Crave Something Sweet? Try Naked Sweet Potatoes

Do you often crave something sweet but don’t know what to have that’s s both healthy and not loaded with bad-for-you sugar or other sweeteners?
When you yearn for something sweet, I recommend that you eat part of a yummy, nutritionally powerful sweet potato or yam.
But, when you indulge, make sure these starchy vegetables are totally naked.
Naked means don’t add any sugar on top.
Don’t ruin your healthy sweet potato by adding any sweet stuff on top like brown sugar or marshmallows.
SweetPotatoesBut feel free to add such spices as cinnamon (my favorite to use), cloves, allspice, nutmeg or cardamom.
You also don’t want to destroy your perfectly healthy dish by adding any allegedly “healthy sweeteners” either. In other words, skip unhealthy agave. (That’s right. Pass up on the agave. Although you may have heard otherwise, agave is not healthy. It’s a big health-food hoax. as I’ve shared here before.)
Some of My Favorite Sweet Potato Dishes
Right now, my three favorite dishes are:
Cacao-Chia, Comfort Mousse. This is a yummy comfort food, which allows you to feel like you’re splurging when you’re not. You don’t need to imbibe in a sugar-packed chocolate mousse, which is so cool! Stay tuned for my recipe.
Sweet Comfort Potato Fries. Also scrumptious, especially when you hanker for some greasy, fried, high-glycemic French fries. Recipe of this coming up, too.
Thick Cacao-Chia-Flax Shake. This is something I often have in the morning or as a snack. I always add sugar-free protein powder to it to give it more of a nutritional boost. Just cook a couple of yams or sweet potatoes in advance, refrigerate them and then add small, cold pieces as needed to your healthy shake.
Yummy and Nutritionally Dense
Here are some reasons why sweet potatoes are an excellent. For instance, sweet potatoes are:
High in fiber (half of which is soluble).
High in heart-healthy potassium.
Rich in powerful antioxidants, especially beta-carotene (vitamin A).
High in manganese, a trace mineral that helps metabolize carbohydrates and supports healthy blood sugar levels.
Rich in vitamins C and E, potent antioxidant vitamins that play an important role in disease prevention and longevity.
Low in calories. (A bare, medium-sized sweet potato has only 103 calories).
Special thanks to Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., author of The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, and NaturalNews and Danna Norek of for great information about the juicy nutritional content of sweet potatoes.
Now comes an important request. Share your Naked Sweet Potato Recipes. The person with the most creative recipe wins a copy of my book, Beyond Sugar Shock, which helps you to release your sugar habit.

Grateful to be Alive! My July 4th Accident: Jonny Bowden’s Summer Diet Boot Camp

Today, I’m just grateful that I’m alive, writing to you.
That’s because on July 4th, I had a frightening, close encounter with a glass window that I never realized was even there.
I’m lucky to even be here today!
More specifically, without knowing it, I ran headlong into a large piece of glass, because it wasn’t covered with decorative these, these or these.
Ouch is a major understatement!
Right now, I’m still shaken up, wiped out and hit by a horrific headache, nose ache, etc.
Plus, my hand is still sore — somehow, in the middle of my accident, it got split open. (Thankfully, my cut got glued back together.)
My nose and side of my eye are sore, too. My face demonstrates (thankfully, not too obviously) that I got too friendly with a piece of glass.
But right now, I’m determined to keep an attitude of gratitude.
It could have been much, much, much, much worse!
My accident could have killed me.
Or, I could be in emergency care right now, battling for my life.
Yikes! The glass could have completely shattered, with shards splitting open my face rather than just giving me a few bruises and bang-ups from my sunglasses. My hand could have been cut up way, way worse than it was.
Anyhow, I’m grateful to be alive and relatively intact, even if it’s difficult to type right now.
Now that I’m so glad to be alive, I’d like tell you how grateful to you, dear readers. Thank you for your readership, support and connection.
I do hope that my close encounter with a piece of glass will inspire you to think about how grateful you are, too, for many things.
Stephanie gunning Coincidentally, last week I did a radio show about gratitude. I invite you to listen now to last week’s Gab with the Gurus Radio Show about gratitude with Stephanie Gunning.
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It’s time to go to ice my face and head. But before I do that, let me share 2 quick things.
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Help for Sugar Addicts: Tips to Cut Back on Sugar

Would you like to lose weight, get more energy and possibly boost your libido?
Just kick sugar and refined carbs!
Admittedly, for many, that’s easier said than done, especially if you feel like you have a sugar addiction or carb addiction.
Of course, as my clients often admit and as I discovered back in 1998, quitting sugar can be quite challenging.
After all, for many of us, we learned to like the sweet stuff in our wombs! (Yes, one fan told me that when her mom was pregnant, she guzzled soda. Seriously, many of us are born hooked on sugar!)
So allow me to help you begin to break free. To get you going, here are three stories full of tips and tactics.
First, I invite you to read my Huffington Post Holiday Health story, 10 Tips to Conquer Your Cravings for Candies, Cookies Or Cakes.
Next, I encourage you to check out my 10 Ways to Kick Sugar article on
And finally, I recommend that you read nutritionist Jonny Bowden’s fabulous piece, Top 10 Ways to Cut Back on Sugar.
Hope our articles help you. Let us know here. And if you have other tips, please share them with us, too.
For more help, I invite you to join the Smart Habits Fans on Facebook and to check out my book SUGAR SHOCK!

