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Did you know that you can go through sugar withdrawal just like you can with drugs or alcohol?

For most, sugar has become the primary source of fuel for their body. It is not supposed to be that way. Sure, some areas like the brain like glucose, and the heart likes ribose, but for the most part, our bodies are designed to run efficiently from fat. Unfortunately, if the body is repeatedly fed sugar and carbohydrates, we adapt to run from that instead.

When clients begin to cut out sugar from their diets, it can cause temporary blood sugar drops before the body learns to create energy from other courses (fat).

Sugar withdrawal can cause headaches, nausea, and fatigue, among other things. The severity of the symptoms is typically reflective of the amount of sugar in the original diet, paired with your body’s unique ability to adapt.

Some of the most common symptoms of sugar withdrawal are:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Mental fog
  • Hunger
  • Cravings
  • Bloating
  • Muscle aches
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

 

What to do to Reduce Sugar Cravings:

  • Increase fiber intake (easiest way is to use organic Psyllium husk when creating smoothies).
  • Make sure to take in the recommended amount of high quality protein (Trovato Nutrition can help calculate the amount right for you).
  • Stay well hydrated with clean water (about half your body weight in ounces every day).
  • Increase the intake of healthy fats (avocados, coconut oil, MCT oil, grass-fed butter, grass-fed ghee are all great options).
  • Avoid all artificial sweetener like saccharin, aspartame, and sucralose.  Opt for better options like organic stevia or xylitol made from birch.