Do you have a sweet tooth? Chances are you do. As kids we are constantly provided with sugary products and they taste heavenly. Before you know it, your body is craving for more sweets. But is it right to consume so many sweets? Studies have already shown how sweets can make you fat and lower your immune system. Excess of sweets ruins your body. Did you know that sweets can also ruin how you look?
The evils of Sugar
It is probably not the first time that you have come across the news that oily and sugary food can cause an outbreak of acne. Many of you must have experienced it too. So, what is the relation? Since sugar weakens the immune system, bacteria latch onto your skin. The result: these bacteria enter and clog your pores, resulting in those dreaded acne outbreaks that take weeks to cure. But that is just the tip of the iceberg. Sugar does far worse to your face and body.
It is one of the major causes of obesity. According to Dr Harold Lancer, the dermatologist of many Hollywood stars, it makes collagen to break down. Collagen is the substance under your skin that gives it its youthful springiness. Sugar also dehydrates the body leading to the loss of the essential moisture from your skin. So, can you imagine how bad sugar is for your skin?
But yet, why can’t we stop ourselves from craving for more?
There’s a simple answer – we are evolved to do so. Our body needs energy and we get it from sugar. In the past, there wasn’t much sugar around us, so, we have developed a craving for sugar and would love to have it whenever we come across it. But that was the past. Now, we have thousands of varieties of sugar products and even processed food which contain sugar. In the modern world, we have an excess of sugar all around us. But the craving has not left – so the more we eat, the more we crave. If that sounds like an addiction, well, IT IS! Sugar addiction is real and sugar actually acts similarly as a drug – making us happy whenever we have it. No wonder three pizzas sound better than one!
An inspiration to stop our cravings
But if we are evolutionarily designed to crave sugar, is there no way to stop it? Carolyn Hartz, a 70-year-old Australian author, defies the odds. If you ever spot her in a bikini with her perfect body, your deduction skills can put her in the late 30s. But she has gone beyond the realms of normal aging and achieved the impossible. How did she do that? It was a simple trick – she led a sugar free life. And that too, for almost 30 years!
A diet – a way of life
Wow! If you are surprised and thinking that she doesn’t like sugar, you can’t be more wrong! She was a sugar addict like many of us – but she took the right decision at the right time. When you grow old, your metabolism starts to decrease – that is just a fact of life. What do you do then? Control your diet – make sure you don’t put your body through the excess strain of digesting tough food.
Carolyn Hartz did that – she kept on exercising to keep her metabolism intact and she slept well – a solid eight hours every night. Being mindful when you eat is something she suggests for everyone to follow. That, of course, does not mean that you have to get rid of your favorite foods! Rather, just take portion size of your favorites. One of the best advice given by Hartz is: taste and enjoy every mouthful. You taste the food better and you won’t need to overeat. Plus, if you really crave for sugar a lot – just have a bit of protein during breakfast. That will put a stop to those cravings.
Beauty is related to food, but your skin is an organ you need to take care of it as well. Hartz found the secret when she was just 17 and she didn’t experiment with her skincare routine after that. Going to bed after cleaning her makeup and moisturizing every part of her skin had been her staple rules. Plus, she would wear sunscreen everyday under her makeup. She doesn’t sunbathe. Once in her 30s, she had cancer removed from her nose. The sun breaks your skin and can cause cancer – she’s not willing to take the risk again. Of course, she believes being grateful and meditating help a lot too. Stress is just as bad for your body as sugar.
Be complete in yourself
For every woman out there, Hartz has one important advice – be kind and positive. Don’t compare or be jealous – it’s not really worth it. They can cause stress and stress will not do you any good. Rather, make life a learning experience – every individual has something special. Be aware of it and learn from them – it is only then you can become a wholesome person. Keep your heads held high and be an individual – think for yourself and act without giving heed to mindless criticism.
Attitude and well-being – they are important assets for every human being out there. Add a bit of conscious choice in your diet and be blessed with a lifelong beauty. Mrs. Hartz is an inspiration for all of us – let’s think healthy and eat healthy!
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