healthyeating, No more sugar, Paleo, Sugar is poison, Whole 30, Whole food

Let’s talk sugar…

Errrrr… maybe we shouldn’t… but we REALLY should. 

As I have shared before, I was SO addicted to sugar. It’s still a huge fight for me daily, but not nearly as bad as it was. Before I did Whole30 I knew I ate a lot of sugar, because I was constantly craving it, but I had no idea how much! Every night, I would put my kids to bed, my husband would go to bed and I would start the cravings. Something with sugar, anything! (Preferably ice cream.) I was stuck in this endless cycle of craving, giving into my craving, emotional eating, giving into my craving, not liking how I looked or felt, emotional eating, crying, and so on. It seemed like I would never be able to get control of myself! As a friend of mine just shared revelry, sugar was my drug. It was the first thing I turned to when I had a hard day, it was what I craved when I was having a good day, it’s what I wanted ALL the time. I couldn’t get enough of it. I was the epitome of a sugar addict.
Today, I was curious what a simple search on the all knowing Google would come up with about sugar. First I searched “Different types of sugar” and what I found was disturbing. Over 60 different names/ types of sugar or added sweetners. ๐Ÿ˜ณAnd this isn’t even all of them. Before you say, “Oh well I don’t eat THAT much sugar!” Start reading your labels. Not just stuff you suspect sugar is in, ALL of your labels. Here’s what happened when I did. I got angry. So angry! Why does our country allow sugar to be in literally everything. That’s not even a joke. Sandwich meat, bread, potatoes chips, bacon, dried fruit, nuts, chicken broth, precooked meats, sausages, mayo, mustard, etc. I could go on and on about it! Food that doesn’t NEED sugar in it, guess what, there’s some sort of sugar. And it’s cleverly disguised in there too. Unless you know they names of sugar, you won’t even think twice about having brown rice syrup in it!

So why is it such a big deal? 

Like I just said, there is sugar in EVERYTHING. So you and I unsuspectingly eat “normal” food not realizing we are consuming large amounts of sugar, and then too it off with a pint of Ben and Jerry’s or peanut butter cups because “We deserves treat every now and again!” Not realizing what affects the mass amounts of sugar are having on our bodies. Here’s an example. 

I’ve heard people say that sugar is more addictive than cocaine. And being a sugar addict I can tell you, I wouldn’t doubt that. I’ve never done cocaine so I can’t compare and contrast the two but I’ve struggled for years with a sugar addiction. Here is someone I found VERY interesting.


So when you add- mass amounts of sugar hidden in all KINDS of our food and the addictiveness of sugar, you get a country that’s subconsciously addicted to sugar. A country wondering why we have record cases of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, cancer, auto immune disorders and so much more. 

Here are some statistics I found from my search:

-74% of prepackaged foods have hidden ADDED sugar.

-On average Americans consume 66lbs of sugar each year. EACH PERSON! Add that up over a lifetime…. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

(http://sugarscience.ucsf.edu/hidden-in-plain-sight/#.WPfPNYFlCaN)

-On average Americans eat about 15 teaspoons of ADDED sugar daily! 

(https://authoritynutrition.com/56-different-names-for-sugar/)

Now, I am not a doctor or a nutritionist, BUT, all of this information is found on a quick and easy Google search! Educate yourselves about what you put in your body. Because if you don’t, we will just continue to raise a country full of diabetic obese sugar addicts. We deserve more than that! Our kids deserve more than that! Be informed! Start the change! We should have a say as to what is in our food!! 

Xoxo- Amanda ๐Ÿ˜˜ Recovering Sugar Addict

Breakfast, healthyeating, Paleo, Whole 30, Whole food

My favorite Whole30/Paleo breakfast items and recipes.

Well, hello again!! ๐Ÿค—

I wanted to take some time and talk about breakfast. Most people I’ve talked to, especially those who work early and/or full time, the number one reason for not eating breakfast is, “I don’t have time in the morning!” Or “I’m just too tired!”

For the longest time as a stay at home mom, my breakfast was consistently half a pot of coffee. Until about 12-1pm when I was shaking and dizzy. So bad. ๐Ÿ™„ I’ve noticed with my own journey and with other people, those who skip breakfast have a harder time loosing weight and keeping it off. Now, I’m not a doctor nor have I done any studies, but from personal observation, this is what I’ve noticed. So what is the solution. EAT MORE FOOD! ๐Ÿ˜Š That’s not usually ever a problem for anyone. Haha. Here are some of my favorite breakfast items and recipes-

 

When I’m in a rush and don’t have time to make anything or have anything prepped, I always go for a RXBAR. Most of these are Whole30 compliant. The peanut butter one is not but man, it’s delicious.

I find these locally at Trader Joes (limited flavors) as well as Marlene’s Market (limited flavors). Now that I’ve tried all of the flavors and know which ones are my fave, I order them by the box of 12 on Amazon. It’s so nice! Now, if you are doing Whole30 you will read in the book that the author recommends not eating these as meal replacements or when your sugar dragon is roaring. I couldn’t agree more. These are emergency fuel, treat them that way. My husband cannot eat breakfast like I can. He gets physically sick. In that case, I could see where this and a piece of fruit would be fine.

