Anyone who has ever died and dropped out all the processed sugar will tell you about the mood changes, irritability, headaches, and other side effects. The fact is when you subject your body to sugar over long periods of time it's going to uncomfortable when you remove it. Not only are you dealing with drug like withdrawal systems due to sugar affecting the opioid receptors in the brain, but you're also dealing with the side effects of detoxification. In short, there are a host of physiological changes going on through your body when you start removing this very addictive substance.
While there's no way to avoid the initial discomfort I can however provide you with some tips to shorten the process and improve your chances of sticking with it. The biggest mistake I see people making when trying to beat a sugar addiction is not removing all sugars and providing enough live foods to speed up the detoxification and cellular rejuvenation.
You can not simply give up the cake, candy, sodas, and other junk foods and replace them with other so called “healthy carbohydrates.” Switching from white bread to low-calorie wraps and fast food burgers to Lean Cuisine is only going to prolong the suffering. With the exception of plant sugars from vegetables (glucose) and fruit sugar (fructose), your best strategy is to remove all starches, grains, legumes, and dairy during the detoxification process.
Follow a Primal Blueprint type diet with lots of fruits and vegetables along with the other foods consisting of lean proteins, nuts, seeds, and healthy fats. This will help lower blood sugar levels, heal tissue at the hormonal glands, improve gastrointestinal function, and lower insulin levels. Removing all processed and refined foods along with potatoes, bread, pasta, rice, cereal, and other starch sugars is imperative. If you do not pull out the starches you'll probably only find yourself struggling with vicious sugar cravings.
When you experience the strong sugar cravings with dieting your body is trying to tell you something. These strong signals are caused by what's called “toxic hunger.” This is a response to your body removing metabolic waste and toxins. What your body is unfortunately crying out for is micronutrients from live foods. You'll actually starving yourself at the cellular level even though you may be eating plenty of calories from processed and refined foods.
Most people cave in and find momentary relief by eating some sugar but it's only a quick fix. This is no different than finding momentary relief from a drug withdrawal by putting the drug back in your system. The root problem is still there and left unresolved. Let me be perfectly clear, there are not short-cuts or alternatives to breaking a sugar addiction other than healing your body with live foods.
You need to heal from the inside out with fruits and vegetables and drastically change the way you eat if you want to beat a sugar addiction.
The longer you've been on sugar and processed foods the more time it will take to detoxify and rejuvenate the cells. Be patient with yourself but just know the body has an amazing ability to heal itself very quickly when you put in the right foods. It just has to be an “all out” approach to eating live foods and not just a half-hearted approach with removing the processed sugar and junk foods. Within 30 days you can dramatically change your energy, health, and reduce your waistline if you just stick with live foods.
The withdrawal symptoms will be the strongest during the first 10-14 days. This is where you have to resist the temptation to cave in and go back to old ways of eating. Just make sure you're eating enough or it will be extremely difficult resistant the true hunger signals calling for energy and nutrients.
This is where a lot of people mess up. They think they have to eat less, hence dieting, when in reality they need to eat more! It just needs to be from the right foods that will provide sufficient fuel to keep metabolism up and nutrients to feed the cells.
Another quick tip is to consider the benefits of drinking straight black coffee. Moderation is essential as you do not want to consume more than 2-3 cups a day. However, there is new research that shows the natural caffeine in black coffee can fill the opioid receptors in the brain that sugar once occupied. This is why coffee is so helpful with any addiction.
By following a diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, performing regular exercise, getting adequate sleep and removing all processed and refined foods, you can break a sugar addiction in as little as 30 days. What you're actually doing is just getting the body back in balance and providing the necessary nutrients for optimal health and function.
All other so called weight loss solutions from pills, medicines, hormone injections, surgeries, fad diets, etc, fail to address the root of the problem. They may help you temporarily lose some weight but you'll be right back where you started without you finally address the problem at the cellular level.
Live foods hold the answer to breaking a sugar addiction but you've just got to give them enough time to heal your body. The strategies I'm giving you are not quick fixes that avoid the root of the problem. They will take some time but your success is guaranteed if you stick with it and simply commit to eating the foods that heal.