Refined Sugar Free

Feelin’ Moody? Maybe Sugar Is Your Culprit.

pssst; read to the end to grab a copy of our 3 Day Sugar-Free Meal Plan! Trust us, you’ll want this one ;)

We can all benefit from eating less sugar.

Yah, yah… you’ve heard this once or twice before…

BUT, do you ever stop to truly think about what this sneaky substance is really doing to you on a cognitive, hormonal, energetic, or skincare level?

Today, let us share a wee bit of info specifically on brain health + sugar. Something that is often overlooked.

If you could use a little more focus and clarity in your life, read on…

Have you ever been in one of those mid-day slumps where you can’t seem to think straight?

And in a daze you reach for the sugar laden latte or a muffin, usually on auto-pilot and with minimal mindfulness?

Did you know that the way your brain experiences those stimulants in said latte or muffin actually lights up the exact same areas as cocaine? Crazy, right?!

New research is coming out every day on just how bad sugar is for the brain. In fact ~ it’s as bad for your brain as being in an extremely stressful or abusive situation 24/7.

No bueno!

Sugar addiction can actually impair the function of the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for memory and coping with stress.

This is one of the many reasons we at Beauty Nutrition are advocates of a low-sugar lifestyle.

The truth is when you go off sugar your brain starts to repair itself (what a magical thing the human body is)!

The brain fog you deal with everyday disappears and you start to feel clear and focused like never before. When sugar is your primary fuel source, not only is it damaging you on a physiological level but it’s also impairing your higher mental functioning, and honestly, it’s impairing your higher self in general.

Using sugar or refined carbohydrates as a pick-me-up creates a vicious cycle;

The effects of the sugar wear off quickly and the low energy returns with a vengeance.

Low energy = temptations and grabbing for those sugary pick-me-ups yet again.

When you cut sugar out of your diet you transform this cycle and create stable, sustainable energy that allows you to actually focus and feel mentally clear.

Just one of the many benefits of eliminating sugar from your life!

If you need a few starting suggestions to help you end your not-so-pretty cycle with the sweet stuff,

here are some simple tips that have helped us, and many of our clients, kick sugar cravings to the curb:

 

  • Get in the mindset of giving up sugar and understand that it is simply an addiction to a quick fix

  • Eat healthy fats at each meal to sustain energy and combat sugar cravings

  • Consume amino acids, the building blocks for your cells. Amino acids are found in protein (whether vegan, vegetarian, or animal)

  • Replace “treating yourself” with sugar by enjoying:

o   Some low-glycemic fruits, like berries, green apples and grapefruit, or fruit with a dash of cinnamon

o   A bowl of berries with coconut milk and flax meal, with stevia

o   A baked apple

o   A smoothie with unsweetened almond milk, a scoop of plant-based protein powder, cinnamon, stevia and ice

o   A cup of herbal tea, with naturally sweet ingredients like berries and fruit

So now you know…

You can give yourself peace of mind by reducing your sugar intake.

While you’re here, why not take our quick 2 minute quiz to discover;

ps for anyone who takes the quiz you get our 3 Day (DELISH) Sugar-Free Meal Plan to support you and gain control over your sneaky sugar habits - yesss!


Mindfully Sweet in the Media + Chocolate Sunflower Beauty Balls Recipe!

Today was yet another ‘pinch us moment.’

Our Beauty Nutrition movement is something we’re incredibly passionate about, and having the chance to showcase our mission to inspire healthier more harmonious lifestyles on LIVE TV totally lights us up!

We’re sending a huge thank you to everyone who tuned in, sent sweet words of encouragement, and shared our segment all over social media. WE APPRECIATE YOU!

If you missed our interview about bringing more mindfulness to our sugar habits, take a moment to view our segment below (and if you enjoy the message, we would love if you shared it)!

As we mentioned in our interview, one of the key aspects to avoiding those pesky sugar cravings in the first place is to be prepared and include plenty of healthy fats and proteins with each meal and/or snack. Below you can find our simple, delicious and refined sugar-free Beauty Ball recipe which not only includes fats, protein and fiber, they’re the perfect sweet treat to combat our cravings.

These Chocolate Sunflower Beauty Balls are a frequent go-to in the Beauty Nutrition Kitchen!


Chocolate Sunflower Beauty Balls

Makes 10-14 balls

1 ½ cups sunflower seeds

¼ cup melted cacao butter (can be substituted for additional coconut oil)

⅓ cup raw cacao powder

½ cup soaked raisins

⅓ cup soaked pitted dates

1 scoop protein powder

Pinch sea salt

⅓ cup raw cacao nibs (optional)

 

In a high powered blender or food processor (like Vitamix or BlendTec) or food processor, add sunflower seeds and cacao butter. Blend until smooth.

Add strained raisins and dates, sea salt, raw cacao powder and protein powder, blend until thoroughly combined. Mix the cacao nibs in by hand for a nice crunch.

Place mixture in the fridge for about 20 minutes before rolling into balls. Remove from fridge and roll into uniform balls by the tablespoon. Lightly roll each ball in cacao powder (optional). Place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving.

♥ Enjoy with a delicious herbal tea or hot lemon water.

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Believe it or not, breaking up with sugar can be blissful!

#MindfullySweet


Care To Join Us In Our Supportive Sugar-Free Program; Mindfully Sweet?

We love supporting others in their well-being journey, so if you’re seeking some guidance to welcome more mindfulness to your sugar habits, we invite you to join our next round of MINDFULLY SWEET happening Feb 12th!

Grab your instant downloadable program here to gain access to all your material and 7-day meal plan, and we’ll walk you through each day beginning Feb 12th!

#MindfullySweet