Day#2 – Whole30 – The sugar debate and carrot salad
I can still vividly remember our very first Whole30. We weren’t allowed any sugars, so naturally the first thing that springs to mind is cookies, cakes and candy. But it was a total shock to discover that sugar is literally in almost everything. And when I say everything, I really mean everything… Take for instance a package of ground beef. You don’t really expect that that would have sugar in it, right? A package of sandwich ham, there is sugar in it… Fishsauce, sugar again and the list goes on. It’s quite maddening really.
The alternative – of course – is making everything yourself from scratch, but while I have no issues making tomato sauce or something like that, I don’t really see myself making a ham and smoking or cooking it. Or whatever you do to a ham. So we’re depending on what we can find here. It’s easy to make your own ground meats from chicken or beef, but really start reading the labels on the meats! I could have guessed there would be all sorts of things in a schnitzel but why would there be more than just porc inside porkchops?? I find that utterly weird… I guess partially it is for preservation maybe? But still…. weird…
The sugar police will tell you that sugar is addictive. And they will tell you that companies put sugar in everything because it will get you addicted to their stuff, making you buy it more often. Sweet is delicious and people want to have sweet stuff.
During our whole 30 áll sugar is off limits, including artificial sweeteners and even natural sugar like honey. The reasoning behind it is that you need to get rid of that urge to eat sweet. And wether it is artificial or natural, sweet is sweet and so off limit for the whole30.
And sweet for me is one of those things… I think I am seriously addicted to the stuff. And I want to get rid of that. Because quite frankly, I don’t react all that well to sugar. If I eat to much I do not simply have a sugar dip, I have a whole sugar crater more like it. Well maybe that is the same for everyone else; I honestly don’t know. I just know it doesn’t feel all that good. And still I keep stuffing my face with more of it.
And that sugar is not good for you is a well known fact right? It’s the same with smoking almost; everyone knows it’s bad for you and still you keep doing it (well I don’t. I quit smoking 16 years ago.. ;))
Entire books are filled with the effect that sugar has on your body. It gives you an increased risk to all sorts of illnesses, varying from cancer, diabetes, auto immune diseases and so on. That I love sugar is pretty obvious when you look at my blog. And I will not say that I will never eat sugar again (the idea!!) but I do want to get rid of those uncontrollable urges (those that go “I WANT SUGAR! NOW!!!) I am having right now.
And during our first go on the whole30 that worked pretty well. After two weeks we have a giant dip because you’re body needs to move from burning carbs to burning fat for fuel, but once you’ve passed that stage you really do feel awesome. It’s really true.
And because there are so many stories and articles about sugar I wanted to include a list here below but seriously; the opinions vary so wildly that it seemed a bit weird to do so. It’s varying from foundations telling you sugar is a necessary food (??) to others that tell you it is the white poisson from hell… If you’re interested in the topic than google it. You’ll get lost in the chaos I am sure.
Whatever the case ; we have finished day 1… The first day is generally easy; you’re still fully convinced this is the right thing to do. Motivation is high.. So what did we eat on day 1? (Obviously I will be posting the report of each day with one day delay so I can give you an account of the entire day. Not just the morning)
Omelette with tomatoes and spring onion
Salad of lamb’s lettuce, smoked chicken, roasted hazelnuts and a dressing of olive oil, red wine vinegar and pepper and salt
This delicious carrot salad. We made it before, during our first whole 30 but it needed something extra that time, so this is the new and improved version
Carrot salad with roasted hazelnuts
- 500 gr grated carrots
- 300 gr ground beef
- curry madras spice mix
- roasted hazelnuts
- 2 tbsp of olive oil
- juice of 1 lemon
- red wine vinegar
- splash of orange juice
- Bake the ground beef with the spices and break it down into small bits.
- Roast the hazelnuts in a frying pan briefly and leave to drain on kitchen paper
- Put the grated carrots into a bowl and once the beef is cooled a little add to the carrots and mix well. Season with additional salt and pepper if needed.
- Make the dressing by adding the ingredients together and mix well
- Add the dressing and the hazelnuts to your carrots and eat!
Adapted from Hallo Paleo by Linneke Willeman