A Change for the Better – the Paleo Lifestyle

What I want to talk about today is a lifestyle change I made earlier this year. A New Years resolution to be exact. And I’ve (mostly) stuck with it so far. I’m really proud of myself, because I’m pretty darn good at starting things and never finishing them – just ask my husband. XD

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Cutting down my fructose intake

I really meant for this page to be a collection of sweet recipes that I have played around with to reduce or totally remove the fructose. But I thought I should first give you a little background on why I’ve tried to reduce the amount of fructose in my diet.

By the way, just in case you’re wondering – sugar (or sucrose) is made up of glucose and fructose, in equal parts. Our bodies are great at dealing with the glucose, but apparently we’re not so good at coping with fructose.

Last year I saw part of a 60 Minutes story about Sarah Wilson, who talked about her low fructose diet, and the man who had inspired her to change the way she eats. This started the ball rolling for me, as I had slowly but surely been gaining weight since the birth of DLT3 in 2008. Five kilos in 5 years, and no babies to blame for it this time! Uh oh. And the total gain had hit double digits since becoming a mum nearly ten years ago.

I know, I know, it was only ten kilos in total, but I didn’t want to just let it continue to creep on. Plus I had noticed I was beginning to jiggle when I broke into a jog. Now that is a weird sensation!

So I checked out Sarah’s website, and bought and read ‘Sweet Poison’ by David Gillespie. The thought of cutting out all those lovely sweet treats was incredibly overwhelming, and to be perfectly honest, a bit depressing. But the most important message I took away from Sarah was to treat it like an experiment – give the low fructose diet a go, and see if you feel any better. So try it I did! Hmm, think I sounded a bit like Yoda then! ­čśë

That was several months ago now, and for the most part I’m sticking to it. If it’s a special occasion, and I’m offered a beautiful looking dessert, I’ll go for it. I’m not going to deprive myself totally. But day to day if I’m hungry, I have something savoury. Or a piece of fruit. And I don’t sweat the small stuff. Like if I feel like sweet chilli sauce on my chips. I figure if my only fructose consumption is from a few savoury foods then I’m not doing too badly!

By the way, when I figure out how to do it, I’ll add some links here to a couple of relevant books and ebooks.