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Symptoms of Sugar Withdrawal

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You might expect:

- sweating (without physical strain)
- jitters/shaky hands
- low energy
- crankiness
- depression
- anxiousness
- loss of sleep
- lack of motivation
- strange dreams
- anticipated rituals unfulfilled
- boredom
- overspending on stuff (when you would have purchased snacks)
- gas
- bloating
- possible weight gain
- constipation or diarrhea
- strong hunger
- not feeling satisfied even after eating a lot
- frequent urination
- strong thirst
- the need for naps
- heavy deep naps that can last up to four hours if you lay down mid-day
- overeating
- transference of compulsive behavior to other areas of you life (smoking, drinking, sex, gambling, shopping or more productive things like biking, knitting, yoga, and tai chi, sex, etc.)

Also see Why Quit Sugar.

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Comments 148

Karenlynn

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I went on a terrible sugar binge last night, and am paying the price today. I am experiencing sleepiness, anxiety nausea, and lack of appetite. I will never binge like that again. It ruined my entire day!

Vanadia

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Sorry to hear. Drink lots of water and start anew! smile

Karenlynn

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David, I did just that; I drank a lot of water. I’m fine now, but looking back to yesterday, that was the worst “hangover” I’ve ever had! I used to drink beer and have those college hangovers, but never had experienced a sugar one. The sugar one was by far the worst! I never realized until yesterday what a powerful drug sugar is!

Janine

4

I stopped eating sugar yesterday cold turkey.  I have been experiencing headache, nausea, vomiting, and sleepiness.  How long will this last? And, what can I expect in the days to come?

Vanadia

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That feeling of crashing after eating too much sugar is the worst Karenlynn!

Janine, it will most likely last for a week or so. Make sure you eat healthy alternatives and drink lots of water. Take a walk and avoid hard exercise. It’s worrisome that you’re vomiting, however.

Janine

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Thank you, David.  The vomiting came the first full day of cutting out the sugar.  Have not done so any more.  Drinking lots of water. Walking to help curb cravings. Just wish this headache would go away!

Vanadia

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Gently move your spine. Also, eat replacement foods and avoid your trigger foods! Hang in there, it gets better. If you give up and go back to sweets, you have to do this all over again in the future.

Karenlynn

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Janine, I know how you feel! I am still having daily headaches and some nausea. My appetite has sharply decreased. After dinner last night, I did have some severe sugar cravings. I had no idea what sugar is capable of until recently. I’ve always stayed away from sweets; no sugar in my coffee, unsweet ice tea etc. That one binge however sent me over the edge. Experiencing low energy, but am getting back on track. Best of luck with your situation!

Shaunna

9

I am 2 days sugar free and on top of headaches, nausea, and fatigue, I feel SO bloated! I expected the other symptoms but not this!

Vanadia

10

The first few weeks are the most difficult. If you slip up and eat sweets during that time, you have to repeat the first few weeks all over again!

Karenlynn

11

Have not had a sugar episode since Aug. I really learned a good lesson. How can something so “innocent” cause such harm? Sugar is definitely a drug!

Jane

12

One week without sugar! Oh god I feel like my head is going to explode. It’s awful, like the flu. Hope it gets better soon.

stacey

13

i have gone 2 days cold turkey without sugar. i have no energy at all and get killer headaches! i always feel tired but i can never sleep! This sucks!!

Vanadia

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It gets much better, trust me! Make sure you drink lots of water and eat replacement foods. Consider joining this week’s Sugar-Free Challenge.

Justin

15

Day two of no sugar and it’s not a fun at all! The cravings and mood instability are overwhelming. That goes to show that that white crystalline substance called sugar is truly a drug!!

Vanadia

16

“Addictive” is certainly a good word to describe the stuff!

Kathy

17

I am 6 days sugar free and miserable.  No headaches but stomach cramping, fatigue, weakness and diarrhea.  Anything to help?

Vanadia

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Yes, EAT! Eat healthy foods. Drink lots of water. Fill your stomach with veggies and keep going. This will pass. smile

Candace

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The headache is killing me.  So tired it’s ridiculous.  I am really striving not to cave in and have some sugar.  I love bananas and they help.  Why, oh why must it last a week or more???  I do feel like I have a mild flu.  That’s really odd.

Vanadia

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Don’t give up! This is the place where many turn back. There is a wonderful place on the other side of these cold and dark mountains. Keep going…

Dani

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I quit 3 days ago, I can’t concentrate and my brain is all blergh! I will not fail now though, I’m not starting this again! I’m shakey, nauseous, weak and SO tired!

Vanadia

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Hang in there, Dani!

nick

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it’s day 9 and i feel like I’ve hit a brick wall. My sugar intake has been less than 26 grams a day these past nine days (i used to average 120+ grams a day). i have a lot of anxiety and am feeling depressed. I’m exercising 4 times a week and that helps but the weekends are the worst. I can’t concentrate, my body aches, and I feel like I have the flu. When will this end? I’m also having terrible mood swings. Is this what sugar withdrawal really feels like? thank god i never smoked or did drugs. this is absolutely painful.

debbie v.

24

I was wondering if giving up sugar can cause you to feel nauseated?
It’s only been 3 days and i feel terrible…like i have the flu.  I was also wondering how long this will last?

Vanadia

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It can take several weeks to several months before you stabilize—depending on how much sugar you cut out, how fast you stop, and how your particular body chemistry reacts.

majda

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Hi. I have been sugar free for almost three months now. It was quite a quick transition for me but for the last couple of weeks I’ve been experiencing bowel problems, awful bloating, constipation, pain in the intestins that’s killing me. It’s so depressive. The problem is I had a bar of chocolate yesterday and my symptoms seemed to disapear. Only I’m craving sweet chocolate again and my bowel seems to “threaten” me after every meal and I can’t help thinking I should maybe grab another chocolate bar :(

Lucy

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I have been sugar free for 3 weeks. The first week was ok, but filled with anxiety. The 2nd week I had intense cravings for sugar, everything smelled like chocolate, the anxiety increased, and I had headaches.
This past week the anxiety has increased again to where Im over the top agitated, can’t sleep, over-reacting to EVERYthing. I’ve had diarrhea, headaches, dizziness, tons of gas.
Majda, I’m sorry to hear that you are 3 months out and having such symptoms. Does anything seem to help?
I’m just hoping I still have friends after things calm down. I’m really feeling out of control —however the one thing I will not do is eat sugar, no matter what.

Vanadia

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Lucy, Majda, what are you eating as replacement foods?

Lucy

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Hi David - I eat a lot of protein, some fresh fruit. Im also gluten free and dairy free. I’ve had weight loss surgery (lap band), so there isn’t a lot of room for food; Im supposed to get a lot of protein each day, so I have to eat that first while there is still room.
Do you have suggestions for replacement foods?
Lucy

Vanadia

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Lucy, so it’s not just going off sugar that you’re dealing with—your whole system has changed! You’re being seen differently, you feel different, and everything happens so quickly. Are you in touch with other people who have gotten the same surgery? How long has it been since you got it?

Here are some replacement food suggestions.

Lucy

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Hi David,
Yes, my whole life has changed. I had the surgery 2.5 years ago. For the last 2 years I’ve had mystery symptoms that seem to be a complication—though western medicine cannot address it. It involved my throat and what made it feel much better was bread and butter :(
Long story short, acupuncture, chiropractic, and massage have worked a miracle and I am now feeling a lot better (not completely) and have the will power and motivation to get healthy again. Not so distracted with pain and discomfort. Thank you for the list of replacement foods! I will go read that now.
Thank you, also, for your response.
Lucy

majda

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Hi Lucy, David,
Lucy, I’m sorry to hear about your symptoms, that must be hard to deal with. Having someone by your side is very important. My mom doesn’t wanna understand and keeps talking me into eating sugar again. She says you gotta be “normal”!
Thank God I have a friend who really supports me.
David, For replacement food, I eat a lot of protein, fruits, veggies, good fats and nuts, and I eat a handful of dates a day, sweet and delicious. I also drink up to 2 litters of water a day.
Unlike Lucy, I’m not dairy free. last month, I tried to go gluten free for a couple of weeks, but it didn’t seem to change anything so I’m back to eating whole wheat with moderate portions.
It could be stress, I mean it definitely is stress because I believe there is a sort of drug in sugar, and since my body is craving that drug, it’s sending signals to my brain that come out as stress. And since I’ve always had bowel problems when I stress out, it totally tells me it’s the sugar.
My diet is super balanced. I tested causality and dairy and whole grains are not what irritate my bowel.
I went to the doctor but he only gave me a bunch of medicines that made my irritation and bloating worse. My blood and stool analysis showed that everything is fine with me. It’s only when I had a chocolate bar that I understood that it was sugar so I googled withdrawal side effects and I was shocked to read all that stuff. I had no idea sugar withdrawal would get me in all that trouble!!
I have to say it was much worse when I was not able to know what was wrong with me, now once I feel my bowel I take a couple deep breaths. Yoga helps a whole lot. Since I had sugar again I’m gonna make a detox by fasting a week or so. I’ll let you know how it turns.
Thank you so much for everything.
I’m sorry my message was quite long.
Majda

Camilla

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Day 8 without sugar
I’ve been feeling fine but today i have been so thirsty it is ridiculous, I’ve probably been drinking at least 5-6 litres during the day and I am still thirsty.
Does anyone else have that experience?
I also feel a little confused and restless.
day 8 without sugar.
I’ve been feeling fine but today i have been so thirsty it is

Vanadia

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Low blood sugar levels can cause dizziness, moodiness, and restlessness.  Thirst is also common. Eating complex carbs and proteins can help.

