When I tell people that I’ve gone “sugar free” I usually get the same reaction.
“Wow, good for you”
“I could never”
Sugar is something that we all struggle with. Whether its processed or in its natural form, we all can’t help but have a little love affair with it.
Whether we’re aware of it or not.
Saying no to sugar can be a little scary. Almost like when you’re giving up meat or gluten for the first time. Panic strikes and your mind starts running through a list of foods you can’t have.
To make a change in your diet stick for the long term you have to be exited about it.
I was excited to see what a sugar free diet would do for my body, mind and spirit.
Sugar is no friend to the human body.
It causes inflammation, rots our teeth, has been linked to just about every form of cancer, can cause diabetes, UTI’s and candida overgrowth. According to research, 1/3 of us have candida overgrowth which cause a myriad of symptoms. A couple of years ago a colonic (TMI moment?) told me that I had a candida overgrowth. When I googled the symptoms it became even clearer that it was true. Yet the idea of giving up sugar scared me so I never did anything about it until now.
Being sugar free can also help naturally balance your blood sugar back to its natural state. Since my early 20’s I have struggled with imbalanced blood sugar. I’m what experts would say is “hypoglycemic” meaning that when I eat sugar, my body eats it up (quickly), has a rocking party (sugar high), then quickly crashes. That’s when my blood sugar plummets and I begin to experience symptoms such as sweating, blurry eyesight, lethargy and weakness. For a while, I thought this was just how I was. I got low blood sugar, no big deal. I would carry snacks on me to be sure that anytime I was feeling a bit weak I had something handy to nibble on.
Since becoming sugar free at least 90% of the time, I have found a better way, which is involves no blood sugar drops at all. When you give up sugar your body learns how to regulate it on its own without any stimulus from outside sources.
Looks like my body is smarter than me after all…
A sugar free life is far from boring. In fact, creating sugar free foods and snacks has been so much fun!
I wanted to share them with you.
*Don’t be scared of the fat. You’ll notice that these recipes tend to carry a lot of fat–the good kind–since being sugar freeI have been compensating with more healthy fats and proteins in my diet.
Apple Pie in a Bowl
1 Organic Golden Delicious Apple
1 Tbsp Cinnamon
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp Oats
1 packet Sweet Leaf Stevia
1 tsp raw almond butter (ingredients should only be almonds)
Place all ingredients except the almond butter in a sauté pan over medium heat. Stir the ingredients while you cook them to disperse the seasonings. Cook until the apples become tender.
Serve in a bowl and top with a teaspoon of raw almond butter.
Glowing Green Sugar Free Smoothie
1 cup Almond Milk
1 packet stevia
1 tsp Maca powder
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth. If your avocado and almond milk aren’t stored in the fridge you may want to add some ice so that it is cold and refreshing. Bulk this up by adding gluten free oats and frozen spinach.
Dairy Free + Sugar Free Chocolate Ice Cream
1 can full-fat unsweetened coconut milk
1-2 packets of sweet leaf stevia
1 tablespoon of cacao powder (or more if you like rich chocolate)
Let coconut milk sit in the fridge overnight. The next day, open the can (DO NOT SHAKE) and scoop out only the fluffy white part from the can. It should be pretty thick. Place in a bowl and combine with other ingredients. Whisk until they are well combined. Place the mixture in the freezer and at 15 min intervals go back and whisk the mixture again. Keep repeating this step until you get to your desired consistency. I stopped at soft serve 🙂 .
Try out the recipes and show them to me on Instagram. Use the hashtag #SugarFreeMaven.
With Much Sugar Free Love,
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