On my way to meet a friend for coffee I notice a butcher has a sign outside for gluten free sausages. I pop in and ask if they are also sugar free and explain why. He looks sympathetic and says he’ll look into it. I say “I can’t imagine going a year without sausage” “I wouldn’t say that in public love” he replied. Oh my.
Anyway I would say I’m a healthy eater and have been for over a decade but like most people I have my moments. I like a bit of cake when I meet a friend, I enjoy a glass of wine at a social occasion, traveling as I am today and feeling tired I would have normally eaten a bar of chocolate or a mousse from one of the coffee shops at the station. I’d certainly have dessert any time I eat out.
Now of course I can’t have any of that stuff. In fact pretty much any thing that’s on the menu for me is a vegetable, fruit or protein based. For example at pret today I wanted the chocolate mousse and probably a hot chocolate, I had a banana, packet of nuts and green tea. This has happened a number of times now where I “would” have eaten one thing, usually sugary and yummy and instead have a far healthier alternative.
For example one the way back from Manchester for the train it wasn’t sandwiches I grabbed but a salad pot. I just leave the dressing off, I did however find an apparently refined sugar free cake at Filmore and Union, I asked them in 6 different ways (I was probably very annoying) and they assured me it was. Then on the train it tasted so nice and sweet I kinda freaked out and emailed them for nutritional info. No word as yet. But two cakes in the freezer for another day. It could well be refined sugar free, my taste buds are whacked right now. Cashew nuts taste sweet!!
Whether the absence of these small indulgences translates into any health benefits remains to be seen.
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