Sugar-Free Challenge

As you know, I had a bit of a pause from my sugar-free challenge. We went on holiday and I simply wanted to have some sweets there. To my surprise, I was not as attracted to cakes and sweet pastry as I expected myself to be, but I still had some cakes and enjoyed their pancakes. On the other hand, I was very much surprised I did not crave chocolate, chocolate bars. To be honest, when I saw some cakes on holiday or in restaurants being back from holiday, I had this weird feeling of “that’s way too sweet for me”, telling me that I knew I could have it, but I would not have enjoyed it.

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Having come back from holiday, I consciously decided to still have some sugar. So, over the last three weeks, including the holiday, I had a few cakes, ice-cream and even some soda drinks. I enjoyed it, I did not feel guilty eating it, yet I could feel the effect sugar had on my body.

Eating refined sugar, I had headaches, my skin got worse and I felt bloated. All these symptoms and my long-term goals for a healthy lifestyle led to my decision to go back to my personal sugar-free challenge.

My sugar-free is not 100% refined sugar-free as I still eat pastry and I do eat out, and as much as I try to make as healthy choices as possible while eating out, sometimes you may get a bit of sugar in pasta sauces etc. But I am sure that my daily sugar intake is within 2 teaspoons of sugar. Mostly even less or none at all. And I do not consume artificial sweeteners, those are a big No-No for me. If you want to learn more about sugar and sweeteners, check my blog post It’s all about the sugar.

So, what to eat when avoiding added sugar? Here is an example of what I eat in a day:

37812876_2225100121043490_3684150378741366784_nBreakfast: My breakfast always consists of hemp protein powder with almond or soya milk, occasionally with some fruits or spinach.

Morning snack: I would usually have some fruits in the morning, especially when at work as we get fruits in the office every Monday and Wednesday. (Yes, I know I work in a cool office 😀 )

39017497_2244268942459941_4649032266599628800_nLunch: Lunch would either be some leftovers from home, but that is rare as I do not cook much these days, or occasionally I would eat in a restaurant with my colleagues, I can recall I recently had Safran risotto. Mostly I would grab soup in one of the nearby restaurants.

Afternoon snack: When at work I am usually busy in the afternoon so I simply forget to snack, when at home I might have some nuts. During the weekend, it might be post workout pancakes as an afternoon snack or even lunch.

38862595_2242243945995774_3014138126265221120_nDinner: First of all, I would have a drop of my CBD hemp oil 30 mins before a meal. My dinners usually are scrambled eggs/salad with pastry, or we would go to eat out – Chinese, vegan, Italian etc. When I decided to really cook, I might cook something like my favorite Creamy tomato Gnocchi – click here to check the recipe. 

And of course, it is also very important to think about what you drink. I do not drink soda drinks, I do drink plenty of water which I think is the main reason why my body managed to deal with the sugar easily when I happened to had eaten sugar past three weeks.

What does your meal routine look like? Looking forward to hearing from you! Please comment below.

Are Hemp Products just for people with “alternative” lifestyle?

As I said, you will hear a lot about hemp from me in the days to come. I will still occasionally add some yummy recipes and maybe even a blog post about exercise. But let’s talk about hemp today, again 🙂

I heard about hemp products many times over the past few years, but never really wanted to learn more about as for some reason I thought hemp products were either for junkies or for people with alternative lifestyle, you know, those kind of people who wear clothes that they probably made themselves, they are vegan and their children are not vaccinated.

Well, lot has changed since I was that judgmental over others – I respect vegans and I love vegan food, I am not planning to vaccinate my child, but those are big topics on their own, lets get back to hemp. The point is that hemp literally fascinates me now and I think hemp should be mainstream. Why is it normal to do your regular shopping in a pharmacy, for pharmacies to show adverts for discounts on telly, yet it is still not normal for people to use natural supplements to take care of their help. I really do believe that “Prevention is better than cure”.

If you come to my house you will not find any pills or pharmaceutical products, only natural food supplements – Cordyceps capsules for immunity, Chitosan capsules for digestion, CDB hemp oil for immunity. Anyway, let’s get back to hemp.

Hemp products are a part of a healthy natural life. Hemp has been used all over the world for centuries. Cannadorra hemp products, that I personally use, are 100% natural, they are processed in a cold form and they are ideal for human organism.

Cannabis vs Hemp vs Marijuana, what’s the difference? Cannabis is a plant family that includes many species, such as hemp and marijuana. Hemp contains very low levels of THC or none, and hemp products do not contain any THC at all. However hemp is high in beneficial cannabinoids, such as CBD which promote overall health state. While marijuana, as we all know, is high in THC which is a psychoactive substance, simply makes you high.

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I have set up a Facebook group called Hemp For Health where I would love people to educate each other about hemp, I am still earning, share ideas, recipes and experience. Please join the group by clicking here. 

 

 

 

Hemp goodies

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You might have noticed that I recently started using some hemp products, such as hemp creams and hemp protein powders. This time I ordered some new items together with my regular Hemp Mass Gainer – CBD Hemp Oil and CBD Gel. I am very interested in CBD, so over the next few days I will post more info on CBD and my experience with CBD hemp products.

Btw I get these from Zelená Země for Czech market and Cannadorra for international markets, both are one, Czech based company with high quality hemp products. To get 5% off, use my discount code “annaogunnusi” 😉

However, let me tell you first about health benefits of hemp itself. First of all, let me clarify – hemp does not equal marijuana. I am not talking about products with THC content here, just so we are clear 🙂

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According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, one tablespoon of hemp seeds weighing 30 grams (g) contains: 

  • 166 calories
  • 9.47 g of protein
  • 14.62 g of fat
  • 2.6 g of carbohydrates (including 1.2 g of fiber and 0.45 g of sugar)
  • 21 milligrams (mg) of calcium
  • 2.38 mg of iron
  • 210 mg of magnesium
  • 495 mg of phosphorus
  • 360 mg of potassium
  • 2.97 mg of zinc
  • 33 micrograms (mcg) of folate

Hemp seeds also provide vitamin C, some B vitamins, and vitamins A and E.

So, hemp is a great source of protein, magnesium and healthy fats. And each hemp product has it’s own health benefits that I will describe in the blogs to come.

What is your experience with hemp products?

(source: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com)