So in honour of reaching 100 days I am listing 100 things I have learnt so far on this journey.
1 - Saying I am "sugar free" really pi$$es people off because you aren't sugar free, you are "fructose free" and apparently that makes a huge difference to them! Its like your trying to pass off your bronze medal as a gold one, because its kinda similar. I can not count the amount of times, I have said to people I'm quitting sugar and after explaining to them what I'm doing, they say "well your not actually quitting sugar because you are still having some types of sugars"… If I say I'm trying to go Fructose Free, the response is usually "oh, thats umm good..umm yeh".
2 - 9 times out of 10 when you tell someone you are quitting sugar or going fructose free they will say, "I seriously could never give up chocolate or my sweets". In your head you will always hear a voice saying "b*tch please, if I can do it, anyone can do it!" and you believe that statement with every ounce of your being
3 - Detox is a turd. Headaches, tiredness, cravings and did I mention headaches?
4 - Once you survive detox (and you will) you have no idea how strange it is not wanting anything sweet anymore. It's a feeling, that if I could wrap up and box, I would give to those that I love the most. It truly is the gift that keeps on giving.
5 - Being Fructose Free is being FREE, you are not a slave to sugar. All those times your brain told you that you needed some dessert or that piece of cake looks amazing and you need it in your belly now, was bull dust. You never wanted it and the feeling you get knowing that you don't care for it, is amazing!
6 - Fruit isn't evil! Yes that apple that bloody Adam and Eve ate probably was evil, but we don't have to be scared of fruit when going Fructose Free. We just need to cut back to two servings a day.
7 - Not all fruit is created equal. Some fruits are really high in the fructose zone and others are quite low.
8 - Fruit juice is actually evil. There I said it! The amount of sugar in juice is ridiculous and you aren't even getting the fibre and nutrients from the flesh of the fruit.
9 - Freezing your berries and then pulverising them makes a delicious dessert.
10 - Being Fructose Free means being full. Every diet I have ever been on, I have found myself hungry all day, every day. Since going sugar free I'm no longer hungry.. Win Win!!
11 - Your belly that you have never been able to get rid of and that pesky rotten muffin top will go when you quit sugar and you don't even have to be an exercise freak to lose it
12 - Our body does needs sugar (namely glucose) to function. But it doesn’t need the immense quantities that most people eat every day. Almost all packet foods have added sugar! The amount of sugar most packaged foods have is astronomical!!
13 - Fructose is a turd because our bodies don't really respond to fructose in the same way it does to glucose. It basically turns off the switch in our bodies that would let us know when we are full, so we will definitely over indulge. Like that time I ate a 2kg jar of nutella in one sitting. True story.
14 - When we have more fructose in our bodies than our liver can break down, our bodies convert it into fat. Oh hello muffin top and belly!!
15 - Your tastebuds are going to change completely when you quit sugar. Things that tasted barely sweet to you before, are going to taste like sickly syrup now! Its like your tastebuds are jacked up on drugs and can taste shapes and sh*t…
16 - You are no longer going to have those sugar crashes. Your energy is going to be around the same level all day. No nanna naps for you!! I have struggled getting the most out of renewed energy levels, as having a baby means your tired all day, everyday!
17 - Your going to lose weight with minimal exercise.. However if you were a bit of an exercise freak like myself, you will start to lose your toning and your aerobic conditioning if you do slack off. I am yet to find a happy medium where I'm feeling fit and toned and still losing weight. I have had no trouble losing weight, but no motivation to tone and keep up my fitness ( This will change.. I hope)
18 - You can still dine out with people, you don't have to live in a cave, with a volleyball as your best friend
19 - Be prepared to research meal options and know what you can and can't have. Meat, veges and chips are always safe!!
20 - Whether its your first time or your 50th time, asking a shop assistant, waiter or chef, if a menu item contains sugar will still make you feel like a d*ck every.single.time.
21 - People don't understand why it matters, if gravy has sugar in it.
22 - Saying you have allergies to sugar products can sometimes make the process of getting what you want easier, if you don't mind feeling like a lying a-hole.
23 - Vodka, lime and soda water tastes so much better when you quit sugar.
24 - Sugar Free soft drinks are full of chemical substitutes. Do you really want to go there?
25 - Going sugar free involves a fruc load of washing up. Like more washing up then you have ever imagined in your life
26 - Not to mention cooking. If you suck at cooking (like me) then you will learn pretty quickly how to cook or you will learn even quicker what throwing away $40 of ingredients feels like
27 - Food starts to suddenly taste awesome. You have no idea how good things such as lettuce leaves and so called bland foods actually taste like, once you quit sugar. Food smells better. Its crazy but true
2 - Everything you put in a child's lunch box is laden with fructose
28 - Literally everything….
