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Sugar Withdrawal Symptoms: List of Possibilities

Sugar refers to short-chain carbohydrates that are sweet and used in food. Most people know sugar as a whitish crystal-like powder with a sweet taste that is often added to food. Each year, hundreds of millions of tons of table sugar are produced across the world. The sugar that you eat is scientifically referred to as “sucrose” which breaks down into both fructose and glucose in the body. Although sugar is a staple ingredient in many foods, some people believe that it is unhealthy.

Those who believe sugar is unhealthy may attempt to cut consumption of sugar and/or withdraw from it altogether. Despite the fact that some people claim to experience sugar withdrawals, the severity of symptoms experienced is up for debate. Those who are anti-sugar tend to argue that frequent sugar consumption can lead to mental health problems such as attention problems, hyperactivity, and foggy thinking.

Additionally some believe that sugar consumption takes a toll on their physical health – internally and in regards to gaining weight. It seems as though sugar affects everyone differently – some people are naturally more sensitive to its effects, while others may not notice much of any psychological change from sugar consumption vs. going sugar free. In any event, if you are considering the removal of sugar from your diet, below are some symptoms that people have experienced during withdrawal.

Factors that influence Sugar withdrawal

Below are some factors that may influence your withdrawal from the substance that is sugar. Things that may play a role in your withdrawal include: time span over which you consumed sugar, your average daily consumption, your individual physiology, and whether you just quit cold turkey or gradually cut your consumption.

1. Time Span

How long have you been consuming sugar? If you’re like most people, you have been consuming sugar for most of your life. The longer you have been consuming sugar, the more difficult it is going to be to just completely cut it from your life. Most average diets are filled with considerable sugar. The more sugar that you consume for a longer period of time, the tougher it is going to be to quit.

2. Daily Consumption

How much sugar do you consume on a daily basis? A couple hundred years ago, the average American only ate about 2 lbs. of sugar annually. In the 1970’s, the average American consumed about 120 lbs. of sugar per year. These days, your average American citizen consumes nearly 152 lbs. of sugar per year or 3 lbs. per week.

This is a pretty drastic change compared to what people were eating in the 1800’s. In general, the less sugar you consume on a daily basis, the easier the withdrawal process and the less likely you are to have severe discontinuation symptoms.

3. Individual Physiology

It should be noted that everyone is affected by sugar differently. Some people are more sensitive to its effects, while others won’t notice much of a withdrawal when they stop including it in their diet. Some people will have a more difficult time coping with cravings and other psychological symptoms when they withdraw.

A lot of your personal experience will be based on your individual physiology. Certain people are able to adjust to effects of cutting sugar from their diets quicker than others.

4. Cold Turkey vs. Tapering

Most people that quit consuming sugar do so by quitting “cold turkey.” In general, quitting the consumption of sugar without gradually weaning down consumption can lead to more extreme withdrawal symptoms. Symptoms will likely be more pronounced among people who quit cold turkey after having consistently ingested large amounts of sugar for years.

If you consume a significant amount of sugar daily, it may be best to gradually cut your consumption over the course of a week or two. By gradually lowering the amount of sugar in your diet, you are gradually adapting to this change and it is thought to be an easier process.

Sugar Withdrawal Symptoms: List of Possibilities

Below is a list of possible withdrawal symptoms that you may experience when you cut sugar from your diet. Perhaps the most prevalent symptom that people experience is a strong craving for sugar and/or carbohydrates during withdrawal. Also understand that not everyone will go through all of the symptoms listed below – withdrawal varies in severity and intensity based on the person.

  • Anger: If you quit cold turkey, your mood may dip and you may notice that you are more angry and irritable than usual. The anger should not last more than a couple weeks, but may be difficult to cope with if it was unexpected.
  • Anxiety: Various individuals have reported feelings of anxiety when they drop sugar from their diets. It is known that sugar can have an influence on dopamine levels and activity – which could be the culprit for these feelings. Certain individuals are more sensitive than others in regard to experiencing anxiety upon discontinuation.
  • Appetite changes: Eating sugar can lead some people to experience increased cravings for carbohydrates. Additionally when you stop consuming sugar, you may notice that your appetite experiences some degree of fluctuation. Initially you may eat more or less than usual, but it should balance out.
  • Cravings: The most obvious effect when you stop sugar is that you’re going to crave it. The cravings for sugar may be intense and difficult to overcome. If you stay the course and stay self-disciplined, you will eventually reach a point where these cravings subside. It may help to remove sugar substances from your house and/or keep them out of sight so that you don’t fall victim to the cravings.
  • Depression: People can experience a crash in mood when they first come off of sugar. This dip in mood is typically not very extreme, but can feel like a low grade depression. Eventually your mood should bounce back and stabilize.
  • Dizziness: In more extreme cases of withdrawal, individuals have reported feeling dizzy when they stop consuming sugar. Most people will not feel “dizzy” when they stop including sugar in their diets, but more sensitive people can.
  • Fatigue: Sugar can provide some people with short-term boosts in energy. When a person quits including sugar in their diet, it is possible to experience some general fatigue and lethargy during the first couple weeks of withdrawal. Over the long term, a person should notice that normal energy levels return.
  • Flu-like: In some cases, people actually experience a severe reaction to cutting sugar from their diet that results in very low-grade flu-like symptoms. If you have this severe of a reaction, it should subside within a few days. Most people will not experience this particular symptom when they cut sugar, but everyone is affected differently.
  • Headaches: Initially some people experience headaches when they remove sugar from their diet. These headaches can be a result of tension and/or the changes you are going through by detoxifying your body from sugar.
  • Insomnia: Dropping sugar from your diet may temporarily result in changes in sleep patterns and arousal. You may notice that you are unable to fall asleep at a proper time because you feel anxious or your arousal has changed; this will eventually go away. Consider taking melatonin or using some sort of relaxation exercise before bed if it’s a big problem.
  • Irritability: During the acute phase of cutting sugar from your diet, you may become snappy as a result of not having the sugar that you crave. Sugar can influence dopamine, a neurotransmitter responsible for pleasure in the brain. When we are no longer getting the same stimulation, we may become irritable.
  • Mood swings: It is fairly common to experience minor mood swings when you initially cut sugar from your diet. The mood swings may consist of some minor depression, anxiety, and/or other negative feelings. Eventually your moods will stabilize without the influence of sugar, but it may take a short while for your brain to adjust.
  • Shakes: In some cases, people can actually shake when they drastically cut their sugar consumption. These shakes are usually a result of cold turkey withdrawal, but are typically not too severe; they will eventually subside. This is actually a fairly common symptom among people who stop consuming sugar that were previously consuming high amounts.
  • Sleep changes: The withdrawal process may affect sleep to a certain extent. During the withdrawal you may notice changes in energy levels, arousal, and mood. All of these factors are thought to influence our ability to get a good night’s sleep. Do not be surprised if your sleep is slightly influenced.
  • Weight changes: Most people notice that they lose weight when they drop sugar consumption. Weight loss is generally due to the fact that people stop eating unhealthy foods and drinking beverages that are sugar-filled.

Sugar Withdrawal Duration: How long does it take?

There is no exact science suggesting that sugar withdrawal takes a specific amount of time. The duration for which you experience withdrawal symptoms will largely depend on you as a person. Some people are able to quickly adjust to functioning without sugar, while others may have a difficult time resisting cravings and the feelings that they get when they have something sugary.

Based on various experiences, most people do notice that they go through some sort of a withdrawal period when they drop sugar from their diet. However, the length of this withdrawal period is subject to variation. Some people felt considerably better and were virtually withdrawal-symptom free within a few days, while it took others up to a full month to feel completely natural and detoxified from sugar.

In general, it is thought that the reason people experience withdrawal symptoms in the first place is largely based on individual sensitivity as well as dopamine. When you stop consuming sugar, your dopamine levels may temporarily drop – leading to various psychological symptoms. To help address this problem, it is recommended to consume lean protein, fruits like blueberries and apples, as well as nuts for additional nutrients.

It is also recommended to avoid sugar-replacement products as these substances act similarly on the brain and can also have eerily similar discontinuation symptoms (e.g. aspartame withdrawal symptoms).  Additionally if you are a big soda drinker and/or like energy drinks, you could also be experiencing caffeine withdrawals; this is something to consider.  Most would agree that it’s up for debate as to whether there is even such thing as “sugar withdrawal” in the first place.

Some people don’t experience much of any noticeable change when they drop it from their diets, while others notice significant cognitive and psychological changes. If you have successfully weaned yourself off of sugar, feel free to share your experience in the comments section below.

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  • Jodie August 4, 2014, 3:25 pm

    I went sugar and gluten free 9 months ago. I had extreme withdrawal symptoms for nearly 2 weeks. I had anger outbursts, extreme fatigue, and headaches.

    • John February 24, 2015, 6:48 pm

      I had anxiety and panic feelings when I quit coffee and sugar (fast food) in the first week. Finally after 2 weeks I started feeling very calm and happy, with a lot more energy.

      • sp May 14, 2015, 11:33 am

        This is my second day without sugar and my head is aching almost to a breaking point. Hope I can cope with it.

        • Jess January 14, 2016, 7:31 am

          I feel like I could have written this statement. I’m on a day two as well and I have the worst headache the goes from the inside of my eye, through the top of my left side of my head. I feel like someone is shoving a pole in my head, through my eye. It hurts so bad! It feels good to massage it and to close it. My throat is sore too and I have flu like symptoms. I’m breastfeeding and was eating a lot of chocolate. It was a quick fix for when I was hungry. I’m hoping that the withdrawal process won’t take too long. I’m hitting the gym again, doing medications and eating right again. Feels good. Yay!

          • Tasha January 21, 2016, 1:41 pm

            This is day five of no sugar for me and the fatigue is driving me nuts. The headache lasted about three days and now I feel like I could sleep for days. I’m looking forward to getting over the hump.

          • Zoe February 5, 2016, 10:06 am

            Jess, How are you doing now? I am on day two I am breastfeeding too and have been craving chocolate ALL the time! Feel rough today, but then having a young baby doesn’t help!

          • Linda March 25, 2016, 4:17 pm

            I stopped all processed carbs and sugar 5 days ago. Doing the 10 day detox blood sugar diet. My headache is mild, but I’m getting horrible body aches, in back, hips, large muscles. No way to get comfortable. Did you get these too?

          • Mark March 28, 2016, 3:02 pm

            I am on day 3 of a major reduction in coffee, and sugar consumption. I’ve gone from about 20 cups, and .25 lbs sugar a day to .5 cup, and 2 teaspoon sugar. Severe neck cramps, headache,nausea; I drink the coffee w/ sugar in the morning after that I’ve been drinking a caffeinated green tea with honey for the rest of the day. I do not feel very good this morning either. Never realized how bad sugar is. Reading these post is encouraging. Thanks.

          • Brett March 30, 2016, 2:44 am

            Mark, when I quit coffee about three years ago I had the same symptoms for a long time, really challenging for the first couple of weeks and then feeling slightly vacant for the following 4 weeks. It does get better and before long you won’t need that coffee just to feel awake in the morning, keep it up!

        • Pablo April 6, 2016, 2:51 am

          That’s exactly how I feel. It’s my second day as well.

          • Sandra April 12, 2016, 7:55 pm

            I’m so glad to be reading these. I’m on day 2 but feel awful… Headache and just feeling rotten… it’s going to get better… thanks everyone… nice to know we are all going through the same reactions. DARN SUGAR.

        • Jarrod September 21, 2016, 3:10 am

          SAME! I have had a huge addiction to sugar, eating cookies or donuts every day along with tea or coffee. I’ve quit it all for only 3 days and I’ve had pounding headaches the entire time, along with low energy and with less ability to focus at work.

          • Helton September 24, 2016, 2:05 am

            I quit coffee gradually: I reduced caffeine intake by 25mg per 3 days, aiming at a total daily dose below 75mg. It worked perfectly. It took me more than a month to taper off, but since anecdotal reports say that cold turkey causes headaches for around 40 days, tapering off is necessary.

            It’s been months since then and I now enjoy better quality of sleep, with fewer hours, immediate energy in the morning for like 4 hours without even eating anything and so on. And the most important: through gradual reduction I had no withdrawal symptoms. No headaches. I was drinking coffee since 10 years old, for so many years, and I am finally free.

            When I want a boost, I prefer green tea or cocoa. Sometimes I drink a weak afternoon coffee if I feel really tired and it works as it should. For smokers: if you greatly reduce smoking, make sure to simultaneously reduce caffeine intake by half or you may get anxious and crave a cigarette. The reason is caffeine.

      • Janelle June 10, 2016, 3:11 am

        I’m on day 7 and I’m glad that I read this. I’m feeling lethargic today just like yesterday. I hope that in a week or two I’d be able to regain my energy.

        • Rose June 21, 2016, 10:12 pm

          I’m on Day 3! I’m glad it’s not just me. Headache is starting to fade. But definitely lethargic and having difficulty focusing and staying motivated. Good luck all!

    • Rachel July 16, 2015, 8:11 pm

      I’m glad you said that… I just got pregnant and have been so sick and depressed, lethargic, and headachey. But if I eat sugar I puke, so knowing that part of my symptoms might be from withdrawal helps my outlook a bit. Its been about two weeks since I’ve had any and I feel the anxiety lessening.

      • L October 22, 2015, 11:18 am

        The Comments here are a great help. I Have experienced very similar feelings and emotions. Keep it up everyone as the benefits far outweigh the efforts made. : ) : ).

        • Kayla November 14, 2015, 2:15 am

          I am a kid I am 9 years old and I have celiac disease I have a major headache right now and it’s really hurting I’ve been starting to cry and I feel very dizzy. I hope you guys can make it through it. Just pray to God and you guys just remember he is always with you. I have cut off sugar for four days and still feeling really bad, you guys should try bone broth it’s really good for you. For dinner and lunch but for breakfast add fried egg to bone broth soup. On the road to healing recovery.

          • lea December 29, 2015, 2:50 pm

            Hi there! How is your journey going so far? Your comment made me smile, as you sound like a very smart young lady! Hope all is well… happy New Year!

          • Terri January 8, 2016, 5:26 am

            Kayla, Thank you for your kind words. God is the only way we can do anything…right? I am praying for you and speak blessings into your life in Jesus name. God bless!

          • Renetha January 8, 2016, 6:57 pm

            Your comment is my favorite. Your faith in God and your positive outlook is so refreshing. You have my prayers.

          • Alice January 17, 2016, 1:50 pm

            Thank you for your comment. I was feeling down, but your bravery & trust in God gives me strength. Keep holding on. May your life be blessed.

          • Heath January 20, 2016, 12:54 pm

            Hi Kayla I have just become diabetic and I am scared coming of of regular Pepsi as I panic every time I try to. Your words are a great inspiration. One verse I always remember in the Bible is “with God all things are possible.” I pray that you and me and everyone else is successful and never gets trapped in the sugar cycle again. In Jesus name, Amen.

        • Julie April 1, 2016, 1:31 pm

          I have been a sugar addict since a baby. My poor mother without realizing what she was doing fed me with sugary drinks (Delarosa at the time, I am a 60’s child) sweets, desserts etc. At two years old my front teeth came through black, and I was bereft of my teeth for a number of years, needless to say, I have spent my life in the dentist chair, and suffered psychologically for it.

          When I had my own children, I decided that I would not feed them sweets or fizzy drinks, controlled all of their sugar intake whenever possible. I didn’t deny them completely, but interestingly as they have grown up, (all 4 of them) they all have beautiful teeth, keep regular 6 month checks and have no fillings. I was not so lucky.

          Interestingly, my mother when visiting would constantly bring bagfulls of sweets and chocolate, feeling that they were missing out. I am now the other side of 50, have kept ultra fit for most of my adult life and never been on a diet. However, I have now decided to give up sugar (not completely but 99%, I have honey and Xylitol) and follow a ‘Paleo way of life. I have never felt better.

          I would recommend everyone find out more about this way of eating. I recently met a woman who had lived ‘Paleo’ for the last 20 years. She was a young, fit, spritely 65 years, or so I thought. You can imagine how speechless I was when she told me she was 80 years old. For Diabetics, and celiac’s you will be amazed at what you can eat if you check out Paleo recipes. Thank you for reading.

          • Beth May 21, 2016, 9:12 pm

            Your story made me feel so good! I come from a lifetime of sugar addiction and am 21 days into quitting. I am also a new mom and my inspiration is my baby and wanting to ensure a healthier way of life for her and also be a healthy, active mom! I want to be that 80 year old!!!!

    • Andre February 15, 2016, 2:31 am

      I have been sugar-free for six days now and it’s been pretty tough. I’m 30 years old and at least one or two cans of sugar drinks a day throughout my life. How did you feel after nine months of going gluten and sugar-free ?

  • Diana September 16, 2014, 5:42 pm

    I am trying to eat a more healthy diet for dental health reasons. About 4 days ago, I stopped eating sugar..and this is a person that had no problem eating a swiss roll for breakfast. I am experiencing headaches as of yesterday. I decided to check the Internet and came across your site. I have no plans of eating all that crap anymore. Hopefully, all these symptons will go away soon.

    • Luke July 28, 2015, 6:42 am

      Hi, I halved my sugar intake last week, felt ok, but this week have cut it out, and have a massive headache, glad that it’s not just me.

    • Chris September 3, 2015, 9:01 pm

      I also stopped all sugar consumption because of dental health reasons. I think I had a pretty good dental health routine but I guess I just consumed way too much sugar (per week 10 oz of chocolate + 1lb ice cream). So it got to a point where I had to get 2 root canals and that just was a horrible experience at the age of 28. At that point I stopped all sugar consumption and basically also the consumption of processed foods and carbohydrates (except for lots of vegetables and a little bit of fruits).

      Now two weeks of sugar which did not feel so bad. I tried to get of sugar before but I think I first had to have some really bad consequences before I could deal with it. Right now I think I can stay off of sugar for good :). (Sorry, not a native English speaker).

  • Manuel Flores November 23, 2014, 4:13 am

    I’m on week number one of having completely stopped eating sugar. I am currently experiencing daily headaches and having problems falling and staying asleep. The headaches are so consistent that I am taking 2 pills of Advil every fours-six hours. Last night, just to ensure that the headaches are being caused by sugar withdrawal, I purposely ate a half spoon of sugar and immediately my headache went away. I am staying the course and will endure these headaches, which are not severe, just annoying, and hopefully I will stay sugar free from now on.

    • Mieke January 1, 2015, 8:04 am

      Hi Manuel, I just wanted to say about your having problems falling asleep, my sister and I have started on sugar free diets, my sister is one and half weeks ahead of me I’m in day 2. Over the lat 2 years though we have radically changed our diets and found that a good grade Magnesium will help you sleep, most people are lacking in magnesium in a big way with muscle cramping, muscle ticks, general nervousness, try it out you may find this helpful, sweet dreams.

      • Alison January 14, 2016, 11:48 pm

        Hi. You mentioned taking magnesium for sugar withdrawal, I suffer with anxiety and when I have stopped eating sugar in the past I get more anxious and nervous than normal. Should I buy magnesium in tablet form? Do I need to consult my GP as I am on loads of tablets? Thanks, Alison

        • Nads January 20, 2016, 2:20 am

          Definitely take Magnesium and Chromium which also helps with sugar cravings. I previously went without sugar for 3 months, but fell off the wagon and am 6 days in, been OK, but headachy today. I drink a glass of water with half a teaspoon of Pink Himalayan salt in it for the headache, works every time! I also have a bath with Epsom salts once a week, it’s a godsend!

        • tarasdsu February 19, 2016, 10:37 pm

          Natural Calm is a magnesium drink that my OB recommended for headaches in pregnancy. It is supposed to be a good product. I got it at Whole Foods.

        • Jimmy August 29, 2016, 10:58 pm

          If you are going to take Magnesium, then you have to take the High Absorption 100% chelated Magnesium with glycine and lysine. Otherwise you are wasting your money. I got this from a specialist who gives this advice (along with much more) within a $300.00 evaluation to set you on the path to health.

          The tablets are not very expensive, I get mine online with Amazon prime for around $15 for 240 tablets and I imagine most stores have it. I didn’t take it for sugar withdrawal (though I have quit sugar) but for a healthy heartbeat, more metabolic energy, enhancing nerve function, and to help my muscles relax. All of those should help your anxiety and nervousness Alison. Best of luck, Jimmy

      • Drew July 11, 2016, 5:18 pm

        How much Magnesium should one take?

    • Gigi March 26, 2016, 8:40 pm

      I am tapering my sugar. I first cut out as much processed food with added sugar. For example I normally have vanilla creamer in my coffee. It was hard but I quit that and now have a tsp of sugar. Gradually I hope to drink it without any sugar.

      • Robyn April 12, 2016, 12:28 am

        Hi Gigi. That’s how I’ve started as well. Cutting out processed food. I have found a great soy milk – Bonsoy – which is very drinkable but I still can’t drink tea without some sugar. After six weeks I still feel terrible. Most headaches are gone but I still get some. I have terrible mood swings that I’ve never had and I sweat a lot. I feel like ripping out of my skin and of course, then I get anxious and irritated. I was ready to quit but after reading all these comments, I’ll keep trying! Good luck to you too.

  • Ang December 2, 2014, 4:54 am

    I went sugar free about a week and half ago. No headaches or anything like that, but for 2 full days–I felt like I was going to have some sort of fit just due to stress, it felt like I had a real heavy ball of stress sitting on my chest and balling up in my stomach. Day 3, it was gone. Other than that, by day 5 my cravings had went wayyyy down, and I dont feel like I’m craving it now, and I feel physically and emotionally GOOD.

    Best of all, the brain fog I usually suffer from is GONE! I would like to add here that I have been eating like 1-3 bananas a day, it really seems like the bananas are so sweet they do the trick, but maybe thats too many bananas? I don’t know, but they can’t be worse than a doughnut, a couple pieces of cake, etc (which would have been my normal daily sugar!).

    • Paula Flaherty January 20, 2015, 8:21 pm

      I have been noticing a pattern whenever I drink soda, my fibromyalgia pain would increase. So I have been without sugar for 2 days and am experiencing: headaches, fatigue, and feeling crappy!

      • Erika Ortega December 6, 2015, 7:02 pm

        The body pain gets worse at first, but then it stops when you completely withdraw from sugar.

      • Jen D February 19, 2016, 5:44 pm

        How are you feeling now, Paula? Are you still sugar free, and how long has it been? (I couldn’t find dates on this link, or the comments) I have Multiple Sclerosis and experience chronic pain in my chest wall, right shoulder, neck and back from Costochondritis. I’m on day 3 (still morning) of my sugar detox where I went cold turkey, and somewhat extreme – no fruit or simple carbs (no white bread, white rice, etc) for me for the first 3 weeks, then I’ll add fruit, but will stay away from simple carbs.

        So far my pain levels haven’t changed, but I’ve had more energy! I’ve also had hot flashes for the first time starting on day 2, but not too bothersome. I’ve had headaches and bad brain fog, but that started before I quit and may be MS related. I also suffer from frequent migraines anyway. I’ve lost a few lbs, which doesn’t hurt!

        Last night (night 2) I found a family member’s stash of Girl Scout cookies, in my 2 favorite flavors, and it was the first real temptation I’ve had. I stayed strong, but was grouchy for most of the evening. I was actually a bit hungry, so I ate a bowl of puffed brown rice cereal with a little bit of milk and unsweetened coconut flakes, and it helped. Dairy products have natural sugar, as do tomatoes, so I’m limiting those.

        Everyone detoxing: be sure to drink lots of extra water during the process!! It helps flush out the toxins, may help you feel less “hangry”, and avoids dehydration, which also leads to headaches. If you can’t stand the taste, add a little lemon juice and force yourself. I know from experience that once you get used to water, and go without soda/pop, juices, milk, etc. – you won’t miss them.

        Water tastes clean and refreshing to me now, and I rarely drink anything else. (Desserts & candy are my weakness!) I couldn’t stand plain water for the first half of my life. Anyone else with autoimmune diseases: if you haven’t read about Dr Terry Wahl’s story, Google her! She went from running in marathons, climbing mountains, etc, to being diagnosed with MS that progressed rapidly, despite the best meds and top medical treatments.

        When she was confined to a zero gravity chair most of the time she started researching how diet can contribute to autoimmune diseases, and she experimented and found that a strict paleo diet pretty much reversed her symptoms! She’s now active again and no longer taking MS meds! That’s what motivated me to go sugar free, to start. I was eating way too much junk food. I may try paleo if I can handle SF long term.

        Best of luck, all! I believe it will be worth it in the end!

        • Jano Brindisi March 10, 2016, 1:51 am

          Jen D! Talk to me! We have been living parallel diet lives! I cut out sugar and wheat and most carbs (besides some berries and milk) went through about a week of “low carb flu” and now I am feeling so much better than I have in years and so much energy. Loved reading your comment. I hope you are still doing great! Thanks for your sharing.

    • Susan March 8, 2015, 4:36 pm

      There are 14 grams of sugar in a medium banana so if you are trying to quit sugar, that is not a good thing to be eating.

      • SD April 28, 2015, 9:30 pm

        The difference is that whole fruits have fiber that changes how and how fast the sugar is broken down. Natural sugar in whole foods compared to natural sugar in juices, refined sugar and sugar substitutes are very different.

      • Kristi August 25, 2015, 1:59 pm

        I was told to avoid bananas and watermelon.

      • Tracey October 17, 2015, 12:26 am

        It is recommended to eat a piece of fruit after your meals when kicking sugar because the type of sugar found in fruits convert differently than processed sugars.

      • jessica December 9, 2015, 12:09 am

        Bananas are fine! The body knows what to do with these natural sugars!

      • Anne January 14, 2016, 9:51 am

        Every 1 teaspoon of sugar is 4 grams just to put things in context. I am on day two and so far only symptom is not sleeping. I have melatonin if I need it. Also Holy Basil sometimes called Tulsi is herbal and great for anxiety and as someone said above, chetelated magnesium. Solar is a good brand. Excellent for both digestion, nerves, and helps absorption of calcium. Pot barley is excellent also as it removes cholesterol from the body.

        • Barbara Alteri January 21, 2016, 11:06 pm

          Thanks for the good info… I will try the Tulsi for anxiety.

      • Brooke January 23, 2016, 3:34 am

        Actually, it’s perfectly fine to eat any and as much fruit as you like when quitting sugar. The sugar in fruit is fructose, and combined with the fibre and nutrients in fruit your body metabolizes this in a completely different way. I went through sugar withdrawal when half my diet was fruit. Not all sugar is the same. Eat as much fruit as you like!

    • kerry March 18, 2015, 6:04 am

      The Sugar Buster diet has bananas off limits but they do say green bananas (less ripe) are okay because they are lower in sugar. I agree, they are better than cake or doughnuts but be careful as they do still contain a larger amount of (natural) sugar.

    • Gail July 16, 2015, 10:24 pm

      Hi Ang- While bananas are certainly not a donught they are high glycemic load meaning they turn into glucose in your blood stream quickly. Apples, pears and cherries are better.

