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“Eat healthier” is a popular New Year’s resolution, but what does healthier really mean? The truth is, resolutions like this don’t tend to stick. Instead of resolving to do something vague like eat healthier or lose weight, why not choose a specific goal, like cutting back on refined sugar, then hatch a plan to make it happen? You can cut back gradually or all at once, but whichever route you take, chances are you’ll need some whole food treats to help satisfy your sugar cravings.

I have always had a sweet tooth, so it’s easy for me to fall back into eating cookies and ice cream way too often during the holidays. Now that holiday madness is over, I’m ready to start eating better, and cutting way back on refined sugar sweets is a big part of that plan.

This isn’t the first time I’ve had to kick sugar to the curb. When I was pregnant, I cut out refined sugars after flunking my first blood sugar test. The healthy, whole food treats below were things I turned to when I was craving sugar.

If you’ve gotten into the habit of eating decadent desserts on a regular basis and are ready to cut back, I hope that these ideas for healthy treats help you as much as they helped me!

Before we get to the food, I wanted to share one caveat about this list: I know that an orange is no cookie. Sugar is addictive, and the point of these foods is to arm yourself with ways to quell that sugar craving without a cookie. You’re not necessarily trying to eat something that tastes like a cookie. You’re trying to teach your body to stop asking for cookies all the time. So let’s start the list with a cookie!

1. Raw Truffles (or cookies) – I kept these handy when I was pregnant for times that other whole food treats just were not cutting it.

The recipe is very flexible. If you don’t like cashews, use another nut or seed instead. Not a fan of apricots? Dates, raisins or any other dried fruit will work instead. You can also use coconut instead of cocoa powder. Roll them into a ball, like in the photo above, for a truffle-like treat, or flatten them to make cookies.

2. Nice Cream – Frozen bananas are the base for this sweet treat. You can add your favorite healthy mix-ins, like fruit, nuts and seeds. You can even make chocolate nice cream by adding cocoa powder, no added sugars required. The sweetness from the bananas balances out the cocoa just fine.

3. Smoothies – Green smoothies are a super healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth and get some greens at the same time. The green smoothie recipe in the video above is one of my favorites, but if that combo doesn’t do it for you, there are countless ways to put a green smoothie together.

4. Fruit – Raw cookies, nice cream and smoothies are delicious, but you’re not really teaching your sweet tooth to pipe down when you’re eating them. Before you reach for your blender, try reaching for some whole fruit instead.

My go-to right now is a tangerine. Not only is it sweet and surprisingly satisfying, it forces you to slow down while you peel, section and then finally eat it. Apples and peanut butter or a small handful of dried fruit are my other favorite healthy treats when my body screams for ice cream.

SOURCE: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/4-whole-food-solutions-to-your-next-sugar-craving.html

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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