I have said this before, but this has been the best decision I have ever made in my life in regards to my health. I started this journey at 74kg with a so called sweet tooth, that had been the bain of my existence. This so called sweet tooth had caused me to struggle with my weight for longer than I can remember. I now realise that no matter what diet I was on, or how many calories I counted, I was basically a sugar addict and the need and want for sugar always won out. Sure I could lose weight by eating barely any calories and exercising my ring off, but it always came back on plus a little more, the moment I stopped.
For the first time in my life I am enjoying and loving food. Eating big meals and exercising socially instead of like some mad demon who must exercise 6 days a week and then feel guilty as hell on her rest day. I am at a weight now where I don't need to lose any more weight, but start toning up and concentrating on my strength (if I want to...) This is the first time that I have ever been at this point by just living and it is all because I am living FRUCTOSE FREE and it is the easiest diet/lifestyle I have ever led.
I don't feel like I am missing out on anything, because my body never really needed it, my mind was just convinced that it did. I keep telling people that the whole sugar craving is a mind game. Once you get over the detox you no longer want it. That block of chocolate you spent your life craving after every meal is now non existent in your mind. So many people say there is no way they could give up sugar. I 100% disagree with them. All you need is one week, maybe two of doing it hard whilst you detox, then the world is yours. So many people are willing to spend the big $$$ on Isagenix (full of sugar for the record) Jenny Craig or home delivered meals ,when all you need to do is get rid of one bloody ingredient. Yes it is in so many things, but substituting it with dextrose or malt syrup gives you the same taste if you even feel like it any more.
This blog isn't for me to preach or convince. This blog is for me to share my journey with you and I wish from the bottom of my heart, I could place you right where I am at this moment. 2 months, no fructose, 8 kg lighter, clearer skin (with no help from creams) more energy (which is strange when I have had so little sleep thanks to the dreaded Daycare Germs) but most of all I feel so good knowing that I am doing something good for my family. Yesterday at the shops the nearly 7 year old asked if he could buy some sour karate belts. He turned the package over to scan the sugar and said "Mum, its only 4.6gms.. can I get it because it is just over 4?. "I asked if number was in the second column or first?". He then realised that we have to look at the second column to see how much sugar per 100gm. The lollies had a staggering 46gms of sugar!!! He put it back on the shelf without questioning it. He then asked if he could have some Willy Wonka Runts. These are actually fructose free for the record as they are sweetened with Glucose. To me this is a big win! Based on the fact, he is now becoming more aware of sugar in products and that he doesn't feel like he is missing out by making better decisions. No tantrums, just acceptance.
I also can't believe the changes in our pantry. Our pantry used to be filled to the brim with prepackaged foods and snacks. Now there is very limited pre packaged food except for those in their plastic bags. Everything in our pantry is now ingredients to create the products we once bought, or is fresh produce. Today from the direction of my husband, I decided to put everything into jars, as the clutter of ingredients in their bags was annoying the husband. It may have cost a little bit of cash (his) but oh my, things are so much easier to access and there is now no clutter at all.
http://www.thebigmum.com/thebigmum-version-of-recipes/fructose-free-hot-chocolate It tasted amazing!! I thought the 6 year old might find it a little bitter, but he said he enjoyed it (after it cooled down, so it didn't burn through his throat, his words....).
I also made another cheesecake http://www.thebigmum.com/thebigmum-version-of-recipes/fructose-free-cheesecake but whilst I was making it, I realised that I didn't have any cream and the recipe called for 2 cups. So I did what any thermomix cult member would do. I made my own!! I followed the recipe which basically just called for 500gm of milk and 500 gm of butter and the next thing I know, I have cream that needed to be put on ice to use once it cooled down.
I found the end result of the cheesecake to be a little too creamy for my liking. I offered some to my mum, thinking she would feel the same way, but mum told me she loved it. I gave her some to take home to Dad and an hour later, I received a text saying that he thought it was the best cheesecake he had ever had.. I am so printing out this text, framing it and keeping it above the oven... Thats a big call coming from my Dad and he isn't one to say things are good when they really are crap.
So here we are at week 9. When I first started this blog, I planned to get to 8 weeks and then stop. A month in, I decided this lifestyle was for me and I want to push to 12 months and then beyond. 12 months of blogging about my adventures.
Thank you for your comments and support for the last 2 months. I hope in some way you can relate to this journey or if not laugh at my blunders!!
Happy Sunday xo