We’ve all fallen victim to a little sugar here and there, especially when our bodies are craving a ‘pick-me-up’ or when it’s ‘that time of the month’ for the ladies, which is totally normal. But what if your little pick-me-up became a consistent daily routine? What could that be doing to your body?
Firstly, what is sugar?
Let’s get one thing straight, we’re not talking about the ‘fruit’ kinda sugar. We’re talking about the refined white stuff that creeps its way into many American products. Why? Because it’s highly addictive and if companies know one trick up their sleeve, it’s how to create an addictively satisfying product. But at what cost?
When we eat refined sugar, our appetites increase and we crave a desire for more sweets, which can lead to cravings, mood swings, spikes and lows in energy levels. And as for you weight-conscious humans, after a while, you’ll notice a considerable amount of weight gain around the middle, which puts you at risk for diabetes and heart disease.
For those who enjoy a sugary treat or two every day, we can imagine that you’re probably thinking that your future is looking ‘as exciting as a cardboard box’, but there are plenty of ways to get your sweet tooth fix, all while eliminating that sugary inflammation…
Let’s take a look at the immediate effects of quitting sugar…
20 minutes after you quit: 20 minutes after your first sugar-free meal will make you feel more satisfied and less likely to reach for a second serving of dessert. This is the first step to strengthened willpower, so push through because self-discipline is a key contributing factor to so many positive changes in life.
1 hour after you quit: An hour post-sugar should make you feel on an upswing, you should still feel energized and be more productive. You will less likely have the urge to reach for another cookie.
1 day after you quit: After a day, your body will be busy trying to stabilize the blood sugar levels in your system so that your moods temper. If you increase your fibre rich foods, such as vegetables and accompany them with lean meat, this will help push the progress along a little faster.
Pro Tip: Day one is a great day to set yourself a new lifestyle and dietary habits that support healthy fats, proteins, fibers and nutrient-dense foods that our body needs. You could start a food diary as a way to track your habits? This can be super beneficial for those who have trigger foods.
3 days after you quit: Here’s where life may get a little ugly (but stay strong). Sugar is an addiction, after all, so you can’t expect to kick it without withdrawals. Today you may start to experience cravings, anxiety and even depression. These effects taper off after a week unless your body was being hit by an overload of sugar.
1 week after you quit: After a week, one of two things can happen to your body. If your previous life was dominated by processed foods, juice soda, chocolate, desserts etc. then you’re most likely still in detox mode. If you were on the moderate side, then you should start to feel pretty damn good. You’ll feel less lethargic, more energy and have an all-round improved mood.
Keep this up for a month and you will have officially broken the 1-month barrier, which is the benchmark to fall out of a bad habit.
1 year after you quit: Once you’ve completed a sugar-free diet for a year, you can celebrate. One year is a pretty good indication that your body will be on the health mend. Your body is now adjusted to functioning on essential nutrients, and because it is no longer storing as fats, you’ll probably have lost weight.
We don’t want to force you to quit sugar forever, and it is okay to splurge every once and a while but find a balance where you can enjoy that sugary treat twice per week, rather than every night.
Or even better, introduce more fruits into your diet! We highly recommend freezing and blending them for a delicious dessert alternative.