- Most often low fat or non-fat labeled food item is “healthy.” Think again. Majority of non-fat or low fat food items are packed with high sodium content and or sugar, which is just trading one problem for another.
- Refined carbohydrates (pasta, white bread, white rice, baked goods, and chips) are loaded with calories and low in nutrients. They are calorically dense and low in nutrients which makes your insulin levels spike to store the broken down excess glucose. You get hungry more often, because your body doesn’t get what it truly needs in the form of proper nutrition.
- Excess insulin in your blood stream from eating high refined carbs makes whatever your body is eating –storing it as fat. In other words, excess insulin is a fat storage hormone—the more of it that you have in your blood stream (as a result of eating processed carbs and foods) the more of the calories you take in will be stored as fat.
- Processed white sugar is NOT a “natural” substance found in nature. White sugar’s incredibly sweet flavor is not found anywhere in nature (I used to watch bees in a restaurant I worked at fly to the brown sugar and or honey but NOT the white sugar). In essence, it is not a food but more less behaves in the body like an addictive CHEMICAL. For most people, they can’t STOP eating white sugar in the form of processed carbs, cookies and or candy once they start. Then after they eat it they are CRANKY and CRAVE MORE to satisfy the energetic low they feel after the HIGH or burst of ENERGY they feel from eating it.
- Many women who have turned to low-fat or non-fat foods in order to lose weight turn to sweet sugary products and or carbs for their food fixes or “cravings.” This is because they are not getting enough nutrients from whole foods and the cravings result in some deficiency that is not being met. Sugar cravings are a craving for energy. You can boost your energy (and reduce your weight) by eating whole foods instead of sugary or refined ones.
- To kick your refined carbohydrate habit, gradually replace products made with white flour with whole grains such as quinoa, amaranth, brown rice, millet, and bulgur. Buy whole-grain or sprouted grain breads (you will need to read the labels in order to confirm a whole grain substance).
- Beets, potatoes, yams, carrots, and turnips are root vegetables and fruit are nutrient dense and low in fat. The fats in whole foods are the ones our bodies need to build cell membranes, make cholesterol (yes some is essential for health), and perform many other functions.
- Prostaglandins are special kinds of hormones produced throughout your body. They maintain many different types of processes, such as blood pressure and inflammation. The type of fats we eat can dictate how active and how many prostaglandins our bodies make-which can cause a hormone imbalance. An excess of prostaglandins can cause water retention, blood vessel constriction, inflammation, and PMS. This is because an imbalance of the wrong fats you are eating can set a course for chronic inflammation in the body. Good fat sources are found in fish, fresh vegetables and fruits, and olive oil.
- Fried food is NOT good for you—EVER. Rancid and partially hydrogenated oils are significantly found in many packaged foods, even “healthy” junk foods labeled with “organic” ingredients. A hydrogenated oil is a liquid vegetable oil that is bombarded with hydrogen molecules to make it more solid and thus protect it from oxidation and rancidity. These oils are basically found in ALL processed foods to make margarine, chips, frozen desserts, and baked goods.
- Unstable or unsaturated oils such as corn, safflower, sunflower, peanut oil can easily become oxidized when heated at high temperatures. When fats become unstable and or oxidized due to being heated at high temperatures combined with oxygen are readily transformed into carriers of free radicles. Excess free radical production and oxidation can damage cell membranes and even DNA.
- What to do? Limit your consumption of fried foods and white sugary substances with processed chemicals and preservatives. Give to your body healthy fats and whole foods so that cravings don’t set in to where you grab a box of cookies with hydrogenated oils. Eat wild caught fish (not farm raised, take Omega 3’s, Borage, Evening primrose oil, Vitamin B complex to support your energy so you don’t crave sugar and or non-fat sugary items (take B Vitamins with meals to reduce nausea). Use stevia as a substitute for sugar cravings as to not spike your blood sugar levels and send your body into fat storing mode.
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- Want to make your own chocolate to satisfy your sugar craving?
-1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon cacao or cocoa powder or carob powder (without white sugar added)
-4 tablespoons unrefined coconut oil (melted)
-NuNaturals vanilla stevia drops to taste (If you’d prefer to use a liquid sweetener, such as agave or pure maple syrup, use this ratio instead: 1/4 cup cocoa powder, 1/4 cup coconut oil, 1 tbsp of your liquid sweetener.)
- optional: extracts, cocoa nibs, or other add-ins such as coconut flakes, currants, crushed almonds, small pieces of dates (chopped finely).
- optional: 1 extra tbsp oil or water, if it needs to be thinner
Combine coconut oil with the liquid sweetener or stevia drops. (For the stevia version, I recommend NuNaturals because I find other brands to have an aftertaste.) Stir, then add the cacao powder. Stir until it gets thick. Pour into any flat container, ice cube tray, or smush between wax paper and make layers that you can freeze in a Ziploc bag. Freeze until solid, and store in the freezer. Eat and enjoy.