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How to Beat Sugar Cravings on Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is fast impending. Do you feel anxious thinking that the special day might ruin your diet plans and affect your metabolism in just one bite?

Well, calm down. The said romantic day shouldn’t be a horrible day for you. Instead, it should be a day to savor with your loved ones without any stain of stress on your face.

Although Valentine’s Day is also starred on the list of unhealthy holidays, there are still ways on how to make it the best healthy hearts day for you that can beat your sugary cravings effectively at the same time, maintaining your fast metabolism. Check this out!

Tips in Beating Sugar Cravings for Dieters

  • Diminish Cravings Though A Cold Turkey

As stated by Gerbstadt’s survey to some people, eating a cold turkey is quite effective in training your taste buds to be satisfied and eat less.

  • Eat Nuts and Fruits

To get fiber and nutrients, try to keep a fruit, nuts or snackbar on your bag and eat it when your sugar craving strikes.

Example of fruits to eat: Nuts, seeds, and dried fruits.

Fruit kebabs (Phase 1) Spear the sweetest fruits—strawberries, mango, apple, and pineapple—with bamboo skewers.

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Pistachios – only allowed on Phase 3

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Healthy snack barJust Great Stuff Organic Cacao Acai Bar and Just Great Stuff Superberry Acai Bar

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Nuts – only allowed on Phase 3 – raw: almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, walnuts, Nut/seed butters and pastes, raw

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Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Cacao Nibs – Phase 3
Recipes:

Cacao Chia Seed Pudding

Coconut Snowball Cookies with Cacao Nibs

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  • Taking Your Mind Out From the Food

Walking away from the place where your cravings usually occur and covering the sweet food you’re craving in are also effective techniques of getting rid of it.

  • Quality of the Food

If there’s a need to indulge yourself from sweet foods, you can take a small bite of pudding to fill your stomach with less sugar at the same time, with healthy options.

  • Regular Intake of Food

Make sure that you don’t skip meals for longer hours. Studies have shown that the more you suffer from hunger, the eager you want sugary and fatty foods.

Example of foods to eat: Protein, fiber-rich foods like whole grains, etc.

Other Foods to Curb Sugar Cravings:

Red Beet Crystals – good for Phase 1 & 3

Easy salsa (Phase 1 and 3) Chop up tomatoes, cucumber, bell peppers, beans, and onions in a mini food processor

Chocolaty pears (Phase 3) Minimalist, yet amazingly delicious: Sprinkle cocoa nibs on canned pears.

Easy mashed sweet potato (Phase 1) Microwave a small sweet potato, split it open, and mash a little OJ (orange juice) and cinnamon into it. Eat it right out of the jacket.

These are just some points to remember whenever you’re in a holiday break specifically during Valentine’s Day when sugar craving is high. So if ever you’re panicking right now ‘cause you’re totally not ready, better take a peek of the tips written above and prepare yourself so your diet won’t become an epic fail and your date won’t mess up. Stay away from the sugary, we’ve been there! Stop the sugar cravings effectively and have a Happy Hearts Day!

What Does Salt Cravings Mean in Our Diet?

Why do we have salt cravings? How does salt cravings affects our fast metabolism diet?

Are you having an unusual salt cravings? Do you find yourself searching for salty foods like potato chips, pretzels? What does salt cravings in the fast metabolism diet mean? Unusual cravings for salt signals your body that you’re not getting enough nutrients in the body that you need. Here are the main reasons why your body is dealing with salt cravings:

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A. You don’t have enough fluids in your body

Salt helps stabilizes the electrolytes in our body. Electrolytes help our body lowers our stress level and improve our brain function. If you are having a salt craving, your body is not receiving the exact amount of electrolytes your body needs to survive. Be sure to drink half of your body weight (in ounces) to keep you dehydrated. If possible, drink spring water since it has the best electrolyte value and is full of minerals.

B. Your body is stressed

One alarming message your body is sending to you with your unusual salt craving is that, your body is going through stress. Normally, with a right amount of salt intake it helps soothe your adrenal glands and lowers your stress hormones. But with less salt intake your body is increasing your stress hormonal level. And being in a stressful state is a big No-No in the fast metabolism diet. Stress screw up your metabolism greatly.

How to deal with salt cravings?

