Sugar Detox & Overcoming Addiction
Let’s be honest. No one with a sugar addiction is keen on the thought of a sugar detox, the resistant feeling is inventible which can also be a signal for the urgency of the actual need for the detox.
Over the past years, sugar consumption has skyrocketed. Until lately, we had been eating sugar mainly found naturally in foods. It was used as a treat or in small quantities and was never a problem. But today, over a third of the calories we consume come from sugar or white flour, which is highly refined and acts just like sugar in our system. Our bodies cannot cope with such an enormous load. Sugar gives you an initial high, then you crash, then you crave more, so you consume more sugar. It’s this series of highs and lows that provoke unnecessary stress on your adrenals. You get anxious, moody (sugar is a mood-altering drug) and eventually you feel drained.
But quitting sugar can be challenging, especially considering that it’s everywhere. That’s where a sugar detox comes in. you might hear the argument that sugar is fine in moderation and that we shouldn’t eliminate any one food group. Obviously eliminating a macronutrient like protein, carbohydrates, or fat would be awfully unhealthy. But sugar isn’t a macronutrient. It’s not a food group. Sugar is present in many foods (like fruit), but on its own, sugar is only a simple carbohydrate.
Sugar provides quickly digested, empty calories but doesn’t add any nutrients. In fact, sugar actually pulls minerals (like calcium and magnesium) from the rest of the body for digestion. So sugar is, in some ways, an anti-nutrient. In fact, sugar and can feed the bodys own bacterias to the point that it becomes over feed and becomes a infection–such as Candida.
How to do a sugar detox and th(su)rive
A couple of weeks will help reset hormones and neurotransmitters. Here are some tips for making a sugar detox doable and bearable:
Deal with Cravings
You will have cravings, sometimes they strike when you least expect it so make sure you are all set with snacks that remove the craving yet fills you with nutrient. Carrots are a great example; fruits can be an option too with moderation due to fructose.
Have a support plan
Having a person who you can support you mentally and emotionally is revised. Just having someone to talk to when the mood is swinging south, someone who can encourage and remind you why you get started if chemical imbalances kick in as your system is withdrawing from the sugar.
Don’t start on a Monday
Instead consider later in the week so you have a the weekend clear to ride possible rollercoasters. Make sure you have space to rest and reset by cultivating a mindset of kindness and compassion.
Having smaller yet more frequent meals is a good strategy for maintaining a even blood sugar level. This way you are likely to feel less moody, hangry, mental and emotional imbalances.
Deep dive into knowledge
The more you know why you are doing something, the more likely you are to invest in yourself in by doing so. By learning how sugar actually effects the body, how the brains happy hormone balance is tied to our gut-health and what we consume, such as our systems other process–we can have a deeper understanding for what we actually are putting ourselves through.
Needless to say, regardless if you’re experiencing symptoms or not–taking a break from sugar wont do you any harm. Instead of seeing it as a detox, see it as a re-boot. A opportunity to give your system a clean slate to go back to its origin. If you by any chance feel resistance to the idea of being without sugar and/or gluten, it’s a good idea to take some time and check in with yourself.
If you answered yes on the majority of these questions, chances are that you have created attachment patterns with sugar in order to cope with emotional or mental patterns. By taking a break from sugar you also create some mental and emotional space for your system to reboot itself and create new rituals when celebrating and feeling low.
One key component to take a closer look at, while being honest with yourself is you are truly being kind with yourself based on the choices that you are making. We don’t need to intellectualize this, we feel it in our gut–listen to your gut feeling.
Questings to ask or journal out:
- Do you consume sugar when celebrating?
- Do you consume sugar as a means to treat yourself?
- Do you consume sugar when feeling down?
- Do you consume sugar when being in need for comfort?