Lucy

35

Hi Camilla
I havent especially been thirsty, but I imagine your body is signaling you to continue to flush out the toxicity of sugar. So it sounds like a good idea to flush away!
I have just finished my 4th week of being sugar free.  I’ve had quite a bit of anxiety, lack of ability to sleep, my face is breaking out; I had one where my body felt like my finger was stuck in an electrical socket - energy zinging every which way.
I have heard that if you have an abundance of yeast growth in your intestinal trac (which feed off sugar), when you stop feeding the yeast and it dies off - you can experience a lot of weird and intense symptoms.
My acupuncturist recommended a product—Im not sure naming products is allowed here, so I won’t say what it is—- but I have high hopes that it will help me.
I think everyone is different in what they can handle and in what their body needs.  Going off sugar is no small feat—so hang in there everyone who is doing this!  Let’s see whats on the other side smile

Camilla

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Thank you Lucy smile
The yeast growth sounds nasty, a very good reason to stay off sugar.
I’m on day 10 now and feel very proud, no added sugar at all and the thirst did calm down a bit, drinking alot of water though to “clean out ” the system

Lucy

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Hi Camilla
Sounds like you’re doing great!  congratulations on hanging in there smile
Lucy

kathy

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For a few months I’ve been having “a little sugar” after being off sugar for a couple months. The “little bit” turned into a huge 5 day binge. Now, I’m on day 5 totally sugar-free and it’s been horrible. Last night I was so depressed, having suicidal ideation (don’t worry - I will not act on it), crying, angry. I haven’t been able to function in the day and haven’t been able to sleep at night. I hope I remember this in the future so I don’t have to go through withdrawal again. I can not eat “a little sugar.” I also have Intercystial Cystitis so there’s a lot of healthy food I can’t eat, which is tough. So glad I can come to this site and read the comments; it’s very helpful.

Cindy

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I was so glad to see this site. Today is my 4th day off sugar, cold turkey. I am feeling so yucky. Cold chills, so very tired, fatique is getting to me, fuzzy mind, nausea, just an over all feeling of being sick. I will be soooo very glad when the light at the end of the tunnel comes. I want so much to be feeling better. Sorry that you all are going through this too. Just glad there are others out there who understand. God Bless.

Mikki

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Hi everyone,
I am on my 8th day of being sugar free. I have been having shakes with veggies and a little fruit. That seems to help a little. You don’t want your shakes to be too sweet though or you will use those the same way you used sugar, so stick with less sweet fruits. Also, I just recently learned that ginger tea helps with headaches. I use the Yogi brand. It is very strong, so I do add a very small amount of honey. More like a 1/4 teaspoon.
I have a question for anyone that has experience with this. Why is it that last week was easier than this week?? I am craving sugar more in week 2 and I am super tired and moody. I thought it was supposed to get better, not worse.
Thanks,
Mikki

Beth

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I’m thankful for this site!  I have started refined sugar free diet and I am on day 3.  The headache has continued since yesterday and today I’m nauseous and have no appitite plus I’m cold.

I am glad to know that this is only temporary!  I am forcing myself to eat to prevent starvation mode.  I never knew that sugar had this affect!

Issa

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I am on my 5th day of being sugar free. I had a horrible headache that lasted from middle of day 1 to end of day 2. Other than that, I wasn’t experiencing many other symptoms until last night. My nose would not stop running and still hasn’t and I have this cough that does not end. I am constantly coughing up mucus and have to blow my nose within minutes of just blowing my nose. I can’t seem to find any blogs that have these symptoms listed. I also cut out most carbs from my diet. The carbs I am consuming come from veggies and nuts. I am not eating any fruit. Before my sugar cut off, I was eating a TON of sugar. I am an emotional eater and sweets were my go to.

Cindy

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I have been off sugar for 15 days now. This is the worst I have ever felt. I experienced, nausea, chills, muscle aches, bones ache, so very tired, can’t sleep though, fatique hits me and I have to lay down. I feel nutty, fuzzy headed. I am so hoping this will pass soon. I am not craving sugar, just feel like if I eat some sugar I will feel better, you know, caving in. I am a fighter though, so no sugar, dairy for me. I quit cold turkey. I know that the light is there, just will be so happy to see it.

Steph

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Hi,
I have bipolar II and am giving up sugar for my moods.  It’s day 3 and my lower stomach and back are killing me.  My head doesn’t hurt yet today, so that’s good.  My legs feel rubbery, like I need to repeatedly stretch them. 
My moods are doing great though.  Amazingly stable.  I just hope my back feels better soon.

Steph

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Oh but after the first day no cravings, which is very surprising, and makes it much easier to deal with than the last time I did this a few years ago.

Cindy

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Hello all, Day 22 no sugar, no dairy. I still feel weak in the legs, tired every day, when I get up I’m tired and when I go to bed, I’m tired. Tired of being tired. I do feel better than when I started 22 days ago. Trying to hang in there and wake up feeling more energy and less fatique. I know this is worth it, I am so happy that I did this. Not fuzzy headed any more and mood swings are gone. Legs feel tired and achy still but I can live with that, just want the fatique to go. Patience, that’s what my husbands says to me. Good news is, I have lost 7 pounds. That’s a plus.

Mary

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Given up sugar, artificial sweetners, wheat, flour and cheese almost 4 weeks ago. Still fighting fatigue. When does the fatigue pass?

Vanadia

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That’s a lot you’ve given up. Mary. If you are eating new foods in place of all that (instead of just eating less) then figure three to six months before your body catches up.

Lucy

49

Hi everyone
I continue to be sugar free, dairy free, and gluten free. I feel so much better! The last thing I gave up was sugar, since February.
The first month was rough. Now I feel great most of the time. However, I thought the symptoms of detox were gone—but this past week I have had severe fatigue and very thirsty (which I have read are detox symptoms).  So, it’s hard to say exactly how long this will go on.
What I can say, is that Im very glad I sugar free and have no regrets, no matter how tough it was there for a while.
Lucy

Elise

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Hi - I looked everywhere on the internet for answers, and found this.  I’m on day 6 of the 21-DSD.  I’ve had the usual symptoms (headaches, lethargy, cravings).  Also, as with Issa above, I’ve had a constant runny nose but claritin helps me with that.  But 3am this morning, I was violently ill.  Has this happened to anybody before?  I have an iron stomach, and never EVER get stomach bugs, even when they rip through the house.  The last time I vomited was during childbirth 13 years ago.  So I can’t explain it other than as a sugar withdrawal symptom.  I have to add that I was a true sugar-addict - I never ate breakfast, lived on nuts and cheese till the afternoon, and, often, a bag of candy for dinner.  So I was expecting severe withdrawal symptoms, but riding the Porcelain Bus for an hour last night was not what I was expecting.  I have zero appetite today, which is good - I was dreading my first weekend, sugar and alcohol-free.  Thanks in advance for any insight.  Elise

Shazzleshaz

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Hi Everyone,
Congrats on defeating sugar.  Day 2 for me…......soooooo tired and the runs.  Have discoved Roasted Dandelion Tea and Chai Tea….. seems to help smile

Gymee

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I’m on my 8th day without sugar or sweeteners of any kind. I’ve been aware of my addiction for some time, even to the point that there is an alcohol connection for me. It’s either a drink or dessert . . . and never just one. I do wake up with sugar hangovers (without alcohol). I found a wonderful book by Anne Katherine entitled ANATOMY OF A FOOD ADDICTION, which addresses the physical and emotional causes of sugar addiction. Anyway, I was doing great - some cravings but eating 2-3 whole fruits daily helps, drinking lots of water, walking, feeling less tired, no more heartburn, but lots of bowels elimination! Day 7, however, was horrible! I was a nervous wreck, anxious, emotional, snappy, wanting to crawl out of my own skin and craving a sweet fix, knowing that it would make me feel so much better. I did not give in, but I’m worried now that the worst is yet to come. It was great to discover this forum and to see that there are so many others struggling with the same affliction (not that I want anyone to suffer through this) who understand how very real this addiction is. Thank you all so much for sharing! I look forward to being part of the conversation.

Michelle

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I’ve been feeling nauseous for almost 3 months now, with other symptoms that come and go. I have been from doctor to doctor getting way too many tests done. Blood work, urine work, pregnancy tests, sonograms and CT scans on my pelvic and abdominal area, MRI on my head, an endoscopy and a biopsy on my stomach. Everything keeps on coming back negative/normal. Within those three months I had gas, constant headaches (like pressure in my head), bloating after every meal, heavy sick feeling in my stomach, hot/cold flashes, etc. I thought back to what happened a few weeks before this all happened and I realized I had quit sugar cold turkey and make a joke to my mom that I might have sugar withdrawal and she said that I might be right. After researching it seems like I do have it…but I don’t if I can actually get diagnosed by a doctor for it. 3 months is a pretty long time and I don’t know when my body will finally adjust…because I’ve eaten sugar for YEARS as in like I’ve been overweight basically my whole life.

Vanadia

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Hi Michelle, it’s highly doubtful that a doctor will diagnose sugar withdrawal. Did they do blood sugar tests when doing your blood work? What are you eating to replace your sugar intake? Have you had any sugar over the past three months and felt better in your stomach as a result?

Teddy

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Been sugar free for about 32 days—and the first week was just absolutely terrible.  I was afraid to even leave my house because I knew I would rush into a store and gulp down a can of soda.  My desire for a cola was so intense, I just refused to eat for 48 hours because I knew that with one bite of food I would have to drink a Coke.  In the second week, I had very little desire to eat and I would sleep for about 18 hours a day.  In hindsight, make sure you have about a month of vacation lined up for the sugar detox.  Third week I felt lightheaded but with no mood swings.  I still would have the occasional intense craving for a cola.  On the fifth week—I have better control over my cravings—they last about 10 minutes—but I believe I have finally kicked my sugar habit.  I realize tho—I will always be an addict—just need to stay away.  I have lost 12 pounds—and I feel so restful and at peace with myself.

Kurt

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Congrats Teddy, glad to hear you made it through five weeks.  I am on my 4th day and feeling terrible.  Can anyone offer any suggestions for the severe stomach pain

Vanadia

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Hi Kurt,

Drink lots of water. Eat veggies and borderline replacement foods.

Michelle

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It’s been over 4 months since I had my stomach issues and I’m starting to doubt I’m going through a sugar withdrawal because I’m not getting any better. I can’t drink anything cold it has to be either room temperature or hot. I can’t drink water at all or any fruit juices without it irritating my stomach. The only thing I can drink is room temperature iced tea, powerade, and hot tea. But only a few mouthfuls at a time. I can only eat simple foods like boiled potatoes, boiled chicken, veggies, and crackers or bread with a little jelly. I’ve lost 45 pounds since this all happened because I’m barely able to eat.

Vanadia

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Hi Michelle, sorry to hear you’re still feeling ill. Have you tried Traditional Chinese Medicine/Acupuncture? Also, do you know if your stomach is overly acidic? There are paper strips you can get that you touch to your tongue and they tell you if you’re too acidic. It’s called PH testing tape. If it shows you’re too acidic, you can start taking steps to reduce the acid in your body by eating certain foods and drinks.

