How To Ease Sugar Withdrawal Symptoms When You Are Trying To Quit It?
First of all, congrats for making the decision to quit sugar and taking actions. However, as you’ve found out, quitting can present its own problems in the form of withdrawal symptoms. In this article, Beauty and Tips takes a look at the best ways to ease them. The problem is that, although sugar isn’t a drug, it’s like a drug. It’s super addictive. The more sugar you consume, the more you want. Then, when you don’t get enough of it, your body starts displaying symptoms that we ordinarily associate with withdrawal. That’s because you ARE suffering from withdrawal. Sugar withdrawal is really easy to give into. However, before you throw in the towel and revert back to your sugary ways, take a look at our tips for dealign with withdrawal symptoms. And remember, these symptoms WILL pass.
Drink Lots Of Water
The best way to combat any withdrawal symptoms is by staying properly hydrated – and water is the best way to do this. The more dehydrated we are, the more we crave sugar and the like. Stay hydrated throughout the day, and if the taste of water is a bit too bland for you, add a pinch of lemon into the mix or throw in some fruits, berries or cucumber.
Go Cold Turkey
Many of us assume that going cold turkey is actually counter intuitive. After all, won’t we feel the withdrawal effects much more strongly? Actually, the opposite is true. If you cut out sugar bit by bit, you’re like an alcoholic who is drinking less each day – but still drinking. You’re having a donut here, a cookie there – and not really getting anywhere. It’s actually a lot easier, and you’ll feel much better, if you quit all sugar at once. This means those found in dairy and various condiments too, at least to start with.
Stay Filled Up
Getting hungry is the worst when you’re trying to avoid sugar. It’s annoying because, when you’re absolutely starving, all you want to eat is all the sugary foods that are bad for you. A cake wouldn’t go amiss right now, would it?! As such, you need to make a weekly meal plan so that there are no gaps between meal times large enough to trigger hunger and sugar cravings. The key is to stay filled up and bursting with energy. To do this, you need to focus on getting the right amount of nutrients from a healthy, well-balanced diet. Consume plenty of hunger-busting fibre, snack on nuts and berries, and do all that you can to keep your energy levels high. Eat lots of fruit, drink smoothies and get adequate amounts of protein.
Withdrawal can really hit hard when we’re low on energy. And when we’re low on energy, we also start to crave sugary food again. To combat this viscous cycle, check your sleep routine. If you’re not getting enough sleep, now is the time to hit the sack earlier.
Eat The Right Things
Two of the symptoms of sugar withdrawal are moodiness and low energy levels. When we’re not getting our sugar fix, we feel irritable – and we may also feel fatigued. As such, it’s important that you consume foods that not only make you feel good, but which also help to bring your energy levels back up. The best foods to eat? Healthy ones, of course! Double-down on fresh fruit and vegetables that contain plenty of feel-food nutrients, and which will restore both your mood and your energy.
Sure, you set goals for various aspects of your life. But do you really need to set goals when it comes to coping with sugar withdrawal? It sure helps. In fact, goal setting can be the best plan of attack when it comes to keeping those nasty symptoms at bay. The first thing you need to do is identify your Why. Why have you given up sugar in the first place? If your Why isn’t strong enough, you’ll find it hard to battle through the symptoms. For example, you might have heard about someone struggling with diabetes as a result of consuming too much sugar. You really don’t want to end up like that, which is why you were determined to give up sugar in the first place. If your Why is stronger than your withdrawal symptoms, it will help you to plough on through the pain. Your goal needs to be something that works for you, not for anyone else. You also need to be specific with them. For example, let’s say you quit sugar because you wanted to lose weight. But how much? And when by? If you don’t answer these questions, you might be dismayed that you haven’t seen any results yet. As such, you might cave when your symptoms get too strong. On the other hand, if you set specific targets and deadlines, you’ll know that, if you can just ride out this storm, you’ll feel so much better a few months down the line.
Make Your Meals Exciting
One of the issues you might be wrestling with is how to make your food exciting now that you’ve decided to kick sugar. After all, without sugar, food can taste a bit bland. However, going sugar-free doesn’t now mean that meal time has to be boring. It just means that you have to think outside the box a bit as you come up with ideas to keep things fresh and interesting. For example, how about adding herbs and spices to your savour food? Try lime, lemon, onions and garlic. The last thing you want right now is for your food to taste terrible. If it does, you’ll be returning to your bad habits in no time at all.
Add Cinnamon To Your Hot Drinks
Now that you’re going sugar-free, you’re probably worried what this means for you hot drinks. Will tea and coffee ever taste the same again?! To make sure that your favourite hot drinks are still appealing, you can substitute cinnamon for sugar. In fact, you can mix it up as much as you like. Cardamon and nutmeg are other options.
Do you have other tips on how to ease sugar withdrawal symptoms?
Stay happy and healthy!