I’ve joined the no refined sugar bandwagon….well sort of…when it suits me. I do have a tendency to get drawn to new fads, but this one has stuck for a while now.
I’ve always considered myself as a healthy eater, I eat a lot of fruit and vegetables, some fish, snacks tend to be almonds and raisins, and I’ve not eaten meat for 30 years. In addition the Mechanic has a ‘no-beige’ policy when it comes to food, choosing to keep bread and pasta to a minimum, and as he does most of the cooking starchy carbs, do not feature highly.
About a year ago, I discovered Deliciously Ella, who didn’t her book was on every supermarket bookshelf. I subscribed to her blog, and immersed myself in a – no wheat, no dairy, no gluten, no caffeine, no refined sugar world. I spent a small fortune at Planet Organic, buying all manner of previously unknown ingredients. I diligently followed recipes and made my own gluten, wheat, refined-sugar free bread, the Mechanic calls it ‘The Brick’, affectionately I think? I researched the purest vodka, and stopped drinking wine. I then waited for a new, healthier, glowing me to emerge.
Initially I thought about all the food I must not eat, but then I quickly realised that infact I had expanded my choices to include so much more – almond milk, green tea matcha, coconut oil, chia seeds, ground nuts instead of flour, and as for refined sugar, this is now replaced with honey, maple syrup or dates.
I would not now describe myself as wheat-free, dairy-free or gluten-free, but my diet has changed and I’ve dramatically reduced my intake of refined-sugar. I have not got a magical ‘glow’ that stops people in the street, but I do feel more energetic, and I’ve been inspired to spend more time in the kitchen, taking the time to think about what I fuel myself with, even if Mr M. then does the cooking.