This week we have been undertaking a Challenge to be more #SweetSmart with Canderel and when this challenge was put to us, I was rather excited to try as trying to lose weight and develop a healthy lifestyle with food is what I would like to do for the future not only for me but for the whole family.
This whole challenge for me was about everything in healthy moderation and for swapping Sugar for an alternative that holds fewer calories and less carbs. However Reducing our overall consumption was the name of the game for us.
Discovering The Real Amounts Of Sugar
This really was the biggest of our shocks, although we thought as a collective family unit we were not consuming much sugar, we were totally wrong.
We are not a family that delves into the sugar bowl daily and we don’t allow our kids to have sugar on their cereals. Shockingly however the main part of our sugar intake actually came from cooking sauces and table sauces and bread! with tomato based cooking sauces one of our main cooking ingredients multiple times a week.
Symptoms Of Reducing Sugar
The first few days for me reducing our sugar content overall actually gave me a stinking headache, and if I am honest fairly bad-tempered, these lasted for couple of days.
Coping With Sugar Alternatives
Since this week was all about reducing our overall consumption but not giving it up altogether I am super pleased to say that we have been doing two main things.
The first thing is we have been making alternative choices in the meals we have picked … yes we have still being eating similar foods, although instead of ignoring the sugar content we have been swapping them slightly to reduce overall sugar content.
The second thing we have tried this week is using the Canderel as a substitute in some of our cooking and baking to see if we could taste any difference like the Forest Fruit Cobbler I made, and to be fair no one battered an eyelid so it must have been ok.
Its been a really steep learning curve for us as we have never really thought much overall about sugar content and in the past have focussed on fats and calories, so It been a real eye opener seeing just how many of our basics contain such high levels of sugar.
I think with anything that you’re trying to moderate in a diet it takes planning. Quick fix meals and snacks only lead me to make unsmart choices so by preparing physically this meant that I didn’t grab for the nearest sugar ladened snack.
Overall I am pleased we undertook the challenge and I am intending to keep being more sugar aware from now on.
For us its about moderation, moderation, moderation.
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post with Canderel. All thoughts and opinions were those of members if The Oliver’s Madhouse.