#SugarFree

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One of the biggest trends today is being sugar-free. That can be a bold statement but what does it really mean? Sugar is a natural substance found in fruits and some vegetables and in its most raw state, is a mess of oil, sand, glass, and bacteria unfit to be sold or ingested. It originates from sugar cane and is processed before being sold commercially. Refined sugar (sucrose), is what we are most likely to come across on a daily basis and has been cleaned and processed. Sucrose is an empty calorie sweetener, harder for the body to digest, and here’s a fun fact by Mark Hyman, “Sugar is eight times as addictive as cocaine.” I highly recommend watching the documentary Fed Up for the real deal on processed sugar.

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Raw sugar, or unrefined sugar goes through only the first part of the cleaning process. It remains a darker color, with a unique flavor and larger crunchy texture. Raw sugar is used less for baking and more as a topping.

Sugar can have a range of negative affects on the body: Increased risk of heart disease and diabetes Increased risk of obesity Premature aging Candida Has been linked to cancer growth

These diseases all take tolls on the body that can be irreversible and ultimately end lives. Our beautiful bodies were made to function on a diet of certain nutrients and proteins, and an overload on sugars interfere in many different ways. Disease or illness is one of the body’s ways of trying to tell us to do something different. It is important to listen and try to understand just what our bodies need to remain healthy.

Being sugar-free can be seen as just a cleanse or as a lifestyle. A cleanse benefits the body temporarily, cleaning toxins and purifying for a period of time. For some, the cleanse can be cutting out certain refined sugars or sugary food groups and for others it can remove all forms of sugar completely. By eating raw foods, the healthy fats, protein, and staying clear of beverages that contain sugar you can create your own plan. Iquitsugar is one resource to learn more about the lifestyle and on how to maintain it. It also offers an 8-week course or you can follow Sarah’s blog as a resource for your own plan. Gabrielle Berstein is another great resource to beginning a sugar-free journey.

With light filled regards, Leyla

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