Sugar substitutes

Photo of some granulated xylitol in a small glass bowlSweetness is an elemental part of sweet treats. But how do you add sweetness if you can’t eat sugar?

Fortunately, there are several substitutes to choose from. Here are some examples:

Artificial sweeteners
These are high-intensity sweeteners, such as aspartame, saccharine and sucralose. They have a negligible number of calories but some sources say they may be linked to health problems. Continue reading


Learning how to cook

The most effective wA hand is stirring something in a pot with a wooden spoon. The pot is on a cooker.ay to be in control of your diet is to prepare your own meals. This will also help you to enjoy your food more as you’re not dependent on other people’s culinary skills. (Of course, if you happen to have a private chef, or a skilful mum, who will cook everything for you, you won’t need to bother – unfortunately, this is not an option for most of us!)

If you don’t know how to cook, now is the time to learn. If you do know how to do it, you will still benefit from learning about different ingredients and how to make them work for your special diet. Continue reading

Visiting people

Dinner place settin with red and white crockery and wine glasses which have some red flowers in them as decorationYou’ve been invited for a meal at someone’s home. What do you do? Although this can be a tricky situation, your multiple dietary restrictions can be managed with some forward planning.

The first step is to tell your hosts upfront that you are on a special diet. Just turning up and not eating anything may offend them. Or, eating food that’s not suitable for you may make you ill. Neither scenario is ideal. Continue reading

Telling other people about your diet

A red character is speaking to seven white characters.Some find it easy to tell other people about their condition and diet, while others struggle because they feel embarrassed or otherwise reluctant to reveal private information. Although it’s not necessary to tell about your condition to everyone you meet, there are situations when it’s advantageous, for example, when you go to a restaurant or a dinner party. Continue reading

Changing your diet – the first steps

A child's foot is on grass. It has a dark butterfly on it.So, you’ve found out you need to change your diet. Leaving out one particular foodstuff can be tricky; having to say goodbye to two or more can make life really difficult. Or so it can feel, at least in the beginning.

It can be daunting to start making changes. However, there are lots of ways to manage your new diet and enjoy your life. It doesn’t have to be doom and gloom. Think about your new situation as a new beginning, a new journey that has the potential to improve the quality of your life. Continue reading