How to Manage Sugar Withdrawal
How to manage sugar withdrawal?
Quitting processed sugar is your first step to healthier living.
You’ll experience significant positive changes when you restrict sugar consumption. Health benefits like:
- Weight loss
- Improved energy levels
- Eliminate all forms of cravings
- Boost mental energy
- Reduce the risks of diseases like diabetes, depression, obesity, and cardiovascular diseases.
And so many more…
However, sugar cleansing is not easy—this is especially true when you are consuming large amounts of sugar on a daily basis.
Eliminating sugar from diet may be more difficult for people consuming 20 to 30 teaspoons a day. This is way beyond the recommended intake of added sugar, which is only six teaspoons a day.
Achieving a sugarless diet is rewarding, but you may have to go through challenging instances.
But don’t worry, in this article, we’ll teach you how to manage sugar withdrawal and become a sugarfree person.
Why is it hard to quit sugar?
Although opinions about sugar addiction are divided, it was found that dopamine production is increased during sugar intake. (1)
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that plays a key role in motivation and pleasure. This compound is also found to heighten in people with substance abuse.
Dopamine triggers the reward system of the brain. And once this area of the brain is stimulated, it creates a positive association with the sugary sweet you just ate.
It can become problematic if we repeatedly eat sweets because it reinforces the behavior. The habit becomes harder to break when it becomes hardwired.
Sugar cleansing may result in unpleasant side effects that include both mental and physical symptoms.
And its intensity may also vary depending on how much sugar you’re taking in a day. The higher your sugar intake, the more severe the withdrawal would be.
But the good news is that symptoms go away once your body gets used to the sugar limit. It usually takes for days or even weeks.
- Intense cravings
- Stress and anxiety
- Unable to maintain focus
- Sleep difficulty
Yes, it may be uncomfortable at first, but stick to your goals—follow through, and you’ll be able to effectively manage your sugar cravings in the future.
How to Manage Sugar Withdrawal
The following are some of the things you can do during sugar withdrawal.
Increase your protein and healthy intake
Proteins and healthy fats (unsaturated fats) can help you ease cravings as it hits. These calories will also provide you a steady flow of energy anytime you feel fatigued.
Eat more fiber
Dietary fibers are carbohydrates. But unlike processed sugars, they are a healthier option.
Eating dietary fibers induces a feeling of satiety and relieves you from cravings.
And increasing your fiber intake is also a good idea since you’ll increase your protein and fat intake as well.
Drink more water
Sometimes, we confuse thirst as hunger. So drinking water regularly may alleviate cravings.
Learn how to cope with stress
Several studies are pointing out that stress and pressure may intensify cravings.
One reason is how dopamine may provide temporary relief a person from stress by eating sweets.
Related Article: Managing Stress Using Essential Oils
The inability to sleep properly contributes to stress and irritability. And as mentioned prior, stress may intensify cravings.
Being active alleviates stress and improves your energy levels.
Scientific research mentioned that a 15-minute walk per day might reduce the likelihood of cravings for the day. (2)
Thank you for taking the time off reading my article. I hope it provided you enough information on how to manage sugar withdrawal.
During your journey, you may slip and become frustrated.
But don’t be…
We’ve all been there…
The important thing is you stand up and repeat the process. Never give up!
The symptoms may overwhelm you but focus on what brought you to do sugar cleansing in the first place.
Maybe, you want to have better health or just want to look attractive.
Whatever it may be…
Focus on your goals and never give up!