Today is day 66 off sugar! Pretty unreal, right? To be clear, I didnít make this commitment out of vanity or to obsess over some new fad diet. My motivation for kicking sugar came from a deep desire to feel vibrant, healthy and energized. You see, the more I expand my inner awareness and spiritual faith the more conscious I am of how I feel. And as I grow more aware of my physical well-being, it becomes harder to indulge in bad habits.
With my deep desire to feel healthier, I set out on a wellness quest. In August (through doctor supervision) I committed to treat candida, an overgrowth of yeast in the digestive system that causes inflammation and myriad symptoms. One out of three people suffer from candida. (To learn more about candida and its effect on your health, read The Candida Cure by Ann Boroch.) One important way to treat candida is to remove sugar, including fruit, coconut palm sugar, agave, artificial sweeteners, barley malt, brown rice syrup, brown sugar, etc. Pretty much anything that has sugar or turns into sugar is a no-no on the candida diet.
At first, I thought living sugar free would be easy ó considering how clean my diet already was. I was mistaken. Sugar is a tricky ingredient that shows up in just about everything.†To make this commitment work for me Iíve had to lean on my spiritual faith and truly surrender.
My spiritual surrender has been the key to my success in quitting sugar. Therefore, rather than give you five recipes for sugar-free desserts Iíve decided to share five spiritual steps to quit sugar. If youíre not interested in quitting sugar, you can use these steps for releasing any other habit youíd like to let go of. Use these tools and fully turn your will over to the care of your inner guide. Expect miracles.
1. Get psyched to let it go!
Quitting sugar isnít for dabblers. In order to really release the cravings and addiction, you must desire something else even more. In my case, the desire to feel healthy and energized far outweighed my raw chocolate cravings. Because I was so psyched about feeling healthy I was able to go into the sugar detox with enthusiasm and commitment.
If youíre not sure that youíre truly ready to let go of sugar (or any other habit thatís not serving you), wait it out. Thereís nothing wrong with not being ready. Iíd rather see you continue to indulge in the habit and simply stay willing to receive greater guidance than force yourself to change. If you try to force yourself into change, then change will never stick.
2. Practice the meditation for addiction.
To quote my doctor and friend, Dr. Frank Lipman, “Sugar is like crack.” I couldnít agree more. Sugar is a drug that keeps us wanting more to the point of addiction. When weíre addicted there is an imbalance in the pineal gland (also called the the third eye). The pineal gland is a small endocrine gland in the vertebrate brain. When the pineal gland is imbalanced, bad habits turn into addictions. The imbalance in the pineal gland affects the pituitary gland, which regulates the rest of the glandular system. When the pituitary gland is affected the entire body and mind go out of balance.
A major tool in my process of healing my addiction to sugar has been the Kundalini meditation for healing addiction. Follow the video above for guidance.
3. Find a sugar-free running buddy.
While I visited London I spent some special time with my friend Lou Lou aka Louniverse. Lou Lou has been on the candida diet for many years. Her commitment to a sugar-free lifestyle inspired me greatly. She turned me on to amazing books and recipes and had fun eating berries with me for dessert. Itís important to find a sugar-free running buddy when you embark on this path. To help you out, I created a Sugar Free Spirit Junkies power posse on my social networking site, HerFuture.com. Join this group for support and community.
4. Get down in the kitchen!
One of the most meditative times of my day is when Iím cooking. Getting off sugar has given me even more reason to rev up my culinary skills. When you kick the sugar you can feel a little sad. One great way to combat this grief is to have a lot of fun making sugar-free recipes! A fantastic resource is Sarah Wilsonís I Quit Sugar. Iíve been using the I Quit Sugar: The Chocolate Edition for all of my dessert cravings. Iíve also enjoyed the I Quit Sugar: Your Complete 8-Week Detox Program and Cookbook for awesome support and recipes.
Cooking is meditation and a radical act of self-care. Get down in the kitchen and cook up inspiration and excitement!
Oh, and Iím not going to leave you hanging: Hereís my (delicious) sugar-free brownie recipe that I made up. Please keep in mind that I am pretty intuitive in the Kitchen. I rarely use measuring devices or use a recipe. Below is my intuitive recipe for sugar free brownies. Please feel free to adjust the measurements if something feels off to you. Use your own intuition in this spiritual baking process!
1 cup almond flour
1 Tbsp. organic baking powder
1 Tbsp. hemp milk (or almond milk)
1 Tbsp. of hemp seeds
1 Tbsp. of chia seeds
10 drops sweet leaf vanilla stevia (or more if you want it sweeter, but be careful with stevia ó it’s strong!)
Ĺ cup coconut flakes
2 Tbsp. almond butter
1 egg (If youíre vegan you can try this recipe without the egg)
1Ĺ Tbsp. coconut oil
Dash of salt
Ĺ cup organic cacao powder (you can add more if you want extra chocolate)
Handful crushed walnuts (optional)
1. Grease a small (8◊8 or 9◊9) brownie pan with coconut oil or organic butter.
2. Combine all ingredients into a large mixing bowl and stir completely while listening to this mantra. Remember that this is a meditative process.
3. Once the ingredients are completely mixed, pour the mix into the greased brownie pan.
4. Bake at 350į for 20 minutes.
5. Remove the pan from the oven and let cool for 15 to 20 minutes. Practice the art of patience.
6. Tweet it before you eat it! Tag me at @GabbyBernstein on Instagram & Twitter with your photos. I will regram the pics that make my mouth water!
7. Share them with your sugar-free running buddy!
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