Sugar Slug

Hi gang, hows it been going? I've been preoccupied for a while with my Masters (writing about the drug trade and warfare) but now that I'm finished and fully unemployed, I can turn my attention back to writing really important stuff on this blog. Like my drug addition....sugar.

In the past three months, I've inadvertently conducted a social experiment on myself (unlike the deliberate social experiments I conduct on lovely husband...without his knowledge).

Over the past year, and particularly in the last three months, my health has completely slipped off the radar (when deadlines approach, taking time out for a gym session is the last thing on your mind). Without noticing it, slowly but surely I converted to an 80% junk food, eat what you can when you can, diet, and a no-exercise regime.

On top of it, I squeezed in a trip to New York and Paris (posts to come) so it was all burgers and macaroons.

This happened in New York and I feel it sums up my downwards sugar spiral pretty well...

I'd like to say I put on a tonne of weight, my skin went to pot, and it was awful because I'd deserve it given how badly I've treated my body. But it's not true. I was kinda look at. I put on 8 lbs in total (about 2 kgs) and my skin and hair are fine, but I've honestly never felt so unwell.

My sleeping routine was a mess, partly because of jet lag and partly because of studying but also because I was unable to wake up in the morning despite having 10-11 hours of sleep. I was just exhausted. During the day I'd easily get tired. I used to be someone who would rush around doing everything and not sit down until dinner at night. Now everything was a struggle. And I felt ill, slow and groggy.

I actually didn't think it had anything to do with my food and exercise because I didn't think you could feel this bad from changing your diet to junk food!

But I'd gone from 3-4 gym sessions a week to none. I'd changed from a takeaway, or eating out, once a week to 3-5 times a week, and cakes and sweets were always on the cards - and you dare not deny someone who has a deadline to reach.

I had given in completely to my sweet tooth and the sugar had made me into a slug.

I have long hated my sweet tooth because I know sugar is awful for your health but I'd only really thought about the long-term effects, I didn't expect my cake to turn around and bite me on the butt this soon! So needless to say I'm on a detox, I'm going back to fresh food (oh just saying it makes me excited) and going cold turkey. I'm sure I will crave my refined carbs and sugar for a bit, so get ready for excessive whining and progress reports on my Instagram.

Meanwhile, here is some information on why sugar isn't really your friend.

Why too Much Sugar is Bad for You

1) Accelerates Skin Ageing 

Diets high in refined carbs and sugar leads to the production of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) and are suspected to be linked to wrinkles and premature ageing of the skin. AGEs also damage collagen and elastin which keep the skin firm.

2) Results in low Energy

Sugar spikes your blood sugar levels giving you an initial boost of energy before a slump. This then prompts you to have more sugar and you can end up in a vicious cycle of sugar highs and lows.

3) Low Mood and Depression

Eating too many sugary foods has been linked to feeling down and even to depression.

4) Linked to Acne 

Eating too much sugar can agitate your skin and even result in the development of acne. Spikes in insulin levels from consuming sugary foods increase oil production and inflammation.

5) Causes Weight Gain

Sugar actually causes weight gain far more than consuming fat. Sugary foods increase your hunger and suppress the hormone Leptin which regulates hunger and tells your body when to stop eating.

6) Long-Term Health Issues

In the long term, sugary diets can result in the development of type 2 diabetes, increased risk of heart disease and kidney disease.


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