I have NEVER been a sugar fiend EVER. If you would have asked me between the age of 3 and 23 if I would rather eat a bowl of steamed broccoli or a bowl of ice cream, I would have chosen the broccoli 11 times out of 10. Swear on my life. Well apparently as you get older, your hormones can go a little crazy which in turn causes your cravings to also go a little crazy. About a year ago my cravings hit my like a ton of bricks and I moved on from salty foods to consuming whole mini pies, cupcakes, ice cream, donuts, dark chocolate, the entire contents of Fuzziwigs, just everything.
Luckily I have Andre, my good friend and personal trainer, to hold me accountable for this stuff. During the week I am pretty diligent about what I eat and keep it tight, but sometimes on a Friday night you just gotta lay in your bed with a glass of vino, a mini blueberry pie, trashy magazines, and Gossip Girl on Netflix.
About two months ago, the sugar was getting a little out of control AND LET ME TELL YOU about my skin. HA! I haven’t had chin and jawline acne like that since I was 13. I actually have never had acne like that ever in my life. It was cystic acne too. Not just like little whiteheads…they were big cysts. I also had crazy clogged pores all over my chin. My skin was like this for awhile and would not clear up.
I wasn’t exactly sure of the cause, but I had my ideas. Sugar. Processed sugar is SO bad for you in a number of ways, but it can affect people’s skin very differently. I decided to take it upon myself to make a change with my sugar habits. One, because I just couldn’t say no to desserts and I needed to get a freaking handle on it, and two, because I value my skin and body more than getting a quick fix.
So I decided to do a little experiment and cut out all processed sugars for 30 days. I’ve paid attention to how I’ve felt, how my skin has been looking, and trained myself how to kick the cravings.
This is what happened:
Week 1: ROUGH EFFING TIMES. For one, I picked a terrible time to start this no-sugar diet. I started October 14th, aka right before Halloween. So naturally my office was chock full of sweets for the entire month of October. This was a REAL test of my self-control. Again, I couldn’t bear going out in public with a pizza face, so I kept it together. The first day was the easiest because it didn’t feel like too much was changing, but as the week drew on it actually got more difficult.
TIP: I found it easy to say no to sweets if I had something to replace it with. I would always have a piece of raw fruit with me to eat when I needed my sugar fix. My favorites are grapes, pears, and frozen blueberries. I also love peanut butter, so I would have a spoon of all-natural peanut butter.
Weeks 2 & 3: The second week was still pretty rough, especially because of Halloween. But because I committed to the no-sugar and decided it would be a blog post for you guys, it really forced me to stay on track. So shoutout to you guys 🙂 At the end of week 2, my skin finally started calming down. Knowing that this no-sugar shit was helping made me more motivated for sure. My body wasn’t feeling as fatigued and I wasn’t getting the headaches I had been getting.
TIP: If you are trying to cut out something from your diet cold turkey, give yourself a way to hold yourself accountable. Have a friend do it with you, commit to writing about the full experience in a personal blog post or journal, or even do it the millennial way and put your weekly updates on your Snapchat story.
Week 4: The cravings had really died down a lot. I was never watering at the mouth when I saw someone eat a piece of cake in front of me. My skin was finally almost back to normal. Again, still no more headaches and fatigue at the end of the day. I had a plan of action in the works of how I would integrate sweets back into my life. I decided I would limit it to having sweets just twice a week.
This past Tuesday marked the end of the 30 day! I successfully completed my mission. I wasn’t even planning on having dessert, but we went out to lunch and I ended up getting a small cup of birthday cake ice cream. I won’t lie, I felt pretty terrible afterwards. But it was delicious.
My overall feelings of cutting out processed sugar?
I think the detox was 100% necessary. I needed to get back on track to keep my body and skin back to normal. Do I think sugar was ruining my skin? I definitely think it played a big role in my acne flareup, but it’s possible that other factors played into this as well. It’s so important to pay attention to your body and what it’s telling you. I knew that my sugar habit wasn’t normal for me and it was very evident per my pizza face. If my self-control goes down the gutter again, I will absolutely do the detox again to get me back on track.
Have you guys ever done detoxes like this before? What tips do you have to keep yourself on track? Let me know in the comments below!
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