Choosing No Sugar

Hello Loneeaters and welcome to my second post and first post since becoming an official Loneeaters Contributor!

Let’s get on topic…I’ve been thinking about eliminating almost all sugar from my diet. No, don’t panic, I don’t mean all sugar such as fruit (natural sugar), I mean added refined sugar. I have thought about it long and hard, usually after I have eaten something with lots of refined sugar in it. 

Why? It’s not because it’s trending on Instagram at the moment. It’s because I want to be able to enjoy all my food and not feel guilty when I've had something which is deemed to be unhealthy, such as cakes and biscuits. I want to be able to satisfy the sugar craving I occasionally get with a healthy sweet snack made from something natural, for example dates and honey.

Sugar free Lemon and Poppyseed Cake

So basically, my aim is to eat cake/pudding/dessert/naughties once a week, and that once a week treat consist of unrefined sugar, but is still sweet. Am I making sense?

On average, I would say I have something with added refined sugar one to three times a week, which is certainly not bad. However recently, this statistic has been creeping up and this doesn’t settle well with me. I also don’t want to be a part of this sugar nation that we are becoming, or are already. I want to prove to myself that I can make it without added sugar.

I have thought about the barriers that quitting refined sugar would create in my life. For example, when I go out with friends and family and everyone else orders dessert. Am I supposed to sit there without dessert? Or order the fruit platter when people around me are having the double chocolate brownie, with chocolate sauce and whipped cream, covered in chocolate sprinkles, accompanied with a dollop of chocolate ice cream?

Also, am I supposed to say no every time someone brings in a treat at work from their travels around the world? Well here’s what I’ve come up with…

I’m going to go one week without eating food with added unrefined sugar (starting from the day after this post is up, this gives me time to get the right ingredients). Because I’ve declared this on this blog, it’s officially official. I would feel very guilty and annoyed with myself if I didn’t achieve this.

My plan is to follow recipes (that I find online or in recipe books) to make sweet snacks I can eat after lunch (which is usually when I get a sweet craving). You can copy me, and I’ll comment on this post with the recipe and method after I’ve made these natural sweet treats. I will eat one of these when I get my craving to see whether this cures the problem. 

Even when I'm out with people, it's a loneeating choice not to have refined sugar. When I go out with friends for dinner and they order dessert, I will explain to them that I've quit refined sugar, so I’ll only order something if it fits the spec! Part of being a loneeater is making decisions which benefit me and my relationship with the food I eat. Therefore, this is an acceptable thing to do.

Besides, dessert is one course and I am not being anti-social by engaging in this week of refined-sugar-quitting. I’m being health-conscious/trying-to-achieve-right-levels-of-sugary-happiness-before-it-spirals-out-of-control-ish. And I say it’s ok!

Will you join me?

P.S. There is added sugar in so much food that we buy. For example, my mum bought some ‘skinny bagels’ which had cinnamon and raisins in them (all good things for me) and they were delicious, don’t get me wrong, but when I read the ingredients - yes you guessed it - there was good old added sugar. If you don’t want to join me on a week without added refined sugar, how about popping to the supermarket and doing your regular shop. How long is it before you pop something into your basket that has added hidden sugar in it? Will you choose to still buy it?