29 - Once you get over the detox period you can start adding Dextrose and Rice Malt Syrup to your cooking arsenal and your life will change.
30 - Dextrose is a sugar substitute that it is pure glucose and your body can break it down. It replaces anything that asks for sugar in my baking and it has made the children's lunch boxes come alive.
31 - Rice Malt Syrup is a sticky honey like substitute. It does the job in your cooking where you need a syrup substitute. I could kiss these two ingredients for changing my life
32 - Dextrose and Rice Malt syrup are still once in a while treats. I found that since adding them to my pantry, my once in a while treat, was becoming a little more frequent. Be careful with these little beauties.
33 - Your skin looks and feels so much better when quitting sugar. I really noticed this for myself. However when I was indulging in a few dextrose laden treats, I noticed my skin did start to react to it. Since cutting back on the dextrose, it has gone back to normal. Something to be wary of.
34 - Will power is your best weapon. Before quitting sugar, I always thought I had bloody good willpower. Since quitting sugar, I know that if you can say no when you are detoxing off sugar, you can say no to anything.
35 - After you get over the detox, you won't want any sugar laden treats and people will comment on how great your level of willpower is. However, its not willpower at all, its an actual real belief that you don't want nor need any thing sweet.
36 - You become really adventurous with food when quitting sugar. You try things that you would usually vomit in your mouth over. Sometimes you will still probably vomit in your mouth, but there is so many things out there, you are now willing to try, to replace sugar.
37 - Being fructose free means no bloating. I can't even push my belly out now or suck it in. It just stays at this "nice to see you" level. Even when I have just gorged on dinner, I don't get the dreaded undo my top button feeling any more!
38 - Trying to get a 7 year old to jump onboard the whole quitting sugar thing, will cause arguments and tears (mainly yours)
39 - Cacao powder tastes like satans bum to a 7 year old
40 - Cacao powder is the answer to my sugar free dreams. Where has it been all my life?
41 - You will have more failures when trying to recreate a sugar laden recipe into a fructose free one. It will never really taste the same but sometimes you will make it taste even bloody better
42 - You will do a lot of poos
43 - Like a lot
44 - You will spend a lot of your time researching different sugar free recipes, blogs and websites.
45 - You will follow people like David Gillespie on Facebook and actually read links that he posts, over watching a link your friend posted of a dog wearing a wetsuit drinking beer.
45 - You will find lots of recipes that are sponsored by companies and these recipes will have rave reviews, however you will soon discover the difference between a sponsored recipe and one that generally receives good feedback.
46 - 7 year olds are really harsh critics, as they haven't developed the whole "caring about your feelings let pretend its ok" thing going.
47 - Going cold turkey can work! It did for me. I have the type of personality, that if I would have slowly weaned myself off sugar, it would never have happened. I had to go hard or go home…
48 - Reading the sugar content on labels will become second nature .
49 - You will become a maths whiz at dividing any number by four to discover how many teaspoons of sugar is in the product.
50 - You will only shop in 3 isles of the whole grocery store.
51 - Fresh produce will become your best friend
52 - Your pantry will no longer be filled with packets of food. You will soon find a pantry full of ingredients to make replicas of those packets of foods you used to buy.
53 - No matter how big your apron is, you will still always wipe your hands on your clothes or on your ass… (i blame sugar…) Then go somewhere in public looking like a grub...
54 - You will find amazing sugar free recipes online and you will bake them until they are no longer amazing and your family is so sick of them, that you now have to research a new favourite, to start the same process over again with (anyone say coconut crack)
55 - Fats are good
56 - For the first time ever, I am drinking full cream milk, cheeses and creams without feeling like I am doing something very naughty
57 - lemon will become your best friend
58 - Lemon in water is just that little somethin somethin it needs to trick your mind into thinking you are drinking something fancy
59 - You will need to have alternative treats around for those days you need something special.
60 - Shredded coconut is unusually sweet and when you add rice malt syrup to it, you have something pretty hardcore.
61 - 1 year olds love sugar more than you think, they know exactly where to find a freddo frog just in arms reach when you try and pay for groceries
62 - 1 year olds love fruit and limiting them to just two servings a day can be really hard. This is the only exception I have made during the last 100 days and that was allowing the kids to have more fruit if they really wanted it. Although I tried to keep it to the lower fructose fruits like berries and kiwi fruits
63- 7 year olds will sleep over friends houses and consume sugar and then tell the parents how much sugar they just consumed by reading them the label.
64 - When going on holidays be prepared to research and know your meal options. Hot chips, hot chips and hot chips are not the best meal going.