Teddy

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Michelle, I believe you are suffering from acid reflux.  Your stomach has been so used to coping with insane amounts of sugar and carbs that it produced and is still producing lots of acid to deal with your former way of life.  I believe your body will adjust but it will take time.  For me, I still cough after meals from my stomach acid still reaching my lower throat—but I noticed recently that it is less intense as the weeks go by.  However, my heart is full of joy that I am no longer a slave to sugar and I hope you never go back to sugar as well.

Mike

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Whenever I stop eating sugar, I have symptoms so severe that no one believes me, including doctors. I go into a deep depression after a few days, which is followed by extreme anxiety. The anxiety includes episodes of tachychardia where my heart will suddenly take off and beat about 250 or more beats per minute. These episodes last about 10 or 15 minutes and are quite terrifying. They usually happen in the middle of the night and I can only hang on for dear life waiting for my heart to slow down. These symptoms last about 2 months or longer before I start to feel better. Unfortunatley, I fell off the wagon on my last attempts and resumed eating sugar sIowly but surely. I am currently not eating sugar for what is hopefully the last time. The symptoms have been a bit less severe this time, thank goodness.

Teddy

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Wow—that is insane!  Do I believe you?  100 percent I do believe it.  We are so addicted to a sugar us and all our friends that no sugar lifestyles is something utterly new to us.  We are all jumping off the wagon together and relating our journeys.  Can’t jump off the wagon and not expect some bruises.

meg

63

wow, this is so inspiring: well done to all of you living sugar free; and hang in there, your tenacity is motivating and helpful.
I am on day 9 and I have bloating, headache, feel fragile, I have anxiety and gloominess, gas, dry skin, lethargy and fatigue.
I am eating plenty fruit, vegetables, starches such as brown rice, lentils etc; I am pleased with my diet, I do feel better and I am optimistic and determined. I have been a sugar addict for 40 years, since early childhood.
I am finding liquorice tea to be soothing and bananas, apples and tahini (sesame seed spread), also potatoes.
I am taking a muscle repair supplement as well as evening primrose oil.
I would be desperately sad to fall off the wagon and I have no intention of doing so.

liz

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hi everyone,
I am starting my sugar detox tomorrow and plan on staying off sugar for good. I will eat naturally occurring sugar, from from and such but no added sugar. I am scared. I feel like I am going into rehab. I am most likey going to suffer because I am loading up on sweets now. I hope I get thew this.

Lauren

65

I just gave up sugar again for the umpteenth time. Well, this time the withdrawal is the worst. Chills, can’t sleep, congested, fatigue, worse muscle/body aches I have ever had. This is day 3 and I just want to cry.  The flu or withdrawal symptoms?  I don’t know?

Lyn O'Donnell

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Day 5..I am type2 diabetic .. Blood sugar levels now 4 to 6 which is amazing.. we’re 10 to 20…having 20 units less insulin..feeling good except for the diarrhoea and stomach pain when I eat ..I’m not at all hungry and have to force myself to eat.. Can only get better .. Very happy 😍

MidwestGirl

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Day 1 of NO sugar/caffine (breaking my Frappachino addiction cold turkey)
All day I’ve had a terrible headache in the back lower area of my head and shoulder muscle aches.

Elaine

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Just eat some sugar, for crying out loud. I went off sugar for about five weeks and have been constipated for as long! I’ve developed hemorrhoids because of this! Last night, for 4th of July, my husband and I had cake and ice cream. I pooped this morning! I’m back to coffee without sugar, and I’ll continue to try cutting out sugar FOR THE MOST PART, but not much is worse than not being able to evacuate your bowels. Probably not a better way to get really, really sick, either! Renal failure anyone? Not for me, thanks!

meg

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I am, thankfully, staying sugar-free, because I had the ability and good fortune to get through the painful detox and come out somewhere near the other end - now I am more healthy than ever and have been sugar-free for six months, and continue to be so.

Sandra

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Day 14 no sugar have had headaches today first day headache free .. Have bipolar my mood has been really good.. feeling positive knowing i am making a healthy choice for myself. Today heaps of energy cleaned cupboards not done for years and did so effortlessly very unlike me…so far so good if this is what quitting sugar does think I will make it a lifelong change…

tara

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I stated eating healthy the last four days small meals pretty much no sugar been going to the gym and hour a day .today I feel horrible bad headache shaking dry mouth and diarrhea increase anxitey. It is because I changed a kot in a few days and I used to eat a lot of sugar like most of my diet .will this pass I feel like I’m withdrawling ?

Vanadia

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It will pass. It’s that kind if physical reaction that keeps people from going off sweets. Drink lots of water and eat replacement foods. Lots of veggies will help too.

Murph

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Day 3 of reduced sugar.  I’m really not counting how many grams.  I’m basically avoiding Dr. Pepper, fast food, and white bread.  If I eat pasta, it has to be whole grain.  So far so good.  I’m pre-treating the headaches.  Usually I wouldn’t start having headaches until 9 or 10:00 in the morning if I hadn’t had a soda.  So, I’m taking an Aleve in the morning and then 6 hours later.  Tomorrow I’ll cut out the second Aleve in the afternoon.  Next Monday, I’ll cut it out completely.  No headaches.  No irritability.  I am having cravings like crazy for fast food and sugar.  But, some of my issues are already getting better.  I am not diabetic, but I did have some pre-diabetic symptoms.  So far so good.  It’s a long hard road.  Weekends are the hardest which is why I started on a Monday .. Wanted 5 full days before the weekend hit.  Yeah, I know I’ll have my slip ups, but I have to at the very least consistently cut out soda.  That’s an absolute must for me.  On the down side, I am peeing like crazy.  I started the greatly reduced sugar thing on Monday morning.  By Monday night, I had to pee all the time.  I peed 3 times while getting ready for bed.. had to get out of bed twice.  That’s been the only huge symptom for me so far.

Vanadia

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How’s it going now, Murph?

Murph

75

I’m surviving.  Actually, my blood sugar is sitting in the high 70s.  Blood pressure and cholesterol are perfect.  I’ve dropped 15 pounds, but I probably have 15 more to go.  I fell off the wagon pretty hard for a week or so after severely straining my calf. While running.  But, I’ve been back in track for over a month now.  Hopefully I’ll be able to run again in December.

Vanadia

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Glad to hear you are recovering and are on track. Hope you get running soon!

Rachel

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I’m currently on Day 3 of a 6 week elimination diet (no sugar, no dairy, no gluten) and OMG I feel like death! I found this post through a quick google search last night. I thought I was crazy with the intense symptoms I’m experiencing, but on reviewing my diet from the last few years, I have used sugar as my primary energy source throughout the day (yoghurt, muesli, fruit, biscuits, cakes and always, always made room for dessert…doesn’t help that I love to bake sweets!)...I’m definitely addicted & just never realised how bad the withdrawal symptoms are! It’s kind of disturbing to realise these things, but I’m also feeling really proud of myself, as I never thought I’d even contemplate giving up my sweet treats. So far the worst symptoms have been constant nausea (& pretty much zero appetite as a result), diarrhoea, headaches, muscle pain and moodiness. Breakfast is the most difficult as I’m not even allowed fruits on this particular part of the diet. I am over eggs, meat, raw nuts & vegetables…and it’s only day 3!! Anyway, stay strong all! We can do this!

krissy

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I gave up sugar two days ago and I am so bloated. anyone else have this issue and how long did it last???  It is so discouraging…I didn’t have a “belly” before hand but now I do. :(  Will this go away?  As I said it is so discouraging, I want to go back to sugar…but won’t!!!

Vanadia

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Yes, bloating will go away so keep off the sweets!

tara

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been day 4 for me and I my biggest issue is deep depression and lack of energy. Encouraging to hear others experiences. Will try to hang in there.

Meg

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The symptoms of withdrawal are the reasons to stop using sugar. I no longer use sugar (it will be a year in January) and I think my detox has completed now - so for me, it took a fair amount of time. I don’t have deep depression or bloating or anxiety or chronic fatigue, all of which I had both on sugar and when withdrawing. Hang in there and let the symptoms encourage you to keep hanging in there, because the symptoms are showing you what sugar does to you, and the way out is through. Or, as I did many times (though not in the year of recovery that is coming to completion now) - fall off the wagon, get back on, until there is balance and no more falling off: It can be done, it can be done, it can be done.

Denise

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My husband and I have been working toward cutting out the sugar in our diet over the past few weeks. Week one we cut out the soda. Week two, the alcohol. By week four, all refined sugar. This past week I’ve had a screaming headache and have been having trouble sleeping. At first I thought it was the caffeine, but I’ve cut out the soda before and the headache usually only lasts a day or two. After reading your posts I feel much more ‘normal’... I can gut this out as long as I’m sure these side effects will pass. Thanks!

Larz

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I’m glad to find this site and I’m hoping it’s still read and advice still given.  So I know I have a problem with sugar.  It’s my drug of choice as they might say and I don’t drink, smoke or do drugs.  But I love the sugar loaded refined foods and I turn to them when I’m stressed.  Decided a week or so ago, after putting on my typical winter weight, to cut sugar out of my diet.  Cold turkey.  The first two days, I thought honey was OK, read somewhere that it was.  I then read an article that convinced me that honey was just like having sugar, even it is the natural, unrefined kind.  So last Wednesday, 9 days ago, I started giving up sugar.  I went through the uglies, even in those first couple days of a TBSP of honey in yogurt in the evening.  Wednesday, Thursday, I was so very tired.  Spiny head and a headache late in the evening.  Over the weekend, wasn’t so bad.  Headache seemed to lose it’s grip on Friday afternoon.  Not too bad Saturday, Sunday.  I really felt like I was on top of it.  That’s how it went in the past, a week of yuk and then out of it.  Well Monday as the day wore on, my headache came back.  I’ve been so tired.  Could just fall asleep.  I’m on Day 9 of being off the stuff.  I’m fighting the impulse that I’m just sick.  Feels like I am.  I feel cold, head woozy (headache most days by late in the day).  The fatigue.  And weirdly, I’m struggling with anxiety!  Just worked up about stuff.  I’ll be honest, I am at the point that if sugar will make me feel better, fine.  This is wearing me out.