      • Andi April 22, 2016, 12:43 pm

        I’ve recently cut out all sugar, grains, and dairy, all of which contribute to Candida overgrowth. About three years ago I started gaining quite a bit of weight, and then starting getting heartburn quite frequently. It got so bad that just about anything I ate created acid. I went to an Internist, had an endoscopy and colonoscopy.

        They found ulcers in my esophagus and the lining was starting to thicken, which can lead to esophageal cancer. The internist gave me a prescription for Pantoprezal and that seemed to briefly cure the acid, but after a short while it came back. The internist didn’t help very much with the CAUSE, on fixed the SYMPTOMS temporarily. I was starting to be depressed and lethargic.

        Even though I’ve always eaten a fairly healthy diet, no sodas, junk food, not much red meat, I’ve always had sugar cravings and would eat sugar mostly late at night after getting the munchies – chocolate ice cream, Trader Joe’s ginger snap cookies, etc. Feeling a bit hopeless, not fitting in to old clothes, dealing with the acidity, and being moody, anxious, and not to mention higher blood pressure which can be dangerous, I’ve finally decided to get to the root of it.

        Candida overgrowth can adversely affect your body in so many ways. Research it and you’ll see what it does to your overall health. For the past week I’ve cut out all sugar, except for fruits that have a lower glycemic value like strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and kiwi. I also cold-turkeyed dairy and grains for the time being and have been having all of the withdrawal symptoms, flu-like aches and pains, brain fog, lethargy, bloating, and the night before last I woke up in the middle of the night feeling like the top of my head would explode.

        It was the worst headache I ever experienced. I panicked and thought that I had messed with my body’s PH balance or something. I took to Advil, drank water and tried doing deep breathing techniques. In the morning I was so tired and feeling horrible, but stuck with the plan, drank lemon water, had some strawberries and blackberries, and also ate some chickpeas that I had in the fridge marinating in lemon and garlic with a bit of salt thinking that the berries would help my blood sugar levels, and the beans with a little salt would help my electrolytes. It did.

        I’ve been trying to drink as much water with lemon as possible, and for two nights in a row have had a cup of Smooth Move tea before going to bed to help my body rid itself of toxins as quickly as possible. That is KEY, getting the toxins created by the old diet out, and getting rid of the Candida fungus as they die off as quickly out of your body as possible, and those herbal teas help tremendously.

        The Candida die-off can get into your bloodstream, brain and wreak havoc. The dead fungus creates a chemical reaction, again, research and you’ll see. I’ve ordered Candex and Candistat online to help me detoxify and kill the Candida that feeds off of sugar, grains and ANY starchy carbs. Today I’ve woken up feeling much better than yesterday.

        I’ll continue eating all of the vegetables that I want excluding any starchy veggies, fruits like the ones mentioned earlier, no dairy for the time being but I will add yogurt and/or kefir at some point to help rebuild good gut flora, but not until the Candida is gone. I also am eating almonds, walnuts, and avocados, coconut oil and olive oil for healthy fats, chickpeas and mung beans for protein, temporarily until I decide whether or not to add healthy meats that are organic, grass-fed, or free range without hormones and antibiotics.

        I use only herbs that are anti inflammatory for the time being – lots of garlic because it is a blood cleanser, and ginger root are my go-to herbs. Turmeric is also good. Read about the health benefits of ginger. You’ll be amazed. I will continue to drink lots of purified or bottled water with lemon – I cut up lemon and put it into my water and keep it in the fridge.

        By the way, I’m not drinking any alcohol or caffeine. I know it’s a lot to give up but this time I’m determined to get my health, energy, and beauty back. To sum it up, the goal is to detoxify and rid the body of Candida, get rid of inflammatory acids by eating ant inflammatory diet, then work on building good gut flora using high-grade probiotics and continuing on with a healthy lifestyle. Exercise it is a key component after going through the initial detox.

        I hope this long-winded post inspires you to keep fighting the fight. Stay strong. The withdrawal and healing process can be tough, but if you stick with it you’ll change your life. Peace and love to all.

    • Amy January 3, 2016, 7:26 pm

      Hi! Well done! The only thing I’d say is to be careful on the amount of bananas you eat as they contain potassium and I’m sure I’ve read somewhere that too much potassium is bad for you? I’m not certain but it’s worth checking out? Good luck! :)

      • Jason January 18, 2016, 5:48 pm

        Actually, potassium is a necessary nutrient and people don’t get enough of it. Bananas are a good source.

      • Heath January 21, 2016, 1:52 pm

        To much potassium can cause a paralyzed effect as that happened to my mom, but she was on potassium pill which I am sure is stronger then bananas. I feel it is good to drink plenty of water to aid in coming off sugar.

    • Linda August 28, 2016, 8:23 pm

      Hi Ang – I’m thinking the potassium in the bananas is helping you feel better! What a great thing for you to discover and share here as we all suffer from sugar/caffeine withdrawal!

  • Yaz December 3, 2014, 3:07 pm

    Ok. I did not realize the headaches were from trying to quit sugar… SO… I quit sugar for 2 days, including bread/rice/fruit/pasta. I tried to stick to meat and VEGGIES. Lots of them. I started feeling like CRAP! No energy. AT ALL! So I googled the symptoms of sugar withdrawal, and apparently, like coffee, SUGAR is so addictive our bodies may or may not have a REALLY hard time letting go of it. I mean I have been brain dead, not to forget I totally lost my appetite for food AND life mind you. I did keep taking my iron supplements and vitamin D.

    I couldn’t take the DEAD no ENERGY feeling anymore. So I “experimented” with a single serving of homemade PECAN PIE. OMG… I know, I failed this round, but now that I know the symptoms of severe fatigue may/were related to quitting sugar, maybe I can find some coping secrets and actually succeed this time? I am dead set on beating this DRUG addiction. I am usually an extremely high energy person. I bet it will all come back once I am done with the withdrawal period. I’ll keep you posted.

    • Maryann December 4, 2014, 5:08 am

      This is all amazing what I’m reading. I am realizing too that every time I stay off sugary foods for a few days I feel like crap. Head-achy, foggy, no energy. Today I just had a few semi sweet chocolate chips and my headache went away and I feel “normal” again. Hard to believe. I’ve read that sugar addiction is worse than cocaine addiction for some. I tend to be a very sensitive person about my environment, air I breathe, etc. Amazing.

    • Shauna March 26, 2015, 1:01 pm

      YAZ, How are you doing? I am 15 days in and I am struggling with the fatigue. My cravings are subsiding and manageable, but this lack of energy is killing me1 I have 2 jobs, 2 little kids, and a husband who works A LOT. AGH! Just curious if you stuck with it. Thanks, Shauna.

      • Laurel July 31, 2015, 4:02 am

        10 days in and SO tired. Headaches, insomnia. Glad to be rid of this addictive drug. But looking forward to getting energy back. I do miss my sugar rush!

    • Ellina July 3, 2015, 10:42 pm

      Yes, keep us posted Yaz, I’ve just completed day 5 and still getting day long headaches and insomnia. Stay determined!

    • Amy October 15, 2015, 9:17 pm

      I am 4 days into cutting sugar and carbs from my diet. I have felt extremely fatigued also. I have found that a vitiman B supplement helps me some. Hope this helps you too!

    • Kelley November 11, 2015, 10:57 pm

      Try taking a multivitamin and exercise at least 30 min a day, walking after a meal, or free weights. I’m just on my first day and I’m doing this for 16 weeks. Sounds like a lot of people are having a hard time. But you can eat fruit make a smoothie. Good Luck Everyone!!

  • Lisa December 6, 2014, 5:31 pm

    I stopped sugar completely 4 days ago. Had the headache for a day or so and now I am experiencing flu symptoms. I am achy all over, irritable, easy to anger. More so on the weekend when I am able to take off my mask. I find that eating protein helps and I allow myself a sugar-free cocoa at night before bed. Sleeping is fine and I think that is due to weekly acupuncture. I’ll ask my acupuncturist to treat the withdrawal symptoms tomorrow and post again if it helps. I’m looking forward to getting this monkey off of my back! Hopefully forever…

    • Molly sun May 20, 2015, 3:42 pm

      I am two weeks in and have flu like symptoms along with the anger. My body temperature runs from 98 to 101.6. My joints hurt and I feel bloated. I consumed around 400 g of sugar daily and I quit cold turkey because of going vegan. Dairy has a lot of sugar. Glad I am doing it, but hoping I get through it in the next week. Never had to quit anything before and now have a better understanding of addicts.

  • Simone December 9, 2014, 8:41 am

    I have had IBS symptoms for so long, I can’t remember when they started. I’m slim but could look 7 months pregnant by the afternoon, no matter how little I ate. The constant constipation, bloating followed by diarrhea and never having energy made me feel there was something seriously wrong. I went to have a few colonics and found out I was battling a sugar over growth.

    I used to eat a few chocolate bars a day, roasted fruit to go with my yogurt, I thought the amount of chocolate I ate wasn’t too bad… For the last 3 weeks I have been taking Olive Leaf Extract to help get rid of parasites feeding off sugar in my system causing the bloat, coconut oil also helps. Last week I shocked myself – I saw chocolates and cake at work in the staff room for everyone to have and I actually didn’t have one thing and didn’t crave any of it.

    A month ago I would have vacuumed half the chocs. I haven’t had sweets for two weeks, except 85% dark choc and the odd mango. I don’t even fancy my usual cup of tea with one sugar in the morning any more. On the downside, at this stage I feel depressed, my brain fog is strong – walking around the house like I’m on tranquilizers. No appetite, just a kind of hopelessness. I’m still constipated and bloated, I hope this will regulate itself in time.

    • Grey November 28, 2015, 10:57 pm

      Simone, sugar addiction is pretty common, but please also go talk to your OB/GYN about the symptoms. IBS is not the only issue that causes these symptoms. It’s rare enough, but ovarian cancer has very few symptoms. The symptoms it usually causes: constipation and diarrhea both, bloating, fatigue, urinary frequency, unexplained vaginal bleeding/spotting. It can also make you feel full quickly when eating in later stages and pressure or pain in the abdomen (also later stages).

      Look, whenever anyone has a physical issue, we all look on the internet and think “wow, I’ve got cancer!” Likely, your IBS symptoms could be an allergy, or celiac disease untreated, or just IBS. But, if you are female and having symptoms like these just go see your OB/GYN and ask them to rule it out. One ultrasound could be important to you.

    • Jen D February 19, 2016, 6:10 pm

      Simone, have you tried taking a daily probiotic to help with IBS? I don’t have it, but started having similar digestion problems over the past year. (Probably from poor diet and maybe aggravated by my Multiple Sclerosis). I started with Culturelle, but didn’t really see any improvement.

      When I went through a couple of weeks without gluten, and later went without soy, I worried about soy being in so many supplements, so I found the Renew Life brand called Ultimate Flora (in a blue bottle). I take the 50 billion formula, and hardly ever experience any upset anymore, when I had daily issues before! It’s expensive, but worth it! If I miss a day or two, I feel it.

      I buy it on Amazon, which is the best price I’ve found. Check out the reviews. But I’ve also seen it at Natural Grocers (in the refrigerated supplements section at my local store), Walgreens and WalMart. (Not refrigerated, on the shelf – just be sure to refrigerate after opening to get the best results). I hope you’ll stick with your detox and feel better soon!

  • Beth December 15, 2014, 3:16 pm

    I just stopped obvious added sugar 3 days ago. I had a splitting headache all weekend. That along with nausea, fogginess, and homicidal irritability is enough to convince me that I am one of those who truly has a physical addiction to sugar.

    • Nikki January 7, 2016, 8:18 pm

      I’m so glad to see someone besides me with nausea!! I was worrying there was something else wrong with me. It’s almost like a stomach flu. Hope you feel better soon

  • Sierra December 16, 2014, 12:30 am

    I’m on day three of giving up sugar (again). I stopped eating it last year but it krept back in and I got totally addicted again. I have young kids so it is easy to go to coffee and chocolate for a much needed energy boost. But I know it leaves me drained, grouchy, stressed, and is awful for me. So now I am putting my foot down, again. I am feeling grouchy, tired, having restless sleep at night, even feeling out of breath and tight in my chest. I know it gets better though…stick it out and you’ll feel and look so much better. My skin already looks better and the cravings aren’t as bad as when I was eating sugar all day. (Eating it makes you keep craving it). Eating yams and sweet potatoes help-good, complex energy.

  • Lee December 16, 2014, 6:02 am

    I recently was quite sick with bronchitis and it destroyed my appetite, when I started getting better I decided that I would focus on eating healthy and getting my fruits and veggies and vitamins. Unfortunately, I had been eating really badly for the past year, having sugary snacks pretty much every night and I didn’t realise how addicted I was.
    These past two weeks have been a mess of irritability and mood swings, and the past few days I’ve definitely felt something akin to a depressive episode (but very mild). I’m glad to hear that I’m not going crazy, a friend of mine told me I seemed to be going through sugar withdrawals but I didn’t realise they could be so strong.

    • I.B. June 1, 2015, 11:52 am

      I didn’t realize they could be so strong too!

  • Kathryn December 16, 2014, 9:33 pm

    I gave up sugar last December after seeing my Dad die due to complications from Diabetes. My withdrawal symptoms lasted for almost two weeks; headaches, fatigue, anxiety, and just a feeling of coming out of my skin. I kept 86% dark chocolate and fruit on hand to calm my cravings. Let me tell you…it was the best thing I ever did for myself! Almost every aspect of my life has improved! I highly recommend it! Now, I only have sugar occasionally. Good luck to those of you trying to break your sugar addiction! Your efforts will be rewarded 10 fold!

    • Ellina July 3, 2015, 10:54 pm

      Thank you Kathryn! Your experience and words of encouragement are really needed right now!

  • Ariel Miller December 19, 2014, 1:31 am

    I had to cut sugar due to being diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes. I’m 33 weeks pregnant and was eating a cup of noodles for lunch almost everyday before and hamburger helper or fast food for dinners, with cereal as a snack. (Totally unhealthy I know). So now that I’m limiting total carbs to 15g per serving with no more than 3 servings per meal and having to eat protein to balance them I’m getting the worst headaches. I cut all sweets and am being good about which carbs I eat but still, it’s bad. I’ve also had mood swings and have snapped at my husband a few times (sorry honey). Tonight when the headache was relieved by eating a little I thought I should look into possible sugar withdrawal symptoms and sure enough. Makes me scared to feed my child sugar when he gets here. I plan on eating much healthier from now on. Silver lining to the diagnosis I suppose.

    • Tania May 7, 2015, 11:08 pm

      Ariel the stuff you’ve been going through certainly makes you think about the little kids in the supermarket who chuck a major spaz-out when denied a sweet treat. Yes, it’s got a behavioral component – what little kid doesn’t… but the behavioral component is not just parenting; it’s chemical. FEEEEED me Leroy! (Little Shop of Horrors). Good luck with your new non-addicted baby!

      • goodtxgirl October 29, 2015, 1:17 pm

        LOL it’s Seymour :) – Feed me Seymour

  • Finnboy December 25, 2014, 4:17 pm

    Went cold turkey three weeks ago. Before that, consumed 3 liters of coke per day plus sweets on top of that. Feeling much happier, lost loads of weight, but mood changes are pretty severe still. I get irritated easily, but it’s definitely the withdrawal. Still craving for sweets & cola, but holding on strong! Still have my last soda in the fridge (I was planning to drink it if going gets bad).

  • Yo! December 29, 2014, 6:27 pm

    I consumed 1.5 Liter of coke per day for about a week. Jumped down consuming more healthy meals & half a glass of coke per day. I experience severe anxiety about things I’m stressed about normally. I feel tired to the point where I think my life will be miserable forever. I experience increased irritability. I feel extremely fatigued during my weight lifting workouts. I experience mood swings about twice per day. I feel as if my mind is a mess that I cannot use in my favor. I experienced headaches the morning I mostly quit the sugar. I feel sadness. I feel no cravings, I feel good about this and it’ll all be worth it!

  • D January 6, 2015, 8:27 pm

    I’m glad I found this website, I honestly feels like I’m slowly dying and I’m only on my second day of no sugar. I can’t stop thinking of cupcakes and chocolate but at the same time I feel so disgusted that I’ve allowed myself to become so attached to it. I’ve been sleeping for most of the day, my mind is foggy, I feel drained just from typing right now. I feel like a zombie, or hungover or something. Someone mentioned they had dark chocolate to curb their cravings so maybe I’ll try some today.

    • samantha January 20, 2015, 6:32 pm

      I am experiencing the same thing right now; day 2 and I can’t even think straight. I need to persevere though, something that is this hard to get off of needs to go. How’d the rest of the time go for you?

      • Lisa B. October 18, 2015, 5:24 pm

        It’s been a month of no refined sugar. I still eat some carbs. I had the same wild symptoms just like all of you did. The lingering symptom I still have is no desire or energy to do anything. Got the B and C vitamins going. Gonna start magnesium today. Been in my house dress for a week. This is so not me. I want my active self back!!! Wondering if the carbs are prolonging my withdrawal symptoms. Does anyone have a word on that??

  • A January 7, 2015, 3:14 pm

    Today has been such a bad day. Day 2 of low carb and no sugar. I am so happy I found this website. I am experiencing flu like symptoms mostly like I have a sore throat. My head is aching but the more water I take, the better I feel. I have no energy at all and my boyfriend had to make dinner. Good luck everyone. We can do this.

    • Amy February 4, 2015, 2:25 am

      I have had the exact same symptoms and am on day 2 as well. Hoping that it gets better from here. Today I have felt achy, sore throat, and crashed from fatigue this afternoon.

    • Tifffany March 11, 2015, 6:05 am

      Omg… me too. I having the same things as a lot of these posts. I thought I was dying from some mysterious illness. I’ve even been to the hospital and they said nothing about this. I didn’t think to mention that I had completely changed my diet and eating habits. I have hope cause although this is bad I can deal with it for 2 weeks. I thought I was gonna have to be like this forever. I was even thinking of having myself committed. It has been so bad!

    • Naomi October 6, 2015, 11:29 am

      I feel your pain! I woke up this morning after no sleep last night because one minute I was hot, the next I was cold- I actually went and ate half a muffin and a glass of cordial just to see if things would calm down, and they did, to the flu like symptoms this morning, just like you mainly a sore throat. I now have a killer headache (I’ve never really had headaches but I think I’m going to rip my head off) to no energy and lack of being able to focus on anything. Makes me wonder how much abuse I have actually given my body. I said to my partner today I feel for anyone addicted to something because these side effects are pretty crappy. Stick at it! You’re doing awesome! Look forward to hearing how you go!

      • Lisa October 22, 2015, 3:11 am

        Are you still sugar-free? I am on day 3 and I feel like crap! It helps to see that I’m not alone and my symptoms are real. I’m not having bad cravings, mainly because I feel like I have the flu. UGH!

  • Mel January 9, 2015, 3:47 am

    Quit sugar 3 days ago. Still consuming lots of fruit & veggies and increased nuts/legumes which seems to be helping. I have been getting headaches early afternoon which is when I would normal have a sugar binge! Plus side, I have been sleeping better & have a sharper mind for sure. Let’s just hope I can keep it up…having serious cravings so that will be the hardest part of this challenge.

    • Shayla September 17, 2015, 9:12 pm

      In the last couple of days, I have been getting headaches in the early afternoon as well, also around the same time I would usually maow on chocolate and sweet treats! I work a desk job and I used to munch out of boredom and now I’m trying to make healthier choices mostly for my weight. This is day 4 now and I sure hope that I can push through the headaches, turning stomach, cravings and exhaustion. I know I will be better for it in the end.

      • Lj February 19, 2016, 11:33 pm

        I’m on day two of no sugar and I’ve been so sick and lacking energy. I’ve had a headache too. I’m hoping it’ll be worth it.

  • Jq January 9, 2015, 3:53 am

    I am so happy I found this site I gave up sugar 3 months ago it was so hard! Has flu like symptoms irritability and severe headaches lasted about a week. After my skin looked so much better and I felt my mind so much clearer like a veil had been lifted I could not believe it. I fell off the wagon during the holidays. My biggest problem is soda and juice. My husband says he will give it up with me so we will start tomorrow so we can go through the worst part during the weekend. Wish us luck! So hard but so worth it.

  • Sophie January 10, 2015, 3:59 pm

    I’m 10 days into a cold turkey. Suffering is not the word. I can deal with the anger, anxiety, cravings, everything, but 4 days in I’m zapped with fatigue and I can’t do anything. My legs and arms just refuse. I’m normally at the gym 6 days a week and lead a very active lifestyle otherwise, this is killing me…is it normal?

    How long should it last? My mind is also completely clogged, I expected the opposite. I’m starting to think I’ve gone too extreme (no fruits either) but I don’t want to go back now! I’ve got a great diet now of just veg, meat and nuts plus fish oils, magnesium, Vit D, probiotics and a good multivitamin. How can I get my muscles moving again?! Help!

    • GLOOM January 10, 2015, 7:08 pm

      Hey Sophie, could be more difficult being that you went off of it cold turkey. If you’re at the gym a lot, you may need a bit of sugar (of some kind) depending on the exercises, intensity, and duration. This article is more aimed at those kicking refined sugars from their diet.

      You may want to reintroduce some fruits into your diet (e.g. mixed berries). Your overall diet may be a bit too extreme as well (like you suspected), but since I am not a dietitian and nor do I know all the details of your diet, this isn’t really the platform to give advice.

      • Sophie January 11, 2015, 9:14 pm

        OK, anyway thank you for the advice, I’ll try that.

    • Colene April 2, 2015, 10:48 am

      Hey Sophie, I may be wrong but I see nothing wrong in getting your sugar naturally with a little fruit. Fruit is full of micronutrients. I’ve been following Dr. fuhrman’s eating plan and I have headaches but other than that I’m good. There’s lots of free info on the web. Just google him. Good luck and hang in there!

    • Wendy October 6, 2015, 2:35 am

      Omg, me too. My arms feel like lead weights. Just washing dishes, I have to stop a minute and rest my arms.

  • Kris January 12, 2015, 11:33 pm

    I have completely cut sugar from my diet for the last two days and I am on a protein only phase for three days. Today is my second day and I am experiencing extreme nausea, headaches, shakes and mood swings. I can relate to most of the side effects listed! Let’s hope it doesn’t take too long.

  • De Arya Van Aacken January 13, 2015, 4:27 am

    I quit added sugar 8 days ago I am having flu like symptoms nausea, severe gas frequent bowl movements. Also anxiety even though I am on prozac. I quit smoking a few months ago and as hard as that was sugar is harder. I am committed to my health and believe the withdrawal is better than the various diseases I can get with continued use. I noticed my iced coffee had 47 grams of sugar! Sugar substitutes are also gone. What is helping is my spice rack. Cinnamon and nutmeg are a life saver.

  • Heather January 16, 2015, 2:29 am

    O.M.G. I had my last coke last night and this afternoon/evening are truly torture!! The pressure in my head, slurred words, I can’t think through the fog, the ‘ton of bricks’ feeling in my shoulders and I could go on about the fatigue, lethargy, irritability etc. I consumed between 10 and 20 12 oz cans a day. So, I think I have a double whammy of sugar and caffeine withdrawal. However, when I’ve tried other caffeine sources like chocolate or coffee, I don’t get the same buzz. So, my conclusion is that my body is addicted to sugar and I have to find some alternatives. Any suggestions would be welcomed as I want to feel better. Thanks!

    • Cathy February 23, 2015, 8:51 pm

      Heather, if you were drinking 120-240 oz of soda a day, you might want to taper down rather than go cold turkey if you get to a point that you can’t handle the withdrawal symptoms. Like do a week of 60-120oz, then the next week do 30-60 oz, and then the next week just 15 oz a day… THEN try to quit? But if you can handle the current withdrawals, it’s worth it! :) Don’t give up – find some method that works for you! (I’m on day 6 of my eliminating added sugar – again… LOL). Pepsi and chocolate are my downfalls, so I’m with ya!

    • Jen D February 19, 2016, 8:11 pm

      Heather, if you’re not also trying to cut out caffeine along with the sugar, at least not at the same time, talk to your doctor and find out if it’s safe for you to take caffeine supplements, such as NoDoz. I used one each morning the first time I cut sugar and simple carbs from my diet, and it helped a lot! It kicked in, for me, in a half hour or less, and helped curb my appetite some, as well as cravings.

      My headaches weren’t as bad either. Other things that might help during a detox, or to get past cravings:

      *Drink lots of water!! I can’t stress that one enough! You can even add lemon, lime, fresh mint, cucumber, or berries if you’re allowing yourself fruit. I like frozen (unsweetened) berries since they also help the water stay cold.

      *If a craving hits, try taking a walk, (take a dog if you have one – he/she is probably sensing your stress and could use the fresh air and exercise as well! ), do some stretches, sits ups, ride a bike, or any exercise you like. Take a drive or motorcycle ride and enjoy some music, if you can safely. (Just avoid driving near Krispie Kreme, Starbucks, or any other tempting places!) Keep your hands busy with a craft, write in a journal (Maybe jot notes down about your detox process in case you’re tempted to get addicted again!), brush your dog, play a game or read with your child or go to the park, get frisky with your significant other (increases dopamine, and helps relieve headaches at least temporarily!), read a good book, organize a closet, clean something, wash and wax your car, browse the internet some more, cook a healthy meal or snack, etc.

      *Brush your teeth as often as necessary! Food usually doesn’t taste good with fresh, minty breath! Don’t forget to replace your toothpaste and mouthwash with sugar free options, found at Whole Foods, Sprouts, Natural Grocer, etc., if you’re going to extremes! Most commercial brands have dextrose or other sugars added.

      *Keep in mind when choosing foods that the following are just some examples of ingredients that are other names for sugar, some may be from natural sources that you may still allow: dextrose, glucose, or terms ending in “ose”, any kind of “syrup”, HFCS (high fructose corn syrup), cane juice, and there are many others.

      *If you haven’t already, clear out all sweet temptations from your home, office, car, purse, briefcase, gym bag, etc. Better yet, ask someone else to if possible. Box up or give away anything worth saving, and toss the rest.

      *Challenge a friend or spouse, your children, etc, to detox along with you. Set a specific goal, and clarify what’s allowed and what’s not, and decide on a special reward for anyone who is successful. The reward may be different for different people. My 12 year old daughter is doing this with me for 3 weeks, (Except she’s still eating unsweetened fruit, and I’m not until after the first 3 weeks, or until my cravings and symptoms subside) and she chose for her reward to be a trip to a nearby amusement park. I offered $100 cash to my 19 year old son, but he refused. (He’s addicted to sweet tea.)

      *Be prepared. Have grocery items you’ll need for the next several meals and snacks. Cook (or have enough leftovers) for tomorrow’s lunch at work if necessary. Have plenty of veggies and healthy snacks handy in an obvious place. Make sure when you open your fridge and pantry, you see the healthy stuff.