  • If you are having these unusual salt cravings, it means that your sodium/potassium balance is off. You need to add more salt in your diet. You can eat potassium rich foods to your meals and snacks like white beans, spinach, acorn squash, artichokes, mushrooms, parsley and cilantro. It will help you get back the electrolytes your body lacks.
  • If you are in Phase 1, you can also eat higher glycemic fruits like pineapple and mango to offer more adrenal support and helps lower your stress level.
  • When you’re cooking your fast metabolism diet meals, you can add a bit more salt to your diet. Try using Celtic salt or Himalayan salt. It has the best electrolyte value and is full of 84 essential minerals. It will keep your hydration and electrolyte balance.
  • If you’re still having a salt craving, try whipping a batch of kale chips. Kale chips are safe to eat at all phases.

With proper amount of salt, it soothes our adrenal glands, lowers our stress and increases our metabolism rate. Our body is more likely to burn fat and transform them into fuel than storing them for emergency purposes. Make sure to settle your salt cravings and don’t let it prevent you from healing your metabolism and in losing weight.

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Fast Metabolism Sushi Bowl- Phase 3 Recipe

Wanna enjoy a delicious SUSHI BOWL that will satisfy your cravings and boost your metabolism?

Then try this amazing Fast Metabolism Sushi Bowl recipe from Haylie Pomroy that makes use of shirataki rice, which is compliant on all phases of the FMD diet!

Sushi Bowl

Servings: 2 | Prep time: 20 minutes | Total time: 25 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 packages shirataki rice
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 5 drops stevia
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 2 6-ounce wild caught tuna steaks, each about 1 inch thick
  • Coarsely ground black pepper
  • 4 radishes (or daikon radish), sliced
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 nori sheets, crumbled
  • 1 small cucumber, cut into matchsticks
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • Pickled ginger
  • Wasabi powder – making into a paste (note: if you cannot find a compliant wasabi powder that is 100% wasabi root or, do not like the heat, omit it from the recipe)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Prepare the rice according to package directions. Chill it in the fridge while you prepare the rest of the sushi bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the next eight ingredients (tahini through stevia). Set aside.
  3. Heat the grapeseed oil in a heavy skillet over high heat. Pat the tuna steaks dry with paper towels. Season liberally with black pepper and place them in the pan. Cook undisturbed for 1 minute, then flip and cook 1 minute more (the tuna should be rare to medium-rare – but cook it according to your taste). Transfer the tuna to a cutting board, and let it rest for 5 minutes before slicing across the grain.
  4. Assemble the bowls: Divide the rice, seared tuna, radish, green onion, nori, cucumber, avocado, and sesame seeds evenly between two bowls. Drizzle the dressing over the top, and garnish with pickled ginger.

Source: HAYLIE POMROY

10 Healthy Foods That Can Help You Lose Weight

A lot of health problems cannot be easily seen physically, but obesity is not one of them; it cannot be concealed. And it doesn’t just happen overnight.

While weight gain can be a good thing, like any other stuff in the world, too much of something always bring bad results.

Too much weight means more body fat and it can cause various health risks such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.

To help with this, below is a list of healthy foods that can help anyone maintain or lose some weight:

1. Green Tea– this gives the body a steady supply of energy and antioxidants that help the body shed weight and prevent them from coming back.

2. Yogurt– abundant of proteins, calcium, and probiotics. Researchers conclude that when probiotic yogurt is added to a low-calorie diet, it can help improve weight reduction in obese individuals.

3. Oatmeal– favorite breakfast food, rich in fiber which can accelerate weight loss and help improve liver function.

4. Avocado– a flavorful superfood that stores monounsaturated fiber that improves metabolism and helps you lose weight.

5. Barley– like oats, barley contains fibers that absorb water to create a thick gel which slows down digestion. According to studies, adding 14 grams of fiber per day can decrease calorie intake by 10%.

6. Almonds– belly fat is no match for almonds. These delicious protein-rich nuts can eat away at fat, especially in women.

7. Blueberries– low-fat blueberries are belly-busting fruits which can also satisfy a sweet tooth. Their phytonutrients target the genes that regulate fat and glucose metabolism.

8. Miso– a soup base derived from fermented soy, and is a depository of probiotics.

9. Beans– a wide assortment of beans can have a big impact in helping weight loss and blood sugar levels. Beans also help dissolve stubborn belly fat. Chickpeas, red beans, and whole peas can also cleanse the colon and slow down digestion.

10. Sauerkraut– contains a wealth of healthy gut bacteria and enzymes to improve digestion and nutrient absorption. It can also reduce inflammation, improve cravings and balance stomach acids.

