Several of you have asked if I am eating fruit. The answer is NO, not yet. Sadly. I really miss it. I will be able to have some but not while I am a sugarholic. When I no longer have any cravings I can introduce a little and I should aim for the fruit with the least sugar and the most fibre. I think I am ready to try some.
David Gillespie says you can have fruit once you are over your addiction. Despite the fact fruit contains arch enemy number 1 – fructose – you can have fruit because it contains a large amount of fibre (soluble and insoluble) and water. So the fructose effect is reduced. You have to eat whole fruits. You can not have fruit juice (no fibre) or dried fruit (no water).
The safest fruits for a sugarholic to eat are those lowest in sugar and highest in fibre which is lemons, cranberries, raspberries, gooseberries and blueberries. Kiwi fruits and pears are the next best. Grapes should be completely avoided, you should rarely eat apples, bananas, cherries (boo – my favourite), pineapples and apricots.
To summarise, the fruit rules are:
1. Never have more then 2 pieces a day (adults) or 1 for children.
2. Never have fruit juice or dried fruit.
3. Choose fruits with low sugar and high fibre.
At the moment I am photographing everything I eat. The exception is during the first 2 evenings I snacked on some Cheddar cheese after I had blogged. I don’t often put drinks in but I am having 2 coffees with Single Cream, one tea with milk and then herbal teas and water. So I am being very honest with what I consume so you can see, and I can be reminded when I look back, exactly what I did have.
How did I do today?
Very well. I was wide awake at about 4:30 so got up as I have loads of work to do and caught the first train to London. I was there just after 6:30 – still dark!
First coffee of the day and I heated up a portion of last night’s dinner. I cooked a double portion last night so I had something for today. People who know me well, brace yourselves for shocks – I actually used a microwave! I hate microwaves, don’t trust they are safe and avoid them. But I really wanted something warm and did not fancy cold bacon and cold spinach so I used the microwave, briefly. This is a wonderful concoction and I really enjoyed it. As a reminder it is onions, green pepper, spring onion, celery, mushrooms, spinach and broccoli with brown Basmati rice and bacon. Delicious. That kept me going from about 7:30 am until 2pm and I wasn’t even very hungry then. I went to M&S to buy lunch. I agree. Another world is possible. A no added sugar world. M&S have so many delicious sounding salads with excellent wholefood ingredients, such as this one I bought today. But they ruin it by adding sugar to nearly all the dressings. Why? I never add sugar when I make a dressing. it is really annoying. I threw away the dressing and had the salad with a cheese and ham omelette I bought from Frank’s Cafe, just round the corner from the office. One of my colleagues often gets his lunch from there and recommended it. He has his with chips but I just had the omelette. I could have had the chips but I am not literally going to eat anything I can, as long as it is sugar free. I do want to lose lots more weight so I will save chips for a time when I am struggling with my sugar demons.
I was 10 minutes early for my train this evening so I took a little walk. Look at how pretty that is? That is one of the sweetest and prettiest murals I have seen. It really brightens up the corner of the street. For supper I made a conscious effort to reduce my portion size. I have rarely been hungry this week, which is a good feeling. But I have eaten some very large portions so I am being sensible. I had 4 falafels which are actually very small. Look at them compared to the cherry plum tomatoes. Served with half a mashed avocado (with some fresh lemon juice) and half a medium sized tub of humous. Perfectly adequate.So there we are. Another day with no added sugar. I have ordered some blueberries which will be delivered tomorrow and I am going to try a few to see if I can take them without a sugar rush. I really want a smoothie for breakfast.