Testy tummies

Having quit sugar now for 8 weeks, i am starting to notice there are severe consequences if i deviate.

The other night i mentioned i had invited some friends round and ate more than i should in crisps and dips. While i didnt eat anything sweet, i probably ate more than my usual intake in sugar – I was as sick as a dog later.

My baby boy was then ill a few days later, so then i thought it must have been a bug.

Not so.

Yesterday I succumbed to  a small slice of my brother-in-laws cake. I felt so bloated afterwards i wanted my stomach to be pumped. This feeling continued through the night, into this morning and hampered my appetite for the rest of the day, making me feel slightly nauseous…….and that was one slice of cake.

After these two major occurrences, i then thought back to other occasions recently when my stomach felt uncomfortable and i have felt nauseous – like the time i sucked on some dark chocolate when it was time of the month.

This quit extreme reaction to sugary foods, after having cut it out for a while, surprises me. But when you think about how careful you have to be to alter the diets of horses and dogs (to avoid problems such as colic), it is no wonder that i have been feeling iffy.

Just like the IQS diet, i read an article in RED Magazine about Ella Woodward, whose reaction to drinking alcohol and consuming copious amounts of sugar while a university student, led to her being diagnosed with PoTS – postural tachycardia syndrome – a rare condition that affects the nervous system, causing nausea, exhaustion, dizziness and weakness. Now, like IQS, she has a diet of raw vegetables and unprocessed food and lots of green smoothies. Interesting recipes include sweet potato brownies and courgette noodles using a spiraliser gadget that you can pick up for £30 on amazon. For inspiration check out deliciouslyella.co.uk.

I’m feeling better already.

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Am I a vegetarian?

I’m not sure. I was asked this question today when ordering my christmas meal in the dining hall at work and I was one of the very few who requested the vegetarian option. I didn’t want turkey or ‘pigs in blankets’ because I am not that keen on it. Most days in fact, I opt for the vegetarian option usually because it normally tastes better and has less calories.

So as I was tucking in while everyone else was guzzling turkey, my boss asked me if I was vegetarian. This made me pause because I am vegetarian but not necessarily for vegetarian reasons – “its not meant to be a trick question” my boss quipped but I didn’t want to insult other veggies by claiming I was part of their gang when I ‘dabble’ in meat from time to time.

In fact, the only meat I will eat is fish and occasionally chicken. I have occasionally had minced beef in bolognaise but only through convenience as everyone else in our house was eating it rather than through choice. If I eat chicken it has to be breast – dont like anything that touches the bone. I detest steak – particularly rare. I will absolutely never eat (sounding a bit like Charlie and Lola now) Lamb. I think it is wrong to kill something that has only had a few weeks on this earth – at least give it a little taste of life before the cull? I also think it is awful for all those pregnant ewes who survive the pregnancy and unassisted labour, they then nourish the lamb with their milk only for it to be taken away and killed – that is just plain cruel.

Last lambing season I came across an Ewe who had obviously died in the night trying to give birth. It was a gruesome discovery as she had clearly been in a lot of pain before she died. My daughter was with me and watched as I closed the eyelids of the ewe I noted with respect that she had given it her best shot and I make no excuses for my sanity in whispering that fact as I closed her eyes. And that made me come up with this weird picture in my head of Ewes in agony everywhere spawning lamb chops directly onto tables with some mint sauce – no thanks.

If I have to buy chicken, I buy free range and pay through the nose but I do it out of principle. The school I work for are looking into the ethics of their food buying and are getting students involved in where food should come from etc. My boss mentioned that, as a result, his daughter is insisting all the meat that he buys the family is free range. There are some cultures that think meat tastes better if the animal has endured prolonged pain prior to death. In the sixties my Dad witnessed how they slaughter pigs and he didn’t eat pork for more than a decade later. There are very valid reasons for being a vegetarian – I fail to see that meat adds value to our diet and that all this effort to rear animals, slaughter them etc is really worth it. As always I am open to discussion/ debate on this – your views welcome.

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