It's not as hard as you might think to replace sugar, chocolate, cookies, and other addictive foods that can make you feel fat, bloated, down and low energy. Here are three easy and delicious solutions to satisfy your chocolate and sugar cravings while maintaining your inner and outer GLOW.
Ready to Satisfy your Cravings & Get Your GLOW on? ;-)
Left: Mint Coconut Chocolate Chip GLOWnola Parfait with Cashew Creme.
When you replace empty calorie ingredients (aka contain no or little vitamins or minerals) commonly found in foods we crave such as white flour, white or brown sugar and white salt with nutrient rich calorie wholefoods (aka naturally highly concentrated in minerals and vitamins) such as sprouted almond flour, maple syrup, and sea salt - it becomes easier to be in-tune with the authentic needs of your body and maintain a healthy weight without dieting.
But for most people, their body is lying to them about their hunger.
Above: GLOW Spot Raw Chocolate
Why oh why would your body lie to you about its food needs and tell you you need more food than you actually need?
To function normally, our bodies need much more than just macronutrients (protein, fats and carbohydrates) from the food we eat. Food provides us with much more than energy.
For the millions of chemical reactions that take place in our body everyday to produce hormones, build new brain and skin cells, create antibodies to fight off disease we need something called micronutrients (aka vitamins and minerals).
When we do not get the micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) we need, our body’s survival instinct kicks-in and tells us we are hungry, even if we are physically full, in an effort to get the vitamins, minerals and other phytonutrients we require to function normally.
And, food that has been stripped of it's nutrition, can more easily trigger an addictive metabolic pathway in the brain. Eating nutrient rich wholefoods are less likely to trigger food addictions.
This means, when you enjoy more nutrient rich whole foods, you don't need to count calories, because your body will tell you when it is full. Want more info on this topic? click here,
That's why, I only use nutrient rich whole food ingredients and sweeteners in my line of GLOW Goodies and Chocolates - so that it is easier for you to become in-tune with the food needs of your body.
Get your GLOW On with Nutrient Rich Sweeteners
- For your holiday baking, substitute white flour for equal parts of organic spelt flour and substitute white sugar for raw cane or coconut sugar. For inspiration, I recommend Baby Cakes NYC by Erin McKenna
- Enjoy chocolates like GLOW Spot Raw Chocolate that has been sweetened with nutrient rich sweeteners like maple syrup. Cacao is VERY bitter so you need a lot of sweetener to give it a sweet taste - so it is extra important to ensure the sweetener in the chocolate you are eating is nutrient dense and low glycemic.
Often times, cravings and over eating arises as a result of an uncontrollable physical response due to a crash in blood sugar levels.
Maintaining a slow and steady release of blood sugar is a critical function that your body will maintain at any cost because your brain needs a steady level of glucose to function.
When you eat foods that are high on the glycemic index (=they quickly spike your blood sugar), all the sugar is quickly absorbed into your bloodstream which means it gets used up very quickly so your blood sugar levels drops quickly. In an effort to get your blood sugar levels back up to normal, you will crave foods that give your body the fastest hit of sugar from candy bars, cookies, donuts, muffins etc.
Above: GLOWBall Consciousness - Sweetened only with the "80% sweeteners".
When you enjoy nutrient rich sweeteners lower on the glycemic scale such as green stevia - an all natural zero calorie sweetener, maple syrup, yacon syrup and coconut sugar, your body is be better equipped to maintain a steady source of blood sugar which means you won't crave sugar as much, you have longer lasting energy, and you stay satiated for longer periods of time = you need less food. It then becomes easier to maintain a healthy weight without the need for calorie counting.
Get your GLOW On with Balanced Blood Sugar
Read more about the sugar cravings energy crash cycle that may be preventing you from losing weight.
Please keep in mind that just because a sweetener like raw sugar is healthier for you - it is still a sugar and needs to be consumed in moderation.
Although there are a few exceptions....
(3) Rock The 80/20 Rule
I LOVE this concept (FYI you can apply it to many things such as time management, business and more - I recommend Googling it to learn more). If you eat very healthfully 80% of the time you can have flexibility in what you eat 20% of the time and still be healthy. Sweeteners like coconut sugar, maple syrup, molasses and raw honey - while they healthier options still need to be considered a part of the 20% (though they much closer to the 80% than refined sugar)
The goods news is that there are a handful of sweeteners that are so GLOWnominal (my new word ;) they can be enjoyed as part of the 80%!
The 80% category includes green stevia powder, mesquite powder and lucuma powder. These delicious options are diabetic, Candida and weight loss friendly and can be enjoyed very regularly.
Get your GLOW On with the 80-20 Rule
- Try exploring the 80% healthy sweeteners like lucuma powder, mesquite and green stevia. I recommend Navita's website for uniquely healthy dessert recipes. In Vancouver, ingredients are available at Whole Foods and health food stores such as I LOVE Health.
- And because I know you LOVE sinfully delicious flavours AND want to stay feeling and looking SEXY (and ok I'm a bit biased :) GLOWBall Consciousness truly sugar free truffles are sweetened only with the 80% sweeteners (green stevia and mesquite) - yet tastes like the 20%. Curious to try? Check out my list of retailers here.
Do you have tips and recipes for enjoying sinfully delicious treats and foods while staying in your GLOW? If so, feel free to share in the comments section below.
Footnote 2 - Dr. Raymond Peat, From PMS to Hormones