Trying to kick the sugar addiction and stay pH balanced can be tough sometimes. In addition to being deficient in magnesium, tackling sugar cravings have so much to do with your mind and your psychology regarding food.
Overcoming my own severe addiction to sugar was perhaps the biggest challenge I have ever had to deal with in my life. Will power and deprivation NEVER worked!
It was only when I changed my approach and started to add healthy alkaline green juices and foods that the good began to outweigh the bad, and after some time my body became more alkaline and my cravings diminished!
A HUGE part of that success was having healthy alkaline snacks always close by (like the Smoky & Crispy Chickpeas) when these cravings would arise. Not only would I use this to satisfy my craving, but I wouldn’t go for the processed CRAP (Completely Refined And Processed).
The chemicals in processed foods program us to crave sugar and snacks, even if we aren’t necessarily hungry. The trick is to find snacks that won’t tip your pH out of the ideal range AND curb your cravings with something that satisfies.
Chickpeas, or garbanzo beans, are a versatile kitchen staple in my apartment. They can be cooked into a curry, roasted with different flavoring blends as a snack, and pureed into hummus. But anyway you prepare, they are healthy and delicious. Rich in healthy protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, they will satisfy every craving and not leave you hungry.
Coconut oil is one of the few foods that can be classified as a “superfood.”
Its unique combination of fatty acids can have profound positive effects on health. Studies have shown that intake of coconut oil can help our bodies mount resistance to both viruses and bacteria that can cause illness. Even more, it also can help to fight off yeast, fungus and candida.
Coconut oil can also positively affect our hormones for thyroid and blood-sugar control. Coconut oil can boost thyroid function helping to increase metabolism, energy and endurance.
Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory rich in antioxidants. Recent studies suggest turmeric can be more beneficial than prescription medications for arthritis, Alzheimer’s, and cancer.
So pop in a movie, make a refreshing glass of alkaline filtered lime water with mint, and enjoy a true healthy snack!
Smoky & Crispy Chickpeas
- 1 can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
Heat oven to 400º. Toss all the ingredients together and roast for 30 minutes until golden and crispy. Careful not to burn.
If you don’t want to use canned chickpeas, you can soak your own. I recommend you soak in water overnight, then rinse and strain and leave in your refrigerator for 3 days (to lightly sprout). Make sure to rinse every morning and night.