Sugar speeds up aging. Here’s How to replace it.

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Too much sugar.

Too much sugar can damage your skin’s collagen and elastin proteins, which are responsible for keeping your skin looking young and healthy. 

It can also lead to wrinkles, age spots, and sagging skin. 

Additionally, eating too much sugar can cause your body to produce more advanced glycation end products (AGEs).

These AGEs are chemical compounds that form when glucose molecules attach to proteins in your body, and they can damage your organs and tissues, leading to accelerated aging. So, while sugar may be sweet, it can have serious consequences for your skin, organs, and overall health.

When I was doing research for this article, I came across a study that shocked me. The link to read about it is below.

https://ascopost.com/news/november-2022/high-sugar-consumption-may-be-linked-to-increased-risk-of-premature-aging-in-pediatric-cancer-survivors/

I wanted to write about the way giving up sugar has helped me and my readers to stay youthful so that we can keep doing the things we love, but my search for evidence led me to a more serious place.

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Key points from the study

With every 25 grams of sugar that were increased in the diets of pediatric cancer survivors, premature aging was accelerated. 

I hope that you will follow the link and read the article. My goal with this article is to give some simple examples of the way my readers and I replace excess sugar in our meals.

My easiest advice is to shop the outside aisles of the grocery store. That’s where you will find refrigerated (not frozen) perishable foods that usually don’t contain added sugar. When you plan your meals, get your protein, fat, and the carbs that you can tolerate from fresh whole foods that haven’t been processed for profit.

For example, I can enjoy a handfull of almonds, but I can’t tolerate the amount of carbs in almond milk. To be successful at replacing sugar, you will have to pay attention to which foods satisfy your hunger, and to how they make you feel after you eat them.

I share my sugar free shopping guide here on this blog: 

The first thing I noticed when replaced sugar, corporate carbs, and factory fats in 2008, was the abundance of food I was able to eat while losing weight. I also experienced more energy, and far fewer cravings.

Once I reached my healthy goal weight, I looked and felt 15 years younger. Almost 15 years later, I maintain youthful health and energy by continuing to eat and train the way I did then.

In this blog, I share how I keep following the plan that works at age 58. Sharing my story helps me stay on track, so I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my program with you.

I want you find the foods and activities that keep you healthy and happy too. 

All the best,

Catherine


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