I do know that folks who consume a larger amount of sugar on a daily basis can go through a somewhat withdrawl stage that can last several days. When you are feeling light headed, I do suggest a snack with both carbohydrates and protein: cheese and crackers cottage cheese and fruit yogurt trail mix hummus and veggies fruit yogurt smoothie, etc
If this continues, do see your doctor. SP Dietitian Becky
Fitness Minutes: (64,745)
748 11/24/12 11:59 A
I have had similar problems (shaky). I know that I get too much sugar in my diet but it isn't as bad as it used to be. There is still room for improvement. I find that eating something like an apple or popping a piece of candy like a Werther's (sp?) original into my mouth seems to help. As one of the other posters said, it could be hypoglycemia. I know that my blood pressure tends to stay on the low end of normal so I don't know if that has anything to do with the low blood sugar. I only know that I am on the low end of normal with my blood pressure because I regularly donate platelets and that came up (the lower end of normal for blood pressure). It's kind of interesting since I am insulin resistant (associated with PCOS), but I digress. Eating fruit like an apple or pear should take care of your low blood sugar levels but I think that if it continues for too long, I'd talk to your dr to make sure that everything is ok and to rule out any health issues.
Fitness Minutes: (5,830)
3,220 11/24/12 7:42 A
What I hear you describing sounds like hypoglycemia; still, it could be something else and I encourage you to discuss the symptoms with a healthcare professional. Until then, I would suggest fueling your body primarily with wild caught fish, meats, healthy fats, and fibrous (non-starchy) vegetables to keep BG levels steady. If you do fall into the sugar-trap, try to combine it with a fibrous vegetable or fruit (such as raw celery or apple) or a piece of lean protein; this will help reduce bloodsugar crashes.
I am so glad you are giving up sugar...it is the cause of so many diseases, yeast infections, candida, diabetes, heart disease , some cancers and more. Give it a good week before you'll start feeling so much better and meantime eat Fage 0% Plain Yogurt which is the least in sugar and is a probiotic that will help flush out the bacteria you have in your gut from the sugar. There is also plain Kefir or you can take a probiotic supplement...sugar can create a fungus in our system called Candida and these bacteria feed on sugar and the reason your probably feling bad is the fungi is dieing off in your system. Eat low carb and only have pears, peaches, plums, cherries, apples, kiwi and berries in your diet as far fruit goes until you start to feel better. Giving up wheat bread is also a good idea as it causes inflammation just like sugar does. Try Rye Bread as it digest slowly. You will feel more than fantastic soon...you energy will go up, you will crave less carbs like pasta or pizza, and you will not have any aches and pains. I applaud you! I did it and feel soo very much better.
Fitness Minutes: (38,466)
23,722 11/24/12 2:49 A
I've never had this problem because I've never eaten much in the way of sugar, however I would think that if you applied the 'baby steps' approach to reducing the sugar, you will be less likely to suffer withdrawals. If you are getting a lot from soda/juice, try watering it down a little, then when you are used to that, water it down a bit more. If it is from confectionery, maybe you could substitute if for a piece of fruit or a dried fig or date,
It should be better after about 3 days, and will continue to get easier from there. Your body needs to learn to use slower-burning fuel, and you'll find that you can go longer between meals without getting that "low blood sugar" feeling.
It can help to "step down" from sugar to starchy carbs to more complex carbs like brown rice, quinoa and vegetables to help ease the effects of sugar withdrawal. Just make sure you have some protein, fiber and fat with all of your carbs (i.e. a few nuts with a piece of fruit, instead of just the fruit).
Fitness Minutes: (1,743)
12 11/23/12 11:38 P
Anyone find they experience sugar withdrawal? I notice that if I go a day without sugar I feel a little shaky and lightheaded. My body is just so used to sugar! Anyone else experienced this? How long did it take to stop getting these symptoms?
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.