Crave sweet, but avoiding sugar? Sugar Free Baked Bananas Foster!

We all love sweet – it’s normal, natural, and very human. I like sugar so much growing up that I had 12 cavities by the age of 12 – yikes! (You’re welcome, Dr. Dentist!) In fact, liking sweet flavors is the only taste preference human babies are born with. Every other taste we develop is learned, so you’re super-natural, sweet tooth baby! BUT (there’s always a BUT, right?) you may be off sugar while detoxing or cleansing…

(like in my 8-week Cravings Cleanse, starting 9/23!)

So what do you do, especially in those first few days, when sugar cravings strike?

Healthy Bananas Foster? Yes!

Healthy Bananas Foster? Yes!

Answer with a naturally sweet dessert of course! This baked banana recipe is just like the Bananas Foster my New Orleans-loving Dad likes to make -without the extra sugar and ice cream! I adapted this recipe to work for all 3 cravings types, so wether you’re Firebrand, FeatherWeight or Earth Mama (or Earth Papa), you can enjoy the simple flavors and spices to help answer your sweet tooth calling:

Sugar-Free Baked Bananas Foster!

Serves 2

  • 2 bananas*, peeled and split in half long
  • Juice of 1 orange* about 1/4 cup
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardomom
  • 2 tablespoons organic raisins

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Arrange split bananas in a baking dish, side by side. In a mixing bowl, combine milk, orange juice and spices. Whisk well and pour over bananas.
  3. Scatter raisins on top.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes, until beginning to brown.
  5. Carefully scoop bananas onto plates or bowls and spoon the sauce from the baking dish over each portion.

*Firebrand Fix: Use 2 pitted apricots instead of bananas. *Earth Mama Swap: Use 2 pitted peaches instead of bananas, and use apple juice instead of orange juice.

 
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Evolution of Medicine: Join me & Deepak Chopra 9/8-9/12

Getting healthy feels like finding a needle in a haystack these days…

Evolving medicine means that we are trying new things all the time. I’m cool with always learning (I’m a “life long learner” and could go to school for the rest of my life! AKA “nutrition nerd!”), but…

If you aren’t constantly educating yourself about the evolution of medicine, how can find the answers for your own desires and cravings for good health?

And there are so many who come to this site looking for simple answers that move the needle – for your own health and that of your family.

The Evolution of Medicine Summit will show you the future of healthcare.

Plus, it’s online and free from September 8-15, 2014.

Click here and listen to some of the top experts and find that new nugget of nutrition news to move you forward:  https://ji177.isrefer.com/go/emreg/deliciousalex/

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Here are a few of the other awesome presenters:

  • Deepak Chopra, MD, Best Selling Author; Ayurvedic and Mind/Body Medicine, The Evolution of Consciousness
  • Mark Hyman, MD, Multiple Best Selling Author, Chairman of IFM, Evolution of Medical Paradigm
  • Food Babe aka Vani Hari, Activist Blogger; Digital Innovator, Activism: Empowered Medical Evolution
  • Joe Cross aka Joe The JuicerThe Great Health Outsourcing Experiment

This Evolution of Medicine Summit will give  you with the insights you need to:
Understand what causes disease and how to disease-proof yourself
Elevate you and your family towards better health
Make the most out of the next generation of health technology

I love this series, and know that there are at least a few interviews that will help you find your way through the world’s overwhelming amount of health information.

So here’s what I suggest – pick 2 interviews. 

Sign up for free today, then look at the list of experts. 

And just choose TWO interviews to listen in on – choose the two that pull you and interest you the most.

You’ll pick the right ones, you’ll get 1 or 2 golden nuggets of info, and can put them into action.

Another cool thing about this series is that it includes some great free gifts as soon as you register:

 

  • “Are we Deluded by Disease?” a presentation by Jeffrey Bland, PhD
  • “Delivering Evolved Medicine,” a presentation by Tom Blue, CSO of AAPP
  • “The Four Causes of Chronic Disease,” 4 audio recordings brought to you by Revive Primary Care

I hope you’ll take the time for yourself to listen in and discover your next healthy step.

I’ll see you at the Summit!

xo,

Alex

 

 
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Recover from burn out: East Meets West series (listen in)

If you’re here, you want to feel good. Not just good – GREAT.

And all the time, not just once in a while. Yet, how to get that great feeling?

You’re juggling a lot: your career, family, friends, and the dog. Who has time to be healthy?

Amidst it all you’re feeling tired, burnt out, and unhappy with your body. As each day passes, there is a long list of excuses of why there “isn’t enough time”.

Rather than wait for the perfect time to open up in your hectic schedule, it’s time for you to find out how to live healthy today! You’ve already put your needs aside and it’s finally time to take care of YOU.

