Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Coconut Sugar~ Natural Alternative to Sugar

Ive written before about how deadly white sugar is. I would go as far as to say that it is the number one addiction in the USA, which is shocking because most people don't even REALIZE that they are addicted to it. This is because it is in EVERYTHING, and you find it in the most unexpected of places. Such as ketchup, mustard, salad dressing, peanut butter, canned soups, crackers, bread etc. Start reading labels, you will start to see it everywhere. Beware to look for its hidden names like "high fructose corn syrup," "cane sugar," "evaporated cane juice," "sucrose" (basically anything that rhymes with "gross" is sugar) and maltodextrin. If you don't already know about the major negative effects white sugar has on both mental and physical health I HIGHLY recommend reading the book Sugar Blues by William Dufty. It is very eye opening.


Here's a link to a quick (3:03 minute) YouTube video giving a brief synopsis as to why sugar is bad


But do not despair! There are natural, even healthy, alternatives to white sugar! As you read labels, purchase items that are sweetened with natural items such as organic sugar, maple syrup, raw organic honey, organic agave, organic sukanat, and the major rock star: organic coconut sugar.

Organic coconut sugar is so awesome because not only is it low glycemic, it also contains vitamins and minerals! Pretty sweet; it actually BENEFITS our health. 

There is no sacrifice; there are still decadent, delicious, treats to be savored.

Interestingly enough though, once the habit of eating sweets on the regular is broken, we don't crave them as often. They effortlessly become an occasional treat rather than a regular necessity. 

Here is to yummy, happy, treats that actually love us back

<3 Kelly


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Dressing Good to FEEL Good

Carolyn Bessette Kennedy
 a style icon of mine
I have found that it is so important to dress to feel GOOD, and our BEST, each and every day. Our relationships with everyone and everything stems for our relationship with ourselves, so it is so important to implement self love. To take the BEST care of ourselves, treat ourselves like we would a best friend.

What habits help us to feel this way? Juicing? Exercising? Eating wholesome good foods? Using natural, organic, body products?

Then, what clothes do we FEEL great in? It doesn't matter how others are dressing, what is right for us? For our body, for our style?

I love to exercise. It makes me feel so  amazing, AND it keeps my body strong and healthy. When I first got into working out a few years ago I was wearing whatever worn out sweats I had laying around. I didn't feel particularly attractive, and didn't really look forward to getting into my workout gear. Then, after a year or so of this, I made the connection to invest in nice workout items. I threw away my worn out clothes, and started fresh with a few new sports bras, tops, bottoms and brightly colored sneakers. Then, I couldn't WAIT to get into my workout clothes, I felt so girly and feminine. I FELT like a different person, so I then acted like a different person; my fitness level went up exponentially.

It is vitally important for us to feel good about ourselves. If we don't, who will?

Plus, how we feel effects how we act. Think about it. You're in the store and see your boss/ crush/ long lost friend. Now imagine, you are in your sweatpants and unkempt hair. Now imagine you're all clean, smelling good and looking put together. Which scenario feels better? We deserve that good, confident feeling every single day.

~Kelly

Monday, January 5, 2015

Fasting

I have posted before about juice fasting, and the benefits of it here: Juice Fasting.  Today I wanted to talk a little about fasting in general. Hippocrates, the father or modern medicine, said that the best way to allow the body to heal itself is to fast. In nature, when you look at wild animals, if they become sick or hurt they rest and fast until their bodies are better. Every well known spiritual leader, Jesus, Buddha and Allah to name a few, all partook in fasting. I have heard raw foodie health experts speak about how much waste and sediment can leave the body in only 36 hours on just clean, pure water (basically one day). In the Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar book, which I loved, they speak about the benefits of doing a simple one day a week water/apple cider vinegar fast plus a few extended fasts throughout the year. 

To me it makes sense. It is not only a chance to deep clean physically, its also a chance to go deeper spiritually as well, to move through some walls. When our bodies have a break from digesting food it is able to use that energy to heal other parts of our bodies (that we may not even know are struggling!). We change the oil in our car to keep it running smoothly, why wouldn't we do the same for our bodies? I personally have found extended fasting (juice fasting specifically) helpful for breaking addictive food patterns (if I'm leaning more into processed food than I would like to be).

So this is my second week implementing something new for me: Fasting every Monday. I allow juicing, but the main focus is LOTS of clean water (about 90 oz). Plus at least one tbsp of apple cider vinegar, which I already take everyday. Let me just say I am taking these steps on shaky knees, and feel really intimidated by this new endeavor. I know one day is really not anything in the big picture, I mean I've gone twelve days on juice alone! Nonetheless, I am definitely out of my comfort zone. Which I feel is a necessary place to go in order to grow in life.

~Kelly

PS: here's a fasting video by one of my favorites on YouTube, Dan McDonald: