nothing if not honest

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So at the end of week one of 100% sugar-free… can you guess where this is going?

I got through the whole week without so much as a dried apricot. Zero fructose. There was baking, there were Bikkies, there was the gift of a family sized box of Maltesers in my pantry – and I held on. 

We went to the Rural Fire Service Christmas party (Adam is a volunteer) on Saturday night and I didn't eat so much as a cherry. Dedicated to my sugar-free fortnight I was. 

Until last night. Our street party. (Although 'street' is a loose description for this winding dairy-farming lane!) And my undoing was one lovely neighbour's incredible-looking lemon meringue pie and another's cherry pie. What a cherry pie it was. I was no match for either. 

As I gratefully and deliberately licked my spoon (can't talk right now, sorry, on a sugar high), I pondered the joy of sugar.

I thought about how, when you have them rarely, a handful of peanut M&Ms can seriously feel like magic beans.

I thought about the joy of a really very good cheesecake, baked of course, always shared, usually with friends who take their cheesecake as seriously as I do – we wave our forks at each other and groan in delight.

I thought about standing at my beloved friend Anna's funeral, we weren't yet thirty, and I looked at the big chocolate cake on the table (ordered by her Mum), and I remembered all the cake we shared over many years. Orange and poppyseed or chocolate mud, late at night in our favourite cafe on Glebe Point Rd throughout the chaos of university. I looked at that chocolate cake and was so glad we weren't dieters. 

So I'm sorry. I didn't follow through to the second week of sugar free. In fact, I could be almost certain there'll be sugar in our Slice of Wednesday.

Because just a little bit really makes life sweeter. And life's short. Say yes to the Lemon Meringue. And if someone goes to all the trouble of going all the way out to Young to get cherries, you know their cherry pie will be something special. 

*waving fork at you and groaning happily*

Enjoy. I intend to.


31 Comments on “nothing if not honest

November 28, 2011 at 10:03 pm

I love the philosophy behind ‘French women don’t get fat’. I think your little bit of sugar is definitely in keeping with it – enjoying the delicious things in life in moderation and savouring them. I’m curious – did you hit the stage where you felt ok in Week 1? Or was it uphill all the way?

November 28, 2011 at 10:09 pm

I felt totally fine by Saturday, day 6. And on Sunday I wasnt even craving sweet at all, it was presented in such a delectable fashion I entered a philosophical coma about it, as youve seen! xx

November 28, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Mum and Dad are bringing us cherries from Young for Christmas – Yum! I have already been instructed to reserve space in the fridge…mmm, that could be difficult.

November 28, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Phew! Inner Pickle the diet version? Pah! Looking forward to the slice of Wednesday 🙂
One of my own dearest friendship was forged at University through a shared love of bread (and cake). Lovely memory of your friend.

Leah King
November 28, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Thank goodness you have stopped with the craziness!! Welcome back Fi 🙂

November 28, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Amen to that! Coming out of the Margaret River bushfires relatively unscathed, it really brings home the fact that life is too short to be denying yourself the things that you love. Looking forward to your new recipes!

November 28, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Ha, that is funny. I decided to go along with you and went sugar free – that is sweets, chocolates and pudding free from Monday. I still had honey on my breakfast and fruit when I felt like it. It was so hard. I lasted until Friday night – Special Night in our house – when my husband makes dinner. I completely forgot about the sugar ban. Honestly, it didn’t even cross my mind while i was enjoying a dollop of chocolate mouse, surrounded by scoops of homemade peach ice cream, peach sorbet and apricot sorbet. I only remembered on Sunday morning as i was helping myself to some of my friend’s cheesecake, and how could I possibly put it back. It would have been rude. So, with a sweet peanut slice in my belly, I say, “Hats off to sugar!”.

November 28, 2011 at 11:07 pm

Absolutely would have been rude. Hats off. Awesome.

November 28, 2011 at 11:08 pm

Re: TypePad: [inner pickle] Sonja submitted a comment on nothing if not honest

I hope your relatively isnt just classic Australian understatement. But yes, right? Carpe Diem. Cheers to you. xx

November 28, 2011 at 11:09 pm

I’ll reserve space in mine just in case shall I?! xx

November 28, 2011 at 11:10 pm

Thanks love xx

November 28, 2011 at 11:10 pm

Bahaha. Hello Mrs King. Your brown sugar meringues coming up shortly… xx

Sara (Belly Rumbles)
November 28, 2011 at 11:49 pm

Went to school with a girl from Young, I know how seriously they take their cherries. Pie would of been awesome. All things in moderation I say.

November 28, 2011 at 11:51 pm

Well I’m still going – didn’t have a seven day headache for nothing! Hoping to make it to day 14. It’s getting easier. We have Maltesers in the pantry too, they were teasers this time last week but not so much now. My husband is loving this, more for him.
Having said this no-one offered me lemon meringue pie or cherry pie on the weekend, that may have been my undoing too.

November 29, 2011 at 6:30 am

Never mind love……I think I like thenew philosophy better. Life IS short, everything in moderation I say!

Darren (Green Change)
November 29, 2011 at 8:46 am

“If you love something, set it free. If it comes back, it’s yours. If it doesn’t, it never was…”

Looks like sugar is yours to keep! Enjoy :-).

November 29, 2011 at 9:05 am

I’m with Karen. Actually I’m not a fan of sugar but a little bit sweetens me.

