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MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (12,229)
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4/15/14 11:07 A

I'm glad to hear you are exchanging things which harm your body for things which strengthen you. Your body will adjust more and more each day. To take my mind off of it, I kept occupied with prayer, Church, work, family, exercise, etc. until the new way of eating felt more normal. "A watched pot never boils" so I had to stick to what I had planeed and not think of it.

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
4/14/14 3:03 P

Yeah, you probably are mostly feeling the effect of no caffeine more than the sugar, but both can leave you feeling like a drug addict.

Lots of people go through this, especially low carbers. One issue that affects people when cutting carbs, is that it has a diuretic effect. This coupled with you not drinking all that pop, can cause dehydration, which can cause headaches, and lack of energy for a few days to several weeks.

Make sure you replace all that pop with water. Maybe drink 10-12 glasses a day, plus another glass for every 20 minutes of exercise. Other than that, it is just the caffeine and sugar, and it will take a little while for your body to get used to you not ingesting these.

If it gets any worse, or you think it isn't from this dietary change, then see a doctor.

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4/14/14 12:04 P

Yeah it'll end. Give it another week and you should be feeling much better. The cravings in particular I would expect to die down soon. If it lasts much longer than that feel free to ask a doctor about it of course.

The digestive distress might not be withdrawal as such though, since you've made a lot of changes. Drastic changes in intake of sugar, fat, fluids, fiber, protein can all throw your guts for a loop. Since you're doing this for urgent health reasons I'm hesitant to suggest backing off and making slower changes as I might someone else, but it might help some to make sure your water consumption is high and your fats not too low; if you've increased your veggies and fruits a lot you could look to avoid the highest fiber/gassiest/most acidic for a while and see if that helps any. Good luck and congrats on doing good things for yourself.

LEC358 SparkPoints: (11,135)
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4/14/14 11:45 A

In short, yes. Though I'm willing to bet that is actually the caffeine that's giving you the symptoms of withdrawal rather than the carbs.

When you feel hungry and are certain its not just you wanting to put something in your mouth, you should eat. Snacks that are high in protein and healthy fats won't spike your blood sugar as much.

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4/14/14 11:23 A

My blood sugar test came back really high, and rather than relying on insulin, I'm trying to get it under control with diet and exercise. While it'd normally be nothing for me to drink an entire case of Pepsi and a few bottles of juice myself in a week, I've been drinking nothing but water and unsweetened ice tea the last six days. I also drastically cut back the amount of carbohydrates I'm eating to stay within the recommended range here on SparkPeople.

With all the said… Has anyone else drastically reduced the amount of sugar and carbs they consume and feel like they are going through withdrawal? The cravings, the mood swings, the headaches, the cold sweats, and hard rumbles in my stomach… I feel like a drug addict right now. My body will adjust and this will end, right?

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