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Sugar-free meal plan: week 10

Challenge complete: I did not buy one grocery item this week. The challenge I set last week was followed through by me being frugal and creative, but also benefiting from the generosity of good friends who gave me eggs from their farms and, of course, my family who supplied me with some grass-fed beef from their farm. Read more

Sugar-free meal plan: week 9

This was a budget week and to continue to momentum I have challenged myself to not buy anything next week – I am going to make use of absolutely everything in my fridge and pantry (love food hate waste!). I am lucky however that my pop (you remember the “retired” butcher?) has sent me some grass-fed beef, spinach and chokos, so you might notice a few things in the shopping list this week and next that haven’t been mentioned in previous weeks. But technically I haven’t bought them ;) Read more

Sugar-free meal plan: week 8

The interesting thing about cutting out sugar from your diet is the way your concept of treats totally changes within a relatively short time frame. Looking back over this week’s food diary I can see that I consumed more fruit than other weeks (I generally stick to two serves a day). Prior to adopting a sugar-free lifestyle I ate bucket loads of fruit. Now I consider it my ‘sweet treat’. And, with my successful experiments in the kitchen this week (sugar-free Banoffee Pie anyone?!), I did not miss out on anything. Read more

Sugar-free meal plan: week 7

I am normally one to follow a recipe to the tee, but since I quit sugar I have found there are few recipes for sugar-free desserts or ‘sweet treats’ out there. And, anything I do find  inevitably contains an artificial sugar or sweetener of some kind – now tell me, would you quit smoking and take up drugs? To me, quitting sugar and replacing it with a chemical alternative makes no sense. So, I experiment. Sometimes it goes pear-shaped, other times I am pleasantly surprised. This week was a pleasantly surprising week. Read more

Sugar-free meal plan: week 6

This could possibly be one of my most economical, sustaining and delicious sugar-free eating weeks yet. My whole week’s meal plan centres around one roast leg of lamb. After the initial roast dinner on Monday, I managed to get another four lunches out of the same leg of lamb (and we had four people living in the house this week!) and I used the stock juice to cook the mushroom risotto for dinner on Friday night! The dogs then enjoyed the bones! Read more

Sugar-free meal plan: week 5

I visited friends on the weekend whose parents have the most impressive and welcoming house and they have established the most amazing garden. In fact, their house and garden feature in the book Country Gardens, Country Hospitality: A Visit to Australia’s Best. It truly is an inspiration and if you ever spot the book be sure to flick to the chapter on the Fishers’ home and garden in Orange, NSW. Read more

Sugar-free meal plan: week 4

I have ended up with so much food in my fridge and pantry after this week that  I can pretty much guarantee next week will call for some creative thinking about what to do with all the leftovers. Which is not a bad thing. It just goes to show it pays to plan ahead – literally. The financial savings that can be made when you plan, or at least consider, your daily or weekly meals in advance can be significant. Not to mention the environmental savings you can make by avoiding throwing out half the contents of your fridge as food waste. Read more

Sugar-free meal plan: week 3

Every time I sway from my sugar-free lifestyle the consequences stay with me for at least a week. Why do I do it to myself?! I had better disclose right now that these sugar-free meal plans are not necessarily telling you what you should eat if you want to quit sugar, but  my way of showing you that it can be done. However, while I have been ‘sugar-free’ for about four months and can attest to the benefits of quitting the sweet stuff, there are days days when avoiding sugar can be quite difficult. Sunday was one of those days, and come Monday morning I was feeling truly rotten!

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Sugar-free meal plan: week 2

What an eventful week! I started drinking full cream milk, donated blood for the first and last time, and ate chocolate cake, but not just any chocolate cake – chocolate cake with chocolate mousse and ice cream! So, in reverse chronological order, let me update you! Read more

Sugar-free meal plan: week 1

After completing my 8-week no sugar challenge the feedback I received was that you guys missed my meal plans – I hadn’t realised they were anything more than a means to keep me motivated and prove to myself I was cutting out sugar from my diet! But it turns out quite a few of you were following along, or at least finding inspiration in my ‘sugar-free meal plans’, and incorporating some of the breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks into your or your family’s weekly meal plan. So, seeing as I am continuing with my sugar-free lifestyle, I thought some of you might find it might be useful if I continue to share my weekly meal plans. But first, there are a few things you need to know. Read more

No sugar challenge week 8: end results and outcomes

I have completed the 8-week no sugar challenge and it’s official – my sweet addiction has been cured! I quit sugar after many years of believing I was leading a healthy lifestyle, but I was still suffering bloating and stomach cramps. Despite several diets of trial and error, nothing alleviated the symptoms. When some knowledgeable friends who’d made a lifestyle choice to quit sugar encouraged me to reduce my intake, I never thought I could do it. Even though I thought I was healthy, I knew I had a sweet tooth. But, I gave it a go – nothing ventured, nothing gained. It’s now been 56 days and with the results and outcomes I’ve achieved, I have no intention or desire to introduce sugar back into my life. Read more

No sugar challenge week 7: my taste buds are changing

My sugar intake drastically increased this week. In fact, you could say I had a sugar overdose. Twice I made the choice to consume sugar (and I suffered the consequences), but several times I didn’t know the food I was eating contained sugar – until I put it in my mouth. My taste buds are changing and detecting the sugar in my diet for me. Still, it is frustrating that as a consumer you never really know what you’re eating. But I have a plan. Read more

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