As with just about every other holiday, Easter has been taken over by sugar. It is a custom all over the world to have a special treat during a celebration. But, somehow we’ve taken this to another level by filling Easter baskets with candy and our bellies with pies, cakes and other sugary treats. There’s nothing wrong with having a slice of homemade apple pie or a few natural candies as a special treat. It’s the excess that becomes an issue.
I’m not taking about sugar from natural fruit. I’m referring to refined sugar. Refined sugar suppresses the immune system; feeds cancer; demineralizes and dehydrates the body; stresses the liver and kidneys; damages the pancreas; causes digestive issues; increases LDL cholesterol and triglycerides by putting stress on the arteries; creates tooth decay and gum disease; and contributes to gallstones, digestive issues, anxiety and depression, adrenal fatigue, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, ADD/ADHD and other behavioral issues.
Here are 5 tips to trim back the sweets and have a healthy Easter.
Drink lots of mineral-rich water. Water hydrates your body, flushes out toxins, and staves off cravings. By drinking 8-10 glass of water daily and a full glass before you have any sweets, you may be less apt to over-indulge.
Get your greens. Whether you juice, sauté, steam, grill or blend them into a smoothing, greens provide essential minerals to help keep your body and mind in balance. Juice and smoothies make a nice treat because you can add in some fresh fruit to sweeten them, making you less apt to go for refined sugar.
Go for homemade versus store-bought. Homemade is always going to be better because you can control the ingredients. Substitute Turbinado (raw cane sugar), which contains natural minerals and fiber, and add protein to your treat to slow the glucose conversion in the body.
Choose dark chocolate over candy. Dark chocolate (at least 70%) is rich in minerals and contains less sugar than milk chocolate and candies like jelly beans, peeps and other sugary treats.
Reconsider your Easter basket contents. Instead of filling your kids’ baskets with candy, choose books, movies, gift cards, games, jewelry, trinkets and toys. Perhaps a hand-full of natural jelly beans made from fruit juice versus refined sugar and a small chocolate bunny would suffice for a special treat.
Finally, whether you believe in the original intent of Easter or not, use this day as a time to connect with yourself and your loved ones. Focus on your time together versus the food. If you find yourself wanting to pick at the food, nuts or popcorn make a great choice.
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Enjoy time with your family and friends this Easter. Many blessings for health and happiness! :)