Sugar-free challenge – DAY 4

Today you might be starting to feel a bit worse for wear although our bodies handle this in different ways. Shit WILL hit the fan eventually and you may experience withdrawal and serious cravings.

Day 4 - woman tearing her hair (blog)

Symptoms of sugar-withdrawal:

  • A feeling of being constantly hungry
  • Grumpy
  • Moody
  • Headaches
  • Nausea

But WHY is it so bad? You are an addict. Sugar (especially fructose) is as addictive as cocaine and tobacco. You are, essentially, a drug abuser. However, being a sugarholic doesn’t have the same social consequences. For more info, read here.

Here are the good news. Knowing you enemy makes a big difference. You are probably reading this because you realise that you have a troubled relationship with sugar and unhealthy things. That’s a huge step in the right direction, and hopefully you have been making healthy food/drink swaps for the last couple of days. You will also be glad to know that a craving typically lasts for a maximum of 10-20 minutes for most people, so, while you’re craving something sweet, the essential thing is to distract yourself or consume something which settles your craving.

TODAY’S CHALLENGE. Come up with a list of distractions and alternatives for when the cravings hit. Keep in  mind that healthy fats and protein will relieve your sugar cravings (that’s why the protein bars from yesterday are so good). These would be my suggestions:

  • Swapping for an option with less sugar / no sugar
  • Eat protein and healthy fats (e.g. nuts, seeds, avocado etc.)
  • Drink lots of water (water thirst is often masked by sugar cravings)
  • A hot shower or a bath
  • Drinking a cup of tea and popcorn for your evening TV series.
  • Reading a good book
  • Go for a run / gym / yoga / karate
  • Play with your dog, cat, hamster
  • Watching a funny movie or a YouTube clip of funny cats on your phone (yes, you know you can’t resist!)
  • Anything else you can think of.

Cat meme (blog)

What else?

Do email me on contact@exsugarholic.com. I would love to hear your story, what you eat, why you are on this journey and how I can help you. Fire away 🙂

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