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Stoptober: 31 Days Sugar-Free

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This year I decided to participate in ‘Stoptober’, opting to quit sugar for the entire month. So I thought I’d share my experience, plus a few handy ‘alternative’ products that quite frankly, I probably couldn’t have survived without.

To clarify, by ‘no sugar’, I mean cutting out the refined stuff, or anything where the top 3 ingredients are sugar (or products which are clearly laden, though may not make it clear on the pack).

So, things like biscuits, sweets, chocolate, most cereals, baked beans, yogurts, store bought sauces, cordial and fizzy drinks, cereal bars, cakes etc.

To be honest, most of these things I’ve generally avoided for a long time anyway (I haven’t had fizzy drinks or cordial for years, and since I switched to a plant based diet I only ever make my own sauces), but chocolate admittedly is my weakness, as can be cereal (if I’m bored at night I can put away 3 bowls without blinking). So to say it was a challenge is still somewhat an understatement.

In our western culture, we’re introduced to sugar from almost day 0. And quickly we become addicted to it, going through childhood with fists full of candy, throwing tantrums if we can’t get our fix. Then progressing into later life, as adults we find solace in chocolate bars and cakes (I know this is the main thing that gets most of my work colleagues through their day in the office, besides gossip). And if we try to resist, the temptation is more often than not too much, despite the huge sense of guilt that usually accompanies even just one Miniature Hero.

Now, many studies have emerged showing not only how detrimental the white powder is to our health (leading to diabetes, obesity, heart disease and even cancer), but also how highly addictive a substance it is (it stimulates the same pleasure receptors in the brain as cocaine!!).

Personally I’ve known this for a long time, never being able to have just one bite of anything that’s laced with it. And who knows how many times I’ve woken the next morning with a ‘sugar hangover’, belly feeling like it took a powder beating, hardly room left for real food yet feeling like I’m starving.

So when I quit, I found that the ‘hunger’ I often feel, despite having had substantial meals throughout the day, isn’t hunger at all but just a sugar craving.

Here’s what happened when I quit:

  • I stopped waking up feeling groggy/ inexplicably hungry. 
  • I lost weight, particularly that stubborn belly fat.
  • My cravings reduced.
  • I had more energy throughout the day, due to replacing it with more natural/sensible energy sources.
  • I was generally happier.

Of course, these things didn’t all happen at once, but did precede one another. 

The main change for me I noticed really was in the mornings; I was no longer dragging myself out of bed, subconsciously looking for my fix. Instead I had lots more energy, and really looked forward to my breakfast.

Here are some of the (delicious) alternatives that helped get me through:

  • Fruit (fresh, frozen, dried)
  • Maple syrup
  • Xylitol
  • Raw Bran Flakes
  • Pancakes
  • Home made popcorn
  • Raw cacao
  • ‘Plamil’ sugar free dark chocolate
  • ‘Pulsin’ raw brownie bars
  • Smoothies

These two together with soy milk are actual Love in a bowl 😍

Buckwheat pancakes – click for recipe

Cinnamon & maple syrup popcorn- click for recipe

Admittedly, once October was over I did succumb to 3 bars of cooking chocolate in one week (ugh, gluttony). But I’m trying my best not to fall back into that pattern again. And avoiding the sweets aisle in the supermarket is actually easier than it was before! 

I’d recommend anybody give detoxing from sugar a try- there are so many alternatives out there that help us maintain our energy levels without spiking then dropping our blood sugars (which only leads to further cravings). Like any drug, it’s a vicious circle and we all know addiction to any substance isn’t the ideal. 

Why not give it a try? 🙂

Peace and love, Warriors 

16/05/16: The Day I Gone Vegan

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I just thought I’d write a short post to inform whoever might care, as of one week today I’ve been trying a vegan diet.

I thought it made sense to make it known the reason why all of the recipes I upload from now on will suddenly turn vegan (if not obvious already).

So yes, I’m officially vegan. And to be honest, I’m very surprised at how easy the transition has been so far. I know I’m only a week in, but the array of mouthwatering recipes I’ve seen and foods I’ve tried has already left me super excited about this new endeavour.

And of course, the fact that I’ll no longer be adding to the already huge problem of animal based diets, which is not only detrimental to human health and our planet, but also horrific for our fellow animal beings.

I shall try not to preach; for a few years now I’ve known that the time will eventually come for me to become vegetarian. And more research into veganism led me to realise this diet made the most sense.

I’d already cut out the majority of dairy products, indulging in protein yogurt or a bit of cheese now and then. And my replacement of meat products for veggies and legumes has been going on for a while now too. So basically I was already half way there.

Now I’ve taken the plunge. The biggest challenge will certainly be the chocolate addiction… but I’ve already seen and tried lots of exciting vegan alternatives. And they’re not only dairy free, but actually healthy for you!! Definitely exciting times ahead.

