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Lent (no sugar) recap

Happy Easter!

Benn far too busy for anyones liking but I thought Easter would be a good way to get back into the writing swing.

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Right, lent was interesting. I cannot say I was 100% processed sugar free all the time but it was a big eye opener. I thought numbered points might help with the recap (all of the following points are my own opinon or observation and not medically or scientidically proven in any way):

1. Processed sugar is in everything! – we (as consumers and producers) rely on it far too much and to really cut out all processed sugar I would have had to cook every little bite from scratch!
2. Processed sugar is the cause of a lot of the body issues I have. This may be the case for most people but I cannot generalise – processed sugar makes my skin oily and spotty; my overall skin condition is better without it; my mood is more consistent without it; colds feel easier to handle without it; and I seem to drink more water!
3. Everything tastes really sweet now. Fruit teas are lovely and sweet and I even have to water down my smoothies and fruit juice! Chocolate is lovely but extremely sweet – no choccy overload for me!
4. My mid morning or afternoon cravings have been reduced – either through less sugar or more fresh fruit and veg.

Those are the main points I could think of but overall I will definitely try and reduce my processed sugar intake on a daily basis as I feel so much better for it!

How did your lent go? And I hope you had a fun Easter!

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Super breakfast!

It’s a shame we don’t always have time for super special breakfasts on a weekday but there’s no reason not to have sometjing really tasty.

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This quick breakfast was sliced avocado on seeded toast and a bowl of baked apple pieces with sliced banana and blueberries. I ‘baked’ the apple in the microwave by cutting it into bite sized pieces and zapping it for 5 minutes while I was doing the toast. The bowl had 2 whole apples in – skins and all. Super tasty and super healthy!

Baked apple has continued to be a saviour during lent as it tastes so puddinh-like without the processed sugar.

Talking of lent, I may have gone overboard at the weekend. No excuses: I just didn’t avoid sugar when I could have. So today (as well as yesterday) it’s back on the no-processed sugar bandwagon!

Give me all of the baked apple!

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Bento (No.80)

Lack of posts this week sorry!

It’s been a busy busy week at work, and with all the rest (half marathon this Sunday!).

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So, this bento is one for the boyfriend. He has a wholemeal ham sandwich (nice and simple), cucumber, grapes, cherry tomatoes, malt loaf, babybel, cereal bar and sweeties.

Nice and easy, but not so neatly packed!! Terrible me!

Lent is getting difficult. I said I’d try and give up processed sugar and I haven’t eaten cakes, biscuits, flavoured yogurt, sweets or chocolate since the start of lent however, what doesn’t contain sugar! Processed sugar is in bread, all the sauces, drinks, cereals!! I haven’t been able to avoid bread (I only eat wholemeal/seeded bread anyway), or all sauces! I do think that all the sugar I have avoided has made a big difference. I don’t feel I need sweet things to kerp me going, my skin is miles better and I’ve even lost a little bit of weight! I feel I’ve been eating more, as I’ve been upping my veggies to reduce the amount of bread or other processed carbs that I eat.

So, hows your lent going?

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Bento (No.79)

Happy Monday! How was everyone’s weekend? Mine was super busy, 2 runs (one was soooooo long), family round, baking, tidying….and all the rest!

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This bento is from last weeks lot. I made chicken salad for my Dad 🙂 this is where bentos come in useful: Dad is only able to take 1 lunchbox in his bag (there’s no room for more!), and he wanted salad! Sooooo, we pack the bento to separate the foods according to mixability (that is obviously a word).
In this bento I have packed chicken salad with grated cheese (no dressing), unsalted nuts and a satsuma, malt loaf and a homemade blueberry yogurt muffin.
Ive packed it so that the muffin is well away from the salad to stop it from getting cheesy!!

Now an update from the no-sugar side of things:
It’s not bad! Been having more fruit and a little maple syrup or honey instead of any sugar and it’s going good! Even on my Sunday long run I was craving fruit!! Not sweets! It’s difficult to say no to chocolate and there is sugar in everything!! I think it will get more difficult as the weeks continue, but we’ll see 🙂

How are your lent ‘resolutions’ going?

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Bento (No. 78)

Best ever bento maker time (or that’s what my brother said after I made him a similar bento to my dads one below!
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This bento contains sliced up quesadillas (with pepper, ham, courgette and cheese in), cucumber, mini homemade blueberry yogurt muffin, satsuma and malt loaf (in foil). There was also some nuts under the muffin 🙂

Talking of muffins, guess what starts today? Lent.
Pancake day was awesome yesterday but today I am beginning the 6 week journey of lent. I promise (both to yourselves and myself) that I will stick to my lent challenge as much as I possibly can.
I pledge to give up processed sugar for lent; first the easy stuff like sweets and chocolate, but this includes white carbs and added sugar.
Hmmmm…..
I have one get out clause – I will still fuel my runs with a small amount of jelly beans and energy drink but at no other time shall I eat those gorgeous jelly sweets.

Right…who’s with me?

What are you giving up for lent?

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