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Should You eliminate Sugar + How to Deal with Common Sugar Withdrawal Symptoms

It’s no surprise that each day we are learning more and more about the harmful and positive effects certain foods have on our bodies. One ingredient that is certainly hard on your body and hard to eliminate, is sugar. Maybe you understand a little bit and have given up your daily sweets, but you’re still not feeling great. Sugar hides in a variety of foods from cereals to pasta sauce. Answer a few questions to see if you could benefit from quitting sugar:

  • Do you always get an energy crash around 3 pm?
  • Do you crave something sweet after every meal?
  • Do you often get stomachaches and bloating after eating?
  • Do you have trouble losing belly fat?
  • Do you feel foggy and unable to focus often?
  • Do you routinely overeat sweets?

If you answered yes for most of those, you could definitely benefit from eliminating sugar from your diet. Try it and see how you feel. However, you need to give it a fair chance because you will most likely feel worse before you start to feel better. Here are the stages of sugar withdrawal if you decide to quit sugar:

  1. When you first decide to quit sugar, you might feel great and on top of the world about your decision. You found new recipes, you went grocery shopping, you threw away all the sugary snacks in your house… you got this!
  2. But then the cravings kick in. Studies now show sugar is as addictive (maybe even more addictive) than cocaine! Crazy, right? Temptation is everywhere, especially if your entire household isn’t on the no sugar train.
  3. You might start to get headaches, similar to those if you’ve experienced caffeine withdrawal. Start drinking more water to ease symptoms. Essential oils are great for headaches, but if they get really bad, take ibuprofen.
  4. Some people complain of aches and pains and flu-like symptoms when quitting sugar. If you experience this, try taking a warm Epsom salt bath. If you start feeling dizzy or shaky, try eating more protein and drinking tea.
  5. When you are really in the thick of your withdrawal, you will probably also get some crazy mood swings. It is helpful to quit sugar with a friend or a family member so you can help each other through it.
  6. After a few days or a few weeks, depending on how much sugar you routinely consumed, you’ll start to feel better than ever! It just takes time so be patient and don’t give up until you start seeing results.

So, what are some other ways you can calm down withdrawal symptoms?

  1. Like I mentioned earlier, try taking an Epsom Salt bath. Epsom salts are great for sore muscles, reducing inflammation and detoxing. They can also help flush out environmental toxins.
  2. Take milk thistle supplements to love your liver. It boosts detoxification naturally of the liver, which can be really stressed out from too much sugar.
  3. Try dandelion coffee or tea to help fight bad bacteria in your system. Probiotics can also help.
  4. Get more sleep! You will probably start to feel more tired and fatigued, so use this time to rest and recharge.
  5. Dry brush to stimulate your lymph nodes and help you detox.
  6. Get a massage. Not only will it feel great, it can help ease sore muscles and detox faster too.
  7. It might be the last thing you feel like doing, but once you start, those endorphins will release and you’ll start to feel better. Also, when you are taking care of your body and exercising regularly, you might be less tempted to eat unhealthy.
  8. Eat more protein and healthy fats (coconut oil, avocado, etc.). This will help you cut down on cravings and stay full and satisfied.

Do you eat sugar? How much do you regularly eat? Have you ever thought about eliminating sugar from your diet? Share with us below!

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing lrstewar@gmail.com.