Yes, it is oh so real! Dear Sweet Baby Jesus, it’s real.
Today makes a week of my weaning off refined sugar. I’ve had really
good days and definitely some challenging days in that time.
I woke up with an achy head. (Last night I had the achy head and queasiness.) I’ve honestly been a little on the anxious side and even a little down at times. I’m thirsty. And, I want ZERO drama around me. Okay, I never want drama, but I’m not playing this time.
I’m not even one that drinks sodas throughout the day and has a lot of cooked, cakes and pies – all at once, that is. It’s a cumulative effect that I’m experiencing. Overall, I don’t have gluten, unless I have a slice or two of pizza from Whole Foods. Oh, and I’m sure there’s sugar in the tomato sauce and pizza dough. I don’t live a dairy free life, because a life without Yodeling Goat Gouda and Catamount Cheese and what not isn’t what I choose to live.
Thanks to Vanadia, I was able to read symptoms of sugar withdrawal. You can find the list here. I loved that he left the comments up since 2012 through current posts. It helps me see that people go through all kinds of withdrawal. Everyone’s lifestyle is different, as well as everyone’s body, so experiences will vary. If you are going through it, there’s hope on the other side. At least that’s what they tell me.
Some things I’ve done to help myself cut down on refined sugar and go through withdrawal are:
- The first thing I did was settle in my mind that this is a process and it’s not going to happen overnight. My body is used to having sugar, just like it would be used to having a drug. But, I am more than a body. I am a soul and I can make positive decisions to affect my body.
- I didn’t go cold turkey. It was too hard the first day and I felt myself getting ill. I went ahead and had candy and immediately felt the nausea and headache go away. (That’s crazy, right?) So I allowed myself a couple of gluten free fig newtons, or something else small and sugary. Or, I would focus on having a banana or orange. The natural sugars worked for me. Anyway, I strongly believe my body was designed to ingest what is naturally produced versus what is refined.
- I eat salads with a lot of different colored ingredients: mixed greens, purple cabbage, red bell pepper, tomatoes, mushrooms, garlic, etc. The nutrients really seem to support my body. As yucky as I might feel this morning, I could feel worse.
- Make sure my systems of elimination aren’t blocked. Bowels, kidneys, sinuses, skin. I took a couple of hot steam baths with epsom salt, and essential oils.
- Rest and let my body have the time it needs to recover.
- Take walks to keep the blood flowing and continue to sweat and let my body eliminate any toxins being released. It also helps to ease some of the anxious feeling caused by the elimination as well as some of the shakiness.
- Don’t get mad at My Guy for being a sugar addict himself and bringing candy into the house that he loves. Just realize that life is still about individual choices.
I’m not trying to 100% eliminate refined sugar as I do love catsup and mayonnaise, and these great, fresh fig newtons from Whole Foods. Although, I may at some point try to make my own mayonnaise. I’ll let you know how that goes.
Until then, the drama free bubble remains. Respect the bubble, people. Respect the bubble. Thanks for reading.