I’m not judging you for not quitting sugar – just finding my own line

I recently came across this article on my Facebook news-feed, shared by a vegetarian friend. The author, Sylvia, shares her frustrations about how often she is questioned about her vegetarianism, and says that this usually turns into a debate about the pros and cons of not eating meat.

In discussing the reasons why she has experienced hostility towards her lifestyle, Sylvia comes to the conclusion that people don’t like to feel judged, and that even though she stopped eating meat as a personal choice; “the message behind stepping outside the status quo is that the status quo is bad, and that puts people on the defensive.” The irony of this, is that when people do get defensive and lash out because they fear they are being judged, their hostility or criticism is usually terribly judgmental in itself.

Sylvia writes about everyone having a ‘line’, and this being different for each person. Vegans, vegetarians, those who eat a small amount of organic or free-range meat. The boundaries that each of us build, related to what we will and won’t eat, is not dissimilar to how we consume products more generally.

Cutting out sugar from my own diet has been a challenge. But not so much because of the cutting out of it – rather, the eye-rolling, scorn, and derision from other people, both to my face and behind my back. It doesn’t bother me anymore. It has actually been a valuable lesson for me in being true to myself and not allowing myself to be bullied, and in focusing on my own positive outcomes instead of others’ negativity. I don’t judge anyone else for not quitting sugar. Quitting sugar is hard, not least because sugar is entrenched in our food industry, and wealthy corporations pay enormous sums of money to keep us in the dark about how sugar affects our health. If my mother had not been diagnosed with diabetes earlier this year, I probably wouldn’t have quit sugar at all – because there wouldn’t have been the catalyst for me to start researching and learning about food and health, and certainly not the motivation to make any changes.

If you had told me last year when I was pregnant and scoffing Nutella from the jar, that I would be the way I am now, I would have said I felt perfectly fine the way I was. My eagerness to share my new knowledge is more akin to being like a couple newly in love, who want all their single friends to be in relationships, so they too can experience the joy that they have discovered. Or, a fit person, who wants everyone else to exercise, because they feel so good! Basically, a well intentioned, but very annoying person. πŸ˜‰

In other food news this week:

I came across a healthy dark chocolate mousse (see featured image above) by Victoria @_naturalnutrition_ on Instagram, and had to have a go. It’s dense, filling, nutritious and satisfied my sweet tooth.

Combine a 270ml can of coconut cream, 1/3 cup mashed avocado (or sweet potato puree, or a combination of both!), 1/3 cup raw cacao, 1/2 tsp vanilla powder and 3 tbsp rice malt syrup in a food processor, and whiz it up until well combined. Pour into 2 – 3 serving glasses, and chill in the fridge for at least an hour. Serve topped with a dollop of natural peanut butter or other nut butter, crumbled pecans, cacao nibs and a drizzle of rice malt syrup. Or, whatever you want, really! Berries, macadamias, and coconut flakes would also be nice.

Healthy dark chocolate mousse.

Healthy dark chocolate mousse.

A bit rustic! IQS Choc Mint Slice (fructose-free_

A bit rustic! IQS Choc Mint Slice (low-fructose)

Secondly, I had a go at making this IQS chocolate mint slice, which is very low fructose. The ganache uses 85% dark chocolate, so there is a little over a teaspoon of fructose in the entire slice (which serves 25). Check out their photo, it’s much nicer than mine! πŸ˜€

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