Friendship, or how to stay warm during winter and not annoy the dog!

You got to have friends

Working at sugar free…..

So being sugar free should be easy……ah but it’s not. Have you read your food labels lately? While you’re at it – look for all the sneaky ways you can describe sugar…..

Then we’ll talk about processed food.

So what I’ve discovered is it’s far easier to make things from scratch then try and wade through all the different and sneaky ways you can describe sugar, gluten, dairy…..

The end result – a warm and inviting smell in the house for my family – who have been entertained with my attempts at baking without sweeteners….okay so some things work, others are a little on the interesting side….But at least I’m trying.

Sugar Free, Gluten Free, Lactose Free

Okay so I’ve been missing in action – it’s been a busy few months for me, but ten days ago I decided I’d had enough of an addiction that I’ve been battling for decades.

So I’ve started down the route of reducing and eliminating sugar from my diet. I have been eating fruit – two pieces a day, but apart from the sugar in the Soy Milk I drink, that’s it. No sugary sweets or desserts, and what a difference I’m finding.

As you might know, I’m also menopausing – after undergoing the big operations in the previous two years, and I’ve found eliminating both excess sugar, and gluten has had a benefit of reducing my horrendous night sweats and hot flushes.

It’s hard, I’m not saying giving up a lifetime addiction is easy, I can easily be distracted into looking at super sweet desserts or pondering what I’m going to chew on while writing my assignments for University….But it’s going to be worth it in the long run.

Some books that I found really helpful in my decision included:

Sweet Poison by David Gillespie and I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson.

Sweet Poison author David Gillespie

I Quit Sugar

how to make your own almond milk

spicejac:

This is a must for those of us living with dairy intolerances

Originally posted on The Muffin Myth:

how to make almond milk // the muffin mythWhen I first moved to Sweden I had a list of foodstuffs I needed to source out in order to ensure my happiness. Among other things, tofu, nutritional yeast, and soy milk were must haves. I’ve always been a soy milk girl when it comes to non-dairy milks, though I know that these days it isn’t particularly in vogue and people are slurping back almond milk like nobody’s business. I still treat myself to soy milk from time to time, but I don’t often buy it. My gripes with most store-bought nut milks are threefold. First, I find the protein : fat ratio is usually not what I’m looking for, second, there is usually a lot of added sugar, and third, most are loaded with all kinds of thickeners, stabilizers, and preservatives.

how to make your own almond milk // the muffin myth

I’ve come around to almond milk lately, especially when it’s home made. Soak, blend, strain, and boom! You’ve milked those…

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Living in the time of hate and fear – HATE NOT, FEAR NOT by ROBERT GRAVES

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but these days, it appears to me, there is a tendency to fall back on hate and fear as the easy path. I see it on the streets, people prefer these two strong emotional responses than having to bother reaching out and making a true connection.

I found this poem and wanted to share it with you, written as it was by Graves during the First World War

HATE NOT, FEAR NOT by ROBERT GRAVES

Kill if you must, but never hate:
Man is but grass and hate is blight,
The sun will scorch you soon or late,
Die wholesome then, since you must fight.

Hate is a fear, and fear is rot
That cankers root and fruit alike,
Fight cleanly then, hate not, fear not,
Strike with no madness when you strike.

Fever and fear distract the world,
But calm be you though madmen shout,
Through blazing fires of battle hurled,
Hate not, strike, fear not, stare Death out!

Absence makes the heart grow fonder

Life has gotten busy again, and we have the NBN finally rolling out – so that makes me happy because we’ll finally get reliable internet.

But the downside is that there will be few posts while it happens as the installers are mucking around with our phone lines.

So for now, I wish you well and see you on the flipside!

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