New lifestyle gives me headaches. Help.

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Pappy8: 

Hi there! Headaches (and sometimes nausea) are normal when you quit sugar cold-turkey. It’s kind of a withdrawal symptom. I had the same experience a few years ago when I abruptly removed all sugar from my diet, and it was a lot. I had headaches, I felt weak and tired, it was not fun.

It will get better!

To make the transition easier, make sure to eat plenty of complex carbs such as brown rice, whole wheat pasta, quinoa, beans, etc at each meal. It will help keep your blood sugar high enough for your brain to work properly. Also look at your protein intake. A little bit of protein at each meal will help as well. Finally, I’d suggest you to eat smaller meals more frequently until you feel better.

In the last months I’ve been eating too much sugar again, but this time I’m reducing my amount slowly. It’s bit harder on the will-power side of things because I still eat some, but a bit more gentle regarding physical symptoms because my body has more time to adjust to gradually less amounts of sugar.

Good luck!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

Whenever I start eating healthy after having a free-for-all I get mild headaches for about 3 days, then I feel great! Hang in there 🙂

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Doesn’t surprise me at all that you’re getting withdrawl headaches if you really were eating that much sugar. maybe add in some clementine oranges, an apple a day. Ad if you were drinking coffee and you’ve completely cut that out, you are DEFINITELY going to have withdrawals. I don’t personally understand why people cut out coffee for weight loss, as the coffee isn’t high calorie, it’s what you put in it.

Post # 6
Hostess
11469 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@Pappy8:  Totally normal. Just your body readjusting and going through withdrawals. I would give it another week or so and you should be feeling better.

I suffered the same headache symptoms when I cut out caffiene when I found out I was pregnant. I have a little here and there but strictly regimented so my body fought me. After about 2-3 weeks I felt normal again.

And welcome back!

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2015

You are going through the Carb Flu.  I just completed my first Whole 30 (yay!) and I had a few days of Carb Flu in the beginning.  One it passes you will feel better than you did before you started!

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Pappy8:  Sounds like the carb flu.  If so, it’ll pass as your body gets used to the change.  You’ve got to get all that sugar out of your system.  Sounds like you are doing the right thing.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Sugar headaches are totally normal, and when I have extreme diet changes, they usually last 5-9 days, gettin milder as they go. Once your body adjusts to the change it will be so much easier

 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Pappy8:  Yeah, well as PP’s said hang in there! What you’re doing for yourself is awesome!

Post # 12
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232 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Protein helps me a lot. Trying increasing your protein?

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - NH

@Pappy8:  Sugar withdrawals last me well over a week.  I will have a small amount of berries when it is really bad, but stick with low glycemic berries and only will buy a small amount so I don’t over do it.  It helps.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - NH

@Pappy8:  Blackberries and raspberries are the best, but blueberries are still low glycemic too.  I don’t do strawberries unless organic because of pesticides, but they’re a low glycemic choice as well.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@Pappy8: Definitely normal! Cinnamon is great for helping to regulate your blood sugar levels as well so add some of that to your yoghurt and berries etc too!   

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