Sugar Coated Excuses

Sugar Coated Excuses

What’s the excuse that goes through your head when you oh so very much want that sugary sweet? Typically, it’s something along the lines of “It’s only ___ calories” “I’ll just do another __ minutes of cardio”. Let me tell you something- sweets aren’t just about the calories. I’m sure most of you can’t say that when you’re reaching for that cookie, you’re thinking “this could make my skin look worse over the next few days”. Or “this cookie is actually going to deplete my body of some of the nutrients I gave it earlier today” or “if I make this a habit, this sugar is actually going to AGE me and give me premature wrinkles” or “my immunity is going to take a slight hit simply because of this here cookie!”. Nah, it’s all about the calories in this calorie focused world. According to WedMD, a highly credible source, “Eating or drinking too much sugar curbs immune system cells that attack bacteria. This effect lasts for at least a few hours after downing [sugar].” states “An overdose of sugar. Eating or drinking 100 grams (8 tbsp.) of sugar, the equivalent of two- and-a-half 12-ounce cans of soda, can reduce the ability of white blood cells to kill germs by 40 percent. The immune-suppressing effect of sugar starts less than thirty minutes after ingestion and may last for five hours.” “If the concentration of glucose in the blood goes beyond a certain concentration, the white blood cell’s 50-times vitamin C concentration can start to drop because of the large amount of glucose it’s pulling in as a substitute for vitamin C.” Sugar attacks the collagen and elastin in your skin as well as the protein fibers that keep skin firm and elastic. This, in turn, leads to premature wrinkles and sagging.
I’m not saying not to eat a cookie EVER, but maybe think twice before overindulging. Your waistline won’t be the only thing to benefit from it.

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Hello healthy hotties! Happy Healthy Saturday!!!! It’s spring cleaning, which means now, more than any other time in the year, it’s easier to freshen up our diets. Ever try out a farmer’s market? Fresh fruits and vegetables aren’t just at your neighborhood grocery store. By grabbing a handful at your local farmer’s market, you know that these produce are as fresh as they come; locally grown, free of hormones and pesticides, and jam-packed with vitamins and minerals for you. Even better, Saturdays and Sundays are typically the days that farmer’s markets are open to the public! So take advantage of getting some fresh fruits and vegetables this weekend. If you want some help with finding one that’s in your area, make a shout out. Below are some in the Chicago, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin areas:

Wishing you all a happy and healthy weekend

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