CLA May Speed Reduce Stubborn Fat Around the Middle

CLA Frequently, clients ask me what they can do to reduce reduce stubborn fat around their mid-section other than quit sugar and refined carbs and regularly exercise.
My friend Jonny Bowden — one of the most knowledgeable nutritionists in America today — just wrote a fascinating post on his blog that touts the virtues of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), noting its effectiveness in losing body fat, especially around the tummy.
While “losing pounds is CLA’s most notable claim to fame,” Jonny points out, its benefits also have been known to also include “slowing the spread of cancer cells, help stop bone loss in postmenopausal women and interestingly, calming of inflammation linked to asthma and a host of other things.”
Jonny writes about CLA, because a study in the prestigious American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that CLA is effective at reducing body mass index (BMI) and total fat tissue without altering lean body mass among obese, postmenopausal women with type 2 diabetes.

Top 15 Foods to Rev Up Your Energy, Heal You & Make You Thrive With Jonny Bowden — Listen Today or Later

The Thrive (Don’t Just Survive) series continues today with an exciting program featuring my friend, the renowned nutritionist Jonny Bowden.
Join us at 5:30 today (Wed., March 11) — this program is free for a limited time. Just sign up here. Here’s more info about this event.
The Top 15 Foods to Rev Up Your Energy, Heal You & Make You Thrive!
With Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S.
Wondering what to eat to stay healthy, trim and energetic? Getting confused by all the conflicting information about there? Jonny Bowden, who has helped millions of people around the world to get the body of their dreams and to feel full of energy and vitality, till give you the scoop on the wonder foods that can make the difference between feeling wiped out and ready to crawl under the covers or feeling so enthused that you’re bounding out of bed each day with excitement and enthusiasm. Jonny is author of The 150 Most Effective Ways to Boost Your Energy, The 150 Healthiest Meals on Earth, The Most Effective Natural Cures on Earth and The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth.
Sign up now to join us later. (Remember, you can listen live or later.)

Learn to Lose Weight, Beat Cravings, Combat Stress & Clear Clutter. Thrive in 2009: Free for First 24 Hours

Now that a new year is here, do you want to lose weight and get toned?
Would you like to triumph over your cravings for sugar, coffee and artificial sweeteners?
Do you need some simple ways to beat stress?
Do you yearn for more meaning, sweetness and abundance in your life?
Would you like more energy?
Do you want to get more organized, focused and in control?
In other words, would you like to thrive—not just survive—in 2009?
If you answered “YES” to any one of these questions, you’ll want to join us in the groundbreaking, 11-week “Thrive (Don’t Just Survive) in 2009” teleseminar/webinar program, which begins tonight (Wednesday, January 7 at 5:30 p.m. Eastern).
Learn more now at

Tired of Being Tired, Overweight, Stressed Out, Moody, Empty, Disorganized & Hooked on Sugar? Learn How to Thrive (Don’t Just Survive) in 2009! Eleven Renowned Experts Tell You How in Life-Changing Program

Now that the year is coming to a close, it’s time to finally begin to confront those demons that sabotage you and find ways to change your life for the better.
For instance:
Are you fed up with lugging around extra we*ight?
Are you tired of being unfit and getting out of breath walking up stairs or even being on the treadmill for 2 minutes?
Have you had enough of being stressed out?
Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? (In other words, are you wiped out much of the time? And do you need energy now?)
Are you angry at yourself that you’re a slave to your sugar habit?
Do you feel empty and unfulfilled, and does your life lack meaning?
Do you wish you had simple tips and techniques (like EFT or hypnosis) to lose weight, win out over cravings, conquer stress, etc?
Are you worried about money and just don’t know how to calm down your fears?
Are you overwhelmed by clutter and disorganization and long to take charge and be focused?
Are you concerned about how you’ll survive in 2009?
Do you feel hopeless because this battle with your w*eight battle has gone on for years?
Fret not! You can learn to Thrive (Not Just Survive) in 2009!

Lose Weight, Tone Up & Be Calm This Holiday Season — Thrive (Don’t Just Survive)

The holiday season is among the most stressful times of the year. Traps and obstacles galore lie in wait for you that could pack on pounds, disrupt your sanity and turn you into a stressed-out mess.
From now through the beginning of the New Year, you may worry about:
Where to find inexpensive, but great gifts for your loved ones;
How to keep from gaining weight;
How to tone up before those holiday parties;
How to ward off insistent, sugar-pushing, carb-obsessed hosts at festive gatherings;
How to keep from losing your cool with loved ones;
How to overcome the stress of the season; and
How to keep from fretting and fuming because you forgot to pack all your belongings for your visit to the family’s house, your flight is late, or you’re stalled in miles of traffic.
How you’ll have the energy and the stamina to get through it all.
How to overcome this overwhelmed feeling
How to not turn to food to just make it through the season
Because these holiday gatherings and this season can be so fraught with nerve-wracking challenges, I’m presenting a very special, four-part program starting next Monday (Dec. 8) that will feature some of the top health experts in the country.
Learn more now about the Thrive (Don’t Just Survive) This Holiday Season program.