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…
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!
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.
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.