Hidden Sugar!

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Glorious sugar – there are now so many claims that sugar is the health culprit of the western world – and I am a strong believer! Sugar is in everything, from our milk, bread to our pre package meals & recipe bases, also in certain “health” Waters!  the more you read, the more easily you are convinced but it’s not only that – the more sugar is eliminated & reduced in your diet – the better we seem to be feeling. label reading seems to be the new supermarket trend – but what are we actually looking for when it comes to sugar? personally I look for the sugar content in grams and then i scan the ingredients list to work out what type of sugar they have used whether it be natural or artificial. Roughly 4 Grams equals 1 teaspoon of sugar – this method gives me an estimation of how much sugar i am putting into my body. if you can visualise placing the equivalent teaspoons into a glass next to the food you are about to eat….. it really gives a new meaning to hidden sugars.

but what names are we actually looking for? & what sugars are the best for us? there are so many articles on the internet – & a lot of different opinions – but they all seem to come down to the same conclusion – sugar in large quantities is bad for us & we should try to reduce it as much as we can in our diets – the research that is being conducted is showing that the glorious sugar is causing harmful effects to our body’s!

Our bodies are our temples right?!

Australia does not have a specific recommendation when it comes to sugar intake – its recommends to limit your intake….

the american guidelines are to limit your intake to 90 grams of sugar daily for an average adult. so with 4 Grams to a teaspoon….. roughly 22 teaspoons of sugar per day!!!!

Yep – after every site I read I get more & more confused – I believe that less is better & eliminating it from your diet is the best goal for a healthier body & a healthy mind. everybody has their own opinion – & this is mine

Sugar is an addictive poison, so work out what is best for you in your diet, trial and error reducing your sugar – and don’t forget to be creative & make the experience joyful!

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these are some great links to some sites I found that have some amazing information:

Explains the hidden label sugars & the artificial sweeteners

http://www.hungryforchange.tv/article/how-to-spot-sugar-on-food-labels

Sugar Substitution (read the comments down the bottom for some more in-depth info on honey)

http://iquitsugar.com/sugar-substitute-worse-than-sugar/

and the best link of all:

just google plain old sugar – you will be amazed at the results!

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Healthy Raw Vegan Caramel Slice

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We all have that sweet treat that every time you go to your local bakery you look for, whether it be doughnuts, éclairs, or every pastry known to man kind, well mine is the wonderful caramel slice. Once you grow into your twenty’s you start looking at what the amazing sugary delectable treats ingredients are, you  realize that there is more then meets the eye!

okay, so the raw version does not taste as buttery & sugary as you may of first hoped but i am that in love with it that i actually crave this slice for a sweet treat! im not one to stick with a recipe & never look at improving – i did my research & tried a few different variations and tried a few Raw versions at local cafes – but yep just as i thought i cam straight back to this one! The recipe is very easy to follow, there is not a million & one ingredients to buy – oh & the fact its delicious & definitely helps a sugar craving.

find the beautiful recipe here:

http://organicsisters.com.au/raw-caramel-slice/

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Himalayan Salt Myths!

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Its funny how the minute you see products you would normally only get in your local health food store pop up in all your major supermarkets – yep its a craze :|! i think it first started when there was an over demand for products that where gluten free, dairy free, organic – basically anything that was better for our body’s. i was shopping at my local coles when i noticed that a very well known salt & pepper brand had just brought out Himalayan salt! i was interested as the salt was popping up in all these recipes & hearing that drinking it on a daily basis was very healthy for your body! was this the next big thing hitting the health world since organic apple cider vinegar?

Well im impressed – a simple swap in our pantry cupboard is all you need to start introducing this wonder salt product into our lives! & the next step is drinking it in water called a “sole” which is himalayan salt with water! . the salt lamps are also amazing , the glow is beautiful! as well as a small bar of the salt to have in the shower which helps with blemish prone skin.cant wait to make these small changes for a healthier body!!

These sites explain all the salts benefits, a must read!

Bluffers guide to Himalayan salt

Himalayan salt benefits

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Chocolate Truths!

Have Your Chocolate and Eat It Too! 6 Things You’ll Find in a Good-For-You Chocolate Bar | GoodnessMe BoxGoodnessMe Box.

 

This amazing site – a Goodness me box is a box of goodies delivered to your door monthly! its a great way to try all the natural, gluten free & dairy free items on offer that have been carefully selected by the Goodness Me team! what a great idea! the above post from there blog talks to you about what choclate we should be buying & the hidden nasties in “weightloss/diet” chocolate! a really great read!