Gingerbread scented scrub

gingerbread-scrub

This gingerbread scented scrub makes a great last minute present for Christmas. If like me, you’ll be able to find all the ingredients in your cupboards so you won’t need to buy anything. I used recycled tomato paste jars, and the amount fills five of them easily.

The label is from Raining Hot coupons. They use a different recipe from the one below and it is based on sugar and coconut oil. Perhaps I’ll try it next year.

I’ve used Herbie’s Spices sweet quatre epices, which is made up of a traditional combination of spices based on classic French cuisine. If you don’t have this one, just make up 1 teaspoon of each of the following spices: allspice, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon.

Gingerbread scented scrub recipe

2 cups of salt
1 cup of epsom salts
4 tsps of quatre epices
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp almond essence

  1. Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix thoroughly together.
  2. Label recycled jars or containers and fill with mixture.

Thank you Herbie’s Spices for the spice sample. 

Sugar Free Body Blitz – Tracking sugar intake

Sugar Free Body Blitz

Once you start looking for sugar on labels you’ll find it hidden in lots of unexpected places. As part of easing in to a sugar-free diet, this week we’ll start tracking our sugar intake. Write down what you have eaten, the amount of sugar and how you felt or the reason you ate the food. Then think of a substitute for next time you are in the same situation.

For example, here is my sugar intake for the last few days:

Food eaten Amount of sugar Reason Substitute
Gluten free gingernuts 6.4g Wanted to finish off the packet and not waste money. Now not in the cupboard, so not a temptation.
Biscuits at morning tea not sure. Were homemade. Was being polite. Take savoury morning tea to craft class.
Fresh orange juice 69g Use up three oranges. Mandarins are easier to eat whole.
Takeaway hot chocolate not sure Was at cafe and forgot about the sugary syrup and marshmallows. Order coffee or tea instead.
Hot chocolate at home 1tsp  Was bored. Try with honey or Stevia and pure cacao powder. Have a herbal tea instead.
Lindt chocolate 5g Finishing off the packet. AntiOx Chocolate (stevia)
Tea 1tsp Morning habit. Now having tea without sugar.

Sugar Stacks may help with the amount of sugar in a particular food.

What sugary food have you been eating lately?

Starting the Sugar Free Body Blitz

Sugar Free Body Blitz

Today is the first day of my Sugar-Free Body Blitz.

Background

sugar-experts

A few years ago I read Sweet Poison and the Sweet Poison Quit Plan by David Gillespie (Sweet Poison website) and was impressed by his research, but was unsure about having dextrose (glucose syrup). Then I watched Dr Robert Lustig present Sugar: The Bitter Truth.

Last year I discovered Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar
ebook (I Quit Sugar website). I recently borrowed her updated I Quit Sugar book with plenty of recipes from the library, and thought perhaps this was something I could try.

After some more research and consulting my nutrition guru Meghan Telpner, I decided to start my own version of quitting sugar. I am calling it The Sugar Free Body Blitz, because I’m doing the 12 week body blitz challenge as a way of making myself accountable. I will be tracking my weight and fitness levels. I plan on writing blog posts about my progress and sugar-free recipes as a way to keep myself motivated.

Guidelines

Aim: The type of sugar I am aiming to quit is refined sugar, because it is devoid of nutrients.

1. Instead I will allow some of the more nutrient dense sweeteners in small amounts, such as:

  • backstrap molasses
  • coconut nectar
  • maple syrup
  • palm sugar
  • raw honey (a superfood)
  • sucanat
  • Stevia

2. I will also allow one to two serves of whole fruit a day – fruit are full of health benefits, so I don’t believe in cutting them out.

3. I will not use dextrose as it is processed and I don’t believe it has any health benefits.

4. I will not use artificial sweeteners.

Week 1 – Reducing refined sugar

Rather than go cold turkey I’m going to slowly reduce my sugar intake for the first week. Today I had my morning English Breakfast tea without sugar and I didn’t really notice any difference. I cut back on my morning biscuits and threw in the bin some chocolate brownies which were sickly rich. I noticed that my raspberry yogurt has 9.7g of sugar per serving, so I’ll have to find a plain organic yogurt next week. For an afternoon snack I had some popcorn with butter and salt.

More information

To find out more about the problems with sugar watch Catalyst: Toxic Sugar? – ABC TV Science or the more scientific (and harder to understand) Sugar: The Bitter Truth.