I’ll be honest, when Jane asked me to write a post on sugar to share with you, I didn’t know where to start.
Do I tell you about the fact that sugar addiction is a genuine addiction, biochemically and neurologically?
Or do I tell you about the two biggest keys to success in kicking your sugar addiction to the curb?
(By the way, those would be:
1. Reintroducing sugar without starting the addiction cycle over again, and
2. Making sure you have a good reason for doing it and reminding yourself of it all day long)
Or do I share how I struggled with sugar addiction for many years?
Or how about some of my favorite tools for dealing with those ridiculous cravings?
There was so much I wanted to share with you, and I couldn’t decide.
That’s when I realized that what I really wanted to offer you was a leg up on your way out of sugar addiction.
The biggest reason we don’t deal with our sugar addiction is fear.
Fear that our best friend(s) will be taken from us.
Fear that we won’t have another way to cope when we’re upset, sad, frustrated, angry or afraid.
Fear that we won’t have anything else to do to unwind when we come home late from work.
Fear that we won’t know what else to eat.
Fear that we’ll upset our family and friends.
Fear that we’ll never be able to have a sweet treat ever again.
This last one seems to be a big one for so many of us. It’s what holds us back from really taking action.
Yes, you definitely want to limit your sugar intake, and any form of refined sugar is not recommended. But it is possible to enjoy an occasional sweet treat without going overboard. The key is in the ingredients: whole fruits.
To get you started, I’m going to give you a taste of two of my favorite post-sugar addiction sweet treats, so that you can move forward with a little less fear.
Now, I know what you’re thinking… “Ugh… another fruit salad?”
I’m going to show you how to make ice cream and chocolate pudding from whole fruits. Yes, it’s possible!
Actually, these two recipes have converted some of the biggest critics out there – kids! And the best part: they only take a few minutes and a few ingredients to make.
So let’s get to it, shall we?
Chocolate Banana Pudding
pinch of salt
1-2 Tbsp cacao powder (or to taste)
Process in a food processor or high-powered blender until smooth.
Serve and enjoy without guilt!
Banana Ice Cream
2 ripe bananas
½ cup rice or nut milk
1 vanilla bean
Pinch of sea salt
Toppings (optional): cacao nibs, fresh berries, chopped nuts
Take ripe bananas, cut in chunks and freeze for about 2-4 hours.
Process the frozen bananas and nut/rice milk in a food processor or blender until fairly smooth.
Add remaining ingredients and process until you get a soft-serve texture.
Serve with toppings of your choice.
Claudia Olivie is a holistic health consultant and the creator of the HRL Sugar Recovery System. After developing an autoimmune disease in her early 20s, she learned how to take her health into her own hands and deal with the primary trigger for so many chronic and serious diseases: stress! Claudia’s work focuses on stress reduction and management through food and lifestyle changes. You can visit her at http://claudiaolivie.com or on Facebook
Thanks for sharing, Claudia!
If you missed yesterday’s posting on Type II Diabetes, check it out. Though sugar alone doesn’t cause this disease, the overuse of sugar leads to obesity and/or an unhealthy, immune compromised body.
Contact me, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you are interested in my Pre-diabetes program. I have two slots available for $395.00. Let’s stop this nasty disease in it’s tracks!
Peace and Joy!