kicking the sugar addiction
Energy balls recipe
Recently I’ve seen more patients in the clinic who appear to have sugar addictions that they didn’t used to have. Personally, I think that much of this has been due to lock downs. people have been feeling anxious and have turned to sugary treats to try and pick themselves up mentally and emotionally, but I also think that it’s due to us spending far more time in side than we would normally have done and so a great many people have used food to occupy themselves. The problem for many of my clients though is that not only have they now acquired a sugar addiction, but they have also gained extra unwanted weight.
I don’t believe in diets because from experience I don’t think that they work long term. Making permanent life style changes is the only thing that ever works, but I also think that it’s unreasonable and unrealistic to expect people to turn into health freaks over night and cut sugar out of the diet forever, because it’s just not going to happen for most, so we have to find substitutes for the things that we like, as well as applying some will power to not over indulge, but the will power part can be somewhat challenging for many people.
As a Homeopath, Natural Health practitioner and psychotherapist I have had a great deal of success managing peoples sugar levels and addictions in the past and helping them to feel better whilst they are attempting to reduce the amount of sugar that they consume. I have done this by giving them Bach remedies, crystal remedies, herbs and Homeopathic remedies as well tackling the mental emotional triggers with the aid of psychotherapy.
Whilst Homeopathic remedies have been a really great help, it is important that we are able to manage our energy levels and cravings and that’s why I’ve put together this recipe for those of you who need a sweet treat, but don’t want to turn to that packet of biscuits, cakes, buns or chocolate. I find that if I fancy something sweet then just one of these little energy balls is enough to curb the craving, along with my Homeopathic remedies.
The ingredients that I have listed here can be changed and substituted for other things, this Is just a basic recipe for those who want to get started.
If like me you don’t have a decent food processor and only have one of those hand blenders with the small blending jug then you will have to do what I do and blend things individually and then combine all the ingredients in a bowel after, but it is much easier if you have a really good food processor and much faster as all you have to do is throw all the ingredients in together. it couldn't be easier.
7 Medjool dates
1 cup of almond flour
I cup of raisons
4 tablespoons of peanut butter (smooth)
4 tablespoons of Rowse Chocobee chocolate spread. If you prefer you can use coco powder and honey instead of this.
Third of a cup of mixed seeds
Desiccated coconut for covering the balls
Place all the ingredients into a food processor and pulse. Eventually the mixture will come together and form a lump of dough.
Make the balls as big or small as you like by rolling them in your hand and then roll them into the desiccated coconut.
Place the balls into the fridge for at least a couple of hours and in fact I keep them in the fridge all the time until I want one.
Obviously due to the fruit and honey these still contain sugar, but it is far less and they will help to give you that hit that you need, as well as helping to satisfy the cravings.
If you want to cut back on the sugar even more than you could replace the honey and chocolate spread with rice malt syrup which has a much lower impact on the glycemic index. You can play around with the recipe and change the ingredients for other things very easily because all you are looking for is for the dough to come together so that you can form a ball from it and the best bit is that they don’t even require any cooking.
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