Am I on a sugar free diet?
A comment to my recent protein pancake post said “Are you still on your sugar free diet? I seriously don’t know how you do it…”
No. I am not on a sugar free diet. I am just avoiding eating most types of sugar and plan on doing so for the rest of my life.
Why do I do it?:
I like living a life free from (chocolate) cravings. I like living a life free from blood sugar fluctuations that mess with my running. I like living a life free from being bloated.
How do I do it?:
Reducing your sugar intake it possible when you find out what works for you. I have found out that moderation does not work for me – eating one cookie makes me want to eat 10 more. The only approach for me is total abstinence from things that I know cause me to overeat and crave for more.
It probably sounds tough (and maybe a little bit crazy ;), but who do I want to be in control of my life – me or food? :)
The good this is that there are sweet things that I can eat that do not make me binge – fresh and dried fruit, yoghurt, unsweetened cocoa powder in hot milk, unsweetened peanut butter with apple, Nakd bars of pressed dates/cashews/cocoa, etc.
As for sugar replacers, I stay away from honey, maple syrup, agave nectar and all artificial sweeteners. Mostly because of all the reasons listed above – they make me want to eat more than I should and also – they taste too sweet for me now that I’ve been ‘sugar-free’ for over 5 months.
I do, however, use stevia and xylitol once in a blue moon. Both are naturally derived sweeteners and do not mess with blood sugar levels like other sweeteners do.
Have I lost any weight?: One of my friends asked me that the other day and the answer is: no.
But I have lost 8cm from my waist due to not being bloated and my body fat % has gone from 26.5% down to 25%.
And now for the fun bit -
What do I do on a really hot day when everyone else is eating ice cream?: I have a WheyHey!
It’s an ice cream made from whey protein, xylitol, skimmed milk powder, NON hydrogenated vegetable fat (i.e. the good kind of fat) and some natural emulsifiers like xanthan gum.
A 150ml tub of WheyHey has about the same amount of calories and fat as the same quantity of good quality vanilla ice cream BUT it has no sugar and 22.5 g of protein from whey! (that’s a lot of protein, by the way, a boiled egg has less than 7g).
I have to say that the chocolate one is not my favorite but both strawberry and vanilla taste great – sweet but not sickly sweet, cold and creamy.
Now all I need is an actual hot day* :)
P.S. WheyHey is stocked by Holland & Barrett.
*The weather here is awful at the moment.