“Did you eat ALL that already?!”
ALL that was six small pieces of pistachio baklava. The poor sod who asked this question my boyfriend. He had brought it home one Monday evening after work and, for some reason I will never understand, thought he’d have till Wednesday afternoon to eat it.
Hello, do you even know me?
I can’t resist sweets. Put one in front of me and I’ll eat it straight away. Guilt-free. Cos life’s too short not to eat a slice of cake for fear you may put on a few grammes.
Just eat some veggies first. Go for a walk later. Done.
If you don’t want to put on weight, yep. But, lately, I’ve been thinking of how sugar (and the rest of my diet) are affecting my skin.
It’s all Dr Stefanie Williams’ fault. I got a copy of her book, Future Proof Your Skin!!, which is all about how diet affects your skin. Of course, sugar is the worst offender.
Even the tiniest amount makes your insulin level spike and creates inflammation through the body. And guess what causes premature aging? Inflammation.
Like that weren’t bad enough, sugar attaches itself to proteins in the body, creating “advanced glycation end products.” Or AGEs, for short (ain’t that ironic?).
And it’s not just sweets. I went to the supermarket today trying to fill my cart with healthy foods to counteract the damage I’ve been doing to my skin.
And I had such a hard time finding something without sugar. Bread. Meat. Ready made quiches. Sugar was literally everywhere!
And then there’s all the healthy stuff that’s not that healthy at all. According to Stefanie, we should avoid all grains (yep, even quinoa), legumes and even smoothies! Gosh, being a good girl is SO hard these days.
Now, I don’t think I can do everything Stefanie suggests. I’ll cut down on sugar but dare take my pizza away and I’ll rip your head off. I’m Italian. I can’t survive without at least one small pizza every couple of weeks.
But, it makes you think, doesn’t it? About the relationship between what you eat and your skin. You never give it even a passing thought when things go well.
Like, when an aesthetician told me the level of hydration in my skin was perfect after measuring it with a machine a few months ago, I never realised it’s probably down to how much water I drink.
That’s just something I’ve been used to all my life. In Italy, soda drinks are something you only drink at parties. They’re the boring, safe options for teetotallers.
The rest of the time, you drink plain old water. Ok, sometimes you drink alcohol and coffee, too. But water is what you have with most of your meals (unless it’s a special occasion) and to quench your thirst throughout the day. And I’ve never linked this healthy habit to my skin’s health. Duh, I know.
So, what’s the point of this post? It’s my way to let you know that I’ll be investigating the relationship between food and skin a lot more closely in the future. And, of course, I’ll share what I discover with you all. Stay tuned.
Cos using all the right skincare products is all well and good, but if you’re sabotaging your skincare routine by eating all sorts of crap, is it really any wonder they don’t really do anything for you?