VACATION FROM GLYCATION
It’s Finally Friday and the official start to our 21 day vacation from glycation with a little help from Dahl House Nutrition and the 21 Day Transformation. Here’s what we know so far:
“Nutritionist Kristin Dahl and Health Coach Alexa Gray invite you this January to join them on a journey to reclaim your health. This 21-day transformation is about opening up to a new way of being, shifting the relationship with your mind-body & spirit, and creating a life of optimal health and vitality. It’s an opportunity to energize your body through clean eating, integrative fitness, and higher thought patterns. This community oriented program will nurture you and give you new insights & practical wisdom for modern healthy living.”
Kristin Dahl reached out to see if we’d participate and it was the “sign” I think I’ve been waiting for. I knew I wanted to do something, but I just wasn’t’ sure when I was going to commit to change. So, how’s this for an accountability program? I’m going to keep you all posted from time to time on the good, bad, highs and lows. Sounds intriguing, right?
I’ve done more diets than I care to admit and have decided that I’m not approaching this from the “I want to lose the holiday 5” to I want to feel good and see if my skin can perk up a bit. Perfect timing after a busy, sugar-filled holiday season. That’s my main objective here people. Get the heck away from sugar! I know all to well what sugar does to the skin, but I still find myself held hostage by it — especially in times of stress.
Ok, back to the vacation from glycation. Most people only know what sugar does to their waistline. In fact I was just having this conversation with a client/friend/former client from my last life, and she was a little startled to hear about what sugar can do to your skin — it’s not pretty. I know that glycation wreaks HAVOC on your body, but I still get hooked. Here’s a little peek from an article I recently read in Rodale Wellness:
“Today, sugar has earned a bad rep in numerous arenas, and nobody deep dives into a hot fudge sundae and expects to have healthy, glowing skin. But what really jeopardize great skin are the sneaky sugars hiding in so-called healthy foods.
Regardless of where it comes from, sugar clings to your hard-working proteins in a process called glycation, gumming those proteins up, making them ineffective, and creating advanced glycation end products with their appropriate acronym AGEs. Among its damage, studies show excess sugar makes those collagen (protein) fibers sticky, rendering them incapable of easy repair and wrecking havoc on your skin. Besides being what Bowden calls “free radical factories,” studies show AGEs increase inflammation. That cumulative damage delivers a serious whammy to healthy skin, triggering wrinkles, sagging, and dullness as your skin becomes more vulnerable to ultraviolet (UV) light and other potent damage.
To really dial down your AGEs load, you’ll want to go low-sugar impact and eliminate other potential skin-wrecking culprits. Employ these five strategies to minimize AGEs for healthy, glowing skin.”
So, stay tuned and I’ll report back in from the glycation vacation front.