Going by the title you may be thing back to all those happy days when you were young and carefree, eating lolly pops and cupcakes and ice cream with abandon. This post, however, is more about your desire to stay looking young. And don’t pretend that this topic doesn’t interest you, we’re all human!

I am the worst kind of guilty of wanting to look like I am still 18, be carded when I buy wine, and wanting to inject my face at the first sign of a line. What has made me feel a billion times better about the whole “getting older” deal was when I started to learn about nutrition and how it can have serious effects on things like wrinkles. I suddenly felt like I, and not father time, was at the wheel! How marvelous to feel in control!

So, yay we have some control over the aging process!! Here comes the disappointing part, eating a lot of sugar is like hitting the fast forward button when you want to be hitting the slow motion button.
Before I go any further, I want to share that I really hate “neging” foods, I think eating should be a happy, positive experience, so focusing on the negative is definitely not my thing. But I am focusing on sugar these last 2 weeks because I want to share information that you may not know about it. For many years, before I learned as much as I know now about nutrition, I thought a calorie was a calorie no matter where it came from. This meant if I wanted to maintain or lose weight, and I was eating my calorie allowance I could eat my heart out on sugary treats (and believe me I did!). I now know that while a calorie is a calorie, not all food is created equal. But I digress…

Here are some of the things sugar effect when it comes to your youth:

  • It promotes inflammation, which actually promotes aging, and age related diseases.
  • Sugar inhibits your body’s release of human growth hormone
  • Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis (why? because sugar makes your body very acidic, and to neutralize your body usually will pull the calcium from your bones)
  • This is the biggie (for me at least) Sugar can lead to wrinkles! Sugar can bind with protein and fat damage proteins. The most prevalent protein in the body: collagen. The worst part is that the damage done by this sugar bond is irreversible.

I also want to add that when I am talking about sugar, I am talking about added sugar. This is more obvious like the maple syrup you put on your pancakes, or less obvious like the sugar added in processed food (this is the biggest one in the typical American diet). I am not talking about the sugar that occurs naturally in whole foods like fruits and veggies.

I think I could probably go on and on forever about sugar, but I am going to take a break from the subject for now. But don’t fear, we will come back to the subject in the future! And feel free to email me if you have any questions on the subject!

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