Sari Dana is one of my very best friends. Have you ever seen an exercise instructor sweat through a whole hour and 15 minutes of cardio blast with super positive energy, grace, elegance, and a smile? Well, there you have it in a (protein packed) nutshell. Meet Sari Dana. Stay tuned for more recipes and sugar detox inspiration. Marlene
The Ultimate Spring Detox-a Quick, Easy Way to Sugar Detox:
Every so often I meet someone on the street, in a restaurant or just in passing who would reach out to me and share their sugar detox challenge experience.
In case you’re not familiar with my Sugar Detox story, I would love to share it with you.
Even though I, like most people, have a difficult time expressesing the truth about my negative habits, I sum up the energy to do so, by thinking about my desire of a higher cause. The cause of helping others. I know my story will help hundreds if not thousands, possibly even millions. You see, it’s a ripple effect. If I can help someone from my experience, and that person helps someone else, a family, a community and possibly the world at large can benefit.
So here it goes…
April 2008 was the turning point for me. The month that changed my life.
In April 2008 I embarked on the biggest feat of my life. A 30 Day Sugar Detox Challenge. You may have read my articles for each of those days on the Jewish Hostess blog, or followed me through my emails. The writings were raw. I was simply stating my experience. I didn’t have a plan, just a goal to complete 30 consecutive days sugar free. I, along with my group at the Sephardic Center, and my dedicated readers, embarked on a challenge that would change my life forever.
What was so exciting about being sugar free? I could sum it up in one word, a word that most people search a life time for. HAPPY. When I became Sugar Free- I became HAPPY.
Yes, my life is filled with many things to make me feel happy. I am blessed with a wonderful family and friends. I have a career in fitness that is extremely rewarding. Yet, the only time that I am truly happy is when I am sugar free.
Why would living a life without sugar have such profound effects? Refined sugar does not benefit our bodies or mind in any way.
While it has many negative effects, like rising triglcerdies significantly and suppressing the immune system, the biggest on my list is brain fog and mood swings that occur when you eat refined sugar. If you ever expirenced a brain fog- you know what I mean!
Without sugar in your system you can conquer the world! It is such an empowering feeling. Sugar brings you up for a short period of time, and then brings you down. Sometimes so down that you just need to sleep. If you ever over-ate a large meal, then you know what I’m talking about.
Without sugar, your brain can work with clarity. Focusing will become easy. This is especially helpful in children, who need to focus in school for 8 hours at a time. You will always have an even temperament, and trying to lose weight will become a thing of the past.
After helping hundreds of women, I decided to attain my degree from the American Associastion of Drugless Practicioners and enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
Being a health coach and a fitness professional has helped me to gain access to help so many more people in our community. By blending my two careers, my clients are able to reap many rewards. I truly feel blessed.
If your are ready to have more energy, fewer cravings and take control of your life, then you don’t want to miss my most amazing event yet.
The Ultimate Spring Cleanse: a fast and easy sugar detox program.
A workshop filled with inspiration and motivation!
What: Sari’s Sugar Detox
Where: In Brooklyn. Address upon request
When: to be announced soon!
contact me at SARI@DANANYC.COM
I look forward to meeting you!
This is a edamame ,mango and beans recipe that my sister in law, Olga Schweky made at my Sugar Detox Event- it was a big hit- and gets 2 thumbs up on Sari Sugar Detox! Its low calorie, low fat and a great way to add plant based proteins into your diet. Triple dose of plant protein from the edamame, red and black beans.
Mango Edamame Salad:
- Shelled edamame (boiled and drained)
- 1 mango cubed
- 1 red onion, chopped small
- 1 can black beans or 1and 1/2 cups fresh black beans
- 1 can of red beans, or 1 and 1/2 fresh beans
- 2 colored peppers,diced -1/2 cup each color (not green)
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar,
- 1/4 cup olive oil
Mix all ingredients and add dressing.