Sugar hangover: YES, it’s a thing!
I have a hankering for sweets. I can pass on chips and popcorn and burgers all day, but put a pumpkin scone in front of me and I have to dig deep to find that self-discipline.
This time of year, with treats everywhere, it’s a daily struggle for many of us.
Have you ever woken up wondering why in the heck you felt so awful, when you didn’t drink a sip of alcohol the night before? The ‘hangover’ effects can be very similar:
- Brain fog
- Joint stiffness
- Gas, bloating or extended stomach after meals
- Mood swings
According to bodyecology.com, here’s what happens in your body after you eat too much sugar or processed foods:
- Refined sugars enter your bloodstream.
- Blood sugar levels rise.
- Your pancreas is pressured to release insulin (a hormone that helps sugars get into your cells).
- The insulin helps to use up the sugar rapidly, so blood sugar crashes.
- Your body goes into a sugar low or hypoglycemia.
- More hormones are released to deal with the sugar low and return your body to a balanced state. This actually causes a stress response in your body.
- These hormones squeeze sugar from your liver, sending blood sugar back up.
Too much sugar causes your body to go on a roller coaster ride of ups and downs…and your moods often follow.
Here’s your gameplan for dealing with your sugar hangover:
- First thing’s first: Get your pitcher of detox water ready, because you’re gonna need it! Chug this stuff all.day.long.
- Get your sweat on! You may be feeling like all you want to do is lay in bed, but that’s why it’s even more important to get moving. Go for a walk, put on some dance music and groove with the kids, go for a bike ride or try some hot yoga (that will really clear you out!)
- Roughage. Increase your fiber intake over the next couple days. Focus on leafy greens (which are great to balance out the inflammation and aciditiy produced from excess sugar), fruits and whole grains.
- Get over it! That’s right. Move on. Beating yourself up will just keep you down and prevent you from moving forward. Simply acknowledge that the cake was delicious and that you ate too much, then throw out the leftovers and vow to be better today. Don’t make it a habit. Occasional splurges are ok and NECESSARY to keep you in a healthy frame of mind to continue a daily healthy nutrition plan.
To kick off 2015 feeling my very best, I will be doing a 7 day sugar detox. One full week of eliminating processed sugar and sweeteners. Even my beloved coffee creamer–YIKES!! Along with this, I will be drinking a minimum of 3 liters of water daily. Anyone care to join me in this challenge? Let’s give ourselves the very best start in the new year!