Fellow coffee addicts unite!
If I could drink coffee all day long and into the wee hours of the night without feeling like a jittery spaz - I totally would.
I started drinking coffee when I was 16 and I really don't think I have gone a day without it since. At first it was the syrupy, whipped cream mocha's and flavored lattes. Over the years, the desire for these beyond-sweet coffees waned and I up until 2 years ago, I enjoyed only a teaspoon or 2 of raw sugar in my coffee.
Back in 2014, I was living under a fog of constant fatigue, catching every bug that went around. I decided I needed to take inventory of my diet as to what could be causing this.
I came to a major conclusion
I found so many hidden sources of sugar in my diet and removing them has made a world of difference.
Sugar is not bad for you. There is sugar in fruit and vegetables - there are many natural forms of sugar. It's the refined, stripped and bleached sugar that is added to processed foods that diminishes our immune function, decreases brain function, causes extreme highs and lows in our energy levels, etc. Our body does not recognize processed foods - it goes into overload to digest and process these foods.
Luckily, this is such a SIMPLE fix! Eat whole foods - stay away from a processed diet. That's it!!
Check your food labels for glucose, sucrose, fructose, lactose, maltose - these are refined sugars added to your food to preserve shelf life. These sugars are in everything from bread, to crackers, to ketchup and sauces, the list goes on...
If you are a coffee lover, like me, try one of my favorite ways to decrease sugar in my diet and replace the sugar in your coffee with raw, unpasteurized, local honey. I have been doing this for about 2 years now and I can no longer drink coffee with 'regular' sugar in it. It's has an after taste, it's too sweet and honestly, tastes gross to me. Adding honey to your coffee is a simple alternative and it gives coffee a rich, smooth flavor. A small step in the direction of changing habits into healthy ones - and it's delish!!
I suggest using local, raw, unpasteurized honey - it's so good for you! Give it a try and let me know what you think!
For an added nutrient boost, add a tablespoon of grass fed butter & MCT oil in your morning cup of joe.
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Sarah is a mom with a degree in Personal Training & is in love with all things balanced.