I help holistically minded, engaged parents become the parents they need to be for their challenging (yet gifted) children.
One of the pillars of my work as a parenting and family health coach is elevating family nutrition. Sugar and the chemicals and dyes found in traditional baked goods and candy play a significant role in behavior, vitality, energy, focus and the ability to think clearly.
Our culture makes it so easy to reach for sugar when you are stressed, tired and wanting a “treat” after a long day as a busy parent. For kids, sugar is everywhere, as snacks at school, given as a “treat” rewards and even found in abundance in “health foods.”
If you suspect your child and family diet may be impacting your children’s behavior, I’ve written this book to help support you on a new journey to integrating healthier sweets into your family life. I’ve been there and know what it is like!
Sweetness Without Sugar:
A Resource Guide for Delicious Dairy-, Egg-, and Gluten- Free Treats Made with Healthy Sweeteners
Wendy has loved sweets and chocolate for as long as she can remember, so she understands our society’s obsession with sugar. She has also experienced its negative effects:
After eating sugar, I felt foggy and, lethargic. Having a treat was no longer fun when it adversely affected my mood and I needed time to return to normal. Consequently, I became passionate about finding ways to have sweetness in my life without the ill effects of eating traditional sugars.
The average American eats 152 lbs of sugar each year! We expect sugar in baked goods, sweets and soda (1 teaspoon per ounce!), but not in other foods like lunchmeat, low-fat foods or packaged and prepared foods. Because of our expectations, it is less obvious when we are eating sugar and more difficult to limit it. Unfortunately, eating large amounts of sugar or artificial sweeteners suppresses the appetite for nourishing foods and is correlated to numerous health conditions including this small sampling: Acid reflux or GERD, Cancer, Childhood obesity, Depression, GI disorders, Headaches/Migraines, Heart infections, High Blood Pressure, Infertility, Obesity, Memory loss, Mental confusion and more.
Wendy understands the problem but, more importantly, she has the solution!
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What others are saying about Sweetness Without Sugar:
“…a mouthful of sweet hope for those of you with multiple food sensitivities.”
“Hats off to Wendy for not compromising her message, but giving her readers the ability to make the necessary changes in a delicious way!”
“In an age when we have come to realize that sugar is an enemy of health, Wendy Vigdor-Hess provides an easy guide for the masses. My dream is to have a copy of this book in each home economics class in our schools and on the shelves of good cooks everywhere.”
“This book is a wonderful resource for anyone hoping to control their blood sugar, decrease inflammation and possibly even prevent serious diseases such as cancer.”
“For those wanting to stop eating sugar but still enjoy the healthy alternatives, this is an excellent guide book. For the recipes alone, this book is a “treat.” The added features offer clear, comprehensive choices for sweetening alternatives for gluten-free, vegan baking.”
“Wendy has created a useful and practical book that provides a wealth of information about sweeteners and organic alternatives. Her recipes for organic treats are a hit in our home. I recommend it as a good resource for anyone wishing to improve their health through balanced, natural nutrition.”
“The book is a cornucopia of balanced, factual information on sugars, artificial sweeteners, corn, gluten, dairy, soy, essential fatty acids, etc. – even alkaline diet. What makes this book such a practical guide are the charts, tables, website references, and recipes, which fill almost two-thirds of the pages. I will recommend this book wholeheartedly to all my clients with a “sweet tooth”. It will be a tremendous help for them to transition to a sugar-free diet without having to abstain from sweetness.”
“I am thrilled to be able to recommend Wendy’s book to my clients! So many people are looking for refined sugar alternatives, and Wendy has created such delicious, easy to prepare treats that everyone can enjoy. This book is more than a cookbook too…it is loaded with sound nutrition information. Thanks for putting this book out there! So many people will benefit from your wisdom and talents!”
“Wendy’s recipes are foolproof – each one I have tried is delicious (and my kids and patients agree!) This book is a must-read for anyone who is interested in a healthier lifestyle.”
“This cookbook is the one I have been looking for to recommend to my families. So many cookbooks touted as “healthy” include soy products, margarine, corn products and high concentrates of natural sweeteners. Wendy’s Sweetness Without Sugar provides friendly wisdom, the latest in nutritional and allergy facts, quick recipes that not only pass my taste and nutritional tests but the taste test of all four of my young children and the parents and toddlers in my practice. This is truly a whole food cook book which introduces natural and nutritious sweeteners that are slowly and easily absorbed and enjoyed.”
“What really pleases me is that Wendy uses healthy nutrient-dense nutritional boosters in many recipes, making them less of a splurge and more of a boost!”
“In Sweetness Without Sugar, Wendy offers a one-stop-shop for anyone dealing with negative effects from gluten, dairy, sugar or toxic sugar substitutes. More than just a cookbook, this resource guide empowers its readers to choose wisely without compromising taste. They’ll learn the how’s and why’s of sugar sensitivity and healthy sweet treats. Smoothies, breakfasts, and both raw and baked desserts appeal to anyone watching a waistline or looking to raise vitality. In her warm, friendly way, Wendy nurtures as she educates. I’ve already referred many clients and friends to the eBook version and look forward to the print edition!”
“Sweetness Without Sugar is a delightful resource for creating and enjoying healthy, delicious sweet-tasting foods. Wendy’s book is a well-researched compilation of all she has learned, shared and believes in as a nutritionist, mother, healer and counselor. She provides supportive guidance in every nourishing word.”
“What a wonderful group of fun recipes that are easy to make for the family! I love the variety of treats and that no one has to feel deprived while trying to optimize his or her children’s health! Thank you for your contribution to our profession!”
“This book is a concise, compact, easy-to-use encyclopedia and cookbook; a brilliant bridge from unhealthy sugar consumption. Individually, the various listings, categories and definitions are worth the purchase! Sweetness Without Sugar with its wonderful delicious- tasting, healthy alternative recipes, is a welcome addition to any home.”