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Summer timeWe hope you have been enjoying every minute of this beautiful summer as much as we have. In these difficult times in our homeland and abroad, it becomes even more important to smell the roses, feel the sun’s warmth, listen to the laughter, and enjoy every minute with our loved ones.

This summer, I will have attended two beautiful weddings in Montana and Pittsburgh. Both are such meaningful occasions that fill my heart with love and gratitude. When not busy building Sweets Gone Raw, I am giving thanks to my health. I give thanks to my body for allowing me to enjoy running, yoga, and my new love, Pilates. I continue to learn something new about myself in every fitness venture and often find myself applying these skills to everyday life’s challenges.

As summer winds down, and back to school gets closer, life becomes more routine again. Guilty feelings of summer indulgences may be lingering around the waistline. Or perhaps you have fallen off track completely and decided to hit the “reset” button when the kids go back to school. Our bodies are very forgiving and naturally detoxifying when given the chance. Studies show that it just takes 30 days to break a habit. This explains the 30 day Challenge phenomenon. 

Now, is a better time than ever to start eating clean. Whether this be for weight loss or overall well-being, you have picked the right time. There are more less- processed, delicious, and affordable choices than ever at most grocery stores and online. We are more excited than ever to be amongst those brands that share our philosophy of healthy eating.

Cheers to you all!

 ~ Liza

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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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raw dietA raw foods diet refers to a diet where the vast majority of food consumed is uncooked. While some things should obviously be cooked for health reasons—and others for pure tastiness—the premise behind a raw diet lies in the fact that cooking food destroys foods’ natural enzymes and nutrients. A raw food diet is often part of—and can even refer to—eating clean. If you’re not eating plenty of raw food along with your cooked stuff, here are three reasons to make the switch starting today:

1. Reduce Your Risk of Disease with Clean Eating

Raw foods are higher in:
Antioxidants;
Minerals; and
Vitamins.

Because of this, eating raw exposes your system to more nutrients that it would otherwise get by eating cooked foods. In turn, your natural immunity is boosted and you avoid harmful carcinogens (which have been linked to cancer) that occur with cooking. As such, your risk of disease and cancer is reduced, and your health is improved. 

2. Lose Weight
If you’re having trouble losing weight, the problem most likely lies in processed sugars, grains, and funky chemicals and additives that are found in packaged foods. When you eat a raw foods or clean diet—completely eliminating packed and processed items—it is very likely that you will lose weight. Processed items are incredibly inflammatory, are high on the glycemic index, and can lead to health problems in addition to weight gain.

3. Improve Your Mental Health
Not only will eating raw improve your physical health, but it can also improve your mental health, too. Healthy, clean, and raw eating have all been linked to a decreased risk of depression, better mood management, a fewer emotional rollercoasters. A huge part of this phenomenon is due to decreased sugars on a raw diet. Sugar has been associated with depression, anxiety, addition, and problems with learning and memory.

When you eat raw, you’re making a good decision for your body, your brain, your mental health, and the environment. To aid you along the way, choose snacks from Sweets Gone Raw. These yummy treats are not only delicious, but are also gluten-free, GMO-free, natural, and raw, too.

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Free Samples at Natural Grocers (Shawnee Mission Pkwy)

Come down and get some healthy and very tasty treats from Sweets Gone Raw at Natural Grocers on 13335 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, in Shawnee, KS.  We'll be there on:

Saturday, September 26th between 12:30pm - 2:30pm

We hope to see you there!

~Liza

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Almonds at Sweets Gone RawOne of nature’s most nutritious nuts, almonds top the charts in terms of mineral content, protein, and monounsaturated fats. When organic, almonds are a smart food to choose for instant fuel, for an easy snack, or to eat atop a salad or yogurt. The following lists a few of the many health benefits of almonds:

Mineral and Nutrient-dense
One of the most notable facts about almonds is that they are incredibly nutrient and mineral-dense. In fact, almonds contain:

7.62 grams of protein per quarter cup;
Manganese;
Copper;
Potassium;
Vitamin E;
Monounsaturated fats;
Magnesium;
Iron; and
Calcium.

As such, a handful of almonds can provide your body with much-needed nourishment.

Reduced Cardiovascular Risk
Another health benefit of almonds is that consumption of almonds has been linked to a reduced risk of cardiovascular complications. In one study, researchers concluded that eating these nuts at least four times per week reduced the risk of coronary heart disease by a whopping 37 percent. In general, consumption of almonds is associated with lower lipid levels, decreased cholesterol levels, and improved heart health.

Improved Blood Sugar Levels
Increased rates of diabetes in the U.S. are a growing health and economic concern. And while the research regarding consumption of almonds and reduced risk of diabetes is less definitive than is the research between almonds and heart disease, multiple studies surmise that eating almonds can help to regulate blood sugar levels. One study showed that eating almonds—as opposed to rice, potatoes, or bread—decreased participants’ blood sugar and insulin levels.

Choosing Almonds as Part of a Healthy Eating Plan
When you choose almonds and other raw foods over processed fare, you are making a healthier choice for your mind and body. At Sweets Gone Raw, our products are raw, gluten-free, GMO-free, vegan or dairy-free, and completely natural. What’s more, recognizing the many health benefits of almonds, we incorporate almonds into many of our favorite products. To learn more about why eating raw is ideal for your health and happiness, contact us today!

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Sweets Gone RawWhen preparing or purchasing sweet things, maple syrup is a preferable sweetener to standard white sugar. Not only does maple syrup have fewer calories and grams of sugar per 100 grams than does white sugar, but it’s also packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, too.

Antioxidants and Anti-inflammatory Compounds
While maple syrup should surely be eaten in moderation—it is still sugar, after all—this sweet stuff (particularly grade B, which is darker) is full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. In fact, pure maple syrup has 54 beneficial compounds for health. Of these, five of the compounds are not found in any other natural sources. The compounds may help prevent or combat diseases and disorders, including, but not limited to cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.

Essential Vitamins & Minerals
Highly processed white sugar is completely devoid of any vitamins or minerals. Pure maple syrup, on the other hand, contains:

Manganese;
Zinc;
Iron;
Calcium;
Thiamine;
Potassium;
Sodium; and
Polyphenols.

To maximize the amount of minerals and vitamins found in maple syrup, always choose organic grade B pure maple syrup.

Choosing Natural Foods, Snacks, and Desserts
Maple syrup is considered a ‘raw’ food, meaning that it comes straight from nature and is not processed. When you choose to incorporate raw foods into your diet and choose to exclude processed foods, you reduce your exposure to unhealthy chemicals and additives. In sweets, ingredients like high fructose corn syrup—which has been linked to obesity, type II diabetes, and metabolic syndrome—are often found.

You can improve your well-being, lose weight, and feel happier and healthier by eating foods that are:

Organic;
Raw;
Gluten-free;
Vegan; and
Non-GMO.

At Sweets Gone Raw, our products meet the criteria listed above. What’s more, our products use organic maple syrup when sweetness is needed.

To learn more about our mission, our products, and our commitment to good health, read more about us 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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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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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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