Let’s talk about sugar. I used to loooove, love sugar and I would eat it as much as I wanted with no remorse since no matter what I ate, I never gained too much weight.
However, that drastically changed when on my 24th week of pregnancy I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes, and if I wanted to have a healthy pregnancy, I needed to limit my intake of sugars. Even though I was bummed at first, (as if quitting sushi wasn’t tragic enough) quitting sugar was one of the best things I have ever done for myself. I noticed positive results immediately.
You may not be aware that sugar is the most popular ingredient added to food in the US – it’s everywhere, even in foods marketed as healthy. So all of a sudden, I became a “food inspector” who would spend countless minutes reading labels for obvious sugars, as well as the hidden ones that go by the names of sucrose, high fructose, corn syrup, dextrin, dextrose, lactose…just to confuse us.
Why is it important to limit sugar as much as possible and why would you feel better after just a few days? Here are the main reasons:
-Sugar depletes our immune system, and too much sugar will cause us to be acidic, which is very health-depleting.
-Sugar is also very inflammatory, causing widespread inflammation throughout our body (inflammation is connected to every chronic health issue we know).
-It is also highly addictive, causing us to crave more and more, which sets up a cycle that can be hard to stop. Digestion is affected negatively as sugar causes an imbalance of good and bad bacteria, which has many different symptoms: gas, bloating, and irritable bowel syndrome, just to name a few.
-Sugar is very age-promoting because it causes glycosylation of proteins, which causes wrinkling and sagging of skin.
-You’ll make your dentist rich. Sugar is the number one cause of cavities, so if you dread dentist’s visits as much as I do, cutting sugar will also cut that out of your life.
You will also see the benefit of having more steady, consistent energy throughout the day without those peaks and dips. However, if you crave something sweet, mother nature has natural alternatives to refined sugar; raw and organic honey, organic applesauce, monk fruit, date sugar, and coconut sugar. Also, eating fruit by itself can be a very sweet treat!