Ditch Sugar Temptations!

Ditch Sugar Temptations!

Ditch Sugar Temptations!

Tis‘ the season to be tempted!

I’m passing on ALL THE GOODIES! They are so unhealthy plus I react very poorly to sugar. How about you?

If you are getting tempted and you’re cravings are driving you up a wall, here are some tips to help you conquer the challenges of a tempting season of sweets.

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Easter Apple Crisp

Easter Apple Crisp

Apples Are Good For Your Blood Sugar

Research shows that the polyphenols in apples help prevent spikes in blood sugar. Apples also boast a special flavonoid known as quercetin, which can inhibit enzymes like alpha-amylase and alpha-glucosidase. These enzymes breakdown complex carbohydrates into simple sugars, so when they are inhibited, your blood sugar has fewer simple sugars floating around. Also, the polyphenols have three other important functions when it comes to blood sugar:  “they slow the absorption of glucose from the digestive tract; they stimulate the beta cells of the pancreas to secrete insulin; and they increase uptake of glucose from the blood with the stimulation of insulin receptors.”1  All of this means it is easier for you to regulate your blood sugar.

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1 http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=15

Apple Crisp Recipe

This wholesome, gluten-free, easy-to-make dessert is delicious served plain, either warm or cold. It is also good hot from the oven,topped with Rice Dream Ice Cream or Coconut Ice Cream.

24726349_lApple Mixture:

  • 6 medium apples, sliced (2 to 2.5 pounds)
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut syrup and then drizzle coconut syrup over them.

Topping:

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/3  cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. cardamom
  • 1/3 cup coconut syrup

Place oats and oil in a food processor.  Blend until well-combined.  Keep blending and add vanilla, cinnamon, and cardamom.  Continue blending and drizzle in coconut syrup.  Blend for a few seconds more to mix the dough.

Distribute this mixture over the top of the apple mixture.  Use a wet fork to spread it out and flatten it somewhat.  Don’t worry if it looks a little sloppy.  It will look fine after it bakes.

Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes, or until fruit is tender and bubbly and the top is crispy brown.  Serves 6.

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Control Blood Sugar; Lose Weight

Control Blood Sugar; Lose Weight

Control Blood Sugar; Lose Weight

Can you really control blood sugar and cure diabetes? What would you consider a cure? Normal blood sugar? No more need to take medication? That’s definitely possible. Able to go back to your old lifestyle and way of eating? That’s not possible.

Here’s Fr. Gregory’s Story

Our dear friend Fr. Gregory was diagnosed with diabetes in November 2015. He said,” I really didn’t like taking medication because of the side effects.  My goal was to heal my body with good nutrition so I wouldn’t need medication any longer.  To achieve my goal, I stopped consuming so many dairy products, which are high in sugar (lactose). I had been drinking a lot of milk. Instead, I began drinking freshly made vegetable juices. I lowered my sugar and other carbohydrate intake as well.  In 30 days, I lost 20 pounds.  I cut my medication in half because my blood sugar fell too low.  I was very encouraged by how quickly my body responded to my dietary changes.”  Now, after three months, Fr. Gregory’s AIC range has gone from 9.5 to 5.5 (completely normal).  He no longer needs ANY medication. His doctor said he’d never seen anything like it.

Stanford Medicine Study Links Sugar with Diabetes

Sugar may have a direct link to diabetes. That’s the result of a large epidemiological study in 2013 by Stanford Medicine. “Researchers examined data on sugar availability and diabetes rates from 175 countries over the past decade. They found that increased sugar in a population’s food supply was linked to higher diabetes rates, independent of obesity rates.

‘It was quite a surprise,’ said Sanjay Basu, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research CenteSugar-Knockoutr. ‘We’re not diminishing the importance of obesity, but these data suggest that there are additional factors that contribute to diabetes risk besides obesity and total calorie intake, and that sugar appears to play a prominent role.’”1

Whether you have blood sugar metabolism challenges or not, eliminating sugar can make a huge difference when it comes to your health and losing weight. Maybe it’s time to get that sweet tooth under control. Check out my new book The Juice Lady’s Sugar Knockout.

 

Notes: 1 http://stanfordmedicine.org/communitynews/2013spring/sugar.html#sthash.lBKg7tEj.dpuf

 

 

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