Sugar Repair

  • Simple Ways to Cope When You Cut Out Added Sugar


    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.  Ultimately, the cravings will pass…sometimes sooner than you think when you are giving your body the nourishment it needs.
    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, pudding with chia and coconut milk, bananas with 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, avocado, or ghee are great for stabilizing blood sugar levels and providing a valuable energy source.
    Embrace fiber – Eat plenty of fiber to stabilize your blood sugar levels. Greens, raw vegetables, berries, hemp seeds, flax seeds etc. are all great sources of healthy fiber.
    Make your water exciting – If you’re used to sugary drinks, try making your water more fun. I like to add sliced cucumber, lemon, orange, grapefruit, strawberry, blueberry, or make a strong tea and drink that over ice.
    My fave supplements for curbing sugar cravings – When my sugar cravings are really coming on strong I like to take one of the following supplements: chromium picolinate, l-glutamine, 5-HTP, or inulin extract.
    Make your own chocolate – Chocolate is comforting and has lots of healthy qualities. It’s easy to make your own with raw cacao powder, coconut oil, and stevia or xylitol for a natural sweetener.  Check out this recipe for inspiration.
    Want even more great tips to help you lose weight, improve your digestion, increase your energy and end your sugar addiction once and for all?
    Check out my free eBook “Kick Sugar Cravings to the Curb” with a bonus companion recipe guide!
    Or join me in my private Facebook Group where I’ll be sharing more information, tips and recipes to help you live a happier, healthier life.  I look forward to seeing you in there!
    To your wellness,

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  • 3 Delicious Recipes to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth (When All You Want is a Cookie)


    We’ve all been there.  It 8 p.m.  We’re watching our favorite show and suddenly we are like the dog on UP…”Cookie!”  It’s all we can think about.  A sweet treat with a cold glass of milk…yum.  Warm cookies have been my downfall for years.  I used to make cookie batter and freeze small batches so after dinner, all I had to do was take one out, defrost it super quick, and through a nice half-dozen in my toaster over.  Sweet, warm perfection after a long day.
    Ever since changing my eating habits and focusing on nothing but natural, energy enhancing sugars, things have changed.  To begin, once I kicked the sugar habit for good, many of my sweet cravings completely disappeared.  I feel satiated now.  But at certain times (ladies, you know what I mean!) my hormones just won’t quit and yes, I feel like I could kill for one of those warm chocolate chip cookies again.
    Instead of reaching for the cookies, here are 3 of the recipes that have helped me.  They satisfied me when I feel that urge for sugary foods that would throw me completely off balance and, as a food addict, may start that snowball before I know it.

    CHOCOLATE COVERED BERRIES SMOOTHIE

    Serves 1
    1 cup water or almond, hemp or coconut milk
    ½ avocado
    1 ripe banana
    1 cup of frozen berries   1 tablespoon chia seeds
    1 tablespoon raw cacao
    3-4 ice cubes
    ½ dropper of vanilla stevia
    Place all ingredients in blender, and blend until smooth. Enjoy

    SIMPLE GREENS SALAD WITH GRAPEFRUIT TAHINI DRESSING

    Serves 2
    Salad:
    2 cups spring mix
    ½ cup cucumber, chopped
    5 or 6 cherry tomatoes
    ½ large grapefruit, sectioned
    ½ bunch parsley, chopped
    Dressing:
    ½ grapefruit, juiced
    3 tablespoons tahini
    ¼ teaspoon garlic
    ¼ teaspoon salt
    ¼ teaspoon pepper
    Prepare dressing by combining grapefruit juice, tahini, garlic, salt, and pepper to a small bowl. Set to the side.
    Prepare the salad by placing spring mix, cucumber, grapefruit pieces, and parsley into a salad bowl. Top with grapefruit tahini dressing. Serve immediately.

    SIMPLY YUMMY BAKED APPLE

    Living in a cooler climate at the moment, I often crave something warm and sweet at the end of the day.  This baked apples is truly amazing and even half of it will satisfy even the biggest sweet tooth.  Top with a little homemade granola for a satisfying crunch.
    Serves 1
    1 red apple
    Dash cinnamon
    Dash nutmeg
    1 teaspoon lemon juice
    1 teaspoon raw honey or maple syrup
    1 Tablespoon raw pumpkin seeds
    Slice the apple into ¼-inch thick slices. Sprinkle slices with cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon juice.
    Bake for 20 minutes at 350 F. Drizzle with honey or maple syrup and top with raw pumpkin seeds or a little homemade granola for added crunch.
    I would love to hear what you think!  Have you tried any of these recipes?  Comment below and let me know!
    Want to Kick Your Sugar Cravings to the Curb for Good?  Check out my new eBook, which is free for a limited time.  I also have a bonus guide: Top 10 Foods to Quit Sugar included!  Get it here.
    Love,
    Molly

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  • 5 Surprising Side Effects of Ditching Sugar


    I think at this point it’s no secret sugar is very, very bad for us. There are many health articles that even compare sugar to highly addictive illicit drugs. As someone who has recovered from a drug additction and subsequent food addiction, I can first hand tell you that it’s real and it can be very harmful to our body and mind.
    If you feel like you need to cut back on the bad sugar (not sugar that is naturally occuring in fruits and vegetables, but sugar that is added to processed foods like soda and baked goods), here are five surprising side effects of ditching sugar.

    You slow the aging process.

    That’s right, you can stop dropping mad cash on those fancy skin creams and just make the switch to a sugar-free lifestyle. Glycation is a process which occurs in our bodies causing sugar to attach to collagen (the stuff that makes your skin appear smooth and tight). This causes inflammation and reduced effectiveness from the collagen and elastin which causes the skin to appear dull and wrinkles to appear more pronounced.

    You sleep better.

    It makes sense that less sugar would help with sleep since blood sugar irregularities are the second leading cause of insomnia. When you reduce or eliminate sugar you’ll also ensure that you get all the beauty sleep you need and wake up feeling excited instead of exhausted.

    You lose weight.

    Studies show reducing sugar is a much more effective way to lose weight than reducing fat. The best part is that you don’t have to cut calories or feel deprived with this system. It’s a sustainable and easy way to shed some pounds and increase your overall health.

    Your immune system gets stronger.

    Sugar weakens the immune system making you more susceptible to foreign invaders and illness. When you ditch sugar, you’ll notice you get sick much less often and you’ll feel more energized.

    More brain power.

    You’ll find that when you get rid of sugar it’s much easier to focus and get your work done. Brain fog clears and you’re left feeling clear and confident.
    Want even more great tips to help you lose weight, improve your digestion, increase your energy and end your sugar addiction once and for all?
    Check out my new eBook “Kick Your Sugar Craving to the Curb”, which includes 10 foods to help you quit sugar with recipes and tips. Don’t wait to start to feel amazing – grab your free guide >> HERE <<
    Until next time!
    Love,
    Molly

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