New Year's Challenge: Small Changes (Day three)

We know that diets don’t work in the long run because deprivation sucks, food is delicious, and we’re human. So, let’s do things differently. Instead of taking things away and making restrictions, we’re going to add in. Crowd out the junky, processed foods, with high quality, delicious, and nutritious foods. We’ve already swapped our cocoa for cacao and traded in the bottle of garlic salt for garlic powder and sea salt. Today, we’re adding in a warm and cozy spice: cinnamon.

Here are some benefits from cinnamon:

  1. High in antioxidants (slows the aging process)

  2. Relieves Inflammation (lowers swelling, decreases menstrual pain)

  3. Protects heart health (reduces cholesterol and lowers blood pressure)

  4. Boosts brain function (thanks again to those antioxidants)

  5. Optimizes oral hygiene (say goodbye to your bad breath and tooth decay!)

  6. Prevents Candida (it contains powerful antifungal properties, that help treat Candida overgrowth in the digestive tract)

  7. Benefits skin health (antibiotic and antimicrobial properties that help protect skin from irritation, rashes, and allergic reactions--best in the form of a cinnamon oil--I use DoTerra)

  8. Sweetens recipes up without sugar (naturally sweet taste, so you can add it to foods and cut back on the amount of sugar you might otherwise use)

Bet you didn’t know your cinnamon stick packed that big of a punch!

Here are a few ways to easily add some cinnamon into your diet:

  • Use a whole cinnamon stick to infuse liquids (hot water, tea, mulled wine, apple cider)

  • Add ground cinnamon to your coffee, oatmeal, yogurt, baked goods

  • Sprinkle cinnamon into your savory dishes to add warmth and depth (think stews and soup)

  • Take a cinnamon capsules or oil for a quick and concentrated dose

Check back for tomorrow’s easy change!