Don't give anything up. Trade up.


Many people think healthy eating means giving up all the delicious pleasures in life. I don't believe that.

Healthy eating isn't about giving anything up.  It's about trading up.  Take coffee for example.

I love coffee. I love the smell.  And I love dunking a croissant in a hot latte.  But here's the thing that most people don't know about coffee:

Coffee makes you fat because it messes with your blood sugar. 

Coffee as a stimulant puts your body into "fight or flight" mode.  This causes your stress glands - the adrenals - to release cortisol, which in turn increases your blood sugar so that your muscles are full of energy. In order to cope with that rush of sugar entering our blood, insulin is released to bring our blood sugar levels back to normal. The liver takes in that sugar to make energy stores for our body called glycogen.

The only problem is that generally our body doesn't need any more glycogen stores, because we lead sedentary lifestyles and consume more than we burn.  Our liver then has to find a new home for this excess sugar.

So what does it do? Our liver stores the excess blood sugar as FAT.

Now, I know what you're thinking:  "She's telling me to give up coffee." 

I'm not.  I just think you could do better.  I mean:

Why would you drive a Ford Fiesta when you could be driving a Ferrari?

So here's your morning Ferrari (for a hell of a lot less money...)

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or nut milk of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 tspn maca powder
  • 1 tspn raw cacao powder
  • 1 tspn coconut oil
  • 1/2 tspn vanilla extract
  • pinch of cinnamon 

Put all the ingredients in a small pot and whiz with your hand-held blender.  Then heat until hot and put it in your thermos to go.  So energizing and warming!  And for half the price of a Starbucks (I've done the math).

And did you know that maca....

  • is rich in vitamin B, C, and E --- all of which help you combat stress;
  • has plenty of calcium, zinc, iron & magnesium to boost immunity;
  • reduces anxiety;
  • improves thyroid function;

Maca energizes and nourishes you.  Coffee just weighs you down (literally).

Isn't it time you tried to maca?


Thrive Nutrition Practice launches Spring 2016