A few weeks back after devouring a block of Lindt touch of salt chocolate, I realised I had fallen into the sugar trap… needing a hit at 3pm, then again after dinner, oh and then maybe for supper too! Sound like an addict much? I consciously tried to discipline myself but would lapse …and regularly used the excuse of “well, I exercise most days”. Then one evening, whilst grabbing a few necessities at a local department store I came across ‘the wall’ – a sign if you’ve ever seen one, plastered with one book; I quit sugar for life by Sarah Wilson. The next day, I read the book from cover to cover. Most of it was information I already knew and tried to live my life by – eating whole foods, restricting certain food groups, not drinking your fruits etc. But what Sarah pointed out and I feared was you don’t need to count calories because your body tells you what you need and when – a big eek for me because I always followed calories in vs calories out. The other eek was that many people lack/don’t consume enough good fats and proteins, the two food groups which can actually curb cravings. Within a few days of quitting sugar and increasing good fats and proteins, the cravings were gone! The best part? there are so many great recipes in the book, including sweet treats like my favourite (super quick & easy) Paleo choc-coco muggin, which I just had to share. You need:
- 1/4 cup almond meal or gluten free self raising flour
- 2 tablespoons of desiccated coconut
- 1 tablespoon of raw cacao powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of granulated stevia or 1/2 tablespoon rice malt syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut milk or any other type of milk – I used almond milk
- Organic yogurt of your choice – coconut, greek etc
Combine dry ingredients into a microwave safe mug and stir to remove any lumps/ clumps. Then add your liquid and stir.
Once the mixture is well combined pop the mug into a microwave on high for 2 minutes. Serve with yogurt and chow down.