Investments. We all make them. We invest time, money, and attention every day.
That TV show you spent 20 hours of your life watching? That was an investment of your time and attention.
That new coat, those new boots, and your car. Those are monetary investments.
Every day we are called to make investments. But how many of these investments are for your health?
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In an attempt to save money and stay on budget you might be scrimping on the one investment that could affect them all. Your health.
Investing in Yourself
I’ve noticed that every time my life started to “take off” and feel really magickal was when I invested in myself.
One of my earliest investments was in taking Tae Kwon Do lessons. My parents footed this investment, yet it is still repaying us today. In fact, it could save my life were I ever in a tough spot and needed to defend myself.
Another really life changing investment was attending University. I paid for all of my college education myself, save for the first year that my parents covered. College taught me so much about software, the working life, and what I wanted to do with my own life.
Other investments that have had a huge impact on me are getting a coach, attending raw food lectures, attending seminars, and buying books about raw food. I’ve also invested in kitchen tools like the vitamix, and a dehydrator.
None of these investments were necessary. I could have easily gone on living my life without any of these additions. But I am who I am today because of them.
Other important investments I make every day: eating high raw, exercising, sleeping enough, thinking good thoughts, and spending quality time with the people I love. These are all investments of time and attention too. (And sometimes willpower!)
Investing in Your Health Without Giving Up
One trap that I used to fall into when it came to “investing in myself” was giving up my power.
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In my article on healthy foods vs. unhealthy foods I mentioned that there are certain foods that we all agree to be healthy. Desserts tend to fall in the unhealthy food category.
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Somehow we inherently know that eating too many desserts and sweets is not good for us. Either we’ve been told this growing up, or we just don’t feel so good after we overindulge our sweet tooth.
Why do we crave sweets and desserts?
Since I’ve got a wicked sweet tooth, I thought it would be interesting to investigate why it is that we crave sweets and desserts. (Or at least some of us.)
Sweetness is an Indication that Food is Edible
I was speaking to my dad about this the other day and he mentioned reading an article about sweets that said sugar is an indication that food is not a poison.
This made sense to me, if something tastes sweet then it is probably safe to eat. Think of eating bitter unripe fruit, you immediately get a bad taste in your mouth and push it away. However if the fruit is ripe, it is sweet and edible.
I’m sure this doesn’t apply across the board, and that there are exceptions to this rule. But I can accept the fact that we use our taste-buds and the sweetness factor of a food to determine whether to eat it or not.
The Bacteria/Yeast Connection
Another reason I believe we are big on eating sugar and sweets is the connection between bacteria and yeast. I don’t want to get too deep into this topic, but I have observed it in my own body.
At one point the balance of beneficial bacteria in my gut had been broken and there was an overgrowth of yeast. I’m not talking about female yeast infections here, because anyone can have too much yeast and not enough beneficial bacteria.
I noticed that whenever I ate lots of sugar, I had a huge rash on my stomach. That was the yeast flourishing. Yuck much? Luckily, I knew there were alternatives to traditionally high sugar sweets and desserts.
Can Healthy Desserts Really Exist?
The short answer is yes! Why else would I “give up” my old favorites, if I couldn’t have something equally delicious?
Healthy Desserts That Taste Good
Healthy desserts get a bad rap. Think of desserts made without any sugar, and these seem bland, granola, a little boring.
But what if you could get the richest, most decadent of desserts without all the junk that most processed desserts come with? It’s totally possible with raw, naturally sweetened desserts.
A Healthy Dessert Doesn’t Mean Just Fruit
Okay, you might be thinking that the only thing raw foodies can eat for dessert is fruit. Fortunately, there’s a lot more to raw desserts than fruit.
Take a look at these:
- raw chocolate puddings
- raw apple pies
- raw fudge
- raw ice cream
- raw cup cakes
- raw brownies
28 Desserts You Can Eat Every Day
I’ve put together free a downloadable ebook called “28 Desserts You Can Eat Every Day”. Yep, that’s right I’m giving it away for free!
Feel free to share this ebook with all of your friends and family. I really want as many people as possible to experience these healthy desserts.
Because it’s time for us have our cake and eat it too. After all, health is wealth and what would our life be without a little treat now and then?