The festive season used to be my biggest EXCUSE to over eat and binge on sugar all day long.

I have gone over a month now with no white refined sugar and dairy but over christmas I was fully prepared to ALLOW myself a few treats.

Unbelievably, over the two days; all I could manage was six Lindt Lindor moments, three profiteroles and one Malteaser Celebration.

I realised my definition of ‘treat’ had changed. I was more excited to eat the healthy skin food that I had bought; than consume my usual sugary favourites.

Staying on track at christmas is easy if you plan ahead.

Once I arrived at Chris’s parents house, I made my acne busting bircher muesli ready for christmas morning. I prepared some avocados and dark chocolate to make my chocolate tart if I fancied something indulgent.

When Christmas morning came, I filled up on my muesli and wasn’t ready to eat anything else until dinner at 14:00.

Taking my own advice on how to not over eat, I chewed my way through potatoes, turkey and sprouts until I was too full for Christmas pudding.

Later on that evening, I still wasn’t hungry. But I felt sad that I hadn’t had anything that I consider indulging. So I had three profiteroles. I definitely ate them for the sake of eating them. But I just wanted to give myself a treat. That was the moment I realised that I didn’t consider them as a treat anymore.

On Boxing Day, Chris’s sister brought home some orange flavoured Lindor. Lindt is my all time favourite chocolate. So I tested myself again. Admittedly this one needed more conclusive results, so I ate six to be sure. I enjoyed eating them but again, I wouldn’t feel deprived if I hadn’t.

It seems that one month without ANY white refined sugar and you are finally out of its clutches.

Maybe I’m a savoury person after all…

Satisfying Substitutes

Living in the caribbean can be quite restrictive when it comes to eating healthily. So when I reached the U.K. on Christmas Eve, I was finally able to try some of the brands I had heard so much about.

The one I was most excited to try was a new coconut milk based yoghurt called COYO. Their whole ethos is to nurture the gut in a delicious, clean and sustainable way. I tried their Salted Caramel yoghurt first and was instantly in love! We have finally entered a food generation where healthy food is as delicious as the naughty stuff!

They say:

The gut is the seat of all health. Probiotics introduce good bacteria to the gut, while prebiotics are a fertilizer for the good bacteria to help them flourish.

Next on my healthy hit list; courtesy of my friend Amy was RUDE HEALTH and their COCONUT & CHIA GRANOLA

Try adding this to your COYO! Absolute heaven!

What they say:

nothing artificial, nothing refined. We source our ingredients from fields, orchards and vines – not laboratories. We think food should be made out of food – not thickeners, preservatives, colourings, flavourings and other additives.

If you have found any dairy and sugar alternatives that you would like to share, please comment below.

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  1. discoverydonkey

    Hi Joanna,

    I discovered your blog a few days ago and I love it!

    I had acne problems for a few years. I tried Roaccutane, it worked. But suddenly it reappeared and my period stopped and then my doctors understood it was a persisting hormonal problem. I was diagnosticated a PCO (poly cystic ovary syndrom), but a very little one. So for some years now I’ve been taking some pills (Androcur) and for me it works wonderfully.

    I am very happy to have a nice skin. I feel very beautiful and self-confident and am very grateful for the doctors that helped me. And I have almost no side effects, I feel really lucky.

    But at the same time, I know that taking this pill has a lot of repercussions on my body that I may see only in a few years. It’s one of the strongest pills on the market. And I know that the hormonal problem is not solved. Only hidden by this pill. As soon as I stopp taking this pill, it will all start back.

    So I find your “research” very interesting. I’m a strong believer at “you are what you eat”. And with all the pesticides and hormones in our food, how could it not affect ou body? I will be following your blog to see how you finally succeed (because I’m sure you will!). And maybe in a few years, who knows, I’ll decide to quit my pill and try it the natural way? It cannot be that I have to take this super pill for the rest of my life to be not covered by acne. There must be another way…

    For the food, a few years ago, I had a little bulimy crisis during my studies: for a few months, I suddenly ate way too much because I was very stressed. My mum told me the same: chew a lot and ate slowly. Eat at regular times and the most important, concentrate on what you are eating: she said if I’m eating while watching a TV show for example, my body may not totally receive the signals that I am full.

    And I stopped eating a lot of sugar things and desserts. At the beginning, it was a torture, I wanted to eat it so much. But as you described above, after some time, it wasn’t a big thing at all any more! And now, my body is not used at all to eat aliments with too much sugar, I don’t really love it any more… Maybe everything is just a habit-thing.

    So mums are very helpful…

    And I just created my own blog (yesterday!), check it if you want, I would be glad to have my first visitor haha 🙂


    Marianne/Discovery Donkey

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Beautiful by Breakfast

      Hi Marianne!

      Thank you for getting in touch.
      I’m so pleased that you have enjoyed reading my blog.
      It sounds like you have been on quite a journey with your skin.
      I’m so pleased that you have found the answer.
      I wish you every success in finding a natural way to help your POS.
      Please keep me updated on anything you find useful.
      Your mum sounds like a wonderful woman!
      I will definitely check out your blog, thank you for sending the link.
      Wishing you love and joy for 2018.

      The Blemished Beauty Blogger


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