How on day 2 of being sugar-free I spent all day baking biscuits



Luckily, I have other taste-testers. 

Also, none of what I baked today was experimental – it was all standard Buena Vista Farm Bikkie stock, I know what they taste like!! Just to be sure though, my Dad and Adam checked them.

A friend said to me tonight how strange for the bikkie-maker to be on a sugar-strike and not tasting her product. Yep, hence the sugar-strike! TOO MUCH TASTING!! 

Besides, I love a challenge. And in case I haven't been clear enough, this is a serious challenge for me. I have to put my heart and soul into this: I am seriously addicted to sugar. If you've checked out Sarah Wilson, I'm sure you'll agree she's awesome, but she was essentially quitting fruit and some squares of dark chocolate after lunch. She was a health guru before she started. (Not to detract from the results. Or her encouraging method.) 

Sugar followed me whereever I went, even before I started a biscuit business. Honey on toast for breakfast. A sweet treat at morning teatime. A pick me up after lunch. A pick me up late afternoon. A bikkie, a bite of chocolate, a cupcake I'd made with the kids. And then a I'm-tired-I've-worked-hard-I deserve-this treat after dinner. Some delicious homemade custard. A biscotti and a hot chocolate. Sometimes icecream. Fruit is the least of my fructose concerns.

Anyway, hand on heart, I spent an entire day surrounded by (delicious! ha!) biscuits and did not pick up even a crumb with a forefinger. Truly. I'm very proud of myself.

I made avocado on organic corn thins for lunch with sea salt and pepper. YUM.




I drank lots of water and had cheese and crackers for afternoon tea. 

And Sarah's suggestion of (real) chai made on milk is genius. It perfectly fills the gap.

I'm a disasterously impatient person and thought I'd feel better today. I don't. I feel vague and like I'm missing something. 

But as agreed with a very dear friend of mine who has Menieres disease and who can have no salt whatsoever: giving up sugar is easier than giving up all salt. I think. You? 

And for the record, I am a very messy cook. I have a lovely person who works with me some days who keeps me tidy. She wasn't there today!




I love love love the commercial kitchen.

On the agenda: a sugar-free bikkie. 

Of course.


14 Comments on “How on day 2 of being sugar-free I spent all day baking biscuits

Rob from Queensland
November 23, 2011 at 6:00 am

Good on you Fiona! I am flirting with giving up sugar too – some days I do well on others I don’t. I really admire your willpower (or is it won’tpower?). I have just given up gluten so the biscuits would be a no no for me anyway but they do look delicious. Love your blog and very interested to see how you do on this. Good luck!

November 23, 2011 at 6:32 am

Well done Fiona!!! You are one strong woman.Funny how we convince ourselves that because its ‘natural’ eg honey, then its not real sugar….I admire your stand!
One question….wil you be at Gerringong markets in December? Missed you Saturday.

November 23, 2011 at 6:41 am

Well done and good luck on the sugar free buzz. Im sure youll feel great next week! Can i ask if you have any advice on making biscotti or if you have a recipe you can share? (i know you sell some so you may not want to share your recipe) I absolutely love biscotti but find it always seems to be more like overcooked toast rather than that nice clean snap i get with store bought one and its so frustrating! Usually home made is better for me but in this case i just cant get it right! Any help would be awesome. Thanks Racheal

November 23, 2011 at 7:32 am

Champion! Gold star. Hanging out for a sugar free recipe or two, bring it on.

November 23, 2011 at 9:55 am

Good for you Fiona. I to am a sugar addict and have been reading about giving it up. I have talked to a lot of people about it and yesterday I got a lovely message from my aunt who has done the sweet poison quit plan and she has lost 9 kgs who got the idea from me. Yesterday I had corn thins with hommus and pickled gerkins and was really yummy and filling.

November 23, 2011 at 11:07 am

Hi Fiona
I’ve been (almost 😉 sugar free for 8 weeks now. Some family members have lost a lot of weight since reading “Sweet Poison”. I haven’t lost even a gram! and am a little disheartened. I only want to lose a few kgs though and have read that I’d probably have to go low-carb for that. Can’t say I’m feeling better or full of energy either but I just keep telling myself that sugar-free is repairing my “insides” even if I can’t see the results.

Hope you can share some sugar-free recipes. My husband has been really suffering these last couple of months because I haven’t been baking…I just can’t even stand to serve my family sugar any more…I feel like I’m poisoning them.

November 23, 2011 at 11:40 am

I’ve just spent the last 30mins over at Sarah Wilson’s website. I didn’t even know who she was! My husband has had a kidney disease for the last 10 years and has been on pretty potent medication most of that time. We’ve never really explored other or complimentary treatments but after reading Sarah’s blog I think some of her treatments for her autoimmune disease might help. I’m off to book my husband into the GP for some tests and a chat. Thanks Fiona!

November 23, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Hey Fiona. Good on you! I’ve been sugar free except for a handful of berries in the morning for the last 4 months and I’m feeling great. No insatiable sugar/carb cravings and I’ve lost a few unwanted kgs too. It must be so much harder when you’re surrounded by yummy treats day in day out though. Best of luck!

November 23, 2011 at 1:16 pm

I would definately find no salt harder but truth be known I’ve never been able to stick to any health regimes involving hard work! Well done you…looking forward to a savoury slice.

November 23, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Ohhhh, they look like my favorite biscuits. Yum. I’ll come and taste them for you xx

November 23, 2011 at 4:13 pm

I did think you were setting yourself a tough challenge being around all those goodies, but I’m sure you’ll make it, you’re a tough cookie (ha ha! – pun intended ;-).
Btw, when I was trying to cut down on chocolate a while ago I found drinking peppermint tea helpful when I had a craving – I think it made me think of peppermint chocolate and somehow sated the craving. I think I’d find fruit hard to give up these days. Hang in there!

November 23, 2011 at 11:10 pm

Oh thanks Karen, yes I WILL be there on Dec 17th!!! I had to back out of November, it all caved in on me a bit! There with bells on & a Christmas range in December! xx

November 23, 2011 at 11:11 pm

I’m so sorry but I keep my recipe a bit of a guarded secret! (unless you come and work with me!) It needs to be double baked and always use caster sugar. They are my tips. xx

November 24, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Hello, Have you seen the blog My New Roots? I think it you might like it and find some yummy ideas. Thank you for your lovely blog. It’s a cheerful place to be.


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