Like many others, I was a serious lover of sugar. When I was feeling blue, when I was tired, when I was sick or just stressed out, sugar was my comfort, my retreat, and my well deserved payback for any perceived suffering. But little did I know that my go-to bliss was making me more tired, more down and definitely more sick.
Is Sugar Killing Me?
Since the introduction of sugar into our diet, look at what has happened. Diabetes has has reached epic highs, including pediatric diabetes. Obesity and weight problems have exploded, not to mention the many other health issues that develop as a result of this, including heart attacks, stroke and heart disease. Tooth decay, gum disease, candida, IBS, inflammation and a host of other side effects have resulted from the introduction of sugar into our diets. The average American consumes about 160 pounds of sugar per year and that’s a LOT of sugar!
On top of it, to sell more food products, manufacturers have put sugar into multitudes of things, from condiments and salad dressings to meats, soups and many other unsuspecting places. So our sugar consumption doesn’t just come from sodas, ice cream and cake. It comes from chips and salsa, deli meats, bacon, yogurt and apple juice. Many people don’t realize how much sugar they are consuming because they don’t realize how much sugar is in what they are eating and drinking.
For me, and for many others, consumption of sugar results in an initial euphoria of yumminess, almost like heroine to an addict. Particularly if I am stressed out or emotionally down or drained. That burst of endorphins in my brain with that soothing ummmmm feeling, that “oh, ya!” satisfaction. But no good indulgence seems to go unpunished, as this is soon followed by a severe drop in blood sugar, tiredness, increased appetite, including sugar and carb cravings, crankiness and sometimes headache. Then, hours later or the next day, inflammation hits, joints are achy, my body feels stiff and lacking energy. Usually I whip myself for indulging and try to abstain despite cravings for more.
So What are “Sin Free Desserts”?
It’s all fine and good for someone to tell us how bad sugar is. That doesn’t change the fact that it is heavenly to indulge in and absolutely irresistible at times. Frankly I don’t know why there isn’t a Sugarholics Anonymous.
But, HERE’S THE GOOD NEWS… I have a way out of this conundrum. I figured it out. You don’t actually have to give up those indulgences and live a life of abstinence. No, there is a SOLUTION — a way to enjoy some sweet indulgences without all of the ill effects. In fact, a way to indulge that is actually healthy.
It seems too good to be true, I know. But I have worked on this for years. This is not something you can find at a store, even a health food store or at a local market. There are gluten-free products, which are usually loaded with sugar. There are “sugar-free” products, but they are almost always sweetened with artificial sweeteners (that are just as bad or even worse for you than sugar). Or they are heavily loaded with “natural Sweeteners” such as honey or maple syrup, that are still high on the glycemic index and will spike your blood sugar just as much as regular sugar. Don’t forget, sugar itself is a “natural” product too.
- Free of Sugar and very low or even zero on the Glycemic Index,
- Free of any artificial sweeteners,
- Wheat, grain and gluten free,
- Additives and preservatives free,
- Low in carbs and fairly high in protein,
- High in fiber, and contains a healthy amount of omega 3 oil?
In other words, this cupcake is actually good for you. And here’s the real capper that’ll blow your mind…. It actually tastes good. In fact, it’s quite yummy! You know you are indulging when you eat it.
The keys to the success of Sin Free Desserts have been in the use of a mixture of sweeteners and a mixture of flours. No one sweetener works, but a combination of them does the trick.
For now you can go to my website SinFreeDesserts.com for more information and some immediate recipes you can start using.
Coming soon are two new HealthKick books: Is Sugar Killing Me? and Sin Free Desserts.