At one point, I couldn’t stop myself from reaching for a cookie or a chocolate bar, even though I knew it wasn’t doing me any good. I think everyone has those days (or months or years) but those days are over. For you it might be running to Starbucks praying they didn’t run out of Frappuccino’s or hoping there’s one more M&M in the bag.
But when I learned about how destructive sugar is to our cells and energy levels, I made the choice to kick it to the curb. My days of riding the sugar addiction roller coaster are over and I’m here to help you in ending yours too. I know that liberating feeling of not having to rely on something external to make you feel good.
Sugar leads to sickness, and it ages you well beyond your years. Cells cannot thrive in an acidic environment, and sugar creates just that. It feeds bad bacteria in your body and throws off the delicate symbiosis that keeps you glowing and happy. Recent research has even shown that sugar lights up the same areas in the brain as cocaine. It’s highly addictive and destroys our brains.
Sugar robs you of energy and leads to weight gain or extreme weight loss due to malabsorption. When I’m craving sugar, I know my body is out of balance. It’s a signal for deeper nutritional deficiencies, yet it can never fill those gaping holes. Only wholesome nourishing foods and lifestyle strategies can do that.
Sugar occurs naturally in nearly all foods. When in its most natural state, for example fruit, honey or maple syrup, it contains enzymes, fiber, vitamins and minerals. But refined sugar depletes the body of its minerals and enzymes and creates an acidic environment leading to digestive problems, sinus congestion, cellulite, headaches, mucus in the stool, and allergies.
When we consume refined sugar, it has a negative impact on our blood sugar, which leads to irritability, anxiety, wrinkles, poor sleep, hormonal imbalance and can also lead to more serious health problems.
Here are some ways you can add sweetness to your life instead of consuming sugar:
• Reading for pleasure
• Adult coloring book
• Listening to music or a podcast
• Calling a close friend or loved one
• Taking a walk
• Taking a bath
• Getting a pedicure
• Getting a massage
Here are a couple of my favorite naturally-sweetened recipes!
THE BEST PROTEIN BALLS
1 cup cashews
1 cup protein powder
1/4 cup cacao powder, plus extra for dusting
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons coconut oil
5 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup light coconut milk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup coconut flakes, plus more for coating
Blend all ingredients, then form into balls and roll in coconut and raw cacao powder.
1 avocado, mashed
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 cup dairy free milk
1 tablespoon maple syrup or another sweetener (optional)
*You can use stevia instead of maple syrup
Mix all ingredients together in a blender or food processor until smooth, let sit for 15 minutes in the refrigerator, then serve.
How is your relationship with sugar?
Is it time for you to finally kick that habit to the curb? If yes, then what are some ways you can add sweetness to your life that don’t involve sugar? Comment below and let me know!
Yours in wellness,
Sharae Jenkins, MBA, FNS
Nutritionist + Health Coach + Blogger
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