As delicious as sugar is, the drug-like effects it can have on your brain could be very dangerous to the body. Sugar can be responsible for exhaustion, aging, and belly fat.
If you can dial back your intake of added sugar, she says, you’ll start to rack up some amazing health benefits. In fact, the perks of the less-sugar life are so good, they may help motivate you to try to cut it (mostly) out.”Kimber Stanhope, PhD, a nutritional biologist at the University of California
So, what exactly happens to the body when you cut out sugar?
1. Youthful looking skin
The more sugar you eat, the more sugar runs through our blood-stream. When this happens, your skin struggles to repair it’s collagen (the protein that keeps your skin looking plump). #NOGOOD! Too many sweet treats can also cause premature wrinkles and reduce elasticity in the skin.
2. Have longer lasting energy
Plain and simple, added sugars are equivalent to unnecessary carbohydrates. Sugars are digested quickly into the bloodstream, which is why you feel a instant rush of energy when you eat sweets. However, with a instant boost comes a energy crash.
“When you eat foods high in protein and healthy fat instead, such as a handful of almonds, they’ll supply you with a steadier stream of energy that lasts longer.”Diane Sanfilippo, a nutrition consultant and author of The 21-Day Sugar Detox Daily Guide.
3. Lose extra pounds
Sugar produces insulin, insulin produces fat-cells around your body. #Yikes. Swapping out refined sugars and simple carbs for healthier fats can help stabilize insulin levels and keep the fat off. This change of diet also spikes your metabolism and makes you feel “full” longer and.
4. Go into a state of”ketosis”
There’s a reason the “keto diet” has reached maximum popularity. Keto is a low-carb, low-sugar diet that helps lower your bodies glucose levels. When this happens, fat oxidation subsides and the central nervous system stops getting energy from the fats. Following?
After several days of this diet, the central nervous system begins using alternative sources of energy to keep your body going. Believe it or not, the body does NOT need sugar and carbs.
Long story short? CUT THE SUGAR OUT PEOPLE!
Guilt Free Vegan Brownies
With colder weather coming, the perfect way to stay warm is through comfort foods. But what about when your favorite dessert is full of ingredients that will leave you feeling guilty? These delicious brownies are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.
The best part? They are vegan and gluten-free, and the health benefits are amazing. This recipe uses both pumpkin and cacao, which are both rich in antioxidants. It’s also protein rich. Can I get a win-win?!
What You Will Need…
For the brownies
- 2 bananas
- 1 tbsp cacao nibs
- 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree (it’s #pumpkinszn!)
For the frosting…
- 1 1/2 scoops of your favorite vegan chocolate protein powder
- 1-2 tbsp of almond butter
- 1 cup of almond milk
Let’s get down to business
1.) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and coat your pan with a non-stick spray. You’re gonna want every last bite of these brownies, so make sure none of them stick to the pan!
2.) In a bowl, mash your bananas. The more ripe they are, the easier they will be to work with. They’ll be sweeter too!
3.) Add in 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree. Brownie points if you use homemade pumpkin puree, no pun intended.
4.) Add in 1 tbsp of cacao nibs to the mixture. This is where things will get chocolat-y!
5.) Mix it alllll up and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Time to put on your multitasking pants because it’s time to make the frosting.
6.) In a bowl, mix chocolate protein powder and almond butter.
7.) Slowly add in the almond milk and mix together
8.) Once the brownies have baked and cooled, it is time to frost.
Voila! You now have gluten free, vegan brownies that are sure to give you the warm and fuzzies on any fall day.
Being a woman in Your 20s vs 30s: The Biggest Differences
Is it us just us, or does life seem to get more difficult as the years go on?
20’s are filled with the stresses of student debt, finding a job, and figuring out the person you ultimately “want to be”. It is also the decade of most people’s lives to make mistakes, be confused, and form our identities.
So our 30’s must be alot easier…. right?
