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Sugar Detox: How To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Without Getting Too Much Sugar

Sugar Detox: How To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Without Getting Too Much Sugar

Let’s face it, we all love our desserts and we all probably have a favourite one that we simply can’t resist.

The bad news is that there is lots of good information today that warns about the risks of too much sugar. It’s a fact that too much sugar will slowly deteriorate your health. Almost a third of Americans are diabetic and 80% or more of us eat more sugar that is reasonable or healthful. This is not good. So here’s the problem… if you decide to reduce or eliminate sugar, what do you do about desserts?

How To Enjoy Dessert Without Getting Too Much Sugar?

Fortunately, there are sugar free dessert recipes available today that allow you to adopt a sugar-free diet and at the same time make desserts that taste just as good as the not-so-good-for-you ones. They use only sugar free ingredients or sugar substitutes. So if you usually make your own desserts and are looking to cut your sugar intake, then it’s time that you explored some of the sugar free recipes that you can prepare right in your own kitchen.

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Here are some tips that will help you make the change and find sugar free dessert that’s just as delicious as those sugar-laden desserts you’re used to.

1. Start with the easy recipes

If you are just beginning to explore the world of sugar free dessert, then pies, muffins and cookies are an excellent place to start. These are easy sugar free desserts to prepare, they take little time to make and just as good as those that have real sugar.

2. Make it a family goal

If you are in a family setting, make the change to sugar free dessert gradual. If everyone participates in the change, it will reduce your baking time since you won’t have to make two different versions of the same dessert. Another reason is that it’s easier to quit sugar (an addiction just like cigarettes) as a family than it is solo.

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3. Get to know sugar substitutes

Start to explore sugar free sweeteners and additives. Some are healthful…some are not. Although they might take a while to track down, it will be well worth the effort. When you find a brand that works, stick with it. There may be a slight variation in taste from brand to brand so sticking to one helps.

4. Use honey instead of sugar

Can you use honey or crystallized honey instead of sugar? Honey is sweeter than regular sugar, but you will naturally use less of it. It’s an excellent weight loss ingredient and it provides vitamin B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc that you will not get from sugar.

5. Check with your local bake shop

Do you have a bake shop that you buy from regularly? Perhaps if you explained to them that you are looking for sugar free dessert items, they might agree to make some. Once they start to cater to both markets, it’s a win-win situation.

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Hopefully, these few suggestions will help get you started in the right direction to a sweet, but healthier lifestyle.

Here’s one of the best sugar free dessert recipes that’s always a favorite.

Sugar Free Dessert Recipe: Protein Brownies

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    • Makes: 12 brownies
    • Prep Time: 45 minutes

    Nutritional Facts Per Serving:

    • 112 calories,
    • 0 grams sugar,
    • 2.8 grams fiber,
    • 4.6 grams protein,
    • 2 net carbs per serving

    Ingredients:

    • 5 tbsps of organic virgin coconut oil
    • 1/2 tsp of sea salt
    • 1/2 tsp of organic vanilla extract
    • 1/2 tsp of stevia extract (to taste)
    • 6 tbsp of Bob’s Red Mill Organic Coconut Flour
    • 2/3 cup of organic natural cocoa powder
    • ½ cup of organic erythritol
    • 6 large pastured eggs

    Preparation:

    1. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
    2. Sift the coconut flour. After sifting it should come to about 1/2 cup – no more or the brownies will be too dense.
    3. Melt the coconut oil over low heat in a small pan. Stir in the cocoa powder. Set aside to cool.
    4. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, the vanilla, the salt, the stevia, and the erythritol. Then stir in the cocoa.
    5. Add the sifted coconut flour and whisk well to completely combine all the ingredients. Make sure there are no lumps!
    6. Pour this batter into a well greased 8 x 8 x 2 inch pan and bake for 30 minutes.
    7. Remove from oven, cool, cut into squares and…

    …Enjoy!

    Featured photo credit: Pixabay via pixabay.com

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    5 Fixes For Common Sleep Issues All Couples Deal With

    5 Fixes For Common Sleep Issues All Couples Deal With

    Sleeping next to your partner can be a satisfying experience and is typically seen as the mark of a stable, healthy home life. However, many more people struggle to share a bed with their partner than typically let on. Sleeping beside someone can decrease your sleep quality which negatively affects your life. Maybe you are light sleepers and you wake each other up throughout the night. Maybe one has a loud snoring habit that’s keeping the other awake. Maybe one is always crawling into bed in the early hours of the morning while the other likes to go to bed at 10 p.m.

    You don’t have to feel ashamed of finding it difficult to sleep with your partner and you also don’t have to give up entirely on it. Common problems can be addressed with simple solutions such as an additional pillow. Here are five fixes for common sleep issues that couples deal with.

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    1. Use a bigger mattress to sleep through movement

    It can be difficult to sleep through your partner’s tossing and turning all night, particularly if they have to get in and out of bed. Waking up multiple times in one night can leave you frustrated and exhausted. The solution may be a switch to a bigger mattress or a mattress that minimizes movement.

    Look for a mattress that allows enough space so that your partner can move around without impacting you or consider a mattress made for two sleepers like the Sleep Number bed.[1] This bed allows each person to choose their own firmness level. It also minimizes any disturbances their partner might feel. A foam mattress like the kind featured in advertisements where someone jumps on a bed with an unspilled glass of wine will help minimize the impact of your partner’s movements.[2]

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    2. Communicate about scheduling conflicts

    If one of you is a night owl and the other an early riser, bedtime can become a source of conflict. It’s hard for a light sleeper to be jostled by their partner coming to bed four hours after them. Talk to your partner about negotiating some compromises. If you’re finding it difficult to agree on a bedtime, negotiate with your partner. Don’t come to bed before or after a certain time, giving the early bird a chance to fully fall asleep before the other comes in. Consider giving the night owl an eye mask to allow them to stay in bed while their partner gets up to start the day.

    3. Don’t bring your technology to bed

    If one partner likes bringing devices to bed and the other partner doesn’t, there’s very little compromise to be found. Science is pretty unanimous on the fact that screens can cause harm to a healthy sleeper. Both partners should agree on a time to keep technology out of the bedroom or turn screens off. This will prevent both partners from having their sleep interrupted and can help you power down after a long day.

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    4. White noise and changing positions can silence snoring

    A snoring partner can be one of the most difficult things to sleep through. Snoring tends to be position-specific so many doctors recommend switching positions to stop the snoring. Rather than sleeping on your back doctors recommend turning onto your side. Changing positions can cut down on noise and breathing difficulties for any snorer. Using a white noise fan, or sound machine can also help soften the impact of loud snoring and keep both partners undisturbed.

    5. Use two blankets if one’s a blanket hog

    If you’ve got a blanket hog in your bed don’t fight it, get another blanket. This solution fixes any issues between two partners and their comforter. There’s no rule that you have to sleep under the same blanket. Separate covers can also cut down on tossing and turning making it a multi-useful adaptation.

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    Rather than giving up entirely on sharing a bed with your partner, try one of these techniques to improve your sleeping habits. Sleeping in separate beds can be a normal part of a healthy home life, but compromise can go a long way toward creating harmony in a shared bed.

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