I quit sugar about 4 or 5 days ago, like properly quit it after slipping into some binges, especially over christmas
So I had a headache for a few days, then I started to feel pretty good, lighter stomach, more energy, I went to see Django Unchained the other day and I remember sitting in the cinema feeling great, not tired as I usually am, but kind of focused; I had a snack of some nuts and fizzy water where before I might have had a diet coke and crisps
Afterwards we went for a few drinks, I had a couple of pear ciders, then next day felt pretty terrible and have had a headache for the last 2 days again
The other things that have happened since completely quitting sugar is that at first I was ridiculously tired, completely exhausted, sleeping late, napping in the day (something I've never done) also my skin looks really quite bad, red, dry, acne where it's not been before
I know that many people don't believe in detox but surely the immense fatigue, the headaches and the skin is my body responding to the lack of sugar now in the diet? If I'm honest, I was eating a lot, more than I thought and definitely over christmas
Without the highs and lows and the immense amounts of insulin circulating in the body, could this be why paleo works?
Is this the crux? was sugar the real demon? will I be feeling and looking good soon???
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on February 04, 2013
at 02:00 AM
i think you are absolutely detoxing from sugar as you would a drug. i don't know to what extent it's affecting your skin--that could be related to other things in your diet or other issues you have (a die off being a strong possibility, as someone else suggested)--but since eliminating processed sugar from my diet, i have many of the same problems when i have it now. if i eat anything with added sugar (as opposed to fruit), i almost get an intense headache, as well as dehydration, fatigue, fogginess, nausea, sometimes vomiting, and then i crave it for days after. pear cider, by the way, does that to me every time, even before i cut out sugar. it's very sweet. chromium has helped with my cravings, so i take it on days i've eaten too much fruit or had a cider or some chocolate, and would definitely recommend it.
on January 21, 2013
at 01:16 AM
Your experience does not quite match mine.
For myself, my skin began to glow after I quit sugar & other junk. My daily energy level was up, and the beginnings of these changes were noticeable even the day after going clean. I had no negative withdrawal symptoms in terms of physical or mental, only the residual cravings that fade with time, although never entirely disappear. Something else is probably going on with your body (maybe some other commenter has it.)
on January 20, 2013
at 10:14 PM
I believe it has something to do with your gut bacteria. They thrive on sugar. When you eat sugar, they multiply. When you stop eating sugar, they die. I think you are getting the die-off symptoms. If I were you, I would try very very hard not to have any sugar.
I am on antibiotics right now (my second time around for SIBO) and guess what - I have HORRIBLE sugar cravings. I am not supposed to have fruit, yet I eat kiwis in large quantities - I cannot do anything about it.
When I take antibiotics with fruit, I can feel some tingling on my skin - I know by now that's a die-off symptom.
So my take on it - it is not insulin, it is your gut bacteria. I really believe that.