With the new year comes often comes new diets, new gym memberships- a whole bunch of new that doesn't always last. I like many fluctuated up and down right along with this system. Weight gain in the winter, weight loss in the summer and of course feeling the need to detox after the holiday season.
Roughly 6 months ago, I was forced to give up sugar. My inflammation was off the charts, and it was taking over my life , as well as my ability to function. Sugar of course triggers inflammation. The amount of peanut butter and chocolate chips that I inhaled on a daily basis was lethal.
Giving up sugar, was hard. For about 3 weeks it was all I thought about. Then one day I woke up and I didn't care. Didn't miss it, didn't want it. My skin starting looking clear and bright, my skinny jeans started to fit like they once did before my thyroid issues took over my life. To my amazement, all my other junk food cravings also diminished. I don't crave chips, or empty carbs anymore. Its wonderful! I believe there is a strong link between these cravings going away and my sugar free lifestyle. Now, I feel in control of my diet.. My weight does not fluctuate and I never feel the need to detox. While my health is still not perfect, I appreciate the stability that being sugar free has brought to my eating life.
Ginger being highly anti-inflamitory is my best friend. I put it in and on everything. On the days Im having a bad autoimmune attack I find it lessons my symptoms. Here is a simple, healthy recipe that I love, and use often. Staying hydrated is important, this is my favorite way to do so.
- 2 Cups Water + 3 Inches Finely Chopped Ginger
- Stevia to taste (I used 3 (1 gram each) packets.)
- Pinch of Salt
- 1 1/2 Tbs Lemon or Lime Juice
- 3 cups Chilled Sparkling Water
- Combine in a sauce-pan the 2 cups of water and the ginger. Bring to a rapid boil until the liquid reduces in half. Place in the fridge overnight.
- The next day strain the ginger pieces out and add Stevia, Lemon or Lime Juice, the pinch of salt and the sparkling water. These ingredients can be adjusted to suite your taste.
Yields roughly 1 Liter of ginger ale (about 4 cups).
Don't throw away your strained ginger! It can be used multiple times. Try using it to make a quick hot tea.