When it comes to quitting sugar we are all at different stages on the journey.
According to ABS data 2016, their research revealed that in 2011-2012 the average Australian was consuming up to 14 teaspoons of sugar per day (combination of hidden and added).
The world health organisation says we should only be having a maximum of 6 teaspoons of sugar per day.
How do we reach a sugar-free life when we are consuming high volumes of sugar in our diet?
When it comes to quitting, people who are consuming in excess of 10-14 teaspoons per day of sugar will potentially be hit the hardest when it comes to weaning off this product and should be under no illusion that this will be an easy process.
The first step is to realise that you have an issue with sugar consumption and are in poor health. The second step is ensuring you have the right guidance and support in order to make positive change possible and sustainable.
The early stages:
Common and likely symptoms within the first 24-48 hours of coming ‘off sugar’ will be physical reactions such as headaches and cravings and mental reactions such as mood swings and anxious thoughts.
The first week:
Tiredness, more cravings and perhaps restless sleep! The first week will be a challenging time for sugar addicted people and the ‘knowing’ that no sugar is great for our health may become a lost thought without a solid list of healthy distractions and support in place.
False illusion could set in and result in having a small ‘sweet item’ thinking that control can still be maintained.
If wanting to drastically reduce sugar intake or quit it for good (recommended) then allowing sweet items to creep in, here and there during the first month may lead to a relapse for people who previously had a high intake of sugar.
The brain triggers…
Breaking the sugar cycle means retraining your taste buds and your body’s cravings for sugar along with any emotional ties.
Our experts say up to 3 months on consistent focus to retrain habits is what it will take to give anyone the best long-term chance of living a relatively low sugar life! In our 5 step sugar-free life mini-course, timelines are laid out for participants across each area of ‘sugar’ participants are asked to reduce.
What our group members say about quitting/ reducing sugar…?
“I used to have a 5 can a day Pepsi Max habit. Even though it is sugar-free it plays with your brain looking for sugar. I gave the soft drink up cold turkey about 7 years ago and remarkably almost immediately my cravings for sweet (chocolate biscuits) and salty/crunchy (chips) disappeared. Diet foods which use artificial chemical sweeteners actually make giving up sugar harder”…
“I felt light headed and a bit depressed at first then it got easier”
“Extreme stress for the first week”
“I did a sugar-free September first so I knew it was only for a month. Then it seemed easy to keep going. But if I do have anything sweet, it sets off a binge”
“I had no adverse effects from quitting sugar thankfully. I gotta say tho, I had a sip of a friend’s cider a few days ago and could not stomach the sweetness. Ugh!!!”