Hello SOTGC community,
How are you? What is good and new? I am excited to share a sweet discovery with you today, something that will help end those sugar cravings you may be experiencing. I have always had a sweet tooth. I am that person who has to have a cookie, candy, or dessert after every meal, especially treats made with chocolate. Does this sound familiar to you? After having my second baby, I had a very difficult time losing weight even though I detoxed, ate homemade whole foods, and exercised. It was not until I addressed my sugar issue that I was able to lose my final ten pounds and finally fit back into my prepregnancy clothes. Oh my God, it only took five years after the birth of my daughter, but who is counting? I am just happy I finally did it!
So how did I do it? Going to nutrition school and listening to Gary Taubes’ thought-provoking lecture on sugar and inflammation pushed me into action. I have provided a link to Gary’s lecture in my video blog below. My video blog also summarizes a few simple and fun tips you can easily integrate into your daily life. I hope you will be inspired to try out a few of the tips and see the results for yourself.
Apart from the tips in my video blog, I have recently discovered a quick and easy chocolate dessert recipe you can make in less than five minutes. My children and I have been enjoying this dessert for breakfast daily for the past week. My daughter has out-of-control sugar cravings, like I used to have, but the dessert is so powerful even she is completely satisfied and forgets to ask for candy. It has been heavenly peaceful in our home not to hear her bargain for another cookie or candy with that irresistible “please mommy” tone. I am thankful for any peace I can get. As adorable as she is, I still need a break.
Are you ready for this delicious and nutritious chocolate dessert recipe? I promise, you will not be disappointed. Think of the reduction in inflammation your body will experience once you make that shift from processed to natural sugar. Imagine the amazing energy you will have, and think how wonderful your skin will feel.
Why is this recipe effective in squashing your body’s need for sugar, or any other cravings for that matter? Because it’s composed of well-balanced nutrients your body needs to be fully satisfied. It has carbs, fats, proteins, minerals, and vitamins – all the components of a complete meal. Our body craves only for what it lacks. If we fill it up with all the proper nutrients it needs, like balancing all the six tastes of sour, bitter, sweet, salty, pungent, and astringent, the cravings naturally become extinct.
Chocolate Breakfast Dessert Recipe
- 1 organic banana (sliced pieces)
- 1 tablespoon organic almond butter (freshly ground, available in health food stores)
- 1 tablespoon organic raw cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon organic shredded coconut
- 1 teaspoon organic chia seeds
Blend all ingredients together and serve with organic raw almonds and fresh berries. If you like it cold, freeze the banana slices first, and then add them to the mix if you have a high-powered blender. However, if you have a regular blender like mine (the Magic Bullet), you can blend the banana slices at room temperature and then refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.
For the original recipe from Lauren Murphy, read all about it here: http://social.popsugar.com/Chocolate-Banana-Soft-Serve-Ice-Cream-17567474
My video blog with my top tips on how I got off my sugar addiction and the inspiration behind my decision:
5 tips on how I got off my sugar addiction:
1. Gary Taubes’ thought provoking lecture on “Good Calories, Bad Calories.” You can find this lecture on YouTube. Refer to link below.
2. Hydrate our bodies as soon as we get out of bed to expand and open all energy channels. Don’t just drink water from a regular cup or bottle, use a clear wine glass and add lemon, cucumber, mint, basil, ginger or whatever you have in your kitchen. Herbs, lemon, cucumber or ginger gives water a complex taste, which very satisfying to the taste buds. Wine glasses make water elegant and beautiful to look at. Enjoy!
3. Organic raw cocoa nibs added to salads or teas contain a high concentration of magnesium to relieve headaches, cramps, or other PMS symptoms, elevate mood, and give energy a boost. There are so many other benefits of chocolate without the sugar as well.
4. Probiotics, coconut kefir (1 tablespoon in the mornings) helps digestion, cleanses the liver, and stops sugar cravings.
5. Caffeine-free herbal teas such as peppermint and licorice, and dessert teas such as vanilla cream spice taken after meals can calm the mind, balance the mood, and make you forget about your sugar craving.
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