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LDHAWKE SparkPoints: (19,069)
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5/13/13 8:09 P

I got headaches when I quit smoking. The headaches were not all day long and they only lasted about 2 weeks.

LUNAMEOWER SparkPoints: (1,840)
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5/13/13 3:29 P

Thanks guys, it's getting easier every day, the headaches are calming down and I do just feel better in general. Luckily I've always drank a lot of water and now that I'm replacing it with the pop that I'm not drinking I definitely get my eight glasses, usually quite a few more.
When ,y sugar wasn't under control I had pretty bad headaches, but now that it's more under control I have them way less, but these headaches feel different that those did.

FLANAGANSH SparkPoints: (6,424)
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5/13/13 2:37 P

When I cut out diet Pepsi I had headaches for a good two weeks before they stopped, idk if that's what's wrong but Han in there :)

ANARIE Posts: 13,179
5/13/13 2:31 P

First, make sure you're drinking the same volume of fluids that you used to. Part of the caffeine withdrawal headache is usually dehydration because we don't replace the liquid.

I'm a coffee drinker. For various reasons I have occasionally given it up. If I remember to drink extra water to replace the water in the coffee, then they headaches aren't as bad. And regardless, they usually go away within just three or four days. If they last more than a week for you, you might want to think about whether there's a new food or drink that you *added* at about the time you cut out the caffeine.

ROBBIEY SparkPoints: (397,626)
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5/13/13 1:32 P

I am hoping to be go sugar and caffeine free, but I love them so much.

5/13/13 1:24 P

Caffeine is a highly addictive substance with known physical withdrawal symptoms. Headaches are one of the most common and noticeable of those symptoms. They shouldn't last more than a few days.

JENSTRESS Posts: 5,403
5/13/13 9:10 A

When I quit drinking caffeine from a 3+ coffee a day habit, I got headaches. They were normal and just symptoms of the withdrawl of caffeine from my body. They were gone within a few weeks. When I quit on sugar, I didn't notice headaches, but then, I had been eating a lot of the foods the pp listed below that help headache issues.

Great job! I know when I switched to a more whole foods less processed foods diet (not diet like a lose weight, but diet like, this is the food I eat) I felt so much better after a week. I still feel great!

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,218
5/13/13 7:41 A

Diet pepsi has Aspartame which alone can trigger a headache. While there is no food proven as a headache cure I have found that having a cup of hot chocolate helps as well as spinach, sweet potatoes and by eating turkey, tuna and adding seasame seeds to salads and veggies daily they do help reduce headaches.

Foods most likely to trigger headaches/migraines include wheat, milk, cheese, coffee, sugar, peanuts, pork, nitrites/nitrates ( lunch meats and hot dogs) and MSG, sugar. Also a high fat diet can trigger a migraine.

Fluctuating blood sugar can cause headaches, so balance your sugar levels by eating a carb and a protein. Add vinegar to your daily diet as it helps balance blood sugar.

Adding a little Olive Oil to your diet daily may help you reduce the frequency, duration, and severity of headaches because olice oil is a healthy fat and eases inflammation.

When I was diagnosed as a pre-diabetic I was told by my physician not to have any sugar free foods as they raised my insulin levels....I eat nothing now that is sugar free and my A1C has been Steady for around 3 years now...5.2 just recently.

Please see a medical professional for individual advice as this is not intended as medical advice.

Protein Sources ...Pepitas are already shelled pumpkin seeds...1 Ounce has 8 Grams of protein ...Nuts are an excellent source of gas-free protein,.flaxseeds, chia seeds, pistachios, lamb, lentils, lobster, crab and tuna too.
Chicken, turkey, beans, peas, fish, cottage cheese, and peanut butter, parm cheese, Romano cheese, barley has good protein and oatmeal. Try quinoa elbow noodles and kasha which are extremely high in protein.

A healthy diet should include 2 to 3 servings of lean protein each day

Edited by: SUNSHINE6442 at: 5/13/2013 (07:49)
LUNAMEOWER SparkPoints: (1,840)
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5/13/13 12:07 A

Okay so a week ago I cut down my sugar and diet pop/caffeine intake by about 85% each. I used to regularly drink about a 2 liter of diet pepsi a day and I can't even say how much sugar, definitely not anywhere that my doctor would approve of with my state of diabetes, but I just couldn't live that way anymore. So in the past week I have tracked my food on here everyday, the first time that I've done it for more that three days in a row and I've been doing really well with staying in the goals, (don't always get my protein but I'm working on it) it's funny how I already feel better in a week, I've done this before and felt the same way but still somehow ended up the couch with a stomachache after binging on the half of the stuff in the kitchen.
I am still having headaches, but I did cut out two pretty major things at once, anyway, I was wondering for those of you who have cut way down on sugar and/or caffeine, if you had headaches, how long did they last?

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