That’s a lot of sugar, extra weight gain, and the quiet, subtle damage it’s causing your skin is alarming! So is it really possible to go without sugar? Will my cravings ever go away?
So What’s the Deal with Sugar???
Sugar is a MAJOR cause of inflammation in our bodies. People get really upset when I say this. It’s like sugar is sacred because it’s a part of our culture. Our life! It’s something you’ve had every day since a baby. We use it to celebrate, we use it when we feel sad. It temporarily soothes, satisfies and excites us! It’s no wonder people get really upset when you tell them sugar isn’t good for you! Remember weaning your kids off of a binkie and how hard that was??? Try weaning an average adult off of sugar – you get the same response! Crying, cravings, headaches, and fits!
ADDED SUGAR HAS LITTLE TO NO NUTRITIONAL BENEFIT!
A diet high in added sugar (aka “empty calories”) may contribute to:
- Weight gain
- Low energy
- Bad mood
- Increased anxiety and stress
- Decreased memory and focus
- Skin problems like acne
Sounds great and yummy doesn’t it??? Just kidding!
Does Eating Sugar Really Affect My Skin?
YES! Eating a lot of sugar can affect your skin. Eating too many foods with a high glycemic index can lead to inflammation in the body, which affects the skin. Excess sugar can aggravate skin conditions such as acne and eczema. If you’re prone to inflammation, it’s best to limit the amount of sugar you consume.
High-glycemic foods such as white bread, soda, salad dressings, candy, and other baked goods contain refined and processed sugars and starches, which cause your insulin to spike. And since inflammation is a key component in the formation of acne, you end up seeing flare-ups and an increase in the amount of acne on your face.
Can Sugar Cause Problems for Other Skin Conditions Besides Acne?
Too much sugar can also aggravate other skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis. If you have ANY kind of inflammatory issues, it is best to avoid excessive sugar intake.
If it’s aging skin you’re worried about, avoiding sugar is definitely in your best interest. That’s because diets high in sugar may accelerate skin aging. High-glycemic foods also contribute to aging by increasing the breakdown of collagen fibers in a process called glycation.
Aging skin has the most changes in the dermis, where collagen and elastin fibers reside, with glycation, sugars basically bind with collagen to form something called advanced glycation end products. It’s this binding that causes collagen fibers to become stiff and brittle, leading to older-looking skin.
Can Sugar Affect My Hormones?
Long story short: YES! Insulin is closely connected to all of the other hormones in your body, including estrogen and testosterone. A spike in insulin is all it takes to upset the delicate balance of hormones.
Simple, refined sugars cause spikes in blood sugar and insulin. But complex carbohydrates, fiber, protein and healthy fats promote more gradual increases and decreases in blood sugar and insulin, lowering the glycemic load and lifting the burden on your hormones.
Try mixing protein, fiber and healthy fat with treats. Be sure to include lots of cruciferous vegetables in your diet, like brussel sprouts, broccoli, cabbage and kale for added hormone balancing.
Lowering sugar and saturated fats and increasing consumption of fruits, vegetables, and omega fatty acids is prudent advice for skin health as well as overall health.
10 Ways to Curb Your Sugar Cravings and Help Regulate Healthy Hormone Levels
- Remove treats from your house and refuse to buy it from now on! (You’re so mean! I promise, you’re kids will get over it and still love you!)
- Drinks: Avoid sodas and sugary juices. Stay hydrated with water! Don’t love water?? Try these mixes that I love! Amazing Grass and True Lemon
- Juicing fruits and vegetables! Check out this blog post all about juicing!
- Dried fruit/apricots and prunes without added sugar! Try mangoes, apples or even pineapple!
- Eat lots of berries, chia seeds, legumes, dates, sweet potatoes, fermented foods (kombucha, yogurt – no sugar added) into your diet.
- Take a pre/probiotic that reduces cravings! We offer our Regul8 supplements in the clinic and online! This is great for anyone and everyone!
- Increase your omega 3’s! Our EFA’s are Essential Fatty Acids that help maintain healthy skin! You can buy them here!
- Chlorophyll drops!! Chlorophyll supplements have been proven to improve health, boost energy, and fight illnesses!
- Youtube Meditation/Breathing techniques to cope with stress rather than turning to food. Food never makes your problems better – it just compounds them because now you feel like crap!
- Download the FREE guide below of alternative foods to make simple and easy switches in your diet!
I’ll be the first to admit that sugar tastes good, but my advice is to eat it on special occasions instead of every day. I save my treats for birthdays and holidays. You’ll not only lose weight, but you’ll minimize symptoms and support your skin and overall health on every level! I feel and look so much better after ditching it! I’m here to tell you it IS possible, and you can do it! Baby steps!!!!!!
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