Sugar has been on the health gurus hit list for quite a while.
Personally, I’m of the opinion that the odd sweet treat like a slice of cake or bar of chocolate will do you no harm, it’s just when that occasional treat becomes a daily habit. And for so many of us, it is a daily habit.
And even if you don’t think you have a sugar habit, you maybe surprised by how much sugar you’re actually consuming on a daily basis – but I’ll cover that in another post.
So if you’re planning on giving up sugar then here are 5 quick tips to help you eliminate excess sugar from your diet.
There’s loads of talk about quitting sugar at the moment. It’s becoming more and more apparent just what sugar does to the body. And it’s not the odd slice of cake or chocolate bar that’s really the problem, it’s the fact that the majority of us (even if we don’t think we are) are reliant on sugar.
There’s no question that the majority of us use sugar as a crutch, and not to mention all the hidden sugars that we’re consuming (think low fat goods, tinned soup, white bread etc).
The reason I’m posting this today is I stumbled upon a pretty cool little video from TED lessons about how sugar affects the brain. I’ll pop the video on the end of this post – it’s well worth a watch and only 5 minutes out of your life.
But I also wanted to briefly share what sugar really does to your body. I’m going to admit, I’m just starting out on trying to eliminate sugar from my diet, it’s something that’s been talked about a LOT during my studies with IIN and it’s not easy, but the facts, really do speak for themselves.
The thing is with sugar and this is something that’s been apparent to me for a while is that whilst it’s as dangerous and addictive as hard drugs, it takes a slower approach when it comes to damaging our health. You don’t sit down with a bucket of haribo one night and die straight away from your sugar binge, it’s a slow, destructive process that only really shows itself when the damage is done (i.e obesity and diabetes).
So here are 3 things that sugar is doing to our bodies…
Sugar increases fat storing. Insulin is one of the most important hormones in the body for when it comes to weight loss. When we eat sugar this causes a spike in blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia). Of course if we’re exercising we can burn that off but if we’re sat at our desk or watching tv then it will turn to fat. Continue reading “How Sugar Affects Your Body (and your brain)”
I love peanut butter – always have. So when it comes to making a guilt free treat for the lead up to Christmas then there’s only one thing for it. Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge. Note that the chocolate coating is actually optional but I find it takes the edge off the peanut butter a bit and makes it way more decadent. They also make pretty good christmas gifts too.
The other great thing about this recipe is that it’s only 3 ingredients and it’s STUPIDLY simple. I tend not use the sweeter in mine as I like the saltiness of the peanut butter with the contrast of the dark chocolate but if you fancy it a bit sweeter then you can add some stevia.
What you need:
2/3 cup of peanut butter (you can use any nut butter you fancy)
1/2 cup almond flour
1tbsp stevia *optional
1/2 cup of At least 80% dark chocolate (raw dark chocolate is the best)
Remember I said this was REALLY easy? Well, just combine the peanut butter, almond flour and stevia together to form a dough. It needs to be pretty stiff so if it’s not then add some more flour.
Next you need to make little balls with the peanut butter mixture, once you’ve done this then place them in the fridge for at least an hour.
When your fudge is adequately chilled, melt your chocolate and using a tooth pick dip your peanut butter balls in the chocolate. Place on some grease proof paper and place back in the fridge to set. And voila, you’re done.
There has been so much hoo-ha over quitting sugar in the last few weeks. For people who’ve been following Sarah Wilson since 2011 the dangers of sugar will be embedded deep in to your psyche. She’s done so much work on why and how we should give up sugar and for anyone who has quit, one of the most difficult parts of quitting the white stuff is giving up chocolate and “treats”.