SUGAR FREE DIET – DITCHING THE SWEET STUFF

Sugar, sugar, sugar, must be yummy in the fit girl’s world.

On August 24th, my mother and I decided to go sugar free until I moved back to Manchester – so around 4 weeks. Help.

In the last week or so there has been loads on TV about this lifestyle, including Great British Bake Off and Jamie Oliver’s Sugar Rush. And I think they are on to something.

If you’ve been reading my blog since the beginning, you will know I am a sucker for challenges like this. Not so long ago, I gave up wheat and gluten for lent and I am still limiting my intake of these. I am just interested in food, and how different things effect my body! So when I stumbled across Davina’s 5 Weeks to Sugar-Free Book, I didn’t hesitate to buy it. And it’s great! Honestly better than some of the regular recipe books I have purchased before, and it gives a real insight into the pros of a sugar free lifestyle.

I must admit, after going to Notting Hill Carnival, I fell off the bandwagon slightly, and haven’t given up alcohol yet so I am still consuming artificial/refined sugars there. But other than that, I’ve stuck to it and I have seen some positive changes.

Over the next few weeks I will be sharing a few of my favourite sugar free recipes, including some of Davina’s gorgeous concoctions, so look out for those. But today, I am just going to look at why you should consider giving this a go and what I have noticed so far.

Benefits of a Sugar Free Diet

We don’t actually need to consume any added sugar. So there are no benefits to having it in our diet, other than feeding our own greediness and addiction to chomping down on a gooey Double Decker. There are, however, plenty of benefits to binning it:

  • Silky skin! Who doesn’t want smooth skin free of spots, wrinkles and dark circles?!
  • Trim waistline. Well hellllllllllllo, if cutting out sugar is going to help me on my way to a Niykee Heaton figure, then take it away. Finito!
  • Happy, happy, happy! No more false highs and bursts of excitement, instead you will be able to enjoy more organic happiness, and be less reliant on this unnecessary stimulant.
  • Sleep peacefully. Because you don’t have so much refined sugar in your system, you will be able to tell when you are actually tired and get to sleep easier.

What I Have Noticed

Ask my family and they will tell you I am the Queen of mood swings. I always put this down to being a Gemini, but it seems sugar has a lot more to do with it than astrology. I think my mood swings were fueled by fatigue, and now I’m not suffering from sugar come downs, I feel much happier.

I’ve had a lot more energy; not the greatest news for my mum when she gets in from work and I greet her at the door with the dogs, jumping around and barking with excitement.

My skin has even shown signs of improvement. Although I personally don’t believe spots come directly from a bad diet, I think what we put in our body has a clear impact on your skin. To be honest, I didn’tΒ noticeΒ a difference/improvement in my skin when I cut out sugar, however when I had a weekend of eating sugar I did notice that my skin got worse and I got several new spots.

 

The great thing I love about this diet, is that I can still eat a lot of the food I was eating prior to it, including these date and nut energy balls and courgetti with homemade pesto.

You will love some of the new sugar free recipes I am going to be posting, and whether you are going sugar free or not, you should definitely give them a go!

If you’re still not convinced, I found this article really helped me – http://www.vogue.co.uk/arts-and-lifestyle/2014/01/giving-up-sugar—nicole-mowbray-on-sugar-free-diets. It’s from 2014, but I think it is a great reflection of the benefits of this diet choice.

xox

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