5 Mindful Ways to Start your Day

5 Mindful Ways to Start your Day

8 hours ago
We officially made it to the second half of 2020! I don’t know whether to sigh a breath of relief or to hold my breath in anticipation of what might come next. During a time of crisis and uncertainty, it is normal to feel upset, anxious, sad, or worried. While you might feel pulled towards the waves of hopelessness, it is important now more than ever to take care of your mental, emotional, and physical health. These morning habits aim to keep you healthy and help you refresh your outlook each day.
A Step-by-Step Guide to Baking Meditation

A Step-by-Step Guide to Baking Meditation

8 days ago
ChipMonk loves all things wellness. Healthy diet, exercise, yoga, meditation: these are all excellent tools to help us come back to our senses. But self-care doesn’t need take the form of a strict routine. In fact, sometimes the best way to quiet your mind is by doing what you love, and we love baking. So why not turn baking into it's own form of meditation?
4 Mouthwatering Gift Ideas for People Living With Diabetes

4 Mouthwatering Gift Ideas for People Living With Diabetes

13 days ago
Party time usually means cake, cookies, and other tasty treats, but if you’re living with diabetes that dessert tray might have you feeling a little left out. Enter ChipMonk! We believe everyone deserves to have their cake, so we set out to create a wholesome menu of delicious, diabetic friendly desserts and baking products. If you want to surprise your diabetic friend or loved one with something sweet, check out these 4 delicious gift ideas from ChipMonk Baking
ChipMonk’s Picks: Top 7 Gluten-Free Snacks!

ChipMonk’s Picks: Top 7 Gluten-Free Snacks!

June 3 2020
Last week we learned that we are all Free to Live Gluten-Free because there are a surprising number of delicious foods that are naturally gluten-free. In fact, there are now hundreds of carefully crafted gluten-free products available to satisfy cravings without introducing any gluten at all into your diet. So get ready for another round of ChipMonk’s Picks. Here are our top 7 favorite gluten-free snacks:
Free to Live Gluten-Free

Free to Live Gluten-Free

May 27 2020
Did you know most people get 45-65% of their daily calories from carbohydrates like those found in bread, cereal, and pasta? Unfortunately, these foods also contain gluten, which is bad news for anyone with gluten intolerance or celiac disease. If you’re practicing a gluten-free lifestyle, you might think it’s impossible to avoid gluten and still have a fulfilling diet, but fear not! There are many gluten-free substitutes that taste just as good and offer more nutritional value than their gluteny counterparts.
The Secret Is Out! 7 Tasty Uses for AlluMonk Sugar-Free Sweetener

The Secret Is Out! 7 Tasty Uses for AlluMonk Sugar-Free Sweetener

May 20 2020
AlluMonk! It’s a carefully crafted, zero-calorie combination of all-natural Allulose and Monk Fruit designed to recreate the sweetness of sugar. But unlike other artificial sweeteners, AlluMonk dissolves easily, digests well, and doesn’t have any weird, unwanted aftertaste. Check out 7 exciting ways AlluMonk can help you cut out the sugar and satisfy your sweet tooth.
ChipMonk's Picks! Top 5 Low-Carb Keto Snacks in 2020

ChipMonk's Picks! Top 5 Low-Carb Keto Snacks in 2020

May 13 2020
There’s never been a better time to go Keto. Health conscious businesses are popping up all over to provide a huge selection of low-carb, high fat products to help satisfy your cravings and keep you in ketosis. If you’re interested in a ketogenic diet, then you’re in luck, because we have put together a list of the top 5 yummiest keto snacks on the marke
The Truth About Intermittent Fasting

The Truth About Intermittent Fasting

May 6 2020
Intermittent fasting has become one of the most popular diets and lifestyle choices of modern times. This way of eating promises not to restrict your diet or caloric intake whilst still burning fat. It sounds too good to be true, and people often doubt or question the mechanisms by which it works, or fail to understand exactly why it's so effective as a long-term dietary decision. 
8 Amazingly Gluten-Free Desserts You Must Try

8 Amazingly Gluten-Free Desserts You Must Try

April 13 2020

Living with gluten sensitivity or celiac disease is not as cumbersome as it was years ago.  If you’re craving something sweet and tasty, you can now easily get your fix by purchasing something gluten-free at your local store, or making it yourself.

The latter is a better option for individuals who want to make sure that everything they eat is totally gluten-free. In this post, we’re going to give you ideas for amazing gluten-free desserts that you can try in your spare time.

