Almost everyday we’re reminded how bad our diet is. Constantly we’re told to eat more fruit and vegetables, then we’re told to eat even more. The damage done by too much sugar in our diet is laid out in front of us relentlessly.
All the while the world keeps turning we have ever more to do with seemingly fewer people to do it. Time slips away and there is scarcely enough to do everything we must do and a little of what we like.
So is it all our own fault if our diet is not what it should be? How hard is it really to live within the “guidelines” for daily sugar intake, and how extra hard is it if we don’t know how to cook and don’t have much interest in doing so?
Its not surprising that people ragged and tired from a days work will pick up the easiest option to flash through the microwave. Food companies pack their products with sugars but changing that is much harder than changing our own attitude. So how difficult is it to pretty much cut out sugar from our diet?
Walking around the supermarket and looking at the labels it seems a daunting task. Sugar is in pretty much everything so the battle isn’t just tough its almost looks impossible. But is it?
For the next 30 days I’m going to try and cut out pretty much all sugar. I’m still eating fruit and I will be allowing myself to use ingredients that have tiny quantities in order to make more substantial foods (ie flour for making my own bread which is far healthier than shop bought which is also laden with sugar..yes really). So no sugar, no processed foods, no alcohol, no artificial sweeteners, no corn syrup, no fructose, no honey.
My experiment isn’t because I have a specific worry about my health, its because I want to know just how hard it is to live like this considering that I have a deep love and interest in food whereas many don’t. If there is an upside to my health, as I expect there to be, well that’s great too.
Every day I’ll be blogging about my experience, what’s tough, what’s enjoyable, what’s challenging and what’s rewarding. I’m not on a crusade to change your diet, but I do want to help you understand how hard it will be for you if you want to.