I know I have been talking a lot about sugar, but it’s so important to try and kick this addiction. It’s especially important to not be craving it when Thanksgiving and Christmas roll around. When you read magazines and health reports online, you are given the picture that quitting sugar is a simple one step process. Just find or use an alternative and quitting can happen overnight. The truth with this is that there are actually stages of quitting sugar. You can not just drop it without side effects and backlash from your system. Here are the stages of quitting sugar, how to start them, and what to know about making each one work for your in your daily life.
Removing Known Sugars
The first step to quitting sugars is to remove all the known sugars in your diet. This means removing drinks, even diet drinks that contain sugars. You also want to remove sugars that are artificial. Both cause risks and dangers. Remove processed foods that contain high sugar contents as well. By just removing known sugars from your diet you can reduce the amount of risks and sugars that are causing you health issues. This may seem like the simplest and easiest step, but honestly it can be the hardest step for some people and the hardest to make choices during. We have already talked about where hidden sugars are lurking, so now you have some ideas of what to eliminate.
The second step is the detoxing process. You need to do a cleanse that removes the buildup from your system. This is not a specific cleanse, just eliminating sugar from your diet. There is not a precise amount of time the detox process can take. One day, three days, or up to a month may be necessary to remove the buildup in your system and reset your system. One of the ways to do this is a clean eating diet that gives you good food, solid nutrition, and vitamins. Try to stick with real, whole foods while you are detoxing. Once you go through this process you can move onto a healthy diet of your choice.
There are certain side effects that you need to prepare for. One of the most common is headaches. Headaches from the lack of stimulation and sugar can start within the same day and can become increasingly painful as time goes on. One way you can deal with the headaches are natural methods like meditation or essential oils. This can help reduce the effects or help you get through the headaches that may last for several days or weeks depending on how long your sugar addiction has lasted.
By taking each stage slowly, you can ensure that you will be able to handle the process easily. It will not happen overnight. It will take time and you need to be patient through this process. You will be rewarded with a higher health score with your doctor and the removal of risk factors related to sugar and sugar addiction.
I’m going to conclude my sugar blog posts with tips for getting through your sugar cravings. Look for that on Friday.
Enjoy the rest of your week!