Sometimes you just need that ONE thing – one new piece of information, or one new person, to help you break out of your old habits and start anew.

You deserve a new energy to get the self-care, time and rejuvenation you desire.

Imagine…

- Feeling vibrant
- Feeling excited to start you day
- Working efficiently and getting stuff done because you are eating healthy and have energy to get through your day
- Having time to exercise and still spend time with your family and kids
- Not having to take another miserable sick day from work

I want to introduce you to my friend, Susan Shah.

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Susan is a holistic nutrition and lifestyle coach. Previously a Wall Street professional, she was burnt out and understands first hand the difficulty of building a career while desiring self care and balance. Today Susan helps her clients achieve work-life balance and optimal health.

Join her FREE online series, EAST MEETS WEST FOR OPTIMAL HEALTH: Traditional Health Solutions For Your Busy Life where you will learn how to live your healthiest life. Learn traditional health secrets that will give you the lasting health results you’ve been want to integrate into your life without wasting another moment learning about the latest health fads.

Click HERE to get the series for free & listen in:

 

Here’s what you’ll find in the series:

- Hear from top experts in the field of nutrition, fitness, digestion, natural healing, and personal growth who will teach you to achieve your best health no matter how busy you are
- Actionable tips you can implement today so you feel in control and happy
- Easy steps to break through the fear that is holding you back
- Learn how to balance your career and life and still be happy juggling it all

I’m honored to be a part of this series – and hope that you find the inspiration and information you want (AKA crave) to make the rest of 2014 ROCK.

Sign up here for free: 

xo,

Alex

 
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This raw soup is my best trick for quitting sugar…

Yes, I do an “extreme” raw vegetable cleanse sometimes…

In fact, I do it once a month lately.

Why? I love how it feels. 

I avoid any foods that may have crept back into my diet that can clog up my works (better known as the Toxic 6: gluten, dairy, corn, soy, sugar and caffeine) and enjoy a 3-day fest of non-starchy vegetables.

It resets my metabolism, calms my cravings for sugar, and flattens my belly…

So I offered the plan to the people in my Cravings Cleanse group, and they dove in.

Here’s my favorite, rich, satisfying avocado soup:

Raw Pro 3-Day Kick Start: Avocado Soup (image by  Sarah Hammond)

Raw Pro 3-Day Kick Start: Avocado Soup (image by Sarah Hammond)

 

Here’s how you can make this delicious, filling Avocado Soup:

This soup is filled with alkaline ingredients, and the fat from the avocado is very satisfying and helps your body burn fat rather than sugars from carbs, the best way to lose weight while balancing your mood. 

1 avocado, peeled and pitted
1 lemon, rind and seeds removed
3-4 romaine lettuce leaves, washed

1 cup cucumber (peeled if very thick skin)

1 stalk celery

1⁄4 cup flat leaf parsley leaves
1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt

2-3 cups water

  1. Put all in blender and blend until smooth
  2. Extra stores well in an airtight container for later in the day. 
 
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Jen’s survival kit

I saw one of my oldest friends last week, and she totally inspired me, as only a good friend can.

 

I was on my way to Palm Springs for a health conference, and Jen was driving there from her home in L.A. to bury her grandfather.

 

She was tired and feeling the stress of how her family was grieving.  See, Jen had been going out to visit her grandfather, who lived a couple hours from her home, for months.

 

She knew he was fading, but she also knew that his mind was mostly gone, he rarely recognized her, and that she had spent a lot of quality time with him recently to say goodbye.

 

But now she was on vacation, worn out from her high-pressure job producing commercials for television, and she felt she was supposed to end her break early to rush to her grandfather’s side.

 

Yet, she didn’t.

She knew he wasn’t really there anymore, and that there were tons of cousins, children, and other care givers around him.

 

Jen was tired and didn’t see the point in upending her break with her daughter and husband to go see a man who wouldn’t know she was there.

 

“Yes,” she told me, “I love my grandfather! But I’ve said my goodbyes and need to take care of my kid and myself. My mom is there with her dad, and she told me not to wear myself out – she understood. But I feel this pressure to drop my life, show up and grieve in a certain way, when really I just need to take care of me.”

 

Sweetheart, I told her, the living can really mess up a decent death.

Sometimes people think they need to look like the people in movies do – all rushing home for a dramatic end-of-life moment.

 

Not that she needed it, but since my mom died eight months ago, I gave her my older-friend-whose-mom-just-died-permission to do exactly what felt right for her:

 

“If you feel complete with Grandpa, don’t let the rest of the family guilt you into doing something that may make you feel even worse”, I said.

