National ‘Just Because’ day, on the 27th of August, is a time you need no reason to do anything.
You could alternatively think of it as, just because you can’t do something, doesn’t mean you have to miss out!
This is an important concept for us at Creative Nature as many of our customers have issues with food allergies and intolerance – or are vegan – so they are often told there is little or no delicious choice for them! And we know for sure that’s not true.
Just because you can’t eat certain foods…
If you are allergic to some foods, it doesn’t automatically mean you have to miss out completely. There are many alternatives that can replace them.
People who are lactose intolerant, and can’t eat dairy, have the option of many other milks these days that are lactose free. The same goes for those who are wheat intolerant.
Just because you can’t tolerate lactose try:
- Coconut milk
- Almond milk
- Rice milk
- Oat milk
- Hazelnut milk
- Just because you can’t eat wheat, try:
- Rice flour
- Buckwheat flour (which is not wheat)
- Maize flour
- Soy flour
- Tapioca flour
Creative Nature’s Products
Just because we want our products to be allergen free: dairy free, wheat free and gluten free, we use alternatives in all of our products, from our baking mixes, protein bars, and raw rruit oaties, to our Hazelnot Gnawbles. The latter although they have the most amazing nutty taste, don’t have a single nut in sight!
In our products the alternatives we use include brown rice flour; white rice flour; buckwheat flour and maize flour. We also use cacao powder and unrefined cane sugar.
Some people assume that missing certain ingredients equates to missing taste, however this is far from true in our case. We regularly receive feedback from customers to say how amazingly delicious our products are. It is a fallacy to think gluten free, dairy free, wheat free or vegan products have to be bland and taste free!
An important part of any recipe is to get the correct texture alongside the taste. Our Hazelnot Gnawbles, are an example where the crunch, chocolate and ‘hazelnot’ flavour marry together to make the perfect snack.
However, it is worth noting that many free-from foods found in the supermarkets are often loaded with sugar and fat.
It is worth reading food labels, as many unexpected foods contain far more sugar that you would imagine. This includes reduced fat foods, baked beans, flavoured coffees, yoghurts etc.
Raw cane sugar is extracted from the sugarcane plant, but is unrefined. This means, it is less processed than the refined white sugar most of us are used to seeing on the table to sweeten your tea.
Because cane sugar is unrefined it retains molasses and moisture from the plant, which means you are consuming less sugar and calories per serving.
Unrefined sugar, are a little less processed, and therefore, retain more minerals, antioxidants and good plant nutrients that are removed during more extensive refining processes.
Did you know that:
- We crave sugar and eat more than we should
- Sugar fuels every cell in the brain. The brain sees sugar as a reward and we always want more. The more we eat, the more we want, and that just reinforces the reward, which makes it a tough habit to break.
- Sugar nighs are caused because, sugar is carbohydrate and is quickly turned into glucose in our bloodstream. This makes our blood levels spike. There is no fibre or protein to slow the process down.
- A midday sugar snack can set you up for more bad eating.
- Sugar loss is caused when our body needs to move glucose out of bloodstream and into our cells for energy. As a result of this, our sugar levels may have a sudden drop. This rapid change in blood sugar leaves you feeling wiped out and shaky, setting off in search for more sweet treats.
- We tend to think we have a sweet tooth, but find ourselves craving bagels, and chips, i.e. starchy foods which also break down into sugars. The worst culprits are highly refined starches like white bread, crackers and pasta.
How can we help our sugar addiction?
Rather than trying sugar detox diets, which often sets us up for failure, because they are too drastic to keep, try to retrain your taste buds:
- Train them to enjoy things that aren’t as sweet.
- Cut out desserts – eat one less each week.
- Put less sugar in coffee and tea, and over time you’ll lose the need to include it.
- For snacks, go for berries or pureed fruit on oatmeal; dried, frozen fruit.
- Cut out sugar a bit at a time – you’ll not miss it in the long run.
- Eating more protein helps to curb sugar cravings. E.g. Chicken, eggs, nuts or beans our bars!
- Fill up on fibre.
- Artificial sweeteners do not stop the craving for sugar. They could actually make you crave more.
- Limit ‘healthy’ sugars too – honey, and unrefined sugars are slightly higher in nutrients but their calories still count.