4 Ways to Start Your Sugar-free Journey Today

4 ways to start your sugar-free journey …today.

How’s that #nosugarnovember coming along? It’s tough, ya. Sugar, like wheat, hides everywhere! Cutting sugar is a process, it won’t happen overnight, BUT you can start today. It’s never too late. Among the huge list of reasons to cut sugar, is that it majorly suppresses your immune system. And, with the holidays approaching, you don’t want to get sick, do ya? Start your #sugarfreejourney today with a few easy steps:

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✔️ Have a replacement. As a Holistic Nutritionist, I’m not about deprivation. I believe it’s healthier to replace rather than eliminate and end up feeling resentment. Find yourself some healthy treat recipes like bliss balls, protein bars, or make a big bowl of fruit salad and keep it in the fridge ready to go.

✔️ Do a pantry clean out. Outta sight, outta mind, yes?! Go through every item in your cupboards and ditch it if it contains any of the sugars. Get to know the 52 alternative names for sugar and keep a list on hand.  Some to look out for are dextrose, high fructose corn syrup, barley malt, cane sugar, caramel.  These don’t only hide in the obvious foods like donuts and chocolate bars.  Watch out for sugar in juices, commercial smoothies, salad dressings, sauces, food colouring and even ketchup.

✔️ Stay hydrated. As you’re detoxing, expect headaches, mood swings, sleep disturbances and more. If you stick to your guns, this phase won’t last long. Just be gentle with yourself through the process, give yourself time to rest, and fill up on water, herbal tea  or coconut water, which is packed with electrolytes to keep you hydrated.

✔️ Fats and protein. Include them in every meal and snack to help regulate your blood sugar. This will prevent those sugar spikes and lows that you might be used to if you were eating a lot of refined sugar. Think nuts, avocado, beans, almond butter, coconut, bliss balls, smoothies.

Check back in with us on the socials and let us know how your journey is coming along. Have you gotten over the hump?

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Jen Casey, CNP

Jen Casey is a mother of 2, a Holistic Nutritionist, a business owner, and a BCRPA Certified Fitness Instructor. Jen has always had a passion for alternative wellness practices and non-toxic home and body. After the birth of her first baby in 2001, Jen developed her own line of natural baby care products, Dimpleskins Naturals, when she felt that nothing on the market was natural enough for her family. In the past, Jen has worked as a Green Coach with the David Suzuki Foundation, teaching families how to better 'green' their home and life, and still runs classes in Vancouver on ways to reduce chemicals from every day products for a healthier home. Today, Jen works as a Holistic Nutritionist with her company, Next Bite Nutrition Coaching. She focuses her practice on whole body wellness, incorporating diet, movement, sleep habits and stress management as part of her customized wellness plans. Her services include meal planning, wellness concierge services, fitness recommendations, diet and lifestyle interventions through the ages. Her recipes have been published in the Wall Street Journal, MondBodyGreen.com, Global BC and she is a regular Contributor on Nourished + Bare. Learn more about Jen at online, http://www.NextBiteNutritionCoaching.com

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