65 - If you are feeling particularly random and crazy and you are sick of ordering meals without sauces. Then do what I did last week and pack your own homemade mayo and dressing in a little container and when your meal comes out, pour away.
66 - Always ensure lids are put back on these containers, as mayo through your handbag is never a good thing
67 - Writing a blog about quitting sugar keeps you very accountable. Every time I even walk down a chocolate isle at the shops, I feel like I am being judged by some random who has read my blog
68 - Having a public blog and Facebook account means you will get messages from very weird random people asking for nude shots. I like to send them pictures of sugar cubes….
69 - When posting photos of your progress shots, maybe clean up the background of your photo.. in all my pics the bed is never made and there are kids toys on the ground… at least I'm consistent
70 - Original flavour Kombucha tastes like dirty bum
71 - Flavoured Kombucha tastes amazing and is good for you
72 - Adding avocado to a thickshake isn't as horrific as you may think..
73 - Having the support of your husband is the best gift you could imagine, however when your husband starts on a plant based diet that requires lots of fruit intake in the form of smoothies… battle lines will be drawn.
74 - Telling your 7 year old to taste your latest sugar free concoction will often lead to dramatic gagging and bin spews.
75 - Telling your husband to taste your latest sugar free concoction will often lead to 101 questions about what is in it, are the ingredients organic and am i going to die?
76 - Telling your 1 year old to taste your latest sugar free concoction will often lead to it being thrown on the floor or the word "MORE" being screamed in your face
77 - Nothing feels better than opening your pantry or fridge and seeing containers of your Sunday bake ups
78 - Using Fruc instead of its brother Fuc$ is acceptable when burning your second batch of imitation kids rollups.
79 - Joining the Thermomix cult, does help with all the bloody baking you are going to be doing on this journey. Although it is not necessary.
80 - My husband is right more often then he is wrong <-- I stupidly asked him what he thinks I have learnt so far…
81 - My husband is a dick
82 - Sour Dough bread is actually delicious
83 - Making your own bread may be cheaper, but there is nothing harder to resist then the smell of freshly baked bread… carbs come at me
84 - Finding the works of David Gillespie was the best thing I could have done on this journey. It put everything in perspective and has been the yellow brick road that I follow to my Fructose Free Destination.
85 - People will tell you that this is just another fad diet. That you are doing more damage then good to your body and that in 10 years time, research will come out saying how giving up sugar causes cancer and that you are slowly killing your kids… resist the urge to fly kick these people in the face
86 - After 100 days of taking photos of my food, they still suck and I have not gotten any better at the food selfie. Surely they would start to look like those in magazines by now (apparently not)
87 - Filters really are your best friend.. Except when you have nearly burnt the ass out of biscuits… filters make them look really really bad then
88 - The dog is really enjoying going sugar free… well she hasn't said anything to make me think any different. She lives off table scraps and is enjoying this new way of life
89 - Apparently posting a link to your blog on a weight loss support group is not allowed but posting a link to a page selling bandages that you wrap around your body to miraculously make you lose weight is ok
90 - People will never cater for you at parties, social gatherings etc so get used to it
91 - This is in no means offensive but you are part of the minority and if someone is baking for a birthday they aren't going to change plans for that one little dic$head who has decided to quit sugar
92 - BYO! Solve the problem. If you really feel like you are missing out then bring your own dishes. Enlighten them on what they are missing out on. The funny thing is sugar free dishes go just as fast as their sugar laden brother.
93 - People will think that because you are now Fructose Free your next step is to go Paleo… I have had so many people tell me I should change to Paleo its not funny
94 - You will eventually start to save money. We have gone from having take away 2- 3 times a week, to once a week and lets not even start on the snacks we would buy after work and school to get us through till dinner
95 - Writing 100 things is really hard, 4 more to go….
96 - Going out for drinks is easy. You just have to be prepared to go chemical sweeteners with your spirits or stick to the old vodka, lime and soda water. Be prepared for people to offer you wine. People will always tell you wine doesn't contain much sugar. Most wines don't list sugar content on their labels… Wine = Hangover of death for me, so I stay clear
97 - Your kids will find this much harder than you do, because other kids are a$$holes. They will flaunt their snacks in your kids face and ask why your kid doesn't have anything nice. They will make fun of your marshmallows and homemade biscuits.. Did I mention that kids are a$$holes
98 - Smiling is your only option when it costs you $7 for a water for your child at a theme park but a large coke is $5…
99 - Being fructose free will be the best decision you have ever made in your life. Word to your mother!
100 - Life is better without Fructose FULL STOP….
Here we are then, 100 days into forever!!