      *Tell your family and friends what you’re doing, and ask them to help you avoid temptation – especially any great bakers you know!

      *Try to get enough sleep, and not too much. I’ve had trouble sleeping myself during this process, but I’m confident it will get easier to sleep. Melatonin helps me, but I only had the gummies, which have sugar, on hand, so I’m waiting for the capsules I ordered online.

      *Make sure you don’t allow yourself to become hungry, if you have the option! That leads to making poor decisions and over-eating, not to mention bad moods! Unless you have to restrict how much you eat, don’t. Eat slowly if possible, trying to taste and enjoy each bite. Going slow gives your body time to activate the hormone that signals your body that you’re full. That takes approximately 20 min. If you scarf your food in 10 min, you may hurt later when you realize you overate.

      *Use a smaller plate or bowl. It tricks your mind into thinking you have more if you fill a smaller plate instead of having more space showing on a larger dish.

      *As silly as it sounds, try making your food look pretty, or use a plate or bowl that looks appealing to you. Garnish! If it looks appetizing or artistic, subconsciously it can taste better. If you’re not a visual person, this may not apply to you.

      *Reward yourself as you meet goals – daily, weekly, or whatever works for you. Get a massage, buy a pair of shoes, earn an afternoon without the kids, or whatever works for you and your budget!

  • Rachel January 18, 2015, 2:40 pm

    I’m on day 13 of no sugar. I thought I was doing okay have had two headaches but where I live has just got a lot hotter than usual so I put my dizziness down to the heat. I have now as of two days ago have had flu like symptoms, loss of appetite, and trouble sleeping. I am not having bad cravings at all. I hope this passes soon as I don’t like not feeling well.

    • beth simmons May 19, 2016, 12:41 am

      I am on day 8. Nice to see someone a little ahead of me on the board. Have you heard from anyone who has finished with the withdrawal phase and how long we can expect this to last? Had lots of other symptoms lay week. Today just got the sugar shakes for first time, together with dizziness and foggy thinking.

  • Desiree January 21, 2015, 6:49 am

    I just has a total sugar withdrawl meltdown. Crying for hours. I’m not sure how many days it has been, but I was drinking 3-6 mt dews a day plus a TON of candy and junk. Glad I’m doing this. Sugar sucks.

    • MKW January 24, 2015, 5:30 pm

      Hang in there. I’m on day 6 and keep crying at the most stupid things. I think it will pass. Also remember truly quitting sugar means no fruit, potatoes, bread, rice, or pasta, because all these things turn to pure sugar in your body shortly after consuming — which will only keep the unpleasant cravings alive. 3 bananas is going to have a similar effect on the body to a can of mountain dew, which a lot of people don’t realize.

      • Sarah February 17, 2015, 2:41 pm

        Giving up sugar is good, but I don’t believe it’s wise to give up all sugar, like you have listed. Your body still needs energy from carbs, but complex carbs (like rice) are the choices you should go to. Fruit is still essential in your diet, but you need to moderate it to only 2 or 3 cups per day, and potatoes, especially sweet potatoes, are a great option, but adding butter and sour cream is what makes them bad for you. Don’t cut EVERYTHING out. My philosophy is that if it’s pre-packaged, or has more than one ingredient, you should generally avoid it. I hope your guys’ symptoms have drastically improved by now, and I bet you feel great! Good job for trying to change your health to something much better!

  • Jess January 24, 2015, 7:42 am

    I am getting nightmares, I dream that I am being raped, my family are being hurt, and that dangerous animals such as angry gorillas and tigers with big teeth are coming into my home. I wake up in such a state, crying and sweating with an anxious pumping heart. I am worried this is not a normal side affect of giving up sugar? Has any one else experienced this? It’s been 5 days since I quit sugar and I’m exhausted :-(

    • oren James February 8, 2015, 2:13 pm

      JESS, to share with you, I am experiencing very similar events. The worst nightmares I’ve ever had, chilling. My thoughts have been really negative, I am not myself. I have had flu like symptoms for 9 days, 10 since I have been off sugar. Sugar is death. I am going to fight this Evil with everything I have. I definitely feel better for having read your comment. -Chef OJ Roma Italia

      • Ty February 24, 2015, 12:26 pm

        Yes! Two days ago I dreamed I was in the middle of a hurricane and couldn’t leave the building that was falling down around me because a huge tiger was waiting for me outside. And yesterday I dreamed I was being given a lethal injection! I’m going to hang in there. Sugar is evil.

        • Diana April 29, 2015, 3:32 pm

          I’m day 7 of total sugar free, and the horrible nightmares started on the third night and were awful! Last night, I had vivid dreams all night, and although they were kind of sad themes, none were terrifying like the previous nights. Hopefully, this will quickly come to an end because I’ve been dreading going to sleep at night because of the nightmares. I’m also having problems during the day with anxiety and cold hands and feet.

    • Silence Doogood August 4, 2016, 3:48 am

      I too have crazy dreams. I’m day 5 without sugar. In my dreams I’m always being chased by someone (anxiety when I wake up) I have flu like symptoms ( I feel hot/cold) wore out throughout the day… I feel like there is a big void inside, and when I think about it, it seems as if a nice healthy slice of chocolate cake would fill this void… Hang in there…

  • MKW January 24, 2015, 5:26 pm

    This article and many of the comment mention continuing to eat fruit. If you eat fruit, and any potatoes, bread, rice or pasta… you are still eating sugar. All these things quickly turn into pure sugar in your system after eating. The only way to truly cut out sugar is to stop eating all these things. (I couldn’t believe the comment from somebody who is eating several bananas a day and thinks she is sugar free).

    • Renee February 13, 2015, 1:55 am

      I believe the author of this article is speaking in regards to processed sugar; not naturally occuring sugars contained in foods. (Please stop picking on those of us who need fruit to function.) And reread the article before posting on this forum.

    • Stephanie May 22, 2015, 5:17 am

      I am a Dietetics student about to graduate, and can tell you that fruits are essential in our diet. Just like water! We need phytonutrients, fiber, vitamins, minerals and other bonus nutrients such as tannins, quercetin, anthocyanins, Ellagic acid, the list goes on, and there are still many that are newly found and researched. So yes, fruits are essential, and the sugar in them is also essential, glucose is needed for fast- yielding energy, for your brain, and the fiber in it helps it digest slowly and not cause an insulin spike.

      For diabetics, some fruits such as pineapple are too sweet, so yes they would need to eat only a small serving. As far as vegetables, they should make up a diverse and hefty part of our diets, some are very low GI, such as lentils or kidney beans. All in all, I would say having a fruit free diet is a temporary unhealthy fad diet, which can be harmful and counterproductive.

    • Silence Doogood August 4, 2016, 3:54 am

      There is a big difference between refined sugar and complex carbs…

  • Nerissa Brown January 26, 2015, 10:52 pm

    All of the symptoms I’ve read on this site are all normal when giving up sugar. I introduced the South Beach Diet to a friend of mine and tried it myself. We both lost a lot of weight during phase one, which instructs you to remove all fruit, potatoes, pasta, baked goods, candy, bread, ice cream, cake, cookies, rice, sugar, beer and alcohol from your diet for two weeks. After two weeks they let you slowly introduce certain fruit and carbs back into your diet.

    My friend is currently still on the diet and constantly goes back to phase one when she feels she needs to. I went off of it for a year. Now I’m back on it, in phase one for the fourth week. I’ve had headaches, muscles ticks and spasms, trouble sleeping and I find myself crying at the drop of a hat. I’ve been irritable as well. This happened before when I quit sugar except the last time I had the flu like symptoms and severe muscle cramps. It was a total nightmare!

    It does get better. That much I promise you. I’ve been there before and repeating it again since I went back to eating whatever I wanted including large amounts of sugar. Drink plenty of e water and rest whenever you can. Also, don’t forget to take your vitamins, calcium,magnesium, iron, zinc and a good fiber supplement at least once a day. Melatonin or 5HTP can help you sleep and wake up without feeling groggy.

    Peppermint tea or peppermint essential oil will help with the headaches. I’m just waiting on the teary-eyed business to subside. I already take lexapro for mild seasonal depression at full strength so I really can’t do much but wait at this point. If I can get past that, it will be great!

  • Yasmin January 27, 2015, 7:56 pm

    I have been without sugar for a month now. I have eliminated all processed sugar. I still allow fruit, a touch of honey or maple syrup, and I use stevia when I need something really sweet (or dates or prunes). I have been feeling pretty foggy but I feel like it can only be doing my body good. Sugar is probably the worst thing you can eat. Apparently, cancer feeds off of it, and I had a touch of cancer not too long ago. I have also virtually eliminated white flour. I still eat brown rice and brown rice pasta and there’s a ton of things I can eat so it’s definitely doable.

    • Risa December 21, 2015, 8:27 pm

      What are some other things you eat?

  • RM January 29, 2015, 7:28 pm

    So glad I came upon this website–I jokingly told my friends I was having sugar withdrawals b/c I’ve been having really bad headaches and feel my face is flushed so I’m pretty sure my blood pressure is up also. I started cold-turkey and am on day 4 without sugary snacks but also extremely low carb (with a lot of prayers for strength). I was overindulging constantly and seemingly with no control.

    Now I know the source of my headaches and elevated blood pressure. I also noticed I am fidgety when trying to relax in my recliner in the evenings after work. I don’t sleep very well but that has been ongoing before I stopped the sugars. Thanks everyone for sharing your experience–it helped to answer some questions I had. Prayer also helps! God Bless You all!

  • Kelly January 30, 2015, 1:35 pm

    Been off sugar for two weeks and feeling better (I was a butter tart-chips-chocolate-coke-aholic). A tip for the thread…when my cravings are really bad I have a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (the unrefined kind with “mother” from the health food store which has many minerals in it although even refined apple cider vinegar will do). It cuts the craving and relieves the headaches. A dill pickle will also work. I kid you not…try it!

    • Tania May 7, 2015, 11:24 pm

      *racing for the pickle jar*

    • Lisa October 22, 2015, 3:18 am

      Thank you for reminding me about apple cider vinegar. :) Day 3 and I am struggling with a headache. Hope the apple cider vinegar works.

  • Queen January 31, 2015, 5:00 pm

    I just finished my 21 day sugar detox and I experienced all of the symptoms listed above plus intense cravings. I am determined to get rid of my table sugar addiction for good.

  • Jercen R February 1, 2015, 11:32 pm

    My brain is addicted to Coca-Cola and sugar. When I stop with sugar, I feel like a zombie. I try to replace cola for water, not more eat candies, desserts, etc. and only do cane sugar in coffee. I get mood swings, feel empty, not enjoy more. The reason I won’t take sugar is some people say sugar feeding cancer cells.

  • josephine February 6, 2015, 6:30 pm

    4th day of no sugar and I’m weak. No sugar, no processed foods, just meat, veggies and nuts. Lots of fresh air and water helps. Have flu like symptoms, fatigue, lethargy, heart racing if I do too much. This sucks! But I’m determined for my health. Plus, I’ve lost 5 lbs in 4 days and this is while consuming so much meat so I am happy about that. I’ve heard from the wheat belly doctor to add natural salt, just a little, during detox phase, so I’ll try that and the apple cider vinegar. Can’t wait until I’m through detoxing, but I’ll never go back to sugar.

  • grace February 7, 2015, 12:35 am

    This has been one of the hardest things I have faced. The 3rd and 4th day were awful I felt sleepy and tired all day long (thank God it was a weekend). No headaches, but anger and irritability yes. My doctor said it was normal to feel fatigue too. Apparently the brain feeds itself off of sugar and when you quit cold turkey it will react. Of course I love the weight loss.

  • Patsy February 7, 2015, 11:35 am

    Hi! I gave up added sugar and sweets, chocolate, cakes, biscuits etc about a year ago now and have seen my weight drop by nearly 14 lbs. (a stone to fellow Brits). I did have bad withdrawal symptoms over about a month. At Christmas I did start eating chocolates again and had more regular desserts. In early January I cut down and despite not eating as many sugary things over Christmas as I did previously, I’ve still found I’m feeling lousy!

    I try and eat more protein and savory bix and fruit to fill up. Makes you realize what sugar does to your body. I also do zumba twice a week and feel very fit, at a decent weight. The symptoms do pass after a month or so even though I’ve been doing a lot of travelling and driving during the last few weeks (mainly airport and university trips) and that’s not helped as I’m tired. The other thing is that I’m slightly over 60! Not sure if that should cause a difference. Certainly really glad I made the change and am grateful to your website, as it cleared up my concerns about how I’ve been feeling!

  • Nicola February 9, 2015, 2:38 am

    I’m on day three of my ‘no refined sugar’ diet. I’m not cutting out fruits or honey. All I know is that when I consume refined sugar my anxiety levels increase and I get really tired! As yet I’ve had no withdrawal symptoms, my mind is already clearer and I’m a lot less anxious. I’d love to hear more from people who have come through the withdrawals and are reaping the benefits. What improvements did you notice? It would be great motivation for us all to hear those stories!

    • Wynne March 31, 2015, 10:43 pm

      I decided to try an experiment: go without extra sugar for a whole week (no little cake slices or mini-parfaits from the nearby Safeway bakery). Well, the last day or two I have felt like I was jumping out of my skin. I’m feeling a little depressed, but mostly anxious–so much so, I am afraid to drive. I heard that cults give their members sweets to destabilize their minds. But going off it is no picnic, either. On an up note, it helps me to read others’ stories, and understand sugar detoxification.

  • Karen February 10, 2015, 12:42 am

    I was working in my studio 17 days ago and had a sudden extreme pain in my left side. Long story short, after a trip to the emergency room I found out I had kidney stones and a mass in my upper left quadrant of my stomach, not attached to any organ. I am absolutely sure both problems are due to the fact that my diet was junk food and more junk food. Everyone always said it didn’t matter since I have always been thin and I burn it off, though I knew better.

    I left that emergency room with full intent that I would never eat sugar again. I bought a juicer, a new blender and lots of organic fruits and vegetables. It was my wake-up call. I went cold turkey on all sugars except fruits. I noticed someone mentioned bananas. I am attaching a link to the glycemic levels for foods. Bananas are great to eat as well as any other fruits. The fiber in the fruits keep the sugar from absorbing into the bloodstream the way that refined sugars do.

    I am beginning to feel good again but I had weakness, dizzy spells, and muscle spasms. As anyone would in my situation, I have read every research article on the net about disease and have found that sugar is about the worst thing you can put in your body. Kudos to all of you for taking the plunge before you had to go to the emergency room!

  • Kiara February 11, 2015, 10:56 am

    This is my 3rd week without sugar; I am usually the most active and upbeat person but during my quitting process I have noticed many highs and lows, for example: week one was hell, I was angry, tired, had no energy, my mood was swinging all over the place. Then week two I felt more clear and focused and had only minor mood swings. Now in week three I am just feeling low in general, no motivation, foggy, severely craving carbs like pasta and rice (which I haven’t cut out, just restricting to very low amounts) and I have absolutely no sex drive. I hope as week four rolls around I start to gain my energy and motivation back, this sucks!

  • Heather February 12, 2015, 9:59 pm

    I have been doing a slow carb diet off and on for about 6 months. This meant giving up all traces of sugar, fruit, grains and dairy and upping my veg, legumes, protein and nuts. I can’t believe how much more alive I feel. I did get a bit short tempered for the first week or so and while I wasn’t craving anything I would take crazy notions for sugary foods but nothing strong enough to act on because my body was getting everything it needed from my new diet.

    I find I can think better, I understand more, my memory is better,obviously my skin is better and oddly enough my eyesight seems to have improved and it was never bad to begin with. I’m more even tempered and actually require much less sleep than I previously did. It’s a hard diet to stick to and I originally started it to loose weight but the noticeable health benefits have spurred me on more than the significant weight loss has. I can’t believe my mood swings and occasional depression were all caused by sugar and not crazy female hormones.

    • G S April 10, 2015, 7:43 pm

      Giving up fruit is not a good idea, fruit is part of a healthy diet, full of vitamins, minerals, etc. The fibers in fruit slows the sugar spike, some fruits are better than others. Most foods will turn to sugar, but it is the speed of this process that is the problem. Nuts will also turn to sugar.

  • Robert February 13, 2015, 3:58 am

    I stopped sugar about a month ago, I have been in a HAZE. I have had a poor relationship with sugar my entire life, using it as a reward system. I have been in extreme withdrawal for a number of weeks, but have found that vitamins with OMEGA 3 really help along with working out at least 3 times a week. :-)

    • L July 16, 2015, 6:30 pm

      Thanks Robert has helped me to read your post, I too have been shackled by my sugar addiction and other addictions that I’m now free of. This is proving too be just the same as withdrawing from other substances. Feel like I’m lost in a maze, experiencing most of the symptoms mentioned on here. Be good to hear how you progress. Thanks again.

  • Lindsey February 16, 2015, 3:37 am

    I quit sugar 17 days ago. I am really struggling with insomnia, anxiety, nightmares, bed wetting, anger, fatigue, hand trimmers, bloating, and mental clarity… Basically I feel terrible. This is one of the hardest things I have ever done. For those of you who have quit long term, how long do these detoxing symptoms last? Should I check in with my doctor? Can this be dangerous if I am overweight?

  • Mel February 18, 2015, 4:42 am

    I quit processed sugars 3 days ago and the sugar withdrawal symptoms aren’t that bad for me. My sugar intake wasn’t that high before I decided to quit as I didn’t drink soft drinks or eat sweets in excess but I did have my moments of weakness where I’d binge on like a liter of ice cream when I had a rough day. Just being feeling a little fatigued, but it’s manageable if I snack on fruit, nuts or drink water or some tea (without the sugar of course) and I’ve just started getting flu like symptoms today, sore head, sore throat and sneezing.

    But I think I just got sick off a co-worker from last week. My mood has actually been pretty even tempered. I feel less anxiety and I’m not as restless during the day. I used to have mild insomnia and wake up in the middle of the night but by Day 2 I’ve been sleeping through the night. I’ve been more regular too and I’ve noticed my complexion has improved. I’ve saved a sh*t ton of money this week by not eating my lunch out at work and I feel and look less bloated. Only time will tell on the other benefits/side effects.

  • stacy February 20, 2015, 12:08 am

    Hey its day one of no sugar and my head feels like it’s going to explode. My sugar intake comes from having min 6 cans of monster a day and I’m literally shaking and feel sick from just Day 1. I honestly don’t know how I’m going to go on and not drink it.

  • Beatriz February 21, 2015, 11:35 am

    I thought the problem was me! I thought was was depressed and sick but now I get it. I quit sugar 16 days ago and I started having problems with anxiety, insomnia, appetite, cravings etc. I’ll never have sugar again :/

  • Nj Cotton February 21, 2015, 9:00 pm

    I have been off sugar for 18 days. Have had a migraine and sleep issues. Also, I have noticed: water intake and peanut butter, beans, nuts and dill pickles relieve the headache, somewhat.

    • Mon July 30, 2015, 5:02 am

      Peanut butter has a ton of sugar in it! That’s why it helps!

      • Lilly September 21, 2015, 10:57 pm

        We have peanut butter that is sugar and salt free, took a bit of getting used to but love it now.

  • Gaby February 21, 2015, 10:13 pm

    I gave up sugars and carbs two days ago. I have been waking up feeling fatigued, I get up and I’m dizzy, I feel nauseous, and I have started to feel a little cranky. I’m hoping that I can get through the withdrawals this month. I love sugary stuff and bread, but I know if I take it I’m going to go back to an unhealthy lifestyle. The temptations are everywhere, but I always keep in mind the amount of weight I seem to be consistently losing.

  • Linda February 23, 2015, 7:31 pm

    What a relief I found this forum! My diet was already very good (gluten, dairy, alcohol/caffeine free, high protein) when I decided to see a naturopath last week due to persistent fatigue and hormone imbalances. She carried out an allergy test and suggested I give up all carbs, fermented foods, nightshades (white potatoes), virtually all fruit (including dried) and sugar to address autoimmune dysfunction and suspected candida and other intestinal fungi.

    I’m only four days into the regime and I feel like crawling up the walls. I am extremely lethargic, foggy, irritable, anxious, on edge, and slightly depressed all at the same time. The insomnia is terrible and I’ve been getting restless legs, restless everything. I have cut out refined sugars, carbs, all fruit, except for one green apple and a handful of blueberries per day. Yesterday, I caved in and had a hot chocolate (dark chocolate). The cravings are INSANE. I only hope I can see out three weeks, which is my goal. Thanks for your inspiration everyone!

  • Kara February 25, 2015, 2:40 pm

    I’m currently on Day 3. Yesterday I felt a bit foggy and was so, so hungry. Today I have some headaches. I find that staying hydrated helps a lot, especially with the cravings and hunger. A glass of water tends to knock them out. I also make sure I eat healthy carbs to balance my macronutrients. I don’t personally think low carb diets are healthy, and I find that not enough carbs are the main source of anger and irritability, for me at least.

  • Jeff Garrett February 28, 2015, 1:34 pm

    I’m sugar detoxing at the moment I experience the sugar shakes quite a bit and extreme fatigue. During the Halloween-Christmas season I consumed lots of sweets at parties and such I did it before I can do it again. I’m trying cold turkey but can’t deal with these shakes.

    • Georgia March 3, 2015, 11:17 am

      Don’t give in! Try to snack on natural sugar products e.g fruit, naked bars. For breakfast have something like porridge with 100% natural honey/maple syrup. These are natural sugars which your body will absorb right up and it will cure the shakes and cravings. Get lots of rest and this is what your body needs to detoxify, but bare in mind your body is trying to expel these toxins so the more you sweat the better!

      If you don’t feel up to exercise get a hot bath and sweat it out. To cure the emotional battle I would try Yoga as this clears your mind and makes you feel so much better about yourself. If you can’t afford Yoga classes look for them online or Try meditation there is a lot of free clips online and some are designed specifically to help you with sugar detoxification to make you stronger and believe you can do it. Keep strong and keep going. You will feel so much better.

      I came off sugar early last year and since then I have lost 37 lbs and I feel amazing, my skin and mind is clear. I did have sugar over Christmas and I have been sugar free for a further 2 months and this time it is for good as I am currently going through my sugar detox and it feels terrible and I have decided I will never put something like that into my body when it can make it feel this way. Clean, nutritious, natural foods all the way! Good luck, Well done and stay strong!

      • Susan March 8, 2015, 4:52 pm

        Honey and maple syrup are not the way to go for people who are truly sugar sensitive. Those two things can drive your blood sugars up really high if you have any diabetic tendencies. And some fruits, like bananas and pineapple, can also have negative impacts on sugar. I’m happy for your victories, but I’m warning others like me, that the things I mentioned will not aid you in kicking sugar. In fact, they may spark carb cravings and react in your body exactly like sugar.

  • Dee March 2, 2015, 11:41 am

    I gave up sugar 2 weeks ago and have so far lost 5 lbs. My skin looks better too. However, the headaches are awful; I seem to get a massive headache every time I eat anything and I also have a constant sweet taste in my mouth that makes me feel sick. I had one malteser yesterday to see what would happen and I felt really ill with a pounding headache all night and couldn’t sleep at all. I also have horrible flu-like symptoms and a bad chest, coughing up all sorts (don’t know if that’s related!) Anyway, we can do this – sugar must be really evil if this is what it causes when you try to stop it. Good luck everyone.

  • Georgia March 3, 2015, 11:09 am

    I gave up refined sugar just over 2 months ago. The past 2 weeks I have began feeling dizzy, lightheaded, heavy, lathargic, tired, depressed, anxious. I have been getting snacky cravings for carby things and I have had pins and needles in my legs and arms for absolutley no reason. When going to the doctors they said my lifestyle, BMI and mindset was perfect and nothing wrong that they could see so they sent me off for blood tests, yet in the mean time I spoke to my Yoga Instructor about how I was feeling.

    She questioned me and said have I looked up the symptoms of sugar detox and there was my answer. Every symptom, every emotion was there. I have been so down and worried as I am a healthy, fit person who is very into nutrition and looking after my mind and body. All these because of a “harmless” thing like sugar. I can honestly say I will never ever put sugar (other than natural sugars e.g from fruits, natural honey etc.) into my body again.

    Learnt the hard way, but my gosh will it be worth it. Whoever is going through this stay strong and do not give into the craving. Cure it with natural foods and fruits – these are what your body is designed to absorb as these are not man made. So make sure to have a peice of fruit at hand incase them dizzy spells/cravings come your way. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it and you will feel 110 times better.

  • Nicola March 3, 2015, 10:26 pm

    It didn’t dawn on me immediately because I had no cravings, but then the penny dropped: I’d been feeling inexplicably low for a week due to no sugar intake! All my life – I’m 57 – I’ve had a sweet tooth. I went cold turkey but do consume honey. I ate mainly cane sugar and did all my baking myself. So now I just use honey. I never drank cooldrinks. I can’t believe it was that easy. Just the feeling down bit was a bit of a bummer. But that’s me, all or nothing, and once I’ve made up my mind I just do it. I’m hoping it will have a positive effect on my back trouble.

    • Meg June 12, 2015, 7:47 pm

      Honey is sugar. “I can’t believe it was that easy.” It’s not. You are still having sugar Nicola. Still having some sugar can make it harder to avoid other sugars too. Good luck. :-)

      • Tara July 10, 2015, 12:39 am

        You need to chill, Meg. Everyone’s body is different & sugar is very different in different forms. What works for one person may not work for another. If Nicola can be sugar free except for some natural honey then I say “congratulations!” A healthy lifestyle is all about balance.

    • beth simmons May 19, 2016, 1:00 am

      On day 3 I had horrible lower back pain, but that is gone and now my joints throughout my body and my back are feeling better than they have in years.

  • Paul March 5, 2015, 12:23 pm

    OMG I am so glad I found this website, I actually believed I was going to have a heart attack. I have all the same symptoms as above but the dizziness and tight chest really started to worry me, but now I know I’m not the only one having such symptoms, I feel much better, it’s my first week sugar free and it’s a nightmare, never knew my body would fight so hard to keep its sugar fix! A lifetime of sugar abuse is a difficult thing to kick, hope it get’s better soon! :)

    • Linda January 28, 2016, 12:14 am

      I truly felt like I was having a heart attack last night. My heart was palpitating and it almost took my breath away. Thanks for your comment. It makes me feel better!

  • Ramnder March 7, 2015, 7:33 am

    I have been off sugar for about 8 weeks. I have noticed many wonderful, glorious changes–digestion, mental clarity, and loss of some body fat – and I plan on staying off sugar. One negative effect: I feel colder. Has anyone else experienced this? I am wondering if it’s short or long-term. I should mention that my thyroid was somewhat “loopy” to begin with.

    • Wendy March 11, 2015, 6:38 pm

      I have only been off sugar for 3 days. I also am getting chills frequently. I tend to run on the warm side but oddly enough, I have been feeling so cold alternating with sweating. Additionally I feel very light headed, extremely irritable and unusually depressed. I was considering going to the doctor mostly because of the dizziness but also the irritability and severe mood swings.

