Winter, as lovely as it is, always makes me feel a bit "blah" and lately more so usual. So, I've made a decision to recalibrate my body and I'm going to do this by cutting out sugar (more specifically fructose) from my diet.
I know, I know, "why" everyone asks in horror. The answer is simply, I've been reading way too much of the latest "hype literature" and whether it's correct or just that, a hype, there's no denying that we (I) eat way too much sugar and it's not good for us.
I know within myself that I'm not ever going to say that I will not eat Cadburys chocolate ever again because that would be a lie. I intend on taking a fairly extreme run at this for the first couple months, let my body reset, see if I start feeling a little better (I'm hoping so) and then I hope that I can reintroduce the odd sweet treat again.
The other reason why I'm attacking sugar over say gluten or dairy, (which I've had issues with both in the past) is because I find giving up sugar far easier than the others. I'm hoping that ridding myself of sugar means I can keep the rest!
Anyhoo, this week, I've started my sugar free experiment. So far so good. I think they key for me is going to be making sure I have plenty of pre prepared snacks available and I need to make time to eat breakfast. I don't know about the other mothers out there but I find the mornings to be so frantic that I often neglect myself.
So with that in mind, yesterday I made a really nice hummus and with some left over home made sour dough, I made crostini to spread my hummus onto. It was delish!
1 Can of Chickpeas drained and washed
2 Tbs Natural Yoghurt
1/2 Tsp Paprika
1/2 Tsp Lemon Juice
1 Tbs Olive oil
1 Garlic Clove crushed up
1 - Blend together in a food processor.
Additionally, you can add more lemon, harissa or a cooked and peeled beetroot to make different variations of flavour in your hummus.
Old sourdough/bread sliced thinly
A few Tbs butter melted
1 - Toss all together so the bread has a coating of butter
2 - Cook in a 180 degree oven for 15-20 minutes.
So my sugar free adventure has begun. The best thing about it; you can still have wine!