My “I Quit Sugar” cookbook arrived in the mail yesterday and I was able to pick it up today! It’s perfect timing because yesterday marked the end of week one of the eight week program and the last piece of fruit in the house was consumed in last nights’ spectacular Salmon recipe!
The “I Quit Sugar” program asks that you quit sugar and fructose (fruit) to give your body a chance to re-balance. We’re so used to having apple, yoghurt and muesli, or a green smoothie (often with a fruit additions like apple, banana, or berries) for breakfast that I needed to start getting creative, especially for Simon who doesn’t eat much dairy and can’t eat eggs everyday (for cholesterol reasons).
Week one is essentially baby steps, make small changes e.g. vegemite on toast rather than jam, popcorn instead of ice-cream/lollies at the cinema. We didn’t really need to spend too long on this as we generally don’t eat jam or lollies every week; our main focus was eating all the fruit we had in the house.
I told Simon to have a quick look through the “I Quit Sugar” e-book to find a breakfast alternative he’d like to have. He chose the chia pudding and it looked so easy I suggested he should try to make it himself. He was quite pleased with the results and it was all gone by the following day! A good step forward there.
Week two focuses on eating fats - but good fats with the occasional splurge on bacon or haloumi! Yum! Also Raphael (our masseuse/therapeutic physician) wants Simon and I to have two consecutive days a week of just vegetable based meals, no meat, to help with getting toxins out of our bones as part of his treatments. So it’s going to be a trickier week of menu planning than I first thought. Continue to check out the Recipe section to see what I come up with!
The second thing I need to start focusing on is time management. Firstly let me just say I have the utmost respect now for working mums. This blog and health regime has already felt like a full time job so I’m not sure how you manage to do everything you do! Respect ladies (and fellas)!
I was offered some work to help with a Payroll training manual (I was a Payroll Manager in Australia) with Tim, who I met at a knowledge exchange day I attended in London when Simon and I first arrived in Europe. This means that I need find time to fit in my blog, menu planning, yoga and swimming, cooking, market shopping, cleaning, spending time with Simon, eating, sleeping, and now working.
I was really honest with Tim and said that I could not dedicate whole days to this at the moment due to health issues I’m dealing with so I said let’s call a day eight hours and I’ll tally this all up at the end of the week and we can pro-rata payment for time that way. I’ve also never written a training manual so there will need to be time for research as well.
So as exciting as it is to be offered this opportunity there is a niggling concern that adding this new task to my current project may put me at risk of headaches at the same time.
I am, however, known for being a notoriously organised person so this shouldn’t prove impossible! I will post details of how I end up fitting it in next week.