Is Sugar Sensitivity Making You Sick and Tired? Symptoms and Suggestions.

Sugar Sensitivity

Is there anything sadder than missing out on life because you feel too sick and tired to do anything? I suppose there may be, but it's sad all the same, especially if you have memories of a different time when you were an active participant in your own life, before the fatigue set in.

Tiredness is a common symptom of several maladies and if you are experiencing problems, you really should speak to your doctor about it. If you have already been checked and no cause of your symptoms were found or treatments are not working, you may want to investigate whether or not you have a sugar sensitivity. Be aware though, that many physicians are yet to familiarize themselves with this biochemical demon.

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What Sugar Sensitivity Is

Quite simply, sugar sensitivity is a biochemical addiction to sugar or carbs. When your system has a reaction to either of those elements, it triggers a vicious cycle of strong cravings and the associated carb or sugar addiction symptoms.

* The Sugar Addict's Total Recovery Program by Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D. Ballantine Books

Symptoms of Sugar Sensitivity

If you find yourself tired all the time and have two or more of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from sugar sensitivity.

  • Insatiable craving for sweets, i.e. candy, pop, sweet juices
  • Insatiable craving for refined white flour foods, i.e. pasta, bread, cereal
  • Depression
  • Mind fog, i.e. poor memory and concentration
  • Irritability, strongly reactive or lessened ability to cope with stress
  • Stomach Distress, i.e. bloating, cramps, diarrhea
  • Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
  • Head, joint or muscle pain
  • Severe PMS or peri/menopausal symptoms

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Are You Sick and Tired?

It could be sugar sensitivity
It could be sugar sensitivity

Healing the Addiction Through Diet

If you are suffering from sugar sensitivity, then you may experience the beginning of relief in as little as two weeks, if you adjust your diet.

Helpful Tips to Combat Sugar Sensitivity

Avoid starting your day with fruit juice, especially apple. Drinking juice first thing in the morning is a good way to trigger fatigue and intestinal distress in someone who suffers from sugar sensitivity. Certain cells (epithelial) in the intestine are unable to digest that much sugar fructose all at once. The results from trying can include tiredness, bloating, flatulence and sugar cravings. These discomforts can last up to four hours.

Eat protein that is rich in tryptophan. Tryptophan raises your serotonin levels and slows the rate by which sugar enters your bloodstream. Reduce your eating compulsion and sugar spikes by eating 1 oz. to 4 oz. of beef, chicken, eggs, almonds, lentils or cottage cheese at every meal.

Snack on carbs between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Speaking of Tryptophan, eating carb-only snacks during the time that serotonin levels dip (2-4 p.m.) will supply more of it for your brain to convert to and raise levels of your serotonin. Try a baked potatoe, berries or popcorn. It's a good idea to have another carb snack before bed. You'll sleep better because your blood sugar levels will be stable.

Boost your endorphins. No drugs or special foods involved, just some good, natural walking, meditation, music, intimacy or any other practice that makes you feel good.

Consider taking vitamin supplements. Vitamins C and B, as well as zinc may be particularly beneficial while breaking your addiction to sugar.


Did You Know?

That 70% of women have some degree of sugar sensitivity. Which percentile are you in?

It Gets Easier

The thought of dealing with your sugar sensitivity may initially feel like too much work (because you're so tired) or perhaps it sparks a bit of panic at the thought of losing your sweets.  Take heart!  Go at your own pace.  Try introducing protein and complex carbs into your breakfast for the first couple of weeks or even couple of months and go from there.  Once you're ready, start adding them to a second meal each day.  You get the idea.

You will likely experience relief from your sick and tired symptoms within two weeks or so.  You'll notice that your cravings will diminish and your energy and mood will start to improve.

One of the nice things about dealing with sugar sensitivity through diet is that you can try it, even if you're not sure if a sugar addiction is what is making you feel so sick and tired all the time.  It can't hurt you and you can even experiment without your doctor.

Now that I've said that, here's my disclaimer.  "As always, you should check with a doctor before undertaking any new diet or exercise program".

Is Sugar Sensitivity Making You Sick and Tired?

Relax doing something you enjoy.  You'll increase your serotonin levels and feel happier.
Relax doing something you enjoy. You'll increase your serotonin levels and feel happier.

Chocolate!

