As a holistic health coach I always talk to clients about where they believe the source of their stress to be, as stress in their lives affects bodily systems and physical health more than they realize. And in many instances, for all of us, it’s our loved ones who are driving up our cortisol and adrenaline levels and putting a damper on our weight loss goals! But, I’m by no means a love expert, so this post is not referring to decoding and deconstructing the actions, behaviors, idiosyncrasies and or love language of your man, this post is about the HONEY on your grocer’s shelves (or bee-keeper’s back yard)…:)
I always suggest that clients become cozy with honey. We are all in need of some sweetness in our lives and this one for me tops the charts with all the options out there. The list of naturally derived sweeteners and artificial sweeteners (the enemy to any natural food lover) is longer than I can go into right now. But my opinion and my personal preferences is to always keep a jar of RAW, ORGANIC HONEY on hand.
Why? First, it’s so sweet and creamy and has an earthy natural taste that just makes me happy! Seriously. It sounds corny, but it’s true. I have really come to love and look forward to my rendezvous throughout the day with my honey.
Second, it’s really, actually good for you! Has amazing health benefits! Raw (uncooked/unheated), unprocessed, unfiltered, organic (pesticide, herbicide, fertilizer free) honey, contains 27 minerals, 22 amino acids and 5,000 live enzymes. Because it’s a strong antioxidant and antimicrobial It keeps you healthy by fighting disease and boosting the digestive system.
Third, even the bible tells us to eat honey! Proverbs 24:14 “My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste.” :)
One daily spoonful in your tea or spread on your rice cakes or organic whole grain toast is all that is needed to reap these benefits! And in terms of antioxidants, the darker the better when it comes to selecting your honey. How to decode: if the honey says it’s organic – great! You’re steering clear from all those toxic chemicals = cancer causing agents found in conventionally farmed products. And when I bake, which I do quite a bit, experimenting with healthy hearty sweet treats and breakfast muffins for the family, I will use certified organic honey (not necessarily raw as the honey will be heated in the oven, anyway)! But there is always a jar of 100% certified RAW organic honey next to my stack of rice cakes for those are eaten as is. Processed honey is heated, robbing it of many of its natural nutrients.
As with anything in life, and in your diet – all in moderation. Honey is still sugar and so we don’t want to be dousing everything we eat or drink with this sweetener, but its affects on the body and mind are so much more beneficial than refined sugar which leaves us with not much more than a spike in our blood sugar followed by the crash and white sugar actually has collateral damages. Because refined sugars are void of vitamins and minerals, the body must utilize its store of valuable nutrients to digest refined sugar! This process adds to the crash we feel and it depletes the supply of minerals essential to break down other foods we eat, like cholesterol!
Real food, raw food is so amazing and when you allow your body to experience these foods (combination of raw and cooked in my opinion is the best) you will begin to feel lighter, have consistent energy, increase your immunity and health. Your hair, skin, smile will all be brighter.
Two of my favorite winter rituals using RAW honey:
1 or 2 organic brown rice cakes with raw almond butter and a smearing of RAW HONEY.
1/2 cup (cooked) steel cut organic oats with 1 tsp RAW HONEY, 1/2 tsp coconut oil, cinnamon, chopped apples, bananas or berries, ground flax seed, unsweetened original almond milk.
So give it a go and let me know your thoughts!