 

Source: Natural Cures

 

 

 

 

5 Ways to Add Veggies in Your Diet Meals

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One of the factors why we are gaining weight is due to the kind of foods we are eating. I know all of us here knew that. Well, blame that to the tempting food shops around you and those owners who aim to catch your attention through the mouth-watering aroma and presentations of their foods. 😜

Anyway, kidding aside. There are actually numerous food stops that serve menus which aren’t even healthy and good for our body, especially those who are vending junk foods. In order to avoid consuming these, you’d better start munching more veggies to become strong and healthy!

To guide you attain your weight loss goal this year, here are 5 ways to add veggies in your diet meals:

1. Determine the nutritional element of the foods

You must take into consideration the nutritional makeup of the foods you’ll be eating e.g. macronutrients (protein, fat, carbs) and micronutrients (vitamins, minerals) to attain a balance diet.

If you’ve been eating lots of meats before, make it less these days and increase your vegetable intake instead. If you want to substitute meat with veggies that also consist of same micronutrients such as iron, zinc, calcium and vitamin B12, you can have the following:

(iron) whole grains, white beans, lentils, dried fruit (apricots), dark green leafy veggies (cooked spinach), olives, beans and peas, asparagus, coconut, mushroom and arugula (rocket).

(zinc) spinach, garlic, sesame seeds, cashews, cooked napa cabbage, sun-dried tomatoes, lemon grass, green peas, firewood sprouts, palm hearts, stir fried lentil sprouts, raw winged bean tubers and mushrooms.

(calcium) turnip greens, curly kale, collard greens, arugula, spinach, watercress, broccoli raab (cooked rapini), beet greens, pak choi (Chinese cabbage), okra, spring onions, leeks, cabbage, endive, broccoli, artichokes, brussels sprouts, celery, sweet potato, carrots, lettuce and parsnips.

(vitamin B12) egg, coconut milk, almond milk.

2. Experiment with fruits and veggies per week

Food experimentations can make your diet more enjoyable. It could also improve your cooking skills in making new healthy recipes. In playing out in your kitchen, you can try one veggie, fruit and other plant-based food every week.

3. Mix and match plant-based with other foods

For plant-based foods that consist of protein, we can have soy and quinoa. Since we have limited veggies that are high in protein, you can also mix and match other foods such as rice and beans, chickpeas and lentils and substitute meat with seitan or tofu to get enough protein.

4. Take small steps in substituting meats

It doesn’t mean that when you’re in a diet, you will totally remove the stocked meats in your fridge. Just simply take small steps a day until you become used to eating veggies without craving for juicy meats.

It’s also effective to create a diet meal schedule wherein you can decide to eat meat on Tuesdays and Thursdays only and skip the other days until you decide to eat it once a week or mix a small slice of meat with your veggie meal recipes.

5.  Plan ahead of time on what to eat

Make it a habit to plan your veggie recipes on weekends so you can buy the ingredients ahead of time to avoid ending up ordering unhealthy and processed foods due to your hectic schedule. If you want, you can also have a huge bowl of veggie salad divided into 3 servings, for your breakfast, lunch and dinner during Monday, Wednesday or Friday. It depends to which schedule you prefer the most that can make you feel comfortable at the same time, satisfied.

When you’re on a diet, learn to love veggies, because it’s said to be the easiest way of obtaining more antioxidants and fiber which are absolutely beneficial for your diet.

Chipotle Grilled Chicken – Phase 3

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Craving for something spicy and clamoring for an exciting meal? Try out this Chipotle Grilled Chicken recipe and enjoy a hot and spicy dinner, a-la-mexican style.

Ingredients:

Chipotle Grilled Chicken

  • 4 6-8 ounce (about 1 1/2-2 lbs total) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pink himalayan sea salt or kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder or if you want to tone down the heat
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

  • 2 small (or 1 large) sweet potatoes peeled and diced into 3/4-1 inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon pink himalayan sea salt or kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Roasted Green Beans

  • 12 ounces green beans (stems cut off)
  • 3/4 teaspoon pink himalayan sea salt or kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions:

For the Chicken

  1. Combine salt, pepper, and seasonings into a small bowl; set aside.
  2. Lay chicken breasts out onto a sheet pan lined with foil. Season with spice mixture until evenly coated.
  3. Lightly pat spices onto the chicken. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit in the refrigerator for 4 hours or overnight.
  4. When ready to grill, preheat grill to medium-high heat. Drizzle chicken with olive oil and place onto the grill presentation-side-down. Cook for 2 1/2-4 minutes per side, or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F.
  5. Remove foil from sheet pan and place chicken onto the clean pan. Cover with clean foil and let rest for 5-10 minutes.

