Myself and many of you out there in the world have committed to 40 days without sugar. Some of you have told me that you’re eliminating sodas, some people have given up corn syrup, and others fruit sugar…whatever you’ve decided to forgo, I hope that you’ve been able to stick with your commitment. I know that it can be really hard to stay strong in the face of sugar. It’s one of my greatest weaknesses in life, which is why this is my second annual ‘no sugar’ spree.

Last year I was able to kick my sugar-craving habit, which left me feeling more energized and more empowered to say ‘no’ to the sweet stuff

So I have 2 little tidbits to either inspire you to start or keep going, if you’ve already committed:

I have a short video here for you on why we’re committing to 40 days.

Doing anything for 40 days will help you create a new habit.
It will help break old patterns that may be unwanted or destructive to your health and well-being.

Dr. Arjan’s Easy No-Bake and Super Yummy Nut Butter Balls

I’m including a super-easy-no-bake recipe for our family’s nut butter balls. I made a how-to video for you, but after putting all of the ingredients together, it was still way to soupy for me to make balls on the video. So I had to add more oats, almond flour and put it in the fridge overnight to harden up enough to make balls. I didn’t think it was professional enough to post, BUT if any of you want to see it, let me know, and I’ll send you the link!

Here’s the recipe for you to enjoy:
1 cup nut butter of your choice…almond, cashew, peanut or a mix
1/4 cup of organic raisins
1/4 cup unsweetened dried cranberries
1/4 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
2 tbsp melted coconut oil
1/4 cup organic oats
1 tsp vanilla extract

You can also add in unsweetened carob chips and nuts. I use whatever is lying around my kitchen.
…..and really, this isn’t an exact science, so if you need more nut butter, less, or more ‘stuff’ to put in, go for it…I promise that there’s no way to mess these up!

Mix all of the ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. If it’s too soupy to make balls, do what I did and put in the fridge for an hour to harden. Once the ‘dough’ is stiff enough, take a small amount and roll in the palm of your hands. Put in airtight container in fridge to store. These are usually gone within 2 days but if you don’t eat them that fast, they should last up to a couple of weeks if refrigerated.

My hope is that you find some inspiration here for whatever change  you’re working on in your life. I try to remind people that health comes with small changes made over a long period of time. Most people that I talk with aren’t able to make huge changes. I suggest very simple changes rather than trying to do too much, as I talk about in the above video.

My Challenge to You: 

Whether it’s refined sugar, honey, maple syrup, sodas, breakfast pastries, or your nightly bowl of icecream, consider taking a break from it for 10-40 days. Even a 10 day break will give your body a chance to rest and recover from the inflammation that sugar creates in your body.

  1. Whatever you choose to eliminate, make the commitment to yourself to stay strong.
  2. Keep a piece of paper or journal with you to note your pain and energy levels.
  3. On a scale of 0-10, rate your symptoms before you start your ‘no sugar’.
  4. Throughout your time, do a daily check in with yourself to rate how you’re feeling
  5. The first few days may actually be difficult and painful, but hang in there! Often times things get worse before they get better
  6. And if you want to share, we’ve got discussions going on my Facebook page that you’re welcome to join us

If any of you are interested in going deeper into cleansing and rejuvenating, we’re offering a deep discount through the month of March on my online class. Here you’ll dive deep into dietary changes to reduce inflammation and pain, create new sleep habits, get moving, and start some new, cleansing Pranayams (breath practices). It’s a 5 week course that’s normally $295 and we’re offering it this month to all of you at 50% off, which is $147.50. It’s a super great deal, and I’ll be doing some live classes during the month for those who sign up, so don’t miss those! To sign up, click here

Love you all and so grateful you’re on this journey with me! See more regular updates and health tips on my Facebook page.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this and I’d love to hear back from you on any of the practices that you decide to implement  from these emails!

Dr. Arjan

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