Quitting Sugar

One thing I’ve known for a while – and rediscovered during my short cleanse – is that mentally and physically I feel much better when I don’t eat sugar. However I have yet to figure out how to keep it out of my diet.

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Click for Marie Claire’s take on shunning sugar.

Now I know people will say, “But no! Everything in moderation!” Yes, yes. That’s true too. Just not for me. I can’t just have three bites, I have to eat the whole thing (as just demonstrated by my polishing off a pint of ice cream tonight). Not that I’ll never eat sugar again, but I would like to make a big effort to save the sweet stuff for special occasions. This also includes foods that are easily converted to sugar in the body, like white flour. So, starting right now, I’m officially off sugar.

Here are three reasons you might want to consider kicking the sugar habit too:

  1. Sugar is  terrible for your skin, breaking down collagen and elastin leaving you saggy and wrinkly! This includes any high-glycemic, proinflammatory foods.
  2. Sugar is more addictive than cocaine. This can cause you to overeat (thus gaining weight/health issues) and feel emotional distress when you can’t get your fix.
  3. Sugar consumption is linked to mental illness, including depression and schizophrenia as well as often being linked to unresolved emotional patterns. “Sugar suppresses activity of a key growth hormone in the brain called BDNF which promotes the health and maintenance of neurons in the brain and plays a vital role in memory function.

Here’s to being healthier and happier!


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