Why I’m dreading Great British Bake Off!!

Sugar Free Carrot Cake

Why I’m dreading Great British Bake Off!!

Sugar Free Carrot Cake

When I embarked upon my endeavour to change my eating habits, I saw it as yet another attempt to re-engage with my disappearing waist line. Cutting out sugar was inspired by reading a book called quite simply ‘That Sugar Book’.

It hasn’t been easy. I have been a night forager in the past; the little journey that one casually travels before bed time, the ‘I wonder what is in the cupboard that I can just have a look at’ which always ended in a tasty bite of a few squares of chocolate (just to see me through the night).

Well, that hasn’t stopped, but it is more under control. The chocolate is now 75% cocoa and very little sugar, and if I indulge, it’s only once or twice a week when I’m at my weakest. And the absolute limit is one square, I promise. It has become easier; I no longer crave sugar. I accept that I can have a slice of cheese instead, or a chicken wrap, or a treat of a roast potato, so I am not suffering. It’s now more about health than anything else (I haven’t been tempted to jump on the scales).

I can report that I am feeling better. Less bloated, less aching, less …stretched.  My clothes are happy to meet in the middle. The middle is what it is all about. Sugar deposits fat right in the middle, where it can cause the most damage. It is a good idea to have a go at removing it.

I am still on my journey. Sometimes I feel smug and proud that I am gradually ‘getting there’ Other times I could beat myself up, but the most important thing is to stay on the road. We will get there!

So you can see why watching this year’s Great British Bake Off is going to be a struggle, but not watching just isn’t an option! Unfortunately my favourite dose of reality drama comes laden with temptation and salivation. I know when I’m watching this evening, I’ll get the snacking urge, I’ll be wandering into the kitchen like a sugar-crazed zombie.

So this morning, I prepared myself. I made this wonderful sugar-free carrot cake. I have baked it before (and eaten it) and it is great to overcome the chocolate moments. I know you’re probably dubious about sugarless cake, it does sound like a contradiction in terms! But give it a try, it may do you some good, but will not cause you harm. I used 1 tsp honey in the cream cheese, and some of the orange juice from the orange I used for the grated zest. It is, quite frankly, DELICIOUS!

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