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ANARIE
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4/28/13 10:15 A

What kind of foods were you getting your sugar from? What were you drinking with your white-flour-based foods?

If you were getting sugar from soda, coffee drinks, etc, or if you were in the habit of grabbing a muffin and a cup of coffee and now you're skipping the coffee as well as the muffin, then you might be having caffeine withdrawal. You also might be drinking less liquid, so you're getting dehydration headaches.

Blood sugar fluctuations might be the culprit, but also look at what *else* you've changed. You've probably made some non-food changes, like a slight change in bedtime or wakeup time, etc. Any of those little things can trigger a headache, too.



CMCOLE
Posts: 2,667
4/28/13 8:25 A

Read the FAQs on the 21-Day Sugar Detox site, by Balanced Bites.

Definitely headaches and lots of misery are often experienced by cutting back (or out) sugars and artificial sweeteners.

Best wishes in your continued journey to health



SUNSHINE6442
Posts: 1,791
4/28/13 7:54 A

Fluctuating blood sugar can cause headaches, so balance your sugar levels by eating a samll carb and a protein together. Add some vinegar to your daily diet as it helps balance blood sugar. Using olive oil in moderation can also reduce headaches...so maybe a small vinegar and oil salad.

Eat turkey, tuna and add seasame seeds to salads and veggies daily to reduce headache as they have magnesium to help headachess and also spinach, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, Swiss chard, fresh amaranth, quinoa, sunflower seeds, brown rice, mushrooms, broccoli and whole grains...mild to moderate dehydration also causes headaches so drink lots of water.

Hope you will feel better soon.





DIDS70
Posts: 5,070
4/26/13 1:31 P

I agree with the two posters. I went through withdrawal for about a week. If I happen to have too much of what my body doesn't like and then stop consuming it I still get the withdrawal symptoms.



HUNNA13
Posts: 180
4/26/13 1:21 P

In the beginning I used to get intense headaches (was a HUGE sugar junkie.) I drank a ton of water, and sucking on lifesaver mints surprisingly helped. The headaches passed after about a week.



BEARCLAW6
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4/26/13 8:59 A

If you are going really low carb, you may be experiencing the 'flu-like" symptoms that come from having to retrain your body to burn fat instead of sugar as a main energy source. This will pass in a week or two.

If you are not going low carb, you may be experiencing some of the same things but to a lesser extent. One recommendation when facing headaches with a new diet is to comsume more water. Shockingly, as your body loses the glycogen stores that you have when you are a big sugar eater, then body also flushes out lots of retained water that is needed for glycogen storage. This can lead to dehydration even when you think you are not needing more water. This is also associated with that fast weight loss that many diets have in the first week or two.



WINTERROSE23
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4/26/13 8:49 A

I have had a great beginning week, I have tracked and stayed under my calorie limits and have gotten in some exercise every day except one.

I still struggle with the headaches I always get when I cut down on the amount of sweets and white breads I am used to eating, any ways to help get through it?



 
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