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On the GoWhether you’re taking a long trip or are simply in a rush to make it to your meeting in time, eating well is an act that is often forsaken when there is not a lot of time or you’re far from home. While eating well when on-the-go certainly takes a little planning, doing so is not impossible. Here are some tips to help you make smart choices even when you’re pressed for time or in the middle of transit:

Plan Ahead
One of the easiest ways that you can avoid badly eating when you’re on the move is to plan your dietary options in advance. If you’ll be attending a lunch meeting, look up the menu first – are there diet-friendly and healthy options for you? Can you place an order for a healthy item in advance? If you know that you’ll be taking a long road trip, do you know of places to stop for food along the way other than gas stations? The more you know about what will be available, the easier it will be to mitigate bad decisions.


Stick to Your Guns
In the event that you haven’t planned your food options in advance and hunger sets in, stick to your guns. If it will be a four-hour flight to your next destination where healthy food is available, do you really need that Snicker’s bar? Or can you stick out the four hours? Unless you have a medical condition that requires you to eat frequently, try intermittent fasting – doing so may have major benefits, including disease prevention and weight loss.


Pack Healthy Snacks
Being busy or on-the-go doesn’t meant that you cannot eat; instead, it just means you need to have the foresight to eat well. An easy remedy is simply to pack healthy snacks. Some great snack options when traveling include:

Raw veggies;
Hummus;
An apple or banana;
A handful of nuts; and
Protein balls from Sweets Gone Raw.

Sweets Gone Raw never uses artificial ingredients or sweeteners, and all of our products are gluten-free, GMO-free, and use organic ingredients. All of our products are great for those who are on a diet or trying to improve their health. If you’re traveling with family, make sure you pack enough for everyone.


Fill Up on the Right Food
One of the best ways to combat hunger—and therefore unhealthy eating or snacking—is to fill up on the right foods. Sugar won’t do much for you but leave you wanting more. On the other hand, protein and fat are satisfying and will last with you for hours. If you’re heading out, have a high protein and high fat breakfast first – this will help to get you through the rest of the day. This is true regardless of whether or not you are on a diet.

For more tips on how to be the healthiest version of you, check out our blog or contact us today for more information.

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artificial sweetnerThose who are trying to slim down or maintain good health will often make a conscious effort to cut out sugar. However, these same people do not always make an effort to cut out sweetness. As such, many people will turn to artificial sugars, like aspartame, as a way to enjoy the taste of sugar without any added calories. But artificial sweeteners are associated with their fair share of health problems, too. Here’s why:

Artificial Sweeteners Affect Body’s Blood Sugar

Contrary to popular and widespread belief, artificial sweeteners actually do have an affect on the body’s own blood sugar levels, meaning that they aren’t the key for diabetics as they were once thought to be. This conclusion is based off of the findings of Dr. Eran Elinav, who demonstrated that certain diseases—such as diabetes and obesity—are linked to changes in the microbiome; artificial sweeteners alter the gut microbiome. Another study showed that consumption of artificial sweeteners was linked to a 36 percent increased risk of metabolic syndrome, and a 67 percent increased risk of diabetes.

Fake Sugars Are Linked to Health Risks

It is not just diabetes and obesity that are linked to the consumption of fake sugars; cancer, cardiovascular problems, migraines, joint pain, and a slew of other health complications are also associated with eating artificial sweeteners. To be clear, it seems as if artificial sugars have no health benefits. Rather than helping people to lose weight, they are associated with weight gain; rather than helping people to improve health, they are associated with an increased risk of disease.

A Safer Alternative to Fake Sugar

So if artificial sweeteners are out, what’s left? Eating too much processed sugar is also linked to a host of health problems. You’re probably wondering, “If I can’t eat real or fake sugar, what can I eat?

That’s where Sweets Gone Raw comes in. At Sweets Gone Raw, we never use artificial sugars. Instead, we derive our sweetness from nature ingredients, like dates and coconuts. This way, you still get to enjoy the sweetness of sugar without putting your health at risk.

To learn more about our products and to browse our selection today, check out our collection of natural, gluten-free, GMO-free, and raw goodies today!

