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OK, so we’re officially 13 days into 2020. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have stepped away from their royal duties, and we’re still trying to step away from all of the holiday cookies. Which is why this week we’re kicking things off with our download on sugar detoxing before taking a look at blue-light glasses, food combining, and Gua sha. Check it out, below.
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JUST A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR
Sweet Child o' Mine
If you’re anything like us, back in elementary school, Gushers, Fruit Roll-Ups, and Dunkaroos were the coolest snacks around. Throw in a Capri Sun and you had yourself a party. In other words: Our taste buds learned to LOVE the sweet stuff. Little did we know that sugar would soon shape up to be the next public enemy No. 1.
ICYMI: The reason you can’t eat just one cookie is because sugar has been proven to be highly addictive, giving our brains a little spike of pleasure every time we consume it. Many studies say sugar’s addictiveness is actually on par with cocaine. Damn Gina. It’s also been known to have serious consequences when it comes to mental and physical health, including weight gain, increased risk of heart disease, and depression, among other side effects.
Uh-Uh. Not cool.
Yep. Cutting back on sugar in your diet can decrease inflammation, boost your energy levels, and improve your ability to focus. Enter, the increasingly popular: sugar detox. It’s important to note that a sugar detox means different things to different people. Some might choose to follow a totally sugar-free diet for a period of time, eliminating all sources of sugar, including fruit and even “sweeter” veggies, while others might focus on avoiding added sugars and artificial sweeteners. Interested in an IRL account of what it’s like to try a sugar detox? Check out this post from nutritionist Rachel DeVaux.
Uh, sounds intense.
Fair. Initial symptoms of a sugar detox can include headaches and lack of energy. Oh, and some irritability has often been known to creep in, too. Let the good times roll! Plus, many experts warn that following extreme detox regimens often doesn’t lead to anything more than unpleasant, unhealthy side effects. Many suggest that intuitive eating and practicing moderation are more sustainable and equally effective in the long run.
The short and sweet
A detox isn’t for everyone, but no one would argue that limiting your sugar intake and staying smart about the impact sugar has on your body deff won’t hurt. And while it might be RIP Gushers, your taste buds and palate can be “retrained” to adopt a less sugary lifestyle, and eventually you will not crave the same high-sugar foods as before. You got this.
KEEPING IT 20/20
Raise your hand if you spend the majority of your days staring at a screen...
Cough *like right this very moment* cough. The good news is, you’re not alone. In fact, according to a recent report by the American Optometric Association (AOA,) more than 70 million people spend too much time staring at a screen. Oops, my B.
A major uptick in Computer Vision Syndrome, also referred to as Digital Eye Strain, which describes the eye and vision-related problems thanks to all that Netflix and Chill-ing, emailing your boss 24/7, and ISF (infinite scroll life). Which has led to...
The new kid on the block.
All eyes on blue light glasses. Never heard of them? Welp, this special eyewear is used to block or filter the high-energy blue light coming from digital screens. Advertised benefits include less eye strain, improved sleep habits, and prevention of eye disease. Oh, and major brands like Warby Parker, Felix Gray, and Michael Kors have all jumped on board the blue-light bandwagon. Not to mention the fact that @weworewhat recently blew up the internet when she started posting photos of herself wearing this high-tech accessory.
So, are we all just wearing fake glasses?
Since blue-light glasses are a newer product, there’s not a ton of research to show definitive proof of their effectiveness. For now, optometrists stress that instead of being worried about the blue light coming from your screen, you should really be worried about how much time you’re spending on your digital device. And yet, tons of reviewers on Amazon call blue-light glasses “life-changing,” so TBH this one really is in *the eye* of the beholder.
I got 99 problems, but bad eyes ain't one...
If you’re worried about how stalking your ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend on your laptop for hours will impact your vision (total hypothetical, people!), you have options. Apart from adding blue-light glasses to your cart, you can find relief by taking these steps, recommended by The American Academy of Ophthalmology.
THINK FOAM ROLLING, BUT FOR YOUR FACE
What is Gua sha?
You might not know how to pronounce Gua sha (FYI it’s: gwa-sah), but you may have recently peeped this pretty, half moon-shaped pebble on your Insta-feed.
Gettin’ that Gua sha Glow
Should I really spend $28 on a pretty pebble?
There’s no harm in using a Gua sha tool as part of your facial routine to stimulate blood flow, unless your skin is already inflamed (I.E., sunburn, rashes, rosacea). The key is knowing what you're doing. If Gua sha is something you want to add to your beauty regimen, be sure to read up on the proper techniques. When done incorrectly, side effects have been known to include blotchy red scrapes, scratches, and even bruising. So think up, up, and away, to avoid making any lines worse! We also like Melissa Wood’s tutorial for these sculpting tools, which you can find online. Blue-light glasses optional ;) Here’s to scratching that itch for better skin in 2020.
PEANUT BUTTER, BUT HOLD THE JELLY
The diet theory du jour?
Food combining. Which advocates for eating certain food groups together, while not mixing others, based on the amount of time they take to digest. Fans of food combining claim eating too many kinds of foods at one time—such as proteins with grains, fats, and sugars, aka the beloved peanut butter and jelly sandwich—can result in difficult digestion. You can peep the complete list of food combining rules, here.
Bloating be gone! Fans of food combining boast better digestion, improved energy, and better absorption of nutrients. And to be fair, this theory goes way back. Yup, this isn’t just a recent Instagram trend. Food combining can be traced back to the 1920s (just ask your grandmas) as well as traditional Aruyvedic medicine.
And how does science feel about this?
There isn’t any sufficient evidence to show that food combining improves digestion. In fact, modern science directly contradicts food combining’s main principles, claiming that the theory underestimates our digestive system’s ability to multitask. Think of it this way, just as you can walk and chew gum at the same time, these scientists state your gut can absorb meat and grains — or any combination of food — at the same time as well. Nutritionist Alix Turoff does a great job breaking down the nitty gritty science of digestion in this article.
You do you boo boo!
The bottom line? Many people have reported extremely successful results to a lot of common ailments like unexplained bloating by following the rules of food combining. With that said, research has yet to recommend food combining for good digestion or health. If it doesn’t work for you, or seems like a nuisance, all good in the hood!
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