Sharon @ Hear Mum Roar
November 29, 2011 at 10:28 am

You’re so right! You can’t beat cherries from Young (we live near there).

I’m glad you let yourself enjoy something sweet in moderation. I’m not a big fan of Sweet Poison, it sounds far too much like a diet to me, and I refuse to believe that cherries are on some ‘shouldn’t eat’ list LOL

Greg Twemlow
November 29, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Hey Fi
Just popped by your blog to see how you guys are and am so happy to see you succumb to the sucrose seduction.

I imagined the self induced torture that you were putting yourself through as you churned out those bikkies… Now you can lick your spoon with the quiet confidence that you are in control. hahahaha

November 29, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Yes yes yes! No offense Fi, but I was a little wary / frustrated of your sugar avoidance. I dunno, I think it’s more the motive thing. I mean, why deny yourself of such a pleasure when it’s a damn enjoyable thing? Exercising self-control in that area doesn’t mean avoiding it altogether.

I sound like a loopy dietitian who has no idea what she is talking about.

So eat your biscotti or a yummy biscuit or dried fruit or custard (custard woman, there is no way you could give that up!!!!) and ENJOY it with a cup of tea and think “I damn well deserve this!’

Because you dooooooooooooo!

Rant complete.

(Many apologies)

November 29, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Life just isn’t worth living without sugar!

November 29, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Well at least you fell off the wagon for something delicious. Wouldn’t it have been awful if you’d succumbed to some good looking sweet thing only to find it didn’t taste so good?!
I’m still trying to eat less refined sugar (yep, definately not crazy enough to promise NO sugar). And I have seen a huge improvement in my cravings and bloating etc. But I have also realised I am someone who really struggles to stop at a small amount once I start sugar. You know, you take a handful of m & ms but then I want another and another and another. Its been a great (and very interesting) exercise to see what tips me over the edge – and it sure isn’t fruit 🙂
Thanks for the challenge. If you hadn’t started it, I probably wouldn’t have ever begun mine 🙂

November 29, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Sugar all the way i say. But i have never quite found the happy balance between a little and a lot. I’m still thinking about the Lemon Meringue.

skinny latte
November 29, 2011 at 10:56 pm

To be honest Fi, I’m glad to hear this. Not that I didn’t admire you for giving it a go, but the whole giving up sugar thing doesn’t really sit well with me. Mostly because I think it’s very “trendy” and I don’t think most people can stick to it in the long term. There is nothing wrong with things you enjoy and that give you pleasure in moderation – you can exercise some control but you don’t have to give it up completely. A balanced healthy diet shouldn’t have all that many sugary treats on a daily basis anyway – if you save them for treats, as you say, then a handful of peanut M&Ms are indeed ambrosial and I think THAT is what people need reeducating on. You have to enjoy life. I completely agree that excess sugar consumption is not ideal, but I don’t know if the answer lies in cutting it out completely. The key is balance!! In all things. That’s what I think anyway, for what it’s worth. xxx

PS: It’s me, Phil, just in case you didn’t recognise the web site/name 🙂

Ngo Family Farm
November 30, 2011 at 5:24 am

Phew! Thank goodness. I was afraid butter would be next on the chopping block! 😉

November 30, 2011 at 6:25 am

That’s what I was worried about, too!

Like so many said, moderation is the key.

November 30, 2011 at 11:49 am

mmm.. I read with interest your experiment.

I did the same thing a few years ago now. I think I need to do it again. But like other commenters, i didn’t cut out fruit. Just refined sugars and dried fruit.

So no biscuits, chocolate, etc…

And I did it for a month. And felt phenomenally better for it. But over time, the amount I ingested slowly crept up again, and my sugar addiction was back in full force.

I think I’ll give it another go after the silly season. No straight sugar for a month. … After all, I can see my two year old go silly 15 minutes after consuming it, then behaviourally change about 45 minutes later, so I can assume I’m the same..

November 30, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Gosh, what a week! I’m glad you didn’t make yourself miss out on the pie!

I cut sugar, caffeine, additives, etc, etc, to try and sort out some allergies, (btw, I’m eating wheat again, with no obvious effects!) for 2 weeks, a few years ago, and when I started again things were so sweet I could hardly take it. Yoghurt! And I’m such a sweet-tooth. Scary- I thought I might never get it back, but I recovered much too quickly, as it turned out!

International Woman of Mystery
November 30, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Yes, that’s me too! I am really good at saying ‘no’ to stuff but if I have a little bit I just can’t stop. Mum left half a packet of mint slices and half a packet of jaffas and I’ve pretty much eaten them already! I just can’t have it in the house. Oh yum yum yum.

josephine hart
December 4, 2011 at 1:58 am

good going on getting through week one, is what i say! remember you accomplished that 🙂 and i bet sugar tastes all the sweeter now! still, as always, inspired by you fi xxx

December 13, 2011 at 8:06 am

I will probably get trampled by the stampeed of sweet commenters here, but here goes…Sugar is great while it’s in your mouth, but have you noticed how you feel afterwards? A combination of gimme more, and oh I am so buggered I need a nap. I do still give in to the temptation now and again, but in general I avoid sugar and feel so much better for it. Good on you for giving it a go Fiona. Especially tough when you’re baking bikkies on a regular basis. Hats off to you. “chapeau”


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