For the Sweet Potatoes

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Place diced sweet potatoes onto a sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper (to taste) and evenly coat the potatoes with oil and salt/pepper.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until tender.

For the Green Beans

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Lay greens beans onto a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper (to taste).
  3. Toss the green beans and then bake for 15 minutes, or until tender.

Have a spicy, hearty, healthy meal!

Berry Tahini Chia Pudding – Phase 3

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Who’s up for a healthy and easy-to-make dessert? Try out this nutritious creation loaded with Raspberries, Tahini, and Chia Seeds and satisfy your cravings for sweets with a guilt-free conscience.

Ingredients

  • 3 tbs chia seeds
  • 2/3 cup almond milk
  • Handful of raspberries
  • 1 tbs tahini (or nut butter of choice)
  • 2 tsp sweetener of choice (brown rice syrup or maple syrup)
  • Fresh berries, raw walnuts, and mint to taste for topping

Directions:

  1. Mix chia seed, tahini, and milk in a glass jar.
  2. Add in other ingredients.
  3. Stir and let sit in the fridge overnight.

 

Healthy lifestyle doesn’t necessarily mean being stuck with unsavory and routinary meals. Check out our website for more healthy,yummy, and creative options.

Citrusy Shrimp with Asparagus – Phase 3

xmas-recipe-citrusshrimpCraving for seafood? Try out our Shrimp and Asparagus recipe with a bit of lemon juice. The citrusy taste of lemon blends well with the shrimp, making this dish flavourful and enjoyable to eat.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup dried couscous
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 3/4 pound raw large shrimp (about 18), peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • Olive oil
  • 3/4 pound asparagus spears, trimmed
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives

Preparation

  1. Bring 2 cups water to a boil in medium saucepan. Remove from heat, and stir in couscous; cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork; stir in 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper and 1 tablespoon lemon juice.
  2. Bring another pan of water to a boil.
  3. Meanwhile, toss shrimp in 1 tablespoon each lemon and lime juice, 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil, garlic, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Marinate for 5 minutes.
  4. Preheat grill pan or grill. Lightly coat with cooking spray; grill shrimp, turning once, 3 minutes or until just cooked through. Cover and keep warm.
  5. When water is boiling, add asparagus, and cook 3 minutes or until just tender. Drain, and cover.
  6. Whisk together honey, chives, and remaining lemon juice and olive oil.
  7. Arrange couscous and asparagus on serving plates, and top with shrimp. Drizzle with dressing.

Enjoy your meal and get a taste of happiness and good health in a plate.

 

3 Workout Mistakes You Should Stop Committing Now!

Most of us undoubtedly frown in disgust whenever we hear the term exercise. We often see it like it’s some sort of punishment because we’re out of shape. You need to beat yourself into working out because you indulge yourself with unhealthy food cravings. You need to push yourself to the limit in order to lose weight to become acceptable to society. This kind of mindset has been instilled in our mind causing us to have a hostile attitude towards exercising.

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The truth is, exercising should never be tiring and exhausting. It’s supposed to be enjoyable and fulfilling. You should never feel miserable or be obliged to do it just for the sake of losing weight. How do we encourage ourselves to have a positive attitude when it comes to exercising?

It’s time to debunk these workout mistakes and refresh our mindset to formulate an effective workout regimen.

1. Exercise Isn’t all About Cardio

This certainly tops the list of our workout mistakes. While Cardio offers a lot of health benefits and goodness to our body, cardio is only one part of exercising. Cardio can only improve one section in our body. It can help improve our speed, cardiovascular endurance. But it cannot improve our strength and bone density.

Instead, what we need is a mix of exercise. Just like in eating, we need to mix our exercise to address our body’s specific needs.

That’s why fast metabolism diet uses mixed exercises that you need to do every phase. This varying workout regimen will help improve different sections in your body in order to lose weight. You won’t need to push yourself doing cardio 5-6 times a week just to lose weight.

2. You need to stick in Running to lose weight.

This is actually in relation to number 1. We’re all led to believe that cardio is the only way to exercise and lose weight. And when we talk about cardio, the only thing that comes to our mind is running. We need to run like crazy until we’re out of breath to lose some weight. We often feel miserable when we’re panting like crazy, pushing ourselves to move, run harder, only to find out we’re left behind in a race while our friends are running swiftly. Frustrating isn’t it?

