Day 5 …. last night was not easy, I wanted something sweet after my dinner, so I literally sucked on half a lemon after dinner …. Aha. Like a mad lunatic, I just wanted a little piece of chocolate but after that initial twenty minutes of wanting it, guess what? It disappeared … and when I got home I let myself have a cup of unsweetened natural applesauce with a sprinkle of good for you Omega-3 filled walnuts and blueberries.
I think most people have heard that Omega-3’s (fish oil/flaxseed oil) found in fish like Salmon, and walnuts and tofu are considered superfoods because they can decrease inflammation throughout the body and help regulate depression. So naturally we want to increase these types of foods and or supplements into our daily diet to keep us healthy.
BUTTTTTTTTTTTTT did you know that foods high in sugar and most sugars in general cause your to skin to AGE FASTER? You white, sweet, sugary little bastard, how dare you?
The more sugar you eat the more it damages your skins collagen. Of course we can’t completely eliminate all sugar from our diets to prevent this, but dermatologists and doctors alike say cutting back on ADDED sugars in our diet can help reverse this. Also starting on a regimen of healthy vitamins, and of course, keeping sunscreen on daily
So what is Added sugar? Again those packages that say Sugar Free or Low Fat, ingredients like Maltose, Dextrose and High Fructose Corn Syrup are preservatives that help the shelf life of certain foods last longer. Some examples would be, white breads, sugary cereal, sugary crackers, and mini desserts that are pre-packaged. SODAs and DIET SODAS, fruit flavored drinks, and fruit juices from concentrate.
TIP #5: I know its a lot to take in, but I think we can all start small like CHANGING out one thing in our daily diet: Is it a 4pm diet coke, the second of the day? Switch to an iced tea or a hot tea, that you can sweeten with a little honey. Are you having a sugary breakfast cereal with skim milk in the am, instead try a package of high fiber unsweetened oatmeal and add blueberries and walnuts to make it a more powerful way to start the day. And even if its only Every other Day, replace that after dinner cake/ice cream/cookie with a sliced apple and natural peanut butter or almond butter. Small steps like these help lead us to making the bigger changes in the long run.
Some additional tips Courtesy of http:www.Prevention.com on saving your skin and skipping the sugar:
1. Cut back on the sweet stuff in your diet. It’s not easy to eliminate sugar completely. Even whole grains, fruits, and vegetables turn to glucose— the type of sugar that fuels glycation—when digested. But limiting added sugar can help. Some guidelines:
a Keep added sugar to no more than 10% of total calories.If you’re a 45-year-old woman of average height (5-foot-4), that’s 160 calories (or 10 teaspoons)from added sugar—about the number in one 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola or six Hershey’s Kisses. By comparison, the average American consumes 31 teaspoons per day of added sugar, or the equivalent of 465 calories. (To find out how many calories total you should eat every day, log on toprevention.com/caloriecalculator.)
b Watch for hidden sugar in food. Many prepared foods contain hefty amounts of sugar—but it’s hidden under aliases—including barley malt, corn syrup, dextrose, fruit juice concentrate, maltose, maple syrup, molasses, and turbinado—on ingredient panels. The key is determining how many teaspoons of sugar each serving contains. Doing this is easy: Check the nutrition label for sugars, which are listed in grams under total carbohydrates, and then divide that number by 4 (each teaspoon of sugar is equal to 4 g) to convert it to teaspoons. For example, if sugars are listed as 12 g, you’re getting 3 teaspoons of sugar per serving.
c Avoid high fructose corn syrup. This type of sweetener, which is made by changing the sugar in cornstarch to fructose (another form of sugar), is believed to produce more AGEs than other types. Because HFCS extends the shelf life of foods and is sweeter and cheaper than other sugars, it’s a popular ingredient in soda, fruit- flavored drinks, and packaged foods such as breads, crackers, and other snacks. You can spot it in ingredient lists on nutrition labels.
2. Supplement Your Dietwith at least 1 mg of vitamins B1 and B6 a day. These vitamins proved to be potent AGE inhibitors in a number of published studies, says David J. Goldberg, MD, a New York City–based dermatologist and a clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. B1 and B6 are plentiful in food, but taking a multivitamin—most of which deliver at least 1 mg of both Bs—ensures you’re getting the daily value of 1.1 mg for B1 and 1.3 mg for B6 (1.5 mg after age 50).
3. Wear broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen every day. Significantly more AGEs occur in sun-exposed skin than in protected skin, according to the British Journal of Dermatology study. (See p. 122 for moisturizers that have the coverage you need.)
4. Employ an inside-outside approach to antioxidants. These free-radical fighters help keep sugar from attaching to proteins, so replenishing their supply—both by eating more antioxidant-rich fruits, nuts, and vegetables , such ascranberries, walnuts, and red bell peppers, and by applying topical antioxidantssuch as green tea and vitamins C and E—is a real skin saver. “It seems to be the best way to ensure that they reach the dermal layer of skin, where collagen and elastin are located,” says Goldberg.