      Things finally started clicking and I realized, I am not going crazy, I am having sugar withdrawals! I also noticed that I am having a lot of trouble concentrating, staying focused and feel incredibly foggy. I am glad people are posting their experiences because I am pretty confident after reading everyone’s responses that mine is not an unusual experience and relatively similar to most others.

  • David Edwards March 10, 2015, 5:18 pm

    I was eating chocolate every night plus I always was a sugar freak. I stop late night sugar and now feel awful so anxious so depressed and irritable even though I still have suger in my tea. My back is aching and I am glad I am living on my own because i know I would snap at people. I feel for anyone thinking of cutting down or quitting.

  • Hannah March 12, 2015, 2:48 am

    I tried to stop sugar intake 34 years ago, when there was very little recognition in society of the problem. Didn’t last a day and started back with another addiction by that same night. Again 24 years ago, but just knowing I needed to stop kept me up all night, wide-eyed and ruminating on every difficult life experience that lived under the sugar fog. Managed for two years, but with constant cravings, nightmares, irritability, etc.

  • Kim March 13, 2015, 2:48 am

    I’m now 7 days sugar free. I decided to go hardcore cold turkey, no fruits, pastas, breads, potatoes, beans, or rice for the first week because I have read if you really want to do it right, cut it all out to reset the bodies metabolism. I’ll start slowly adding in 1/2 servings of fruit tomorrow in my green smoothies. I was totally addicted to my 5-6 cups of coffee a day with 2 spoons of sugar, sugary cereal, pastas and breads. I’m currently experiencing mild depression and irritability.

    Physically I have low appetite, (which is a good thing since I typically craved food all day), brain fog, dizziness, and headaches. Peppermint essential oil helps a lot with the headaches. And lemon in my green tea helps with cravings, and speeds of the detoxification. I do have some 5g of sugar Kind bars just in case but found that I can only eat about 1/3 of a bar, because it makes me kinda nauseous. And I’ve added a few dried cranberries to my salad each day, but that’s it. Really looking forward to the expected weight-loss, mental clarity, and clear skin when this is over.

  • J Peterson March 14, 2015, 10:09 pm

    Two weeks of severe nausea, dizziness, headache, heart palpitations – wow. Makes me realize what I’ve been doing to myself all these years. I know quite a lot about nutrition, but never believed sugar was so terrible. I do now, and aspartame is just as bad, if not worse. Stevia products like Truvia won’t do a number on you and can help get you through. Fat is the single best flavor enhancer – really! And we now know how important plenty of whole, healthy fats are to maintaining good health. I doubt I’ll ever go back to refined sugar after experiencing two weeks of withdrawal!

  • Lorcán March 18, 2015, 11:32 pm

    I’m 30 hours off sugar. My last indulgence was a St. Patrick’s day cupcake (I’m Irish !). I just looked up sugar withdrawal as I’ve an unexplained headache – well now I’ve an explanation! The after-dinner urge for something sweet is very strong, almost like giving up smoking… just the habit of it at a particular time really. I read somewhere that taking chromium as a supplement helps (more sugar regulation in your body than cravings though). So, day 1 over.

    • Rannie March 19, 2015, 10:42 pm

      Congratulations on stopping sugar intake. Me too and I also am having horrible headaches every day. Just goes to show us how bad and also how addicting sugar is. Well I hope I lose a ton of weight like one of the folks who wrote in. Good luck to you.

  • James March 19, 2015, 6:46 am

    I stopped eating sugar and bread a week ago, I am calling it my no BS diet as its pretty simple and judging from last time I tried it very effective (lost 30kgs in 6 months also doing boxing for fitness!) but holy moly this time im getting huge bouts of dizziness that leaves me exhausted and flat. Hopefully it will start going away soon as life doesn’t stop when you decide to quit these things lol. Anyway I was 105kgs when I started and want to hit 90kgs in 3-5 months time. Don’t think it’s impossible… I already lost 3.6kgs in my first week. Good luck to everyone doing this I just tell myself it’s just for today and that the feeling will pass.

  • Rannie March 19, 2015, 10:32 pm

    Good to read all your comments. I stopped consuming processed sugar a week ago and have had horrible headaches every day since. I started looking for a probable cause and found this site. I sure hope they stop soon. Thanks for all your comments.

  • Becky March 19, 2015, 10:41 pm

    I gave up sugar 8 days ago mainly for health reasons. Apart from irritability and fatigue, which I can handle, I’ve had the WORST anxiety, so much so that I actually considered giving up and returning to my sugar filled diet just to get rid of the awful anxiety which has been burning away in my chest for the past week. After reading these posts I at least know what the cause is and I’m very much hoping it won’t last much longer as I would love to get a good night’s sleep.

  • Kella March 23, 2015, 10:40 am

    Hello. I read upon this and I think I’m going g through some symptoms that are described. Now I don’t normally have sugar as I am Gluten Free and drink water only. So I had made cake for my mom’s b-day and had it for a few days along with chocolate shakes. And on the forth/fifth day when I had a friend over to come see me and sitting relaxed. And all of a sudden I started to feel like my head was really heavy and was kind of dizzy. I grabbed some ice packs due to heat that I was feeling as well.

    It goes away after a certain time but when I get up I start to feel heavy again. My mental health couldn’t take it and I started to burst out into tears. Anxiety attack perhaps? But luckily my mom and my friends were there to help me and calm myself. I’m also experiencing shakyness and sleeplessness. And with that I can barley sleep because my body jerks like electricity/jolt of a second awaking up of feeling that. I’m not sure what to do but any advice or any help, please? I am a 20 year old woman and last year I was feeling the same sensation. Please, help. Thank you.

  • jean March 23, 2015, 7:44 pm

    I am so glad to have found this site. I have been sugar free for 6 days now. I feel like crap. No cravings and no appetite. I feel nervous, tired, headaches, almost like coming down with the flu. I got in bed last night and my nerves in my body were shaking. I wondered why I was feeling so bad, thought about it for awhile and said to myself: I wonder if I am going through sugar withdrawals.

    I got my tablet out and punched in sugar withdrawal, and there it was. I was so happy to find out that I wasn’t really sick, just sick of sugar. I was eating so much sugar. I could eat junk all day long without any thing good for me. I hope these feelings I am having won’t last to long. Thank you everyone who has written on this site. And good luck to everyone.

    • Linda January 28, 2016, 12:18 am

      I feel the same way. I’m on day 7 lost 14 pounds already, but I feel like I’m so shaky and dizzy. Uggg. This site has helped me tremendously too!!

  • sam March 23, 2015, 11:40 pm

    Day 12 on the low diet FODMAP for suspected IBS (irritable bowel syndrome ) – effectively quitting sugar. Foggy head and lethargy has been steadily building. Carbohydrate craving hitting its peaks! Last couple of days all I have wanted to do is sleep. Peak time of lethargy is from 4 PM or so in the afternoon onwards… like clockwork. Mild flu symptoms also – (hard to ascertain if they are related though).

  • CEA March 24, 2015, 6:11 pm

    I’ve been a sugar eating demon–love the meringues from Trader Joes–only sugar and egg whites, and those fake ‘fruit’ slices that are like gumdrops. Anything with sugar, in fact. A week and two days ago I had a colonoscopy and decided that the prep would pass for a ‘cleanse’. I have stopped sugar snacks and am staying away from food that has any sugar in the double digits.

    I am eating artificially sweetened yogurt (I read the package wrong) but when these are gone will go back to plain, and the occasional ‘kind’ bar with 8 grams sugar. Even with that, it’s a LOT less than I was eating. Have been doing ok but today feel cranky, exhausted, ouch (I have a lot of arthritis) and general malaise. I plan to stick it out, though, since my recent blood work showed elevated levels of sugar, and I don’t want diabetes.

  • Emily March 25, 2015, 8:04 pm

    I’ve been in a 1.5 year struggle with Adrenal Fatigue/Insufficiency. I’m currently using Hydrocortisone therapy to manage my cortisol and am (thank fully!) in the weaning stages – so should be medication free by summer. Anyway, in my journey to health SUGAR has been my last demon to exorcise. I finally realized that IT was my last and final trial to overcome in the last 2 days. I was suffering from insomnia (not unusual for me) but was also STARVING during the episode.

    I ate and apple and then a gluten free bread sandwich with peanut butter and was still hungry. I remembered that I had binged on little Hershey chocolates during the afternoon and finally made the connection that my blood sugar was likely totally out of whack. On this journey I have: started a meditation practice 2 times per day, started a paleo diet (after being vegetarian for 25 years), gave up alcohol, avoid stress at all costs and now I’m day 2 into giving up sugar. I feel like I literally have a gun to my head – that’s how motivated I am.

    It’s either the sugar or my life. Over the year I’ve struggled with AF I have had insomnia that is tied to: muscle tics and spasms and also rushes of Adrenaline (an AF symptom). The muscle spasms are GOD AWFUL and almost always related to a Magnesium deficiency. My advice: Try Mg Glycinate (this is one of the most bio-available forms of Mg) – good quality supplements and take them to bowel tolerance. Also super helpful is a homemade batch of Mag-HOL, here is a link to info and recipe: http://magaholmagic.blogspot.com.

    External application of Mg surpasses the gut so you don’t have to deal with the bowel problem. Finally, Amazon sells Natural Calm, it’s a powder you add to warm water. Good luck everyone – this is tough stuff!

  • April March 27, 2015, 11:52 am

    Its day 3 for me. I got to be the lucky winner of flu like symptoms. My head is killing me, chills but no fever, nausea, body aches, exhausted but can’t sleep. I’m riding this out on the couch. I figure that if going off it makes me this suck then it’s a sign my body REALLY shouldn’t have it!

    • Anthony January 3, 2016, 4:30 am

      I am feeling flu-like symptoms myself. 2 days in. Thought I had food poisoning.

  • G March 28, 2015, 9:06 pm

    I can tell you all these symptoms are all real, valid and related to sugar withdrawal. I’ve been a sugar addict most of my life and every time I quit I get fatigue and fogginess of the brain and mild flu like symptoms. However, last time I really quit for a while I remember feeling excellent – lots of energy, clear mind and well being.

    I’m going for a permanent change this time. I know I can handle the symptoms because I know I am in control and being able to laugh at myself when I get a little dramatic about it all helps. Keep your sense of humour and good luck!

    • beth simmons May 19, 2016, 1:10 am

      Thank you for reminding us to keep our sense of humor, keep it real, and that the rewards are real and waiting for us.

    • Louise June 9, 2016, 5:36 pm

      I’m at the end of my second day of no sugar and low carb and I’ve found that trying to keep your sense of humour is vital to get through this! This morning I awoke to a bad headache, nausea, and feeling clammy. I can’t believe this is all to do with quitting sugar! I can’t wait to start feeling the benefits. One good thing I’ve noticed is that my mouth feels kind of ‘cleaner’ and my herbal tea actually had a sweetness about it that I hadn’t noticed before. Keep up the good work everyone and let us know how fantastic you feel after withdrawal!

  • Jackie March 30, 2015, 4:38 pm

    I decided to give up refined sugar 8 days ago. I have had a headache for a week and flu like symptoms including sore throat and tiredness, but today it’s really not so bad I do however feel constantly hungry and need to eat lots of protein to feel full. I don’t eat meat so this is really down to eggs, fish and cheese. I eat lots of vegetables but they don’t fill me up.

    I have never drank fizzy drinks and my sugar weakness has always been biscuits, cake, and sugar in coffee. I am not doing this to lose weight. This is really really hard and I can’t imagine how difficult it must be for people who have had a really high sugar intake, but I’m determined to see it through to see just how different I will feel. This is much harder than giving up smoking and giving up added salt. Good luck everyone, keep going it’s good to know we’re all going through this together!!

    • Emma January 10, 2016, 7:45 pm

      Hi how did you get on without sugar and did you keep off it? I’m on day 10 and having all sorts of withdrawal symptoms. I had your level of intake of sugar too. It’s tough but I’m not succumbing! Xx

  • Michelle March 31, 2015, 5:39 am

    It’s day 5 of no sugar for me. I think I’ve tried to quit hundreds of times at this point. It gets tougher and tougher every time. I’m currently experiencing a trifecta of terrible: diarrhea, insomnia, and cold/flu like symptoms. Plus the general fatigue and mental discomfort. I wish I could just purge this all out of me and be done with it. In my past experience, detox symptoms tend to alleviate around week two, so I’m comforting myself with the idea that I’ll be a beacon of health in a few days…haha.

    I’ve never been much of a fruit eater (more of a veggie kinda gal), but I’ve been eating a serving or two a day to help when I’m craving something sweet. But over these past two days, my throat has been so sore I don’t even have an appetite. It’s helpful to read all the comment and nod my head along with them. Sugar is the damn devil.

  • Liana March 31, 2015, 4:33 pm

    Hi, so glad to see everyone here sharing their experiences! I decided to give up sugar upon reading “Sweet Poison Quit Plan” – I recommend it as a point of reference for anyone trying to go sugar free. I am on day 5 and have definitely felt a few changes in my body since giving up sugar. Upon reading your comments, I realized I am not crazy and the withdrawal is real (I did wonder briefly if it isn’t placebo). I have to mention I have consumed sugar almost every day for most of my life (I am now 25), so if there was going to be a withdrawal, I did not expect it to be easy.

    So far I have not had any headaches or fatigue, but I did experience a strong feeling of stress and pessimism when normally I am a very optimistic and up-beat person. I also noticed that my work motivation has decreased (not severely, but noticeably). I was a bit irritable during the first two days but that has subsided. I have this apathy/laziness and I am prone to procrastinate a lot, while at the same time I find myself worrying about every little thing.

    I am also experiencing a nagging, hunger-like feeling that plagues me all day long. No matter how much I have had to eat, I am constantly craving and thinking about food – probably my body asking for sugar. It’s a very annoying and distracting feeling, which I hope will go away soon. I have been snacking on nuts, popcorn, fruit and peanut butter (organic – it has no sugar) and had lots and lots of tea and managed to resist so far.

    My weight went up a little – probably the unusual amount of salt that I ingest has made me retain water; and I have also experienced some bloating. I know that if I manage to come out the other side I will have a healthier life and all the weight will drop. I can’t wait to get to that point of crave-free and energy-filled feelings that some of you are mentioning here!

  • Phil April 1, 2015, 12:39 pm

    Hi. I have recently cut out sugar. I was addicted to Harribos. Any sweets at all. Sugar in tea, coffee, and on cereal. Biscuits, cakes, etc. I had bad pain in my big toe and some joints a few times this year. Doctor sent me for a blood test. I have gout. I am not overweight, so I decided to do something about it. In 1 week I have been drinking 2 liters a day of mineral water to flush the toxins out if my system and the uric acid crystals which cause gout pain.

    No fizzy drinks or sugar at all. I have replaced sugar with stevia or a tiny amount of glucose and swapped t or coffee for a great drink called barley cup. No gluten or sugars and decaffeinated. Tastes good to me. Side effects I have noticed are odd cravings and headaches. But I’ve had more energy and less aches and pains. Hope this helps someone.

  • Jack Hall April 2, 2015, 4:45 pm

    It may be wise for you to take another look at the article as the author is relating to carbs and natural sugars as well as cane sugar. No one should assume eating high volumes of fruit, or any carb, won’t raise your levels or affect you as cane sugar does. Sugar in fruit is still sugar even though it is less harmful when compared. Please be careful when posting an opinion that is inaccurate and can have adverse effects on others. I hope your comment doesn’t make others feel free to eat high volumes of fruit believing it won’t contribute to their problem, because if so, you have contributed to the misery.

  • Shandra April 6, 2015, 12:30 am

    Wow this is so crazy and awesome reading some of these comments! Quitting sugar is one of the hardest things to do ever. Especially if your also cutting out most processed foods as well like breads (except sprouted and sourdough), fruit, etc. Hard!! I was surprised how much “health foods” sugar is in, and even more shocked at the names of ingredients used to disguise sugar. I found for me that being gentle with yourself is key. I had a major detox period where I felt sick and rundown with a runny nose, and finally a cough for about 2 weeks. After I Xeroxed though I started allowing too much sweets, so altogether I have attempted 3 times to go off sugar.

    It’s a lot easier when you really take it slow until you are ready to commit and know how hard it will be! Now I know the mood swings, low energy, lethargy, stress, inability to focus, depression, inability to enjoy social events is from sugar, and that it’s temporary, I can do it! I also want to say that I really enjoyed the 21 day sugar detox books, and the 8 week detox books very helpful!! And also thinking of sugar as poison, and reminding myself why I don’t want to eat it every time I have a craving. Oh and thinking of the food as completely off limits for now.

  • Salimah April 7, 2015, 6:41 pm

    I’m glad I found this website. After fifty years of abusing my body with sugar I went cold turkey 4 months ago. The first couple of weeks I though I was going to fall over and die. It was extremely hard. I began giving myself stickers on my wall calendar (yes like in kindergarten). It worked. It encouraged me to continue. Some days I forget to give myself a sticker, but it’s so rewarding to catch up. Hang in there everyone. I’m glad I’m not alone!

    • Emma January 10, 2016, 7:51 pm

      Love the sticker idea! Lol will so try that to spur me on.

  • Jill Halton April 12, 2015, 5:26 pm

    This is a really useful article, thank you. I gave up sugar 1 week ago having realized I was definitely a sugar addict. I have found it very challenging, especially the lack of energy and feeling very irritable. Still being eating the occasional white nap, don’t know if I should be giving up simple carbohydrates such as white bread and pasta as well. Absolutely determined to give up the white stuff, sick of sweet treats dictating my lifestyle.

  • TK April 14, 2015, 5:37 pm

    I’m on day three of no sugar. I feel terrible – having most of these symptoms now. ACK – not sure I can hang on for a month. Totally thought I was getting the flu.

  • Judy April 15, 2015, 2:43 pm

    Day 3. Besides the flu-like symptoms, headache – I seem sluggish and want to sleep. But VERY proud and excited to be leaving this addiction behind. I have been feeling sick after eating the large amounts of sugar. I think the pound a day I’ve been losing is only because I’d been eating sugar instead of regular food.

  • Marianne April 18, 2015, 5:12 pm

    I’ve never consumed a lot of sugar, don’t eat it during the day and don’t crave it except at night after dinner. I would have some form of dessert and immediately fall asleep. Then a few months ago I noticed that those type of dessert items also made me feel bad physically. So I decided to stop eating those items and also stopped caffeine after 4 pm as it was affecting my sleep. I didn’t change anything else.

    Physically I feel really good, am sleeping better and have more energy. But this past week I was so irritable and felt ready to cry over things that normally don’t bother me. I had no idea what was going going on until I looked up sugar withdrawal. Now that I know what it is I can control the irritability. I’m just surprised how such a minor cutback could have that result.

  • atticus April 20, 2015, 11:56 pm

    I greatly reduced my added sugar consumption about 4 weeks ago. It was very difficult at first (sugar cravings) but now I am feeling much stronger and not as tempted by the sweets. I do allow myself a few small squares of 85% dark chocolate (Green and Black is a good one) and a lot of fruit. These treats have really helped me.

  • Reba April 21, 2015, 1:12 am

    I haven’t stopped sugar completely, it is in so much stuff. But I have reduced it dramatically. I still have salad dressings and things like that. But no sweets other than fruits. The reason was because of headaches, now I have headaches. And I could totally motor boat a 5 lb. bag of M&Ms right now and Jump into a swimming pool of coke. I guess I will just eat a banana.

  • A April 22, 2015, 12:59 pm

    I’ve quit probably around 4 days ago. Two days ago had a pretty extreme reaction when my blood sugar dropped: I was bathed in cold sweat and shaky, felt really bad. Then felt like all of the food was uninteresting and had no flavor (I usually am very enthusiastic about food). Now feeling much better though – it’s as if I’ve found this calm I didn’t know I could feel. It’s amazing not to be glancing at the clock all the time and planning my day around meals.

    I’d definitely recommend eating some extra fat while you are quitting. My partner baked some biscuit/cake kind of stuff that was savory (using loads of nuts, different flours, cream and oil) and the texture/fattiness delivered a lot of relief, as my brain recognized it as a ‘treat’. The need for extra fats seems to have disappeared now, but it was very useful in the beginning. Stay strong!

  • may April 23, 2015, 3:57 am

    Me and my sister are going to cut out sugar. I tried a couple weeks before and I felt the withdrawal symptoms bad so I stopped. During that time it came to the point where anything I ate did not satisfy me and I went back to eating sweets. Wish me good luck. I hope I can completely go through with this.

  • Amber April 24, 2015, 4:40 pm

    Day 6 of my second round of no sugar. I quit once before, a little over a year ago, for a month. After that month I didn’t like sugar as much as before and found I didn’t need very much of it at all for a very long time. I can’t describe how horrible and hard it was at first, since I also cut out caffeine with it. Going cold-turkey and working back then, on top of raising a two-year old, made me go into a kind of haze the first two weeks, but at the end of the month it was so worth it and I found that I had lost fifteen pounds.

    I know that’s a bit extreme, because this go-around I haven’t even dropped one pound. But since learning about the horrific affects of sugar on the body a few years ago I have gone into a deep study of all things nutrition, and debunked some of the worst lies in the food industry tells us today. Sugar is the absolute worst thing we put in our bodies, because it’s deemed as harmless for the most part and in just about every food we consume, even if we don’t realize it. Every “health-food” advertised nowadays presents just one more Chocolate-coated “fiber-filled” or “sugar-free” delicacy that is great for your health and it’s amazing that these lies are legal and promoted by so many.

    I am thrilled to see that others are finally discovering the truth. And the truth is that sugar is so addictive that even high up in the food industry, experts are deceived, because they thinks it’s natural and healthy for us to crave “sweet” foods. So I have done it again. Last time I quit sugar for weight and fitness, mostly, hoping that the toxins would be cleaned out of my body and make me healthier and leaner. This time, I am doing it for overall complete recovery from addiction to sugar and for my health, because I have slowly gotten addicted to sugar again and am starting to get very sick from it…and now I have two kids, who I have not had any energy to keep up with because of how I have been treating my body.

    Drinking sugar in my six cups of coffee a day, constantly baking sugary sweets, eating cereal bars, chocolate every day, pastas, bread and sweet oatmeal, and eventually soda again, after quitting last year, until a week ago I was guzzling it all day long and constantly in the pantry, just searching for anything I could munch on to quench my insatiable cravings. I want to quit for good, this time, and not just as an experiment. Like I said, I am on day six. I am happy to report minimum symptoms so far, aside from the almost unbearable cravings for anything with sugar at all–even things like bread, tomato sauce, fruit and peanut butter.

    I even found myself wanting a small bite of the applesauce I was feeding my six-month-old the other day! I am a little achy, but it’s nothing compared to the horrible pain and exhaustion I was feeling last week when all I wanted to do was stuff sweets into my mouth all day. I have been drinking un-sweetened green tea infused with natural flavors like cinnamon and ginger or lemon, and decided to go one addiction at a time and continue drinking my morning coffee, but no longer all day long like I have been. I have had one new symptom I am not familiar with and didn’t experience last time I quit, and it’s by far the most annoying–an uncomfortable and very noticeable bloating, or water-retention of some kind, in my abdomen.

    It’s not just my imagination, either. Even my pants are tighter. This is a bit discouraging, since I am denying myself so strongly of all things sweet. I am hoping it is only temporary and that it and the weight will start to disappear as I continue in my journey to a healthier lifestyle. If anyone has onions on this, please share and thank you for your encouraging experiences. It’s nice to know we aren’t crazy, isn’t it?

    • Maruschka May 1, 2015, 3:46 am

      I’ve found the same thing. Glad I’m not the only one. I would have thought giving up the sugar would have caused the weight (and size) to drop off me, but the opposite has happened. Despite giving up wheat at the same time, I also have a tummy and have not lost an ounce. Very strange!

      • Jess June 26, 2015, 3:23 am

        Drink more water. Plain water. Not coffee or tea. It sounds weird since you feel bloated but your body should adjust to not retaining water when it is well hydrated.

  • May April 24, 2015, 5:55 pm

    Love this website. I have been thinking about cutting my sugar, especially after reading an article about the addictive nature of sugar. I have already stopped drinking soda now for about six months. I have sparkling water with home made fruit juice. Feel better. I noticed I was getting the worst heart burn when I drank soda. Starting tomorrow I am going cold turkey. Thanks for all your comments. Has given me inspiration. Good luck to you all.

  • Marilyn Ure April 26, 2015, 4:04 pm

    I am so happy I found this board. I’ve only been off sugar for 6 days. I’ve had headaches, muscle aches so bad I can’t sleep at night, feelings of doom and gloom. I’m going to try some melatonin for sleep for a few days. I’ve been a sugar junkie my whole life, and I am 62 years old! But I am determined to take control and be healthier. I see type 2 diabetes for me if I do not do something. On the plus side, I already see a decrease in swelling in my legs and face! So, yippee! But I had no idea this would be so hard! Coffee black is the worst! I relied on sugar and caffeine to give me a wake up call! Now I am sprinkling some cinnamon in the bottom of my cup, and the aroma helps!

  • sandie May 2, 2015, 5:27 pm

    I quit sugar and artificial sweeteners three days ago. I am experiencing dizziness, and vomiting as well as headaches. I am choosing to live a healthier lifestyle as well as my 16 yr old son and my husband. They are not experiencing any type of withdrawal. They are both very healthy as well. I guess I’m the lucky one. It’s okay because our family will be healthier as an end result. I just hope this withdrawal for me goes by quickly.

  • Sharpyk May 4, 2015, 11:24 am

    I am, on the whole a sensible eater however for all of my life I have had a sweet tooth. I am far from fat but my midriff was definitely expanding slowly. On the way to a holiday I picked up a book at the airport called ‘shrink my sugar belly in 20 days’. I read it on my holiday and decided that I would give it a try. I am currently on day 14 and already feel that it’s an epic journey!! Bar the odd cravings and strange dreams my first week with out sugar wasn’t as bad as I expected, but day 13 I absolutely crashed!!

    Shaking, shivering, very little appetite or energy and sleeping 18/24 hours! Day 14, (today) I have woken up like a new person. I have started to introduce fruit back into my diet today and I cant believe how much more I appreciate it, so much more than ever before… and eating it with protein seems the way forward from now for me. My ‘sugar belly’ is definitely shrinking and I am looking forward to the next holiday when I can feel confident in my bikini again. Hopefully there’s no going back to the poison that I have taken for 56 years!

  • Angie4408 May 4, 2015, 4:11 pm

    I’m so happy to have found this site. I am on day 2 on no carbs/sugar (although I do eat fruit) and I am going through withdrawals! I feel anxious, didn’t sleep, and just lousy! However, reading everyone else’s experiences has made me feel better. I had been gaining weight steadily for the past few months due to stress eating – (I’m in my last semester of college).

