Sunday, October 20, 2013

giving up sugar ... and other decisions ;)

Hmm, this week seems to be my week of decision-making!  Yes, I have decided to quit sugar ... eeep!

Anita's mum was telling us about how she was quitting sugar following recipes from I Quit Sugar - when we were looking at it, we decided that we'd give it a go too!  The questions they ask you in the book to check whether you are addicted to sugar are:
  • Do you get an energy slump in the afternoon?
  • Do you need something sweet after meals?
  • Does your stomach get bloated after eating?
  • Are you unable to eat just one piece of cake and walk away?
  • Are you 'podgy' around the middle, perhaps even slim everywhere else?
  • Do you often feel unclear?  That you're not always sharp and on-form?
Most people who consider themselves as having 'healthy' diets are actually consuming around 25-30 teaspoons of sugar per day without realising it (check labels of everyday foods such as cereals, sauces, etc.), whereas we are really supposed to be having 9-10 teaspoons.

Strangely, we have not been finding Week 1 as difficult as we thought it would be.  Our diets utilise a lot of unprocessed foods as it is, there have just been a few tweaks ... for example, we do go out to dinner once per week - but for the next couple of months no pizza or pasta (hidden sugar!), instead choosing fish & chips.  Yoghurt is now only natural yoghurt, unfortunately not even honey can be added for the first couple of months, or fruit.  The first 8 weeks is completely fructose-free, then the healthy sugars can be slowly added back in after that.

We're going to Robe for a few days in November, so there may be a bit of a blow-out - but we'll do the best we can!  Anyway, if you're intrigued there are plenty of recipes on the I Quit Sugar blog ;)

And this is what else I've been working on ... I have given myself the task of weaving samples of my 5 main patterns in as many different colours as I can so I can create a listing for my Etsy and Storenvy shops - customers can then choose their pattern, choose the colour, and choose the length so I can weave to order.  I will also have 'ready to ship' items on the sites too.

Last week I finished a couple of 'Peacock' samples:

And this weekend I started the 'Baroque' design:

My 'to do list':

A few small needlepoint kits to make up on the bottom of my blackboard too ... and on that note, I've decided not to make my cross stitch designs available as full kits once they have sold.  It's too expensive, there is not much profit, and the Australian Tapestry Workshop have changed the structure of their wool - great for tapestry, but not as easy to cross stitch with.  I really think that my handwoven infinity scarves are the way forward with my business - I will still have my cross stitch designs available as PDF patterns though ;)

Phew, that's it for my round-up of my decision-making week!


  1. Oh, I love that peacock design! LOVE IT!!!

    No sugar? Hmmm ... I think I'm in the same boat as you. I eat pretty well, not too many processed foods. But the afternoon slump kills me every day.I'm not a big sweets fan, but I love my honey. For me, I think my problem has been the stress eating, alcoholic beverages, and lack of physical movement. The past few months have been ... challenging ... to say the least.

    Good luck on the new diet and may it make you feel awesome! :) Well, you and Anita are already awesome, but you know what I mean. :) Me, I'm going to just get my tush back in gear and back in the pool. And once in the house I will be back to knitting and sewing which will help me with my stress. FIBER ARTS IN THE HOUSE!!!

    1. Yes, that Peacock design is from an old weaving draft from 1895!! :P

      Actually, I'm feeling better without sugar already, and it's the start of week 2 - I'm not as bloated!

      Fibre arts make EVERYTHING better, heh! Though I may be a *tad* biased ;)

  2. Oh man, I really need to start a sugar-free diet soon **she says as she sits in front of the computer stuffing her face with jelly beans, chocolate and a root beer**. Sadly, not even exaggerating here. ;o)

    Vancouver on Tuesday - on the hunt for bat buckles!! :D

    1. Haaha, love it!! Actually, I'm not missing that stuff at all, weirdly! Well, maybe just cider ;) At least I can still drink wine in moderation!

      I'll be surprised if you find any ... but very excited!! Thanks for looking! xx

  3. They symptoms are very close to how I feel during the day. I usually try to avoid carbs at all for lunch, and I try not to drink coffe on the afternoon, because that will make me even more tired and shaky by the evening.
    The baroque pattern looks beautiful.

    1. Thanks Therese!
      Yes, I had quite a few of these symptoms ... I'm already feeling better, and it's only week 2!

  4. It's a bit scary to think that you might be even more productive once the diet has the desired effect! Even your to-do list is tidy and efficient-looking. Well done with the diet though. I will think about you - as I don't do it.

    1. Haaha, thanks Mary - it's not for everyone! Yes, I'm pretty productive and healthy ... but I do have some niggly issues which I'm certain are sugar-related ;)