How I survived:

I should say WE. The kids really didn’t have ALOT..And I did say I would share some of my sugar free choices from previous 2 weeks..So here goes:
I switched from flavoured yogurt to natural – greek style was my preference.
Frozen raspberries are now a staple. Try these cooked and swirled through nat yog.
I cooked muffins with fruit and apple concentrate.. (the gracious pantry)
Banana bread..( photo above) with raspberries, apple concentrate, apple puree.. Yum…
I made up my own breakfast muesli. Rolled oats, apricots, puffed brown rice, coconut and pecans.
Top muesli with yoghurt and fruit.
Switched to jam with no added sugar ( IXL and Dick Smith both make some)
Used mountain bread in wraps..
Cooked porridge with fruit in it ( see Fitness, Food and Style)
Passata tom sauce in pasta dishes. Has no added sugar..
Made my own pizza base ( Jamie Oliver’s cheat pizza recipe)
Drank soda water with slices of lime in place of soft drink.
Added vodka when I had drinks over holidays.
Add vanilla paste..Great natural sweetner
Cinnamon..Another top sweetie!
Fresh veg as much as possible.
Ate leftovers for lunch.. Saved having to locate sugarfree bread all the time..
Pancakes served with berries and yoghurt ( Fitness Food and Style)
Alot of nuts.. Which I adore snacking on now..
Rice cakes are sugar free and a great snacking option.
Planned meals. Only way to ensure sugar isn’t in them..

TRAPS. Things that sugar is hidden in..Times when it is difficult to avoid sugar…

Family lunch date.. I made sugar free muffins and ate them..No alcohol though..
Movies.. Popcorn? But I didn’t..
Breads.. Big trap.. Read labels carefully.
Yoghurts. Almost ALL flavoured ones have HEAPS
Night time…In the past would always head to the pantry when kids went to bed. This is a habit.. Really has nothing to do with sugar..Once I could stop myself from opening those doors..Much easier and sugar could be avoided.
Running…After a run I am staving and really want a sugar HIT…Tough…Rice cakes with sugar free jam…
Husbands…Still eating choc biscuits.. This was a harder hurdle.. But willpower is an amazing thing.
Getting too hungry. If I didn’t eat regular planned meals I would get starving and then the cravings for sugar treats were harder to fight off..
Takeaway. Simple. We didn’t have any. And didn’t miss it either.

Really – sugar is replacable in almost all things.. So it has become just a matter of switching it out. Thinking outside the square. I am also reintroducing honey and maple syrup. So that also makes cooking easier..

Truly – if you are thinking of doing it. Go for it. Leave me a comment and I will help in anyway that I can. Also you cann drop by Dani’s blog. She has recipes, tips and is the sugar free queen! Visiting her blog everyday gave me motivation and inspiration too!

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4 thoughts on “How I survived:

  1. Great stuff Celeste. So glad you're sharing your new "healthy choices and keeping fit" lifestyle with your readers!!! We're not on any diet, it's the way we live. Our motivation is purely for our busy and young growing family. It's no longer about being skinny but being strong and fit to play with our kids in years to come. I'll be in my 50's when they're teenagers and my 60's when they're celebrating their 21st birthdays. I want to feel and look healthy so that is why I have started watching what I put in my mouth and moving daily.Good on you babe!!! I am so very proud of you xxx Dani

  2. Too true! Here here! I can remember struggling for breath just coming up the street to our house with the first three kids when they were little. I had a moment – I don't want to be this way. Obviously took two more kids to get there though! hehehe..

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