I decided that I wanted to taste all of the foods that I used to absolutely love and pretty much live off and see just how much my taste buds have changed. I could only choose 10 items all up.
Going into this test, I had no intention of drinking a whole litre of coke and for the record I didn't. All tastes were to be just that, TASTES. I measured out my drinks into 30ml shot glasses and cut any food into bite size portions and anything that needed to be put on a spoon was on a teaspoon.
I made a list of the foods/drinks I wanted to try
Coke, coke zero, strawberry milk, scotch and coke UDL
Nutella, piece of chocolate, marshmallow, ice-cream, honey on bread, tomato sauce, blueberry greek yoghurt
I wasn't sure if I was excited or scared to be doing this. I was scared that I would still love the foods and instead of having one spoonful of nutella I would shove my whole head inside the bottle (defying science whilst doing so). I was also excited to see if my tastebuds had changed or if it was all mental.
First up was the coke.
Pre sugar I wasn't the biggest coke fiend, as I was normally on some type of diet that involved me not being allowed to drink coke, but if it was in the fridge, I would always have a sip and if I was going to get on the booze, coke was my mixer of choice.
HOLY MOTHER OF SYRUP LIQUID!! I was not expecting the coke to taste like pure syrup. What the hell was this concoction of satan tears and sugar. It seriously was not the beloved coke I had once loved and lusted over. This was not how I remembered it ever tasting. There was no way I could drink 30mls let alone a whole bottle. It tasted sickly sweet, to the point I was questioning if I had somehow opened up a flat bottle of coke (i hadn't). I seriously can not put into words how different this now tastes, especially knowing that I could down a can of coke like no ones business previously.
Knowing that this was way too sweet, I had high hopes that the Coke Zero would be a lot more palatable.
HOLY MOTHER OF WEIRD TASTING LIQUID SYRUP!! This was still sweet as the coke but the taste of it had changed completely. You could actually taste the chemical sweetener. It had the weirdest aftertaste. Not enjoyable at all!! To think for the last 5 months I had actually been wanting to have a coke zero and was saving getting stuck into one for a special occasion.
So far this taste testing was not going how I pictured it. I thought my tastebuds would register things being sweet, but this was different, this was my taste buds screaming ,get this the fruc out of your mouth!!
Strawberry Milk was next on the agenda
Pre sugar, I would often get a Breaka Strawberry Milk and I wasn't racist, I would also get a chocolate, vanilla, iced coffee.. I enjoyed them all!
Wow!! Taste the strawberry flavour!! This does not taste like it has any milk in it at all. Im pretty sure I'm just drinking strawberry sugar. It was super super sweet and not enjoyable. I tipped it out into the sink and then added 10mls of breaka into the shot glass and added 20ml of just regular milk, still pretty dam sweet but much more enjoyable.
Another favourite bites the dust.
Scotch and Coke UDL
I was really hesitant about this taste test, mainly because the thought of opening up a can to have 30mls and turfing the rest seemed like a crime against humanity. How would I ever be able to look my husband in the eye again knowing I had wasted a whole can of scotch and coke… I put on my big girl panties and tried not to make eye contact with the can. I was also a little worried that it might taste as amazing as I remembered and I might scull the can and then go on a rampage through the bar fridge..
No! No! No! All I can taste is the cola, the scotch taste is barely evident! The scotch is only noticeable in the aftertaste but the enjoyable combination of them both, has been absolutely ruined. This honestly tastes like I have ran out of coke and decided to use the old bottle at the back of the fridge which has been sitting there for the last 4 years.
I thought maybe it was the cola used in the UDL. So I decided to up the taste test and pour myself one. Once again the coke was way too overpowering. I could feel my heart slowly breaking. Scotch had been the number one man in my life for the last 15 years. We had so many good times together, it was never meant to end like this……
I needed to have a time out to wrap my head around the whole situation. Maybe it was because these were all in liquid form that the sugar was so overwhelming?? Maybe the food taste testing would yearn different results??
