One of my NYR was to eat less refined sugar. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be. I only fell off the wagon once this week. The rest of the week was sugar free minus the optional fruit of choice a day. I’m also gluten and grain free so that eliminates all the refined and processed carbs as well.

Although my outfit may look super soft and delicious, refined sugar may not be so soft and delicious to your body. Here are 4 reasons why I personally cut refined sugar out my diet.



1. Inflammation- Sugar causes inflammation as it causes your insulin levels to spike. It can lead to a load of skin problems such as acne, wrinkles and hirsutism. Since I struggle with adult acne, getting off sugar has really helped clear my skin.

2. That Pooch Though: There are many studies proving that sugar is the leading contributor to weight gain. This was true for me, especially in the lower belly area.

3. Those Pearly Whites: Did you know sugar causes tooth decay by feeding off the bacteria in your mouth? If you want to save a trip to the dentist, limit your sugars. I hated going to the dentist as a kid. In order to prevent future cavities and root canals, I chose to reduce my sugar intake.

4. Hi, I’m an Addict:”When you look at animal studies comparing sugar to cocaine,” DiNicolantonio told Here & Now’s Lisa Mullins, “even when you get the rats hooked on IV cocaine, once you introduce sugar, almost all of them switch to the sugar.” I can totally understand this feeling. I felt like I was addicted to sugar at times.



Trench: Gabby Grace Boutique, similar here and here

Tank: Joie

Pants: Uniqlo

Shoes: Kate Spade (old)

56 Responses

  1. Wow you look amazing in that blush coat & pumps Jen! I admire how you can cut back on sugars and go gluten free. It’s my constant struggle. I’ve been trying to go dairy free as well (due to my breakout issues) but I still love the fragrance of butter 🙁

  2. Totally on board with you on this one. Cutting out refined sugar out of my diet is one of the best things I’ve done to reducing my stubborn belly fat. I used to wonder why I couldn’t get rid of my lower “pooch” even though I was doing moderate to high intensity exercises regularly. As soon as I cut out processed and refined sugars, my belly fat melted away. Great post babe!

    xo, Jo

  3. thenewgirldar

    you look so amazing and so pretty in pink! I love your smile, it always brighten up my day.


  4. Oh my god, I have so much respect for you for cutting out refined sugar! I have a problem with it, because I love baking and even if I didn’t eat the end result, I always test it out in the process. 😀 Congrats!

  5. I have a huge problem with sugar and I did plan to stop eating it, but it is so hard to United States, because almost everything contains sugar ;( You look fabulous in blush

    1. Sugar is very addicting indeed! It’s seriously like a drug. You also don’t want cavities too so yeah, it’s bad. Tastes good, but bad for you if you have lots of it. Thank you for reading Eva!

  6. Love this blush jacket and the pale blue of the trousers. The colors work so well together. This cutting out refined sugars post is so for me. I’ve had such a difficult time trying to cut out sugar – I just love it so much. It totally is addicting and I definitely need to do without it. Your post is inspiring me to try it though. Thank you babe! xoxo, Christine

  7. Oh wow your NYR sounds difficult for me cuz I have a sweet tooth! I’ve been suffering from breakouts and have been trying soo hard to stay away from sugars and deserts.. However… I’ll turn to grab an ice-cream whenever I feel down.. Guess I ate lots of them recently and my skin got worse as a result… I need some serious tips on how do I steer clear from sugars (& dairy) too!
    Oh btw u look great in that blush coat & heels! 😉

    1. Thank you so much Aldora! I know it’s hard and sugar is in 99% of all our foods, but once you get past that 2-3 day slump, your body will not crave it as much. It will help with your skin too!!

  8. jenellewitty

    Yeah, I have done the completely cutting out sugars thing from my diet a couple of times, and felt mostly better for it. I definitely found that after living that way for a few months, if I tasted anything sweet it was as repulsive to me as eating something super bitter. Now, I have found the balance that I like with natural sugars, and the odd treat. Sometimes I treat more than I should, but I try to keep that in check to a couple of times a week. All the best with your resolution, let us know how you go!
    xx Jenelle

    1. Thank you so much Jenelle! Isn’t it kind of cool how we can reprogram our bodies and tastebuds? You can really taste food a lot better if you cut sugar and salt. It’s hard and I’ve fallen off the wagon even after this post, but I’m doing pretty well this week!!

  9. Thank you so much, Jen for always taking the time to provide valuable information and in a such enjoyable format. You are inspiring in both how you are committing to your NYR and in how you always manage to look unbelievably gorgeous! This coat is calling my name! Why don’t I have a pink coat ?

  10. J!! I love how you’re giving me Olivia Pope here! Sooooo FAB!! And as far as this info on refined sugar, oh my! Going to research what foods I need to get rid of. Thanks for this insight. xo

  11. Dom

    Am I the first comment here? lol, if so YAY! First off, I love how you put together all your posts Jen. Every one of them is so different and insightful. I always enjoy reading what you have to say. When I leave your blog, I always feel that I learned something. This whole outfit is so fab. I really love that coat. The fact that it’s pink is just so cute! Valentines day somehow crept up on us and that coat, along with this whole outfit, is perfect for the holiday. Thank you for always giving useful information in your posts. Hope you have a great weekend, my friend.
    Take care and much love,

    1. What a lovely complement Dom! You are so thoughtful and wonderful. I hope you have an amazing 2017 and know that we are always here to support you and your music and your passions.

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