Simple rules for this page…
Please REMEMBER that even though science continues to advance, researchers often disagree about “facts.” There is still much to understand about human health.
That being said, let’s all be open-minded and respectful to the differing opinions we may have!
What we do know for sure: there are long-term benefits to reducing or eliminating sugar from our diets!
Let’s get started!
Know your WHY
What are the reasons YOU want to reduce or eliminate sugar from our diet? Knowing your WHY will keep you going when the going gets tough!
What is your COMMIT?
Decide the parameters YOU are willing to live by? One woman won’t touch a drop of sugar OR artificial sweeteners. A man said he’ll still do a teaspoon of local honey daily as his remedy for allergies. Another woman will drink a glass of wine on Saturday evenings.
What is your STARTING STRATEGY?
Do you want to taper off sugar for 2 or 3 days or are you quitting cold turkey? Either one has benefits and drawbacks. You choose.
Share in the comment box below your WHY, your COMMIT, and your STARTING STRATEGY!
What are the Symptoms of Sugar Withdrawal?
Day ONE was easy, wasn’t it? Hold on now because withdrawal symptoms may show up within 24 hours. Here’s a list of things you might experience – but hang in there – because they will pass! If you haven’t removed your sweet temptations from your home, it’s time to do so!
- The cravings may get stronger
- Lethargy or lack of energy
- Anxiety or shakiness
- Muscle pain
- Problems sleeping
- Nausea, gas and bloating
Withdrawing from sugar will be different for each individual but it’s good to know what “normal” is so you can manage better.
Realizing that sugar has this much of a drug-like effect on your body might help strengthen your Commit.
How to Manage Cravings and Withdrawal Symptoms
Know that the cravings will subside but you’ll need to ride the wave and get beyond. And your family and friends may have to take this ride with you! The tips below will help you manage these next days (or weeks).
When the cravings strike:
- Go for a walk
- Drink a big glass of water
- Eat a piece of fruit
- Eat more protein
- Call a friend or write in the comment box below
- Go to bed early (or take a nap)
- Stay away from triggers (e.g., restaurants with your favorite desserts)
- Write out your WHY and COMMIT and keep them with you to remind yourself of your reasons to hang in there
- Eat regular meals or snacks. Don’t allow yourself to get too hungry
- Take a hot shower
- Avoid artificial sweeteners as they’ll likely keep your cravings going
- Take a multivitamin
- Chew sugarless gum
- Keep hands busy knitting, crocheting, reading
What is YOUR best strategy to overcome a craving? Answer in the comment box below!
- Banana Coconut Cookies
- 3, 2, 1 Custard – NOT just for breakfast!
- Almond Flour Biscuits to Serve with Fruit!
- Banana Dessert Sushi
Avocado Chocolate Pudding
Credits: Disney Family Makes: 5 servings
- 10 dates, pitted and roughly chopped
- 1-2 cups coconut water
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1/2 avocado, pitted and scooped
- 1/4 cup creamy, unsweetened almond butter
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 banana, sliced
- 1/2 cup strawberries, sliced
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut flakes
- Mint sprig (optional)
- In a high-powered blender, blend dates with half of the coconut water until smooth.
- Add other half of the coconut water and remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth.
- Fill a bowl with 1/2 cup of the pudding.
- Garnish with banana and strawberry slices, a few blueberries, a sprinkling of coconut, and sprig of mint. Repeat for the remaining pudding bowls.