Coconut Oil Miracle, but like anything freshly made, it doesn’t taste as good as when it is freshly made.

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