Monday, August 29, 2011


i have been using
Maple Syrup in my
ALPHA SWEETS, healthy treats, and a client asked me if i ever thought about using xylitol.....

XYLITOL: a sugar alcohol sweetener used as a naturally occurring sugar substitute.

It is found in the fibers of many fruits and vegetables,
and can be extracted from various berries, oats, and mushrooms,
as well as fibrous material such as corn husks, sugar cane bagasse, and birch.

Xylitol is roughly as sweet as sucrose with only two-thirds the food energy

intake of xylitol can result in
bloating and diarrhea.
adaptation, an increase of the laxation threshold, occurs with regular intake

now i am not
regular sugar intake
or high consumption
but why
would you
want the runs?

benefits of this
sugar substitute
other than
the need for depends:

Xylitol is slowly absorbed and metabolized, resulting in very negligible changes in insulin. It therefore won’t raise your blood sugar like regular sugar.

This explains why xylitol has been a preferred sweetener for diabetic diets since the 1960’s!

When you eat food containing ordinary sugar (sucrose), it gives bacteria on your teeth energy, causing cavities.

Xylitol does not break down like regular sugar and can help keep a neutral pH level in the mouth!

having just read this info
i think there are great
benefits in switching to xylitol use
more so for those that have
a problem with their
insulin response

the trick is for those that
"don't eat sugar"
as a choice, a good healthy choice
is moderation
sugar is in green veggies
it is in all fruits
it is in the grains & pastas
we love so much
it is just in a different form

this is why i sweeten
my goodies with MOSTLY
fruit is there for us to use
enjoy the natural sweetness
the earth has to offer
the refined white sugary foods

maple syrup
effects the blood sugar
the most delicately
of agave, honey, table sugar & sugar substitutes

anything that will irritate
the tummy
i stay away from
that too many grapes
can have the same effect
so my advise to you
as always, is

we know
what works for our
now i know what i can use in my diabetic frosting :)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

LOW DOWN on the cow product situation

some hear that they should be eating dairy,
while others offer contradictory information
here is MY scoop

clean non processed dairy is ok
though everyone has different digestive systems
it all depends on the enzymes that are secreted

greek yogurt is great for the GI tract, & "the monkey" as i call it.
this is due to active cultures/probiotics that aid the healing & health of our tum tums

dairy tends to be very clogging so i dont recommend it everyday.
if you have a cold, or a body that tends to be sensitive to're a mucusy mess
OBVIOUSLY steer clear
the only way you will know, is by listening to your body

the calcium from dairy is good for your bones,
but MILK is not the only thing on the planet that supplies us with our daily calcium intake
we can also get our fix from supplements esp if we are lactose intolerant.

sesame seeds
brazil nuts
greens such as
turnip, mustard, dandelion, collards & kale
also pack a calcium punch

to my clients i say,
i would rather greek yogurt instead of regular grocery store yogurt
organic ANYTHING is better, plus everything that is mass marketed
& targets consumers, i can guarantee, is
LOADED with sugar.
sugar has a chemical reaction in the brain that causes us to crave it, and
therefore, buy more of it
yes ladies & gents: that is they way our country works
make money, don't give a damn about wellness

if you have seen a mainstream product that has been marketed like crazy,
chances are its dangerously addicting
the only one that i can think of off the top of my head
that this is NOT true for is KASHI
i always see & love the kashi commercials
they are clean & great for you
you want to eat fresh foods as much a possible
on the go when you reach for something packaged
make sure the ingredient are pronounceable
that's how you know you are in the clear

yogurts to stay away from
dannon & yoplait -whipps
taste so good with their 22g of sugar

recommended yogurt brands
brown cow-greek
nancy's organic

keifer is a great source of probiotics
& is a fantastic substitute
for milk or yogurt

to substitute milk on the regs use
almond milk
rice milk
soy milk
coconut milk
all of which also have faux cheese options

if you need that dairy fix,
reach for clean unprocessed goodness
along with lots of water
and dont make a habit of it!
esp the yummy non dairy ice creams :)

it isnt the dairy that is bad, it is what happens to it
between leaving the animal's body until it reaches you

just food for thought

may your mucus be minimal,
may the sugar you intake be minute
& non habit forming

may you live long happy lives full of calcium & comfy tummies

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

my top WHOLE FOODS picks


Back to Nature gluten free rice thin crackers

south african dried mango

Arctic Zero "ice cream"

shredded rice cheese

corn tortillaS

raw hummus with pine nuts

beet burger

sesame tofu

pre cooked artichokes

fresh made guacamole

i always tell my clients,
the ones with all the excuse
"i was on the road" "there was no other option"
"i forgot to bring my bar"
and fast food was their only option
.......there are grocery stores EVERYWHERE!

almost ALL grocery stores have a freshly prepared deli section
they have grilled chicken breasts
different deli side options
plain deli meats & cheeses
salads ect
you can grab meat/protein
& a banana or some grapes.

grab a box of crackers some guac & a few tofu sticks
dont forget your napkin :)

i like dairy free & gluten free
but choosing those options doesnt mean food tastes like cardboard
you just need to know what to look for

i eat crackers, breads, faux ice cream, non dairy butter, dark chocolate, & burritos like everyone else....but with my own twist
they are just prepared differently than yours are

these basic foods are great to have on hand at home to create quick healthy meals

if you want recipe options just HOLLER