Cutting ultraprocessed sugar out of your diet, is highly recommended by experts as a way to decrease lifestyle diseases risk. Saying it is easier than making this lifestyle changes. Specially when processed sugars are so tempting. Limiting processed sugars may include unpleasant sugar detox side effects. Some may show up as headaches, body aches, nausea and of course cravings for anything sweet. When the cravings kick in, the key is not to give in and have a piece of candy. Instead try these tips while you work on setting boundaries with processed sugars.
1. Drink Lots of Water
First and foremost, make sure you drink plenty of water. Not only will staying hydrated help alleviate many of the detox symptoms I mentioned, it will also keep you full. Feel a headache coming on? Get a glass of water. Want a cookie or donut? Get a glass of water. One of my favorite strategies when I don’t think I can make it without another sweet treat or when the plate of Danishes in the break room are calling my name is to pour myself a big glass of water, drink it slowly and then make myself wait 15 minutes. By then the craving has usually passed, or at the very least, I’m so full of water that I can pass on the sugary stuff. Remember that 7.8 ph balanced water is highly recommended to detoxify your body too.
2. Supplement with Vitamins and Minerals
Vitamin C, B vitamins, and Zinc are all known to help with cravings. Taking vitamins and minerals may be just the thing to help reduce sugar detox side effects and make it through the few not so pleasant days of getting used to consuming a lot less sugar. In addition, you can talk to your medical care provider about supplementing with a few of these micro nutrients in higher doses. Don’t do this without medical supervision or the advice of your doctor though.
3. Stay Busy
Finally, I need you to realize that a lot of the cravings and not feeling well may be overwhelming. The more you focus on negative side effects of detoxing from sugar, the worse they will get. The best way to avoid this is to stay busy. While I don’t recommend doing a sugar detox when you’re at work, particularly during a busy or stressful time, staying busy is a good idea. Make some plans to head out with friends, go for a walk, reorganize your closet, or just settle in for a Netflix marathon (chose snacks wisely).
4. Replace and Prepare
Understanding what triggers sugar cravings may help you prepare. Perhaps you reach for a sugar treat while dealing with stressful situations, or simply while you try to relax and let your guard down, or when you are close to a school or work deadline. In any case, prepare by having better for you snacks ready at hand, or simply avoid any triggering situations.
Succesfuly decreasing processed sugar consumption, takes time and intention. Plan your snacks, and keep in mind your end goal!