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10 Foods That People Think Are Healthy But Are Actually Loaded With Sugar

Uncategorized Apr 25, 2017

You flick on the TV only to be bombarded with a barrage of advertisements for so-called “healthy” choices. Chief among them are these foods which may be promoted as healthy but in reality, are loaded with sugar or raise your blood sugar just as much as sugar.  They keep you stuck in the throes of sugar addiction and blood sugar imbalances. If you’re ready to kick sugar to the curb then start ditching these toxic health foods.   

Fruit juice  

Juice is terrible because it contains no fibre so even if it’s 100% juice with no added sugar, the reality is that fruit sugar is still sugar. It still causes your blood sugar to spike dramatically and it’s just as addicting and bad for you as pop or kool-aid.  

 Dried Fruit 

Dried fruit may be okay in moderation, or when eaten with some nuts and seeds for protein. If you know you have diabetes, are insulin resistant or just struggling with energy or extra belly...

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The Natural Sweetener That Isn’t Actually Healthy

Uncategorized Apr 17, 2017

I might upset a few people with this post but the truth needs to be spoken. When you start getting healthy and conscious of the type of sugar you’re putting in your body, this pseudo-health food is bound to come up.

It’s a sneaky one because the way it’s branded often makes it seem like a good alternative to plain old sugar, but that’s simply not the case.  
 
Enter… agave syrup. Agave sounds great in theory because it’s derived from the agave cactus, they make it out to be like the maple syrup of the south. Unfortunately, agave syrup has a few major faults that make it best to stay away from.   

Agave is closer to HFCS than it is to natural sugar  

Agave is promoted a low-glycemic sweetener, which is true, but what it lacks in glucose it makes up for in fructose. Agave is 85% fructose and like high fructose corn syrup causes problems in the human body. Fructose, unlike glucose, overloads the liver and adds...

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Nourish Your Everyday - The Spring Reboot Recipe: Experience Mind Revitalization:

Uncategorized Apr 14, 2017
Quote above by Wayne Dyer

The web is full of diet blogs and nutrition advice. There are countless recipes for detoxifying drinks which make use of various natural ingredients that can remove various toxins and harmful molecules from our body resulting in blood cleansing and therefore a healthy body. But only a few people understand the true value of mind detoxification apart from body detoxification. A healthy mind reflects a healthy body. Therefore, a healthy body follows a healthy mind, and a healthy mind follows healthy thoughts.  Therefore, a positive mind is the prime determinant of the overall health. But how to maintain a positive mind in today’s acquisitive world?

I know that this doesn't come naturally for everyone.  I used to describe myself as a realist.  I didn't "candy coat" things or try to see the world through rose colored glasses like some people knew.  I saw them (my husband... LOL) as somewhat delusional.  

I remember at the...

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Nourishing Everyday - Spring Reboot in 2017

Uncategorized Apr 12, 2017

Your 2017 Spring Reboot/Cleanse

You may be different than me, but when spring hits I feel renewed and refreshed. It is like a well is springing up in me! Inspiration, energy, & motivation are spilling over during this time.  At least that's what's happening in my head.  Your physical energy may still be in hibernation mode.  So it's a perfect time to focus on your health goals.

The spring is the perfect time to start your reboot/cleanse because you will likely stick to it! Here are some quick tips to get you started!

 It all starts with your diet

Get rid of all those foods that are processed or come in a can. This is a great way to eliminate toxins, improve digestion and balance your blood sugars. Eliminating things like sugar, caffeine, alcohol, dairy, wheat, soy, and eggs while you are on a spring reboot due to the allergens they contain.  Foods that are allergens can increase inflammation, wreak havoc on digestion, tax your adrenals, create blood...

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Nourish Your Everyday - 5 SECRETS TO AID YOUR SPRING REBOOT

Uncategorized Apr 10, 2017

The new year is here, spring has sprung, and you're ready to hit your health goals head on! That means one thing- it’s time for a Spring Reboot!

What is a cleanse? It’s the process of naturally ridding your body of chemicals that have accumulated over a period of time, resulting in a strengthened immune system, improved skin, and liver health, and heavily reducing toxic overloads in your body. It also aids in weight loss and boosts energy!  


I’m here to share 5 secrets to help you naturally REBOOT with me this spring!


1. Eat Whole Foods

Throw out those instant noodles & other packaged foods, and head to your local grocery store to fill your cart with whole, plentiful vegetables and fruit such as kale, other greens, figs, beets, and tomatoes. One of the most important keys to REBOOTING is to eliminate processed foods from your diet! sounds intimidating, but once you get into the groove and follow your whole food meal plan, you’ll be well on...

