So I’ve been looking up what your body goes through when you give up sugar (the fructose kind) and it’s really really interesting. The withdrawls don’t just last a day, in fact the first day is probably the easiest! I’ve been reading as much as I can from the I Quit Sugar website, and when I came across this article about binging on sugar, it really hit the nail on the head!
Scientists have even likened quitting sugar to quitting a drug addiction, with the effects of the process of eliminating it very similar: Withdrawal, craving, sensitisation to other addictive substances and bingeing. While everyone is different of course, if you’re quitting sugar you will most likely have similar symptoms including, headaches, unable to concentrate, intense cravings, mood swings and low energy. While these sound very broad, if you were using sugar to get yourself through anything like a 3pm slump at work, a tough emotional situation or a boost of enerygy first thing in the morning, you will really be noticing it once you’re off the white stuff (sugar!).
While you do not want to rid your diet of sugar completley, as you still need it for energy, it's best to learn just how much you're eating, and how much sugar is actually in the foods you're eating every day.
I found this really interesting picture on the That Sugar Film Facebook page which shows just how much sugar is really in these perceived "healthy" breakfast cereals. Scary huh! And this is just what some people have in ONE meal - usually their first. How do you think that is setting them up for the rest of their day? A blood sugar rollercoaster if you ask me, and as soon as the first crash happens, they will be reaching for the next high sugar product.
Some alternative breakfast options I would recommend are:
- 2/3c rolled oats soaked in 1/2c almond milk over night - even sprinkle a few chia seeds on top as these are a good source of protein. In the morning just top the oat mixture with some greek yoghurt, 1/2 a greated apple, 1/2 sliced banana, handful of berries, squirt of honey, buckwheat, shredded coconut, sliced almonds - so many options!
- 2 or 3 eggs scrambled or poached, on rye toast and a handful of spinach on the side.
- An omlette made with 2-3 eggs. Whisk them up and pour into a small frying pan set on low. Top with veggies such as tomato, capsicum, mushrooms, red onion, broccoli and maybe some cheese on top. Place a lid on it and leave for about 7-8 minutes until the eggs are cooked then eat.
- Breakfast on the run could be a protein shake with two boiled eggs and a banana, or premake the oat mixture ina tupperware container and take that with you.