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Well, actually, that's not true. I've gone many weeks in the past, sometimes months, not eating any refined sugar. And, I've felt great. And my skin has been great while doing that. It's greatly motivating.
However, as soon as I have even one bite of chocolate, boom!, I'm back to feeling an insatiable need for some sugar, preferably in the form of liquorice or jujubes.
So, it's time to hop back on that sugar-free bandwagon.
This time, my reasons are two-fold.
One, my skin hasn't been that great. I've been getting pesky pimples that surface on my jaw line and around my mouth and they are likely linked to my diet not being the greatest these days. I've been having something with refined sugar in it daily, sometimes a few times a day. And, as I've learnt myself and through others like Lara Briden: sugar and insulin resistance can be a major cause of acne.
Two, I'm 13 weeks pregnant and I'm sure all this sugar isn't good for the little human growing inside of me. I want to give that little person the best start, and that includes eating healthy, nutrient-dense foods and limiting the sugar. Because of pregnancy, I also can't take my acne wonder-supplement, berberine.
Yes, it's exciting news, but also a little scary for my skin. The last time that I was pregnant was when my acne went from bad to terrible. And following giving birth, it got a million times worse with a bout of perioral dermatitis that flared up throughout 11 months. It was what started me on this Glow Journey.
My skin has already been a lot better during the first trimester so I feel like I'm in better shape heading in this time, and if the acne gets worse and the perioral dermatitis comes back, at least I know how to fight it naturally.
One of the reasons for writing this post is that by putting it out there that I'm giving up sugar, for say, at least 30 days (small goals), then it somewhat holds me accountable. If only to myself!
So, here goes. Day 1 refined sugar-free. Thanks for the support, blogosphere! I'll update in about a week on progress.