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The Benefits of Coconut OilOne of nature’s greatest gifts, coconut oil is both delicious and bursting with amazing health benefits. The following reviews the health advantages that consuming coconut oil offers, and why you should start eating more coconut oil today.


Rich Source of MCTs
Coconuts are a prolific source of MCTs, or medium chain triglycerides. MCTs are a type of fatty acid that the body digests in a unique manner; MCTs bypass the lymphatic system, and are instead almost immediately oxidized by the liver. MCTs can also be used to generate ketones, which provide energy for the body, and may benefit the brain, too. MCTs also help with cellular repair, are vital for heart health, and can even help you to lose weight.


Filling and Nutritious
Coconut oil is not only full of MCTs, but it’s also incredibly filling, too. Providing a dense source of energy, coconut oil can reduce your hunger, preventing you from overeating later on. In fact, in one study, men who were fed MCTs ate more than 200 calories a day less than men eating long chain triglycerides.


Preventing Cognitive Decline & Major Disease
If you knew that there was something you could eat daily that could reduce your risk of developing heart disease, high cholesterol, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and dementia, would you eat it? The good news is that coconut oil may be able to do all of the above and more. In a study that looked at Alzheimer’s patients, eating MCTs led to nearly immediate improvement in cognitive function; in another study, the production of ketones reduced the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Consumption of coconut oil has also been linked to a decrease in triglyceride levels, decrease in LDL cholesterol levels, and an increase in HDL (good) cholesterol levels.


Eat More Coconut Oil
Add coconut oil to coffee, try cooking with it, or eat it by the spoonful. And when choosing snacks, opt for those that are natural and that incorporate coconut oil, too, like Cacao Protein Balls from Sweets Gone Raw. Using high quality, natural, gluten-free, and GMO-free ingredients, Sweets Gone Raw is the best choice in delicious and healthy eating. Stock up now to improve your health today!

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The Effects of GlutenOne of the most important components of being healthy is choosing the right food to fuel your body. And while many grains are touted as being good for health, the truth is, gluten can have a negative effect for many. Here’s what you need to know about how gluten affects the body:

What is gluten?
First things first: what is gluten? Gluten is a type of protein that’s water-soluble and that’s found in a variety of grains. To be specific, gluten can be found in:

  • Barley;
  • Rye;
  • Wheat;
  • Oats; and
  • Triticale.

But shying away from grains doesn’t mean that you’ll be free from gluten; due to its unique characteristics—it’s what makes bread ‘doughy’—it’s often found in a variety of other products too, ranging from salad dressings to chewing gum.

The Effect Gluten Has on the Body
Gluten has a varying effect on the body depending on each person’s unique health profile. For those with the most severe gluten intolerance, Celiac disease is the result. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that’s characterized by damage to the small intestine. Side effects of Celiac disease can range from gastrointestinal complications to muscular skeletal complications to central nervous system complications.

However, even those who don’t have Celiac disease may still have sensitivity to gluten.  For many, the protein initiates an allergic reaction of sorts in the body, leading to severe inflammation (this can mostly be blamed on the lectins, phytic acid, and gliadins found within gluten). Inflammation can in turn lead to:

  • Fatigue;
  • Joint pain;
  • Mental health problems;
  • Acid reflux;
  • Infertility;
  • Skin problems; and
  • Weight gain.

For many, sensitivity to gluten is so minor that’s it’s not even noticeable until gluten is removed from the diet. To test whether or not you have gluten sensitivity, try going gluten-free for a minimum of two weeks.

Choosing Gluten-free Foods
Finding gluten-free foods can be challenging. And, simply replacing gluten-containing products with other processed foods isn’t a good choice either; these foods can also be inflammatory, and often contain strange chemicals and high amounts of sugar. Instead, choosing raw and natural foods is the best.

At Sweets Gone Raw, our products are always raw, vegan, non-GMO, and gluten-free. When you choose Sweets Gone Raw, you’ll know exactly what you’re eating, and know that you’re providing your body with the best in food nutrition.

To learn more about our products and our mission, browse our website or contact us with questions today.

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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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