Denise

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Don’t give up, Larz. I felt that way too, but am feeling much better now… Still have headaches in the afternoon sometimes and I also feel like I could just about sleep anywhere, but I’m making a decision to hang in there. If my body thinks it needs something THAT bad (that I KNOW isn’t good for me) then I have to find a way to ‘kick’ it! We’ve been ‘sugar-free’ for a few weeks now and I’m finally having some ‘good’ days (you know, days I don’t feel like hurting someone for a piece of chocolate! haha). Hang in there!

Vanadia

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Larz, never give up! You’re learning a new skill and it’s gonna take some time and discomfort before you’re a master. You’ve removed a coping mechanism (sugar) and so all your inner baggage is going to come to the surface and have no way to be relieved for a while. That means you’re gonna deal with some of the stuff that makes you want to eat sweets when you’re stressed in the first place. The good news about doing so is that you’re going to grow in ways you’d never expect just from going sugar-free.

Meg

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It gets easier and smoother as I go along, even when there are bumps, such as recently eating sugar due to feeling under pressure because of Easter and my birthday coming up. Still, I am more determined than ever and I do very much enjoy life without sugar use.

Hang in there Larz; the only way out is through.

Larz

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Thank you for your responses.  Just like last Monday, when I woke up feeling really go, headache free, on top of the anxiety, only to cruise right back there by the end of the day, yesterday was another good day.  Out of the blue, just felt great.  Then woke up with that familiar headache, spiny head thing and feel lousy today.  Have any of you have these random breaks in the sugar withdrawal symptoms?  I am on day 11 and hanging in there.  Glad to have all your support.

Larz

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Sorry about the typo.  One finger typing…ugh.  I woke up last Monday and felt good.

I was thinking of my note and for the sake of those who are following me now and those that will be on this journey later, here is what I have experienced so far.

The bad:
Really do feel flu like, without the major congestion.
Achy
Tired…oh so tired.  Just wanted to go to sleep at the end of the day.
This is fun, couldn’t sleep when I then tried, or would go a couple hours and wake up.
Moody…especially anxiety.  Should preface this by saying I can tend toward anxiety but cope well.  This is weirder, like it has me not able to cope as well.
Runny nose…could be winter, but doesn’t feel like a cold.
Headache…this one is hard.  Coming from my shoulders through my neck and bang…in my head.
Spiny head/swimmy head.  Can just get woozy a bit.
Stomach hurts from time to time.  Like an acid stomach pain.  Can be mild, can really hurt. 
Bloat….something newer today.
Weight gain initially.  A couple pounds.  With the drastic cut in eating that goes with this as so many calories come from sugar products I was eating, I expected to be losing!

The Good:
Less joint soreness.  My knees tend to ache especially after exercise.  I ave noticed improvement there.  Less inflammation just has to be good for me in general in was I don’t even feel so much.

Weight loss.  Finally stared showing up.

On those two up days, I felt great!  Don’t know what changed or why, but it was great.  I am hoping that there is more of this as time goes on.

Meg

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Yes, I have had the random great days: I don’t think they are random really, just everything comes together on those days until there is more healing to do the next day.

In a way, I still have them: what I am going through at the moment ( triggered by deep healing taking place, ironically) is that I have great days and then from deep underneath (because I have been working this a long time, and it goes deep for me) some trauma comes up for healing - may be what we are calling a bad day, or a random bad day - and mostly I win, stay on the wagon, and lately I have lost and fallen off. However, I am back on now and my resolve is stronger than ever, and it is wheat addiction I am healing now, which has its own set of associations and is linked to sugar addiction. So, I think, ‘bad days’ are when healing is taking place.

I can relate so much to your list of symptoms, and I feel so sick now from recent wheat and sugar use. A few good ones I have are a sense of hope and confidence, an ‘edge’ that I am non- using and freeing myself, and a natural euphoria and energy and strength I never had on sugar.

I live on a different level, sugar free, and I absolutely crave it now, having lost it lately. Tomorrow is another ( sugar/ wheat free day).

Larz

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Just checking into document my journey for those who might follow.  Things have mellowed out as far as symptoms.  Headaches are getting better.  Found that going to the chiropractor for a neck adjustment helped.  My headaches came from my neck into my head.  The extreme fatigue has gotten better, though I still get tired, just not as severe.  Spinning head comes and goes, but is also better.  So all good things so far.

Have noticed that my joints, especially my knees don’t hurt as much after exercise.  In fact, I wasn’t sweating normal there for a while, like very little which is not usual for me.  But literally the last two days, it’s been more normal for me.  I have good energy in the morning, although sleep isn’t as solid for me…been a while since I slept through the night. 

I suppose my biggest frustration, and question to others who have been through this, is surprisingly little change to my weight, although trying and in fact, find that it tends to go up rather than down.  Not much, but to be frank, I expected it to fall off like water!  When I’ve started “diets” in the past, I’d see big loss the first week or two.  Here, I weighed in exactly where I was one month ago.  Don’t understand but I see weight gain was a symptom of withdrawal.  Any other experiences with that?

Today I’ve started to follow my calories a little more in the hope of making sure I’m not overeating.  I feel like my eating has been better though (just giving up sugar is better) and not doing anything unusual outside that in the form of compensation.  But I really want to see results on that scale!

Vanadia

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Some folks claim to lose a ton of weight right off the bat when they go off sweets. However, I found the opposite. When I went off sugar I was constantly hungry at first and always looking to satisfy my cravings. The result was that I ended up eating more of other stuff—mostly carbs. I experienced the same with my joints. When I eat sugar they are more stiff, click more and sometimes hurt.

Here’s a post about going off sugar to lose weight.

Susan

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I’ve been off sugar for 7 days now and I’m struggling.  I quit cold turkey.  My doctor told me not to eat anything that tasted sweet,  so that includes artificial sweeteners, honey, agave and everything.  I am also a Type 2 diabetic so I ate a lot of artificial sweeteners and would let myself have up to 25 grams of sugar a day.  The bad thing is that I have no energy at all.  I feel like just lifting my legs is a huge effort.  My head isn’t hurting too badly but my joints, especially me knees, hurt. 

An interesting thing is that I already feel like I’m taking too much blood sugar medication and I’m going to talk to my doctor about cutting some of it out.  My blood sugar numbers are much lower.  I also am on blood pressure meds and my blood pressure is getting better too, so I may be able to cut back on that soon.  These are the things that are keeping me going.

Any tips for motivation would be appreciated.

Larz

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Susan, As seems to be the mantra on this any other sites, is to “stick with it”.  It does get better.  The first two weeks were tough.  Headaches, aches, fatigue….terrible.  Week three it started to ease up.  I’m on day 27 without sweets, also having gone “cold turkey” and gave up sugar, honey, maple syrup, artificial sweetners…which means, no pop, pastries, candy, jams, jellies and desserts of any kind.  I do still eat fruit and although I try to steer away from white rice, white pasta and potatoes, at this point I haven’t given them up.  Definitely cut back though.  I shop for low sugar items from health food store (like ketchup, etc). 

Even today though, I still have some mild symptoms like woozy head, slight headache (not bad), tired (not bad), etc.  But the good side is that the benefits of not being on sugar are outweighing the side effects of having given it up.  For example, improvement in my joints not being sore (in my legs especially).  I feel more energy than I did.  My head is clearer in my thinking.  My complexion rocks!!  I have lost weight (down now about 11 pounds).  Knock on wood, I didn’t have diabetic issues (yet) and I haven’t checked my blood pressure since I gave up the sugar but I have to believe they have improved.

So the message here, hang in there and keep us apprised on your progress.  I found having this site so helpful in my journey!

Meg

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In my experience,  the weight does not fall off like water: I too expected it would and felt disappointed when it didn’t.

I think that the first thing the body does in sugar-recovery is recover and heal itself: although some weight may come off, losing weight is not a priority for the body at this stage - it first needs to rid itself of the toxins and then heal the damage, and this takes time.

The health gained is wonderful - no matter that it can be a slow journey, it is well worth making.

Sheri

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Just quit sugar yesterday.  Omg. I have joked around forever about my sugar addiction. I work in retail where we have all kinds of sweets and goodies at the register and not far from that is the freezer where we have all the yummy ice cream. I have had some health issues and tried to quit before to help myself with that but I always go back. I am not overweight but I have had health issues.  Recovered last year from a stomach infection I struggled with for two years. Another story. I have had some immune system issues and have to cut sugar when the come back. And also that + stress+ a lovely women’s health issue that my sugar addiction is feeding… I had to stop.

So I have had the withdrawals before but thus time is worse. By today, it wasn’t just headache and out of it,  but hot and cold and dizzy.  Tonight I have been throwing up.  Thought maybe I was just run down or coming down with something.  But when I got to work I felt like I didn’t have my morning coffee.  A coworker gave me hers… yes sugar in it, and in short order started to feel normal and a leg to function.  But the added caffeine didn’t help. By the time I had my break I couldn’t help it anymore and had a mac and cheese,  and fruity yogurt. That helped some. But even so it was still a very drama tic cut in sugar.

I keep going back and forth if it is a cold or small flu, but it happened pretty suddenly within 24 hours of me quitting sugar. I felt so rotten after throwing up and having the shakes, after some of it passed, I tried to eat something.  I had half a piece of banana bread and a banana and yes I am feeling quite normal. Ugh!  :( sugar how I love thee! Why have you forsaken me? Sigh.

Also started this to starve off my infection that loves sugar. I had no idea I would feel this terrible!  During the last 24 hours I have been having foods and teas known to kill this thing, cut out sugar, taking supplements,  and medicine I though I am not going down without a fight!  But was learning about die off.  If you kill it too soon, it releases toxins that can make you sick. That plus my withdrawals are killing me. :( throwing up is the worst! Sigh… I hope it is just a short flu bug or something.  Otherwise cold turkey might be too much of a shock to my body. I might wean off over a period of time. I am not sure how to do that with such an addictive substance?

I did like stevia in my coffee this morning.  No 2 sugars,  plus molasses, or the spoon full of ice cream I started putting in it. .. why did Ben & Jerry’s decide to give out free ice cream on the day I quit? :’((

Vanadia

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Hi Sheri, thanks for commenting (I fixed the duplicate comments). A little further up (comment 4 and 50) folks had similar sickness just after quitting sugar as you have.

