What Happens When You Add Sugar Back after Sugar Free September? by Emily Maguire

At the weekend I got a message from a friend who had been following the sugar free September challenge. She had sent me a picture of a traditional afternoon tea. Now for those that don’t know, an afternoon tea is a three tiered cake stand that has a layer of sandwiches, a selection of cakes then topped off with scones with jam and cream. As you can imagine there was most definitely a lot of sugar contained within that one little stand. What was interesting though was how my friend went on to describe how she felt once she ate it. Her exact words to me were: “I feel terrible, so bloated, feeling sick and have a sore tummy”. Needless to say when I asked her if she would be eating that again she just laughed.

This is a question that I often get from many clients that I’ve helped to rid sugar from their diet- will they ever be able to eat sugar again. My answer is of course that I would hope that this is a lifestyle change and that having these types of foods really shouldn’t make up your diet ever again. However we do know that this is real life and sometimes life, for whatever reason, can get in the way. Be it a social occasion, an emotional event or whatever else that may make you eat something that you know that isn’t right for your body. The major thing to note though is exactly how it makes you feel after eating these types of foods. When you have taken sugar out of your diet even for as little as three weeks, your body gets rid of its reliance on it. If you then overload your system with it again it can cause problems like:
-blood sugar spikes and crashes
-gut upsets
-sickness
-cravings come back
-headaches
-fatigue
-irritability

And once you give your body some of that sweet stuff, it means it gets a taste for it again which makes the withdrawal part happen.

Now that we are 22 days in with sugar free September  we obviously want you to keep going. And if you think about deviating then look at the list above to see how your body may response. If you do relapse for any reason though we want you to really take note on how you felt after having this back in your diet. Relapses on a new nutrition journey do happen so do not beat yourself up. The main thing is to pick yourself up learn from the experiences, get support and carry on.

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