Cutting sugar from your diet won’t be easy, but it’s much better for your health. While your body adjusts to your new diet, you might experience some unpleasant sugar detox side effects. They may include headaches, body aches, nausea and of course cravings for anything sweet. They key is not to give in and have a piece of candy, no matter how bad you want it. Instead, try these three tips to help you make it through the relatively short detox period.
Drink Lots of Water
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.
If you feel a headache coming on, drink 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 some yummy chocolate or when a couple of cookies in the breakroom are calling my name, I grab a 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 on water that I can pass on the sugary stuff.
Supplement with A Good Multi-Vitamin
Vitamin C, B vitamins, and Zinc are all known to help with cravings. Taking a good multi-vitamin may be just the thing to help reduce detox side effects and make it through the not so pleasant days when your body is getting used to consuming less sugar. In addition, you can talk to your medical care provider about supplementing with a few of these micronutrients in higher doses. Don’t do this without medical supervision or the advice of your doctor though.
The more you focus on negative side effects of detoxing from sugar, the worse they will get. Trust me, I’ve been there. The best way to avoid this is to stay busy. For me, starting a detox during the week, while I was at work was a lot easier than starting on the weekend while I was at home. I could stay busy at work versus the idle time I have at home to think about all the sweet foods I am missing out on.
So stay busy! Make some plans to head out with friends, go for a walk, reorganize your closet, or just settle in for a Netflix marathon. What you do doesn’t matter as long as you stay busy and keep your mind off the sugar detox symptoms.