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Curb Your Enthusiasm... For Sugar!

Updated: Jan 29


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Do you crave sugar?

Want to be in charge of your cravings?

As a child (and well into adulthood), I had a raging case of sugar cravings. I grew up in a household where we ate dense brown bread, tofu and carob, while my friends ate fluffy white bread and hostess cupcakes. I did grow up with a healthy palate but I also was constantly on the hunt for sources of sugar. When my parents would drop me off to spend a week with my grandma each summer, the first thing on the agenda was always a trip to the grocery store. I always chose Lucky Charms cereal, and we would sit at the kitchen table, giddily picking out the dehydrated marshmallows for me. While that is a fond memory of mine, I've luckily learned to balance out those cravings. A few reasons to do so are:

  • Sugar is empty calories but this is just the tip of the iceberg. Since it has no nutrients, your body actually takes stored nutrients from its reserves to digest sugar.

  • The more sugar you eat, the more you crave, making the cravings that much worse.

  • Sugar can lead to inflammation in the body which can contribute to weight gain, decreased energy, cholesterol issues and more.

  • Sugar depresses the immune system, which can cause you to be sick more often than you'd like.

So how do you take control of your sugar cravings?

  • Sometimes your body is actually in need of protein. I like an apple and almond butter as a slightly sweet snack with the protein of nuts.

  • Stress reduction. Stress causes blood sugar highs and lows, which cause you to crave sugar. Take some deep breaths, get outside, exercise.

  • Reduce the chance of proximity craving: Wanting to eat that donut at the office just because it's there. You weren't even thinking about donuts until they showed up!

Of course, everyone needs a little sweetness in their lives. How about a creamy chocolate mousse that you can feel good about eating? Here you go:

Ingredients

Serves 4

  • 2 cups organic full fat coconut milk (canned)

  • 3 tbsp raw cacao powder

  • ½ avocado

  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup or raw honey

  • 4 medjool dates, pits removed

  • Pinch of Himalayan or Celtic sea salt

Mix all ingredients together in a blender until smooth and creamy. That’s it!

You can top with fruit, shredded coconut, mint or chopped nuts.

This is a great combination of healthy fats to keep you satiated and natural sweeteners for when you really just need a little something sweet.

Whip up a batch of this chocolate mousse and mindfully notice each bite: the texture, the smell, the taste. Enjoy each one of those spoonfuls!


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