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This Little Thing Called Sugar…

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I’ll be the first to admit I have a sweet tooth. I mean, I think everyone does to a certain extent, right? A few days ago I had a little incident. Due to the intense heat, I was in a hurry to get out the door by 7am so I skipped breakfast and went for a hard run. When I came back, I was busy with taking care of the girls’ needs, showered, and once I finally got them down for their nap, realized I hadn’t eaten yet that day. Bad, bad mistake. I had a hypoglycemic scare of shakiness, lightheadedness, dizziness, heart palpitations, and irritability for the rest of the day. I called my doctor and he agreed that is probably what was going on.

I looked up low blood sugar on the internet and they suggested how to combat another attack, which included to cut out all caffeine and sugar from your diet.

So I did. And realized the next day that even though I ate small meals every 2.5 hours (as my doctor suggested), I was still irritable, experiencing a foggy feeling, and had a headache. What the heck is going on?

I then looked up caffeine withdrawal and sugar withdrawal symptoms. Low and behold, they both follow the exact symptoms I was experiencing! Since I cut out both on one day, I probably intensified it times two.

I’m not going to lie. This sugar withdrawal is no joke. I completely eliminated all refined sugars from my diet. I know it’s probably not the best way to cut out sugars (they suggest doing it bit by bit) but since I’m already two days in, what’s a few more irritable days? After that – hopefully I’ll be home free! My body will thank me, I’m sure. Just after it gets over these annoying symptoms.

It’s funny, they actually suggest that sugar withdrawal can feel like a drug or alcohol withdrawal. I never realized that a little substance such as sugar could have such a hold over us! It’s quite scary, actually.

Oh, as for the caffeine withdrawal…

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 I get most of my caffeine from my coffee in the morning. I don’t drink any type of pop (soda/coke for you non-Michiganers). Before last November, when I started drinking the liquid gold*, I never had to worry about needing caffeine. Now, I apparently can’t live without it! It’s a slippery slope, I tell you. First, I started off with one cup a day. Then, gradually increased it to two cups. Now, I usually drink 2 cups a day unless I have a coffee date or something, then might increase it even to three cups in one day.

Yikes.

So, my plan is to get this sugar issue under control, eat at least every 2.5 hours every day (especially during this heat and while I’m nursing), and then I’ll tackle my coffee problem in a few weeks.

So, feel free to check in with me every once in a while. It’s always good to be held accountable and no better way than have people “bugging” me to see how I’m doing. 🙂

If you have ever tried to cut something out of your diet completely, what has helped you?

*It was brought to my attention that some reference breast milk as liquid gold. I want to make it perfectly clear that I do not, in fact, drink breast milk, but coffee. 🙂 

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