In this week’s podcast, I’m talking about how hard it can be to avoid sugar if you don’t have the time (or energy) to cook everything from scratch.

Single Mother Ahoy Podcast The Secret


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Here are some of the books I’ve been reading lately:

That Sugar Book – I reviewed this a couple of weeks ago and it was like a massive kick in the bum to sort myself out and start the move towards being sugar-free. The website for the film is here.

Sweet Poison – I reviewed this earlier this week. Amazing and full of information and scientific fact as well as science and history. A great read.

The Sweet Poison Quit Plan – I’ve just finished reading this one; it’s filled with help and tips for quitting sugar, and lists of which products in the supermarket have most or least sugar.

I Quit Sugar  – I reviewed this last year. a wealth of information and recipes.

Year of No Sugar: A Memoir by Eve O. Schaub – a book about how Schaub, her husband and their two daughters went for 12 months without sugar… and how hard it was.

Sweet Nothing by Nicole Mowbray – I left for a 2-hour train journey without my Kindle the other day, so treated myself to this from a book shop. It’s the first book I’ve come across about giving up sugar by a British person so I’m interested to see how she fares!


In this week’s podcast I mention Sugar: The Bitter Truth, a talk by Robert Lustig, MD… here it is:


And here is a trailer for Fed Up, the movie I watched this week:

And here are the products with added sugar that have surprised me this week:

  • Pom Bear crisps: marketed to kids; sugar added for reasons I can’t discern.
  • Walkers cheese &onion crisps: possibly other brands too but I didn’t check those. I was too heartbroken.
  • Worcestershire sauce: other people seem less surprised by this one
  • Bisto gravy granules: Ahhhh, I’m going to have to learn to make proper gravy.



Vicky Charles

Vicky is a single mother, writer and card reader.


Claire Jacobs · 29/04/2015 at 14:57

Wow its shocking how much sugar is added to things and what’s worse is how much more expensive healthy stuff like fruit and veg is when you’re trying to avoid the bad stuff!

How you finding your sugar reduction?

    Vicky Charles · 29/04/2015 at 22:05

    you know, for the most part it’s not that hard. I don’t crave chocolate or anything really… but I do still get that “I want something nice to eat” feeling and have yet to find something that satisfies it.

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