Here are some of the biggest differences between our struggles in our 20’s vs our 30’s
1.) Changes to our appearance
Let’s face facts here, our youth doesn’t last forever. When our 30s hit, so do changes in our body. Perhaps a small wrinkle is forming or a few grey hairs are sprouting. This can lead some woman into panic mode.
News f*cking flash : YOU ARE AGING AND IT IS OKAY!!!!!
Did you look the same from when you were 10 to when you turned 20? NO. So what makes you think you should look the same from when your 20 to 30?
The pressures put on woman to maintain their “young” appearance can be exhausting. Aging is a beautiful thing, even if it seems like a difficult pill to swallow.
The irony is, many of the 30-something women I know are the most beautiful, authentic, and dynamic versions of themselves right now. They don’t want to go back to being their 22-year-old self — except, maybe, when they have a hangover.Julia MCveigh, business insider
2.) Pressure to succeed
Your 30s filled with a WHOLE NEW SLEW of pressures. Don’t have a great job? Hot husband? Instagram worthy photos every other day? You better get your sh*t together woman!
Those who fail to meet these ambitious milestones may feel inadequate. Those who are striving to achieve them may feel pressure to compete with their peers. And, man, is this a bummer. Once upon a time, us 20-somethings shared our mistakes with ease and humor; as a 30-something, this type of breezy, endearing vulnerability is increasingly absent.JULIA MCVEIGH, BUSINESS INSIDER
We are all on a completely different journey – simple as that. Some people reach success when their 50, some people are secretly miserable in their Instagram perfect relationship, so who exactly made up these pressures? As difficult as it is NOT to compare ourselves, it is important to realistically remind your brain that THIS is YOUR life – and it doesn’t have to be like somebody elses.
3.) Becoming more self aware
Often times in our 20s we are slightly more careless. (Just because we have lessons to learn DUH!) We’ll date guys who treat us like crap, spend money on ridiculous things we definitely don’t need, and perhaps indulge more then we should.
By the time our 30s hit, most of us have matured based off everything we learned in the previous decade. Maybe we don’t spend money as carelessly or overreact to bullsh*t we know doesn’t really matter. Taking what you learn from your 20s can prevent stresses of “30s”. With age comes more self confidence – the longer you live with yourself the more you get to know that person and be comfortable in your skin.
5 famous ladies who have survived breast cancer
So many of us are affected by the evil “C” word…cancer. Whether you suffered yourself or watched a family member/friend go through it, cancer is a difficult battle to face.
Here are a list of 5 celebrities who were brave enough to share their story about fighting breast cancer.
1.) Julia Louis-Dreyfus
In 2017, the Veep actress was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer.
“One in eight women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one.”TWITTER/JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS
Louis-Dreyfus went through 6 rounds of chemo and ultimately chose to get a double mastectomy to treat the cancer.
2.) Jane Fonda
The 82-year-old famous actress unfortunately dealt with multiple cancer battles throughout her life,
“I’ve had a lot of cancer I was a sun-worshipper. When I have a day off, I frequently go to my skin doctor and have things cut off me by a surgeon.”Jane Fonda/British vogue
In 2016, Fonda was diagnosed with breast cancer and wound up having a mastectomy to cure it.
3.) Christina Applegate
In the summer of 2008, Christina Applegate was faced with some difficult news. Doctors found cancerous lumps in one of her breasts and decided to perform a double mastectomy. Applegate opened up On Good Morning America about her mother being a repeat breast cancer survivor, which gave her hope and strength as a woman. The actress is also planning to start a foundation to help financially assist high risk breast cancer patients who can’t afford the cost of a MRI.
5.) Wanda Sykes
The hilarious comedian unfortunately discovered she had breast cancer after going in for a surgery to get a breast reduction. Sykes’ family history was flooded with breast cancer cases on her mother’s side, which is why she chose to get a preventative double mastectomy.
“I had both breasts removed because now I have zero chance of having breast cancer”wanda sykes, ellen degeneres show