Aah the joys of January; hangovers, money worries, weighty issues and cold dark days.
It is no wonder that so many people throw themselves on the mercy of the dieting industry in a desperate attempt to deal with at least one of the headaches that January can bring – how to lose some of that excess weight which has been sneakily piling on throughout the past year and then fairly piled on over Christmas with all those ‘well earned’ goodies we all love to enjoy so much at this time of year. It is almost like a sprint to the finishing line. Our bodies saying “Hey there it is, the red tape, end-of-the-year-finishing-line, let’s really go for it guys and cram in as many calories as possible and fairly crash through into the New Year!”.
I’m not doing any structured dieting this year. God knows I’ve tried so many stupid things in the past, you just need to read my hypnotic gastric mind band saga to know how far I’ve gone in the pursuit of weight-loss just in the past year alone.
No, instead of beating myself up and tying myself down to any one regime I am simply cutting out one item from my food list. The dreaded White Sugar – The ‘WS’ word if you will.
While I’m not guilty of adding the white stuff to my tea and coffee but I do partake through biccies etc and my favourite nibble, the baguette, through pasta too and anything made with processed white flour which in turn just turns to sugar in the blood stream creating the dreaded sugar highs and crashing lows, added inches to the waistline and heartbreak to the soul.
I know purists will say that cutting sugar means one should eventually remove fruit from the menu and a host of other things, but I am not going down that route, I just want to cut out the Great White ‘S’ as much as possible, but without losing the plot and going overboard about the whole thing.
The thing about any sort of restriction though is the simple fact that we, as humans, rebel against what we feel is an injustice and a deprivation. Our little inner demon (Gollum in my case) gets all antsy and uptight and throws a hissy fit screaming that it’s not Fair that I can’t have anything sweet, I Deserve a treat! Knowing this to be an issue I asked some of my blogging friends to help me by sharing some of their great recipes for sweets and treats that don’t contain the Big Bad WS.
Those bloggers fairly leapt to the challenge and I thought that I would share their recipes here in case there are others out there like me who want to banish the Great White Sugar Shark from their kitchens this January.
So here are over 30 great recipes and ideas for making some amazing sugar free sweets and treats that will satisfy even the grouchiest of inner Gollums and leave you feeling calmer and satisfied and just a tad slimmer this January.
Go on gals, give it a go!
Treats and Bakes