I’m glad I can rest peacefully at night knowing I’m no longer adding to the problem, but doing my best to actively be part of the solution. And although there will likely be some tough times ahead (eating out is my favourite pastime), I’m super excited and ready to embrace change, for the betterment of the planet and my Self.

Go Vegans!
😁✌

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Recipe from Ella Woodward: Pesto Butterbeans with Spinach, Pomegranate and Pumpkin Seeds. My first attempt at a vegan dish, I wasn't disappointed..


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First time being vegan at a BBQ on Saturday.. no biggy: mushroom (instead of chicken), pepper and onion basted in spicy peri peri sauce and cooked until crispy.. I can handle this

Warrior Juice 2016

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The newest Warrior Juice to hit my clean diet this year: fresh carrot, orange and ginger juice.

This juice/ smoothie is packed with an array of magical healing properties for the body- and it tastes absolutely delicious.

Carrots are rich in fibre, vitamins potassium, iron and copper. They’re also mega high in beta carotene, which has been linked with cancer destroying attributes.

I do rave about ginger, but it’s just so tasty, flexible and good for us. Mainly due to its digestion promoting, anti nausea and anti inflammatory properties, ginger brings so much more to smoothies than just a spicy twang.

Oranges are also blessed with a high vitamin and fibre count.

So if you need a healthy breakfast boost, a stomach-safe hangover aid, or just something to help promote healthy digestion, give this juice a try. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Just chop and blend, according to your taste:

Carrots
Oranges
Ginger
Fresh apple & pear juice

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For added health benefits, you can try adding radish, avacado seed, flax seed etc. The strong orange and ginger taste usually gets rid of any bitterness that might normally be present.

I’ve experimented with different consistencies and found that when a much higher carrot count is used, it’s quite fibrous, but still refreshingly delightful. The orange can sometimes have a bite so I tend to use max. one orange per serving.

They keep in the fridge for about 3 days. So I prepare all mine for the days ahead (usually one for breakfast, after a pint of water). Once the hard work of ready – making is done, you can sit back every morning during whatever your routine may be, sip on this delicious Warrior Juice and and feel your empty stomach absorb all the great stuff!

Peace out warriors

Golden Hoops

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I just put golden milk on my cheerios. Yahh babeh  (love fo Fetty Wap rite nw).
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It was absolutely fantastic and they were honey cheerios, too. A slight sugar cave-in, but I balanced it nicely. Now I feel alive inside. Probably the sugar dancing with the turmeric, feeling like ecstasy.

For anybody who isn’t sure about coconut milk, try hemp milk instead. It’s packed with omega 3, vitamins (A, E, B12, D, to be specific), calcium and amino acids. And it’s dairy free. Hurrah!

The golden ingredient of golden milk is turmeric; a powerful, natural anti inflammatory which is filled with antioxidants. Turmeric can also help prevent heart disease and alzheimers, help treat depression, and also fights cancer.

Just think, all of these fantastic properties combined together make one heck of a cereal topper. Though some may consider this counterproductive, what with all the unwanted additives in most cereal, it really is better than cow’s milk if you’re trying your best to be good to your body but have caved a bit to the sugar addiction.

Don’t worry, we’ll get there in the end. And golden milk be the go-to topper for bran or muesli or granola…whatever healthy alternative to cheerios and coco pops we prefer.

In case you’re not sure how to make golden milk, I’ve included a super easy recipe below.

Much love, brothers and sisters 🙏❤

Golden Milk:

2 cups hemp, coconut or any dairy free milk you prefer

1 teaspoon ground turmeric (fresh is always best if possible)

Pinch of black pepper (helps with absorption)

Honey to taste (I left it out)

Heat it all up in a saucepan on medium heat until slightly bubbling. Do not over boil or you risk losing precious nutrients! Fittingly, like Goldilocks prefers, lukewarm is just right.

Enjoy! Golden milk can also be stored in the fridge for a few days, depending on the milk you used.

Staying Balanced.. 2014 in 4 Paragraphs

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Browsing through some of the older posts here, I’m left unexpectedly surprised at how negative many of them were.

Much of it was venting, but what surprises me most is how unbalanced yet interconnected the posts are. One post would be full of praise and gratitude for life and the universe, then the following could be full of depression, or casuslly dropping the word ‘suicide’.

So how do I feel now, upon entry to 2015? Well paranoia is certainly an issue. That’s clear from many of the posts. But so is lack of fulfilment.  And this seems to be where most of the sub – issues are stemming from.

On a positive note, I’ve been practising yoga and have fixed up my nutrient intake. Real food is back on the menu. I’ve done more meditation,  and an awesome Kyanite crystal arrived in the post today, right on cue. So the vibrations are certainly coming back into tune.. and I feel great!

I’d like to take the opportunity to wish the same peace and reassurance to all, and may your 2015 wishes manifest into reality.

Peace out.✌😇

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