I'm not surprised I have stuck to it because I feel fantastic. I'm not sure I will ever go back to the way I used to eat, knowing what I know now.
The food component of this household has changed dramatically. No more endless snacking on fruit. No more daily baking. No more more ignoring the cheese section at the supermarket. Lots of marscapone cheese, lots of cacciatore sausage, Haloumi, butter, full fat feta, coconut oil, bacon, pork crackle, cream, full cream milk, full cream natural yoghurt. We are going through so much butter and it's rocking my socks. It makes everything delicious. I want to scream. THIS TASTE DELICIOUS. And to the amazement of my neighbours, sometimes I do.
5 months in and the hardest part to becoming sugar free is limiting the fruit intake. When you've been conditioned to embrace it your whole life, it's a hard thing to break. I still struggle with this but I know it will take time. It's strange to me now how I ration a banana. It's so high in fructose I finely slice no more than a quarter of it and add it to my yoghurt.
I'm excited by food. Not scared of it. Cooked in duck fat you say!? No worries. Would you like bacon? Yes! Shall we cook those eggs in bacon fat? Bring it. Should I eat that bacon fat? YES! Would you like a slice of pavlova?..... Errrr NO.
I have indulged in the odd sweet treat at parties. But that's where it ends. My cravings do not seem to return. The sweet food is for the party and that is that. If I catch a nibble of some chocolate I am amazed. Why do they make it so sweet? The sweetness to me now is just excessive and I really do not enjoy the flavour.
Now I get cravings of a different sort. Cravings for berries and cream. For cheese. For buttery popcorn. But I'm stoked. My appetite really has diminished.
I've been quite surprised by the events of the past few months. I was never "into" this sort of stuff. I. I do remember however gasping at people with FULL FAT DAIRY IN THEIR TROLLEY. OH MY GOD.. YOU'RE GOING TO GET FAT PEOPLE! FAT!!! Turns out I was wrong.
And now I have become a little obsessed with it all. I'm on the net until all hours googling Coconut oil and reading about anything I can get my hands on. I'm stalking forums and reading Facebook pages on an hourly basis. I'm telling everyone. Debating the issue, being questioned. Getting easily frustrated with organisations such as The Heart Foundation who ignore the research on saturated fats and sugar and still preach the exact opposite. Listening to Professor What's His Name on You Tube. I'm always curious as to why people would go on a Low Fat diet (or as I call them Starvation Diets. Because all they do is make you hungrier).
I've turned into some sort of "alternative nutrition expert', dispelling the myths about fat and spreading the joys of a sugar free life to anyone who will listen and anyone who will not listen. They still look at me as if I landed from Mars. And that's ok. It will take time. One person at a time.
I've done my job for nutrition in Australia. I have converted approximately 5 people to a sugar free life. There's only 18 million people or so to go.
Wish me luck?