|Just Say No!|
I know that Halloween candy bowl is very tempting at 3 pm on a boring work day but just pause a moment and think about what you are doing. Get an herbal tea or lemon water first to make sure you are not just thirsty. Next think that about what you are eating…. Most candy is full of the cheapest ingredients possible. Rancid canola or soybean oil which can cause accelerated aging and inflammation. They can also be full of food colorings that have been linked to disorders like ADD/ ADHD. They are made with genetically modified corn that has not been tested safe for human consumption. High fructose corn syrup in cheap candy is also a new food on the scene that has been added to many foods since the 1970′s. This is about the same time we started to see a rise in diabetes soon affecting one third of all Americans. That is not a coincidence if you ask me. I urge you instead to choose some of the foods below instead that will kill the cravings and enrich your health.
1. Coconut butter is truly addictive but in a good way. It is like almond butter but without all the Omega 6 fats. You can eat it with a spoon and because it is full of medium chain fatty acids it will be burned quick for energy. Coconut Butter is a great pick me up to tide you over until your next meal.
10. Organic Hearts of Palm are crunchy low carb treats that always makes me feel like I am living the good life. Native Forest brand at Whole Foods is BPA free. Sometimes I buy them and eat them in the car before I leave the parking lot. Don’t tell anyone….
14. Organic Tahini made from sesame seed contains over 25% of the daily calcium and magnesium. They also have mood boosting tryptophan which helps fight depression. Find a great dip/dressing recipe here.
15. Raw Chocolate Bar: I like this because it is really expensive so it is hard to overeat. Organic cocoa is full of magnesium and flavanoids which are important to heart health. This Chocolate Bar is great because they are really small and low in carbs/sugar. If you do get chocolate try to get the darkest one with the lowest sugar. Beware of additives like soy lecithin which can signal a lower quality product.
Sources: Whfoods.com, nutritiondata.self.com