Sugar Shortage

There’s just about a sugar shortage round here now.  Here’s a funny thing.  Try saying “sugar shortage” out loud.  I find it difficult without concentrating. I want to say “Shugar sortage”.  I think my little brain gets confused because the “su” in sugar is pronounced “sh” so it almost thinks so therefore the “sh” in shortage must also be pronounced as “sortage”.  Or maybe that is just me?

Anyway, what a very frustrating day today turned out to be.  I was up bright, early and optimistic.

I have really missed smoothies and so I made one today, concentrating on keeping the sugar very low.

tofu and powders

I used a small 300g carton of tofu, a handful of blueberries (only the ones pictured), 1 tsp lucuma powder, 1 tbsp maca powder, 1 scoop of protein powder and soya milk to get it to the desired consistency.powders and blueberries The desired consistency was thick and creamy.  I loved this.  It may not be to everyone’s taste as it is quite “chalky” but I loved it.  And it kept me feeling full, happy and sated until lunch about 5 hours later.creamy smoothie

The best thing I did all day was go for a lovely walk over the road with the 3 younger males of the family.

Autumn is definitely here and so are the fungi.  Grey ones,fungi 4 red ones, fungi 3 beige onesfungi 2 and yellow ones.fungi Baa!sheep otr It was beautiful over the road today.  Sunny and warm.  A real pleasure to walk about in.otr 3 otr 2 I would have liked to do a long walk today but I was too busy.otr 1Apart from the lovely walk, today was very frustrating, especially in the morning so by lunch time I was not in the mood for cooking.  Sunday roast was off the menu and sandwiches were on.  Or in my case, these delicious Dr Karg crisp breads.  I love these but try to not have them too often as I find them very hard to resist.

Dr Karg packet They are very calorific which is one bad thing but I also try to eat only small amounts of toasted carbohydrates.  Each cracker is over 100 calories so I was going to have 3 but ended up having 5.  Which I am allowed to do, for now at least while I sugar detox.Dr Kar's crispbread Today though was a day which would usually send me screaming and scoffing chocolates and cakes.  Instead, I scoffed crispbreads and this fabulous Cambazola which is a very creamy soft rind cheese (like a Brie) with blue in it.  It hit the spot perfectly and saved me from a sugar frenzy.Dr Karg's and Cambazola I spent a lot of today in my little study doing paperwork.  lunch in study Using possibly the smallest little desk anyone I know uses.  I have had this for years and can remember doing schoolwork on it and revising for O’ and A’-levels on it.  So it is very old study It has a green marble top because it started life as a kitchen table.  The left hand drawer would have been for cutlery but is also very handy for organising pens and things 🙂My desk I still have several shelves in cupboards to sort through to completely rid my house of sugar and this afternoon I decided to go for the most obvious shelf of them all.  The one containing the actual sugar.  I had loads of it.  James’ packet of caster sugar for his coffee is spared.  I am not tempted by it so it is safe.  My family have been very supportive of my war on sugar but I would have an irritated husband if he couldn’t have sugar in his coffee.  It is about the only sugar he ever adds to anything so it is reprieved.lots of sugar This was the one I found hardest to throw out because it has a lovely flavour and reminds me of a splendid holiday every time I use it.  In the end I saved the tin and threw away the sugar – there wasn’t much left but even so, it had to go.sugar from Barbados Dinner was a quick and easy put together.  Egg fried rice with mushrooms, onions, yellow pepper and 3 large prawns.  Adequate and tasty enough.Rice and veggies

Remember last night I said I may go and have cheese and crackers and/or wine?  Well I had neither.  I ate nothing else after I posted my blog.  Knowing I can have anything except sugary foods, has really helped me eat less.  Bizarre but true.

While I prepared supper I also prepared breakfast and lunch for tomorrow so I am starting the week ahead of myself.  One sugar free week down, here’s to many more ahead.

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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10 Responses to Sugar Shortage

  1. donnainthekitchen says:

    your pictures of your walk were beautiful. Because we live in the city there aren’t any farm animals so I really enjoyed see pictures of them. You inspire me to go out and take a walk. The leaves are falling and it really is a beautiful day. Dr. Karg bread looks wonderful, but when I figured out the Weight Watchers points it was 11 point per 100g. I can only have 26 points per day. So Dr. Karg is out of my league. Your food looked very appetizing though.

  2. suzjones says:

    I loved your photos and I’m enjoying your journey. Good luck with it all. Your dinner looked divine.
    I can’t clear sugar from my home because of the outcry it would create from my man and youngest daughter however they are fully supportive of me not eating it. So I guess they think it makes them safe. I will say that I find it difficult when my daughter leaves half eaten bags of lollies laying around though. 😦

    • I am quite lucky because apart from sugar in his coffee my husband never eats sugary food so he doesn’t mind. My son has accepted it as long as he can keep a few things which is a good compromise. Good luck with the open bags of lollies!

  3. laura1952 says:

    Cheers to your splendid work preparing the home for the sugar detox continually. Of course I loved the picture of your favourite sugar, since it comes from where I met you 3 years ago in a couple of weeks when we will be in Jamaica spending our first full day in Negril, getting things ready for the Re-Tie The Knot Ceremony on October 22nd.

  4. Thanks for the inspiration. My sugar detox has begun!Its the day to take charge and move forward with my plan to get IT right THIS year!! Cheers.

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