QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Finally my winter fat is gone.
Now I have spring rolls.”
First, we show you ways to kick the sugar habit. Or, at the very least, to stop eating so much. But then we show you some soda and candy recipes?!
No we haven’t overdosed on sugar – (but that would be a sweet way to go). For those of you who want to cut back, but you still want a little bit of sweetness to your day, this webletter is for you.
And for you brave souls who want to go cold turkey – well, this will help you too (*crosses fingers).
According to the American Heart Association, the maximum amount of added sugars you should eat in a day are 9 teaspoons if you are a man, and 6 teaspoons if you are a woman (AHA must think women are sweet enough).
The World Health Organization’s recommends 6 teaspoons for both men and women.
For those of who you still want a bit of sugar now and then, you’ll see that is still more than enough for you after what we’ll show you.
You’ve probably read the ways to “stop sugar addiction”: drink more water, lower your stress and anxiety, eat more whole foods, don’t keep sugary substances in the house, add more fruit to your diet . . .
Common sense, right? So let’s not go there. If you still want a little bit of sweetness, simply add the sugar yourself, instead of big corporations doing it for you.
Breakfast cereal, for example. Have 1-2 cups of cooked oatmeal with just 1-2 teaspoons of sugar, instead of the 10+ teaspoons that is in so many cereals out there. Add just enough sugar to your oatmeal to give it a hint of sweetness.
And, yes, add in some fruit and cinnamon to liven things up.
For those of you who didn’t think to do something this simple – well, there you go.
And don’t forget to check out all the recipes you can try for homemade cereal.
Yes, folks, you can make your own cereal.
Put the Cheerios down!
You can also add just 1-2 teaspoons to 1-2 cups of tomato sauce, and use the sauce for ketchup, along with sauces in beans and pastas.
This is roughly half the amount that the American Heart Association and the World Health Organization recommends.
And just by cooking and baking homemade recipes as alternatives, you just may be surprised by how much sugar you will be able to cut back.
But what if you’re caught with your hand in the
cookie sugar jar taking out more sugar?
Well, this isn’t going to be a piece of cake for some of you (excuse the intentional pun). You may land up eating more sugar than you should be. This is where a little bit of willpower and time comes in. Just like any other bad habit, force yourself to stop for X amount of days, and see what happens.
It’s all about getting your brain to register and accept just a few teaspoons of sugar here and there a day, instead of 20+!
There are also healthy alternatives to sugar. Stevia, for example. You can either use it entirely or mix it with your added table sugar.
Stevia is a South American herb that is many, many times sweeter than sugar, but it does not hit your body like sugar does. It is expensive (55 to 99 cents an ounce), but you will be using far less of it because it is so much sweeter.
Homemade Candy and Soda
A lot of you want to quit sugar cold turkey. But what’s life without at least some sweetness to it?
Here are some great soda and candy recipes to replace what you have (hidden) in your home that will do just that, without any of the guilt.
Homemade Soda (“pop” for you northerner folks)
Did you know that there are 9+ teaspoons of sugar in a 12-ounce can of soda? That’s 3 tablespoons! That’s just crazy talk right there!
Here’s a pretty cool recipe for 8 ounces of soda that you can whip up using only 4 ingredients. No sugar, chemicals, additives or other silly nonsense found in commercial soda.
- 8 ounces of sparkling mineral water (tap water is fine)
- 4-6 drops Stevia extract (very cheap, since it is only that many drops)
- 2-3 drops natural flavoring cherry, orange, lemon or lime
- 2-3 drops Kola Nut extract (optional)
Mix it all up, and voila! A healthy drink you can have even on the most stressful days when you want that sugar!
Experiment with different flavors and proportions.
We recommend trying black cherry juice because it has plant-based antioxidants and anthocyanins for inflammation for health conditions, like arthritis and gout.
For those of who take our probiotics to help with inflammation, try this black cherry juice!
And Candy?! Where’s the Candy?!
Okay, okay, hold on. We will let Olga take it over from here. She came up with 5 great easy to make homemade recipes that’ll knock the socks right off your sweet tooth.
Go here, and start drooling
Check out the Snickers alternative!
In place of chocolate chips that she uses, use cacao for far less sugar. Just add Stevia or a teaspoon or two of table sugar if needed.
You can have your sweet days, and still not go over the recommended amount of sugar every day.
In fact, you may just surprise yourself by being able to cut back on sugar even further.
From the health team at Earth’s Pearl.