You’ve got to wean off sugar because you’re gonna hit a wall really soon. One way to wean off is to pick one or two things that you’ll allow yourself to eat and only eat that as a sweet. Or cut out one thing at a time—so go a week without ice cream and then cut out another thing next week until you get into unknown territory where you have to seek out new foods. There are many ways to do it and you have to find what works for you, which might take several months of trial and error.

It seems daunting but it’s totally worth it!

Sheri

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Thank you so much! There are so many sweets in my house my family buys also which isn’t helping.  Hopefully I can find a solution.  I think you are right!  If having something sweet made my symptoms go away pretty quick,  I need to be honest with myself that sugar addiction is real and probably what I have. :( I am in denial.  I had no idea that this is what could be part of what has contributed to me feeling tired and groggy over the years.  If I quit sugar, maybe I wouldn’t need coffee? I have started walking a few weeks ago. It helps some.

Thank you for having this place!! People around me have me thinking I am being dramatic and it’s no big deal. Of c ouse they are the ones buying all the sweets! Haha. 😁

Does anyone have suggestions how to be able to do this when living with family who buys sweetc?  What has worked for you?  I have talked to them about it in the past. They are right that it is their home and I shouldn’t expect them to change their lives or environment for me. But I don’t know how to start this with everything around me. Has anyone else had thI’d delema?

Thank you do much! I feel like I am trying to do this alone and I don’t know how. Thanks!  smile

Denise

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Thought I’d give a little update… My husband and I have been ‘off’ the sugar for about 2 months now. For the first few weeks I had terrible withdrawl symptoms (just goes to show me what a drug it is!), headaches, mood swings, terrible sleep, etc. and I thought the weight would just melt off, and at first it did… a little. The ‘feeling terrible’ finally went away, much to my relief, but I stopped loosing weight (so sad!). I stopped getting on the scale because it was just too depressing. However; apparently it’s been melting off little bit by little bit. In the past two months I’ve lost about 10 pounds (which, for me is pretty good). The withdrawl symptoms are gone and I don’t really miss it too much at all. I do have a ‘cheat’ now and then. If we’re out to dinner and I want a bite of dessert, I eat it. Or if the family goes out for frozen yogurt, I’ll indulge. But on an everyday basis, it’s off limits - yes, even in coffee. I’m sleeping better and can get up in the morning without wishing I could sleep 3 more hours! For those trying to ‘kick the habit’, I might suggest substitutes (at least at first). Instead of a candy bar, try dates (they’re delicious). And I’d also suggest that you read labels. You’ll find sugar in EVERYTHING (even bacon!). I think that if you cut sugar from those ‘hidden’ places it becomes easier to leave it alone at the obvious times (like when you want a snickers bar). grin

Larz

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Hi all.  It’s been a while since I checked in.  I’m like 64 days off sugar and although I don’t SUPER scrutinize everything I eat to see if it happens to contain a gram of sugar, I stay away from obvious sugar.  I do eat fruit and three times I had “fake sugar” items (a small “sugar free” pie for example).  Early on, I counted every day I didn’t have sugar.  Now, it’s such a part of life, I had to go back and see how long it’s been.

Sheri, How do you live with people who eat sweets?  For me it’s understanding that I choose not to have sugar.  Being lactose intolerant, I had to learn to give up milk.  Doesn’t stop others from having it…I just decided I can’t have it and don’t want it.  It has worked for me with sugar too.  In fact, it’s empowering when you turn it down and are OK with it. 

On to sad news, my father is very ill with bone cancer.  The doctor made a comment to me in regards to a PET scan.  “Cancer feeds on sugar…it loves it.”  All the effort we make to avoid cancer causing agents….how about cutting the item that feeds it.  Let’s starve it.  Not sure it would make a difference for people, but I am coming to believe it does.

Teresa

100

I gave up sugar 3 weeks ago.  On reading this site I realise that I have been eating hidden sugars in food without knowing.  However I have cut out all obvious sources.  I have experienced tiredness/fatigue, an achy back and knees, and have felt like my ears are blocked.  I do not have any bad sugar cravings thankfully, but that maybe because I have been eating some hidden sugars, which I will now cut out ie in bread.  I have noticed that my tummy is flatter so that is a major plus.

Sheri

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Hi Larz.  It’s ironic that you mention bone cancer. My mother has multiple myeloma. It is a bone marrow cancer. I don’t know if it’s linked to the sweets she eats. unfortunately if I mention it to her, she will not believe or want to hear it.

I kind of gave up the last month.  I got sick, plus I have been run down, finals, hours cut at work. Etc. Stress.. so decided to wait till I feel better to stress about the sugar. If I still feel sick and run down by tomorrow I will go to the doctor.  I have been run down and sick for a solid month. Thank you Larz for sharing, and I am very sorry to hear about your father.

Meg

102

As far as I see it, no one has to provide sugar for their household, or allow it in their household: its a poisonous toxin. If they want sugar, they can buy it themselves and consume if off the premises or in their rooms. I say this, in part because I could in no way have freed myself from sugr whilst still condoning it, having it in the house, treating it as food. It’s a drug, so I stopped buying it and let my son buy his own. Even now,and it has been over a year for me sugar free, I still insist that he remove any left over sugary food from the premises. Could one alcoholic stop using alcoholic in a house containing it? No. This is similar, if not the same. It is everyone’s right to have a toxic free household, in my opinion. Also, disregarding all that, I would have had no chance of recovery had I not removed sugar from our lives (house) and because I have a right to recovery, I am glad I did it. It was the only way for me.

Meg

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Larz, sorry to hear about your father; and what a life-changing comment about cancer and sugar: I didn’t know that, and it is truly informative - thank you.
Did you say day 64, or something like that? Fantastic. I want to thank you because you opened up this forum at a time when I needed some help: I am way over sugar now, so passée, and doing well with wheat detox (another challenge, much along the same lines). Well done everyone, and thank you all. Keep at it.

Larz

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Teresa,

Sorry for the delay.  My parents have been dealing with some health issues, my father actually passed away.  I’m proud to say that I have been off sugar for 99 days today.  I did this process through some of my hardest moments of my life as well and to be honest, I believe that it has helped me cope.

Yes, there are plenty of hidden sugars.  If you do an internet search for hidden sugar compared to Crispy Cream Doughnuts, you’ll be amazed that you’d give up a Crispy Cream, but certain health bars you might eat and they have equivalent sugar of 2 Crispy Creams. 

For me, I try hard to avoid the obvious sugars (pastries, cookies, doughnuts, cakes, pies, candy, pop, etc, etc.).  I try to avoid White Bread, enriched pasta and white rice.  I try for “sugar free” options as much as possible when it comes to ketchup, dressings, marinara sauce, etc.  Of course, with watching sugar, I have also been learning to avoid hidden sugars in name as well (anything that ends in “ose” which is likely a sugar.  I have also “tried” to stay away from artificial sugars and I say “tried” because there have just been times I want a treat and I don’t want to do the sugar.  I also eat my share of fruit and I don’t believe in no carbs…there are healthy carbs.

So the next step is to start eating totally clean like you mentioned, but make that first lifestyle change and then build on it.  Like exercise in many ways. 

L

Laura

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I am on day 2 of no sugar and am feeling terrible.  I wondered if it was sugar withdrawl and googled it, found this blog and yep, I have the flu-like symptoms that others have listed.  But what’s so suprising to me is how quickly those icks have come upon me.  Just literally 36 hours without sugar and I am nausaus, headachy, super fatigued and completely unable to focus.  I take comfort in the thought that the body has an amazing capacity to heal itself from the moment I stop poisoning it, but dang, what a drag.

Mats

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Hi, I’m on day 13 of clean eating. I went cold turkey on all junk food and everything processed. Diet now consists of fruit, veg, meat, brown rice, ‘proper’ herbal teas and water. I have and am still getting all the horrible symptoms but the worst is frequent urination, I even have to get up through the night at the moment. Is this part of my detox, will it pass?

Chris

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Hi I’m onto week 4 and I’ve had morning stomach aches that feel like mild food poisoning for 4 days straight. I’m hoping its bad bacteria die off from removing there favourite food however they really are fighting me on this one.

I noticed that some people are still getting to flu like symptoms past 2 days, I found it best to eat lots of cleaner carbs, buy some organic rice puffs, potatos, rice and my favourite snack if you could handle dairy is full fat yogurt. Dairy is converted into glucose by lactose in the gut so if you can handle it, it should be ok but if not then avoid.

Dont feel bad about eating some home made chips at first as your body will be out of balance and extra glucose may help remind it that there isn’t such a big loss of brain fuel. It may also help tilt your matabolism over into eating less in the future like it has for me.

After week one my metabolism started to shift and I’d feel sick from over eating which has not happened to me since I was 8 years old. Although I’m guessing it could take 2 months to get close to what would be normal its nice to at least notice a change.

I just want to point out that most people should be avoiding sweet fruits as well especially if you have severe symptoms, I know someone said bananas and another person said dates. 1 peice of fruit or 1 hand full of dates isn’t an issue but it cant be a replacement food otherwise you will still get enough fructose in your system to delay a full recovery.

Since I’m an addict I’m allowing the occasional orange but I still tried to binge on them one day so be warned! Fructose is the bad part of the sugar and although it is harder to overeat fruits we all still have way too much sucrose and fructose so I’m only adding fruits back in once I’m 100% recovered.

Vanadia

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Hi everyone, I discovered a glitch today. The system was not showing all of the comments but they are all showing now. Thanks for participating in the conversation.

@Mats, frequent urination is common and should level off in time.

@Chris, I ate and still eat fruit. Sometimes I eat more than others but it helped and helps me avoid other sweet stuff.

Mats

109

My other question is, how much fruit is ok to have when coming off ‘sugar’. Can I still have it because it’s natural and just to steer clear of all the processed sugar? Many thanks

Vanadia

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Barring imminent health issues, it’s totally up to you. If eating fruit helps you avoid the candies and cookies kinds of sweets then have fruit. You might find yourself eating more of something as you transition—like parallel parking a car for the first time—a little too far this way, a little too far that way. See Spectrum of Sweetness.