I've had a couple of people express their frustration with giving up chocolate. Apparently, some people find it more difficult to stop eating than sugar itself. If you only have a small bar or such now and again, I don't think it will hurt you (unless you're diabetic). However, if you eat too many chocolate nummies, you may want to think about reducing your consumption.

Because of the requests for tips on giving up chocolate, I've added a capsule to the right of this text, offering sugar free and diabetic chocolate and candy. With this type of product, you get the yummy flavour, without the sugar.

Enjoy!

© 2009 Shirley Anderson

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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Haha, I will never deny you your coffee, MM. Morning coffee is sacred ambrosia!

I guess an addiction is an addiction, regardless of what it's based on. Interesting about alcohol, I hadn't even considered that.

Thanks so much for the kind words and thumbs up!!


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girly_girl09 7 years ago from United States

Thank you very much for this hub! It has really made me think. Just the thought of not eating sweet deserts (even with artificial sweeteners) to me seems impossible. I try to combine protein with whole grain carbs, which usually helps but it is hard to do all the time. There are days when I experience those symptoms, especially if I just eat a piece of fruit or have juice and don't combine it with protein.

It sounds like the program is not low-carb (which I'm totally against) and actually recommends baked potatoes. Really interesting!

I am headed off to order the book and am looking forward to reading it and hopefully trying out the program to see if it helps reduce my symptoms. Thanks for a great recommendation!


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

You're very welcome, GG. I really hope that this and the book help you. It seems like such a shame for people to feel so crappy when a diet adjustment could give them a better quality of life.

And I believe you're right about the carbs. As I understand it, they should be complex.

Please let us know how it works for you.


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KatieE39 7 years ago from Colorado

I'm going to try it! This is the first of your hubs I've read, and I'm definitely looking forward to reading more. (-:


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rb11 7 years ago from Las Vegas

I always heard sugar was an empty calorie, but I read where the liver converts the unused portions into fat which ends up somewhere on your body?

Regards


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks, Katie! I hope that you'll find something I've written helpful.

Hi, RB. That is a very interesting question, for which I have no answer. I'm going to see what I can find out about that, thanks for asking!


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Okay, from what I understand, fructose goes to the liver. If it converts to glucose, you're good and it will go to work for your muscles and brain. Otherwise, it remains in the liver and turns to fat or cholesterol. Apparently, the odds are that it will stay in the liver, especially in inactive people or those who do not eat regularly.

Hope that helps.


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Patnet 7 years ago from San Diego Area

Thanks for the reminder Shirley. We all have a different body chemistry because of our ethnically diverse backrounds. For example some people swear "Acai" juice cured their disease and are fans for life. Others say it made them ill. There's no one-size-fits-all cure for everyone, that's why diets don't work for most people. But, we in the west are sugar addicts.

I remember reading a book by the actress Gloria Swanson years ago called "Sugar Blues" in which she talked about her problem and the widespread problem of addiction to sugar.

They've come out with all kinds of substitutes, Stevia, flavored Agave, various commercial substitutes that may or may not be good for us either. I try to use honey or applesause as a substitute when making goodies sometimes.

As they say "Moderation In All Things."


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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

Wow this is incredibly helpful. I think sugar is what drives me but it also has so many negative effects as well. Vitamins might just be what I need.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi, Patnet. I agree with you, I don't believe that there is a 'one size fits all' remedy for anything. Different things work for different people. That's one of the reasons why I felt safe in publishing this - it can't hurt you and it's an option to try if you suffer from these symptoms.

I didn't realize that Gloria Swanson suffered from depression because of a sugar addiction. That's interesting. I'll bet that there are actually a lot of people who have a sugar sensitivity and have no idea why they're feeling so crappy. How sad.

I'm not sure about the artificial sweetners but I'm sure that honey or applesauce won't hurt you unless you have an allergy to it. I think what the pros are saying in regards to this topic is that if it is fructose, then it's best to stay away from it if you are sugar sensitive. Is honey a fructose or glucose? I'm afraid that I don't know.

Moderation in all things seems to me to be a perfect motto. That would be a balanced approached, though I can't claim to have that one down in all areas.

Thanks so much for coming by, Patnet! I appreciate your comment so much.

Triplet Mom, I'm laughing because my first thought when I read your comment was, "If I had triplets, I'd need sugar, too!" Vitamins are always a good idea. I think moms with active little ones need some extra TLC, anyway.

The prob with sugar is the crash when it wears off.

I've always wondered....when multiples are toddlers and all head in different directions, how do you round them up before any of them get 10 miles away?

