Monday, January 10, 2011

Seven Meals I Have Actually Eaten (whilst still managing to lose weight)

Good thing about being on the Sweet Poison Quit Plan is that main meals are generally OK to indulge in freely. You just need to be wary of sauces and condiments. My husband is a vegetarian and 6 of these meal examples I prepared are vegetarian.  Just substitute or add real meat and enjoy!

Roast Pumpkin, Mushroom and Asparagus Risotto topped with Shaved Parmesan  (you can add chicken)

Vegetarian Sausages, Mashed Potatoes, Broccoli, Asparagus, Corn and Cauliflower
(I find the vegetarian sausages to be quite tasty and less fatty than the meat ones)
Vegetarian Sausages, Cous Cous and Salad
(I use the Ainsley Harriot brand cous cous. Just add hot water. Quick and easy only 2.5g sugar per 100g)

Vegetarian Burger with the lot.
Toasted wholegrain bun topped with lettuce, tomato, veggie burger, mushroom, fried onion, avocado, gherkin, egg and full fat mayonnaise
Chicken Schnitzel, Silverbeet, Potatoes, Carrots, Beans, Cauliflower and Broccoli
Fried Rice with Vegetarian  Mushroom, Beanshoot and Celery Omelette topped with a yummy sauce I made with Cornflour, Water, Chicken Stock Powder, Soy Sauce and Dextrose

Saturday, January 8, 2011

My 10 Tips for success

I am 5 months in to Fructose free living and it is now so easy for me. Shopping is a breeze because (thanks to a lot of label reading and my new prescription glasses) I have come to know what foods to buy and what to avoid.
Unfortunately this is NOT a photo of me!
Since starting The Sweet Poison Quit Plan I have lost 11kg. The only goal I work toward is to become healthy and the incidental weight loss is definitely helping me to feel  much better than I have for a long time. I have noticed a definite improvement in both my physical and mental well being. I am losing weight from all the right places and I feel like I am turning back the ageing clock by shedding the bulk that had started to gather around my waist.

Fortunately this is NOT a photo of me!
So here are some of my tips for success if you are following the Sweet Poison Quit Plan.

  1. Keep the book handy. I found that re reading parts of the book helped me through some of the earlier and more challenging moments.
  2. Have a mantra that you repeat over and over in your head. Mine is simply the title of my blog. SUGAR IS POISON
  3. Ignore the scales when you start out. Despite feeling thinner I did not lose any weight in the first month then I all of a sudden lost 3kgs and after that have maintained a steady, gradual weight loss. Some people become disheartened when they don't get immediate results.
  4. Embrace fat laden foods. Do not be afraid of the fat content of foods. I really enjoy a full cream latte now. I find that having full cream version makes up for the lack of sugar and is a satisfying treat.
  5. Eat your veggies! The fibre in vegetables is a must have in your diet. When I reduced the amount of fruit I consumed I made sure to compensate by eating more veggies. I do not even consider the fructose content of veggies given that they are full of fibre.
  6. Drink lots of water. Very cheap drink when you have it on tap. If I am feeling decadent I will have a sparkling mineral water or a nice glass of wine (or two!)
  7. Stock up on Dextrose and buy an ice cream maker. Especially if you have children or an ice cream loving husband like mine. 
  8. When invited out to a BBQ or dinner party then insist that you will only come if you can bring a dessert to share. This is my way of avoiding the problems that might be associated with refusing to eat a sugar laden treat that the host might have spent hours preparing.
  9. Search the internet for information, forums and articles that will reinforce the anti sugar message. (Good for you. You already have done this because you are reading this!)
  10. If anyone challenges what you are doing in a negative way then challenge them to read the book. That (and the fact that you are looking fabulous) should shut them up! 
In my next blog I am going to share with you some of the typical meals I eat. 
Until then. Have fun and take care.

Monday, January 3, 2011

My Post Christmas Post

Well Christmas and the New Year Celebrations have been and gone and I am happy to report that I have made it through with incredible ease. None of the customary weight gain for me this time round. I easily resisted all the sugar laden fare and was not at all tempted by the handful of toffees that a stalking Santa slipped into my handbag while I was innocently shopping.
I like to give out candy. I want people to love me!

We had 30 food loving people at our place to feed on Christmas Day. For mains I served a perfectly cooked whole Beef Eye Fillet accompanied by a Red Wine Jus and Horseradish cream. We cooked a huge piece of pork on the rotisserie of the BBQ. My sister took on the crazy challenge of boning and stuffing a turkey and bought it to my place still steaming hot and ready to carve. We had scalloped potatoes and baby potatoes covered in garlic and parsley butter along with several magnificent salads that were provided by other members of the family. (Oh! and of course I also made sure there was a chunk of non animal protein for my Vegetarian husband)

For dessert I served the fructose free Brandy Baskets that I shared with you in an earlier post. I made a mountain of icecream with my dwindling supply of dextrose. They were a real hit. I experimented a bit with the ice cream and made several different flavours including chocolate, peppermint choc chip and  pistachio. I filled the baskets with a couple of scoops of icecream and then topped it off with a spoonful of macerated fresh berries with chopped basil. Unfortunately I did not have time to take a photo to share with you but it was very much enjoyed by all. The ice cream was especially popular and most guests came back for seconds.

The whole Christmas thing has made me much  more aware of how much crap we are exposed to as part of our so called celebrations. I couldn't help but notice the Hot Cross Buns are already on the shelves in the supermarket today and that means that Easter Eggs will soon follow. It's any wonder that we have an Obesity Crisis in our Western World and I feel that it is a ploy of big business to target mainly the young and socially disadvantaged so that they become addicted to the lethal white stuff.

Usually at this time of year I would be scouring the stores for Post Christmas bargains and part of that exercise would include stocking up on a heap of confectionery that has been reduced to clear.

But  this year I was on the lookout for something else altogether. 

This year I bought myself some very nice new clothes that show off my increasingly pleasing form. Even I have to admit that my body is slowly transforming from flabby frump style to comfortably curvy. My husband even noted that I have lost weight in all the right places. Given that he is a boob loving guy I am guessing that you don't need me to elaborate!

I also bought 12 bottles of cream.

 Not the sort of thing you would expect a person who is losing weight to purchase but I have a store that is within walking distance to where I live that is called Not Quite Right or NQR. They sell groceries that are close to the use by date or end of line or surplus stock for a fraction of what they charge at the supermarket. I bought all this for $3.96. Much to the delight of my husband I will be re stocking the freezer with several batches of home made ice cream over the next week or so. I love making my own Fructose Free Ice Cream and my husband loves eating it.
 A perfect partnership!

Since I have been Fructose free my intake of fat in the form of cream and butter has greatly increased yet my weight has been dropping consistently. I am living proof that David Gillespie's Sweet Poison Quit Plan does work.

Hooray and Happy New Year to all of you.