Happy Easter everybunny! How did you do? Did you have too many jelly beans or other sweets? We sure did! My family and I are just getting back from a wonderful Spring Break trip and boy did we overdose on sugar this week. Ugh!
I noticed a number of symptoms from the sugar overload. These are symptoms that I usually get when I overdose on sugar and they are typical warning signs.
1. Joint pain
High sugar intake causes inflammation which will make your body hurt. I noticed that the small joints in my hands and wrists were achy and a little swollen, and knees and back were bothering me.
I’m not the only one who’s noticed this. It’s been shown that low-glycemic diets (i.e. low-sugar diets) are associated with lower levels of inflammatory markers in the blood. Eating a lot of sugars and simple carbohydrates increases inflammation.
The more sugar I eat, the more I want. This is a known fact, because sugar acts kind of like morphine in the brain. The less I eat, the less I want, after a few days’ withdrawal period.
I’m tired. Those of you who know me know I’m almost NEVER tired. I know that if I avoid sweets and junk food, I feel much better and have much more energy than if I indulge.
OK, so now I’m heading home and will be back in my normal routine after a day or two. What will I be doing to “detox” after a week-long bout of sweets and junk? Five things.
1. Eat healthy
Back to my normal diet of fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, nuts, seeds and healthy fats: my smoothee for breakfast, healthy packed lunch and sensible dinner. Not to mention my normal supplement regimen of Vitalizer Women, Stress Relief Complex and Zinc Complex. I brought my supplements with me but, as you know, the most awesome supplements in the world aren’t up to the job of counteracting a crappy diet :-/
2. Drink plenty of water
Water is the antidote to just about everything. It flushes toxins from the body through urine, stool and sweat. It supports the work of the kidneys and liver, among all the other organs. Very few things are as effective as fresh, clean, pure water at making you feel better.
3. Avoid sugar
I am NOT looking forward to the cravings I will be suffering in the near future. Like a junkie looking for a fix, except in this case the fix is EVERYWHERE! Sugar is everywhere you look nowadays. Luckily in my case the cravings tend to subside in just a few days. While they last, they are pretty bad though. I’ll apologize to my office staff in advance on Monday, just in case I’m crabby!
4. Get plenty of rest
Sleep helps with fatigue and cravings. Also, sleep is a good way to recharge the batteries and increase your ability to deal with annoyance and minor irritations.
I need to get back into my normal exercise routine. Exercise releases endorphins and makes you feel better. It also alters the hormones that deal with sugar metabolism, reducing the tendency to have highs and lows and sugar cravings. There’s also a psychological boost in knowing you are on the right track back to taking good care of yourself.
It’s pretty typical to fall off the wagon of eating right, exercising and sleeping properly, especially when you’re on vacation. I do it too! But if you have a plan to get back into the groove, one week of misbehaving doesn’t have to derail all your efforts to be healthy.