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The Pros and Cons of Going Cold Turkey

9:00 AM - January 20, 2015 by Lorelei

Completely eliminating sugar from your diet, starting now, is entirely possible. One woman named Nicole had such a sugar habit that she decided she’d go an entire year without sugar. She allowed herself three cheats for the entire year. These cheats, not surprisingly, were used up within the first two months. (The good news is that she did make it an entire year without sugar.)

The cheats were helpful because one of the downsides to giving up sugar is the inevitable withdrawal that comes along with it. We’ll talk more about withdrawal in the next section, however it’s important to know that you will likely feel miserable for a few days as your body adapts to less sugar and has to find new sources of energy.

The other potential downside, if you don’t give yourself cheats, is that if you have a slip-up, you’ll have to start your elimination diet over. It’s highly recommended that however you choose to start your sugar elimination diet, you get to a point where you don’t consume any sugar for at least 30 days.

Once you’ve eliminated sugar for thirty days, minimum, your taste buds and metabolism will have sufficiently changed so that sugar won’t rule your life. You can then have the occasional treat without throwing your body and your blood sugar out of balance.

This is one of the reasons that many people simply dive in and quit sugar. They want to get it over with and start on the path to better health. However, if you’re a “test the waters” type of person then you might prefer to ease into a sugar-free life. Let’s take a look at that next.

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