Getting Off the Sugar Roller Coaster!

February 24, 2015

 

Giving up sugar is not easy for some, but love yourself by avoiding the harmful effects of sugar overload – symptoms may include inflammation, increased cholesterol, weight gain, brain fog, stomach distress, headache, suppressed immune system, mood swings and more.

 

If you find it difficult to give up sugar, try these sugar-busting tips:

 

1) Eat consistently each day – three meals and two snacks with a balance of protein, fiber and healthy fat.

 

2) Drink water. Sometimes sweet cravings are a sign of dehydration. Whenever you have a craving, sip a glass of water before you give in. You just might find you can say NO to sweets!

 

3) Take my “good, better, best approach” to healthy eating by reading labels and choosing better ingredients. More on this topic on my website: www.beefitwithtracy.com

 

4) Eliminate “fat-free” or “low-fat” foods that are highly processed, low in nutrients and typically contain large amounts of sugar.

 

5) Spice it up. Try cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and cardamom to naturally sweeten your foods and reduce cravings.

 

If you must have a dessert or something sweet, try these Mini After Dinner Delights!

 

Ingredients: 

1 1/2 cup walnuts 

1 cup pitted dates 

1 tsp vanilla 

1/3 cup cacao powder

 

Directions: 

Mix all ingredients together in food processor; pulse and then blend well. The mixture should have the consistency of peanut butter (not chunky!). Form mixture into one-inch balls and place on a cookie sheet; put tray in the refrigerator for one hour before serving.

 

Put Valentine Date Delights in mini cupcake liners and store in a resealable storage container using wax paper in between layers; may be refrigerated up to two weeks.*

 

*Source: Crave Marketing- Nutrition, 2011, LLC 

 

 

 

Giving up sugar is not easy for some, but love yourself by avoiding the harmful effects of sugar overload – symptoms may include inflammation, increased cholesterol, weight gain, brain fog, stomach distress, headache, suppressed immune system, mood swings and more.

 

 

If you find it difficult to give up sugar, try these sugar-busting tips:

 

1) Eat consistently each day – three meals and two snacks with a balance of protein, fiber and healthy fat.

 

2) Drink water. Sometimes sweet cravings are a sign of dehydration. Whenever you have a craving, sip a glass of water before you give in. You just might find you can say NO to sweets!

 

3) Take my “good, better, best approach” to healthy eating by reading labels and choosing better ingredients. More on this topic on my website: www.beefitwithtracy.com

 

4) Eliminate “fat-free” or “low-fat” foods that are highly processed, low in nutrients and typically contain large amounts of sugar.

 

5) Spice it up. Try cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and cardamom to naturally sweeten your foods and reduce cravings.

 

If you must have a dessert or something sweet, try these Mini After Dinner Delights!

 

Ingredients: 

1 1/2 cup walnuts 

1 cup pitted dates 

1 tsp vanilla 

1/3 cup cacao powder

 

Directions: 

Mix all ingredients together in food processor; pulse and then blend well. The mixture should have the consistency of peanut butter (not chunky!). Form mixture into one-inch balls and place on a cookie sheet; put tray in the refrigerator for one hour before serving.

 

Put Valentine Date Delights in mini cupcake liners and store in a resealable storage container using wax paper in between layers; may be refrigerated up to two weeks.*

 

*Source: Crave Marketing- Nutrition, 2011, LLC 

 

 

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