Hey Lovely Bold Soul,
I hope this finds you well, flourishing as only you know how.
I myself am walking against the wind (heat) and apparently a few sugary things have sneaked their way into my diet. Boo :(
When things are real and right, maybe they don’t need to be too wordy. Like in Michael Pollan’s eaters manifesto: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” I love its succinct-icity! Good to aim for :)
This Broccoli and Gingham pic by moi, combined with that ^^^ quote is featured in the January page of my 2014 Bold Art for Bold Souls (that’s you!) calendar. Get your own to have a beautiful quality art print of broccoli to look at for the rest of the month and of course 11 more pictures+months+quotes thereafter! Calendars are now just $25 each. I still have *some* copies – but no more will be printed!
The Broccoli and Gingham original one-off watercolour is still available as of this writing. There are also digital fine art prints and lots of greeting cards, besides the calendars.
Ironically this tree-like veggie is high FODMAPs and needs to be eaten in small quantities when your guts is like mine! Never-the-less it remains a radiant green beauty!
What’s going on with the needing to Quit Sugar again?
It’s been seasonably but unpleasantly warm.
At 4.30am today I awoke and couldn’t get back to sleep. Ugh!
Lying there, I was turning over and over in my head what I had just read in the (purchased last night) I Quit Sugar Chocolate Cookbook by Sarah Wilson: Carob is 50% fructose.
Then it made sense. Sigh! The treats I’d been adapting with carob instead of the recommended raw cacao powder (superfood). And the fresh fruit juice I’ve been drinking to keep cool and sweet. Maybe too much?
Time to fine tune. :P
When I was trying to research carob as an option some months ago, I couldn’t find this particular information; so I include it here:
“Carob: Some like to use carob as a substitute for chocolate. I wouldn’t! It contains up to 50 per cent fructose, while the fructose content of cacao/cocoa is negligible.” Sarah Wilson, I Quit Sugar – The Chocolate Cookbook
Having left out the carob treats (delicious even with the much maligned substitute carob!) and sweet juice today, I have been super tired and vague and not managing too well! Feels like I’m having a mini detox – hopefully I’m on the right track!
I highly recommend Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar site and information and recipes. She’s also a really terrific *human* role model who shares that she fails sometimes and then gets up and keeps going.
She and her other health professionals offer an I Quit Sugar 8-week program and a variety of Recipe books, including a starter bundle, Chocolate recipes and Christmas cookbook. If you get the eBook version you can download and start reading almost immediately. There are recipes on her site, too. Can’t wait to try these yummy looking chia and berry iceblocks. :)
I can do one food challenge per week, and am excitedly trialling chick peas this week. Gosh how I’ve missed them! Next week, I’d love to try out raw cacao powder!
Unlike my usual, this post describes a work in progress. Usually, I wait until a process (art or life alike) is over before I write and tell you about it – once I feel I have a handle on it. Today I am trying to post this while I’m still vague and tired, for the record – haha, neither the writing nor the editing has been easy! And as soon as I post this I’m off to bed!
So, in the comments below: what is your current relationship with sugar, dear Bold Soul? Also: let me know if anything didn’t make sense, it’s that kind of day :P
I’m sweet enough. So are you.
Love Meg x o
PS The links to Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar things above ^^^ are affiliate links. That means if you click through and buy something I get a few dollars. I am happy to share information that I think is quality and useful, in fact I think it would be remiss of me not to.