Get Your Glow: Ditching Sugar

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything.  The holidays are long gone and we are a whole month and some change into a new year.  During my short hiatus, I took all of January to think about how to get my glow in my life.  I know it’s late to talk about resolutions and all of that stuff, but who really cares.  I made it a point to be more intentional about what I wanted and I want to get my glow and then some.

One area I thought about where to get my glow back is my skin.  It sounds superficial, but hear me out.  Having beautiful skin is a must for me.  Not from conceit or a place of narcissism, but from a health standpoint.  Eating better and exercising are the keys to helping me to glow on a physical, mental, and even spiritual plane.  So, I decided to just go all in.

Rather than overwhelm myself and fall back into old habits, I wanted to start with one thing and something that would be a challenge for me.  I decided that for the entire month of February, I would lessen the amount of sugar I consumed daily.  I am currently on a sugar-fast from refined sugars that, as you may know, is in pretty much everything we eat.  Healthy or not.

A sugar-fast isn’t new to me because I’ve done it before.  But I realized that I needed to change my “relationship” with the “legal crack” (as I like to call it) for once and for all.

I am exactly 13 days into this.  The first couple of days were a little tough, but I didn’t give into the cravings.  After a week, I don’t crave sugar so much now.  My trigger points I realized are out of sheer boredom.  Raiding the candy jar at work where candy, cookies, donuts, and any other sweet treats linger are so readily available that in order to get through the day, it was nothing for me to grab one “fun-sized” candy bar only to realize that I’ve eaten enough candy to feed a classroom full of five year olds at a Halloween party.  I’m exaggerating, but you get the point.

My cravings for “something sweet” after a meal have subsided, too.  And for me, that’s a great thing.  I realized that my consumption had gotten out of hand and now is the time to do something about it.

After reading so many articles about the effects refined sugar has on your skin is a real opener.  In addition to weight gain, over consumption of refined sugars can accelerate aging, contribute to acne breakouts and inflammation, and rob your skin of its overall glow.

So what have I done since taking on this sugar challenge?  I drink more water.  I cook at home more.  I consume more vegetables.  I’ve started back exercising.

I can report that my skin looks clearer, but I can’t see a weight difference, yet.  But I don’t seem to have the 3 o’clock slump anymore, though.  I feel more energized, if anything.

This is a journey for me, so I’m excited to see how far I can go.  Wish me luck!  I’ll keep you posted.

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  • Allison W

    Great article and info about reducing sugar for both health and beauty – win/win Great “kick in the pants” reminders and encouragement to do it a little at a time

    • glowgoddess

      Yes! Start small. But just get started!!