The only thing stopping more people from committing to a sugar-free diet than any other cause is fear of sugar withdrawal symptoms. Don’t let that stop you: withdrawal symptoms from sugar addiction, compared to many other addictive substances, are quite mild, so quitting addiction to sugar and other refined carbohydrates is pretty easy. Staying “clean” afterwards is difficult.
Other drugs, like tobacco (and even caffeine) have much longer and more disturbing withdrawal symptoms.
During the first few days without sugar, you may experience headaches, fatigue, depression, drowsiness, skin rashes, and mucus or throat discomfort.
Some of these symptoms, especially mood swings, fatigue, and drowsiness, are likely to occur on a daily basis when you’re still on a high-sugar diet, as your blood sugar rises and falls, but you generally don’t blame it. to the way of eating. When you kick the sugar habit, you will be well aware that these symptoms are caused by your recent change in diet, and you must wait for the day when you are completely free of them.
A caffeine withdrawal headache can be quite painful and can last 2 days or more, while sugar withdrawal symptoms are usually milder but can last a week or two. Some people may experience little or no discomfort and will simply receive the full benefits of a sugar-free diet almost immediately.
And the benefits are enormous: better health, better mood, a feeling of greater vitality, and clearer thinking.
Unfortunately, the thought of sugar withdrawal symptoms is a powerful impediment to a healthy change. People often think that they will feel much worse than they really will, or they believe that they will be miserable for much longer. Actually, some of this reasoning is caused by the “stinky thinking” created by your addiction.
Knowing how long your symptoms will last will give you the strength to commit to going through the withdrawal phase towards health. You don’t want to give in to the annoying symptoms that ask for that donut just hours before the symptoms are gone forever.
For this reason, it is important to mark the time when you know that you will not feel your best. Think of it as a voluntary case of the flu and commit to working to overcome it. In a few days it will be over.
Does that mean you’re free from sugar cravings forever? Not.
As mentioned above, the hard part is not giving up on sugar. It stays sugar-free once it’s gone through the first few weeks. Your mild withdrawal symptoms at first will keep you focused and remind you of your goal of starting a healthy diet.
It’s later, when you’re feeling healthy and energetic, that the allure of “just one” treat can seem like a harmless fad. To ensure you stick to your new healthy diet, you will need a plan that will prevent you from slipping back into your old unhealthy eating choices.