On the last Friday in July, I mentioned the sugar detox I’ve been struggling through, and some people expressed an interest. Bear with me, as it’s been a rocky road.
It’s my own fault that things went awry, and I got sick. I should’ve seen a dietician instead of doing this on my own. But, once the symptoms set in, I needed to look forward and do the right things to fix it.
I should mention that I am highly addicted to sugar. As the title of this blog says, it is my greatest love. I eat sugar from morning wake-up (starting with cereal, to sweet teas, candy, cookies, pasta, rice, bread, starches) to bedtime. And, when I’m not eating sugar, I’m craving it. I also wanted to fit more comfortably in my clothes because they were quite snug. I don’t use a scale, I go by how my clothes fit me.
I read an article about a book with a 31 day sugar detox plan written by doctors. I downloaded it to my tablet in the kindle format. I won’t type out the title here, but you might be able to find it somewhere on this blog post. 😉
The first three days consisted of only meat and vegetables. The plan slowly adds natural sugars back into the body each day after the third day. I had no clue what I was about to get myself into. Within the first 36 hours, I was having heart palpitations, shaking, jittery, blinding headache and not enough strength to even drag myself out of bed. I was expecting some symptoms, but my heart would not slow down, and I considered heading to the ER.
I started adding natural sugars when the symptoms occurred, like fruits, plus whole grain breads and pastas. Here is where I’m at now, I’m on day 22 of what turned into my own version of the 31-day sugar detox. I haven’t taken a bite of any goodies. The only sugar I’ve eaten is fruits and whole grains. I get tired easily, but my strength is back and the headaches are gone. Every morning I need to eat an orange, or some other sweet fruit in order to get my heart to beat at a normal pace. (No, I do not drink caffeine, never did.) For this to still be happening every morning has scared me. Did I throw off my sugar chemistry so badly that I made myself hypoglycemic, or worse?
I went to see my doctor and all she did was set me up for a battery of tests on my heart and thyroid. I already had all those things checked on my yearly check-up and they were fine. These symptoms didn’t start until the diet. She did check my glucose level though, and it was normal, which relieved me.
The authors of that sugar detox book laid out one set plan for everyone. This is dangerous, and I wish I would’ve known it sooner. They don’t say anything about each individual’s particular body, diet, chemistry, age, size, weight, etc. I’ve learned my lesson not to take on something of this nature by myself without the help of a professional. I’m no spring chicken, and who knows what might’ve happened. I know I should’ve done more research before diving into this horrible book’s diet plan. But, here I am, writing about it, so I think things will eventually balance themselves out. Hopefully no one else will get hurt by trying it.
13 thoughts on “My Greatest Love”
Sugar addiction is a real and dangerous thing. It becomes this vicious cycle of needing constant uptake of sweets. And the withdrawal symptoms can be scary. Sounds like you shocked your body, but good I’m glad I’ve never had much of a sweet tooth and don’t consume a lot of sugar as part of my diet.
I’m glad you’re feeling better, and thanks for sharing. It is important to seek out medical advice before trying a detox…
Thanks for reading about it, Layla. I appreciate your support.
I read this earlier this week. Hmmm, apparently never commented. How are you doing now? Are you feeling better? I certainly hope so. Our bodies are tricky sometimes and hard to figure out why one person reacts well to a a sugar change and the other doesn’t.
Hey, Kathy. I’m still struggling in the mornings with the heart racing. Otherwise, seem to be doing okay. Thanks for asking. And, btw, no breaks from the heat here until late October early November. But, as you know, I’ll be in Illinois soon. Always good to hear from you. Enjoy your weekend.
I hope your heart quits racing soon. And hope you enjoy your trip to Chicago!
Thanks, Kathy… and so it is …
I’m glad things are on a more even keel now. I read the Atkins books back in the 00s and under a doctor’s advice adopted that eating regime. It controlled my insulin issues for several years. When I got lazy and stopped doing it, I ended up on blood sugar medication. 😦
Hi Kourtney. It must be difficult trying to control those insulin issues. It’s tough to stay on an Atkins type diet. I’ve only been doing it for 26 days and it’s hard. Thanks for taking the time to come over while on your book tour. I’m still reading the novel. I’m not a slow reader, I just need to find the time. Been working a lot on my own novel these days too. Have a great weekend.
I’m happy you wrote this spost, and to hear that despite your earlier issues you have made your own way through to day 22. Smart move going to to doctor to get the symptoms checked out, and as far as going beforehand I would imagine not many of us have done that, or all the weight loss companies would have gone out of business.
I have no choice but to limit my sugar intake as back in the 80’s when I worked for a multi-national weight loss company I followed their low fat diet (even though I didn’t have weight issues…. then) which translated in reality to high carb diet, and as I result I now have Metabolic X Syndrome which can be a precursor to diabetes if not kept in check.
The reality is much of the western affluent population ingests too much sugar, most of it unthinkingly and reactively. I know how difficult it is to make such a drastic diet change and you’ve done so well to do so – congratulations.
If you haven’t read it I’d suggest you read Michael Pollan’s book In Defense of Food, which chronicles how we as food consumers have been misled by Big Food Business, and now suffer the health consequences, which benefits Big Pharma Business, who of course are hand in hand.
Thank you for your support EllaDee. I’ve really been questioning myself and my own judgment throughout. I’m guessing that my body is just still reacting (in the mornings) to this sugar change. My friend Lauren whom I’ve mentioned on my blog (she’s a physical trainer), said that the body chemistry will kick & scream to get its sugar back. Mine has blood curdling screams. Heh. Thank you also for sharing your story and the information. Your input has helped me to feel a little better about my decision making as I get through this.
As I was reading this post my first thought was that you need the guidance of a professional to do it right without endangering your health. Good luck with this.
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