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Fight Your Sugar Cravings With These Yummy Snacks!

Uncategorized Mar 27, 2017

If you’ve ditched sugar yet you still crave it, there might be a bigger issue trying to get your attention. When your body is starved for nutrients it will crave the very foods that continue to deplete it. Nourishing your body with nutrient dense foods can help your cravings to subside.  
 
Other times your sugar cravings may be hormonal in nature. If this is the case your body is missing the way sugar creates a flood of feel good hormones, even if it’s only making the problem worse in the long run.  
 
Foods High in Chromium  
 
I like to get my chromium from nutrient dense foods as well as using a supplement.  
 
Here are the foods with the highest levels of naturally occurring chromium…  
 
Natural grass fed beef 
Broccoli  
Brewer’s yeast 
Sweet potato 
 
Foods High in Magnesium  
 
Magnesium helps to calm the nerves and it’s a very common mineral...

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Easy low sugar breakfast ideas

Uncategorized Mar 09, 2017

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. For me, it sets the pace for the entire day. A healthy balanced breakfast ensures a high-energy, productive day ahead, free from blood sugar ups and downs and those pesky mid-day slumps.  
 
The most important part of breakfast is to make sure you’re not secretly just loading up on sugar. People eat a bagel and a glass of OJ and think that’s healthy, but that much sugar is a disaster in the making. 
 

A truly healthy breakfast is full of healthy fats and protein as well as plenty of nutrient dense vegetables or a small amount of fruit.

Chia is a great breakfast food as it is full of healthy omega 3's, fiber and protein.  Pair this with sone fruit, hemp seeds and flax and you've got a delicious and nutrition meal to start your day.
 
Here’s my favorite eggs recipe ever, it’s quick, easy, and oh so good!  
 

Raspberry & Lemon Chia Pudding

Enjoy this gluten free Raspberry...

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The most simple ways to cope when you go SUGAR FREE

Uncategorized Feb 24, 2017

Breaking up with sugar doesn’t have to be devastating. It can be like one of those breakups that’s kind of mutual, that feels necessary and totally OK. It all depends on how you approach it. You can make it hard for yourself, or you can make it easy.  
 


Here are a few of the best ways to reduce sugar cravings and make eliminating sugar a piece of sugar-free cake!  

 

 


Licorice tea after meals - Naturally sweet, helps balance blood sugar, and it’s great for digestion.  

Strength in substitutions - Swap bread with slices of roasted sweet potato (throw them in the toaster for a couple rounds of toasting to make it even simpler), pudding with chia and coconut milk, bananas or high-fiber berries etc.  

Eat plenty of protein and fat - If your body’s been running off sugar for awhile you need to give it a new fuel source to draw from. High-quality protein and saturated fats like coconut oil, avocados, MCT oil...

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Change your life by ditching the sweet stuff

Uncategorized Feb 01, 2017

A person can change their life in so many ways. If you’re unhappy in your relationship and you fight all the time you can break up. If you hate your job and it’s sucking the life out of you, you can quit. If you’re out of shape you can choose to start exercising every day. 
 

The opportunities to change your life are truly limitless.

When you’re addicted to sugar you can change your life by ditching the sweet stuff. You can balance your hormones, detox your body, improve your digestion and so much more… 
I used to feel so crummy until I had my sugar/carb fix, my energy levels were really low and all I wanted was to feel in control. I like to think I am fairly intelligent and have some knowledge.  I was a nurse for 25 years after all.  But, I couldn't figure out for a long time why my hormones were so out of wack.  I had endometriosis so bad I looked like I was passing a kidney stone every month.  I have actually...

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Are you addicted to sugar? Find out NOW!

Uncategorized Feb 01, 2017

Complete this assessment to see how much of a problem sugar is for you.

You’ve probably noticed that sugar detox programs are all the rage lately. Maybe you’ve questioned whether or not YOU have a problem with sugar. I invite you to keep reading and discover the truth for yourself…  
 If you agree to any of these clues, you might have a problem with sugar consumption. Sugar is highly addictive, if you do have a few of these signs, don’t worry, you can turn the situation around.  

  • You crave sugary foods or refined carbs at least once a day 

You love having a big donut or muffin with an afternoon coffee. Or maybe you’re more of a savory type of person and you enjoy a croissant loaded with cheese or a bag of chips. In the end it all turns into sugar.  
 

  • You often keep eating even if your full  

When you get your hands on a big piece of chocolate cake you can’t stop yourself from finishing it,...

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