Sunday, 26 October 2014

10 Ways to Break Your Sugar Addiction (Part 1)

Dealing with your food addictions can be one of the hardest parts when transitioning to a healthier lifestyle. Refined sugar is one of the most addictive substances in conventional food, and many people struggle when trying to eliminate it from their diet.
Some indications that you may be addicted to sugar include:

  • Intense cravings for sweets such as chocolate, pastries, or candy
  • Cravings for refined starches such as chips, bagels, or crackers
  • Lack of self control when sugar is involved (overeating even when you try to limit yourself)
  • Going out of your way to get sugar (ex. making a special trip to the store for sugary or starchy snacks)
  • Feeling upset or 'hard done by' if you are in a situation where you can't obtain sugar

Here are 10 ways to help break your addiction. 

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Book Review: The Paleo Approach Cook Book

This week I have been reading through Sarah Ballantyne's (The Paleo Mom) new cook book! I really admire the research she has done into autoimmune conditions and how to manage them through proper nutrition. I don't buy cook books too often but this one is special because all the recipes are autoimmune friendly (AIP) which is not an easy feat! Today I will be reviewing The Paleo Approach Cookbook: A Detailed Guide to Heal Your Body and Nourish Your Soul.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Chia Two-Bite Brownies (Nut-free)

Unlike the conventional two-bite brownie, these guys are a nutritious dessert option or snack. They have a cake-like consistency and are just the right sweetness without being overpowering. This recipe is not autoimmune friendly, however, they are nut-free for those of us with nut allergies. I will call this brownie recipe version 1.0 because I would like to improve upon it in the future, but for now I will share with you all what I came up with. They weren't exactly what I was aiming for, but I really liked how they turned out!

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Do You Know Your Honey?

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Did you know that there are many different varieties of honey? Honey is classified into different types based on the type of flowers the bees pollinated. Some of the common North American types of honey include clover, orange blossom, blueberry, sage, tupelo, buckwheat, fireweed, mesquite and sourwood. Clover is one of the most mild tasting honeys, while buckwheat is one of the most intense. They also range in color from a clear pale yellow (mild tasting) to a dark somewhat opaque brown color (intense tasting). The color corresponds to the flavor; the darker the honey the more intense the flavor. Although the honeys have different colors and tastes, they all have approximately the same amount of sugars in them. Today we will go through the different types and their uses and benefits!

Sunday, 14 September 2014

6 Traditional Ways to Get More Protein

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Protein powders can be a great way to increase the amount of protein you consume on a daily basis, but it is always better to eat real food over a supplement; and protein powders are a supplement. The main reason is that you will get more nutrients along with your protein from eating a real meal over a supplement. You can read more here on why protein powders aren't suitable for everybody. The best way to increase protein consumption is by eating more protein rich foods. Here are 6 protein packed ideas to help keep your diet real.