Sugar addiction?

As most of you may know, we are now in the season of Lent. From Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, a lot of people give something up for lent. I myself have never done this. In my faith lent is not compulsory, I do not have a ritualistic religion, I have a relationship with God that does not require me to follow different rituals.

A lot of people who are not Christians also take part in Lent. As a way of giving something up that they know is bad for them, or to challenge themselves.

I, myself have decided to give up sweets. Now for someone who has never taken part in Lent you may be thinking, “why now then?”. Well in answer to your question it is for this reason: I feel that I was starting to get a sugar addiction. 

There has been a lot in the media over the last year or so about how they now believe sugar can be as addictive as some drugs. There have been documentaries on this and many articles written. They are now also finding that cancer feeds off of sugar and many people are giving up bad sugars in a way to slow cancerous cells from spreading.

I wouldn’t go as far to say I was addicted to sweets, but it was definitely becoming a problem. I am normally quite good at turning sweets and chocolate down, listening to my body and knowing that ‘I don’t need it’. Well in the last few weeks I have been feeling like I did need it. Not WANT it, but actually NEED it. That’s when I knew it was a problem.

I would find myself thinking ‘shall I pop to the shop on the way home and get some sweets?’ Normally I would tell myself ‘no I don’t need them’ but I was finding that the more I asked myself that question the less times I would answer myself with ‘no’. It even got to the point where I would send Ryan out just before the shops were closing, because I ‘needed my fix’ and would quite gladly eat them whilst in bed! 

I am also in a position where I want to take better care of my finances so spending £10 a week on sweets wasn’t really helping!

That’s why I’ve decided to give them up for lent. I knew I just had to go cold turkey because if I didn’t I would slip back into my sugar cravings! I need to break the bad habit that I’m starting to form, and take control back over my sugary desires! So far I’ve done really well, I’ve only craved them once and that was only when I saw someone else eating them!

I’ll let you know how I feel once Easter has arrived! Hopefully I would have solved the problem and not just want to go on a massive binge on good Friday!

Delish food eats!

This post is going to be dedicated to some of the best eats I have had.

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The Rodeo Burger: A beef burger with bacon on a seeded bun. Served with curly fries and a side salad.

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Home made Banoffee Pie: A hard biscuit base, topped with a caramel sauce, slices of banana, and the thickest whipped cream ever.

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These ‘eats’ come from the delicious and affordable Bobby Jo’s.  I had my rodeo burger without the cheese and the BBQ sauce. I really would recommend this diner, the food is all freshly prepared and so tasty, and even better, so affordable!

Frankie and Benny’s Triple Club Decker. Toasted granary bread, filled with succulent chicken breast, crispy bacon, slices of tomatoes and lettuce. All served with house fries and a pot of coleslaw.

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This has got to be my favourite dish of all time. The sandwich is toasted and full of tasty ingredients, would recommend this to all! (Unless you are a veggie of course!)

Wetherspoons breakfast: 2 slices of white toast, 3 sausages, 3 rashers of bacon, beans, 3 hash brows, 1 fried egg and a helping of beans.

This is the Large Breakfast at a whopping 1463 calories!

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This normally comes with mushrooms and black pudding, but I don’t like either so I asked for extra sausage and bacon. I have tried quite a few breakfasts and this has got to be my favourite breakfast of all time! The only thing that puts me off is that the regulars at my local ‘spoons are quite colourful with their language, and the surroundings are sticky and it’s a bit dingy inside. Other than that, the food is delish!

Toby Carvery: The works! crispy roast potatoes, carrots, cabbage, turkey, stuffing, parsnips, a massive yorkshire pudding all drowned in vegetable gravy.

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These portions make me look like such a greedy pig, but roast diner is my all time favourite meal, EVER! If I was on death row this is what I would ask for. I love tucking into a good roast, and Toby does the best! (After my grandma that is, she does the best home cooked roast).

Taco Bell: 2 crispy shelled tacos, filled with spicey beef, sour cream, lettuce and chopped tomatoes, accompanied by seasoned fries.

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Taco Bell is my all time favourite fast food restaurant, ever. You can’t beat the american version, but this does the job nicely, my nearest one is in Lakeside, which is about a 45 minute drive, so I have to make sure I fill my boots whenever I visit! I normally have 3 beef hard shell tacos, with their seasoned fries. (The nachos were what my boyfriend had).

Tesco Party Food: Mini cocktail sausages, mozzerella ticks, spring rolls, garlic mushrooms, chicken wontons, prawn toast, mini garlic kievs and doughballs.

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When i’m not feeling a proper dinner, I love the Tesco Party food range, my favourite bits are the chinese selection. The chicken wontons, prawn toast and spring rolls. Delish.

This was just a selection of my favourite eats, what are yours?

I might have an interest!

So 5 minutes after posting my last post I happened to be browsing Facebook when I saw that one of my friends had ‘Checked in’ to a restaurant, and I suddenly thought, “I know what my passion is… FOOD!” Yep, that’s right I am a food fiend. Food is pretty much my favourite thing in life (other than my boyfriend of course) and it got me thinking, maybe I could include this in my blog by reviewing the restaurants I visit, or maybe I can make a post with my favourite dishes from each of my favourite restaurants, or just something food related seeing as that’s my passion in life. From the outside a lot of people may not realise food is important to me, because not many people really see me eat, but family on the other hand definitely know I’m a food fanatic. I’m not the type of food-ie that loves to try new things, and is very adventurous with food creations, I am just someone who enjoys eating! Everything from the way it’s presented, the ingredients that are used, the different textures in my mouth, and generally just feeling like I am going to fall into a food coma due to the amount I have stuffed in my body!

As far as trying new things go I am awful for constantly going back to the same restaurant and just picking the same dish I had the time before, because in my mind, if you have found the most amazing dish ever is there any need to try something new?! For example, when I go to Frankie and Benny’s I always order the same dishes. Bruschetta to start (I have sampled bruschetta at a few restaurants and Frankie and Benny’s definitely has the best) and the Triple Decker Club Sandwich for the main, and by the time I have stuffed that down my throat I never have room for dessert (I often end up wrapping the rest of my sandwich up and taking it home in a napkin with me because it is just, THAT good!). Now, it’s not like I never go to Frankie and Benny’s I have probably been at least 12 times in the last year, once I went twice in two days (no i’m not that lazy I can’t be bothered to cook, I went to a family meal before you judge me!) and of course, what did I do? Order the exact same starter and main both times I went. Why? Because it’s my favourite and I cannot bring myself to eat anything else!

Now I find it hard to believe that I am the only person to do this, but maybe I am, you’ll have to let me know on that one!

If you would like to read more about my food-ie life then please like this post or comment below! Thanks.