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April 6 2020
A week ago I could never have guessed that throwing out my back was just what I needed to get my head on straight. It forced me to confront the inevitability of aging and recommit to exercising, eating well, and making time every day for self-care. I know now that even when life is painful or uncertain, the floor is always beneath my feet. 
The Perfect Keto Drink To Wash Down Delicious Keto Cookies

The Perfect Keto Drink To Wash Down Delicious Keto Cookies

March 19 2020
What’s better than munching on some delicious, freshly baked cookies? Washing them down with a tall glass of milk, of course. When you’re on a keto diet; however, the combination of cookies and milk is out of the question. Keto cookies are an easy substitute, but what keto drinks can you accompany them with?
On A Keto Diet? Now You Can Have Your Cookie and Eat It Too

On A Keto Diet? Now You Can Have Your Cookie and Eat It Too

March 11 2020
At first glance, keto seems easy to follow. After all, a diet that recommends fat should be a breeze, right? Not really. First off, you’re supposed to eat a variety of healthy fats. Second, the diet minimizes your intake of carbs, which means no grains, no pasta and no baked goodies. This is where diet-friendly alternatives like keto cookies come in.
Are Nuts and Seeds Good For You?

Are Nuts and Seeds Good For You?

March 9 2020

Tasty, filling, and convenient nuts and seeds are popular foods. They’re high in fat, but does that make them bad for you? Absolutely not. There are plenty of reasons that make nuts and seeds healthy snack options. Let’s dive into the benefits of eating more nuts and seeds.

Why We Love Sunflower Seeds: Nutrition, Benefits, and More

Why We Love Sunflower Seeds: Nutrition, Benefits, and More

March 8 2020

Here at ChipMonk, we’re always look for better-for-you alternative ingredients we can use in our products. Recently sunflower seeds came across our radar. Sunflower seeds are rich in healthy fats, beneficial plant compounds and several vitamins and minerals. They’re popular in trail mix, multi-grain bread and nutrition bars, as well as for snacking straight from the bag. Most interestingly to us, they can be turned into a flour for baking. Let’s dive in and we’ll share everything you need to know about sunflower seeds, including their nutrition, benefits, and how to bake using sunflower seed flour.

New Year's Resolution Advice Roundup

New Year's Resolution Advice Roundup

January 7 2020

Ready or not, the New Year is underway! Have you made or started your New Year’s resolutions yet?

For this week’s blog post, we decided to ask several health and wellness experts what their advice was for people starting their New Year’s resolution goals. Here is a roundup of everything they had to say!

Sticking to Your New Year's Resolution

Sticking to Your New Year's Resolution

December 31 2019

The New Year is upon us! New year, new you right? Most of us will likely commit to a New Year’s resolution and strive to change an aspect of our lives to improve and exceed our former selves. Whether it be diet, exercise, mental health, new hobbies, new friends, or even a new venture, it all has to start somewhere. But starting something new is tough, especially in the beginning.

Gluten-Free Eating

Gluten-Free Eating

December 3 2019

If you have Celiac Disease, gluten sensitivity, a wheat allergy or just like to avoid gluten in general, then the most important things to understand are where gluten comes from and what it is.

The Link Between Sugar and Cancer

The Link Between Sugar and Cancer

November 3 2019

Today, we’ll explore the potential link between sugar and cancer. There’s been a common myth circulating that people with cancer shouldn’t eat sugar because it can cause cancer cells to grow faster, but is that accurate? Let’s point out the obvious, all cells depend on blood glucose for energy. So yes, sugar does feed cancer cells, but it turns out that sugar may not be the culprit.

Optimum Health - Rule Number 3

Optimum Health - Rule Number 3

October 29 2019

The feeling of being well-rested comes from a good night’s sleep. On average, an adult needs between 7 and 9 hours of sleep. Contrary to popular belief, you need the same amount of sleep as you age, not less. I know what you’re thinking, "there's no time to sleep more because of all countless things to do."

What is Allulose?: A Different Kind of Low-Calorie Sweetener

What is Allulose?: A Different Kind of Low-Calorie Sweetener

October 9 2019

Due to its unique characteristics, allulose is becoming more and more popular among keto dieters and those looking to reduce their overall sugar consumption. It sounds too sweet to be true, so what is it exactly and is it safe?

Optimum Health - Rule Number 2

Optimum Health - Rule Number 2

October 1 2019

Sitting is hurting your health, but there’s a quick fix, and It won’t even require much effort on your part, just stand up. Low-intensity activities like standing and walking are much more important than you may realize. Low-level activities, what you wouldn’t even consider exercise, play a crucial metabolic role and account for more of our daily energy expenditure than moderate-to-high intensity activities.