Thanks for coming by, TM! It's wonderful to see you again!


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Shaman1 7 years ago

Great hub about how sugar sensitivity can be a subtle way of being emotionally out of sorts. It is definitely an under-understood phenomenon. Thanks for bringing it to light.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Yes, Shaman. I actually didn't know much about it myself until I did this hub. Seems a shame for people to suffer needlessly if a simple solution such as eliminating fructose from the diet can offer relief. On the other hand, thank goodness there is a simple solution. :)

Thanks so much for your comment.


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Joel Marison 7 years ago from Singapore

Sugar is bad for health. It not only leads to obesity but as well as other disease like diabetes. Keep them low and you will possess a healthy and fit body.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Excellent advice, Joel! Thank-you very much.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

I'm allergic to sugar....seems it makes me break out in FAT! LOL I've heard that somewhere and thought it was cute and appropriate here. I have recently purchased a book along similar lines that I hope to write a review for soon. Great hub, Shirley!


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

That's funny, KCC! I haven't heard that before, it's perfect.

Happy reading. I'll have to watch for your review, that'll be interesting.

Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it!


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frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America

I love sugar, and I hate sugar....that's the way it goes, so I mainly try to avoid much of it. Yes, moderation, for sure. Thanks for good info!


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JPSO138 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

Its amazing how youcome up with such articles. Up for this..


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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

Sound advice here, it took me some time to control both my crab and sugar intake; it has become second anture to do so, partially because on occasion, rare one, I indulge a bit, with a bit of chocolate or side order of pasta, depedning upon my urge.


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dsletten 7 years ago from United States

Well written and informative article. I knew about this to some extent but learned more from your hub. P.S. Enjoyed reading your profile - made me laugh in places.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Oh, Frogyfish, a love/hate relationship with sugar, that's tough but I understand it completely. If only someone would invent healthy sugar! Thanks for your comment.

JP, thank-you so much! I get ideas from reading, mostly.

Hi, Bob! Bet you meant carb rather than crab but maybe not. I see no harm in the occasional indulgence. I think that when people feel like they're denying themselves, they want what they shouldn't have even more. Chocolate and pasta - mmmmm! Together or separately. ;) Thanks for coming by, Bob.

DS, thank-you very much! Glad you enjoyed my profile. I find it difficult to write about myself, I'm never quite sure what to say. Thanks too, for dropping by and commenting.


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mwaky 7 years ago

thanx for the hub this will really help me!


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi Shirley, this is wonderful information.  Sugar sensitivity makes one sick and tired?   I am thinking of a guy friend who has this symptoms...I will forward him your hub!  :-)  Thumbs up! 

Oh by the way, I've also heard about cutting sweets for kids who are hyperactive. This helps a lot!


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Mwaky, glad to be of help! Thanks for reading.

Oh Michelle, I hope this can help your friend! It's sad that people suffer needlessly, especially when there's a simple solution.

That makes sense about cutting back on the sweet treats for kids. Bet you can tell when they've had too many. :)

Thanks for the thumbs up and sharing this with a friend in need.


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Teresa McGurk 7 years ago from The Other Bangor

bookmarked! thanks for this excellent hub -- just what I needed.


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girly_girl09 7 years ago from United States

I got the book today!!! (fast shipping!)

I am very excited and am off to read it!


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lovemyself 7 years ago

Really? I feel I have some symptoms such


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Camping Dan 7 years ago

Sugar is hard on the body. I used to do quite a bit of soda and I was always tired. Since I cut out all soda and now drink water or green tea I feel much better every day.


Wadey101m 7 years ago

Great hub, is there any way of being able to tell the difference between being sugar sensitive and diabetic. Of course a doctor could tell me, but was wondering if theres a way of telling yourself.

Love the tips though, i have tried the vitamins and avoiding my loved fruit juices in the morning, have also taken a liking to coffee with sugar. I have noticed a little more energy in myself.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks, Teresa! What a compliment! Glad my hub was just what you needed. I aim to please, when I can. Thanks for the bookmarking and for commenting, I really appreciate it.

Oh GG, I'm happy that you got the book so fast. I hope that you'll come back and let us know how it is.

