Tapering off sugar

After seeing a sugar free trend on Facebook, I decided to do some research into the idea of not consuming sugar. What I found was concerning. Not only does sugar lead to heart disease and diabetes, it’s also considered a powerful drug. People get addicted to sugar similar to or even worse than cocaine. With this knowledge…

Tapering off sugar was originally published on Self Evolve

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After seeing a sugar free trend on Facebook, I decided to do some research into the idea of not consuming sugar. What I found was concerning. Not only does sugar lead to heart disease and diabetes, it’s also considered a powerful drug. People get addicted to sugar similar to or even worse than cocaine.

With this knowledge and the inspirational posts from friends, I decided to try and taper off sugar about three months ago. I’m not going to lie, it’s been an uphill battle. Some days I’m completely sugar free, other days I’m eating cookies. I’ve taken the proper steps to replace my sugary foods with healthy alternatives. For example, I now eat unsweetened oatmeal for breakfast and stick to nuts and fruit for snacks. I also try to eat more salads and veggies rather than sandwiches and bread.

Overall, I feel better just from cutting back on sugar. I’ve noticed my workouts improving and I don’t feel as tired as I did before. I also have noticed my emotions have balanced out, even when I’m experiencing my monthly cycle. Also, in relation to that, less cramps which means a less cranky Jen.

What’s your relationship with sugar like? Are you addicted? Are you trying to cut back or cut it out completely? What have you done that works?

Tapering off sugar was originally published on Self Evolve

Eat your veggies

It’s been a vegetable-themed week. The importance of vegetables is often overlooked, though. A lot of people think they are healthy if they eat a carrot once in awhile, but what they don’t know is that they should be eating 2-3 cups of vegetables a day. This may seem like a lot, but I find…

Eat your veggies was originally published on Self Evolve

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It’s been a vegetable-themed week. The importance of vegetables is often overlooked, though. A lot of people think they are healthy if they eat a carrot once in awhile, but what they don’t know is that they should be eating 2-3 cups of vegetables a day. This may seem like a lot, but I find it pretty attainable through a few lifestyle adjustments.

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First of all, I love salads. This wasn’t always the case, though. I had to find the veggies and ingredients that I liked in order to enjoy salads. Also, protein since just lettuce isn’t filling. Finding ingredients you enjoy is important. In addition to salads, I also enjoy snacking on veggies and cooking veggies as well. Some of my favorite recipes include roasted vegetables (i.e. Roasted Root Vegetable Lamb Stew) especially during the winter. In the summer, I tend to eat more raw vegetables as opposed to cooked ones. That way, I feel like I can keep my body cool as a cucumber.

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Some yummy salads I enjoy creating involve way more than just veggies, but have a solid veggie base. I like arugula, spinach, romaine lettuce, carrots, radishes, green onions, celery, and tomatoes for a few vegetables. I also enjoy adding in sliced almonds, some berries, and some protein such as egg or chicken. A light dressing like oil and vinegar works perfectly, or a sweet vinaigrette. I try to avoid the heavier dressings in order to keep the salad healthy. Also no croutons! haha…

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There are some vegetables that I have a love/hate relationship with. For example, jalapeños. I LOVE raw jalapeños seeds and all, but they make me hiccup like no other. Does this happen to anyone else or am I just weird?

I found that I love certain vegetables raw and others cooked. Some of my favorite veggies are broccoli, spinach, brussels sprouts (roasted, yum), kale, carrots, asparagus, cucumbers, tomatoes and onions. What are your favorite vegetables? How do you like to cook or prepare your veggies?

Eat your veggies was originally published on Self Evolve