5 Sugar Overdose Antidotes


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It would be really nice if we could all stick to healthful eating through the holidays… but who are we fooling? Temptation arrives on the hour, every hour – whether it be Grandma’s famous pie, office Christmas cupcakes, holiday party cocktails, homemade cookies from the neighbor, or OA’s very own Organic Cranberry Tea Spice Cake – our sugar intake is bound to spike. Sure, we can be discerning about our indulgence – and should be – but a sugar overdose can happen to the best of us.

We all know the feeling: sugar high, sugar crash, leaving us feeling lethargic, in a daze, moody, and as though our hips are widening before our very eyes.

Luckily, we can arm ourselves with a few antidotes to such behavior, a sort of sugar detox arsenal for those rare occasions. Give one of these a try to help bring your body back into harmony after you feel consumed by sugar (because it should be the other way around).

  • Ginger tea with soy sauce: Grate or chop 1/2 tsp of fresh ginger, simmer in a cup of water for 4 – 6 minutes, add 1/4 tsp of good quality soy sauce, and drink.
  • Eat a few salty, cured olives.
  • Eat some naturally cured pickles like sauerkraut or takaun daikon pickle (available at health food stores).
  • Umeboshi plum (a pickled plum with a salty, tart flavor): Eat 1/2 to 1 plum chopped and mixed with food or simmered in tea. 
  • Simple miso soup with root vegetables and wakame (takes less than 10 minutes to prepare): Using miso paste will be more effective than the dehydrated miso soup, but in a pinch, use the dehydrated variety.

Of course, you are better off avoiding this situation all together! Here are 10 Tips for Reducing Sugar Intake to help you out. 

source: Whole Health Resources

image: Sugar Daze

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