How much sugar do you consume a day? Think about that... do you really even know? Sugar is hidden EVERYWHERE! It's the first thing we taste as humans from birth, which if you think about it, it kind of setting us up for failure. Studies have shown that detoxing sugar from your system can effect the brain the same way cocaine and alcohol does- how crazy is that?!?!
The average person has about 95 grams of sugar a day adding up to about 77 pounds per year! Now that's a lot of sugar!!! 1 out of 3 adults are obese due to sugar consumption and 2 out of 5 children. Unfortunately places like Starbucks serve coffee drinks that will take you far past your recommended daily amount. A flavored coffee can have up to 47g of sugar, a can of soda is up to 40g!! It doesn't help that grocery stores now carry more sugary products making up 80% of there inventory on the shelves!!
So how do we cut sugar when it tastes so good?? We have a few easy tips you can try to help slowly eliminate sugar from your diet.
1. Give In A Little - going cold turkey may work for some people but most of the time you just end up sabotaging yourself. Try a BITE of something instead of nothing at all.
2. Combine Foods - have a banana with a little peanut butter or almonds with some dairy-free chocolate chips
3. Grab Some Natural Gum - reduces the sugar craving (try out the brand "Simply Gum" or "Spry" Brands)
4. Reach for Fruit - fiber and nutrients are key!
5. Get Up and Go - take a walk, change your scenery to help take your mind off the craving
6. Choose Quality Over Quantity - one dark chocolate truffle is a way better option than a king size candy bar
7. Eat Regularly - waiting to long between meals set you up to choose sugary foods
8. Drink 1/2 Your Body Weight in Ounces of Water Daily - water will help to keep you feeling full!
You might find you're more lethargic or anxious or have a headache and maybe even muscle pain- this is all common when detoxifying from sugar. It's important to stay active and busy during this process. Reach out to friends, avoid excess stress, and triggers that might prompt wanting a chocolate bar!
Tips for the Headaches
Drink tons of water and add in some pink Himalayan sea salt
Take an Epsom salt bath if you can - 2 cups of epsom salt, 1/2 cup of baking soda and 2 tbsp sea salt. Soak for 20 minutes before bed.
Yoga + Nutrition Seminar
Nourish and Cow Face Yoga are joining forces and bringing you a four part seminar this fall/winter! The evening will begin with a yoga session led by Kristina (owner of Cow Face Yoga), followed by a few light refreshments. To conclude, Kristen (owner of Nourish) will lead a seminar for the topic of the evening and will be providing you with handouts and recipes to leave with. Snacks tailored to each seminar will be provided as well as herbal teas, detox water and bone broth. Each session is $50 and can be booked via the Mind-Body App Please keep in mind if this is your first time using Mind-Body you will need to create a username and password. If you have any difficulties please feel free to email Kristina at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 603-454-8539.
September 26th - Restorative Yoga + Essential Oils
The perfect way to feel rejuvenated for the fall after the fun, and inevitable chaos, of summer. Kristina will lead you through a restorative yoga practice comprised of relaxing, long-held and supported poses weaver with calming breath work; a practice thoughtfully designed to activate the body's innate relaxation response, signaling it into the parasympathetic state and inviting healing and restoration. After practice, Kristen will explain the basics of essential oils, how to test yourself for essential oils, and various way to incorporate the use of essential oils into daily life. She will discuss the benefits of adding them into your routine to help boost immunity, reduce inflammation and relax the mind.
October 24th - Digestive Flow + Digestion 101
Proper digestion can be tricky, and a common struggle most of us encounter at one point or another. Yoga + Digestion 101 = powerful, non-invasive way to improve poor digestion. With methodical sequence, Kristina will guide you through a yoga practice, designed to help stimulate, aide, and encourage good digestive function. After class, Kristen will provide tips on improving digestion through use of Whole Foods and recipes, and ways to reverse leaky gut. She will be explaining the optimal ways for digestion to work as well as providing recipes and handouts to balance digestion with whole-food nutrition.
November 29th - Yoga to Reduce Inflammation + Anti-inflammatory Foods
One of the leading causes of inflammation is stress. As December approaches, stress seems to come hand and hand for most. While the holidays sure are busy, it's important to take time for yourself. Kristina will explain various yoga postures that help reduce inflammation and will walk you through a yoga class specifically created to eliminate inflammation throughout the entire body - and stress. Kristen will share her wealth of knowledge about the causes of inflammation, ways to reduce it, and optimal foods to enjoy to reduce inflammation, even during the holidays.
January 9th - Detox Flow + How to Detox from Sugar
As January rolls in, most of us are starting to rethink that holiday sugar high we've all been enjoying. Figuring out where to start the holiday detox can be daunting - but not when you join us for this event. Kristina will lead you through a yoga practice full of twists and other postures that stimulate organs to detoxify and cleanse your body. After class, Kristen will share her secrets about how to naturally sweeten foods and how to detect hidden sugars as well as provide you with a gentle, two-week sugar detox.
We look forward to seeing you there!