We’ve talked a lot about how sugar can affect your skin. Processed sugar can contribute to the formation of acne and wrinkles alike.

But going without sugar is not easy. If you’re like most people, many of your favorite treats are chock full of sugar.

So when we spotted this “Beating Sugar Addiction” article on our Pinterest feed we decided we just had to share it with you.

The article comes from The Plant Based Dietician, which teaches people the benefits of plant based diets comprised of whole foods. The 5 step plan that is presented on the site involves a 3 week initial cleanse where you remove all sugar from your diet and plan rewards for yourself that are not based around food.

So instead of saying, “I can eat this pie, I deserve it,” you’d be saying, “I can head out to the spa—I deserve it!”

But you don’t have to go without sweet tastes forever. The site also teaches you how to make whole food sweeteners. Natural sugars, like those found in most fruits, do not do the kind of harm that processed white sugar does.

Obviously those who struggle with their weight will also reap the benefits of a sugar-free diet. It’s a great way to look and feel your best.

Of course, beating the sugar habit won’t relieve you of the need to take care of your skin! Your skin still takes a lot of punishment from the wind, the sun, and pollutants that are in the air. Beating sugar just means that your regular skin care regimen will be much more effective.