Can We Win a Sugar Withdrawal?
Have you ever noticed how meeting friends for coffee always seems to involve a cupcake, slice of cake, muffin, or some other baked sweet treat? It’s funny how we can convince ourselves that options like a carrot muffin or apple pancakes are technically healthy. There’s a scientific term for this: denial. We have to conquer our Sugar Withdrawal and get real with ourselves to have a slimmer happier life.
Similarly, meeting for drinks can be just as deceiving. Somehow we manage to convince ourselves that if it’s liquid then it doesn’t really count as calories. Think again. Beer, wine, champagne and those pretty cocktails are laden with sugar. And there’s nothing healthy about that.
The media is inundated with stories about addiction and rehab. The thing is, we’re used to thinking of addiction and withdrawal as being associated with drugs and alcohol. We are now coming to a better understanding of addictions to everyday things such as painkillers, cigarettes, and the like.
But what about a sugar addiction? Once, this was a term that was scoffed at by gym junkies and the Lycra-wearing crowd who crunch on a celery stick for lunch. Now, it seems that science is starting to gain a better understanding of this phenomenon. And it’s real.
The body creates a physical and emotional dependence to sugar which is what makes it so addicting and difficult to break free from. Smells such as coffee create a craving for sugar which is why you are a sitting duck for the pastries when you go into Starbucks.
You only have to take a quick glance at the modern lifestyle to see how prevalent sugar is.
Where do we get our fix?
- Fast food outlets.
- Quick and easy already-prepared meals.
- Energy drinks.
- Those ever so common coffee drinks.
- And so many more.
If sugar is a drug, then there’s a dealer on every block. Not to mention those lurking behind the misleading packaging in grocery stores. Do yourself a favor: go to your kitchen cupboards and read the ingredients labels on what is in your pantry. In fact, look at all of your groceries. See all those ingredients that end in ‘ose’? They’re sugars. Sucrose, glucose, fructose, maltose, the whole lot and many more disguised with creative names.
With sugar in just about everything, from sushi to bread, you can understand how it’s possible to develop a sugar addiction. And wow! How challenging it is to break the habit! That’s why programs such as the 10 day sugar detox have been developed – to help curb this dangerous diet debacle.
If you want to learn how to detox from sugar, you need to understand what sugar you can eat, and how much of it. You are probably, like most of us, guilty of thinking that you don’t eat thaaaaat much sugar. Hmmm. Really? Try doing a quick search on Google of your favorite foods to see how much sugar they contain. Shocked? Thought so.
Although a 10 day sugar detox might be ideal it may be a ideal you can do a 3 day sugar detox and it will work really well.
Starting a Sugar Detox
The first step is to make the decision to cut out excess sugar. Then commit to going cold turkey.
You might not feel as great as you would like for these 3 days and usually, for most the symptoms are pretty much abated by the end of the 3rd day. For some, it is less time and for some none show up at all.
Be aware that if you are reading this article you are probably addicted and addicts crave whatever their drug of choice is. And, if you eat a little you will end of eating a lot! Cold turkey means you do not eat any sugar even in its most disguised forms. No honey, no agave no artificial sweeteners (yes really) and nothing sweet or simple carbohydrates like pastries, cookies, chips, cakes, pies etc. etc. A small amount of fruit is okay.
After 3 days the cravings pass and you will start to feel alive and whole again and without the foggy brain, sluggishness and poor energy etc.
Clean out your grocery cupboard, discarding all items that contain sugar. You will probably find yourself throwing away almost everything that comes in a can, packet, or box. This applies to everything you drink too. Ideally, you should be consuming fresh whole foods and drinking water.
I am going to show you foods that you can replace the sugar with and your body will be so much happier, so keep on reading.
Now if you think that stripping your grocery cupboard bare was the tough part, there’s more adventure to come. Like any addict, you will probably have withdrawal symptoms. And sugar withdrawal symptoms are no exception. We’re not talking about some mild craving for a chocolate bar. Oh no, it’s much more exciting than that. But remember that the severity of these symptoms indicate the extent to which you body is addicted to sugar. You need to detox your body and break its dependency on this toxic substance. Your health depends upon it!
You’re simply going to have to white knuckle it. Sugar withdrawal symptoms can include:
- Flu-like muscle aches
- Other flu-like symptoms
- Mood changes: anger, irritability, anxiety, depression (this one is really common)
- Mood swings
- Carbohydrate cravings
- Intense sugar cravings
It must be said that the occurrence, severity and duration of these symptoms will depend on the extent to which you were consuming sugar, as well as your individual physiology. You might be one of the lucky ones who experience few to no withdrawal symptoms. How sweet would that be?
Next, go shopping for the good stuff. The stuff that will make your body happy.
Here is what to buy
Slow burning calories that are in fats and complex carbohydrates. These will eliminate the sugar cravings. When you eat foods that supply the sugar (through a complex digestive process) you need slowly you will avoid the sugar spikes that cause insulin to rise and then fall dramatically (this is called reactive hypoglycemia). When this happens your cravings increase. You can google slow burning fats and complex carbohydrates and go on a shopping spree.
Now just because I said go on a shopping spree I did not mean you could eat like wild person. Eat the nuts (about 2 ounces) with your meals. Eat these slow burning foods with every meal. Try to stay mostly vegetarian during these 3 days. It will help.
If you would like to do a 10 day cleanse that has powerful organic, NON-GMO, live superfoods check out www.iamsohealthy.com Rafael, my husband and I have both done this cleanse and it takes away your sugar cravings and leaves you feeling fabulous as well! If you have weight to lose that will happen as well.
So why go through all the possible pain and suffering? Because sugar is toxic to our systems. More and more research is identifying the damage that we are doing to our bodies – and a lot of this is due to the hidden sugars in what appear to be generally healthy food choices. It’s time to educate yourself about what you really are consuming, and eliminating all excess sugar from your diet.
Make sure you compensate by stocking your fridge and cupboards with healthy alternatives like I have suggested. Research thoroughly – even something as healthy as fruit can provide your body with too much sugar when eaten in excess. Speaking of sugar, avoid all fruit juices as they can have as much sugar as a toxic soda! That concentrated sugar in any form (including dehydrated fruit) is very hard on your pancreas. Do not eat it!
A life without sugar is a better life. If you are battling to shed that last little bit of weight, then cutting out sugar just might be the answer you’re looking for. You’re also likely to feel more energetic, have sustained energy throughout the day, and have happier more stable moods. You will have improved digestion and less inflammation. You’ll also have a better complexion and look younger! So life without sugar is, after all, the sweeter AND healthier option!
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Author: Esateys Stuchiner
Esateys (pronounced Ee sáh teez) is an International Life Transformational Speaker, Author, Master Facilitator, Life Coach and Expert in the Human condition. She is a Nationally and Board Certified Nurse Practitioner. For over 30 years, she has practiced, taught and lectured extensively in the allopathic and alternative medicine field.
Esateys is known for her groundbreaking work in the areas of personal empowerment and health restoration using mindset and inner connection as the catalyst for all change.
Esateys describes herself as the ‘Architect of the New You’ and has dedicated her life and professional career to helping her clients create “New Beginnings” by facilitating self empowerment, economic freedom and restored health.
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