The journey has begun.

Welcome to my first post.

My family and I are new arrivals to Jakarta.  We moved here about 6 months ago from Australia and it has been quite a shock as we lived in a small beachside town in Queensland where we could stroll on the beach and swim in the ocean on any given day. I would go to the local farmers market to buy all our organic food for the week with only a quick trip to the supermarket to top up.

My daughter and I had just been to watch “That Sugar Film” (a wonderful documentary about the effects of sugar on your body) a few months before we left and together we had begun to make a conscious effort to cut back on our sugar intake.

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I had begun using various substitutes for sugar for cooking and baking. I had bought and read 3 wonderful books about other peoples journey with quitting or cutting back on sugar.

Things I felt were going well and then …… we moved, and it all went out the window!

After the initial culture shock and trying hard to find my feet I began to get that nagging feeling that it was time to begin the journey again of cutting out excessive sugar in my diet. As I am finding out in this journey is not going to be an easy one here in Jakarta.  Sugar or “gula” is in everything!!

This was going to be a BIG hill to climb.

This blog is going to be about the things I find out along the way; recipes I have a go at making with sugar substitutes or no sugar, places I find to source items, books I read and other information I discover. I am determined to reduce the amount of sugar my family and I consume and to find healthy, simple alternatives.

You are welcome to join me in my journey – a battle to reduce sugar intake!