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Energy Boost with Sweets Gone Raw!Nearly everyone is all-too-familiar with the experience of feeling sluggish and slow, fatigued and lethargic. And if you’re anything like most people, your busy lifestyle demands more energy than you currently have to give. If your energy and fitness levels are running low, here are ­some quick tips for restoring your health, fitness, and vitality.

Improve Energy and Fitness by Reducing Sugar Intake
While sugar may give you a quick burst of energy thanks to a nearly immediate spike in blood sugar levels, sugar also leads to a quick crash-and-burn effect. When you fuel your body using sugar, a roller coaster experience ensues, leaving you even more listless than you were to begin with. Eating sugar is also associated with other health complications, and won't contribute to overall fitness or strength.

Perform Exercise to Increase Energy
While doing a workout when you’re feeling energy-less may sound counterintuitive and unpleasant, getting exercise can promote energy, fitness, well-being, overall health, and sleep. Try Zumba or dance for a high-intensity burst, or hire a certified personal trainer for one-on-one personalization, or consider joining a workout class or camp. If you don’t have the oomph to do a rigorous workout, stick with something low key and relaxing, such as yoga. In addition to improving energy, exercise can also increase your strength, which lends itself to health and fitness.

Fuel Your Body Smartly
Not only should you avoid sugar, but you should also make sure you’re getting plenty of vitamins and nutrients, protein, and essential fatty acids. Protein and fat are two of the best sources of energy and fuel, and unlike sugar, won’t lead to a crash. Choose healthy and unprocessed meals, and snack smartly by opting for raw, organic, non-GMO, and natural food fuel. When you eat right, you'll improve your personal health and fitness.

Get More Shuteye
Getting enough sleep is one of the most important things that we can do for our bodies, energy, and fitness. Not only does sleep aid in muscle and tissue repair, but it also backs up our memories, helps us to learn and retain information, combats psychological decline, and may prevent neurodegenerative diseases. If you’re not sleeping well—or if your deep sleep or/and REM sleep is being disturbed—you’ll wake up feeling fatigued. To improve the quality of your sleep, practice stress-reducing exercises, turn off artificial lights early on, avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed, and eat well.

You don’t have to live a life where you’re constantly tired; to get more energy and improve both fitness and mental and physical strength starting today, try reducing sugar intake, exercising on a regular basis, fueling your body smartly, and taking action to improve your sleep.

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Sweets Gone RawProtein is an essential macronutrient that’s important for fitness, mental health, and longevity. When you’re working out—particularly strength training—protein is even more essential.

The Importance of Protein for Health
The benefits of protein are many. Protein is essential for:

  • Immune health;
  • Muscle growth;
  • Tissue repair;
  • Hormone production; and
  • Bone health.

What’s more, it’s important to know that your body cannot make protein on its own. As such, if you’re not eating enough protein, your body will pull protein from protein reservoirs (like your muscles and organs). This not only leads to muscle deterioration, but can be detrimental to your health as well.

Post-Workout Fitness Tip: Eat Some Protein
The amount of protein that you need is dependent upon your muscle mass and your activity level. Athletes need more protein than does the average person; between 1.5 and 2 grams of protein per kilogram of bodyweight is usually a sufficient amount. If you’re lifting weights, eat slightly more, especially if you want to build muscle.

For those who are performing chronic cardio exercises, i.e., running miles per day/week, swimming constantly, or biking for long distances at a high heart rate, protein is also extremely important. That’s because the use of the body (especially with a high heart rate) over an extended period of time can lead to lost muscle – eating more protein can prevent off the deterioration of lean muscle mass.

What to Eat, When to Eat It
Most people within the fitness community agree that eating your protein (along with some carbohydrates, but little fat) within 30 to 60 minutes following a workout is ideal. Carbohydrates help to restore depleted glycogen stores; protein will help build muscle (or prevent muscle loss). Eating protein before exercising is also important, too.

Finally, don’t be fooled into thinking that you need to consume a large protein shake – most protein shakes actually are extremely sugar-heavy, and probably contain more protein than your body actually needs. Instead, choose plant-based protein (or animal-based protein if you’re not a vegan/vegetarian). For an easy snack that rich in protein, is gluten-free, raw, vegan, non-GMO, and made from natural ingredients, try protein balls from Sweets Gone Raw.

