Two months ago, I decided to give up my one true love, SUGAR. I was tired of gaining weight, having upset tummy, and feeling tired all the time. Gluten was out of my diet thanks to Celiac disease, so the only other conclusion I could arrive at was my sugar addiction. Most people know that sugar isn’t good for them, but with it readily available in our food supply, why wouldn’t you give into your cravings? The problem is sugar isn’t just the white crystals you add to your coffee or tea, rather it is the hidden ingredient in many of the foods you find at the grocery store that make them taste so good! The really tricky part is that people are realizing that sugar is the leading cause of heart disease and diabetes, but they don’t realize where its hidden or how to break the addiction. Scientists have found that sugar addiction is real. When we consume that sweet stuff, it not only spikes our insulin, but it is also directly related to obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The addiction can be so strong that it stimulates the same pleasure centers of the brain as cocaine or heroin and just like those drugs, giving it up comes with withdrawals.
How I did it
Sugar was my crutch. It was solution to hunger, emotional distress, boredom and pleasure. Whatever mood I was in or whatever was going on in my life could be fixed by sugar. The side effects of my doing this was weight gain, sluggishness and mood swings. When I was presented with the Keto Diet, a light bulb clicked off. I knew I needed a lifestyle change, but I also knew I needed a lot of guidance (READ: Keto Diet and Results). It was hard saying goodbye to sugar and carbs. Withdrawal was tough and the cravings still remain, but I’ve learned how to fuel my body properly and those symptoms disappeared. I even found when I gave myself permission to cheat (i.e. Christmas Day), I didn’t feel right. My stomach was off, my brain began to get cloudy and I became really tired. It wasn’t until I took time for me, whether it be yoga, read, or cooking keto friendly meals, that I began to feel emotionally and physically better. I also learned that giving up sugar doesn’t always mean you give up your favourite treats!
When I’m craving a ‘sweet’ treat, I am drawn towards Creme Brulee. Maybe its the excitement of the open flame cooking or maybe it is the cream flavour, but when I came across this recipe and tried it, I knew I had to share!
- 2 cups Heavy Cream (I used Coconut milk)
- 1 tsp of Vanilla extract
- ⅓ teaspoon Stevia Powder
- 4 Egg yolks
- pinch Salt
- 4 tablespoons powdered Stevia
- Preheat oven toSt 350 F.
- In a medium bowl, beat egg yolks and 1/3 teaspoon stevia powder until well combined
- In a pot on medium heat, add heavy cream and 4 tbsp of sugar. Continually mix until bubbles form on the edges of the mixture.
- Remove from head and very slowly pour the egg yolk mixture into the heavy cream mixture whisking constantly. Add vanilla.
- Divide mixture in ramekins and place ramekins in a pan with water.
- Place in oven very carefully for 30 minutes.
- After 30 mins or when the creme brulee is barley wiggly, remove from oven and let ramekins sit in bath water to cool for an hour.
- Remove ramekins from water and place in refrigerator for 4+hours.
- Sprinkle extra stevia powder on top and ignite with a flame until caramelized.
Replacing Stevia for sugar is not the ideal solution, but it does allow me to have a sweet treat every once in awhile!!