Ok, not quite…I am into misleading blog titles though, can you tell?!
This blog post is actually a little introduction to my sugar-free-living recipes and a little about my attempts at living a healthy lifestyle.
The reason why I gave this blog post it’s silly title is because I want to live as sugar-free, and as healthy, of a lifestyle as I can. Mainly to ensure I can live a lifestyle that is healthy and active for myself and my family for as long as I am on planet earth!
A fairly long little backstory, since the age of 10 I have not been skinny, ever. Not slim, not skinny, not gangly but chubby and/or fat(what a terrible word IMO) so I do not ever plan on being skinny nor even being smaller than I am. To the rest of the world this may be surprising, but none of this is about the shape of my body. I’m fine with my body. I have a husband who loves the way I am and in the right clothes I love the way I look. This is about health. I have never had major health issues, and whilst I’ve never been fit, I’ve never had a reason to be. I’ve never been highly unfit either. Just somewhere between fit and unfit..!
I have also always had PCOS and insulin resistance, or so my doctors told me. They didn’t help me with that or tell me anything else about that, only that I had it!
So I tried my best to live a low GI diet, wholewheat carbs etc..that’s all I knew about insulin resistance.
After my first baby who, no matter what I did, just would. not. sleep. I used full fat coke and chocolate as an energy booster, and not only did it boost my energy, but also my weight by a stone! Whatever to that I say.
Slightly unrelated, I am not exactly sure why, but my husband and I are very into living naturally, we don’t like eating things with sweeteners in them and prefer natural treatment for stuff instead of medication..etc etc..we really have no reason why, it’s just the way we are! We aren’t exactly ‘crunchy’ living people..we still ate/eat meat(although I had been on a mission for it all to be free range) and we ate sugar and some fast food once in a while.
Then just before I had my second baby I watched something about sugar and how awful it is for you. Then I got pregnant and decided to only eat natural sugars, not even raw cane sugar, just fruit sugars. I did that for a month, and then got morning sickness and could only stomach apple juice and donuts…that worked out well!! I was then diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes later on, and I hadn’t had that with baby number one, so whilst it was probably always possible for me to have it (it’s very common in woman who have PCOS and insulin resistance – not that my doctors kindly let me know that either!) I was about 1 and a half stone heavier than when I had my 1st baby and I probably did less cardio exercise than I did whilst pregnant with my 1st. This probably all equalled to me having GD the 2nd time around. My body was just not as healthy, and I felt/feel it.
So all of that little journey is what has brought me to this life long decision to not eat raw or refined sugar 90% of my life.To help lessen the probability(which is about 40% more likely to happen) of getting normal diabetes in later life. I do not want to have to deal with diabetes, if I can help that, why wouldn’t I?
It’s been pretty successful most of the time. As a rule I only eat fruit sugars, there is also the odd product which is made with sugar from malt or cereals, which I consider a slight cheat. But it’s in nearly every pre packed food!!! I also eat coconut sugar, honey and maple, but also try to class those as cheats, because it’s all sugar at the end of the day and my body just doesn’t process sugar well. Any sugar, even fruit!
I also have two sugar days a month, it’s lovely to have a sugary starbucks and buttery sweet piece of cake, but you have to bear in mind that it’s hard the next day..even after one day of sugar, your body craves it again and it’s back to square 1..I do however personally feel once you’ve done it a few times it’s quicker getting back to whichever square you were on before because you’ve done it before!
Life without sweet stuff is just not..sweet! What is a cup of tea without a piece of cake? An apple and a cuppa just doesn’t cut it sometimes! So I try and make my own sweet treats with natural sugars..I will be posting up some of the recipes on my blog so you can try them yourself, soon!
For these, a strong and handy food processor or blender is your best friend…get one! 🙂 I have the ‘magic bullet’ and currently am loving it! Review to come soon.
Another key part of my healthy life journey is exercise. I am probably THE most exercise unloving person there is. I hate watching sport, I am scared of footballs and I always used to create an excuse for PE!
To be fair to myself I have quite severe feet problems that leave me in lots of pain after just a long walk, sometimes for days afterwards. A doctor once told me I have the feet of a 90 year old and probably have had all my life.
I remember it making me hate walking and exercise as a child, and I think that has helped develop my hatred of exercise, but I HAVE to exercise now. I don’t have a choice. Just healthy eating alone isn’t going to help me. Exercise will help a whole lot when it comes to lowering sugars in my body. And seeing as I’ve been ‘healthy eating’ for two months now with very little change in body weight after my initial loss, and I’ve always been overweight and I’ve never eaten terribly unhealthily, exercise is probably the key to helping my body be healthy.
So I have to do it, and this month has been the start of my exercise journey! So far I’ve been doing an online workout called bikini body mommy, by this nice american lady. It’s been good and I’ve ached afterwards, which means it must be doing something! But I want to do something else, something with other people, and just something different, so soon will be starting Zumba(will review!) and some kind of dance fitness class! Should be interesting!!! I will keep my blog updated with developments 😉
As for today, we’ve been on holiday all week, and I’ve had a week of eating sugar sometimes and sometimes not…nothing strict..but I am feeling it!!! I feel yuck. Think a sugar detox is needed next week!! One day I hope I will think having sugar days are just not worth it…:) Will keep you posted 😉