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19 May 2013


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I couldn't agree more regarding sugar, I am convinced of its addictive qualities given my own battle with a sweet tooth. What a wonderful book and such a bargain too. I love Nigel Slater's uncomplicated recipes.

Hello Aloadofoldtat (great name!) and welcome. I wondered if I sounded a bit too preachy about food and then thought, heck, if I can't write, on my own blog, about things that I believe matter, where can I? And you are spot on about the addictive nature of sugar; the hard part is having to read all the small print to discover if there is any sugar or 'hidden' sugar ie sugar by any other name in everyday grocery items. The even harder part is spotting the dreaded sugar-substitute Aspartame, a chemical concoction now rebranded as Amino Sweet, a 'natural' sweetener . . . worth the effort though.

You are so right about the way we eat, and sugar being the Devil's food. It's addictive, and extremely bad for us and it's only a miracle that the government hasn't found a way to turn it into a class A drug .. except they're all hooked, too. What gets me is that you can look down a list of ingredients and see five different forms of sugar listed!!

I eat too much sugar. I know it. From time to time I give up and always feel SO much better for it, but it only takes one dessert, or one biscuit, and I'm enslaved again. But I'll tell you another thing that does me, personally, no favours at all, and that's palm oil, which is simply EVERYWHERE, disguised as 'vegetable fat' or 'vegetable oil'. The 'experts' say it's actually good for us, but I simply do not believe them. Either that, or my body has a personal problem with it.

You're right about Aspartame, too - dreadful stuff.

So glad to hear you're still cancer free!

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Thought for life

  • The House of Breath, William Goyen
    We are the carriers of lives and legends - who knows the unseen frescoes on the private walls of the skull?

Thinking about . . .

  • Daniel Klein, Travels with Epicurus
    I too listen to music more and more. Throughout my life, music has stirred me more than any other art form, and now, in old age, I find myself listening to it almost every evening, usually alone, for hours at a time.
  • Julia Blackburn, Thin Paths
    I began writing because I liked to write things down. I learnt foreign languages because they seemed to enter my head by a process of osmosis.
  • Joan Bakewell, Stop the Clocks
    I live contentedly alone. It's better that way and I am often thoughtful about what has been and what might have been. There are many like me.
  • Patti Smith, M Train
    Oh to be reborn within the pages of a book.
  • Patti Smith, M Train
    Why is it that we lose the things we love, and things cavalier cling to us and will be the measure of our worth after we’re gone?
  • Judith Kerr, Observer Magazine, 22 November 2015
    I don't believe in God. I find it much easier to believe in ancestors. I like to imagine they are pointing us in the right direction.

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