During the night, I decided to purchase some Ebooks to read on my phone whilst the one year old attempted to fall asleep on my chest. I also spent a large portion of my night strategically covering myself in towels and positioning my body in preparation to be spewed on. THIS IS NOT A DRILL!!! STOP DROP AND ROLL PEOPLE!!! Seriously though, nothing gets you out of bed quicker than someone vomiting in your face. Better than any alarm clock on the planet. ( For the record, I don't recommend this as a way to get your loved ones out of bed in the morning... just sayn.)
Now I know you didn't come here to read about my childs vomit or my latest facial, so I will continue with where I was going with this.
SO as I was saying, I downloaded some Ebooks to help me get through the night and one of these books was "Eat Real Food" by David Gillespie and Holy Mother of all things trying to kill us.. this book made my brain do a complete 360!! So I naively thought that giving up fructose was the key to living a healthier lifestyle but NO there is also another thing I need to get my head around, a little something called Polyunsaturated Fats. To be honest I knew nothing about the fats and oils things are cooked in. I've never really given it a second thought. I don't really cook with oils myself, because my husband once decided that he would invest a rather large sum of money on some non stick kitchen equipment... (ahem.. and he wont let me get a thermo....) I still remember the day I came home from work, to some guy in our lounge room welcoming me home with some "free crystal wine glasses" to celebrate our new purchase and my husband just standing in the background looking guilty whilst admiring the new pots and pans. I just stood there like an idiot, wondering where the hell this guy even came from. Then I saw the payment plan (that the husband was trying to hide) and realised old mate should have given me a bloody holiday as well the wine glasses!! I must admit though, they have been pretty awesome (even though I would never tell my husband this). They really were money well spent. I'm pretty sure that if we ever get a divorce, we will both start fighting over who gets custody of the pots and pans.
So as I started reading about this a$$hole called polyunsaturated fat, I started making a mental list of all the things I currently have, that contain "bad oils". Most of these products I have been buying because they made the sugar cut!! I thought I was doing the right thing. WRONG... the rules have changed once more!
How the hell is a "normal" person, who isn't actively chasing answers but is just following the mainstream way of eating and living meant to come out on top. When I chose to do this sugar journey, I did it it without knowing all the facts first. I read a book and thought it would be a good experiment. I read books all the time, but you don't see them making me suddenly claim to be the mother of dragons and letting everyone know that "WINTER IS COMING".. Okay bad example, but I do read a lot of self help books, but I don't think I've ever followed a single one of them. So why the hell did I jump on this giving up sugar mission?? Like i've said before, my intentions were not all pure, I wanted my family to be healthy but a lot of my reasons were purely for vanity (there I said it). Reasons like being able to wear shorts normally without having to pull them up so high that my muffin top doesn't hang over, but in doing so creating the mother of all camel toes.. Like being able to take a normal selfie without having to tilt my head at the weirdest bloody angle to hide my second chin. I really didn't know the health benefits at all when I started, just the gist that sugar was making me fat and poisoning my body.
What I have learnt in 5 weeks is mind blowing but all of this information I had to be seek out. No one was publicly recommending it to me and it was even being put in the "just another fad" file by the media . However the more I read, the more everything started making sense and the more I realised that I knew absolutely nothing. They say knowledge is power but to me, knowledge just seems to incorporate a lot of bloody washing up and cooking.
Below is a screen shot from David Gillespie's facebook that covers the types of oils that you should and shouldn't be having. Like I said, a lot of the things I was purchasing had met the sugar free rules, but did not make the oil rules.
So things like my Whole Egg Mayo that I lovingly spread over my salads are OUT, the kids savoury crisps and chips OUT and sadly the holy grail that I had finally gotten my mittens on, that listed all my favourite takeaway OUT!!! Apparently all chips and deep fried items in Australian fast food restaurants, are cooked in Canola Oil. Noooooooooooo!!!!! Even my beloved Sourdough bread contained bad oil!!
There was a light at the end of the tunnel, a light that showed a shit load more cooking and more washing up... You can make your own versions of all of these items OR you can purchase some store bought brands of things that David listed in his book. Unfortunately, unless I take my own oils to Red Rooster and clean out their fryer and ask them to cook my chips in olive oil... then takeaway is indefinitely out. It also looked like for the first time in my life I may be making my own bread... well burning my own bread more like it (unless I can source these brands I haven't heard of).
I decided that I was going to need to make up a little pocket card to keep in my wallet. One that lists the good and bad sugars and on the opposite side lists the good and bad oils. So that when I go shopping, I can just refer to this. Obviously this means that my shopping trips are going back to 5 hour sessions, whilst I now read the back of the label for oils. Dammm itttt! I'm going to be that annoying person blocking your access to your groceries whilst I read a label. Just when I thought I had the sugar brands of products down pat, the game plan just changed.
I feel a little overwhelmed to be honest, I kind of feel like I'm just stumbling around in the dark. I know that I want this for my family and often the things that are worth it, are never the easiest things to obtain.
Dinner tonight was Sweet Potato Nachos and it was DELICIOUS!!
I altered the recipe to add a few things that we love, like onion, capsicum, olives and I also didn't add any red onion to the guacamole. The 6 year old thought all his christmas's had come at once, when I said grab a fork we are eating this one straight out of the pan!! Its the little things!
I also made a fructose free chocolate slice for dessert and school lunches for the rest of the week.
Hands down Ammmmazing! Will post the recipe later tonight!
Happy Wednesday everybody!