Day 1 – 8th June 2019

My plan is to take a photo of each meal and then look at any tricky bits in the day. Today my surprise finds were that stock cubes have sugar in them and so does tonic water, in my head I had thought “oh I’ll just drink tonic water at social things” um no and the diet versions have artificial sweeteners in them which are also off the table. I did find work rounds, regarding the stock I made my own stock with various veg and herbs, which is great and probably very good for me but if someone who is relying on food banks is diagnosed with cancer are they really going to have the stash of herbs available? Giving up sugar is the most recommended diet advice given by friends and family after a diagnosis but even for a second entertaining the idea it would help, is refined sugar that evil that a smidge in a stock cube would be harmful? I seriously doubt it. But this is part of the years challenge so I made stock while acknowledging I’m bloody lucky to have shelves of stuff at hand. The drink issue I felt quite clever on and chucked some fruit tea bags ( no sweeteners I checked) into plain fizzy water to take to the party I was going to this afternoon.

The party itself was surprisingly ok as my first drink free out, I am ashamed to admit it but I don’t think I have been to a group social thing outside of meeting for coffee without having a couple of drinks for years. I definitely rely on it to ease nerves and settle myself. Not having that emotional crutch was interesting but not altogether unpleasant, the people I was with will of course helped. What’s the quote “if you have to drink to spend time with friends you need more interesting friends”. The only slightly awkward thing was saying when people asked why I was acting like a weird picky person avoiding everything saying that I was fundraising without going into the whole ins and outs. Which although I was guilty of oversharing when Charlotte was at her sickest now when I’m socialising, I just want to talk about nonsense like everyone else. It will be interesting to see how I take to evening socialising without a crutch. Thankfully I know a bunch of amazing people so it shouldn’t be too tough.

What I ate today both in pictures and words:-


Oats, mixed berries, unsweetened almond milk.


Crackers (contained a small amount of honey allowed under the rules), butter, cheese, a bell pepper and sugar snap peas.


Spinach leaves, feta, cheese and mini potatoes.


Stew made with chicken, various veg and homemade stock.


100% dark chocolate, lychees

Total alcohol of course 0

Total sugars (from fruit and veg) 54g

Even without processed sugar plants, milk, cheese naturally contain sugars