Sugar free flapjacks and bread recipe plus last weeks natural sugar intake.

Super busy right now so apologies for the brevity. I’m struggling a little with this challenge as it takes so much time to do everything. Just to avoid those tiny bit of sugar in everything I’m making stock and all sorts of things. If I want bread I need to bake it. Thankfully I have found a way to make a pretty decent buckwheat soda bread at least and flapjacks.

500g Buckwheat flour

350ml tepid water

3 tbsp olive oil
¼ tsp salt

1 tbsp lemon juice

200ml natural yoghurt

2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp xanthan gum

2 tsp bicarbonate soda

All goes in the blender gets mixed together and then into the oven for 60 mins at 180.

Really simple and easy but comes out like a wholemeal loaf.

200 g dates

200 g dried apricots

4 bananas

300 g Oats

60 g peanut butter

60 g seeds

Cinnamon and vanilla extract to taste

Blend the banana, dates, apricots and peanut butter till smooth then use a mixer to stir in the oats and seeds to keep a rough oat texture.

Bake at 180 for 20 mins

Anyway here is last weeks sugar intake

Day 24 – foot turning more purple!

This morning I taught Pilates, as well as homeschooling my daughter due to her health problems and studying for a Master’s part time myself I teach yoga and Pilates. I teach in some genuinely beautiful places and the students are such wonderful people. It’s honestly always a joy to go to work even when life is being sticky. It also reminds me that without exercise and mindfulness I’d probably not be coping at all. It is and has been for many years my sanctuary.

Exercise is rather tricky as my foot is gradually bruising more as breaks often do and rather sore after yesterday’s accidental walk! But I can still do a great deal of yoga and my coach is fabulous at planning around any issue. This is what I did today.

After cooking for my daughter, I did a little pre-reading for starting to teach Charlotte physics tomorrow. I’m not looking forward to that! Biology I’m very comfortable with, Chemistry moderately but Physics will be interesting! Thankfully her dad is a mathematician so any equations are his forte.

I’ve had a couple of people mention how well I look, which as I said in previous posts I’m not feeling any different but that could be due to stress. So perhaps the change in sugar intake and having a zero booze intake is showing on the outside.

Today’s food (only one picture! Sorry still not in the habit)

Breakfast

Berries, goat yoghurt, seeds

Lunch

Loads of veg, olive oil, roasted pine nuts

Dinner

Veg burger, salad leaves, olives, hummus and olive oil

Snacks

Dark chocolate and a banana

Total sugars

Day 18 – beach yoga, coffee and thinking about birthday cake.

I went to a beach yoga class which turned out to be a bootcamp and although I’m sure it was perfect as far as bootcamps go I hate group exercise generally. I know you’re thinking “why go to a yoga class then?” well because to me yoga is different, you’re doing your own practice around other people. It’s a hanging out but seperate vibe. Group exercise is all that “all in it together” mostly humiliating myself being crap at running kinda stuff. Also because I was expecting yoga I turned up in my vans and ended up having to go barefoot or ruin vans and think I broke my toe on something. Still it was beautiful scenery.

No my little toe isn’t normally this fat

I’ll definitely go back if it’s good weather next week and will be yoga but if it’s overcast and likely to be “bootcamp” I’ll just practice at home I think 😂

On the positives for today I had some really lovely support from a couple of old friends, one I met for coffee and the other via the phone. But I felt that very special thing where you genuinely believe someone is there for you. Which is lovely.

Things aren’t any better with my son, in fact I’d say worse. I’m hoping he’ll get the help he needs. Or should I say will take the help he’s being offered. We met today for a chat with a counsellor, it was so awful I think it will be many weeks before I feel comfortable even sitting in a room together again.

Food wise I forgot to photograph today but it was a fairly bland just get food sorted day.

Breakfast

Oats, apple, dates

Lunch

Corn cakes, butter, cheese

Dinner

Falafels, salad, grapes, natto,

Snacks

Dark chocolate

Total sugars – virtually all from 30g of dates this morning

It’s coming up to my birthday and I’m pondering what to do about birthday cake, shall I allow rice syrup as some of the “sugar free” gurus do because it’s glucose and the evil bit is apparently fructose. Or should I make a whole load of raw cakes which would probably all basically taste like banana or date or banana, date and avocado. Any thoughts?

Day 6- dog walk, CrossFit and struggling to eat enough

I slept for 11 hours last night. I think I needed it too. I didn’t really sleep the night before I rarely do the night before Charlotte seeing the oncologist and there are other stresses going on that I can’t talk about here. But boy did I sleep last night! Partly helped by it being the time of year I need to take antihistamines which always make me a little sleepy. Poor Jasper dog though, it was a clear 12 hours since the last time he’d been let out for the loo. I’m amazed he didn’t shoot straight out of the door!

I had a little extra time this morning so made museli, I found earlier in the week that toasting half of the oats makes a huge difference texture wise, sweetness came from finely chopped dates and half an apple each. I love food which isn’t going to change across this year so I’m going to have to put a little extra effort into making sure it’s tasty.

Speaking of which I bought a new cookbook to puruse, The How Not to Die Cookbook. I am not sure I am entirely on board with the full on message of the original book but I certainly know with these kind of books in going to find some decent veg based sugar free meals. I’m quite excited to look at it later.

One of the issues I’m having at the moment is getting enough calories in, especially on training days. I suspect I’ll be eating a whole lot of avocados and peanut butter this year!

Costa for a coffee with a friend was so filled with lovely smells and tempting things. I am going to miss hot chocolate very much this year but a cappuccino with cinnamon was still lovely.

Today’s food in pictures and words

Breakfast

Home made museli, oats, dates, apple, blueberries and unsweetened almond milk.

Lunch

Curried Cauliflower soup

Salmon, salad leaves and a kiwi.

Dinner

2 boiled eggs, salad, pecans, blackberries.

Snacks

Avocado mousse made with an avocado, raspberries and coconut milk.

Skinny cappuccino at Costa with cinnamon on the top rather than chocolate

Today’s exercise

First a dog walk with Jasper, a fairly slow amble along the old Alnwick to Alnmouth railway tracks which are gradually being restored. It’s a lovely walk especially on a rainy day when quiet. Jasper wasn’t too impressed by puddles up to his arm pits though! My Star Lord jacket is awesome at keeping me dry though. Not sure how someone managed to go home without their underwear though!!

Later in the afternoon I practiced Ashtanga standing series to warm up for CrossFit then it was as below. Certainly a lot to get through but it felt really, really good today. You know when you have one of those workouts that just feel amazing. Pretty rare at times but this was one of them.

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Day 2

Brief post today, no exciting discoveries re hidden sugars and food wise kept it simple.

Breakfast

Fruit, goats yogurt, seeds

Lunch

A lot of veg, 3 eggs, sprinkle of cheese

Dinner

Stew, corn crackers, butter

Snacks

Naked bar (squished dates no added sugar yey) 100% dark chocolate

Total sugars 65 g

From the below sources

Alcohol of course 0

Exercise was a bit of yoga, a bit of gym and a slow “sniffs” walk with Jasper the dog.