Pre quitting sugar, I can honestly say I would go through about a jar of nutella every couple of days (that was if I was restraining myself) I had somehow convinced myself that if I didn't eat any other meals that day and just gorged on nutella, then somehow that was ok. Lets just say if Nutella was a human, I would marry him (sorry husband.. )
On first taste, it still had that smooth hazelnut taste I remembered. I wouldn't say it was overly sweet like the drinks, but it wasn't overly enjoyable. I had my taste test off the spoon and was a little underwhelmed. Never, ever would I be able to taste such a tiny amount and be able to stop. The truth was, I didn't want to taste anymore. It no longer tasted amazing and magical, it just tasted like something I remember was nice. I can't quite put into words the feeling I was left with. It still tasted sweet but not a horrible spit it out sweet. The best way to describe it, is like when its easter and you love cadbury chocolate easter eggs but you get those really cheap gross ones, you eat it because its there, but its not what you were hoping for…
Pre quitting sugar, I loved my blocks of chocolate, it didn't even have to be a block of chocolate just any type of chocolate bar. Every.single.day I would have one.
Not the melt in your mouth explosion of deliciousness I was wanting. Very sweet and not as nice as Dark Chocolate (fruc, I never thought I would say that out loud). It had nothing. No spark, no running towards each other with our arms outstretched in the pouring rain… just disappointment. Sweetness was there but not as sweet as the nutella.
I once thought that marshmallows were a good thing to eat on a diet because they were FAT FREE!! Yes fat free but pure sugar….
Taste that sugar, but the powdery taste wasn't too bad. I think this was the nicest out of everything so far, but I didn't feel the need to keep eating the other half of my bite. It was pretty sweet but the powder coating kinda evened it out. I don't know how I feel about this to be honest.
I decided to get a 50c ice-cream cone from McDonalds, have a bite of it and then throw it in the bin, like the wasteful SOB that I am…. I decided to go through drive through and just dispose of it in a plastic container so nobody had to see me being a terrible human being.
On first lick, it was actually quite nice. So I had another like and straight away the sweetness was really evident. My tastebuds were yearning for that initial creamy taste from the first lick but it wasn't there any more. Into the container it went.. I honestly thought this may be one of the things that I may enjoy but unfortunately no.
Honey on Toast
I wanted to taste honey because I had replaced it with Rice Malt Syrup and I wanted to see what the difference in sweetness was, as they tasted the same to me (well in my head anyway).
Holy Rice Malt Syrup on Steroids!! Umm, yeh these two can not compare. Honey is well SWEET! I can not picture myself having honey again, unless it had a mountain of butter accompanying it.
I do miss my tomato sauce. When I make all these sausage rolls and other little baked goodies that are calling out for a little somethin somethin to be dipped in, I yearn for that tomato sauce accompanyment. I do have my own versions but they don't taste like I remember tomato sauce should.
I dipped my sausage roll into the sauce. It tasted sweet but a good sweet mixed with the sausage roll. I could def dip my sausage roll again. It definitely tasted much more sweeter than I remembered but it enhanced what I was eating. I dipped my finger in the sauce to have it by itself and YUCK.. yeh not so good! It tasted like sugar when eaten by itself, the fructose free version is one thousand times nicer. I will also point out that when I dipped it into the sauce, it was not like I used to dip. I barely had any on it for this experiment, whereas pre sugar it was always covered in it!!
Lastly Blueberry Greek Yoghurt
This was a staple in our fridge, marketed as being healthy and loved by all. Unfortunately quite a bit of sugar could be found in it, so we turfed it for plain greek yoghurt with blueberries on top. According to the 7 year old, it tasted nothing like it and he refused to eat our version of it.
You guessed it, really really sweet. Over the top sweet. All I can taste is blueberry syrup and not an enjoyable taste either. It needs more cream/yoghurt. Not good, not good at all.
So there you go! 10 items that pre sugar I could not live without. 10 items that 22 weeks later, I wouldn't add back in my diet if you paid me too.
I honestly thought that they would still taste good, maybe just a little too sweet, but the sweetness now absolutely ruins it.
To anyone thinking of quitting sugar, stop thinking about it and start doing it!! You think that you can't live without your chocolate bars and your coke zero?? Think again!! Your tastebuds will change and you will no longer want these things that defined your way of living/eating.
I just want to bottle this feeling up and give it to those I love and to those who think it will be too hard.
It will be hard to start with but it will be so worth it.
I went to post this last night but my internet kept cutting out and it would not let me upload it.
I woke up this morning feeling like I had a hangover. I was thirsty as hell and had a splitting headache. I feel like absolute shit and I'm pretty sure it has to do with all my taste testing yesterday. Unless I have turned into someone who can't handle 30mls of alcohol and this is the result of it… (cheap girls night outs come at me)…
I'm going to leave you with 3 recipes I whipped up on the weekend!! All amazing!
Peanut Butter Delight
Rustic Pesto Potato
Pesto Potato Salad