Molly and Sophie have afternoon tea: Review of Lionmouth Rural Centre

Why should adults have all the fun? Is presumably a question that the LionMouth Rural Center in Esh Winning, County Durham asked themselves when they came up with the splendid idea of putting on afternoon tea for children. Having heard about this I suggested to my friend that we take the littlies there for her […]

IQS: Day Twenty One

So today marks the last day of the detox stage of my quitting sugar. Tomorrow I can start to add some fruit and “safe” sugar alternatives to my diet. Strangely I’m not as excited as I thought I might be about this. In fact when I was planning ahead to what breakfast I might make […]

IQS: Day Twenty

After spending a lovely evening out with a good friend last night I have come to the realisation that meals out are no longer a thing of stress and torture. Previously, while following my low-fat diet as religiously as I did, I would dread going out for meals and would actively avoid it where possible […]

IQS: Day Nineteen

I’m started to get a bit excited about the prospect of being able to have some fruit next week, but oddly enough not because I’m looking forward to the sweet taste but more because it will allow me to vary my recipes a little, particularly with porridge. I’ve been reading a lot of recipes recently […]

IQS: Day Eighteen

I’ve noticed a lot of changes that have taken place during the course of this experiment. I have noticed that I’m no longer thinking about sugar 24/7 (previously I was sub-consciously consuming it in yoghurts and other unsuspecting places, but at the same time planning my day around my next sugar hit; I would save […]

IQS: Day Seventeen

As many of you who have been following me since the start of my clean eating journey will know, I’ve had some anxieties around breaking free of my low-fat shackles and eating more healthy whole foods as I was absolutely convinced that you couldn’t get away with eating peanut butter and full fat yoghurt without […]

IQS: Day Sixteen

Sitting in the Doctors this morning reading a pamphlet about diabetes (don’t worry, I was only there for a repeat prescription) reminded me on a more serious level why I’m doing all this sugar-free craziness. With both sets of grandparents and both my parents suffering from Diabetes, it’s not something that I can afford to […]

Madeleine Shaw’s Buckwheat, asparagus and pea risotto recipe

We tried this delicious recipe from Madeleine Shaw’s book “Get the Glow” some time ago but I’m only just getting round to blogging about it. It was really tasty, although I didn’t think it tasted like risotto as you might know it, but it had it’s own amazing nutty, coco-nutty flavors going on so it […]

IQS: Day Fifteen

Today was a stressful day and under stress I tend to turn to, yep you guessed it, Sugar! I did almost waiver in the direction of some cake but managed to stop myself at the thought of wasting 2 weeks of sugar free for something that ultimately would only make me happy momentarily and then […]

IQS: Day fourteen

I didn’t really feel like eating much at breakfast this morning and just really fancied some simple veggies rather than my usual porridge or eggs. We were out and about at lunch time which meant that I had to navigate a not particularly “clean” menu. I opted for rustic bean casserole with crusty bread but […]