I arrived at work later than normal this morning (8am) because I am still off the exercise which means I leave home about the same time as every mother in their oversized four-wheel drive and need to battle the traffic of Camberwell to reach my daily grind.
I was not feeling the best for a few reasons –
- Still no exercise
- Still painful back
- Work moving day. I was losing the desk I loved (natural light, space, close to kitchen and thus food supply) and moving to sit with my new team. I couldn’t decide if it was just the desk I was upset about losing, or saying goodbye to the old role and starting the new. Sappy I know, especially when I was only moving twenty meters to the other side of the room and I’m excited by my new role, and given my old role has not been replaced yet, will no doubt be doing that too, but change always brings a sense of melancholies.
Maybe I am pre-menstrual. Too much information? Sorry I apologize.
So when I finally got to my desk carting my laptop, ipad, handbag and two bags of my weekly food, I was pleasantly surprised by the brown paper wrapped cookbook I found waiting for me.
Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar.
I forgot I had asked a friend to get it for me, and it was a great Monday morning surprise!
My cooking and my baking will be taken to an entire new level with this easy to read, follow and fall in love with cookbook. And as one person said ‘if I could get legs like that I would quit sugar too!”
Along with my new cookbook, another clean eating friend sent me an image of this little treasure which I never knew existing (and haven’t decided if it’s a good thing I found out about it). Paleo chocolate!!!
At first I thought it was a little controversial and somewhat contradictory – I mean isn’t clean eating all about stripping back the processed, the man made, the human touch? And looking at this elegant wrapper and patterned dark chocolate goodness, I’m not sure it’s all that well aligned. But it is handmade, gluten free, dairy free, soy free and has no refined sugar. So I guess when I get to the local health food store post this 30 day challenge it is worth a taste test.
Speaking of controversial and contradicting, that’s exactly what my sister Megan pointed out via email I was like after yesterday’s blog post….
Subject line – It’s too late for you!
This comment contradicts everything you listed….
You are one of those people!!
But she was right, I was!
Somehow I had started a war on sugar with my nearest and dearest and at the same time started a war on morals… and judgment and contradiction….
The email banter continued when my other vegetarian clean eating sister joined in….
Heidi (Vegetarian clean eater who has been ranting about organic and free range for many years)–
I distinctly remember a time not too dissimilar to this at a family do when everyone was chowing down on junk and someone offered me a soft drink and when I said I don’t drink soft drink S Mase rolled her eyeballs at me!
MY HOW THE TIMES HAVE CHANGED!
Megan (Often gluten free due to boyfriend, but otherwise open to all food groups. Favourite meal used to be cheese and tomato sauce on Strasberg) –
YEAH STACEY, YEAH!!!
I’m going to poison you with sugar as punishment
Me (clearly new to this eating plan, but now I have found it look down at those who don’t know it’s there) –
That must have been a while ago, I have not drunk soft drink for a while…. Thanks for your support friends. I know I am eating humble pie but you don’t have to make it taste so bad
PS I assume this humble pie has no sugar?
You see what being the oldest of six siblings four of whom are girls gets me right? No wonder I was driven to sugar.
But I did deserve it.
I have been parading my relatively new (day 15) clean eating practice in front of others who didn’t deserve it. And as I am finding out, many others who have silently and with far more humbled modesty quit sugar or gluten or something previously but unlike me did not feel the need to wave it around in front of others faces’.
But it’s now HALF WAY…. Surely I get some grace of goodness for being so good?
No wagon fall off, no slight hiccup (let’s just forget the red wine jus shall we?) nothing! I have a new eating plan I have stuck to with determination and grit and actually (for the most part) liked it.
I am amazed by the support (excluding the above) I have received from friends and family who make a conscious effort to ensure what they have prepared can be adapted to suit my needs.
I am also startled by what I can only call the ‘paleo revolution’ with many different forms of primal clean eating coming out of the woodwork – or caves if we need a bad pun – and offering up menu plans and advice, and as we have seen with the chocolate, food lines.
So 15 down and 15 to go, a new cookbook in hand, some more MODs coming fast and strong and only one major event looming on the horizon that brings me trickle of nerve Next Saturday’s girls Christmas in July dinner…
But never fear, paleo friends are near, and tomorrow is day 16…
- Paleo Diet Recipes | “Paleo Cookbooks” Teaches People How to Cook… (prweb.com)
- Sweet like sugar…or not – The Paleo Diet (lovelifeandhappyeverafter.com)