Lovemyself, if you have these symptoms, you may want to change your diet a little so you can feel better. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Hi, Dan. I never drink pop just because I find it sickly sweet, it makes me thirsty for water. It would make sense that it makes people tired, between the high sugar content and the caffeine (if cola) your blood sugar levels drop like a rock after a while. Good for you, switching to water and green tea. I'm wondering if you went through any withdrawals when you went off the pop. Hopefully not. Thanks so much for coming by.

Hi, Wadey. How to tell the difference between diabetes and sugar sensitivity? First off, I'm not really a doctor, I just play one on HubPages. :) I think you have additional symptoms with diabetes, i.e. slow healing, urinating a lot, etc. If you even suspect that you have diabetes, please do get it checked out with someone who is a real doctor.

Glad you're enjoying a little more energy! Is it the sugar or the caffeine doing it for you, do you think? Both maybe? I don't think that I could ever give up my morning coffee for anything, although I just take milk in mine. Thanks for visiting my hub and leaving a comment!


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Army Infantry Mom 7 years ago

Oh you asked if your a heavy pop drinker do you go through withdrawals,..I sure did,..bad ones too. I drink at least a 2 lt. Mt dew daily, I tried to replace some of it with water,..after awhile I came close to passing out, felt sick, so I grabbed my Mt.Dew drank some and I was fine again. had my sugar checked not long ago,..Mine is great,..Go figure,..LOL


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Infantry Mom, my sister went through withdrawal from Coke. It was tough to kick. If withdrawal makes you almost pass out and it makes you feel sick, how the heck can you get off of it unscathed? Do you have to wean off? Glad that your blood sugar is okay!


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Ana Louis 7 years ago from Louisiana

I liked this hub. I must be a sugar addict. Around 2:00 -3:00 in the afternoon, I began craving something sweet. I also become extremely sleepy during this time. This happens again late in the evening. Does anyone else have this combined craving (sugar and sleep)?


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

I'm glad that you liked it, Ana. Geez, that sure sounds like a sugar sensitivity. You could experiement with your diet as mentioned, it wouldn't cause you any harm in the slightest. You'd know for sure, then.

Me, I get tired after I eat almost anything. I don't get cravings very often or even have a comfort food but when they do strike, it's usually something sweet and creamy that I want - at first. I tend to need salt with the sweet, have no idea why. So, if I have a sweet snack, I also need a salty one like chips or something to eat with it. Bizarre, I know.

I hope others will respond to your question too, Ana.


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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

I would say I was bothered by it except I avoid sugar most of the time. I can't stand sugar. It makes me sick to my stomach.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Oh no, RGraf. Gee, you are REALLY sensitive to sugar! It's a shame that it makes you sick.

On the plus side, you must be healthy and energetic. :)


Heather 7 years ago

I hate sugar yet I love it. I know that I must be a sugar addict..I didn't know there was actually such a thing though. Whenever I eat sugar my heart races and I feel anxious and almost in a panic over nothing. My stomach automatically blows up like a balloon and I don't sleep that night. Before I knew sugar was causing my sleeplessness I thought I was a full-blown insomniac.

Thankyou for posting this. There is not a lot out there about this kind of stuff and when I tell people they think it's 'all in your head'.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Heather, your comment alone makes me glad that I did this hub. I'm not a doctor but your symptoms seem to match those in the list above. As you can see by the comments, you're not alone regardless of what people have been telling you.

You haven't said but I assume that you asked your doctor about it, as well. S/he may not have considered sugar sensitivity. What I learned why doing this article is that many doctors aren't up on it, though I'm not sure why that is.

This is strictly a guess on my part, but I think that there are a lot of people who are sensitive to sugar and don't know it.

Have you considered sharing what you go through with others via writing about it?

Best of luck, Heather. If you decide to try changing your diet, or even if you don't, I hope you'll come back and let us know how you're doing.

Thank-you for sharing. I'm sure that others will read your comment and take some comfort in the fact that it's not all in their head, too. :)


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SamSurvivor 7 years ago

Thanks for the article. Definetly something I'm going to look into. Just another reason to watch my sugar intake!


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

You're welcome, Sam. Assuming that you are a male Sam, you have some luck on your side with this as it is most often (though not always) females that suffer with sugar sensitivity.

Thank-you for dropping by!


Kim Garcia 7 years ago

Thanks for this Hub!! Very informative and helpful. Why are the things you love the most usually so bad for you??LOL!!!

Peace n' Blessings!

K


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi, Kim! Thank-you, so much. Yeah, it seems to be the stuff that you like the most that is the worst for you, why is that??

