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cacao-coconut-pistachio bark.

Giving up sugar can be a big shift for your body, your mind and your habits, especially if you’re a big dessert eater. Whatever motivates your decision to reduce or cut out sugar – for me, it was to reduce

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toasted quinoa cereal with pistachios + figs.

Who would have thought that pistachios and figs would go so well together? Well, a bunch of people, apparently, but this is news to me (and welcome news at that!).  On the hunt for a new versatile, make-ahead breakfast (veering

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the best way to avoid feeling deprived when you cut junk out of your life.

Recently, I found myself in a fascinating conversation with a really cool fellow on a flight back from DC. We got talking about food – of course – and how sugar is such an innocuous additive. I mentioned I’ve been

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pistachio sesame lime energy bites.

If you’ve been following the blog for awhile, you’ll know I quit sugar over two years ago. While I didn’t think I was in a bad place with the sweet stuff prior to giving it up, I quickly realized that

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make your own chocolate + vegan oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

Last week, Michael and I were out for a stroll with the pup in our fabulous new city. I can’t recall how we got onto the topic, but for some reason, Michael off-handedly said, “My ex-girlfriend used to make the

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i quit sugar: dino cookie bites.

A new year calls for new snacks, and this one is a great (simple!) little treat: low in sugar, high in fiber, packed with healthy fats and protein…. and makes a convenient use for leftover cooked quinoa!  These Dino Cookie

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no-bake gluten-free apricot granola bars.

photo credit: Plate Joy. Hurray! It’s the start of this week’s Healthified Holiday Recipes Extravaganza! Over the next few days, I’ll be sharing a series of great gluten-free, vegan, sugar-free recipes to makeover your holiday baking plans. Everything is super

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vegan sugar-free truffles, two ways.

At the beginning of August, my sweet husband turned 31. Obviously dessert was in order.  This Perry the Platypus is not the cake I made.  Well, this was the cake I made, two years ago. (It’s entirely vegan and gluten-free, in

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butter crunch coconut granola

Recently, we got rid of all of the boxed cereal in our house. (FINALLY.) Michael Height, sweet adventurous guy that he is, has taken on a commitment to quit sugar (a la I Quit Sugar) for the month of August.

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raw chocolate chip cookie batter balls.

Post #2 in this week’s adventure into kicking sugar cravings. How are you holding up? :) I like to have a few handy go-to’s at the ready for those moments when a sweet craving strikes. The great thing about being

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Make-Me-Over Mojito Smoothie from the I Quit Sugar Cookbook.

[This recipe is one in a series of posts I’ll be sharing from the I Quit Sugar Cookbook. If you’d like to be kept up to speed with all of them, please join our week mailing list — recipes and

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bake your own crackers: chia sunflower crackers from the I Quit Sugar Cookbook.

Who would have thought you could make crackers at home? I started making my own a couple of years ago when I dabbled in a long-term flirtation with raw foods and found myself dehydrating everything. I loved that it was

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Pea, Herb and Almond Crush from the I Quit Sugar Cookbook.

If you grew up detesting peas, this might be the dish that starts a new love. The ingredients are tremendously springy, too! This is my next foray into the I Quit Sugar Cookbook – quite possibly my new favorite thing, and

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Fluffy Squash and Chia Muffins from the I Quit Sugar Cookbook.

 Quick breakfast, easy snack, savory dessert, terrific soup accessory. These muffins have it all going on. The bonus? They’re packed with whole nutrients and a pile of decadently healthful ingredients: chia, squash, almond meal, basil…  Not to mention they’re incredibly

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simple sugar-free cooking (the best cookbook I’ve found yet).

Over a year and a half ago, a health coaching colleague recommended I check out the I Quit Sugar program from Sarah Wilson. Like Sarah, I was a sugar addict. Like Sarah, I didn’t look like a sugar addict. I

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‘i quit sugar’ check-in: it’s been 14 months!

 I had a little reality check moment with myself the other day: I’ve been off sugar for 14 months. Since before two Christmases ago. What began as an 8-week experiment with Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar has become a permanent fixture

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my ‘i quit sugar’ experience.

[this might just be the best book you’ll ever read…] I was a little dubious when a fellow health coach introduced me to Sarah Wilson’s book, ‘I Quit Sugar’. A self-professed healthy eater, I was skeptical that the forms of

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