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Coping with Cray Cray Sugar Cravings

So you started off with grand plans, you are off the sweet stuff and you are going gun-hoe. This is the your time to make the change. You start off strong with a nice healthy breaky, pack some carrot sticks for snacks and venture into your day with the best of intentions. And then it happens, the afternoon craving hits. And it’s a doozey.

There is a box of chocolates in the kitchen and before you know it you have eaten half the box and are trying to crawl under your desk with eater’s remorse and a sickly feeling in your stomach.

Sound familiar? I thought so… I have been there my friends. Many many times…

I am a huge believer that if we are in tune with our bodies then our cravings are actually super helpful messages from our insides about what we may be needing more of. For example, we often crave chocolate when we are low on magnesium… BUT often our insides get confused by the amounts of gunk we load in and we get warped messages…

Sugar is one of the biggest jerks around craving wise. Once we cut the sweet stuff our cravings are likely to go bat shit crazy and make it very very difficult (but not impossible) for us to resist. That voice in your head suddenly visits with ‘helpful’ suggestions to “just have a little bit, you have been SO GOOD all day long, you deserve it”

Honestly though, you deserve so much more! Your body deserves to be nourished with good quality food and even though it might be difficult in the short term your body will thank you for it later!

I’ve put together a little list of some of the ways I cope with nasty sugar cravings in the hopes that they might just be useful for you too xx


 

  1. Steer clear of sweet foods in the mornings. This includes fruit and carbs. Avoid anything that gives you a taste of sweets and anything that is going to raise your blood sugar. Basically we want to try and avoid waking up the sweet tooth that wants more and more. Don’t be fooled by savoury foods that pretend to be healthy here either! Breads and cereals can be loaded with hidden sugars and high carb foods can spike our blood sugar levels leading to a crash later in the day.Instead, why not try having veggies and some good fats like eggs or avo to keep you going.
  2. Cups of herbal tea! Check out your local health food store and explore the incredible tea range. Brewing and sitting down with a cup of herbal tea can be a perfect distraction for a nasty craving. Teas with berries or lemon are my favourites for this because they have a tart flavour that takes the edge of a craving, without launching your blood sugar levels ski high.
  3. Berries! Berries are a low sugar and high satisfaction treat. I like to keep blueberries in my freezer for emergencies as a delicious snack. Frozen blueberries are the new lollies!
  4. Know that you are worth so much more than a quick chocolate fix. Your body is worth good quality nourishing foods and future you will thank you for making nourishing choices. What is 5 seconds of satisfaction going to give you in the long run? If you are anything like me then the sugar hangover the bad mood that follow just aren’t worth it.
  5. Forgive yourself when you eat something you ‘shouldn’t’. So you ate the chocolate bar instead of the carrot sticks. It’s not the end of the world! Forgive yourself and move on.

Have you quit sugar and have a killer tip for avoiding sugar cravings? I would LOVE to add it to my list. As someone who’s bod finds it difficult to metabolize sugar I can never have too many ways to avoid it! 

 Jodie xx

Pretty much the most amazing seed crackers EVER!

Yep. I am claiming these as pretty much the most amazing seed crackers ever. They are gluten free, sugar free and nasty chemical preservative free! And super easy to make!

What you need:

1/2 cup rice flour (I used brown rice and milled it in my thermomix)
2 Tablespoons Chia seeds
1/4 cup Peppita seeds
1/2 cup of sesame seeds
1/4 cup of black sesame seeds
3 Tablespoons linseeds
3 Tablespoons coconut oil
1 Egg
2 Tablesoons water
Himalayan pink Salt and some pepper

(Feel free to change up the seeds you use, just use whatever seeds you like/have in the house)

Basically throw all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix together.
Then add in the wet ingredients and mix till thoroughly combined.
Spread the mix onto a baking tray lined with grease proof paper and give it a generous sprinkle of salt and pepper. I like to put a second sheet of baking paper on top so that i can smooth it out without getting my hands all seedy.
Ideally the crackers should be less than half a centimetre thick.
Next, pop them in the oven at 150 c for around 30 minutes. Crackers are done when you can tap the centre and it sounds hollow or hard. if its still a little soft then give it another 5 minutes.
Leave them on the tray to cool and then when nice and crunchy break into cracker sized pieces.

Seed crackers

Store in an airtight container for around 4 days.

Ooh and make sure you keep the seedy left overs that break off as these are awesome to sprinkle on to salads!

If you give these a go, I would love it if you would leave me a comment with how you went!

Jodie xx

Coconut and Blueberry Candida Safe Muffin Recipe

On Sunday’s, I bake.

Earlier today I stopped off with my man friend to grab a drink from a takeaway shop on our way home from the beach. They had one of those little glass domes with muffins sitting looking up at me all delicious looking and full of sugar. Since I am currently off sugar and winning the war on candida I opted to stare at the muffins instead of eat them… and then dreamed up my own candida safe muffin recipe to make as soon as I got home.


 

The results are as follows…

Coconut blueberry muffins

Ingredients

  • 4 Eggs
  • 80gms melted butter or coconut oil
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 8 Tablespoons coconut cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 teaspoons of xylitol (would be great with honey, rice malt syrup or maple syrup)
  • ¼ cup of shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 180 degrees and get yourself sorted with a muffin tray or patty pans.

Whisk eggs till they are well a little foamy or until you get tired. Then add in the sweetener, melted butter, coconut cream and vanilla. Keep whisking till well combined.

Add the coconut flour and baking powder and mix together. Don’t panic when the coconut starts sucking up all the liquid – it will be ok!

Add toss in the blueberries and coconut and stir through.

Spoon the mix into a greased muffin tray or patty pans and sprinkle with extra coconut and some cinnamon then pop into the oven for around 20 minutes.

Muffins are done when you can stab them with a skewer and it comes out clean.


 

These guys are high in protein, and low in sugar so they are a kick ass snack to have on hand.

I would love love love it if you gave them ago and then popped back to let me know how you liked them.

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