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Sugar Solutions & New Products

I hope you all had a wonderful summer. I don't know about you, but I ate too many sweets! Balancing Blood sugar is an art! Did you know that sugar is the new villain? Yep! The good news is that there are more alternatives and products available now to help us to satisfy our sweet tooth without getting cavities and many other health problems that come with sugar.

This summer I taught Kids and Teens how to cook without using refined sugar. We discussed how sugar, both natural and processed, requires the body to produce insulin and how the pancreas has to work to keep the body in balance. 

They all felt much better during camp while eating sugar-free/sugar-low, gluten-free and dairy-free and they loved the food!

I had one former students realized that sugar was causing warts. She reported that she got rid of warts by cutting sugar out of her diet except for fruit only. Now I say, WOW to a 10 year old having that much insight, dedication and will power! 

I've seen many of my students and my husbands patients that are children who had many physical problems that affected their ability to perform and concentrate in school to thriving in school after changing their diet! Most of them removed sugar and/or gluten and/or dairy.

These are three big culprits in affecting health especially lack of concentration, brain fog, hyperactivity, fatigue, depression, social challenges, headaches, skin rashes, behavior problems and more.

Most of you know by now that food sensitivities manifest in 4 areas:
  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Neurological
  • Psychological

I wanted the Kids to see just how much sugar was in a can of soda. So, we took a glass jar the size of a can of soda and poured 1/4 cup of white sugar into it as a way to see how much sugar a can of soda contains! They were all shocked! A Big Gulp is a 1/2 cup! 

So, we took naturally flavored stevia, a natural sweetener from a leaf, that has no sugar, but is naturally 300 times sweeter than sugar, and mixed it with sparkling water to make our own delicious soda! Guess what? The kids love it.

I also had them do a tasting panel of the canned Zevia Sodas, and the Black Cherry and Strawberry were the most popular with Cherry Cola being the runner up and the least favorite were the Lemon Lime and Orange, which surprised me! On the last day of camp we had a movie day and watched Super Size Me and enjoyed healthy snacks, Zevia Soda and sugar free lollipops sweetened with Zylitol(natural and good for teeth!). 

For desserts we made a lot of things with chocolate chips sweetened with stevia. I love Lilly's Stevia Chocolate Chips made in Santa Barbara, CA! I found them at the health food store. The favorite desserts of the summer were Soft Serve Ice Cream sweetened with Stevia and  Chocolate Cake Pops! The good news is that one little pop was just as satisfying as a huge piece of cake-AMAZING! I will be teaching you how to make the Soft Serve Ice Cream in the Sugar Solutions Series! 

Okay, as adults we know that Diabetes is an epidemic, and statistics report that approximately 1 in 4 people have Diabetes. I am sure even more have pre-diabetes and hypoglycemia.

I use to have terrible hypoglycemia! If I did not eat every 4 hours I would want to eat my arm off and it was a National catastrophic emergency until I ate! I would feel very weak, shaky and voraciously hungry. Oh, and the worst headache. 

Fortunately, after cutting out processed sugar and using alternative sweeteners, eating a diet filled with whole foods and lots of veggies, nuts and healthy fats I am pleased to report that I feel much better. And, I don't scare everyone away when I get hungry! I do still keep a snack in my purse though!!

A once a year fast and detox has really helped me balance my blood sugar too. My husband specializes in running fasting groups in the fall and spring. You can find more info at www.drbradwest.com

In addition to diabetes, the latest cutting-edge medical findings are being reported that sugar is correlated to most diseases! Sugar is the new villain! 

I am teaching a Sugar Solutions 6 week course all about how to cook delicious, nutritious whole foods that will help balance blood sugar and end sugar cravings. Many people have a candida overgrowth and do not even realize it, and the course menu will be Anti-Candida too. This is diabetic friendly. So sorry, but I do not recommend this course to anyone who is vegan this time around. I will try to offer a vegan course in the future. 

I only have space for 8 people in this course which is at New Leaf in Santa Cruz from September 13-October 18th on Saturday's from 11am-1:30pm and it includes Lunch! Sign up fast before it fills up at link below or www.NewLeaf.com and go to Events at the Westside Store
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/sugar-solutions-meal-planning-for-a-sugar-free-diet-tickets-12517930467

For an incredible lecture by Dr. Lustig, The Bittersweet Truth about Sugar, go to the video page on my blog www.NoWheatNoDairyNoProblem.com

BTW, my Biscotti are sweetened with low glycemic Coconut Palm Sugar and are only 18-28 Glycemic Load! I also use high protein Oat Flour! Try a bag of Cinnamon Raisin,  Double Chocolate Chip or Cardamom! Purchase on my blog.
 

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Make your own sugar free soda or buy a Zevia!
 

Stevia Soda

16 oz. sparkling water, chilled
6-8 drops SweetLeaf flavored Stevia(cola, raspberry, orange etc…) available at Health food stores in the nutrition department
I recommend SweetLeaf brand(wwwSweetLeaf.com). Do not use dry, powdered stevia b/c it has other ingredients which are not healthful. 
Serve over ice and enjoy without any blood sugar problems or fear of cavities. 

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Monthly Upcoming Classes

Cooking Class Schedule

  • COOKING CLASSES ALL INCLUDE EATING WHAT WE MAKE!
  • GLUTEN-FREE(you'll be surprised at how good is)
  • DAIRY-FREE(you won't miss it)
  • REFINED SUGAR FREE! (Will still satisfy you)
  • No Xanthan Gum or Guar Gum added!
  • HIGH PROTEIN & FIBER, LOW CARB & affordable


BBQ Workshop at my house: Saturday September 6th 5p-8pm 
We will be cooking an array of seafood and meat and veggies and dessert all on the grill. I will demonstrate using a wooden plank and a Himalayan salt block with indirect heat and directly grilling right over the flame.
This class is limited to 10 people and is a great date night or friends night out. Includes Meal  $75 per couple or $37 per person! Sign up by emailing me at laurenskitchen1@gmail.com

Sugar Solution 6 Week Series, New Leaf Westside
September 13-October 18 Saturdays 11am-1:30pm w/Lunch
Limited to 8 people. If you cannot make all 6 classes you may sign up for individual classes during the 6 weeks. 

 www.NewLeaf.com and go to Events at the Westside Store
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/sugar-solutions-meal-planning-for-a-sugar-free-diet-tickets-12517930467

Find full class schedule here

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 SEASONAL AND LOCAL WHEN POSSIBLE

Specialties: Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Low Glycemic, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian, Raw. My service is completely customized to your desires and dietary needs.


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No Wheat No Dairy No Problem
Delicious recipes for people with food allergies/sensitivity and everyone who is looking for healthy alternatives. The cookbook I wish I had!

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BISCOTTI (Skinny Dunkers) 



 
  • HIGH PROTEIN
  • HIGH FIBER
  • GLUTEN-FREE, DAIRY-FREE, NUT-FREE, only a tiny bit of soy lecithin in the chocolate chips
  • ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS-just not certified yet
  • LOW GLYCEMIC INDEX/LOAD
  • MADE IN A GLUTEN-FREE FACILITY

MADE FOR DIPPING INTO YOUR FAVORITE BEVERAGE

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