I get it. Sugar is addicting, like drugs. So when you quit sugar you get withdrawal symptoms. I feel ya. Trust me. I expected the tiredness and the grumpy. I expected to be hungry and have headaches. But can we talk about what I didn’t expect?
Like, I didn’t expect that my taste buds would revolt. That most everything I put in my mouth would taste like it’s been stored in a rusted out soda can. Appetizing, right? Water and coffee aren’t so tainted, but the rest of food totally is. And when I don’t have anything in my mouth, even my tongue tastes like it’s been licking batteries. I’ve been brushing my teeth like a mad woman. My dentist approves, for sure, but I’m not so impressed.
Also, I wish I could sleep. Scratch that. I wish I could sleep well. And we know that sleeping isn’t exactly one of my talents, but I am in bed where it’s cool and comfortable. And I do fall asleep, but something shifts in the middle of the night and I am tossing and turning and dreaming and genuinely not doing a good job resting. Plus when I wake up it’s clear I’ve been battling something big because my body just hurts.
Sometimes my hands shake. Like out of nowhere I notice this slight tremor and buzz through my fingers. And while it usually passes, I figure it’s because I need to eat, like my blood sugar is low, or something. It’s still annoying.
And not to get too personal, but I started my period waaaaaaaaaay early. And I’m not the kind of girl who has calendar-perfect, timed cycles, but I have never ever started a period 3 weeks early. I blame the sudden shift in diet throwing my entire body for a loop.
Whaa Whaa. I know. Poor me. But isn’t it strange that something like sugar can affect your body in ways you wouldn’t even expect. Like even my uterus was addicted to sugar. And I am thankful to never have to work through an addition to something like cocaine or nicotine, even. I don’t know that I’d make it. And right now, I’m really looking forward to having my taste buds back.
Have you ever gone through withdrawal? What were your worst symptoms?
* I found this photo on New Old Stock. I think it’s awesome.