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Can I Really Quit Sugar?

Can I Really Quit Sugar?

Academics have said Sugar has become as dangerous as alcohol or tobacco, as they call on the food industry to cut 30 per cent from foods going into the British public’s cupboards. But like it or lump it, few people can get through the day without including sugar in their daily diet. 

I know how hard it is to refrain from indulging in sugar as I was a complete sugar addict before I became educated in the perils of the white stuff.  

One morning I literally woke up having felt very foggy-headed the day before from having one too many Montzemua truffles and decided to make the break. I accepted at times it would be in the foods in some meals at restaurants I visited but I didn’t want it to rule my life and be anal about it. So I decided to try and omit refined sugar from my day-to-day diet. Incredibly, it is easier than one thinks. 

I have a very sweet tooth but I got over sugar addiction by exploring other alternatives: xylitol, stevia, coconut nectar, agave nectar, and an apple, grape and carob all natural syrup called “Sweet Freedom”. Some are lower GI/GL than others and the lower the GI/GL the better as they keep the blood sugar levels more stable. I discovered fabulous raspberry truffles from Booja Booja made with agave nectar and I also decided to make my own sugar free chocolates and deserts such as: chocolate mousse and chocolate coconut truffles (see recipe below). These two recipes take less than 3 minutes to make in the blender, then all you do is pop in the fridge for an hour to set and chill! Easy peasy and far quicker than heading into town to get ready-made chocolates and desserts! Plus cheaper and every little bit helps. 

Follow me on twitter @NutritionNutUK and on Instagram at thenutritionnutuk. Would love to hear your thoughts if you do try any of my tips and recipes. 

Chocolate Coconut Truffles

Ingredients:
 

  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
 
  • 3 tbsp coconut  milk 
  • 2 heaped tsp xylitol
 
  • 50g creamed coconut (IBiona is fab)
 
  • 2-3 tbsp raw cacao or quality cocoa powder  

Place all ingredients apart from the coconut milk a food processor/blender, and blend for about a minute. 

Add the coconut milk and blend again for 30 seconds. 

Spread the mixture (1-2cm deep) on to a tray or a small Tupperware box lined with parchment paper. 

Pop into the fridge for 60 minutes to set.  

Once ready, cut into cubes and ENJOY! 

By Kate Llewellyn-Waters

 

Next week in The Centre we have:

Monday 12th May

Allergy Testing with Cathy Foley
Food Sensitivity Testing with Cathy Foley
The Bowen Technique with Warren Gin
Counselling with Phil Hartland
Sports Massage with Sangeetha Anantha
Cranial-Sacral Therapy with Sangeetha Anantha
Sports Injury Therapy with Sangeetha Anantha 
Clinical Psychology with Dr Sally Field
Assessment  and psychology treatment with Dr Sally Field 

Tuesday 13th

Physiotherapy with Kingston Physio Ltd
Counselling with Jayne Ritchie
Acupuncture (including IVF, fertility and pregnancy oriented) with Victoria Busk
Reflexology with Victoria Busk
Sports massage with Jambaal Jeng 
Back and neck pain therapy with Jambaal Jeng
Visceral manipulation with Jambaal Jeng
Myofascial release with Jambaal Jeng
Podiatry with Susan Emami 
Swedish Massage with Hilary Insall
Remedial Massage with Hilary Insall
Lymphatic Drainage with Hilary Insall
Acupuncture (including IVF, fertility and pregnancy oriented) with Victoria Busk
Reflexology with Victoria Busk 

Wednesday 14th

Colonic Hydrotherapy with Shemila Tharani
Acupuncture
 (including IVF, fertility and pregnancy oriented) with Victoria Busk
Reflexology with Victoria Busk
Counselling with Jayne Ritchie 
Cranial-Sacral Therapy with Sangeetha Anantha
Sports Injury Therapy with Sangeetha Anantha 
Nutritional Therapy with Kate Bennett
Counselling with Phil Hartland
Counselling with Amy Benson
Osteopathy with Gillian Lonsdale
Cranio-sacral osteopathy with Gillian Lonsdale
Naturopathy with Gillian Lonsdale

Thursday 15th

Colonic Hydrotherapy with Mandy Jones
Physiotherapy
 with Kingston Physio Ltd
Body Talk System with Yvette Smith
Sports massage with Jambaal Jeng 
Back and neck pain therapy with Jambaal Jeng
Visceral manipulation with Jambaal Jeng
Myofascial release with Jambaal Jeng
Homeopathy with Dr Muthulingam
Acupuncture with Dr Muthulingam
Massage with Dr Muthulingam
Counselling with Jayne Ritchie
Counselling with Michael Cohen
Cognitive behavioural therapy with Michael Cohen
Hypnotherapy with Michael Cohen
Sports Massage with Emma Stacey
Rehabilitation with Emma Stacey
Relaxation & Remedial Massage with Emma Stacey
Optima Sports Nutrition with Emma Stacey
Massage for special populations (stroke, diabetes etc) with Emma Stacey
Homeopathy with Shauna Wyldeck Estrada

Friday 16th 

Physiotherapy with Kingston Physio Ltd
Hypnotherapy with Urmila Lewis 
Clinical NLP with Urmila Lewis   
Clinical Psychology with Dr Sally Field
Assessment  and psychology treatment with Dr Sally Field 
Ultrasound Scans with Rachel Bailey
Acupuncture (including IVF, fertility and pregnancy oriented) with Victoria Busk
Reflexology with Victoria Busk
Neighbourhood Midwives

Saturday 17th

Physiotherapy with Kingston Physio Ltd
pregnancy and ayrvedic massage with Magda Oliveira
Ayurvedic acupressure with Magda Oliveira
Lymphatic drainage with Magda Oliveira
Reflexology with Magda Oliveira 
Fertility Reflexology with Magda Oliveira
Remedial massage with Magda Oliveira
Sports massage with Jambaal Jeng 
Back and neck pain therapy with Jambaal Jeng
Visceral manipulation with Jambaal Jeng
Myofascial release with Jambaal Jeng
Counselling with Jayne Ritchie 

Sunday 18th 

Colonic Hydrotherapy 
Therapeutic Massage
 with Helen Rennie
Art Therapy with Helen Rennie
Aromatherapy with Helen Rennie
Counselling with Helen Rennie
Crystal Healing with Helen Rennie 
Podiatry with Susan Emami

If you would like to know more about any of our therapies please conatct us on 0208549800 or 07436 070 832

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