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Sugar withdrawals

8/17 9:26:51

I have been consuming huge amounts of sugar products for the last two year and, needless to say, have gained 30 pounds as a result. I am 51 years old and have been having a tough menopause for the last 5 years and I think I started eating sweets to "feel better". Obviously, that didn't work.

I am now eating well-balanced meals in moderate proportions, and have cut out the sweets, desserts, and late night snacking. I am drinking at least 1-2 quarts of water daily. This "new lifestyle" began last week, and I feel nervous, depressed and all I can think about is candy! My question is:

How long does it take to get over sugar withdrawals? I figured it is like cutting out nicotine - you have to go through withdrawals. Is this true? Can I do anything to cushion the blow and when will it stop?

Thanks so much for any help you can provide.

It is impossible to say how long it will take you to stop craving sweets.  Like you said it is like quitting smoking and that is different for everyone!  Eating a healthy diet by getting foods from ALL of the food groups each day can definitely help!  When you crave sweets go with fruits, and low fat sweets such as vanilla wafers, angel food cake, frozen yogurt, etc...  Try sugar-free candy to suck on or chew some sugarless gum to help out.  Still watch your portion sizes with these type foods and how often you eat them.  Learn to satisfy your cravings with healthier foods.  Also, when you are craving sweets make sure it is not an emotional thing that is going on!  Exercise can be great for depression, stress, etc... not to mention for good health (talk to your doctor first!).  
Like anything else, sweets are a habit and you have to give yourself time to break that habit!
Kim Tessmer, RD LD
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