My sugar free journey began last year when I visited a homeopath. My son had reflux as a baby and we took him to see a lady who was recommended to me by a friend. It worked wonders for him so I decided to have a go myself. After running some tests Dawn, the Homeopath, told me that it would be a good idea to give up sugar. My sugar levels were high according to the results and she suggested that I try to bring them down. At the time, I didn’t know this but if a person has hormonal problems, sugar will only add to these problems. I enjoy a challenge so thought I would give a ‘sugar free’ diet a try. I did a little bit of research on the topic and I bought a few recipe books to get me started.
Since last year I have tried several diets including Sarah Wilson’s ‘I Quit Sugar’ and Davina McCall’s ‘Sugar Free’ diets but unfortunately, I found that I put weight on. I think for me they are too heavy in meat and diary products. I went back to the Weight Watchers ‘starve yourself thin’ diet, as one of my friends likes to call it. When I started back on my commercial diet I was still sugar free but I was hungry. I lost weight but I felt tired and grumpy.
Through Facebook I started to read pages such as Food Matters, That Sugar Film and The Truth About Cancer. All of these pages write about different cultures around the world and their diets. In the Eastern hemisphere they eat a lot less processed food, if any at all. Studies have shown that they have less heart and liver disease and there is no obesity crisis.
My New Years resolution is to start learning about these cultures and their diets. I have already found that the Inuit, Japanese, Mediterranean and the Ancestral/Paleoithic diets, live on fresh foods. They have helped people live a long and disease free life. The one thing these diets have in common is that they are plant based diets. They only have meat occasionally and they include plenty of oily fish. They eat foods that are high in omega 3 and antioxidants. These groups rely on seasonal food produced without industrial chemicals. This means they are eating a wide variety of nutrient-dense foods that results in a good immune system and optimal health. They eat sensible portion sizes and rarely snack between meals.
This year I have decided to kick my Weight Watchers to the curb and touch wood, kiss goodbye to the inner fat girl who has haunted me with mainly chocolate and lots of it for many years. We as a family have decided to eat less meat, more fish and plenty more plant based foods. I have set this blog up to write recipes and review other cooks recipes. As I love food and enjoy cooking I wanted to share it with all of you. Also, I would like this blog to keep us ‘on the real food wagon’. Hopefully, I will be saying a really big hello to an even happier, healthier Alexis and family.