Sugar has been getting a lot of negative press lately and for good reason.
It's not just found in cookies and ice cream, but in all low-fat foods, too.
Americans consume an average of 22 teaspoons a day of added sugar, according to the National Cancer Institute. Some experts are now saying it's sugar that's contributing to the obesity epidemic.
When it comes to your skin, sugar is your #1 enemy. It causes inflammation in your body that breaks down the collagen and elastin in your skin, which makes it look dry, dehydrated and dull.
The naturally occurring sugars found in fruits and honey are different than sugar found in processed foods and soft drinks. You should avoid anything that contains ingredients like fructose, evaporated cane juice, dextrose, glucose, fruit-juice concentrate, malt syrup, beet sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, and essentially all sugars ending in an "ol" or "ose."
YOU MIGHT HAVE A SUGAR ADDICTION IF:
- You crave something sweet everyday, and no matter how hard you try, you cave.
- You reach for it as comfort food, because it gives you that instant high and makes you feel better.... but only for a short while.
- Once you've had a taste of something sweet, you can't stop.
WAYS TO BREAKUP WITH SUGAR:
- Use spices in your food and drinks - think nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, ginger, etc.
- Avoid artificial sweeteners. They send confusing signals to your brain and won't help curb the cravings.
- Eat healthy sweet treats like raw cacao. It's packed with minerals (magnesium, zinc, iron, copper, etc), that help the body absorb more nutrients. It's tasty and flavorful.
- Drink filtered water and stay hydrated throughout the day.
- Get moving. Mindless snacking and uncontrollable cravings are often signs of boredom and/or dehydration.
- And love yourself the first few days of quitting - your body will be adjusting to the change, so go to a gentle yoga class, load up on some greens and get adequate sleep.
The more sugar and sweets you eat, the MORE you'll want it. Once your body adjusts, you'll find that you crave it less and less.