Sheri

111

I am so excited!! :D I have been torturing myself about this sugar thing.  Oh my goodness!  I would try to quit and within two days I was like screw this!  I like my ice cream fammit!  lol.  All kidding aside, About maybe 2 weeks ago, I saw a special on PBS - J. J. Virgin Sugar Impact.  I got so depressed and angry even THINKING about going without sugar, that I promptly went and got a piece of berry pie and slathered it with ice cream.  I watched the special half depressed feeling the call to action to quit.  And the other half like “screw you j.j. Virgin!” lol. smile  I am eating my PIE! and some other not pretty things lol.

So for about a week I watched some of her videos online.  I was going to come in here and mention her diet plan if it would help anyone.  As I learned more, I felt overwhelmed.  It was a little extreme for me and definitely not something I could sustain or even want to.

Fast forward last week… ironically I found a PBS special about healthful diet.  Nutrient dense, etc.  I was doubtful, I am a little tired of all the diet confusion out there… atkins, paleo, wheat belly, etc. etc… all of these extreme in one way or another.  So I was skeptical.  I am like… ok what is THIS doctor going to say?

Well I think I found my new healthy diet!!!!  Finally something that focusses on healthful eating, and not focusing on what I can’t have.  I was stressing myself so much about the sugar, it was all consuming and making me crazy. Going back and fourth about hating and loving my addiction. smile  Why would I WANT to give up my cravings?  I said to my boyfriend.  I LIKE my pie and ice cream!

Well I have been doing it for 3 or 4 days and I feel great!  So not working for or promoting any diet over another. You have to find what is right for you.  You can still have all the things you love, but in a whole and healthful way..

No salad dressing with oil (extracted from nuts) instead have whole nuts in your salad.  No sweets or fruit flavored this or that… but you can have things that you make with real fruit.  No processed breads, but you can eat the wheat bran or wheat berries, or whole unprocessed oats.  I am so so EXCITED!!

I did have some withdrawals yesterday, as that is part of this diet also, you are detoxing yourself from all the processed foods.  But I feel this is much simpler and healthier than demonizing any food, fat, protein or carb.  Just have the right ones.  I was hungry all day yesterday even though I was full.  Even when I was eating and stuffed.  But this is SO MUCH MORE TOLERABLE than going off the sugar cold turkey.  Something about flooding my body with all the phyto chemicals from all the vegetables I am now eating, that I don’t get the shakes, hunger, and crazy sugar cravings that I did. 

To start, you follow three steps: 1) eat a BIG salad for lunch.  have as much greens as you can fit in your body. lol. smile  Add cabbage and tomatoes.  and DO NOT have regular salad dressing.  The 200 calories + for two tablespoons ruins the salad.  I still have to learn how to make the dressings but it’s easy.  I have been using V-8 for now.  2) Have a bowl of vegetable bean soup, and 3) Have a serving of steamed green vegetables.
I lost 5 lbs, but feel great. smile  Not trying to lose weight. 

The main point is I don’t feel crazy cranky, shaky, and craving my sugary treats.  Within a day or so, I wasn’t craving them, which is weird.  But I make a berry smoothie each day, with plain yogurt or unsweetened soymilk.  And I have been pairing down from using sugar in my tea or coffee.  Any time I crave sugar I add cinnamon and vanilla.  During my salad for lunch, (which I put a ton of veggies and seeds and nuts) I have 1/2 slice of bread, and I have oatmeal for breakfast with some raisins.

So I am still getting some sugar, but it’s not even close to how much I was consuming before and it’s actually helping me to be able to eat healthy, and not feel like a raging beyach ready to bite someone’s head off if I don’t get my pasta, ice cream, sugary yogurt etc…. 

When my symptoms are totally gone I will let you know!!! smile  But it’s more of annoyance.  I have NO WHERE NEAR the flu like torture symptoms of going cold turkey.  Just seriously increase veggies in your diet, and beans, seeds, nuts and fruit. 

I am releaved that there is no food off limits, just what it’s made out of and it’s pretty simple.  I started with adding just the salad for lunch, and ate what I wanted for my other meals.  Than I slowly started adding in some other stuff.  I mixed a can of beans and mild salsa, and I put that stuff on EVERYTHING. smile  Easy does it though,... the fiber will get ya!! you get used to it though.  You can put it on top of scrambled eggs, a rice cake or slice of bread, 1/2 slice if you want, add it on top of any food and there is no sugar added to the salsa but for some reason it tastes sweet to me.  It satisfies my cravings.  Also I make a couple of cans of tunafish salad.  I just have a bite or two with my meals so I am not cutting anything out and making myself starving. 

I am so excited that I finally found something that is healthy, balanced, and gives me energy and helps me to cut back on my sugar intake!  Something about the phytochemicals in the green salad, I can’t explain it, it detoxes you so you don’t get the terrible symptoms.

I am going to add a link here so you guys can check it out. (when I find it). smile  I also found a blog with a ton of recipes.

I hope this helps someone else too!  :D Yay!!!!

Sheri :)

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I want you guys to check this out!!  This special is about a hour long.  Watch it when you have the time.  I was going to do the J.J. Virgin Sugar Impact diet, but I was so overwhelmed!

I feel like that one was focusing ONLY on the sugar and it made me feel more guilty, and depressed.  It was focusing on everything I couldn’t have.

I started this one for health reasons, and a nice side effect is that my sugar withdrawls are almost not existant at this point.  I have been on this diet for about 4 days? 

This focusses on healthful eating, to live a long and healthy life.  And processed sugary treats happen to be on the list of things to quit eating, but the focus is on all these healthy delicious foods you CAN eat that are so good for you.  I still have fruit and whole grains so I am getting some carbs.  I am not getting the flu-like symptoms I had when trying to quit sugar!  Anyone having those problems might want to start phasing into a diet like this.  I think the added green vegetables, the detoxing phytonutrients are what is getting rid of my detox symptoms from quitting processed sugar.

I am SO RELEAVED! Thank you God. :D So happy.  This is just what is working for me.  But I am so happy about it that I have to share.  Still having some hunger detox symptoms, but not even a FRACTION as bad as what I was experiencing before.  I don’t have the headaches and shakes and terrible moods… this is starting to phase out for me. 

I was impressed how quickly this is working for me!  I thought I would post the link to the show I watched to see if anyone else is doing this diet?  And if it helped you to quit the processed sugar?  Sigh… such a relief!  Yay! smile  We will see if I feel the same next week. lol.  Thanks for letting me share!!  I hope I can post the link in here?

https://www.youtube.com/watc h?v=nQUs_y8MpXg

Sheri :)

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Sorry I had a post before this one.  Sorry I didn’t realize that the start of the last one looks a little bossy! (unintentional smile 

I kept trying to quit sugar, and quit that in a day or so that I gave up.  Everything that I tried just made me depressed. And I loved my sweets so much that I didn’t want to quit or lose my cravings.  I just wanted to eat whatever I wanted.  But now I can still have fruit, just don’t add sugar.  smile  This ended up being a really good option for me.  It’s a diet for overall health so sugars are naturally cut back from this.  I think I found it more affirming to me, verses ONLY demonizing sugar and then not knowing what to have in it’s place. 

My detox symptoms are NOT EVEN CLOSE to what I was feeling before.  It is not torture, or miserable.  And I don’t feel like I am mood swinging like I am bipolar or some chemical imbalance an hour or two from having sugar, and needing more.  This has been very helpful to me.  I can make “ice cream”; but it’s not real ice cream.  I put in half a banana, some frozen berries and unsweetened soy milk or plain yogurt.  Yes it still has sugar, but I feel good when I eat this, not terrible.  And I don’t have it 24 - 7.  I feel set free, I only hope that this is something I can sustain over a long period of time!  I want to get his cookbook for ideas: “Eat To Live Cookbook” - Joel Fuhrman.  Tell me what you think everyone?  Has anyone done a nutrient dense diet like this for health?  Nutritarian he is calling it.  It isn’t extreme like Vegan.  You just change the proportions.  Turn the food pyramid around so that veggies are on the bottom, eat the most of them, then fruits seeds and nuts, then you can have a little meat and dairy.  And avoid processed foods and sweets.  But you can have lots of fruits.  I have been putting vanilla or cinnamon on things to make them sweet when I am craving adding sugar.  Things tasted really bland at first, but now my tastebuds taste sweet and other things better now that I am not eating all the processed sugar.

You can start with just switching out what you eat for lunch for a large salad, with some nuts on the top for fat and protein.  You can eat a few bites of a sandwich if you still want some meat.  But make the salad the main course.  What do you all thing? smile 

Has anyone ever done this diet?  It is really like the “anti-diet”.  It is just eating healthy.  Go figure.  It’s how we all should be eating anyway but don’t. lol. smile  Yay!  Sorry I am excited.  I had to share that I found SOMETHING That actually WORKED.  Yay! :D

Sheri :)

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Sorry these are so repetitive everyone!  I didn’t mean to do that.  I got an error message in the first posting and it didn’t show up right away so I posted again.  Sorry I keep repeating myself. I didn’t mean to.  smile

Thank you! smile

Sheri :)

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I am not sure if this is the video I have seen in the past, it is a continuation of a previous one.  I think I originally got the link from this site?

I watched this presentation/ lecture on fructose and what it does to the body, and to populations of people.  How it changes our brain chemistry so we don’t see that we have energy, it doesn’t get the signal and it makes us think we are hungry all the time; and we eat more and more.

This is a little long, but AWESOME!!!  Please!  Anyone here addicted to sugar: Please Watch this!!!!  It is very illuminating.  It will make you rethink EVERYTHING that you buy at the grocery store and want to change your diet.

https://www.youtube.com/watc h?v=ceFyF9px20Y

Sheri :)

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http://www.helynskitchen.com /p/about-me.html

Here is a blog I was inspired by.  This lady, Helyn went on this diet and she got very healthy.  I can’t afford to buy a membership on Dr. Fuhrman’s website.  But she has lots of Nutritarian recipes on this site.  Just scroll through and determine which ones have more carbs than you might be trying to have.  I hope this helps everyone!  It is nice to have some healthy alternatives to the junk food and sugar we love and crave. smile 

I hope you all have a wonderful day! - Sheri smile

http://www.helynskitchen.com /p/recipe-index.html

Khloe

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I am severely addicted to sugar. I tried to go cold turkey but just ended up in the process of eliminating slowly over a couple of weeks. today I have gone 18hours without it which is how long I went before I slipped up yesterday. Throughout the last week and a half I have had insane headaches, probably around the middle to front of my head, had naps during the day, woken up in the middle of the night repeatedly. at the moment I have a horrible stomach ache which I think is relative to “unanticipated rituals”. I have also noticed an increase in reliance of caffeine, though im consuming it excessively I probably have twice as much as I normally would in the form of coffee, tea and caffeine pills. I also get extremely bad stomach acid even after using the lollies that decrease it.