    Now with graduation looming, I found myself anxious and overweight, feeling bad about my body image, etc. I decided that I needed to make a change, and reading everyone’s responses has made me realize I am doing the right thing. I am excited to start a healthier lifestyle, and well the anxiety is bad right now, I think it will improve as my body adjusts to healthier living!

  • mytbean May 5, 2015, 11:29 pm

    For those of you who are angry with yourselves for being weak willed in the face of sugar, watch “Fed Up” on instant play Netflix. Hopefully your anger will be directed at the right people. For the longest time I kept going through the pattern of lessening my intake to sliding down the slippery slope of excuses and denial until days would turn into weeks and months where I’d have sweet, sugary somethings all day every day.

    I’d gain 10-15 lbs and then beat myself up and lose it. But this time, after seeing that documentary (which includes a lot of what I already knew but was delivered in a more motivating way to me) I’ve decided to go off of the sugar forever because I’m done paying my drug dealer to kill me off slowly.

    • Sarah May 11, 2015, 6:09 pm

      I watched that just a few weeks ago, I think I will watch it again. Today is my day 1 and what is hardest for me is everyone around me is handing me cookies and cake and lemonades and pops. It is hard to stay strong when I have been on sugar for so long. I kind of manipulate myself into thinking what I am doing is okay and is normal when it is not and it will kill us sooner than we would like.

      • Pitts Burgh May 13, 2015, 6:09 pm

        Hang in there…We are all with ya.

  • bugsysmum May 6, 2015, 9:27 pm

    I had got through 2 weeks sugar free and thought the first days were hell and then just felt tired run down and flu-like. Reading this I now know that the feelings were sugar withdrawal still. The worst thing is that I fell off the wagon at the weekend and undid all the hard work. Back on day 2 and it’s all 10 times worse this time around. I keep trying to remind myself that it’s the sugar making me feel depressed and worthless in the same way a dealer might behave to lure you back. I’m trying to turn the feelings into anger at the sugar. I really want to quit this time.

  • Maggie DeStefano May 7, 2015, 1:26 pm

    Thank you all for your very helpful messages. I am on day 3 of no sugar/white flour. It was recommended to me to try by my Chiropractor because I was not able to hold adjustments and she thought it could be from inflammation from my diet. I was a daily sugar user and especially craved it after dinner. I am so glad my mind was clear enough to look online about withdrawal symptoms.

    I have experienced many that were previously mentioned here along with hot flashes night and day, leg and foot cramps that wake me up, complete lack of energy. I am so tired of the highs and lows sugar brings on but I must say this withdrawal is not easy. I ache all over and the brain fog is just so frustrating. I really want to do this and will stay with it in hopes I can come out the other side feeling healthy and whole.

    • Sarah May 11, 2015, 6:06 pm

      Maggie YOU CAN DO IT! I know it is hard now but just hang in there and you will not regret it! Keep it up!!

  • Isabella May 8, 2015, 12:47 am

    LOL! Thank you all, I love your stories! I can relate to them all, I thought I was going insane and I didn’t realize I ate that much sugar until I quit. But I guess a lifetime (55 years) of indulgences and a weekly ‘topping up’ was all that was required to keep up appearances. Keep up the good work! Next…coffee!

  • Sarah May 11, 2015, 6:03 pm

    I am breastfeeding and I practice all natural attachment parenting. I didn’t realize how hard it would be to quit sugar. I have been using apple cider vinegar, it seems to help. Has anyone else done this while breastfeeding?

    • Kate Mendoza June 8, 2015, 10:08 pm

      I’ve used ACV while breastfeeding, though not while quitting sugar. I’ll have to try it now! It seemed to increase my supply.

  • Dave May 12, 2015, 5:28 pm

    I stopped sugar almost 3 weeks ago and have suffered severe anger outbursts, irritability and a bit of depression. I look forward to when it tappers off. Just wanted to share my experience, I am generally a very happy person. God Bless.

    • Lori June 26, 2015, 9:56 pm

      Glad I’m not the only one with anger. Somethings I’d usually laugh off I’m getting overly irritated about. Wanted to crash my cart into aisles at the grocery store just to blow off steam. I have been cursing in front of my toddler when driving, cleaning, waiting in line when I typically am a conscious parent. Exercising helps but an hour or two later I’m raging mad again. Today I caved after a week and a half sugar free and a calm washed over me. I don’t want to be a slave to such a toxic health destroying substance but also want to be the calm and rational person my child and husband deserve. Maybe half a fruit a couple times a day?

  • Joe Monte May 12, 2015, 8:20 pm

    When I began to stopped eating sugar, I noticed that every night when I went to bed, I would fall asleep for a couple hours, and then wake up and not be able to fall back asleep. I was so tired in the morning it caused me to doze off at work. My boss found me napping in my office numerous times until he said enough was enough. I was let go 2 weeks after quitting sugar. Then the extreme depression and panic attacks kicked in.

    Sometimes, I would go 3 days without sleeping, I was too scared to go to bed because the panic attacks and heart attack feeling would immediately start. A month after I quit I could barely get out of bed and control my emotions. I laughed and cried hysterically for hours on end. One night I found myself standing on my apartment roof, contemplating whether life was worth living anymore. Daily panic attacks, depression, anxiety, nausea, random blood sugar drops, and numbness in my legs and arms were getting the best of me.

    Thankfully the fire department talked me down and got my safely admitted to an insane asylum. Now I am in a straight jacket so I can no longer pull my hair out or cut myself. But I am very suicidal and think about death daily in my tortuous cage called life ALL BECAUSE I QUIT EATING SUGAR. Living like this makes death a welcoming thought.

    • Nora June 13, 2015, 4:09 pm

      Joe~ I hope this is a joke for your sake; otherwise, you definitely have a strong addiction.

  • Candi May 12, 2015, 11:46 pm

    I am on day 16 with no sugar or starchy foods and I feel sluggish and have frequent headaches. I make myself exercise through the tiredness and am hoping that this will subside once my body adjusts to this new way of eating. I can’t believe how addicting sugar is. I am not going back to my old ways.

  • Pitts Burgh May 13, 2015, 6:06 pm

    I went sugar free 4 days ago… the days are tolerable but the evening hours strike me hard. I just can’t sit and watch TV without eating something. All I do at night now is pace the room until I go to bed. Also when I stand up I get dizzy (never happened before I quit sugar).

  • Wisteria May 13, 2015, 10:10 pm

    I cut back on sugar. I have become irritable and sleep a lot. I was waking up with headaches. I know that I cannot remove sugar completely but I have lost 9 lbs in 2 weeks. I feel better, but I am fatigued. I do not feel better until I have sweet tea or ice cream. I am going to try to eat one tea per day and drink water for the remainder. I don’t believe that I can survive without sugar due to the headaches.

  • Emily May 20, 2015, 1:45 pm

    I am on day 3 now of my sugar detox. I’m not nearly as hungry and my food cravings are very minimal. I felt mentally and physically refreshed on day 2. I did, however, wake up with a headache today.

  • Nima May 26, 2015, 3:16 pm

    I have quit sugar since 3 days ago, yesterday I was energetic, but today I’ve been having consistent headaches and a bit of dizziness since morning and by evening it’s gotten worse. I know that the body is detoxifying and hopefully it will go away sooner(I’m being patient). I had no idea not eating anything that contains sugar for 3 days could result me in such headache.

    I’m a runner and I was wondering if anyone knows quiting sugar will prevent the muscles to grow?
    And is the sugar in fruits consireded to be healthy? I think so, I’d like to eat fruits frequently as my base nutrition (I’m a vegetarian).

    • Martin October 1, 2015, 6:43 pm

      I wanted to lose some weight faster that with exercise alone, so following a chat with a friend, I went on to reduce as much refined sugars as possible. Over 14 weeks I lost the weight, but boy their was some days I had all the bad symptoms (feeling low, headaches, dizzy, etc) for no reason, and the only way to correct it was to up the sugar a bit and the bad symptoms when away almost straight away. I know some will say I should keep at it, but the bad symptoms are not nice.

  • Ellen May 28, 2015, 7:07 pm

    Day 4 of no chocolate and hot chocolate (my energy boost in the morning). Hard to stay awake in class for the past two days, pretty bad brain fog and just extremely exhausted. Yesterday I was wondering if something was wrong with me. Never been so tired in my life. I stopped eating the sugar because I thought it was making my energy levels irregular so I thought cutting it out would show immediate improvement. Glad I found these comments to see that it’s just withdrawal. On the plus side, my complexion looks amazing and my tummy is a lot smaller!

  • Christi May 31, 2015, 10:36 pm

    It takes me 2 weeks to get back to an OK place. The body has not evolved to process the amount of sugar we put in it, so I expected the symptoms to be severe. I have an autoimmune condition and sugar made my joint pain worse. First week was painful physically, second week has been just fatigue, weird sleep, and moodiness. I feel much more able to love around though and my joint pain is gone :) so it has really been worth it. I used to consume a lot of sugar on a daily basis though.

  • Katja June 1, 2015, 1:33 pm

    I am a 16 year old, and have been doing research about sugar seemingly for years. I gained a lot of weight over the summer and the year and finally said enough is enough. I am in week one without sugar and from someone who loved ice cream and cookies and never really did sports, to signing up for cross country, I’m pretty proud of myself. Of course I am shaky, fatigued, and get headaches no matter how much water, I know it’s temporary.

  • Sonja June 8, 2015, 5:03 pm

    This is day 6 without sugar. I felt OK until this morning. I was ready to go to hospital until I read about sugar withdraws. I had sweats, shaking, racing heart, and shortness of breath. I am only eating meats, green vegetables, and fruits. I do not feel hungry or have cravings. I have never had an addiction, but guess it was sugar. Good luck to everyone.

  • Lyle June 8, 2015, 7:39 pm

    Honestly, I pre-treat my sugar withdrawals. This is the second time that I’ve decided to kick sugar. The first time, I made it several months before I let a difficult situation in life send me into a tailspin. My eating was horrible.. a lot of sodium, sugar, saturated fat…lots of fast food and soda. Well, I’m back at the cutting out sugar and processed foods. What I like to do is pre-treat myself.

    On day one, I’ll eat my breakfast and then work out… Around 9:00, I’ll take a couple of Tylenol to pre-treat the inevitable feeling like crap that’s sure to hit. About 5 hours later, I’ll do the same. By bed time, I feel bad, but I can stomach it OK with not being at work late at night. I’ll do that for 4 days… Then I’ll cut back to 1 Tylenol twice a day for another 3-4 days or as needed.

    Honestly, this works for me. This time, I did have to extend my Tylenol treatment a day or two longer than the last. I was wondering why I was so nauseous and dizzy today. Finally I remembered that it’s the cutting out of refined sugars that’s kicking my tail. Pop a Tylenol and I’m OK. That doesn’t mean that I’ll stay on my diet. I’ve fallen off before. But, if I can just permanently kick soda, I think I’ll do pretty well.

    I’ve never been the type to go out of my way to get candy or anything. It’s the sugary drinks that have been the problem. And yes, I know that some will criticize my use of Tylenol/Advil/Ibuprofen/Aspirin or whatever, but I think a week of using the stuff is well worth kicking sugar to the curb.

  • Kate Mendoza June 8, 2015, 10:03 pm

    First of all, all of you who are giving up sugar and caffeine at the same time, you have all my respect. That is incredibly hard. I never give up caffeine, just switch from coffee to tea and back. Secondly, those of you who give up all carbs, fruit, and potatoes, etc, please don’t hate on those who haven’t. Giving up refined sugar seemed to be the goal of the original article, and refined sugar is the truly insidious destroyer of our mental and physical function.

    If you’re having a truly hard time, try some sunflower seeds with honey and a pinch of salt before bed. It should lift your headache and help you sleep better. I’m on day 10 after falling off the wagon, and I thought I was dying when I started. I blamed my migraines on stress. But I’ve found coconut water, 33 oz, to be incredibly helpful.

  • Meg June 12, 2015, 8:28 pm

    I’ve been “sugar free” for 7 days. I’m still having periods of anxiety and intermittent fatigue. My motivation seems to come and go. I think in a few weeks I’ll be kicking bu##! I’m sleeping so much better; my mind feels clearer; I awake refreshed!; and most importantly I feel like I have some control over not HAVING TO EAT every 2 hours. I’ve lost almost 5 lbs.

    This is my second attempt. What I learned the first time is that I was low on certain amino acids and on Omega fatty acids. After supplementing with those I was able to do this. I’ve lost almost five pounds even though I’ve been eating a bit many macadamia nuts. (For perspective I’m currently 142 at 5.5. And at 123 people start thinking I’m anorexic. So five pounds is substantial for ME.

    When I’ve craved sugar or crave a “treat” I eat macadamia nuts, drink water and take fish oil supplements. Again figuring out the amino acid thing was HUGE!! Julia Ross’s book “The Mood Cure” was helpful in figuring out what I was low on. There’s a free quiz online too. “Sugar Free” means I gave up refined sugars AND the foods that convert easily into sugar – potatoes, pasta, bread, honey, certain kinds of fruit.

    I don’t “hate on people” who are still eating foods that convert easily into sugar. I just feel a little frustrated that they don’t realize that they are making it HARDER on themselves. Those foods spike blood sugar and continue cravings. Both Dr. Hyman and Dr. Fuhrman do a good job of explaining this. I’ve given up thee most sugar laden fruits TEMPORARILY for the same reason. I will be adding most of those fruits back into my diet. Good luck!

    PS. If you are trying to lose weight – try to get off of anti-histamines. They cause weight gain too.

  • Linda Condo June 13, 2015, 8:13 pm

    I am a sugar addict. Was consuming 1/2 can of butter toffee nuts after dinner a day and a candy bar for lunch. I have consumed candy to an excess for 20 years on a daily basis. I am on day 3 cold turkey, no sugar. Withdrawal? Yes! I hit nausea about 4 pm every day, along with a headache and fatigue. I feel like I am starving to death so I am pounding the water. But, upside I have lost 1 pound already. I am not a quitter and I will beat this. Hang in there guys. If I can do it, so can you!

  • Rosey June 18, 2015, 4:54 am

    Very interesting! I tried to give up all refined sugar earlier this year and had flu like symptoms for approx a week. I stuck with it for a month and had huge weight loss and felt great. Unfortunately the old habits crept back and I’m now eating more refined sugar than ever as well as drinking a lot of caffeine. I feel asleep last night without my usual sweet treat and had terrible sleep, restless legs, and can feel the beginning of those flu like symptoms again already. Quite scary that the symptoms can arise within just a few hours. Clearly I need to make a change, am going to try do it, wish me luck.

  • Farah June 21, 2015, 7:23 pm

    About 2 years ago I decided I wanted to get my health back. Sugar has been a huge addiction for me ever since I can remember, and cutting it out was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I managed to lower my sugar intake significantly for about a year to a point where I would get this weird bruised feeling whenever I over-consumed sugar, even if that meant eating an extra piece of cake. My body started to reject sugar completely!

    After that year I hit a wall (life kind of got in the way) and I was eating sugar like never before; I even reached a point where I wouldn’t eat anything except for a few days except chocolates, sweets, etc. in attempt to compensate the calories. I gained weight, which was the hardest part for me, and the more I gained the more sweets I ate.

    I’ve been trying to cut / lower my sugar intake ever since – I would go up to a week of low sugar intake, then binge on sweets for a few days, repeat cycle for the past year. The main reason for the binging was because I didn’t understand why I was getting EXTREME shakes, dizziness, nausea, and so on, and it scared me. But after reading this forum I’m determined to beat this addiction and get my health back.

    Currently I’m on day four, again, and experiencing withdrawal symptoms, but now that I know that its normal I’m hoping to break through this repetitive cycle I’ve put myself through. Thanks to everyone who posted on here, knowing that you’re not alone is a real relief and very motivating, and I wish you all the best of luck :)

  • mollie June 21, 2015, 10:17 pm

    I’m on week 1.5, going 30 days sans sugar. I’ve been ok…headaches, cravings…the usual…but going into week 2 I am noticing some HELLA brain fog and loss of motor skills. Is this normal? I feel like I’ve been poisoned! Thanks for writing about this :)

  • Robin pooley June 25, 2015, 6:12 pm

    I have been on the paleo way of eating for about ten days and I am feeling snappy with the wife more, but I am staying the course as I want to change my lifestyle.

  • Jess June 26, 2015, 3:08 am

    I quit refined sugar and alcohol 9 days ago and cut way down on carbs. Eating fresh fruits and veggies and lean meat and drinking lots of water. Trying to by organic and hormone free as much as I can…Experienced a lot of crabbiness the first few days and a low grade headache comes on every afternoon/evening but I’ve already lost 5 lbs and I’m finding my morning mood to be much better. I just know it’s worth it to be healthier and thinner.

  • Jodi Larson June 27, 2015, 1:39 am

    I have gone on a no sugar/gluten free diet to treat Candida, and I am experiencing moodiness, anxiety, depression, and mild flu-like symptoms… I’m definitely glad to be going through this process, but will be so glad to be on the other side of it!

  • Peter Blaikie June 28, 2015, 2:56 pm

    I quit drinking Pepsi recently (two months now). I was drinking their “Throwback” version made with real sugar vs High Fructose Corn Syrup as I was drinking up to four 20 oz bottles a day (each bottles was 260 calories and 64 teaspoons of sugar each). The first two weeks were tough as I love Pepsi and have been drinking it for over 40+ years. I was anxious and quick to anger and I craved it immensely. I have substituted using Poland Springs seltzer water (Raspberry Lime is pretty darn good) to still enjoy the carbonation.

    When giving this up I noticed I was also not craving Fast Food (McDonald’s), Candy and chips as much even though I hadn’t intended on giving these up. My appetite is back on track for better home cooked foods and I do feel so much better. I am choosing not to drink diet soda for a host of other reasons and I am drinking more coffee (black with no sugar) to boost me when I need me a pick me up. I chose the soda first as it was the single largest form of calories I consumed in a day that did not provide the benefits my body needed.

    I may eat a little more, but my choices are healthier and at the times of day I need it with little to no snacking. I am losing weight slowly but that wasn’t my main concern as I just wanted to avoid developing type 2 diabetes due to my over the top sugar consumption. I do intend to make better eating choices slowly to avoid drastic changes that will cause cravings. If I desire a soda I choose ginger ale once a week as a treat and I drink a lot more water to stay hydrated in the summer (within proper guidelines as you really can drink to much if not careful).

    Be patient and the positive changes will make you feel a whole lot better. It doesn’t hurt that my fat belly is going away on it’s own and my clothes are fitting better if not loosely. Do not try to do it all at once, do use baby steps as it isn’t a race, just a desire to improve your own quality of life in your body and each small step will help. No one needs more stress in their lives so make the changes gradually to avoid adding to the stress in your life. Take care, Peter.

  • Nora June 30, 2015, 2:02 pm

    This has been an on and off thing for many years and have gradually switched to a healthier diet. I’m trying to totally break the sugar habit now. The anxiety is especially difficult because I live alone and that just gets extremely scary. It helps to read these comments because I tell myself I’m going to feel good soon. Thank you all for your experiences.

  • Kim July 1, 2015, 2:18 pm

    I’ve been sugar/starch/fruit and properly dairy free for a week now (already gluten and caffeine free). My first attempt was a fail. I felt so crap that after three days I convinced myself that I’d bought into some fad diet and was starving myself (despite eating plenty of protein and veggies and not actually being hungry).

    After finding sites like these, I realized I was experiencing sugar withdrawals. I’d cut down my actual sugar intake months previously when taking probiotics, but it seems starch in my diet just stepped up and filled the void. On my second attempt at cutting starch too, I was feeling pretty bad by mid-morning and that was from merely switching out one slice of GF toast.

    I experienced headaches, gurgly tummy and diarrhea, itchy skin, dry mouth, fatigue, low mood and insomnia. The second time I’d also started taking Milk Thistle and I think its helping. The really bad period only lasted a day and a night this time, with occasional fluxes of feeling like crap for an hour or so here and there.

  • Erika July 1, 2015, 3:12 pm

    So about two years ago my husband went through a terrible episode where we thought he was having a heart attack. Ended up he didn’t have one, but was told he was a walking heart attack waiting. One of the things he changed was switching up his pop for water with the little no sugar packets. I did this with him and now I no longer need the packets. I, however, did not change anything else. Now this past Saturday, my doctor has given me two months to make a change myself or he will have to treat me as I am that close to being considered diabetic.

    So I have found that in the last three days that making substitutions seems to be my way although the withdrawals are not absent. This is what I have been doing and maybe some of you can offer other advices for me. I am still only drinking water, I have switched up my usual morning breakfast of one packet of maple and brown with the no sugar one. I have switched my usual Wendy’s lunch run with healthy choice (although I noticed just about everyone is pasta).

    I have switched my usual bag of chips with lunch to no sugar jello and in my drawer I have changed out the usual candy with no sugar Russell Stover’s candy. When I get home I still have dinner but have decreased the portion size and took out the potatoes and bread. For night snack I have changed from my oversized bowl of cereal to a piece of fruit. Only making sure to have only one piece. Last night I added a spoonful of peanut butter. I am on my third day and feeling very hopeful. I think if I don’t buy any of the crap and have it around work or at home that this will help.

    I do remember my father in law who was diabetic being able to eat as much popcorn as he wanted as long as it was just popcorn and nothing added. Anyone hear of that? I just wish I had someone following me around to slap anything that I shouldn’t have out of my hand. Lol. The withdrawal symptoms seem to be increasing more today, but I think if I try to go to bed earlier that might help also limiting my electronic use. So any other advice is helpful after this rather long comment. Thanks!

    • Angelina Hunter July 4, 2015, 7:47 pm

      Dear Erika, This is my third day of the Whole30 which is a 30-day program to eliminate foods that may be making us unhealthy — look it up at Whole30 (dot) com. I am 69 years old and look much younger and I know from experience that every time I go through another “Renaissance” improving my food choices, increasing walking, and perhaps adding meditation, that I can achieve that I look years younger than I did just a few months ago.

      If you are a young person, you have GOT to do a lot of reading about how unhealthy the Standard American Diet is — they don’t refer to it as “SAD” for nothing. Living in Manhattan since 1966 I was fortunate to work with Europeans in two different fields — restaurant business and French investment firm. I have also had many friends from other cultures. Europeans laugh at us for making such poor food choices and winding up spending so much more money at the doctors.

      Europeans on average, spend around 25% more on food than most Americans do because they know that eating the very freshest most nutritious foods will make them healthy and save them a boatload on medical expenses. I would also suggest that you read a small book called: FOOD RULES by Michael Pollan. This little book will protect you from the ravages of our food culture. There are whole supermarket aisles that I don’t walk down because I wouldn’t eat ANYTHING in those aisles.

      AND I worked for a while in the legal department of a major conglomerate and observed the attorneys laughing at how they screwed the public – -but the support staff they were bragging in front of WAS the public. I stopped eating all foods produced by that mega-company immediately and I never forgot the ruthlessness of those men, the worst I ever worked with. I wound up on this site as I am experiencing symptoms of sugar withdrawal at the moment – lack of energy and focus and frontal headache (and I rarely get headaches) but this will pass and I just took two enteric-coated aspirin (the kind that are easier on the stomach).

      Learn all you can and you will become one of the healthiest folks you know — and it matters a great deal as we never know what’s down the pike. If, God forbid, you wind up in an accident of some sort, and you have provided yourself with good nutrition, you stand a better chance of surviving and recovering sooner. Good luck to you – it is very worth improving your nutrition as we are living longer and longer and want to enjoy it! -Angelina

  • Lauren July 2, 2015, 5:15 pm

    I’m currently struggling with sugar withdrawal. My symptoms are very similar to hypoglycemia, but I have tested negative for that. Shakiness, racing heart, mood swings, etc. Let’s hope this passes! I’ve been tapering off sugar for several weeks now and have only experienced this feeling twice in the past week.

  • Brooke July 5, 2015, 12:05 pm

    I am now at the end of day 7 of sugar free (or pretty close to it). I just slept for 3 hours in the afternoon and ready for another sleep. My tummy hurts, feel sick and a bit emotional/anxious. Keep waiting to vomit. Today I haven’t eaten much as it just doesn’t appeal to me which I think has also made me feel a bit sick. Slight headache but that feels like the least of my troubles compared to my fatigue and sickly feeling. Tempted to eat something sugary but know I need to just stick it out. Wish me luck.

  • Diane July 7, 2015, 1:49 pm

    I realized I was just drinking too much soda (for me, that was a half-can of Coke or the equivalent pretty much every day), and way too much chocolate (although I only eat dark chocolate.) I gave up the chocolate and soda three weeks ago. For five days now (approx. 2.2 weeks in) I started having severe gastrointestinal difficulties.

    I haven’t ever had the flu, but I think people suffer with that from the flu. I have been tied to the bathroom for days (with periods of feeling normal for several hours), nights are the worst. I get severe pains sometimes, and can’t sleep because of the frequent feeling of “need to go.” I have not been depressed, anxious or anything like that (except when this “illness” began), and I don’t crave soda or chocolate, although I did for about two days.

    I am fighting the need to go see a doctor, spending thousands of dollars on tests because of my high deductible. Should I wait it out? I am eating lightly, drinking a lot of water. Thanks for any responses. As of today it has been three weeks. I was eating a LOT of dark chocolate and/or mints, and felt like I was constantly eating/drinking sugar all day, then I gave it up cold turkey.

    • Mon July 31, 2015, 12:13 am

      Hi Diane, It’s interesting how everyone says that if you eat chocolate choose the dark chocolate. However a lot of the dark chocolates aren’t actually dark. They are labeled and look like dark chocolate but the cocoa percentage is very low usually being 40-60%. A good percentage is 78-100% depending on how much you can take.

  • Johann July 7, 2015, 5:24 pm

    I quit sugar cold turkey over two months ago since I was diagnosed with Stage 1 fatty liver. Today, my fatty liver is gone, my cholesterol is record low and I don’t crave for sugar anymore. Best of all, I lost 7kgs in 8 weeks. My advice is, don’t think too much about it. Be strong with your decision and don’t back track. The reward is worth the effort.

  • Scotty July 8, 2015, 3:06 am

    I stopped eating sugar two weeks ago, I’m still feeling dizzy. I’m not sure if it’s sugar withdrawal or perhaps I may have vertigo, because my head tends to spin when I turn it to the left when lying down in bed. It just seems to be a funny coincidence that I started getting the head spins in bed the day after I quit eating sugar. I do have a partially damaged left ear drum though, so it’s possible that I do have vertigo, even though I never had any dizziness issues until I started my sugar detox. I’m not really sure what to make of it.

  • Matt July 8, 2015, 11:06 pm

    I am so glad I found this site, I tried tapering the sugar off for about the past two weeks. Two days ago I quit cold turkey, I feel like I’m dying hah. I thought NO WAY this could be from sugar, I am so nauseated I can’t keep food down. I took two sips of a juice drink and a little bit later I felt GREAT! I could eat, felt jittery with energy. SCARY. I don’t want something that makes me this dependent on it. I quit smoking 5 months cold turkey and looking back the symptoms from that make me laugh at how mild they were. SCARY.

