Cutting Out Sugar (Plus A Low Sugar Smoothie Recipe)
Lately I’ve been noticing my skin hasn’t been looking so hot. Kinda dull, super dry, splotchy, and an occasional pimple. At first I thought it was from the winter and dry indoor heating so I upped my mask game, made sure I was drinking enough water. Still no good.
Then I started to take a look at what I’ve been eating. Not good. Since I’ve been increasing my miles I’ve also been increasing my refined sugar intake. Vegan scones after every long run, cookies from the farmer’s market, doughnuts at Cinnamon Snail….I could go on and on.
Besides being one of the most inflammatory food you can eat. Sugar is a dehydrating agent, so it increases oil production. It also affects water binding so your skin looks less perky and bouncy, and doesn’t appear as oxygenated. It also affects the production of the proteins and amino acids that build up collagen and elasticity. Which basically means that sugar will give you wrinkles and age you. It also weakens the immune system which makes you more prone to pimples.
As good as sugar tastes, it’ll make you look like crap.
Sugar also messes up your mood. Hello sugar high and the subsequent sugar crash! Diets high in sugar can make you more at risk for depression, make your anxiety worse and compromise your memory and brain function. Anxiety has always been something I’ve dealt with so finding out sugar makes it worse is all the more reason to cut it out.
So starting this week I’m going low sugar. To be straight, I’m not giving up fruit. I think the sugar in fruit is good when you eat it whole. I will be cutting out fruit juices because the fiber is removed. Goodbye processed sugary treats! Even though something is vegan, it doesn’t make it healthy. Like I do with my clients, I’m starting slow and crowding out the sugary food with cleaner, low sugar options.
I’ll be getting more into going low sugar in the blog later but here are the steps I’m taking to help curb my sugar cravings:
- Drinking enough water. Keeping your body hydrated helps fight against sugar cravings. Sometimes when you think you are hungry or need sugar you’re actually just dehydrated.
- Eating more protein.
- Include more fermented food in my diet. Kombucha and sauerkraut!
- More greens and healthy fats. More avocados and green smoothies.
- Reduce stress.
- Avoiding processed foods. (Bye Bye cookies and scones!)
Low Sugar Smoothie
This smoothie is a great way to start your day. It's filled with fiber and protein, plus adaptogens to help combat stress and inflammation in the body.
- 1 banana
- 1/3 cup frozen cauliflower
- 1/3 cup blueberries
- 1/2 scoop vanilla Vega Sport Protein(or plant based protein of your choice)
- Big handful of spinach
- 1 teaspoon chlorella
- 1 teaspoon ashwaganda
- 1 teaspoon cordyceps
- 1 teaspoon chaga
- 1 teaspoon maca
- 1/2 - 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
Put everything in your blender and blend away! Top with coconut flakes, bee pollen, or whatever you wish.
Does anyone else struggle with sugar? Let me know in the comments.