On being (not-quite) sugar-free for two weeks

A couple of weeks ago, I was in a sugar-induced coma and feeling very sorry for myself. The number of times I had found myself in the same situation over the past few months (or lets face it, years) was getting embarrassing. So I made a rash decision, I was going to go sugar free. To keep me to it, I wanted to make myself accountable to my friends so I posted a notice on Facebook about what I was intending to do and asked for advice. The response I got was actually very surprising, quite a few of my friends had already gone down the same path.

A few of the really good points of advice my friends gave me that have really helped me over the last fortnight;

  • drink lots of water
  • keep some pain-killers close by for the headaches that were going to come (and boy did they come)
  • be prepared
  • and be kind to yourself.

I spent all of the next day preparing meals and snacks and the bases for meals.

From Sarah Wilson's I Quit Sugar
Tomato Sauce and Blueberry Coulis. Recipes from From Sarah Wilson‘s I Quit Sugar.

From Lola Berry's 20/20 Cookbook.
Delicious grain-free sugar-free Blueberry and Coconut muffin. Recipe from Lola Berry‘s 20/20 Cookbook.

The first week, with the exception of the first few days of horrendous headache, were surprisingly easy. That first flush of motivation kept me on track, and the lessons I had learned from an attempt at clean-eating a few years ago, mainly that almost all packaged goods contain sugar in some form, kept me from making bad choices. I found it easier to drink lots of water, and it even tasted sweeter to me. My body responded really well too, the strange noises my tummy had started making went away, I felt so much better and I even lost a little weight.

The second week however, didn’t go quite as well. My schedule was all over the place and I hadn’t taken the time to be prepared. There were a few people leaving from work, and to farewell them I made a cheesecake, which of course I had to test to make sure it was edible. I went out to eat with friends five times this week, which has never happened ever for me. I put in place at the beginning a caveat that I was going to go easy on the sugar-free when catching up with people so as not to be a bore. Needless to say I didn’t make great choices.

Last night in my inbox was the most pleasant surprise, I had won a competition over on Checks and Spots! The prize was a three-day cleanse for myself and a friend. I can’t wait to give it a go. Needless to say I am not giving up. This cleanse will be a great motivator, but even if I fall off track again I will keep that last piece of advice in my mind, be kind to yourself. We all make mistakes, but going sugar-free is a decision that I will need to make every day.

White Night Melbourne 2014

Last night was the second White Night in Melbourne. White Night is a free, all night Art festival that takes place around the whole city. The main streets are shut down and projections turn iconic buildings into artworks. Musicians put on concerts and places like the art gallery and the library open at night to put on exhibitions.

Unlike last year’s inaugural attempt, which fell on a sticky hot summer night, last night was cool enough to require a jumper (even when pressed in a crowd of 500 thousand people!) I’m not sure if it was the cooler temperatures, the fact that I had set myself a little project, or the fact that I was prepared for the enormous crowds that made this year so much more enjoyable for me.

I hadn’t done any research on what was supposed to be going on, so I went with no expectation except to see some wonderful projections and a hell of a lot of people. However, on Friday, a friend told me that Amanda had confirmed that she would be doing a ninja gig and to keep an eye out for details. Yesterday Amanda posted the details on her Facebook page and I figured this was a more effective way to see her during her time in Melbourne than hanging around random cafes in the hopes that she might be working on her book there. Luckily enough, after an incredibly amusing wait in the queue, I got in!

Anyways, the more keen observer may have noticed that I mentioned something about a project. Yep, the very first one for this little blog. I had been inspired by a roadshow I went to the other day to create a time-lapse video and I thought that White Night would be the perfect opportunity to try the technique out.

Here’s a little taste of White Night for you. It’s not bad for a first attempt, but I have little way to go as videographer.

Music: Intro -The XX