    • Stacey Choat August 12, 2015, 7:39 pm

      I know how you feel. I hate knowing that my body is so dependent on a substance that when I don’t take it, it makes me feel so ill. It’s only been two day for me but I really have to stick it out this time. This feeling is crazy! Headaches, dizziness, EXHAUSTION! Kudos on the quitting smoking thing.

  • Courtney July 9, 2015, 2:03 pm

    When I was about 16/17 I stopped drinking can sodas (I was a Dr. Pepper addict) I was up to about 10 a day I quit cold turkey and never really felt any symptoms except for a slight headache every now and then. I stopped eating all junk food type sugars (candy, cupcakes ect) I found myself wanting them even if they weren’t around to look at. Now, at 19, I’m back to eating sugar (but still no sodas) and I’m trying to quit. Today is the second day and I already woke up with fatigue, slight headache, dizziness, and crazings. So maybe it just depends on a lot of things.

  • cpwmsw July 15, 2015, 12:38 pm

    I am off sugar/flour for the past 3 days. I have never felt so tired, so foggy and so completely drained. I’m hoping this will go away soon. I’m also having stomach issues. But again, this is someone who ate sugar every single day in large quantities-donuts, cakes, cookies, dessert everyday.

  • Lindsey July 16, 2015, 12:35 am

    I just started trying to get off sugar. I want to lose weight so I have been using my fitness pal and set my carbohydrate goal to 60g. Today was my 2nd day and I was so tired. I went and got a diet coke and a candy bar to get some energy. I started to research sugar withdrawl and sure enough I have all the symptoms. I am so glad I found this site, I am going to get back on the wagon tomorrow.

  • Colleen July 16, 2015, 4:40 am

    I have been off sugar since January 2015. (6.5 months) My first few days were low energy and I broke out! I can tell you that I feel great! I have lost weight 15 pounds and my husband has lost 25 since he started 1.5 months ago! Along with stopping sugar I don’t eat anything white like bread, pasta and rice, etc! Fruits, veggies, nuts and whole grains, etc. – are my diet! There are 2 great documentaries to watch Fed Up and Food Inc. It is amazing what is put in our food! I wish you all success on your journey! I will never go back to eating sugar or processed foods again! This is the best I have felt since I was a child! I am 60 years old too!

    • Karen July 25, 2015, 12:45 pm

      Wow, Colleen, so good to hear! I turned 60 in June. I’m on my 3rd day of no sugar/gluten/alcohol. I’m typing this from bed because I feel like I have the flu. Stabbing pains, achey joints, no energy at all. Yesterday I was crabby and sooo tired. I had been off gluten for 5 years, but it’s been creeping back into my diet recently. Otherwise I eat pretty well – organic, mostly local whole foods. Very encouraging to hear how good you feel. I’m looking forward to it!

  • Melody July 21, 2015, 1:26 am

    I’ve been sugar free for about a week and a half. I’ve been very tired and moody which I expected. But the past few days I’ve appeared to have come down with a cold/flu. I’m nauseas and my nose had been running and I feel achy all over. I guess I’m one of the lucky few who get to experience these side effects. I was very addicted to food and have a tendency to binge eat. So it might take me a while to feel good again.

    But it’s worth it I’ve already lost 4 lbs, with 100+ to go. But I think if I can get through these few weeks of feeling crappy I can lose this weight in the next year or two. I have to admit it’s not an easy thing to give up!

    • Stacey Choat August 12, 2015, 7:46 pm

      That’s fantastic. Keep going. I’m a binge eater too. I used to be a health fanatic and I totally fell off the wagon and now can’t seem to get a grip. I came off sugar two days ago and feel like I’m dying! I hope I can stay off because it clearly is so unhealthy.

  • Laura July 23, 2015, 10:21 pm

    I’ve been refined sugar free for 3 weeks now and, whilst I love the food I am now eating (nuts/avocados/seeds/coconut) I still have painful bloating and a very ‘slow’ gut. Is this normal after this amount of time? Everyone seems to be saying how energised they are feeling and I still haven’t felt that. The scales are moving downward a bit but I wonder if I have developed an intolerance to something – or if my body is still adjusting. I know everyone is different but just wondered if you had come across this before?

  • Jemmah July 25, 2015, 9:46 am

    I decided to quit sugar a couple of weeks ago but found it so hard to the point where I’d sneakily eat cakes in the kitchen. I restarted and have now been almost completely sugar free for 5 days now (not including small amounts of sugar in Greek yoghurt, etc.) I have been experiencing very extreme fatigue (sleeping 3 hours earlier than my normal bedtime), stress and the sugar cravings are unreal. My family does not want to quit their sugar addiction with me so there’s always sweet stuff laying around the house which makes it that much harder.

  • Meredith July 28, 2015, 4:24 pm

    About 5 days ago, I eliminated sugar, processed foods, coffee, and alcohol from my diet, and I have never felt more unstable in my life! I quit all of these cold turkey, which probably isn’t the best, but I needed to for health reasons and I’m trying to keep my eye on the prize. I have been a sugar addict for a long time. I have been experiencing pretty extreme withdrawal symptoms including insomnia, shaking, fatigue, extreme irritability, a general malaise, emotions all over the place. Now on day 5, my symptoms have somewhat decreased, and my cravings are pretty much gone. Physical exercise has been the only reason I’ve made it this far and I’m feeling motivated to continue.

  • Bruno July 29, 2015, 3:08 am

    This is my 10th day of paleo-vegan. Just some sugar cravings, and today I felt a little dizzy for the first time, but it was really soft. What makes it feel really worth it is seeing how all my body fat is vanishing.

  • Cheri July 29, 2015, 3:19 am

    I gave up sugar a week ago. Had been eating desserts every night: ice cream, doughnuts, cookies, red licorice and dark chocolate. Dark chocolate gives you endorphines, so missing those feelings of well-being. Sleeping more, feel irritable and crave sugar, on my mind a lot. Feel great psychologically for doing it. Going on a 7-day diet of vegetable soup, little meat and low carbs to lose 12-20 lbs. Sugar detoxing 1 week first to prepare.

  • Manny July 30, 2015, 8:40 am

    Hi all. Entering third day of sugar (almost) free diet. I say almost free, because I’ve noticed that there’s sugar practically everywhere, from milk and juices to most of the fruits. Anyway, got pretty clear symptoms of withdrawal by now. Headache, foggy head, funny stomach, feeling like I want to puke. Got to say, they are all there, but none is too overwhelming, though I still feel like crap.

    I hope I get through this, because it is difficult to function like this. I also decided to quit saturated fats (which are just as bad as sugar) at once, so my struggle is in two fronts. I’ll report again in a few days. Good to see I’m not fighting this thing alone.

  • Mon July 31, 2015, 3:35 am

    I’ve been sugar free for 5 days now. I’ve had the major mood swings and the lethargy and I’ve also got a cold but it is the middle of winter so I’m not sure if that’s a symptom or just a cold. Interestingly enough no major cravings yet. I haven’t been presented with anything yet so that makes it harder when you see it and have to say no. I also have lot my appetite.

    I still get hungry but before I was just constantly hungry like I had worms and nothing would stop the hunger! Now I’m satisfied most of the time so I’m happy that my stomach isn’t constantly nagging me! I’m surprised that sugar is such a legal thing when it’s just as bad as alcohol, drugs and cigarettes! Sugar is a drug!

  • Andrew August 3, 2015, 2:40 am

    I’m interested to hear what defines “cutting out sugar” to people on here. Exactly five days ago, I gave up sweets, snack cakes, cookies, and literally every type of dessert, because I figured cutting it out cold turkey would prevent a resurgence of cravings. However, I did not give up bread products – although I exclusively eat whole grain, or at the very least, whole wheat. I’m a 24 y/o male. Five days into this (knock on wood), the only real effects I’ve experienced have been a massively increased hunger, and some pretty bad cravings for the stuff I stopped consuming. In terms of energy levels, I feel more energized but I’m not sure if this is a placebo.

    • Louise June 9, 2016, 7:31 pm

      I’m doing the 8 week blood sugar diet which means no refined sugars at all. This includes bread, pasta, starchy veg like potatoes (including sweet potatoes!) and most fruit. After the 8 weeks are up I’m going to maintain any weight loss and, hopefully, stable blood sugar levels by doing a low carb 5:2 Mediterranean style diet. Hope that helps!

  • Flora August 3, 2015, 5:43 am

    Awesome to hear other’s stories. Geez this is crazy. No sugar for a week.I have had an insatiable thirst for water…lots of it, and oh my God I can eat again! Wow, I can’t tell you how long I’ve struggled with my appetite and food. I’ve realized my body was being starved and malnutritioned. My hair has been falling out…sugar robs the body of B Vitamins and then makes you less able to deal with stress and then me not wanting to eat.

    It all makes sense now…. I thought my thyroid was messed up, my hormones, parasites from living abroad. What was wrong with me?! Damn white powdery poison… I was so dizzy yesterday, have had a fever and chills and just don’t feel good. But I’ve been eating a lot of meat, vegetables cooked and fresh and beans lots of them….think bean soup, they regulate your blood sugar and keep it stable…and prickly pears if you have them in your area.

    I’ve also been juicing and drinking fruit waters I make in the blender. It’s like wow my body is telling me how sad it was, what I need to do now and how she’s so happy I’m giving her true nourishment now. Much love on the self love journey. Muah!

  • Trudy August 6, 2015, 11:38 pm

    I’m so glad I found this site! I started having a problem with Irritable Bowel Syndrome so I cut out processed food and sugars. I am SO fatigued! I nap during the afternoon and still sleep through the night. I’m supposed to go on an active vacation next week so I’m thinking about adding more sugar again. Maybe just fresh fruit. I don’t want to be a zombie.

  • Nick August 9, 2015, 7:53 am

    I tried to quit once. For a full month I quit all processed/added sugar. I was miserable. I went back to sugar. A tear came to my eye when I ate my first bite if chocolate cake after my month away from sugar. I never felt that feeling of more energy, etc. I only felt worse the whole time. It was one of the worst months of my life. I have some health issues, so I was hoping this was my cure. I am now trying to simply limit sugar. I still feel bad when I am limiting. Should I have tried longer than a month???

  • Scott August 10, 2015, 2:26 am

    Leaving my 2c as I found this site helpful for myself. I’ve been sugar free for just this month of August (10 days), and during which, I’ve been hit with a common cold. My sinus has been affected the most, with strong headaches, and fatigue levels dropping and I’m sleepy all the time, especially early into the eventing between 7pm-8pm. Which is unusual for me, as I’m normally around 11pm tired. :) In my mind, I’m doing fine without sugar, but my body has reacted in what I’d consider a bad way.

  • Lana P August 11, 2015, 4:42 pm

    Hi, I cut out sugar 5 days ago. I feel ok, apart from the irritability! But then I’ve always been pretty irritable. I have felt a little more bloated than usual last couple days but I think my body is so sensitive to these kinds of things, I know it will sort itself out. I hope it will anyway!

    I cut out sugar for 6 weeks years ago and I lost 20lbs. I was also the slimmest I had ever been even though I have weighed less than that since. No sugar seems to be the way. I remember I slept really well, could think more clearly and just felt pretty good really! Hoping for that again.

    I am eating bread (brown) for the time being, not very much though. I’m not eating fruit until I have lost the weight I want, I will then reintroduce it. I have a blog about it if you want to check that out.

  • Stacey Choat August 12, 2015, 7:31 pm

    I can vouch that there definitely is such a thing as sugar withdrawal symptoms! I have a food addiction. I eat all sorts of junk food, including sugar, what seems like all day and all night. Every time I try to cut out sugar (I don’t consume any caffeine so it’s definitely the sugar) I suffer with extreme lethargy and afternoon headaches. It’s only been two days since the last time I stopped and I literally want to pop my head off.

  • Tim Melnick August 13, 2015, 9:17 am

    Watch Fed Up on Netflix. You will understand why you are having sugar withdrawals. Sugar is worse than cocaine. You are eating more of it than you even know.

  • Kathy August 14, 2015, 4:56 am

    I started primal/paleo 18 days ago, no sugar, alcohol, carbs (pasta bread rice the usual culprits). Pretty rough at first then felt better all the way around, this week not so good – body aches, hard to sleep twitchy body while trying to rest, irritable. Even thought I’m exercising, still not feeling fully energized yet. I ran out of my magnesium/calcium/vitamin D – so I’m pretty sure that has some effect.

    Going to Trader Joe’s tomorrow to get a bottle. I’ve done primal before, it takes my body about 40 days to adjust to fat burning in place of sugar burning. After 40 I felt great, dropped two pant sizes. But over time, buying a new home (packing, moving etc.), stress with work – slipped back to the sugar laden-carb foods. My resolution is firm. Just need to make adjustments by adding back my supplements, and be very patient and constant with exercise.

  • june August 15, 2015, 9:02 pm

    I quit sugar 4 days ago and I am still experiencing, the fatigue, light headed, anxiety, I was very grateful to view this sight now I realize this is normal. I have kept daily a piece of fruit and potatoes, which seem to give me a little relief. I keep looking forward to the next day, as I know it will improve, hopefully this is tomorrow. I seem to be craving more caffeine for the tiredness, although it doesn’t seem to help. Any suggestions how to beat this withdrawal?

  • Noni August 17, 2015, 7:08 am

    Only into my 2nd day. Made some sugar free brownies to help ease the pain. I’m not sure if going cold turkey is for me. Plus I’m conflicted about whether to eat fruit or not. Any suggestions?

  • FeFe August 19, 2015, 2:20 am

    It is so reassuring to read these entries. I am 7 days off sugar and have had headaches, flu-like symptoms, more fatigue in evening than usual. I don’t really crave sugar but do think about stuffing a cooky into my mouth; but then I think how I would feel afterwards and easily resist. This is new, exciting and I hope the flu-like symptoms go away asap: sore throat, some nausea, some dizziness. Hope my skin gets better! Thanks to all for the comments.

  • Stacie August 21, 2015, 7:44 am

    I am on day five of no sugar. I would normally eat a lot of junk food like cookies, little Debbie snack, Fritos, Cheetos, cakes, pastries, ANYTHING you name I have are out of proportion. For years and years and years! I’m 22 years old. This is the hardest freakin thing ever. I’m getting angry and annoyed of everything literally. My anxiety has came back. My heart rate increases, I have major depression. It’s only day five! Omg? I’m trying to lose weight and been working out everyday since day one and been eating good. I can’t wait to hit my goal weight. I also can’t wait till I’m done with this withdrawal.

  • Kristina Wood August 25, 2015, 11:29 pm

    Day 2 on no sugar and I am so angry! Hungry too! Ugh!

  • Aleks September 1, 2015, 2:07 pm

    OMG I have been sugar free for 7 days now and I have had NO SLEEP. Feeling so tired, craving sugar every second and very moody!!

  • CC September 3, 2015, 5:59 pm

    I have been on a clean and vegan diet for 4 days now. I have been eating: fruits, veggies, beans, whole grains (quinoa, farro). I have also been taking a multivitamin, fish oil, and probiotics daily. My motivation came after watching That Sugar Film and Fed Up. I have always been a “healthy” eater and fit, but I think our physical appearances can be deceiving. I found myself in the past few months eating more and more unhealthy foods (e.g. a bag of chips at night, a cookie at lunch) and I especially found myself reaching for these items when I was tired or feeling out of it.

    The worst symptom so far has been this out of it feeling/brain fog. My body from the neck down feels great. I have been getting a lot of sleep, been able to keep up with marathon training in the morning, and feel overall energized. However, my head is a mess. My eyes feel tired but my body doesn’t if that makes sense. I hope this symptom ends soon – I am not sure how much more I can stand it! Thanks to everyone for posting. Your comments have helped me so much and I will continue to read them in my moments of weakness!

  • Sonja September 16, 2015, 7:28 pm

    I am currently on day 2 of no sugar. I am experiencing severe headache, dizziness, fatigue, and irritability. However this is not my first rodeo and all of the pain is temporary. Prior to this I actively trained as a body builder and had NO sugar or refined carbohydrates in my diet. The occasional stevia addition, oats, sweet potato, and brown rice were all I had as far as carbs go. And I had amazing energy, clarity, and clear and youthful skin.

    My withdrawal was not nearly as bad the first time I cut sugar out in comparison to this go around. Just this past year I was pregnant with my second child and splurged on my cravings. This means I over indulged in watermelon and LOTS of peanut M&M’s, literally LOTS. 4 weeks now post birth I have cut sugar and am amazed at the difference on how my body is reacting. It’s truly amazing and a nuisance but it’s totally worth it. So hang in there guys! It’s only temporary.

  • Charlotte September 30, 2015, 7:25 pm

    Hi! I am really encouraged by all of these posts…I decided I needed to do something different because I just couldn’t continue to eat/binge eat sugar, then do juice cleanses every few months to feel better…I needed a lifestyle change and decided to try no refined sugar or grain products. It’s been three days and I have a throbbing headache. I keep drinking water, but it is not going away. I have also been having trouble falling asleep at night. Now I am convinced it’s the sugar withdrawal… it really is a poison we are putting in our bodies!

    I am satisfying my sweet tooth with a different set of foods: last night, I processed dates and figs with some roasted almonds and made date bars. Make sure your dried fruits do not contain any added sugar (only natural!). I have been eating lots of fruits too (apples, grapefruit and raspberries are my favorite). Stay with it people!! My skin looks AMAZING after just 3 days; imagine what it will look like after 3 months? (Just in time for my wedding).

  • Sjaa October 2, 2015, 2:24 am

    Really needed to read all these comments and the article above. I have gone off sugar before, and it was bad then, but this time I have two young boys and having migraines, being exhausted, angry, and depressed is really packing a heavy blow. I will keep going because I need to be free of this attachment to sugar. Thanks everyone for posting their experiences.

  • Jordan October 4, 2015, 7:20 am

    I’ve been off sugar + gluten for 16 days so far already feeling so much lighter, more calm and balanced emotions. It was tough in the beginning stages because of the sugar withdrawal symptoms but I feel confident I will continue this dietary change and live a much better life as a result. It’s hard in the beginning but worth all the pain.

  • Ken October 5, 2015, 1:42 pm

    I went cold turkey several days ago and feel lightheaded, disoriented, and have headaches. I have high BP.

  • Wendy October 6, 2015, 2:13 am

    I am 1 week into eliminating added sugar from my life (cold turkey). Yesterday the headache started. I don’t really notice a craving for sugary foods, but my Birthday is Thursday, so kind of curious if I will even want cake and ice cream, or anything sweet at all. Still have the headache. Haven’t stepped on the scale yet, so not sure if I’ve dropped any weight. Maybe too early to tell. I have noticed an afternoon slump around 2 or 3 o’clock the last few days.

  • HP October 9, 2015, 4:03 am

    I’m on day 5 of the HCG diet – very limited on what I can have, but no added sugar, very little carbs and my fruit selection is minimal. I surprised myself with very little detox symptoms. I’ve found that a little extra protein mid-day helps get me through any slump. But I feel TONS better.

  • Yuan October 12, 2015, 4:53 am

    Today is just my fourth day and I felt like I was going crazy. I have mild depression and anxiety problems. As if my whole world came tumbling down. Hopefully the organic chlorella powder I just ordered online will help!

  • Steph October 17, 2015, 5:57 am

    From reading all your comments it sounds like I am having it easy so far. Never been one for fizzy drinks but eat a lot of sweets and desserts, but also an insane amount of things like crisps which I had no idea has sugar in them. Anyway this is day 5 and last night for the first time I had a slightly disturbed night’s sleep (which never normally happens) and I have experienced mild headaches all day since day 2. I find that my energy levels are fine throughout the day but as soon as it gets to early evening I really start struggling to stay awake.

    Also on day 2 while at work we had a pretty hectic shift, at around 9pm when things started to calm down I noticed that my whole body was shaking, which I found totally bizarre. Still can’t quite believe things like bread, crisps and mayonnaise have sugar in them but having read all your comments about how you’ve dealt with such severe symptoms I know I can do this :) Good luck everyone quitting sugar.

    • Steph October 17, 2015, 6:05 am

      I forgot to mention that my main issue has been constant hunger. No matter how much I eat, I still feel hungry. Has anyone else experienced this? How long did it last for you? As an example, yesterday for breakfast I had two apples and a banana (I had nothing else in the house), a vegetable stir fry with a small amount of egg noodles for lunch, it was a MASSIVE plateful and took me over 30 minutes to eat (I usually wolf everything down, and for dinner I had beef stew with mash potato and a massive raw veggie salad.

      I also had a “snack” which consisted of almost a whole pack of tomatoes, green beans, salad onions and a pack of mozzarella right before I went to work. I am not trying to starve myself at all, I just eat as much as I want as long as it’s healthy, but despite all of this I still went to bed hungry!!! I should mention with the fruit, I am giving up refined added sugar, but still having fruit in my diet. Normally I would have less fruit than yesterday but I had stuff in the house I needed to use up.

  • Rox October 18, 2015, 8:44 pm

    First couple hours into my sugar detox. Found this website and have read all the comments. Its good to know what to expect. I liken sugar to a drug if it has such a negative affect on your body when you stop consuming it. Very scary. I’ll check back in in a couple days to update my progress. Just ate a bowl of steel cut oats plain with tons of water and grabbing an apple. Also drank my coffee black.

    Don’t think I can do away with the sugar AND caffeine at the same time! I’m doing this by the way because I am 38 years old with a career that requires me to be on point mentally and physically and I am not. In addition, I have a two year old son who I need to stick around for. I don’t want to die from diabetes or cancer or anything I can prevent. Cutting out sugar is a huge step to becoming healthier for him and for myself. Good luck everyone!!

  • Niki October 20, 2015, 1:00 am

    I am on week 2 and its really day 2 of 100% NO SUGAR, I have the same symptoms as you all and I also need to go to the little girls room (#1) like 20x a day. Has anyone else had this? Please note I normally go a lot but now its a lot more regular. Maybe because eating more protein makes you thirsty and you drink more?? Sorry I know its a bit awkward.

  • Cristopher October 26, 2015, 9:52 am

    I have been on and off this no sugar diet for a month and have recently been hard on it for 2 weeks. I have noticed my attitude and grumpiness at a all time high and feel bad!!! I work with a wonderful group of people who I love at heart and I feel I have let them down with these side effects, very different from my cheeky bouncy self. I hope with in a week I will return to my happy self.

  • Kat November 5, 2015, 11:13 pm

    Just got off most sugar a week ago…Feeling anxious and irritable with little energy. My nutritionist told me to eat a little dark chocolate 85% & honey/or maple sugar when things get really hard. This seems to help. Also, I eat a apple with a tiny bit of low sugar peanut butter. This helps. I’m staying off bread and pasta as well. I’m going to give myself a pat on the back. Can’t believe that I have made it this far! I ate so much junk previously & Starbucks got way too much money from me. My nutritionist told me that they are the worst in adding so much sugar to all their drinks.

  • N November 7, 2015, 3:34 am

    I have tried to quit sugar many times, and have up to now been unsuccessful. I have tried as part of a diet, or just quit sugar and the pattern is always the same. After a couple of weeks I fall off the wagon, and start eating more and more sugary foods (coffee, sodas, chocolate, cereal, whatever). This is a pattern I have had for YEARS. Sugar is addictive. Sometimes I temporarily substitute it for cigarettes. But it’s the sugar not the cigarettes.

  • Bitu November 11, 2015, 7:18 pm

    I am a vegetarian since birth and gluten free since 6 months. I don’t consume any packaged food and avoid sugar. Today I had a whole glass of sugar cane juice and boom I am feeling lethargic, brain fog, and totally depressed. I have never noticed this before but this time I paid some attention and I noticed the changes soon after the sugar cane juice. I do have milk with some added sugar often, but I never get this feeling which I got today. Maybe sugar cane juice has lots of sugar.

  • Michelle November 12, 2015, 8:55 pm

    It’s certainly encouraging to read all these stories. For a variety of reasons, I decided to cut back on sugar. I’m not a bread person, but cake, cookies, brownies…I *love* to bake. And candy. Thing is, I’ve got four littles to keep up with now, and I’m the biggest I’ve ever been in my life. Diabetes does run in my family, and thus far I’ve dodged the gestational diabetes bullet…but…for my own sake, my children, and my husband, I need to stop.

    I’m only on day 3 and it’s hard!!! I am much more snappy, and irritable with the kids than usual. Even my husband has commented on it. I told him he’s married to a junkie going through withdrawal, so bear with me. I don’t know how long this will last. Eventually I plan to quit refined sugar altogether. Given the severity and duration of my sugar consumption, I figure starting slowly will be safer for all parties.

    Mornings aren’t too bad. By Three in the afternoon though I’m frequently snarling and dying for something sweet. I want to be free of this.

    • Jack November 12, 2015, 10:19 pm

      I made the mistake of going cold turkey on BOTH caffeine & sugar (I ate about a box of Nips everyday). Oh my god. Yesterday, day 2 after eating a turkey sandwich I went comatose including a low grade fever. It seems I react differently to different sugars. Today, day 3, I had a nibble of cake and started feeling sweaty & irritable. Later in the day I had some chocolate & voila I feel like a normal human.

      It’s good to know I am not broken. I am extremely sensitive to all foods ever since I had gastric bypass 6 years ago. Guess I will take it slower by staying off the coffee and gradually tapering off the sugar.

  • Kayleigh Jones November 18, 2015, 7:03 am

    Yep, I am 4 day in and I feel rough! Being sick after workouts and feeling sick most of the time. But looking to the future.

  • Chrissy November 19, 2015, 3:02 pm

    Today is my second day tapering off sugar. Though I did have a fruit in the afternoon because I was craving something sweet, I still feel weak. I’m slowly getting the flu-like symptoms, and I’m easily annoyed. Hopefully this won’t go on for too long.

  • Ambika November 23, 2015, 3:54 pm

    Its my fourth day fortunately with no severe side effects as such. Just a little bit sugar craving. I hope it wil go away in couple of weeks. I have been suffering from a yeast infection for over 4 years with many unsuccessful treatments and now after giving up sugar I can already feel a great improvement. Vaginal discharge has reduced by 80% only in 4 days.

    Yeast and parasites feeds on sugar, so I decided to give it up. And I am so happy now getting rid of this disease. And all the people who are having flu like symptoms please understand that it is a way your body is getting rid of toxins. So please don’t get worried about it.

  • Cheezuz November 24, 2015, 2:55 am

    Hmm… the withdrawals look more like serotonin reduction to me. Of course you get cravings since sugar is essential to serotonin synthesis. YOU need sugar, but not over 90g a day. Your body only really utilizes it for brain energy.