I’m also bulimic if that makes a difference therefore every time I stop eating sugar my weight seems to increase slightly I think is relative to the body holding on to energy as it thinks its not going to get it?

it is really frustrating that some people say avoid carbs and fruit and other say these are fine in moderation so I have cut it to oats, blueberries, bananas and some of the lower carb grains.
good to hear am not the only one suffering stomach aches though.

Sheri

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HI Khloe. smile I am so sorry to hear you are going through all this. I’ve had these same problems. I can not go cold turkey. It’s too much of a shock to the system. 

I started doing this nutritarian diet that is for nutrition and health that might help you. I had a bad day this week where I was freaking out and then ate a bunch of sweets. But as I am trying to get on this healthy lifestyle it helped me. I bounced back.

Don’t do the extreme version. This would be very dangerous for you with your bulimia!  Do the moderate healthy one. Look up the book:

“The End of Dieting: How to live for life.” By Joel Fuhrman. This one focuses on all the fad diets and shows you how they are bad for you, and what foods heal your body.

I think that might help you. If you struggle with bulimia,  what ever nutrients you can get into your body to heal it might be very important for you. If you are not able to get much in and digested,  it probably is very important it is healing foods. Your body is al ready under enough stress.

I eat low- carb “if pigs could fly” bread, and I have fruit every day. Your body is used to using sugar so it’s probably too drastic to cut out all carbs. I made a nutrita “ice crean” yesterday from a nutritarian recipe I found online. These satisfy my sweets cravings and I know it’s also good for my body. Slower digesting carbs is better than processed sugar nightmare.

Berry “Ice Cream”

So I took 1 & a half bananas, cut them into pieces and put them in the freezer until almost frozen.

In a blender, put in the bananas and I think it was a half cup or 1 cup of frozen berries, 1/3 cup soy or almond milk unsweetened,  a little vanilla extract.

THAT’S IT! smile blend them up, if your blender strains, add more unsweetened soy milk until it will blend without hurting your blender. Creamy consistency. Serves two.

So yes there is sugar in these. But I aways feel good after having things like this. It’s delicious. Great and easy to digest if your tummy is hurting. You get carbs but the sugars don’t go into your blood stream immediately and make you sick like junk food. The fiber fills you up. They are also filled with antioxidants and nutrients you don’t get from sweets.  So if you just start with things that are healthy for you and nature like whole fresh fruit it will make you start to feel better. And whole wheat bread that has whole wheat flower and not white flower. No sugar added, and you are good. smile switch to whole grain pasta and just have less. Just stay away from all liquid sugars like honey, syrup, juices, they will react very similar in your body like processed sugar. Sugar high, sugar crash, hunger and cravings.

Think natural and whole foods and don’t worry natural sugar content of fruit. Just don’t make yourself sick eating too much and you are good. You can worry about quitting carbs later. I think it would hurt your health with what you are struggling with now. Big hug! I’m not a doctor or anything, this is just what has been helping me. And I though it might help you too.

I told my boyfriend today before I saw this that I am glad I found a healthy way to eat. Avoiding all sugar because I was obsessing about it was hurting me and making me not want to eat. I started eating only salads and tried to go longer without eating. It scared me. I can’t say I have been where you are, but I understand the need to control food because I am scared of it.  And I have to stop before it becomes something bad. Big hug! 💖 I hope this helps!!

Sheri

Sheri

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I have been finding that now I am eating more fruits, veggies, beans and nuts, my withdrawal symptoms are GREATLY reduced. I hope this helps everyone! smile

DM

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Short version of my story

I tried to cut out surgar 100% it just does not work with me, but i did find that i dont need to binge and over do it. I went from 150-200 g of carbs all the way down to 10g and that made me sick, yes i did lose some weight but it was not worth the feeling. So i up my carbs to 50-100 and found my happy spot. for me i found It does not matter what kind of carbs. 90% of my symptoms went away after i added some carbs back in.


To all those who are having these severe sugar withdraw symptoms, you have to remember

1) Never go cold turkey it not worth it, you will be miserable.
2) Humans need glucose to survive. Everything you eat turns into sugar. The things that kill us are OVERDOING it on simple sugars (processed foods). But sometimes you just a little of that. I am a active male who works out at the gym 2-3 hours a day including power walking 5 miles.(I hate running). Over the course of the past year i have tried lots of different “diets” from paleo, to atkins to southbeach and found that a combination of all three works great.

For me only a very small amount of my daily eating is from all simple carbs (such as white breads, sugar ect… Due to working out a lot i have a much higher protein intake and since my carbs are a little lower than average i up my good fats. then I just experimented with different ratios. I found that 50-80 grams of carbs, 100 g of fat and 100 g of protein daily is the right mix for me.

Everyone is different though so you have to sort of play with it but you dont need a lot of sugar to make your symptoms go away.  Take a fun size candy bar (the small ones) break it into 3 pieces and have some almond or peanut butter. every 5 hours or so grab one of those pieces and shove a blob of peanut\almond butter on it and enjoy. This help you out alot with out overdoing it.

Yes i do eat a fun size candy bar before i work out as the 10 grams of carbs and sugar stops my nausea and makes a better workout and i will make sure i burn that off while working out/walking.

DM

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Oh also i found in the beginning of a sugar cutback of course choose Fruits that are high is sugar such as grapes ect…  This will help you ween off of the simple ones while not shocking your system as much. Yes it counts to your carbs but you will be teaching your body to slowly adapt to less simple carbs. Its a slow process but it will work. Every week change out the fruit to a less sugary one and see how you feel then adjust to your need.

DM

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i will be happy to advise to your situation based on my own personal experience and what worked for me and what didnt. Chances are I have been there done that…...

DM

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and no you don’t need to go to a gym i work next door to one so its easy for me. You just move move move, 10000 steps a day and you are good and will burn about 500 calories…. this will make your body burn the bad stuff and make you feel good.  its pretty easy to get in 10000 steps if you think differently such as moving while you are brushing your teeth, in the shower,  park farther away from the store ect… after a while it will be come second nature to you. there are many apps for the phone that will track your steps for you as well, alert you ect..

doing more exercising will make you eat less sugar due to the way your body responds to it.

DM

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Also drink lots of water,

water makes you feel full and makes you go to the bathroom and that means more walking and less eating:)

Sheri

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I guess you have to do what is right for you. Thank you for sharing. smile now that I quit junk I couldn’t eat a candy bar. If you are male, this makes more sense if you are doing that before working out.  You are using up more energy.

Khloe was talking about her food issues that are perhaps not the same. I am not sure if that would be good for her.  I can’t speak for her so I will let her respond. But if she is taking in not many nutrients,  candy might not help her body to heal from what she’s going through. Or working out. Am I close, Khloe?  I hope it’s not out of line to say? Or wrong? Let me know. Hug.💖

Sheri

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I’m sorry MD if I misunderstood and you are talking to everyone and telling your story,  versus responding to someone’s comment? I didn’t mean to be rude if it came across that way.

Sheri

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I glad you found what works for you! smile it’s amazing how different we all are.  There is no right and wrong.

My boyfriend can walk faster and farther than I can. I did over 3 miles which is a lot for me. Usually I do 2.  And pedometers are awesome.  smile it’s good to wear them to work. I try to listen to my body and do more as I adjust. If I do too much too soon, I will make myself sick, and give up. Lol. Baby steps. Also it’s harder when it’s more humid out. Have to be careful.

Sheri

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Oh yeah, what you said is correct.  Cutting out all carbs is bad for you. Our cells are designed to use glucose for our source of fuel. I don’t remember all the chemical reactions in glycolyisis and Krebs cycle,  but using glucose (part of table sugar molecule by not fructose part), such as starches not sweet, is the most efficient way for our body to make ATP, which is the human fuel source.

If we cut back all carbs, we don’t have the glucose to feed into the Krebs cycle.  The Krebs cycle is an energy machine. Pumps out ATP left and right.

You can burn fat as energy, but what happens is your cells can only do part of the cycle. Krebs cycle stops.  And the cell has to use less efficient chemical reaction to use fat as energy source. That’s ok sometimes,  but not all the time. Ketosis occurs and your cells build up lactic acid in our body as a biproduct.  Basically, thus process can only produce a few ATP energy for our cells. Versus lots from the Krebs cycle. smile (sorry I LOVED A&P 1&2, and Microbiology. smile awesome!)

Bottom line: smile our bodies need glucose. It’s the fructose and simple processed sugars you have to worry about.  Our bodies can’t use them the same way.  Fruit is ok, because the fiber helps digest sugars slowly.  Blood sugar spike is where we run into problems.  You can cut carbs if you want, but our bodies weren’t designed that way and it’s dangerous to cut them out completely. 

Hope this helps anyone here. smile

DM

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yes i was talking to everyone in general not one person.

Khloe

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hey sheri, yeah you have some really good idas, im not sure about what the reference to candy was about but I can assure anyone that wont help as I will just eat a kilo of it and try to grt rid of it again. ironically my non sugar diet is obsessively healthy nothing but fish salads and omelettes and proteien and raw vegies so on .
I work in a physically demanding job twice a week where I am unfortunately subject to free sugary and occasionally alcoholic drinks. and walk probably 3 hours or so and do bikram yoga so fitness isn’t the issue either.

I kind of relapsed pretty badly after a major cut down via the horror of a food diary, lets just say 5kg of chocolate nad 32 donuts in a week is bad whether your holding it down or not.

I found lots of tea helps, quickeze antacids are awesome- the ones in the powdery form and ive been having vegie juices. boredemn then stress or frustration at situations are probsbly my main issues along with insane cravings, I can go 24 hours without to much trouble if I make the effort but beyond that no good.

Brian

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Should I be dizzy the first week giving up sugar cold turkey ?  And what can I do to stop it?

