Links I Like

From Diet Doctor, one of my favourite low-carb websites, comes the inspiring story of My, a Swedish engineer who lost 208 lbs (94 kilos) on a low-carb high-fat diet (photos below). I’m a sugar addict too, so…

— From Diet Doctor, one of my favourite low-carb websites, comes the inspiring story of My, a self-confessed sugar addict who lost 208 lbs (94 kilos) on a low-carb high-fat diet. Her story’s from 2016, but her wise words bear repeating: “Food should only be fuel for us addicts, not a treat or a consolation.”

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Fruits and vegetables were small, fibrous, and much less sweet before we domesticated them.
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Creamy Chocolate Pudding

Dessert – a perennial problem on a sugar-free Paleo diet! Fruit’s always an option, of course, but what if you’re craving

Dessert – a perennial problem on a sugar-free Paleo diet! Fruit’s always an option, of course, but what if you’re craving chocolate?

This fast and easy pudding lets you pay homage to the goddess Theobroma* and still eat healthily.

My husband and I find the creamy chocolatey-ness very satisfying on its own, so I make this without any added sweeteners.

However, if you’re transitioning to sugar-free, you could add any of the following: Continue reading “Creamy Chocolate Pudding”

Paleo Pancakes

These fluffy pancakes contain no added sugars, but still taste delicious thanks to the natural sweetness of plantains or bananas

These fluffy pancakes contain no added sugars, but still taste delicious thanks to the natural sweetness of plantains or bananas. They’re a bit on the carby side, so we have them now and then as a treat.

The recipe’s based on Perfect Paleo Pancakes, with a few tweaks. You can have them for breakfast, or as a dessert. I prefer the latter, because protein-rich breakfasts work best for me.

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My favourite books on sugar

This is Part 2 of my response to reader Kim F.’s question, “What Paleo resources guided you on your journey?”

Part 1 covered websites; this post lists my favourite books about Paleo, low-carb, and more, plus a few useful cookbooks.

I own and have read all the books listed here except Pure, White and Deadly — I’m waiting for the updated version to come out next month.

I’m lucky enough to own all the books listed below except Pure, White and Deadly  (waiting for the updated version to come out). Books are listed in no particular order, but my top favourites are starred (*). Continue reading “My favourite books on sugar”

Update: 2 weeks in and 5 pounds down

It’s been two weeks of sugar-free awesomeness — I think it’s time for an update.

In a nutshell, I’ve lost weight, I feel more energetic, I’m sleeping better, my skin’s smoother, and best of all, I don’t feel controlled by sugar cravings. I’m loving it so far! Keep reading for all the details.

It’s been two weeks of sugar-free awesomeness — I think it’s time for an update.

In a nutshell, I’ve lost weight, I feel more energetic, I’m sleeping better, my skin feels smoother, and best of all, I don’t feel controlled by sugar cravings. I’m loving it so far!  Continue reading “Update: 2 weeks in and 5 pounds down”

Sugar: The world’s most popular drug?

From “The Case Against Sugar” by Gary Taubes, one of my favourite books:

Sugar appears to cause pleasure with a price that is difficult to discern immediately and paid in full only years or decades later…

From The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes, one of my favourite books:

Sugar appears to cause pleasure with a price that is difficult to discern immediately and paid in full only years or decades later … Most of us today will never know if we suffer even subtle withdrawal symptoms from sugar, because we’ll never go long enough without it to find out.

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Read more in this excerpt from the book: The Guardian: Is Sugar the World’s Most Popular Drug?

My ground rules

These are the rules I’ve been following since January 1, 2017:

Through December 31, 2017, I won’t knowingly eat sugar in any form, natural or artificial, including honey; maple syrup; stevia; sucralose; agave; regular ol’ table sugar; etc.

I want to go sugar-free, and to make it “stick”, I decided to kick-start my efforts by taking it to an extreme, intentionally going above and beyond by avoiding all added sweeteners, natural or artificial.

[Note added four months in: My initial goal was to do this for one calendar year, but I feel so great I might just keep on going!]

These are the rules I’ve been following since January 1, 2017:

  • I won’t knowingly eat added sugar in any form, natural or artificial, including
      • Honey;
      • Maple syrup;
      • Rice bran syrup;
      • Stevia;
      • Sucralose;
      • Agave;
      • Regular ol’ table sugar;
      • Etc. (see the full list)

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