  • Michelle November 29, 2015, 3:05 am

    I have quit sugar twice before, just doing it again this weekend (like others said, it creeps back in, usually combined with caffeine!). YES all of those symptoms happened and went away… entirely gone two months after stopping the first time, two weeks after stopping the second time. Am on nasty headache step right now, trying tapering this time instead of cold turkey last two times, but same side effects. All I can say is hang in there!! After your body detoxes you will feel much better and less likely (each time) to go back to how it was.

  • Carrie December 2, 2015, 4:08 am

    I’m on day two of withdrawal. I have a horrible headache and am vomiting. Does anyone else vomit?

  • MDR December 4, 2015, 4:45 pm

    I took an aspirin to get through the first round of headaches. Focusing on my senses and environment, clearing my mind, and no desire for sugar. I’ve tried quitting a couple times but this time my mind is winning. Low grade flu-like symptoms and weird sleeping behavior, I don’t care. it’s the single best thing I can do right now, immediately, is not drink a soda. Best wishes to all.

  • Chet December 11, 2015, 8:36 pm

    I quit soda two years ago. It was extremely hard and I kept failing. Once I finally got through 6 month I knew I was free of it and have been. 6 month ago I cut out all caffeine. That was hard but the soda was harder and I was successful. Now, two weeks ago I cut out all processed sugars… Reading other’s comments has been helpful but I’m not confident I am going to be successful.

    Cutting out all refined sugars is really doing a number on me. I didn’t realize until reading here that I should also be cutting out white bread and white rice. I have not been sleeping well. I have ever increasing migraines. I am nervous at weird times. I have constant thoughts about bad things happening to me. I find it very hard to concentrate. Plus my vision is way off. It’s as if my bad habits of eating deserts after meals just built up on me year after year until I never feel like I ate properly without some kind of desert afterwards.

    All snacks had become some kind of surgery snack. I didn’t realize that I was trying to cope with life by eating more and more sugar. Now I am in a situation where if I do not change drastically, I will be joining the millions of Americans with heart disease, diabetes, and other diet related health issues. Every day I wake up thinking, ‘Ok, today is the first day of my new life.’

    • Karen December 19, 2015, 6:44 pm

      How are you doing, Chet? I’m only entering my second week, and you’re right in that it’s not easy. Lost my husband almost three years ago due to diabetes and all that goes with it. Now his sister is experiencing the same thing. My health situation is not like theirs’, but sitting in her hospital room several days ago was the turning point for me. Best start is our food intake. Good eating to you! Luck not a factor.

  • Karen December 19, 2015, 6:37 pm

    I am entering my 2nd week of life without sugar. Very dizzy and legs are rubbery. I’m retired and being more mindful if eating balanced, and greatly increased veggies and fruits. Amazingly they haven’t killed me yet. I’ll be so glad when this phase is over. But I’m very excited and encouraged with my blood sugar numbers and blood pressure readings already. Your comments section here is also encouraging!

  • Donna December 28, 2015, 8:35 am

    Well I quit sugar earlier in the month and had very mild flu like symptoms, a sense of fullness and tenderness in my stomach, foggy thinking and really moody. This changed into a much more positive, awake and clear thinking attitude. I then decided that for Xmas I would eat lots of sugar!

    So much more sensitive to it and I felt anxiety and brain fog returning. Now I have cut it out again and feeling those same possible withdrawal symptoms again. Feeling positive though, as this has shown me, the contrast of how I feel with and without sugar. Very worth it.

  • Stefan December 29, 2015, 4:22 pm

    Day 4 without sugar. Day 2 & 3 were horrible. Today I feel… clear! Sugar is so addictive it’s crazy. Going for a 10 day juice reboot after New Year’s Eve. After that I’m going back to Paleo with less meat though.

    Folks, don’t forget to eat some carbs. Carbs can be healthy in the form of brown rice or whole grains. If you go from massive eating of sugar to veggies, fruit, nuts and meat you may be reducing daily calorie intake with 80%, which explains many of the symptoms mentioned above. Regards from Sweden

  • Carol L December 30, 2015, 6:25 pm

    Hoo…been off sugar, alcohol, went gluten free. It is day three and I almost wish I was dead. I am 49 and got away with being unhealthy most of my life. I stayed very thin until two years ago. But I have made the decision to stop acting immature and do something good for myself. I know the pay off is coming. But I currently am very fatigued, irritable, dizzy, foggy, can’t sleep. Pretty intense. Very glad I’m not alone!

  • Sheeners December 31, 2015, 10:06 pm

    I have a serious sugar addiction, and will eat anything sweet no matter how full or hungry I am. I am only on my second day of no sugar, and definitely did not expect to feel this crummy. I have had a constant tension-type headache and am extremely moody with occasional dizziness. I couldn’t figure out what my deal was, and I mentioned to a co-worker how I’ve been feeling and she asked if I have cut out sugar or caffeine. After that I decided to Google sugar withdrawal, and came across this. Not knowing why I felt like this seemed to make the symptoms worse, so hopefully it will be short-lived!

  • Crustyvermonter January 2, 2016, 12:34 pm

    Off sugar for 12 days, noticed carb intake up, but my question is… I’m stuck on those last 15 grams with coffee creamer and Kind bars! Is this bad?

  • Tammy January 2, 2016, 11:52 pm

    The comments I’ve read are so helpful. I am 44 years old and I never dreamed I would have an “addiction”. I’ve been researching sugar addictions and it has been an eye opener. I recently watched documentaries about sugar additions, but I’m just now realizing this is my reality and my responsibility to do something about it.

    I have successfully completed Weight Watchers and the Adkins diet off and on for years. I have lost 40 lbs and gained 45, lost 30 and gained 50… etc. I have several family members with diabetes and heart disease and i was recently told I was “pre-diabetic”. So, I have decided that I will start my sugar detox on Monday and I do realize the withdrawal systems will be fierce the first couple of weeks, hopefully no longer.

    I went through the withdrawals years ago when I did the Adkins diet. Although I know what’s coming, I’m still dreading it! I’m hoping this realization of my addiction will be the last straw and I can kick this habit once and for all. Wish me luck!

  • Linda January 3, 2016, 5:58 am

    My husband quit sugar 7 days ago cold turkey. He is 70 and has been addicted most of his life. He normally is very mild mannered, but… not so right now. I can honestly say that this is not good. He gets angry easily, and gets aggravated at things that in the past would not have bothered him at all. He also has a headache and leg cramps. We are both looking forward to this being over. We had no idea that he would be going through such an ordeal.

  • Steph January 3, 2016, 8:48 pm

    The headache started on day 3. The first day was the worst and since then it has been getting better. I have been drinking 2 liters of water a day and going for approx 30 min walks. I think that has helped, however I still am a bit numb in the afternoons. Plus side, lost 2 & 1/2 kilos in 10 days.

  • Dasha January 6, 2016, 1:45 am

    Hey everyone – day 3 and OH BOY! Headache, burning eyes, foggy head, irritable, anxious and didn’t sleep well last night! Here I go again. I did this a few years ago and was sugar free for 8 weeks and felt amazing afterwards, but I’ll feeling so awful today. It’s like all the toxins are running around crazy inside me. Sugar is so bad! was helpful reading all your posts and to see we all feel the same… can’t believe it did it once and then went back to my old ways because I felt so good!

  • Jo Holloway-Green January 9, 2016, 12:40 pm

    Hi all, I am on day 6 today and had flu-like symptoms for the first couple of days and keep dreaming about sweets! I was off it for a year before and I felt so amazing, so I know I am going to get through this. I have one strange symptom though and I wonder if anyone else has this, needing to go to the toilet for a bowel movement far more regularly every day at the moment. It started after Day 2 and I am sure it’s linked. I have upped my nut intake as protein really helps my cravings so it might be that, but just wondered if anyone else has had this strange symptom?!

    • Lorne February 7, 2016, 2:56 pm

      I think you are the only one in here who mentioned that. I noticed the same thing (increased bowel movement) as soon as I quit sugar. I assumed it was just because of all the fruits and fiber I’ve started eating but without trying to give TMI it’s not what I would have expected as in hard as rock rather than the opposite. How long have you been on sugar? (30 years here) I also had a nasty sore throat after the first few days which is extremely rare for me.

  • kaykay January 12, 2016, 5:16 pm

    I stopped sugar a week ago and it sucks. I’m constantly feeling hungry no matter what I eat!! My head is foggy and my body just feels weird! Any tips????

  • Cheri January 15, 2016, 9:13 pm

    I’m on day 2. I had a horrible headache yesterday. So far so good today, lots of shakes. The reason I’m doing this is because I have diabetes, and I want a better life. I have also sweated all day. My doctor days I’m going about this the right way. I have been infusing water with fruit, cucumber, mint, and ginger it takes a while to get use to the taste but its a better alternative, and helps detoxify your body as well.

  • Nikki January 17, 2016, 10:06 am

    I used to drink about two cans of coke a day, sometimes more, this was a bad habit I got into over the last 6 years. I have just finished my first week coke-free and I am experiencing strange flu like symptoms but in particular the sweating is relentless. I have to change my bed sheets every morning as they and my clothes become saturated, I am wondering if this is normal?! I had to go to the spare room at about 3am just this morning as my bed was soaked in sweat… Has anyone else experienced this? Also experiencing broken sleep and some irritability/anger – not a lot and no headaches yet :)

    • Teri January 22, 2016, 9:40 pm

      Nikki, I don’t know anything about what is normal or not. The only thing I wondered after reading your comment is: How old are you? Could this be menopause or premenopause? Again, I apologize. I am not familiar with what the symptoms should/shouldn’t be, but that was the first thing that I thought of. Best of luck to all of us!

  • Jo January 25, 2016, 3:35 am

    I have been tapering off sugar. It’s been 2 weeks and every afternoon it’s lightheaded, dizziness, and more dizziness! Also hardening of the jaw as if I was grinding my teeth… it feels so weird. It’s so similar to a come down from party pills. The fatigue is horrible too, comes at the wrong times so I feel this is going to take a while :-\.

  • Garrett January 25, 2016, 9:10 pm

    I’m on my 7th day and yesterday was terrible… I had fever and body chills all day and night. My head felt like it was going to explode and then into the night it got worse, I was hugging the toilet :(. Happy to say when I finally woke up this morning I felt much better! My cravings are still high but I’m feeling good.

    The veggies are tasting better with every day and now my family is eating better too! I’m looking forward to the side effects begin completely gone and my energy levels getting back up naturally… Without the help of a nasty Monster energy drink or 3 cups of coffee! Just stick with it… It’s worth every bit! Garrett

  • Ann-Marie January 26, 2016, 9:07 pm

    Thank you very much for all your helpful comments. Now I know what was wrong with me last week! I finished working at a garage!!! (Say no more). The first week away from the garage and boy I felt unwell. Headaches, I kept sleeping 1 1/2 hours throughout the day. I felt I had flu!! I just thought well I’ll pick up tomorrow. It wasn’t until the 6th day I was able to do normal things again! I’m never ever going to underestimate the impact it has on my health. A week later I’m enjoying my energy levels!

  • Jane January 27, 2016, 11:45 pm

    Just started Dr. Hyman’s 10 day detox and had no idea I’d have sugar withdrawal symptoms! Good thing I didn’t know, because I don’t know if I would have done this, but now that I’m into day 3, I’m determined to continue. I didn’t even realize until a couple weeks ago, that my cup of milk in my daily lattes, contained 14 grams/each (so 28 grams) and my “healthy” protein bar had another 12 grams.

    So already at 40 grams, without even looking at all the other foods I ate, plus desserts. etc. I must’ve had 100 grams/day! Although I’m not overweight, and in good health, but I’d heard how bad sugar is, (and I knew I was a sugar-aholic) so wanted to detox from it. First day, developed a migraine. Yesterday, felt ok when I woke up and worked out in morning, but then had absolutely no energy after that and felt so fatigued by 2:00 (felt like it was 9:00!).

    Felt like I had the chills and crawled into bed by 8. After 10 1/2 hours sleep, I woke up with a headache, that turned into another migraine and have been trying to bear through it. I got online an hour ago, just to see if there was anything about sugar withdrawal and was amazed at all the information!! I knew it was a toxin and 8 times more addictive than cocaine, but had no idea, I’d feel withdrawal symptoms like this!! :(

    But at least after reading many of these posts, realize these are all “normal” and I have to wait it out. Looking forward to feeling better in a few days!!

  • I. Cirino January 30, 2016, 2:32 pm

    First day, 9g of sugar in the morning, that’s it. 4 PM rolls around, I feel like I need a nap; weak, tired, sleepy. Lied down, didn’t sleep but stayed there until this morning. Had a slice of spelt bread with butter, bacon and eggs. I will have one serving of carbs per day in the morning. Until I can stop completely. Labels will be my God and my guide. 20g or under per day (sugar) 20g or less carbs per meal. Onward!

  • Cole January 31, 2016, 8:10 pm

    I am on day 2 of no sugar and I can’t stop sweating. I haven’t read of anyone else going through this. I didn’t sleep well, but I think that was more to do with my body temperature and the amount of sweat pouring off throughout the night.

  • Jules February 4, 2016, 3:46 am

    On day 2 now. I feel very fatigued. I’ve lost my appetite somewhat, and I couldn’t sleep well last night, but other than that I am fine. I have cut out sugars including fruit and bread. I’m only going to do this for the next 4 days. I have done it once before for 3 days, and it completely eliminated my cravings for chocolate and sweets. I’m a chocaholic with a raging sweet tooth, so these are big changes in my diet.

  • louise February 5, 2016, 10:08 am

    Im on day 5… Anxiety, inability to concentrate and make decisions quickly, feeling teary, feeling very tired and sleep deprived, foggy head and frequent sugar cravings. Stopped smoking 5 months ago and swapped that addiction to sugar. I feel like smoking again this week, the cravings are confusing. I will get through this, lost 3 pounds in weight. Looking forward to a healthier life.

    • Joanne April 8, 2016, 6:33 pm

      Wondering how you’re doing Louise. I’m on day 5 now too and feel exactly the same as you did. Hope you’re doing well.

  • Sue February 6, 2016, 9:07 pm

    I gave up sugar 4 days ago. I am such a big sugar eater, and am surprised that I don’t have too many cravings. Day 3 however, I got such a black mood, which is so unusual for me. I could of cried all day! Gave my husband a really hard time. Think he thought a different woman had moved in. As usually I am quite an optimistic happy person. Hope it goes soon as I would rather be happy than miserable. Hope it’s worth it.

  • Donna February 9, 2016, 9:45 pm

    I have started reducing the amount of sugar in my diet. I realize that the amount I now consume is too high for me to stop cold turkey. I’m menopausal and suffer from mild depression so I know the symptoms everyone on here is having will be hitting me the more I get rid of… and I just don’t think my body could stand the shock of cold turkey. Hope all are doing well. Ready or not, I’m in this for the long run.

  • Michele February 12, 2016, 1:10 pm

    I eat quite a healthy diet and am not overweight and am training for a marathon but was very aware that after my meals I would always reach for the sweet treats mainly chocolate and biscuits, and I wanted to see if I could stop doing this (replaced with rice cakes and almond butter and the odd square of 85% dark chocolate)!

    I’m on day 5 and have found it relatively easy to not eat the chocolate etc and my craving for it has reduced, but I can’t shake this dull behind the eyes headache that has come on since day 2 or 3. I’ve also been for 2 runs this week which I’ve found tougher than I should have and I wonder if my body has been used to having access to all this sugar and how it’s having to look else where for energy sources?!

    I’ll stick with it but I really hope this headache goes away soon!

  • Jay February 13, 2016, 2:50 pm

    The amount of chemicals that are placed in our foods is just wrong…and sad. Our bodies do not know how to process garbage. I put myself on a self-imposed strict diet. Basically, anything that comes in a box or bag is out! Period. Two weeks in with a cold-turkey sugar detox and the only symptom I have come across is the cravings. I am 40-years old, 5’7″ at 185 pounds.

    In just 9 days I dropped 8 pounds down to 177 (without any exercise whatsoever). Cutting out junk (candy, cookies, ice-cream, bread, etc) was very difficult, in fact…still is. After 30-days of this, I will return to a diet that is built on the principle of “everything in moderation” coupled with my daily dose of cycling (when Autumn returns).

  • Gabriel Coll February 13, 2016, 5:17 pm

    Great article much appreciated. I’m off sugar four weeks now. I hadn’t read up before giving up. I was very anxious from time to time and couldn’t understand why. Just over a week ago, after a cycle with a friend I got such a sudden attack of anxiety I fainted! I still didn’t know what was wrong with me which unsettled me even more.

    When discussing my faint with a Dr who is a friend I mentioned in passing that, after years of heavy consumption, I’d gone completely off sugar some weeks ago. He explained my anxiety and faint in one word “withdrawal” it was only then I read up and found articles such as this. I was amazed, and very relieved, that for some anxiety symptoms come on when sugar is dropped from the diet as it explained my symptoms.

    I had thought I was losing my mind. 4 weeks in and I’m still getting mild anxiety symptoms from time to time but of a lot less intensity, frequency and duration. Thank god 😊.

    • Alba February 16, 2016, 10:48 am

      My mom says that people used to faint when they had too much stress. Funnily enough the “cure” was some water and A – as in one – spoon of sugar. I guess in moderate amounts everything is good. Problem is dang biology that tells us good sweet things are OK to eat compared to bitter/rotten stuff. I am happily though finally coming off the high and when I think of chocolate now all I want to do is vomit.

      I do so wish I could sleep properly again. Waiting for that. :) though am so tired I forget some stuff now usual lack of brain fog is nice. If we all give up sugar evolution might be good to us again. Though right now while not being able to sleep I hope this will lead to our species being able to participate with the eventual AI rather than become Matrix batteries. Will cut my ramblings and try to back to sleep. Simple things. :)

      • Alba February 24, 2016, 8:54 am

        Update. Been off sugar for a while now – what I can control anyway and all going great. Veggies taste nice now weirdly enough and all good with sleep. I found juices, macro greens and the like satisfy the cravings. I am a bit scared what will happen in winter when there are less types of fruits but will cross that bridge later. Victory for now. :)

  • Rachel February 14, 2016, 4:37 am

    Hi, I have been on an LCHF diet for a week and cut 90% carbs and sugar out of my diet… feeling OK but have had dips (i.e. momentary mood swings downwards). Seem to be through the worst but yesterday and today I have had a massive headache and feel fatigued. What has helped? Drinking heaps more water, staying distracted, plus eating berries with shaved almonds and cream is a nice treat.

  • Alba February 16, 2016, 10:40 am

    Hi. Am on my week and a bit of no sugar and so stressed out/ anxious and feeling it is hard to sleep. Ate about a KG of cherries at lunchtime, had magnesium, did exercise and still running a few hours of sleep. Will try taking it easy tomorrow instead. However reading this article and the post I do have a question. I am conscious that restaurants may put sugar in noodle dishes too. Do I need to stop sugar altogether for the withdrawal symptoms to stop or can I still have it in moderate amounts?

  • Stephen February 17, 2016, 9:43 pm

    Hi all like everyone I was a insane sugar-holic I would drink my way through a liter of coke in a day easily (120+ grams of sugar!!) and have gotten a high heart rate because of it. So I decided enough is enough quit now as your in serious risk of health issues soon (21 years old) anyway.

    Day 1: woke up in the middle of the night sweating profusely, shivering uncontrollably and breathing incredibly quickly, it was horrific truly horrible

    Day2: severe aches and pains all over my body mainly from my back and neck. Upset tummy and serious lethargy… All of these symptoms have continued for 9 days now but I think I THINK it’s getting better, I’d just love to sleep really.

    But the worst side effect by a mile is the anxiety, especially health anxiety every bump, pain, ache elevated heart rate was terrifying… But I will carry on good luck to everyone else. P.S. I’ve gotten no cravings however or headaches which is odd.

  • Anya February 22, 2016, 9:02 pm

    Hello! Thank you so much for putting this blog up. I have not been a huge sugar consumption (No Soda / etc.) but I would sneak in a mini pastry or so from a local supermarket. Even if I didn’t consume a lot of sugar I quit it cold turkey. Completely eliminated it from my life and today I am on day 5.

    Day 1-3 I had piercing headaches! Just from that! Just from a tiny wini amount. So I have no idea how difficult it must be for folks who quit cold turkey and have been consuming a lot of sugar. Today no headaches just exhaustion. But tomorrow is day 6 so I am hoping I will start to feel some energy soon. What I want to share as to what helped me personally:

    1. Water. Water is your friend. Drink 1-2 Liters per day. Whenever I had a craving, headache…I would reach out for water and it helped.
    2. Epsom salt bath. I was feeling low low low and physcially horrible first 3 days. I took an epsom salt bath every night and it helped tremendously.
    3. Get out and do something. Distract yourself. Whether a music show, a movie, (not a new restaurant though otherwise you will want to attack the desert menu) anything to get you out of your routine! A walk, concert, masage….this helped me get through the first few days.

    If you want to write me you can reach me at soulinwater[@]gmail.com. Take care and good luck to all my fellow humans! <3 Anya

  • PHG March 2, 2016, 12:53 pm

    I put 8 packets of sugar in my coffee twice a day for 25 years. I decided to cut this in half 2 years ago, this was a tough battle, but I did it. Yesterday, I decided to remove sugar form my coffee and tea all together, I am feeling a bit dizzy, and my focus is a bit off. I don’t see giving up sugar all together, I just want to cut processed sugar, soda, drinks with sugar. However, I am never giving up jelly beans. You guys are great, I am getting lots of inspiration from your messages.

    • GG March 7, 2016, 3:35 pm

      I think you made the wise decision to dramatically reduce your sugar consumption rather than eliminate it entirely. No one got overweight because of sugar in their coffee.

  • Julia March 5, 2016, 3:39 pm

    Hey guys! So glad that I found this website! I stared the 21 day fix through beachbody and cut out sugars (since they aren’t allowed). I know that I was addicted to sugar because I have the biggest sweet tooth on the planet! Today marks day 3 without sugar and my head is killing me.

    Last night though I stared feeling very nausea and started having frequent vowel movements. I have read on some comments that other people have as well. I hope that I read that right and that I’m not the only one experiencing these symptoms!

  • GG March 7, 2016, 3:32 pm

    I am feeling the sore throat and somewhat flu like symptoms myself (aches/light headed/head ache). I am not totally sugar/carb free but I’ve dramatically cut my levels to what would be deemed more appropriate and within standard dietary guidelines. (I am reasonably fit).

    Personally, I think it is ridiculous to go on these gimmicky programs that have you cut sugar/carbs completely, even if it is only a few times per week. Those programs are not sustainable in the long-term and the fact that no one ever can completely eliminate these nutrients from their diet is the reason they end up failing, getting discouraged in the long run, and gaining even more weight back.

    Forget the $400 per month gimmick programs and stick to eating right and exercising with some intensity. In the long run, that is more sustainable. I promise, no one ever got fat because they put sugar in their coffee or had some sugar loaded Hubba Bubba gum.

  • Linda March 7, 2016, 7:28 pm

    Day two and I have a headache. It’s not the worst headache I’ve ever had, but it’s pretty uncomfortable. :( And tired. I keep yawning like I need a nap. Lol. And I did snap on a co-worker. In my defense, he deserved it. He was being an absolute pain in the a$$. He can email me stuff, but decides to come to my desk, with this sense of massive urgency (which it ISN’T) and completely interrupts my train of thought.

    Ha…maybe that’s the crankiness/bitchiness everyone’s talking about when quitting sugar! :). SO…I do love my chocolate. I just ordered on nuts(.)com some raw organic cocoa nibs. There is no sugar in them, but I plan to have them as a treat once in a while. While I was on the website, I also ordered some organic raw macadamia nuts! I’m eating a diet low in carbs (around 44 net grams a day) and higher in healthy fats.

  • Mariea March 9, 2016, 3:18 pm

    I have stopped eating sugar, unhealthy carbs, fast food, pop, and junk food all in one day cold turkey. It has been two days and I fall asleep at 7:30 but by 3 o’clock I’m very fatigued. I have headaches by the end of the day, also feel a little dizzy.

  • Julie March 9, 2016, 4:04 pm

    I was a heavy sugar consumer. I went “cold turkey” 4 days ago and I am having horrible headaches, low grade fever and flu like symptoms. I’m also having trouble with sleep, but it might just be the discomfort of the flu. Hopefully it’s gone within a couple weeks, I don’t want this to last a month…

  • GemRose March 10, 2016, 9:40 pm

    Hi, so this is my 3rd detox and this is my second sugar detox. I am in day 3 and wow, I knew I had this experience before but damn it the flu like symptoms really hurts, haha! So I decided to do this because as much as I do work out and became a vegetarian for 3 years now I find that I am not as healthy as I want to be.

    I have a really bad sweet tooth and I want to challenge myself that sugar is not my down fall, hehe* Also, I got my Hawaii trip coming up so… why not? No sugar = means no bloating so yay for my bikinis! :) It is refreshing to read all of these comments and how we can relate and even uplift each other :).

    I have my sister and my boyfriend’s sister in this detox as well and I really hope we all succeed. I am aiming for 21 days and I am not consuming fruits as well but my oh my I cant wait to make my yams or sweet potatoes tonight! Much love to everyone and I wish everyone strength and will power to go though this!

  • Nancy March 11, 2016, 7:55 am

    It’s so hard to cut sugar 😭😢. I tried this week, but I failed. I’m going to start tomorrow again because sugar is a vey bad addiction. Good luck to everyone and I hope you can overcome this challenge!!

  • Jo F March 15, 2016, 2:00 pm

    I’m so pleased I saw this! I’m over 2 weeks into quitting sugar and salt; the salt is because my bp is a little high and the sugar I just decided to do at the same time (I’m an all or nothing kind of person!). I haven’t had any headaches or cravings and thought everything was fine but towards the end of last week I started feeling very anxious, and things that didn’t bother me usually I was fretting about to the point of becoming paranoid.

    I had a fall in work and although it wasn’t pleasant, I couldn’t stop crying and had to go home (I did injure myself as well). Yesterday I was crying relentlessly all day in work; my boss told me to go grab a coffee somewhere at one point because it was that bad. I went for a walk with a colleague at lunchtime and sat there telling her how pointless I was as a person, how I had no purpose, generally everything that was wrong with me and how desperate I felt.

    I felt like I was cracking up as I didn’t know what was wrong with me. Today I’ve only cried a few times at my desk but I’ve asked if I can listen to music via headphones for stress relief (Pink Floyd is my savior today!) and it’s helped enormously; my body, though, feels very jittery and I can barely lift my arms up. I have mild chest pains as well and feel very nervous. I messaged my (adult) daughter to ask if I could see her later to distract myself from whatever’s happening and she straightaway said ‘it’ll be the withdrawal, don’t worry, it’ll pass.’

    I hadn’t even thought of it but I came here and straight away saw many people have also struggled with anxiety as a result of quitting sugar. I’m amazed and yet very relieved that I’m not going mad! I am still eating fruit but refined sugar is out, along with bread and anything sweet like chocolate, cake, all the obvious stuff. This has given me so much peace of mind that I feel like a huge weight’s been lifted off my shoulders.