Vanadia

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Eat replacement foods and drink lots of water. Don’t do crazy activities like running, lifting, or biking for miles and miles. Rest, do yoga or stretching, and stick it out.

Larz

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So, it’s been a while since I last updated here.  Been a struggling couple months for me.  Major stress with the death of my father.  At 99 days off sugar, I was at a dinner with my boss who INSISTED on desert.  Like the kind of insisting where they won’t take no for an answer.  I frankly wasn’t prepared for this.  Was hoping to find something, like fruit, on the desert menu.  Nope…so I ordered sorbet.

Well, like I hear from people recovering from alcohol addition, one leads to a binge.  And for a week I ate more sugar than I’d like to admit.  Then went back on.  After only one week, I thought the withdraw would be so much easier.  I mean years and years of sugar and quitting versus a week, it has to be easier, right?  Nope, it was three weeks of headaches, dizziness, tiredness. 

Then comes the fourth of July and once again, it was a weekend sugar fest.  I’m on day 6 of withdraw and of course, headaches, dizziness and tiredness are rampant. 

On top of it, I’m dealing with some stomach issue now, when I eat, it hurts and I feel miserable.  So not sure if I have something or it’s the withdrawal or what.  Never no with sugar.  So high points and low points, but I do know this, I like how I feel better when off sugar than on it.  I also know it takes about 3 weeks to get away from the heavy sugar withdrawal.

L

DM

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Brain, yes those are normal and mild symptoms. Others may be flu like symptoms. Generally quitting cold turkey is not good for your mental state or your body. You are putting your body through shock and that is the “withdraw symptoms” most people cannot handle it longer than a few weeks at most but if you can great but if you cannot,  I would recommend that you slowly take it down, but remember your body needs glucose. It just needs the proper type like from fruit. As with everything there is no reason to cut it out 100% just eat in moderation. For example i used to eat 1/2 tub of ice cream a week now I am down to a lowfat bowl a week.

Larz, Sounds like your body is adjusting to the sugar and its not likening it at all. Sugar is a beast.

One thing that has helped me alot is increasing my protein alot. I am a 170 lb male 67” and i currently get 120-140 grams of protien. I have found that doing this really cuts my craving for sugar. 60-80 grams of that is from protien drinks. The protein drinks both give me the sweentess that my body craves and it makes me feel fuller and that helps with the weight loss, in addtion i walk alot like 70+ miles a week. so that helps alot too When you move you forget about the sugar. I find when i am board I crave junk food more. So i just dont try and stay stationary for to long. It may work for you all as well.

Take care all..

Meg

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Well, Larz, you may be pleased to know, there is nothing that I find untoward in your story; it is a slog at times, involves falling off, getting back on, feeling low, feeling good, until it evens out into no interest in sugar nor problem with it whatsoever.

So, you are dong really well, and are clearly developing a completely different relationship with sugar. I tried anything that I thought would work, and found success in ‘sweet’ food such as fruit, dates, sultanas, ‘filling’ foods such as brown rice, potatoes, oats, and ‘taste’ - found in spices, herbs, garlic, olive oil and lemon. I took ribose and inositol for muscle recovery and to alleviate fatigue, and I took ‘up’ powders, such as tryptophan, dopamine and others (all natural and healthy): at one point I joked that my kitchen was a dopamine factory - all foods that release dopamine - chicken, oranges, almonds, avocados and so on.

So, upwards and onwards, and it is thrilling to hear about your wonderful development away from sugar and into health.

Brian

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Thanks for all the advice and support . Things seem to better getting better going into week 2

Kyle

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Day 4 for me and my lady off of sugar. Jesus i think quitting heroin would be easier!  We are going to stick with it,  but it’s not easy. I am also quitting Marijuana and cigarettes too. Why? Because im nuts and figure why not stop it all!

Kyle

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I would drink 6-7 pops a day, eat mac n cheese and fries slot, then drink alcohol . Then id get home, get stoned and eat a bunch of chips and a pint of ben and jerrys on the reg. I was getting to the point where my body was going numb in places and my arms and legs were in so much pain. The pain has gone down but i am losing my damb mind over here.

Vanadia

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Hi everyone! Here are two suggested blog posts for you:

SUGAR ADDICTS SET THEMSELVES UP FOR FAILURE

and

WHERE DO YOU RESIDE ON THE SPECTRUM OF SWEETNESS?

Kirby

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My husband has just gone from binge eating mostly cakes and sweets cold turkey to no refined (or natural) sweeteners.  On day 3 he has been nauseated, diarrhea, vomiting several times an hour.  He has tried drinking a lot and filling up on whole fruits.  However, I am very concerned for him.  Any suggestions for him or me as a supportive wife?

Meg

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Thrilling to hear these new beginnings being created. Use the term ’ freeing myself from sugar’ instead of ’ quitting’; you certainly aren’t quitting, you are beginning a new journey of health.
It is so worth it, this journey: and yes, I was very ill too, at times. Do everything you can. I figure, you can eat as much as you want of ‘healthy’ food: if its healthy ( whole, natural, grown non- processed) pretty much, before you can fine tune things for you, you can eat it. So, eat plenty, research and use the info you find, use natural remedies, drink water and herbal tea, and just (whilst taking care of yourself and accepting responsibility) understand that some sickness or illness is part of it, for now.
Godd luck to everyone, its fantastic to be free of sugar, it really is, and it starts with just going for it, in whatever way, as you have done and are doing.

Vanadia

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Kirby, go sugar-free with him! smile Also, don’t police him but do cheer him on. Keep lots of healthy food in the house. Know that this extreme reaction should only be temporary. As Meg said, eat good foods!

Dm

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Kirby

Don’t go cold turkey it doesn’t really work like that. It’s a process and not a instant one.

Go slowly and let the body adjust to it. Otherwise it may very well fail.

You are putting the body through to much shock and that is why he is so sick.

It’s up to you but more times than none doing it this way will result in failer

Good luck

Larz

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Curious how Kyle and Kirby’s husband are fairing?  I know that withdrawal can be brutal.  They call it the sugar or carb flu and it feels that way too, doesn’t it?  The first weeks is brutal and week 2-3 better but not great. 

As for me, when on vacation and gave into sugar.  First it was just one thing, then another, and another, one day then the next.  To be honest, was any of it “that” great??....No. 

What I notice is that I become more fatigued with the sugar…hold on to inflammation in my muscles and joints.  Get increased cold symptoms.  So I’m back on day 2 of withdrawal, knowing that days 2-5 ramp up in symptoms.  I’m trying to be prepared, but it sucks.  I wish I thought about that when I’m loading in sugar. 

I respectfully agree and disagree with DM.  You CAN go cold turkey off of sugar if we are talking sugar products such as pop, doughnuts, table sugar, cake…might as well include honey, maple syrup and sugar substitutes.  But you shouldn’t cut carbs.  Need to go to healthy carbs such as fruits and veggies, whole grains.  However, if the withdrawal is just too much to bear (and it can be), then a slower weaning process might be necessary.  At the end of the day we all know our individual bodies and can explain our reactions and effects, but this is in now way medical advice or direction nor should it replace working with an MD.

This is my third time “starting” again.  I am going to experience it fully and go for my 100 days that I missed the first time.  I’m going to keep a journal an revel in every successful day.

Sheri

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Wow Lars! That’s amazing. I do wonder though, how much of the “sugar flu” is withdrawals or just I don’t know,  shock to the system?  I know that alcoholics have to be very careful.  Even when in the hospital,  they sometimes can’t go cold turkey because they can die. I am not saying that it’s the same for sugar.  But it has to be a similar mechanism. They use the same reward pathways,  and bodies have changed how they function to adjust to working with/ needing the substances. I am just curious. Besides being beyond unpleasant,  could going straight up cold turkey be harmful?  I seems like that kind of reaction.

On a side note, I gave up for a while.  Hurt my back twice in the last.month. :( a month ago on my back for a week. Hurt it again on Friday and been in bed with pinched nerve. All I want is sugar.

I do have to say, I think eating healthy for a while has helped me though. If I eat completely like I used to, I want to throw up from too much sugar.  Finding that interesting? I can’t eat the frosted mini what’s with a sugar yogurt and my sweetened soy.

Accidentally got sweetened soy milk the other day, so been not using as much. Some in cereal and half water. When my back is better can go to the store and get better stuff.

That first day hurting my back though; so excruciating.  All I wanted was chocolate to distract from pain. That’s what I asked for when I couldn’t move.

It’s like u know sugar isn’t helping my inflammation.  But I almost don’t care right now.  Sigh. One thing at a time. I will get back on track in a few weeks. Set back is frustrating.  But at least I can’t eat sugar to the extent I used to without getting sick! smile that has to mean something?  I’l take the small improvement. smile have to be vigilant though.. mindful of the backslide.  💖 I might go back completely.

Sheri

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Oh yeah, just mentioned alcoholism because I learned somewhere that sugar addiction is very similar physiologically. Both get metaboiled as sugar. We might not get drunk from it so not give the sick withdrawal symptoms a second thought.

Everyone has to do what is right for them. I am just wondering if there are any harm/ stress to the body going cold turkey, beyond making us feel like crap?

I can definitely understand not wanting to wean off.  It’s almost impossible to quit when you allow yourself to still indulge.

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I started the South Beach lifestyle 5 days ago. I am currently in the first and strictest phase, which lasts 2 weeks and calls for an extremely low carb/sugar diet (no fruits, sweets, bread, oatmeal, alcohol of any kind).

Although I’ve had very low energy these past 5 days, I’ve thought I’ve been handling it ok- until today. I woke up shaking, extremely nauseous, and barely able to get out of bed. Once I did get out of bed, I threw up 4x and almost felt too weak to stand. I had NO appetite and felt like I had the flu.

After I’ve read some of your stories I realize these symptoms are normal for some people. I had NO IDEA sugar withdrawal did this to you!! Sugar truly is a powerful drug! I never expected my body to react like this.

I decided to eat normally today - oatmeal for breakfast, turkey sandwich and soup for lunch- and I feel 90% better. I’m starting back on the low/no carb thing for the rest of my 9 days until phase 2, when carbs such as fruit can be reintroduced.  Although I decided to eat sugar today (there was sugar in the prepackaged oatmeal / white bread on my turkey sandwich), I’m not giving up! I just pray I can make it through my job if the extreme weakness/vomiting return.

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