Do you feel like your life is a whirlwind of ups and downs, like your emotions are about as stable as a roller coaster ride? The solution to your woes might not be as complicated as you’d imagine. In fact, there’s a simple way to stabilize your mood, fight off low mood and balance your hormones, and help you feel more focused and on your A-game.
Just by getting rid of sugar from your diet you can experience a more peaceful mind that you long for. Various studies have shown that sugar consumption suppresses activity of BDNF a hormone low in people with depression and other mental health problems. In countries with higher rates of depression, there’s typically higher levels of sugar consumption too.
Take a break from the sugar-laden fruits like bananas, mango, and papaya, and stick to fibre rich greens and avocados instead. Your body will get the nutrients it needs to remove toxins, boost weight loss, and help to strengthen your immune system, minus the blood sugar spike that comes alongside most smoothie recipes.
I love drinking a green smoothie first thing in the morning to get my day started. The Green Magic Smoothie (see below) is a great energy booster and the additional cacao is high in magnesium which helps keep stress levels in check.
Here are a few low sugar smoothie options to incorporate on a daily basis anytime you need a quick energy boost!
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.
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 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...
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 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...
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...
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!
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...
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!
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...
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
Foods High in Magnesium
Magnesium helps to calm the nerves and it’s a very common mineral...
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.
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!
Enjoy this gluten free Raspberry...
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.
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...