Last week on Samantha Ushedo’s Facebook page was all about letting go of Self UNLOVE to make way for beautiful and nourishing practices in your life. For 7 days, she challenged herself (and you!) to find small ways to incorporate self LOVE practices into your daily life. I was honored to be a part of her challenge by sharing a blog piece on why ditching sugar = self love:
If you want to experience true joy, feel alive, and shine like the star you are meant to be, then you will want to ditch sugar, asap.
We all love a sweet treat now and then…well, some of us more frequently than others! Sugar lifts our moods, gives us energy, and makes us feel alive, but then almost immediately does the opposite. It’s feel-good affects are fleeting, leaving us with more problems than satisfaction — sluggishness, skin problems, weight issues, chronic diseases, more cravings, irritability and short tempers… This is because sugar raises blood glucose levels quickly, which in turn raises insulin levels to keep the blood sugar in check. And while we need insulin to keep us functioning, too much of a good thing can go sour. Keep in mind that your body only needs a teaspoon of sugar at any time, and any more than a tablespoon floating around and your days are over on this planet. To compound the issue, the more sugar you eat, the more AGE’s (advanced glycation end products) you develop, which contributes to faster aging. I could go on and on; the list of undesirable affects of sugar is long.
Fortunately, you have a choice in the matter. By simply reducing sugar you can improve your mood, help to slow down aging (less wrinkles over time!), increase your overall energy, lose weight, and sport clearer skin. Don’t tell me none of this is appealing – I know it is!
But eliminating sugar goes beyond the mental clarity, health and beauty benefits. Ditching sugar is oddly enough one of those things that can almost immediately increase your self worth. You find new found respect for your body and your life. I’ve seen it many times. The combination of saying no, of eliminating sweet toxins, and of establishing boundaries for your health has the ability to breathe in new life.
I encourage you to try it. Give it two weeks, and watch a whole new shine arise in your face, in your step, and in your heart.
Originally posted at http://www.samanthaushedo.com/ditching-sugar-best-thing-can/