Just as important as working out is fueling your body – make healthy choices, choose natural foods, and don’t forget to eat your protein!

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For those who want to lose weight, improve their health, or have more energy, eating ‘clean’ may be the solution. Clean eating isn’t a diet; rather, it’s a healthy lifestyle approach that changes the way you think about food and fueling your body.

The Principles of Clean Eating
Essentially, eating clean means choosing whole and real foods that will put your body on the path to health and wellness. Generally, the principles of clean eating are regarded as:

  • Choosing whole and natural foods over processed foods;
  • Eating meals that are micronutrient-balanced;
  • Avoiding food additives;
  • Choosing meat from high-quality sources;
  • Eating food from organic and natural sources; and
  • Choosing unrefined foods over refined foods.

Because eating clean is a lifestyle choice, the idea behind it often goes hand-in-hand with other healthy lifestyle tips, such as exercising frequently and getting plenty of sleep.

What are the benefits of eating clean?
Eating clean has many benefits. First, eating clean means that your body isn’t taking in any of the harmful toxins and chemicals that are found in many processed meats and packaged items. If buying organic or local, eating clean also means that you’re making an ethical food purchase. Because eating clean also cuts out many refined foods and sugars, eating clean also can help lead to weight loss, reduces your chance of disease, improves sleep, contributes to more sound mental health, and in general leads to a more healthy lifestyle.

How to Start Eating Clean Today
Remember, eating clean isn’t a diet – it’s a new approach to how you think about food and how food affects the body. To start eating clean today, clean out your cupboards of all processed foods. Then, take a trip to the store and focus on plenty of raw fruits and veggies, nuts and seeds, and pasture-raised dairy and animal products. For snacks, avoid chips and sodas; instead, choose gluten-free, raw, and non-GMO indulgences that are made without additives and use natural sweeteners.

The first step towards a healthier lifestyle is changing the way you eat. By choosing a clean diet, you can improve your health significantly while still enjoying amazing foods and flavor.

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Healthy Eating Gives You the EdgeMaintaining a good diet not only improves your health, but it also gives you an edge over your competition. From more energy to improved clarity and focus, a healthy diet is a key part of personal success. Read on to discover how eating well can benefit you:

Healthy Diet and Brain Function
Science confirms the effects that a healthy diet has on the brain; eating well not only improves day-to-day cognition and mental clarity, but it can also prevent against brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. In addition to the right nutrients derived from fruits and vegetables, healthy fats and omega 3 fatty acids—particularly those that are found in olive oil, avocados, and coconut oil—are all key to healthy brain function.

Eating Well Gives You More Energy
Not only will eating well help your brain stay sharp, but eating well also provides you with the energy that you need to do everything from exercise right to run a company. Processed foods that are high in carbohydrates and sugars provide a quick burst of energy, only to be followed by a physical energy drain (as well as a mental and emotional drain, too). For sustained energy levels, natural and raw foods, including nuts, fruits, veggies, and other healthy sources of fat are the answer. What’s more, snacking frequently throughout the day and eating small, frequent meals rather than a few large meals also helps to maintain energy levels.

The Connection Between Diet, Emotion, and Mood
Finally, eating right helps to contribute to emotional stability and mood support. Too much sugar in the diet can actually lead to symptoms of withdrawal, leading to an emotional roller coaster, trouble sleeping, and depression. The same is true when the body doesn’t have enough nutrients and omega 3 fatty acids; hormonal imbalances, leading to moodiness and emotional decline, can result.

Improve Your Diet Today
In addition to eating well, don’t forget the importance of incorporating movement into your daily routine, and taking time for mental health, too. To start improving your diet today, give up processed foods and turn to raw, natural foods as your primary fuel source now!

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Delicious DatesWe sweeten many of our products with delicious dates. Dates are fruits grown on the palm tree named Arecaceae. The soft easily digested flesh of the dates provide simple sugars that replenish energy and revitalize the body instantly. Additionally, the fruit is rich in dietary fiber, antioxidants, iron, potassium, calcium, and other minerals.

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