Could sugar be to blame?

Oh my, they were such beautiful looking cookies. They were given to us as a take home gift at the wedding we went to on the weekend. And I was so good on the night. I said no thank you to all the beautiful home made desserts, and just had some yummy berries and cream.

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But the next day, those gorgeous cookies in the brown cardboard box, tied with blue and white twine were calling to me as I got my morning coffee. “Peanut butter and chocolate chip” the thank you tag read. And the smell…ooh, it was divine.

So I ate one. It was a special occasion after all – well, the day after, anyway! And I’m not a complete anti-sugar wowzer. That cookie went down sooo easily, and I had incredibly happy taste buds. [sigh + dreamy smile!]

There were two in each box. And over two days I ate three (thanks for sharing Hubs!). But come Tuesday morning I felt like, um, better not use the word I was thinking of!! Let’s just say I wasn’t exactly feeling great. I felt really tired, and I had such a fuzzy head.

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So fuzzy in fact I managed to scrape the side of the car on a post in the shopping centre car park (haven’t told Hubs about that one yet! :o). Luckily most of the marks were paint from the post and I managed to wipe those off! Phew, crisis averted.

But even after I had downed a much needed coffee, I still felt slow, and low. And I’m pretty embarrassed to admit I kind of lost the plot when the girl at the check out told me I couldn’t have the tokens from the lady in front of me. Even though said lady was happy to share. Good grief, it was all I could do not to burst into tears right there!

We all have ups and downs in our day to day lives, and this was definitely a down. But was it just one of those days we all have? Then it dawned on me. I had just consumed sugary treats over the past two days, and had more sugar in my system than I had in almost 12 months. One of the reasons I decided to cut right back on sugar was because I had read it has negative affects energy levels and moods, among other things.

So I’ve learnt my lesson. The occasional sugary treat is okay, and I’ll save them for special occasions like birthdays and Christmas (I didn’t even eat an Easter egg this year!). But I will never, ever again consume sugar two days in a row and let it build up in my system. I don’t ever want to feel like that again. And I’m pretty sure Hubs would rather not have any more scratches down the side of the car! 😉

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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! 😉

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.