It is almost the time of year where there are sweets at every turn.
I start getting asked at Halloween, how I do it… How do I walk into a party and see a plate of brownies and not want it?
The truth is that what I feel like on the other side of gluten and dairy is not worth it!
Sugar is a bit trickier. My body does not really do that well after a plate of gluten-free, dairy free cookies whose first ingredient is sugar, but that can be a harder boundary on some days.
I find hormones, tiredness and stress are all reasons I mindlessly indulge.
The cool thing is that just by knowing that, I can make more informed choices.
Are there times when I devour an amazing sugary treat? You bet!
If I did it everyday, would I be able to ever say no? Would I be the same person as the person who eats less sugar in her lifetime at age 75. I don’t think so.
Sugar is more addicting that cocaine.
According to the American Heart Association, the maximum amount of added sugars you should eat in a day are:
- Men: 150 calories per day (37.5 grams or 9 teaspoons)
- Women: 100 calories per day(25 grams or 6 teaspoons)
In the grande pumpkin spice latte on trend now at everyone’s favorite coffee shop there are 49g of sugar, or to 12.25 tsp.
So, yes, if I am treating myself for wellness instead of sickness, I need to make sure I don’t get addicted to sugar, and the best way I know to do that is to make healthy sweet treats, because I do not feel so hot when I feel deprived!
Please do not take on the whole list at once. Choose one, play with it, and then move onto the next one.
We love thinking through changes as “Weekly Wellness Experiments.” Each Sunday, choose what you will work on for the week, make a plan for how to weave it into your schedule, then play.
- Make a sweet treat or two every Sunday, so you have something to grab all week long.
- Make a family commitment to avoid all boxed sweet treats for a week.
- Make a healthy sweet treat for your next potluck.
- Bake or blend with your kids.
- Commit to a smoothie bowl whenever you are craving ice cream, and a smoothie when you find the chocolate desire is so powerful.
- Find a brand in your health market that fits the gluten-free, vegan low sugar model. Know it is there if you need it.
- Create a monthly system for buying nuts, seeds, superfoods and flours needed for sweet treats.