Why do you allow yourself to suffer like that? If you don’t like running, then don’t do it. Doing something you don’t love and enjoy will only stress you out. And remember? When you’re stressed, your body will withhold those fats rather than losing them! Wasting all your efforts in vain!

Instead of running, you can do other cardio exercises such as dancing, brisk walking, hiking, etc. The same as with strength-training and stress-reducing activities in Phase 2 and 3. The most important thing is to get your body moving shed those pesky pounds off your body.

3. Giving Up Exercising Because It’s Exhausting

Just like in yo-yo dieting, we’ve also had our fair share of yo-yo exercising moments. That incredible motivation we have before we start hitting the gym. Then after a 30-minute session of intense workout, you feel sore, and beyond exhausted. That’s when your motivation to keep going starts to diminish. Until you found yourself . . . dang! Quitting on exercising and starting this horrid cycle again for the nth time.

If you feel like quitting, remind yourself again why you’re doing this. You’re doing this to lose weight and be healthy. And of course, don’t forget to pat your back for a job well done. You’ve come this far, every step you take is a process. Do you really want to stop when you’re so near to achieving your goal? I bet you wouldn’t want that.

So stop committing these workout mistakes. We recommend you to keep going and don’t give up until you reach your goal. In our next blog post, we’ll tackle some ways on how to make exercising more fun and enjoyable!

5 Healthy Yet Affordable Foods You Can Buy Under $10

When we hear the term “clean eating”, our immediate thought would be it’s expensive. Going all-organic, processed-free foods sometimes hurts our pockets. While we do provide healthy budget tips to keep you healthy without overspending, we’re also aware that purchasing some foods may be more expensive than what you’re used to buying. So what can we do to lessen our budget while staying on the fast metabolism diet plan?

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In this blog post, we will feature 5 healthy, affordable foods you can buy in the supermarket.

What’s more? These affordable foods are also FMD-compliant, so you can actually cut down your budget by purchasing them. Now, let’s head on to the list and start purchasing these economical foods!

1. Instead of using Mayo, Opt for Hummus (Phase 3)

Instead of using commercial mayonnaise, opt to use hummus instead. Hummus is a healthy fat that is rich in protein, fiber, and iron. These densely-packed nutrients help regulate your blood sugar and control fight your hunger cravings. It also has the same rich and creamy texture like mayo. Hummus is a great condiment in eating your sandwiches and wraps. You can check out mouthwatering hummus recipes here.

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Bonus tip: If you really can’t give up the creamy goodness of mayonnaise, opt to purchase safflower mayonnaise instead.

2. Use Nutritional Yeast If You’re Craving for Cheesy Goodness

I’ve heard you. We all love cheese, especially when served with pasta or our baking recipes. But cheese (at least the dairy ones), does our body more harm than good. Dairy products contribute to our weight-gain. But just because we’re prohibited in consuming dairy products doesn’t mean we need to omit cheese in our life too.

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You can actually use a non-dairy cheese like cashew and almond cheese to create your favorite recipes. If not, you can use nutritional yeast. You can sprinkle it over your pasta recipes and you’ll find yourself tasting the same savory, cheesy bites the Parmesan cheese can offer you.

3. Use Tahini If you Wanted to Use Butter

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Tahini is a flavorful plant-based substitute that gives the same spice and taste on your bread. It’s also rich in protein, fiber, calcium, magnesium, and zinc. Tahini is a good option if you want to have a new spin for your creamy based recipes.

4. Create a Homemade Heavy Whipped Cream

We all love the creamy goodness of whipped cream whenever we make our pudding and dessert recipes. But sometimes we wonder what could be the substitute of whipped cream if dairy is not allowed? Good thing we have a healthy version of it!

Fast Metabolism Diet Heavy Whipped Cream – Phase 1 and 3

You can create our homemade whipped cream made with only natural ingredients! You can use it on Phase 1 and 3.

5. Opt for Fruit Toppings as Your Sweetener

Fruits are rich in fructose by nature, but their fiber helps neutralize the spike in your blood sugar. Making it one of the healthiest and natural sweeteners out there. Fruits are also a good substitute for those who aren’t fond of stevia and xylitol. You can incorporate phase-specific fruits in your smoothie recipes.

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