To help you stay both at ease, and in control of your nutrition this silly season, I’ve put together my Top 7 holiday survival strategies that will take the stress out of Christmas and ensure you have a happy and healthy end to the year.
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Many of us are well aware that our sugar consumption can be linked to an increased risk of numerous health ailments such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity and a host of other serious conditions. Unfortunately, however, the reality of these risk still isn’t incentive enough for us to actually change our sugar habits.
Whether it’s because we don’t perceive these to be an immediate threat, or we’re in denial of any non-obvious signs that sugar is causing damage to our own health, we are often far too easily tempted to ignore the facts. Instead, we are driven toward the immediate and short-term gratification sugar provides us with.
The simple fact is this; an instant reward is far more compelling for us in driving our behaviours than the threat of any long-term consequences!
So, with this in mind, it may help and motivate some of us by learning of the more immediate and undeniably rewarding benefits that you will experience from reducing your sugar intake as soon as today:
1. Healthy, glowing, youthful skin
We all want to look and feel confident in the skin we’re in, and unfortunately, sugar does us no favours in achieving this!
When we ingest simple carbohydrates and sugars, our bodies break down the sugar molecules into glucose – which in turn raises our insulin levels. Spiked insulin levels trigger inflammation throughout the body, and inflammation produces enzymes that break down the elastin and collagen in our skin, causing them to wear down (a process called glycation)1. The result? Reduced elasticity, dull, puffy, sagging and aged skin – and if you’re already facing skin conditions like acne and rosacea, they’re bound to be exacerbated by the inflammation2.
Simply by reducing your sugar intake, you may notice your skin become perkier, more fresh and vibrant and less inflamed. Even better, if you manage to keep this up on a consistent basis, you can expect the longer-term rewards of glowing skin and decreased signs of ageing!
2. Deeper, more restful sleep
3. More stable, consistent energy levels
4. Less bloating and improved digestion
5. Improved weight loss and easier weight management