    I’m not going mad, I’m doing myself a favor! I can now ride it out knowing there’ll be an end to it. :)

  • Anna March 18, 2016, 6:00 pm

    I am a chocoholic who is now sugar free, week 3. I am through the cravings thankfully. My problem is I never feel satisfied. I eat something healthy, then I feel hungry or “empty” soon, like an hour later. I was wondering if that will go away soon?

    • beth simmons May 19, 2016, 1:24 am

      Great question. Did you ever get an answer?

  • Randy March 21, 2016, 5:51 pm

    You people need to stop giving medical advice based on your own experiences. Everybody’s metabolism and ability to process sugars. both complex and simple, is very different than everybody else’s. You need to get under a doctor’s care and take that medical professional’s advice. I am on the start of my 3rd week with out refined (simple) sugars, and the beginning of my 2nd week with NO carbohydrates. Fruits and other high sugar foods are generally not a good idea while going through a carb free diet. But again, only after consulting with a physician will you know the best way to proceed.

  • Shari March 31, 2016, 2:45 pm

    I haven’t even started, I know I should have done this years ago. I’m 57 . This is very very challenging for me. I have to start somewhere. GOD HELP ME!

  • Tanya Thibodeaux April 1, 2016, 2:12 am

    I am currently completing day 9!! Oh wow, so glad I came across this. I use to have a little coffee with my sugar and I decided enough was enough. Some of my symptoms have been muscle ache, nausea, headaches, mood swings, anger, trouble sleeping, hot sweats and panic. Today when I awoke it was headache that comes and goes all day and fatigue. Drinking plenty of water and taking vitamin supplements. Thank you all so much for sharing your experience and I am cheering on each one of you!! We can do this!!!

  • Lucy April 2, 2016, 5:14 am

    Hello, I am so glad I found this site, to see I am not the only one going through this. I am a recovering alcoholic and always craved sugar. I would drink 4-6 monsters a day to keep me going and lots of candy throughout the day. I pulled an all nighter last night and felt horrible today like I stayed up all night on a coke bender. I realized it was the sugar making me feel so crappy today.

    Today is day one of no sugar and having gone through alcohol withdrawals many times, I am not looking forward to sugar withdrawals. I thought I was never going to feel that crappy again but looks like I am in for another ride with cutting the sugar intake. Thanks for all the motivation and inspiration from everyone and hope everyone achieves their goal of a sugar free life. :)

  • Shelley April 5, 2016, 9:34 pm

    I am on day two withdrawing from sugar and flour. Day 1 was good, however today I woke up on day 2, I had a awful headache. I made my oatmeal breakfast and I began to feel nauseous. I had to stop eating and felt really sick. It was not until later on in the afternoon that I felt I could eat. I eat a few nuts and a banana. I drank water and ended up on the toilet for some time.

    I still have a slight headache, feeling a little weak but are determined to take on, what ever this detox dishes out at me. I have been sick for so long, being overweight, migraines, acid reflux, bouts of depression, join pain, fogginess, sleeping problems and so on. It is inspiring to hear others tell their story and encouraging that there is a silver lining once the withdrawal symptoms end.

    • Metaphysics April 14, 2016, 9:15 pm

      Forgive me, Shelley, but to me it seems that all your problems – as described in paragraph 2 – cannot be laid at the doorstep of excessive sugar consumption. I’m sorry about your ordeal, but your solution might conceivably be that you’re not getting enough sugar. Or enough of something else? Ever thought of that? No, I’m not an agent for Big Sugar. At any rate, best wishes!

  • Jack the Fibber April 14, 2016, 7:45 pm

    Been there. Done that. Warned by my doctor about the evils of sugar – though I hadn’t been sick for over 30 years – I tried to cut back from 15 cups of triple sugared coffee a day. After two weeks of 2-cups of sugared coffee a day and another 13 cups straight, the only 2 changes were: 1) fatigue and low energy levels and 2) sleepiness that forced me down for 30-45 minutes each day. No headache, no fits of blind rage, no depression.

    My wife said, “Why are you doing this to yourself?”
    I replied, “Uh, because I’m 20 pounds overweight?”
    She: “Get off your butt and go for a walk.”
    Me: “OK, but first a nap….”
    She: “Stop blaming the sugar. You’re 77, you’ve been addicted all your life and it hasn’t done any harm. Your computer posture is from sitting on your duffs all day. Your legs are tired because you don’t use them except to go to the bathroom.”

    She’s right. Despite loading up on sugar for the past 60 years, I normally feel great. Just the occasional fit of lunacy…

  • Ohm April 15, 2016, 8:08 pm

    I just quit cold turkey on sugar and junk food. And it’s been about a week since it happened. I’ve experienced headaches since yesterday as well as insomnia, higher anxiety, cravings for sure and definitely more mood swings. But I just want to make sure all that was from this drastic change. Hopeful it all goes away soon. And thank you for your answers.

  • Sourdough Sue April 17, 2016, 10:48 pm

    I am 6 weeks free. Happy to report no major side effects. I do not eat processed food in any case so wasn’t eating as much sugar as some. Just doing too much home baking….which I miss of course…but I noticed I went from needing desert to not even thinking about it in one week!

    AMAZING! Also lost 3 kgs in 3 weeks and I was not overweight to start with. Sugar sure is evil!! Good luck all and stay with it!

  • Jackie April 22, 2016, 5:49 am

    Well I’m on day 3 and can’t sleep, I’m exhausted and have an extreme migraine and am dizzy!!! At this point you start to think is it worth it? But reading all the positives YES IT IS WORTH IT. So I will keep plugging away until I feel the difference. Good luck everyone.

  • Madeleine April 30, 2016, 2:00 am

    Hello everyone, super informative posts, thanks. I wondered if anyone can give me feedback on a kind of scary feeling in my chest. (Yes, middle of the night, I do think of heart attack). I am very healthy, in my 60’s and I quit sugar and wheat this past Monday. Felt headachey, but that was to be expected. The past two days, I feel as though there is a pressure on my chest.

    I walk the beach daily and have not had any symptoms of pain or being short of breath. Just this persistent feeling of pressure. I hope it is simply another detox symptom but I would feel better if I heard from others who had felt it too. Coincidentally, I will see primary physician for general check-up next week and will rule out heart issue if it still persists. Thanks for the input. Madeleine

  • Haithem May 1, 2016, 6:39 pm

    16 days nothing but veggies, meat, and cooking oil. Mentally I’m a wreck, energy is low, and I get dizzy when I stand up sometimes. You can say I’m on a ketogenic diet. I know all my side effects would go away if I bite into some sugar, but that’s the problem.

    • madeleine May 3, 2016, 5:02 am

      Hi Haithem, a few thoughts. Maybe switch to a good olive oil if you are using it to cook or drizzle on your veggies. Butter is actually good for you, buy an organic if you can. Also, instead of going back to sugar, how about a complex carb? A potato, a small potion of plain pasta.

      There are so many varieties of pasta, you can get them without gluten. I was off of almost everything except meat and a few veggies and I was dizzy yesterday. I researched it and a lot of folks suggested a bit more carb. Good luck, sugar is the tough one!!

  • Kathrine May 5, 2016, 7:30 am

    I went cold turkey about a week ago but my period happened to start about the same time. Although I don’t regret starting this, I have had dizziness and headaches for four consecutive days now therefore I highly recommend cutting your sugar intake slowly or doing it shortly after your period if you feel that it could worsen the effects.

  • Connie May 12, 2016, 3:40 pm

    I made the decision three weeks ago to cut refined sugar out of my diet. To help with cravings and to somewhat wean off I allowed myself all the fruit I wanted for the first couple weeks. I cut my fruit back to two small apples and a serving of blueberries per day. The last couple days I have a headache, am achy, and overall flu-ish. I didn’t think cutting the fruit would have the same affect as cutting refined sugar. Any input?

  • Indira May 14, 2016, 12:16 pm

    Day 4 on going cold turkey on sugar, coffee, eggs, dairy and bread. Headaches were constant for first two days, followed by mild fever. Now only whole of my body hurts. But no headache and no fever :).

    I am just amazed at this reaction I’m having, never have expected to be this extreme. I do have cravings, but then I take one look at my body and what am I going through right now, and believe me , there is no way I would give in. No way.

    What kind of poison are we actually feeding ourselves? I bet I wouldn’t have this symptoms if I’ve decided to go off broccoli. ;)

  • Imad May 16, 2016, 9:24 pm

    Dizziness!!! I’m on day 2, I’m having flu like symptoms with dizziness and low energy all day long as well as headaches. Yesterday I ate zero sugar, but today I couldn’t stand… I had something equivalent to 6 teaspoons of sugar because of the severe dizziness. But I will fight till the end of this withdrawal.

  • Finn May 24, 2016, 3:28 am

    I’ve been 95pc sugar free for last 4 months. Cravings for first couple of weeks were pretty bad but I slogged through. Even worse is the anxiety and depression and irritability which is worse now in the 4th month. Still addicted to coffee 3-4 cups daily but when is this going to get better?? I’m hanging on by a thread and seriously if things don’t improve I’m going to chuck it in.

  • Natalie June 11, 2016, 9:24 am

    Day 5 no Coke, no sugar in coffee and I’m down to 2 coffees a day and it’s been 5 weeks with no energy drinks! (I was consuming 1 X 500ml can a day for 2 years). I have now had a headache for 4 days. I’m feeling like crap to be honest and all I want to do is drink a large glass of Coke!! I’m tired and cranky and have even felt like throwing up! But I’ve gotten this far, and I need to do it for me! It’s for the best. (I keep telling myself that). Please someone tell me it gets better. How much more of this pain must I go through? I honestly didn’t know I was so addicted to sugar!

  • Denisha July 2, 2016, 7:45 pm

    I’ve been sugar free for two days and I am grouchy, my anxiety is up and I have a headache. I am dying but I know that it’s for the best.

  • Bryan July 7, 2016, 6:10 pm

    Good to see all these posts. I am on day three of no sugar and no beer in my detox. I’ve been more irritable than normal. Day one and two I was constipated and then day three all of a sudden my body just flushed everything out in like three sessions of explosive diarrhea. Wondering if this happened to anyone else. Also I think I’ve lost some weight but I haven’t weighed myself yet. Crazy what sugar does to a person. And beer. They don’t call it a beer belly for nothing.

  • Coco July 8, 2016, 11:34 am

    Oh Wow! All these people are going thru what I’m going thru right now. I’m a helpless chocoholic and my weight gain is getting out of control the past 5 years, so I decided to quit cold turkey. To prepare for this, I told myself repeatedly the past 3 weeks prior to quitting cold turkey that chocolate is vice, sweeten poison that will harm and eventually kill me.

    Continuing to consume chocolate will bring ultimate suffering in the end. Yes, I fed so much fear in myself…lol. I had to. This was going to be the only way to part from my life long addiction. Today is day 3 and surprisingly, no craving. Maybe my fear tactic worked. Lol.

    But here is the withdraw – extreme fatigue. It is so difficult to do anything. Feel like my body is wet noodle and having hard time dragging it thru the day. I was going to work out at gym but I just cannot. Coming home from work, taking the shower and going to sleep (sleeping a lot) is my routine for 3 days now. I hope this fatigue will go away in a few days or weeks.

  • Sharalee July 12, 2016, 4:42 am

    I am on day 11 of my sugar detox. The first few days I felt icky. Like mild flu symptoms. I was way too low on the carbs, so I allotted myself 100 a day, and up to 30 sugar a day since then (all from fruits/veggies/etc). For almost a week I felt somewhat depressed, and now for the last couple of days I am having severe anxiety/panic attacks. I can’t wait to feel normal again! I’m creating some great recipes in the meantime. :)

  • Karleen July 12, 2016, 11:50 am

    This is my fourth week and my anxiety and slight depression hits me hard in the evenings and in the middle of the night. I feel slightly weaker during the day, maybe need to stop up the protein. I do not crave sugar but wish for emotional clarity which seems to be lacking right now as I feel like I am on a rollercoaster emotionally. The odd thing is that I don’t want to eat anything sugary, I just want to feel better. I am hoping that at the end of this fourth week I will begin to feel normal. Has anyone had as hard a time eliminating sugar as I have?

    • Stephanie August 23, 2016, 3:15 am

      This is how I feel. It’s been a month since I reduced my sugar intake. (I have not quit entirely) and I have been an absolute mess. The only thing that has changed in my life is the sugar so I don’t know what else it could be. I haven’t had any trouble resisting my cravings, but want to know why I feel so horrible.

  • Heather July 12, 2016, 5:35 pm

    I’m on day two of no sugar and I was a heavy user. I do not have all the flu like symptoms that you have – or the headache yet – but I feel extremely shaky, like my heart is racing. Has anyone else experienced this? Thanks.

  • N August 1, 2016, 2:37 pm

    I subconsciously went off sugar and gluten just over a month ago. I had extreme anxiety with led me to the hospital, shortness of breathe, trouble sleeping, dizziness and it brought up a lot of suppressed emotions and feelings which I had been covering up by eating sugar. I had always been a stress eater who would eat only sugar or bread when I felt stressed and going cold turkey has brought everything to the surface.

    It has been a month now, the anxiety, dizziness and nausea are still there but I am a little more in control since when I started. I’ve also experienced a big loss of appetite, and part of the reason I’m not recovering as quickly as most might be because of this – I don’t eat much now because I don’t feel like it. I just get lost in a whirlwind of my thoughts and don’t have my crutch of sugar and gluten for a quick fix.

    It’s affecting my relationships and I’m realizing that I need to start taking supplements to make up for the lack of nutrients in my diet as I feel very lethargic and dizzy. I’m glad to have come across this article and hope to grow more stable very soon.

  • Will Davis August 3, 2016, 3:10 am

    Days (1-3) I was very irritable. By (day4) I even felt like I was having Hot flashes as a Man! By day 5-6 lack of focus, lack of Energy dizziness, headaches continued. Days (7-10) I suffered appetite lost which now have me eating small portions of food. Stay Strong as we All Pray to reach the Benefits of Better Health.

  • Kelly August 4, 2016, 1:23 am

    Today is day 1 and I felt like I was getting sick so I decided to google sugar addiction. I’ve been living mostly on sodas and junk food for about 4 years. I’ve thought about cleaning up in a half-hearted way but I’ve never laid out a plan. I just kinda didn’t have sugar today and thought maybe I just kinda won’t have sugar tomorrow. I’m glad I found this site. I’m going to make the commitment.

  • Patti August 7, 2016, 4:20 pm

    I am on Day 7 of a doctor ordered No sugar no starch diet… I am a mess — the worst part is the headaches… They are terrible, I am prone to migraines and I have been waking up at 1am with a migraine type headache every night. Yesterday I had a headache all day and night, this am I was ok until about 11am and now its a migraine type headache.

    I went for a 6 mile walk hoping it would boost my brain power… No such luck. I am not a soda drinker etc but I did love my potato chips and sandwiches etc… No more… I drink seltzer water all the time–no sugar no calories etc… no artificial sugars/flavors… any one know if seltzer could be a problem for headaches? Never had headaches before while drinking seltzer.

  • M August 9, 2016, 5:42 pm

    Well I dropped sugar from my diet quite by accident because I was sick as a dog with some type of infection. Three weeks later I am still having flu like symptoms, foggy brain and insomnia to name a few. Is this the effect of the initial medical problem that was plaguing me or the results of sugar detox I guess I will never know.

    So I suggest you detox when healthy so you can distinguish that the root cause is sugar and not some other underlying factor. The problem is that we often get a scare and that awakes us to taking better care of ourselves. On day 18 and still feeling sub-human. I hope that some day soon I will feel the best I ever have when the detox withdrawal symptoms finally disappear.

    Strangely enough I have noticed that the 2 small spider veins on my leg have disappeared… coincidence or was sugar feeding them babies as well as the bad bacteria in my gut?

  • Courtney August 15, 2016, 6:37 am

    I started out on a diet that requires me to be eating a lot of protein and completely cut out sugar cold turkey. I have been really lightheaded, and noticing that I have developed a headache. I also have gotten the shakes, not only because I’m cold, but I really was addicted to sugar.

  • Stephanie August 23, 2016, 3:01 am

    I think this might be happening to me but I don’t know. I feel like I’m losing my mind. I was so happy a few months ago. I felt on top of the world, and now I feel like crap. Crying all the time getting angry over nothing, screaming at my kids and husband and just generally feeling terrible. The only thing that has changed in my life is that I have cut back on sugar, although I have not quit sugar entirely.

    I was eating a family block of chocolate a night plus all the other generally sugary foods. I pretty much ate what I wanted (but never drank soft drink, always hated the stuff) Now I only consume sugar on the weekends. It doesn’t make sense that my withdrawals would be so extreme if I am still consuming it though, does it? I’m going to the doctor this afternoon because I need some answers before someone gets hurt or I hurt myself.

  • Michael L Dopp August 23, 2016, 9:28 am

    Day 23 of my Refined Processed Sugar fast. I’ve been experiencing mostly positive affects of removing all refined and highly refined sugars from my diet, however the last couple days have been a little more difficult. Experiencing some fatigue, insomnia, and flu-like symptoms. My diet has changed. I’m eating much more kinds of nutrient rich foods that are also high in fiber.

    Most of this fibrous foods contain very good source of carbohydrate, which is in the fiber itself, so after the digestive system draws the carbs out the fibers move thru to the colon to move out of the body. This creates an added benefit of cleaning the organ walls as it move out in the form of a bowel movement. I haven’t been craving sugar all that much, mostly because I really haven’t stopped eating sugar.

    I big difference is I’m eating whole food products(apples, carrots, blue berries, watermelon etc) Another big difference and inclusion in my diet is incorporation of 3 nutrient rich seeds, chia, flax, & hemp which I either eat in conjunction which not only sugary whole foods, but almost everything I am consuming. Most of the time I sprinkle it on or just mix it in. Having one of those insomnia issues at this very moment.

    I am hoping over my planned 52-week fast from refined and highly refined sugars and products that contain them I will shed the nearly 70 plus pounds I added to my body since around 2002 when I weighed around 200 to 210. Or maybe I should convert to kilos so I’ll appear to weigh less. I’m not trying to focus on the weight loss, I believe it will just come naturally. My focus is on stability, balance, and harmony.

    I’ve been on a quest for a long while now. Adulthood has been pretty good for me, despite many stumbles and falls. I’ve gotten lost at times. I’ve been fortunate to people around who maybe cared more than I did at times. Eventually the caring has to come from within, you can lead a horse to water and all that jazz. An event, a change happens with an idea and although a single person can change the world… babbling coming in, thinking about a future that doesn’t exist and may never exist.

    I want to leave this post with this thought. I don’t want to quit eating refined sugar and get militant about it like I sometimes do with smoking. I smoked until age 30 and at the height of my smoking I was inhaling 2-3 packs a day. When I gave up smoking over 28 years ago I also began thinking more about my refined sugar consumption, because along with the 40-60 cigarettes I was chaining I was also consuming in excess of a 12-pack of soda a day, mostly Mountain Dew.

    A doctor once told me that he was advocating this, but it would be healthier for me to consume a 12-pack of beer a day instead of those cans of syrupy sodas. Sugar is a highly important feature of the human diet, but the reason that refined sugar is sometimes suggested to be more addictive than cocaine or heroin is that many of us are almost on the brink of mainlining the stuff. I’ve done a lot of research for the kind of person I am, reading has always been a slow and arduous task for me….

    I don’t give my mother a lot of credit sometimes, she got a little preachy in my youth about the directions I should be traveling, but my mom has always spoken of moderation, portion control. For almost the first time in my life I can see it now. Maybe even after this year long process I am beginning I will be able to look a dozen doughnuts or cookies face-to-face and just eat one, and wasn’t that delicious without gobbling down the remaining 11.

    In my research I come to conclude that one of the biggest reasons any diet changes fail is the Deprivation Affect. Removing something significant without replacing it with something else. Indiana Jones always knew he had to put something in place of that artifact he was stealing. Filling the void, that’s a challenge. It’s probably one, if not the reason addicts become addicts in the first place, trying to fill the void. I’ll look for the positive and add whenever I can, but be willing to consider changing, reducing if the new positives don’t feel positive. Experiment, Educate, Evolve, Enjoy.

  • Alex September 9, 2016, 7:56 pm

    I’m on day 13 of no refined sugar and I’m finding things tough. Same as everyone else insomnia, fatigue, flu symptoms etc etc. Is anyone able to provide me with a clearer timeframe of when I might start to feel a bit better. I know in all likelihood I’ll be withdrawing for months to come but surely the symptoms cannot remain as intense as they currently are? I had no idea that week 2 would be worse than week 1 😭 and if week 3 is worse than both then god help me and I’ll just go buy the chocolate now. Good luck everybody I’m sure it will be worth it in the end. 😊

    • marry September 12, 2016, 5:53 am

      Dear friend. Why do you put yourself through all that pain. It doesn’t have to be like that. Sugar is not your enemy so do not cut it out completely. If there is no medical reason preventing you to eat sugar why cut it? My advise to you is to hit the gym. I love sugar but I love my family more that is why I make sure that I will live longer despite what I eat.

      When ever I eat sugar I cancel out the effects at the gym. I would like to challenge to take a 13 day gym challenge – all you have to do is to go on the bike for 15 minutes for 13 days and tell us what you feel. (Mary – exercise physiologist)

  • marry September 12, 2016, 5:43 am

    This is complete non-sense. Take a look at the withdrawal symptoms. Your brain uses sugar as the main source of energy and leaves fats for your muscles for during physical work, so if you cut sugar intake you are merely reducing the fuel that your body uses to perform all sorts of vital cognitive processes such as thinking and being alert. This is vital for doing simple things like driving to the store, you don’t wanna lose focus behind the wheel! Ever wonder why sometime you simply forget to do things?

    You become miserable because you pleasure pathways have been inhibited, I know I don’t wanna be miserable and angry. As of weight gain, the weight is coming from the fluid in the beverage and not the sugar. Drinking water can also make you weigh more than you hope to be. As for the fatigue, your body feels weak because you have far less energy flowing in the body.

    The body uses the sugar to make energy for your muscles and reducing sugar intake forces your body to burn fat which takes far too long to produce the necessary energy that the body needs and your body needs sugar to burn fat. I have been consuming sugar all my life and I have not gained weight at all, in fact keeping sugar in my diet has helped to stay healthy in that I am more mindful of what I eat.

    Moral of this story: teach your body to use the calories! There are so many baseless claims out there purely because people want to promote their products. However, human beings are omnivores meaning they can eat meat and carbohydrates, sugar included. There is a reason why our bodies take simple sugars. In conclusion, listen to your body and eat as your body needs!

    • Brenna October 19, 2016, 8:16 am

      The only thing that is complete nonsense is your comment. The only reason why the brain uses sugar as the main source of energy is because of the fact that it is “the path of least resistance”. It is the most easily and quickly converted.

      But fortunately, from an evolutionary standpoint we have a terrific system of fuel (fat) which we can call upon during periods of fasting or low carbohydrate eating, and our body (and brain) can readily shift from burning glucose to burning what are called ketone bodies.

      Now, it is true that some parts of some brain cells can only burn glucose, but fortunately our bodies can turn PROTEIN INTO GLUCOSE through a process known as gluconeogenesis. This fact means that while there are essential requirements for both fat or protein (meaning we would die without eating at least some fat and at least some protein), we can live quite happily while consuming NO carbohydrate at all.

      In fact, your brain actually functions more efficiently in ketosis than it does when fueled by glucose. All one has to do is simply Google “Are Ketones the preferred fuel for the brain” and you will find many articles from peer-reviewed scientific studies conducted on the subject and published in such places as Scientific American, National Institutes of Health, Psychology Today, Evolutionary Psychiatry, etc.

      For those unfamiliar, Gluconeogenesis (GNG) is a metabolic process of making glucose from non-carbohydrate sources such as protein (amino acids), lactate from the muscles and the glycerol component of fatty acids. Moral of the story: There are a lot of people out there who like to climb on their high horses and preach about how easy it is to simply stop doing that which they have never had to face first-hand.

      In conclusion, telling people to merely “listen to your body and eat as your body needs” is like telling a heroin addict to continue shooting up or an alcoholic to keep drinking, because that’s what their body is telling them it needs. Addictions are REAL compulsive, physiological needs that require more to overcome than just “teach your body to use the heroin or alcohol!”…SMH.

  • Ariana September 21, 2016, 5:22 am

    Tried to quit so many times but this time is for real. On day 2 and could not have imagined how horrible it was going to be. Headaches, extreme thirst and hunger, insomnia, body temperature out of whack, and horrible mood swings. I went to the gym after work and it helped. Courage to everybody here!

  • Karleen Kubat September 26, 2016, 3:41 pm

    I have been off sugar, cold turkey, for 3 months now. I have been on an emotional roller coaster all this time. The beginning was very scary but it settled down and now just seems to be only depressions frequently popping up out of no where for no good reason! So now I am getting of wheat flour and seeing if that will help, but so far nothing has changed.

    Also by bowels, which were normal, changed into soft stools that have caused their own problems, even though I eat plenty of roughage. This has been one hell of a ride for me, totally stumped, but not going back. Not only have I lost 13 pounds in that time, I am not as achy and my arthritic knee is much more manageable. Still waiting to feel that “amazing good” that others experience with dropping sugar!

  • Taylor October 15, 2016, 12:13 am

    I have been sick for months. Feeling my body slowly break down. Have been to the doctor over 10 times in 6 months. I have been drinking 5 to 6 cups of tea for about 6 months. With 2 spoons of sugar each and cream. In addition I might eat cake or throw in a soda.

    First ailment that showed up was high cholesterol. Then I gained 20 pounds in 6 weeks. Mind you these 2 just happen recently. I have had respiratory problems. Finally one doctor did a series of blood work and I found that my ferritin was 871 normal is 10-232 no/ ml.

    This and my symptoms point to possible fatty liver. So I will stop cold turkey tomorrow. At least I will try the cold turkey method because it’s crucial. So if you eat a lot of sugar maybe have some lab work done. Good luck

  • Mia October 15, 2016, 9:53 pm

    I have Candida, so I have been sugar free now for two days (trying not to feed it). I feel like crap! I slept 9 -10 hours last night and when I woke up this morning I felt like I could sleep all day long… I have very low energy and every time I stand up I get very light headed and dizzy and it subsides after a few seconds. This sugar withdrawal is horrible. I also have a mild headache but I’m naturally a migraine sufferer – so that I’m okay with. the lack of energy and being really dizzy is driving me nuts! Glad to know my symptoms are common!

  • Rocky-J October 19, 2016, 2:09 pm

    Anyone know if slight sugar withdrawal can cause migraines? I think i’ve been eating less sugar and if i do any kind of physical activity I’ve noticed blind spots in my vision, which is usually a precursor to migraine headaches for me. Could just be my blood pressure but I’d like to know if anyone else has had these symptoms and if they found a solution. Thanks!

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