So, you’ve decided to give up sugar, for good this time. What’s next?
It may be a good idea to educate yourself on some of the realities of sugar detox. Much like a detox from drugs, after all, sugar is essentially acting as a drug on your body, there will be some physical withdrawal symptoms.
Here’s what to expect, and some tools to help you surf through the detox wave, without getting wiped out this time! First, know that every single one of you is as unique as your fingerprint. Your body’s reaction to quitting sugar may be really different than Jane and Joe’s, your detox symptoms will, therefore, be different as well.
Know that the symptoms will not last forever, in fact they may only be anywhere from a couple days to a couple weeks, small price to pay for your freedom from sugar addiction?
So, what can you expect when you’re expecting the withdrawal symptoms? Anything from feelings of anxiousness or lower mood; perhaps some changes in your sleep patterns; trouble focusing or concentrating; and craving high-processed, high sugar, high carbohydrate foods are common. You may also experience some physical symptoms like fatigue, dizziness, nausea, and tingling. And, while these symptoms may not sound ideal, ask yourself what this substance (sugar) must be capable of to bring about this kind of withdrawal.
The bright side!? The Cleveland Clinic suggests that this break-up with sugar is possible in ten short days. So when you’re in the midst of an icky withdrawal symptom, remind yourself, it will pass. To help you handle the detox process, prepare prepare prepare! Know what to expect, and plan accordingly. You’re feeling fatigued? Get in some extra sleep! Feeling stressed out? It will be critical to manage your stress, especially during this time of detox. Set some stress reducing regiments in place before hand. Try moving your body, go for a cathartic walk or dance it out. Craving sugar? Ensure that your meals are protein and fiber filled, leaving you feeling full on nutrient dense (not sugar dense) meals.
Ultimately, accept that detox is just part of the process, you’ve gotta go through it to get through it, and Beacon is here to help you along the way to free yourself from your sugar addiction.