Simple Steps for Dealing with Sugar Addiction

 

1) Reduce or eliminate caffeine. The ups and downs of caffeine include dehydration and blood sugar swings, causing sugar cravings to be more frequent.

2) Drink water. Sometimes sweet cravings are a sign of dehydration. Perhaps you’re just thirsty…  in fact most likely this is JUST what you need. Before you go for the sugar, have a glass of water and then wait a few minutes to see what happens.

Caution: soft drinks are now America’s number one source of added sugar.    Image

3) Eat sweet vegetables and fruit. They are sweet, healthy and delicious. The more you eat, the less you’ll crave sugar. I’m not on this “No More Fruit Sugars” bandwagon.  While I do feel “all good things in moderation” and “variety is the spice of life”   I do not think anyone should be missing out on all of the amazing phyto-nutrients, enzymes and vitamins  that a plump organic strawberry or an orange have to offer.   Yes they’re higher in sugar, but taken alongside the double chocolate fudge brownie… or twinkie (heaven forbid!)  they’re a “piece of cake” for your body to digest and they offer a HOST of luscious health benefits for your body to feed on.  Image

4) Use gentle sweets. Avoid chemicalized, artificial sweeteners and foods with added sugar. Use gentle sweeteners like maple syrup, brown rice syrup, dried fruit, stevia, barley malt and  (my personal favorite as an herbalist) HONEY; it is full of minerals and is also a broad spectrum anti-viral!         Image

5) Get physically active. Start with simple activities, like walking or yoga. Start with 10 minutes a day and gradually increase. It will help balance your blood sugar levels, boost your energy, and reduce tension without medicating yourself with sugar!  When I am regular with my visits to the gym and getting my “dose” of connectedness by feeling athletic and physical in my body, my cravings are nearly completely reduced!

6) Attend to your Sleeping Patterns. Get more sleep, rest and relaxation. When you are tired or stressed, your body will crave energy—in the form of sugar. These cravings are often a result of being sleep-deprived, going to bed late or waking up early, sometimes for months and years on end.

7)Evaluate the amount of animal food you eat. Eating too much can lead to cravings for sweets. So can eating too little! A good health counselor  will help you sort this out. Experiment. Respect your body’s individuality.

8) Eliminate fat-free or low-fat packaged snack-foods. These foods contain high quantities of sugar to compensate for lack of flavor and fat, which will send you on the roller-coaster ride of sugar highs and lows.  Not to mention the more processes it takes to create a “food product” the more processes are required from your body to glean nutrients from that food, leading to sluggish digestion, overworked and slowed lymph movement.

9) Experiment with spices. Coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and cardamom will naturally sweeten your foods and reduce cravings.

10) Slow down and find sweetness in non-food ways! Your body does not biologically need sugar, but it does long for hugs, time with friends, outside time, workouts, massages, etc. When life becomes sweet enough itself, no additives are needed!  Enjoy your sweet life! 🙂

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Homemade Nut Milk

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Delphine’s Hazelnut , Almond , Hemp (or any other kind of nut or seed) Milk.

2 c. raw organic hazelnuts (soak them overnight … 2nights are ok; not necessary) rinse , drain.

2 tbs. local raw honey (optional)  sub with a date or two if  honey is not your jam.

2 cardamon seeds (break open the pod and take out 2 or 3 seeds), cinnamon , or nutmeg are also great!

1tsp vanilla extract.

 I start with 2 cups of  nuts or seeds of choice , and will make 1 batch at a time

Place 1 cup of soaked nuts or seeds

3 cups of water into a blender

blend at high speed for 30 seconds – 1 minute (depending on how high powered your blender is … vitamix: ideal)

 strain through a milk bag squeezing out every last precious drop of milk

put strained milk back into  blender

 

(discard nut fiber into compost or make a face mask,  power bars or dehydrated crackers with it)

 add back into the blender with strained milk: approx 1 TBS. honey (or sweetener of your choice. an unsweetened milk is also quite lovely)

½ tsp vanilla extract

1-3 seeds from cardamom pod (or cinnamon or nutmeg).

Blend for up to 2 minutes

Sip & enjoy!! 

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