Optimum Health - Rule Number 1

Optimum Health - Rule Number 1

September 24 2019

Health is multifaceted, and according to the World Health Organization, “is a state of physical, emotional and social well being and not merely the absence of illness or disease.”

The Real Story of the Two Wolves

The Real Story of the Two Wolves

September 17 2019

Many of us have heard the Native American story of the two wolves. The modern version spread on the internet, however, varies from the original story and leaves out a fundamentally different, yet important, lesson.

What is Celiac Disease?

What is Celiac Disease?

August 19 2019

Many of ChipMonk’s Customers love our cookies because they are made with gluten-free ingredients. This begs the question though - why do so many people care about gluten? To help shed some light, we’re diving into celiac disease to help everyone understand why, for some, a gluten-free diet is a necessity.

The Best Low Carb Sweeteners (A Visual Guide)

The Best Low Carb Sweeteners (A Visual Guide)

July 17 2019

What sweeteners are best when on a keto or low-carb diet? Check out this visual guide for an easy way to compare the best low-carb sweeteners out there!

Low-Carb Gluten Free Baking: Best Alternative Flours

Low-Carb Gluten Free Baking: Best Alternative Flours

July 16 2019

While baked goods may taste great, they don't provide a lot of nutritional value and may be exacerbating problems in people with health issues like diabetes. These empty calories add inches to the waistline and cost a fortune in medical expenses, but it doesn't have to be this way. There are plenty of all-purpose flour replacements available on the market today, and I took some time to break down some of the more prominent ones available for you.

The Procrastination Paradox

The Procrastination Paradox

June 25 2019

Why is getting started so hard? Procrastination is a paradox. It is a struggle between our future needs and our immediate needs. Most of the time, our immediate needs win out.

Putting the Big Rocks First

Putting the Big Rocks First

June 10 2019

Imagine your life is a jar. If you fill it up with sand and gravel, you’ll never be able to fit in bigger rocks, but if you put the “big rocks” in first, the sand and gravel easily slide in between the cracks. What does this tell us about our priorities?

Eating Out Mindfully

Eating Out Mindfully

May 7 2019

You’re on a diet/lifestyle plan, you try your best to eat well, but often times, you get invited to social or work events and don’t know how you can possibly stick to your goals at a Steak House. You want to get a salad, but with everyone else ordering red meats, tortillas and margaritas… you give in and indulge a little. One indulgent meal a week won’t set you off track right? One meal, definitely not. Two meals or three meals, well it depends.

Counting Down to Weight Loss

Counting Down to Weight Loss

May 1 2019

When it comes to weight loss, a hugely important factor is how many calories you eat. In this post, we walk you through the tips and tricks of calorie counting so you can use it as a tool for managing your weight.

Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent Fasting

April 23 2019

To fast or not to fast? Fasting has quickly become a popular health and fitness trend that is helping people lose weight, improve overall health and reverse type two diabetes, sign me up! Don’t just take my word for it (though I did reverse my diabetes through a combination of a low carb diet and intermittent fasting), studies have shown that it can have many impact benefits on your body and mind. It’s possible that it may even be the secret to longevity.

Mindful Eating

Mindful Eating

April 16 2019

Mindful Eating is based on the Zen Buddhism concept of mindfulness. Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing your awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting your feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. Simply put, it means purposely paying attention to the present moment without any judgement or criticism. The practice of mindfulness has helped countless people live more intentionally, and develop skills necessary to deal with depression, anxiety, chronic pain, disease, sleeping disorders, eating disorders and various food-related behaviors.

Low Carb Shopping List

Low Carb Shopping List

April 3 2019

Go to the grocery store prepared with this helpful list of healthy, low carb foods and easy-to-remember tips and tricks for eating right!

The Low Carb, High Fat Diet

The Low Carb, High Fat Diet

March 19 2019

I controlled my diabetes after only 2.5 months post diagnosis, lowering my A1c from 6.9 to 5.3 :D -  and while no advice from me will ever replace your primary physician (seriously, check in with them and especially if you’re on insulin medications), I can show you the holistic path to wellness and diabetic relief through mindful and conscious eating.

Life as a Type Two Diabetic

Life as a Type Two Diabetic

March 1 2019

ChipMonk co-founder Jose shares his personal journey after being diagnosed with diabetes

The Four Horsemen of Sweets

The Four Horsemen of Sweets

February 26 2019

These four negative side effects of sugar are just plain scary!