I hadn’t been there when  my mom died. My brother and I had been on the phone, him at Mom’s bedside, and we talked about what we thought would happen. She went so fast, after slipping into a morphine aided sleep, that we were all surprised when the cancer took her life.

Yet, how it all happened was perfect. The final conversation we all had, my brother and I were joking on speaker phone, laughing at silly memories, and Mom piped in, with her clearest voice I’d heard in days, “you two are so silly!”

That was the perfect goodbye. She knew we had each other, and that she had given us everything she could in this life.

 

I mentioned that I was coming to Palm Springs this weekend and would love to see her.

 

It had been a tough week for her, and Jen just wanted to say goodbye to her grandfather without having to upend her life. Her mom had arranged for a small, private service at the funeral home before his body was sent to Oregon, where he would be buried.

 

So Jen drove to Palm Springs and picked me up at the airport when I flew in from New York.

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We went out for Mexican food, reminisced and made each other laugh so hard I almost peed my pants. Sharing a hotel room, we told stories, asked each other advice, and went for a dip in the hot tub late that night.

 

The next morning, as we shared a plate of almost-ripe hotel fruit on the soon-to-be-blistering desert patio, Jen told me more about why life had been so exhausting and challenging lately.

 

Being in show business may seem glamorous from the outside, but Jen knows first hand what a grind it can be to organize, budget, and shoot a multi-million dollar commercial.

 

She has produced a few Super Bowl ads, and has worked one-on-one with some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Handling major egos, huge budgets, endless details, and constant changes is a big job, but Jen has a secret weapon:

 

Her sense of humor.

 

One of the things I’ve always loved about Jen is how freakin’ hilarious she is – I mean, she cracks me up! Together we can be raunchy, non-politically correct, and downright lewd in the best possible way.

 

And you know what I like about funny people? How smart they are.

 

So Jen is smart, funny, generous and a hard worker.

 

She works in a job that demands tons of energy, detail oriented mental focus, the skills of a trained diplomat, hours of commuting in L.A. traffic, and she has a family that wants her time and attention too.

 

Oh, and did I mention she’s a total knock-out?

 

Ok, this might feel a bit like a love letter right now, but when you have a friend that make you feel super cool because they’re amazing and they like YOU, it’s pretty fun to share that.

 

And I learned something new from Jen this weekend.

 

I asked how she managed to handle the crazy hours, big jobs, traffic and normal marriage stuff with such grace.

 

And she turned right around and gave me some of the credit.

 

“Alex,” she said. “I’ve been in your cleanse programs and when we talk you always ask how I’m doing. Working with you helped me figure out I was celiac and that the gluten I was eating was destroying my mood and energy.”

 

Looking up from our almost-tasty fruit, Jen said “I used to have pretty bad habits at work, and now I know exactly how to set up my shoots so that the catering truck and editing rooms have what I need to eat to stay healthy! I keep the right foods around because you taught me that I had to prepare to succeed.”

 

Wow… that felt pretty awesome.

 

She went on to tell me how the confidence she feels in knowing her body so well allows her to speak out and ask for what she needs – she doesn’t let her energy, willpower and patience get depleted like she used to.

 

Instead, she made sure she had hard-boiled eggs, veggies, waters, and other snacks on hand for a busy afternoon.

 

She called it her survival kit.

 

Jen knows her body so well, she takes better care of herself, even when it might not be what other people think she should do…

 

Even when she gets nasty comments from her extended family because they think she should act differently, Jen stands her ground and preserves her energy…

 

Even when people at work make fun of her for ordering sautéed spinach when everyone else is eating hot dogs, Jen does what’s right for her…

 

When she orders green protein smoothies (atta girl!) for the entire office for breakfast so that she doesn’t stick out as the weirdo who won’t eat the pastries, Jen is preserving her willpower for the rest of the day.

 

When I think about all the little ways that Jen preserves her energy, strength, spirit, and beautiful soul through her tiny habits, I realize that Jen isn’t just in survival mode…

 

Jen is thriving.

CRAVE WORTHY LIFE CHALLENGE

 

  1. What are the two biggest pain points in your day? When do you get triggered to crave something you know isn’t good for you? Write that down…
  2. What would you like to feel instead of that pain? I call this your Big MODE (big motivating desire –the way you WANT to feel)
  3. What else can you do in that moment to achieve your Big MODE?
  4. Write down at least 2 other things you can do to prepare so that when those pain points arise, you have your survival kit of ideas and healthy food ready (or should we call it a thrive kit?)

  

Creating a life worth craving begins with this kind of awareness.

And it takes guts.

It’s time to be brave and strong and do what’s true for you, sweetheart.

 

It’s time to thrive, not just survive.

 

Xo,

Alex

 
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