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Mia, Founder of, Graciously Green, draws on her health education from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition's (IIN) cutting-edge Health Coach training Programme, as well as her in-depth chef studies in raw and plant-based foods, to provide plant-based cooking, health coaching and education, both in person and online. She also studied toxins in-depth and now leads raw food cleanses and liver detoxes. Graciously Green is sponsored by Hong Kong’s organic vegetable delivery service, Eat FRESH (www.eatfresh.com.hk)

5 Ways to Beat Sugar Cravings!

Sugar, at the end of the day, is an addictive and toxic substance
May 30, 2013

This week, me and a few of my clients together embarked on a 5-day green-juice and raw food feast sponsored by Eat FRESH (Hong Kong’s organic produce delivery service). One of the biggest challenges for most people when doing a cleanse, is actually just coming away from sugar  – I mean from apples to the hard-core refined stuff.
 
Sugar, at the end of the day, is an addictive substance.
 
Sugar gives us that “hit” for a minute and, whether you wish to acknowledge it or not, most people do crave sugar at some point in time. Your sugar-hit might be some white-rice, maybe some dried fruit, or even a dairy iced- frappe at 3pm…sound familiar?
 
Eliminating sugar is a major hurdle for many people, and, according to health and Body Ecology expert, Donna Gates, ancient wisdom from Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine tells us that humans naturally crave a sweet taste, and it is an essential part of balancing the other tastes found in nature – like salty, bitter, and sour flavors. Gates says,  “the problem is that we have forced our bodies out of balance by consuming an overabundance of refined sugar. Many of you know that sugar is bad for you, but you probably don’t know why having even small amounts of it can sabotage your best efforts”.
 
Cleansing using an alkalizing and sugar-free raw food diet, filled with whole REAL foods or juices, can be a very powerful way to starve the pathogenic bacteria in our body, which is basically feeding on sugar. When you remove the sugar and, therefore, this bad bacteria, this can then result in a lifting of mind-fog, candida and much more serious diseases if done properly and deeply.
 
Sugar, after all, feeds disease.
 
Wonder why it doesn’t say that on the back of your cereal packet. Hmm…not great marketing I guess!
 
If you wish to know more about my upcoming group cleanses with SOL Wellness, see here for details and to book. Private (online and in-person) cleanses are also available if you contact me here.
 
So, whether you’re on a cleanse this week or not, wherever you’re at, there are ways to beat the cravings so that you can stay on the “healthy” track.
 
When you feel the urge to splurge, try one of these ideas:
 
1. Eat a bowl of raw sauerkraut (or add it into your salad) – not only is sauerkraut full of beneficial bacteria, but it will also help to reduce the sugar-pangs. Cultured foods populate your gut with beneficial microflora that is essential to establishing a healthy inner ecosystem.
 
2. Drink green juice without the fruit (may include lemon or lime juice) – greens are very alkalizing and a green-hit will be sure to put you back to your green-goddess self! Drinking Vitamineral Green or green powder with water is almost the same thing if you’re short on time with no juicer to hand.
 
3. Drink water sweetened with plant-based sweetener, like stevia, lime juice and cranberry juice with a dash of mineral salt (like Stephen James Organic’s pink salt) –  the sour and salty flavor along with the sweetener from the stevia, will give you fresh and rounded taste. Delicious and satisfying.
 
4. Stay hydrated – cravings and hunger pangs are often just a sign of dehydration. Most people are walking around very dehydrated. I add high-mineral salt to my water to help replace minerals lost in sweating, as well as actually hydrate my body! Try drinking before eating is a good rule to live by.
 
5. Call a friend for support – this may sound a bit obvious, but sometimes all we need is a friend to cheer us on and we can get back on track again. Throughout my cleanses with clients, they know they can email, SMS or contact me whenever they need some friendly support. I love to be there for them during the cleanse, as I know how great it feels to be supported in this way.
 
I invite you to try cutting out sugar, even  just a few days to begin with, see how you feel – lighter, less bloated, what else? Let me know how you get on – I’d love to hear from you.
 
If you want to know more about how I (Mia – Health Coach, Raw Food Chef, Detox and Health Educator) can support you on your journey to health, or if you would like to join me on a raw food cleanse and liver-flush, contact me now for a consultation here or at mia@graciouslygreen.com.

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Resources
SOL Wellness is Hong Kong's premier wellness centre
Elaina Love’s pure Joy Academy 2013.
Article from Donna Gates, http://www.BodyEcology.com
 

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