The only ingredient i look for when buying + ordering food
Give it up for us, bad bitches. We are mastering this torn up food system and making smarter choices by the day. Hopefully by now everyone has realized the truth about Agave syrup, and we aren't combining coffee with food anymore. There are foods that should be consumed, foods that shouldn't, and some "foods" shouldn't of been created or brought to the marketplace in the first place. Today, though, I am talking about the devil that is still making its way into everything we consume: sugar. I talk about sugar a lot, and its because i am recovering sugar head who has come out of a deep sugar fog nothing short of 5 years ago. I was raised on sugar, chose sugar over everything. And even when i thought I was having yogurt or oatmeal for breakfast, I was actually having sugar. Safe to say i'm a little crazy about the topic of sugar because I look around and its still trying to sneak its way into every corner of 2016 it can. Cough, cough, agave syrup, cough cough. 2017 is going to finally be the year when we've cut the addiction from the sweet stuff, I can feel it.
As I shop the market shelves for our households grocery list, I check to see how much sugar each and every item Im getting contains. That is, if it is coming in a box. We hardly eat any pre-packaged food in our house and Makaio is lucky if he gets store-bought granola but we both have decided the sweet stuff isn't worth it. Im the one who enforces it. I wont buy anything, natural/organic/makes you levitate or not if it has more than 5 grams of sugar per serving. Yes, you may look like a psycho reading everything in the store. But at the end of the day, who cares? I sure don't. This is what i do. No matter what it says, sugar comes in many forms. Apple juice, (which by the way has more fructose than coca cola) date paste (raw dessert phenomena!), cane sugar, beet sugar, high fructose corn syrup, honey, maple syrup, dextrose, coconut syrup, molasses, agave nectar, alcohol.... Its all the same as it affects our blood sugar dramatically. The second we consume it, our body stops using fat as fuel and will rely on sugar for fuel. This leaves us only craving more sugar, even though our body doesn't need it, and keeps the fat right where it is.....eventually adding layer upon layer into all dah spots. Our liver can only handle so much of the sweet stuff. Without getting too much into the way our liver processes sugar, lets just say it is large and in charge. We need to take care of it. Lets jump off the up and down roller coaster and start being the smartest we can about our food choices! Ditch the sweet stuff, let your taste buds reset themselves, and consciously + gradually move towards a low-glycemic, high-fat diet (more to come in next post).
More vegetables, way less fruit and grain. The fact that fruits + vegetables are grouped into the same category is very misleading. Fruits should be a delicacy. Just because you eat 5 servings of fruit a day, doesn't mean this is necessarily super healthy. Watch your sugar intake, and you will be surprised at how much we pile down the hatch without even thinking about it.
Sure, I eat fruit sugar. But I try and limit my sugar intake to a few pieces of fruit a day, whether that be blended into my acai bowls or on top of chia pudding or just straight up. My smoothies + acai bowls are mostly avocado, starchy vegetables, and minimal fruit. I stick to apples, berries, and melons because when I cut back my sugar intake......i feel so much better. My random hunger spurts dissipate and i can finally make it through the workday without just being constantly hungry. Coffee + cookies should be a weekend thing. When you consciously reduce sugar in your diet, your workouts will be more effective, you will sleep better + you will lose the resting bitch face. If any of this sounds like stuff you already know, let this just serve as a reminder.
This entire month I have been trying to practice sobriety from the 3 musketeers: sugar (easy) + alcohol (eh...) + coffee (hard as hell). The sugar is nonexistent because, well, Im there yet. The coffee + alcohol somehow weigh less on my mind so they have been very tempting. I have allowed myself one hiatus from no alcohol + a few hiatus' from no coffee. Safe to say i've been drinking tons of m a t c h a. But hell no I don't sweeten my stuff with anything but stevia or a little bit of raw honey. Sometimes coconut nectar, sometimes.
Back to sugar.....Don't do it! Save it for holidays and your menstrual cycle, or something. The less you consume sugar, the less you want it. Be strong, beauty belly and don't let the packaging fool you. There are tons of awesome sugar free chocolatiers and food brands out there. All it takes is a taste bud reset and a little experimenting the health market shelves. When we know better, we can do better.
My top sweeteners, if i absolutely need to sweeten, are as follows:
- Stevia extract ( I love vanilla creme)// if there were sweetener i might consume every day, its stevia. It actually curbs sugar cravings and doesn't skyrocket blood sugar or set in cravings for other sweets.
- Raw honey// such a wonderful carrier for herbs within tonics + a nice antibacterial boost for a morning shot of apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, crystal water, colloidal silver, and cayenne pepper.
- Coconut nectar// sometimes nice to drizzle over acai bowls for a digestion loving polysaccharide (inulin) boost.
- Coconut sugar// fresh Hawaiian bananas dunked in coconut sugar before a run. holy crap.
- Dates// I generally only use dates if I am sweetening a clients milk by request or if I am constipated. Or at night if i am desperately craving something sweet. Otherwise, limiting date intake is part of my MO.
SPROUTED MATCHA MILK W/ MORINGA// I love this one as i get my morning caffeine fix (way less acidic than coffee) + calcium boost from almonds & moringa. Plus tons of brain loving fats in the form of liquid energy. (8 servings)
2 cups soaked + sprouted almonds
8 cups crystal water
4 tsp moringa powder
4 tablespoons matcha green tea powder (I use + love Mizuba)
2 droppers full of vanilla stevia liquid
1/2 tsp hawaiian sea salt (or to taste)
Blend on high 4 cups water + 1 cup soaked almonds. Strain through nut milk bag into glass bowl with spout. repeat once more with remaining almonds + water.
pour plain almond milk into blender , split into two batches.
first batch: blend 1.5 tsp moringa, 2 tablespoons matcha, 1 dropper full stevia, and 1/4 tsp salt. pour into glass milk jug and repeat 1x for remaining milk.
MUSHROOM MATCHA LATTE//
warm 1 cup of matcha milk in a pot on stove.
combine with 1 tablespoon MCT OIL + 1/2 TSP REISHI MUSHROOM ON HIGH IN BLENDER UNTIL COCONUT OIL TURNS SUPER FROTHY.
BOOM. COFFEE FREE MUSHROOM MATCHA LATTE.