These Trader Joes chicken breakfast sausages have been a godsend! They have great flavor, clearly, they freeze well, and they are cheap! Every time I go to TJ’s I buy at least 2 packages of them. My whole family loves these. Every time I make them I hear, “MMmmm Mom, can I just have one of your sausages!” Haha. A staple for me now.

The organic sweet Italian sausages are also a staple in my fridge. For the longest time I was buying the Aidells Organic Sweet Basil sausages and they were good for literally everything. Then Costco stopped carryingย them and started carrying these. I’m pretty happy with these. Both are Whole30 compliant.

These are great with roasted or fried potatoes and eggs, as lunch by themselves, or in other things for dinner. Lately, I’ve been cooking these bad boys up with baby potatoes and onions in my oven on convection. Crispy and delicious and all it needs is a runny egg over the top. I usually make up a big batch and eat them a couple day in a row!

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This recipe my cousin found, it doesn’t sound that good, but oh my gosh, it’s amazing. I could have eaten the whole pan! Sweet potato, carmalized onion and chorizo (I used a hot pork ground sausage because I couldn’t find a compliant chorizo.)

http://www.paleorunningmomma.com/paleo-sausage-sweet-potato-frittata/

 

Here is another frittata from the Whole30 Cookbook. It’s easy, delicous and reheats well. Love it. You can make it your own or just stick to the recipe. I like the mix things up and add my own spin on it. ๐Ÿ˜Š

 

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I hope this was helpful to any of you out there who are trying to find yummy healthy recipes!! Please keep in touch! Thanks for reading and I’ll keep sharing!

Maybe be you can try one of these amazing recipes for a big Saturday morning breakfast! Those are my favorite! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Xoxo,

Amanda

 

 

 

 

 

 

healthyeating, Whole 30

Hello, Blog World!

Hey girl, HHHEEEYYY!!!

I’m back to the blogging world! This time with lots of changes. 2 years ago today I started a blog on word press and completely forgot about. In those 2 years there has been so many changes for me. One, not so good change was, I had gained a lot of weight and my eating habits had become a serious problem. Its not that my health was in danger (yet) but I was so unhappy and my eating habits were just making it worse.

Fast forward to February 2016 and I finally had hit a breaking point. I decided to do something drastic and try Whole 30. I was terrified because I knew I was going to go through some serious withdrawal because I had been eating so poorly. I did. I was an awful mom and wife the first week. ugh. So bad. I knew I had no one else to blame. But something amazing happened, I started feeling better, sleeping better, having more energy, better sex drive, I wasn’t tempted by food/sugar, etc, etc. SO many things started to change and I could not believe it, so I had to share it.

Now fast forward another year, February 2017, and here I am. Making my way back onto the blogging world. I recently shared my friend’s blog post about Whole 30 and how it had changed her life. She’s been blogging for a while now and said her usual number of view was in the hundreds. She said the post I had shared on FB reached over 17,000 views and that I was the only one of her friends that had shared it. I was FLOORED! Are you kidding me?! So here I am, sharing my story on another level. More in depth. More ways to share.

To say that Whole 30 has changed my life is an understatement. I think the reason I have had so much success with it over the last year (countless non scale victories and almost 40 lbs lost) is because I’ve always been interest in nutrition and healthy living. I was just so stuck and drowning in my own ice cream sorrows that I had no idea how to change. I needed something intense to completely change my relationship with food. Also- When I approached the reintroduction period the first 30 day round I did, I was terrified to reintroduce foods. Especially diary and gluten. I had self diagnosed IBS-D and I KNEW one or both of those were trigger foods for me. So I reintroduced them in very small portions, had bad reactions and avoided them like the plague. I’ve been eating diary and gluten free (mostly) for the last year. If you think you NEED either of those, you’re wrong. You NEED to fuel your body that’s it.

So where does that put me now?

Now, I am in control, not the donut that’s been sitting on my counter top waiting for my kids to come home and eat it. I can say “No!” and not think twice about it AND not miss it! As far as sharing my new found love of whole food nutrition, well that has always been there. I’ve always known better, I just didn’t want to be a hypocrite. Now, I feel like I can finally help people like I’ve always wanted to help them! ย A while back I had eluded to a new business idea I had. I’m so excited to share this!! My goal for years is to go back to school to become an RN. Well, now I would love to try this business idea before anything else!

I want to go into business for myself. I know some of you local to me know the store called Marlene’s market. I would love to start my own health food grocery store. Eventually I would like to grow it into something like Marlene’s but I know that takes time. (Not in FW. We’re moving in June.) I would love to have as much local produce as possible (even grow some of it myself!), Healthy snacks, ready-to-eat breakfast and lunches that are healthy and cater towards people with dietary restrictions, honeys, nut butters, coffees, teas, kombuchas, and things you can’t find at normal stores that are more health minded like Rx bars, diary free coffee creamers, etc. I would love to see a full on cafe and espresso stand in the store someday. Then at some point start cooking classes for people who want to learn how to cook whole, healthy foods who have never been taught before! I want to be very involved in the process of getting the items locally and knowing the farmers and other business owners personally. Its a big dream, and we would have to start small and very smart. In fact we may start by farming ourselves and getting into the local farmers markets!

Its huge and would be a ton of work but I am so passionate about helping people eat healthy. I want people to find their food freedom! It’s been an incredible journey so far for me and I can’t wait to see where the future takes me! If I can help you along your journey, please don’t hesitate to let me know. My contact links are on my homepage!

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xoxo,

Amanda