Thanks for your comment.

Love & Light!


Christina Marie 7 years ago

Thank you so much! I am 13 years old, and recently been getting sick to my stomach and have been very tired. After searching online I found this, and realized that this is EXACTLY what I have!

Thank you for posting some do's and don'ts, because I haven't really had any idea what to do. Lately, I've been trying to only have a sweet/dessert once a day, and it is SUPER hard, but each day is getting easier and easier. :-)

Thanks again!


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Christina, I'm so happy that this hub has proven helpful for you! You're way too young to be feeling so ill and tired. You should be having the time of your life right now.

I swear - sugar seems to be as addictive as any other bad habit, doesn't it?

Good luck with breaking your sugar addiction, Christina. I'm rooting for you.

*Edit - Christina, it just occurred to me that vomiting is not one of the symptoms of sugar sensitivity. That may be symptomatic of something else, or maybe you've just gone way overboard on the sweets. If that continues, please at least talk to your mom/dad and/or doctor about it, okay.


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uniman 7 years ago from Santa Fe

I am diabetic and not eating surgar is hard but its possible but how do I stay away from chocolate and cokes its pretty hard. I don ok so far, but its hard. Thanks for the tips I hope to stay away from sugar as much as possible.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi, Uniman. Gee, chocolate and Coke - 2 hard ones. I don't drink pop and only eat chocolate when I have a hankering for it, so this is only a suggestion - can you substitute with something else that will satisfy the urge? I read that there is a diabetic (sugar-free) chocolate now. Not sure how it tastes but it might be worth checking out.

Good luck with it, Uniman!


Christina Maire 7 years ago

I'm pretty sure that it was an overload on sweets. But that has been the only time, so that's good. :-) Lately I've been doing pretty good with the sugar addiction, and have been saving my sweets for dessert at night, where I only have a little bit of ice-cream.

I think I might be getting over it though, as I'm taking it day by day and doing it better. Thanks again! :-)


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

You're welcome, Christina! I'm so glad to hear that you're doing better and feeling better, thanks for letting us know.

It sounds like you've made a lot of progress in getting off the sugar. My fingers are crossed for you!


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Eleanor Candy 7 years ago from Australia

great informative hub. I am also sensitive to sugar and have been using xylitol or stevia, which I find is a good replacement for me. I also suffer from candida and it can be very hard to stay off the sugar.

Good job.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks for the tip about Xylitol and Stevia, Eleanor. I've been hearing that it is a real challenge to break off a sugar addiction and wish you so much luck, especially in light of the fact that you're dealing with Candida, as well.

I know it can be done and you'll feel so much better once you are able to get it under control. Meantime, don't feel bad because a lot of people have (and are) struggling with breaking their love affair with sugar. I know there is sugar-free chocolate and cola, if that helps. :)

Thank-you for your comment Eleanor, and the compliment.


Jennifer 6 years ago

Can you please tell me if it is common to feel very tired the first two weeks that you eliminate sugar? I realize that the sugar itself can make a person feel fatigue, but I've been watching my sugar intake for just about two weeks and don't seem to feel any relief from tiredness yet.


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Shirley Anderson 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi, Jennifer. Congrats on eliminating the sugar! To answer your question, yes, fatigue can be a symptom of sugar withdrawal.

The trick is to keep your blood sugar level.

I found this article about it at eHow that may help. It talks about the detox side effect.

http://www.ehow.com/about_5300807_sugar-detox-side...

Best of luck, Jennifer. Can't wait to hear how you feel once you get through all of this!


Jennifer 6 years ago

Hi Shirley-

Thanks so much for the article link about detox side effects - totally made sense to me. While reading the article I noticed a link that read "Sugar Detox Symptoms" so I clicked on it and there was a video clip of Charlotte Skiles, a nutrition consultant, and she described my symptoms exactly! So I'm going to stick it out and hope to feel better soon! Thanks again!


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Shirley Anderson 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi, Jennifer. I'm glad that the info made sense to you. I think what you're experiencing is normal for what you are doing. I'm especially happy that it gave the encourage to continue.

I don't even know you and I'm proud of you! Soon, you're going to feel like a new woman - YAY!

Thanks so much for posting your comment. Anyone who happens by the hub but is too shy to ask about a detox symptom will be relieved to know that it's not unusual.

Please let us know how you make out with it all. I think you're well on your way!


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wearing well 6 years ago from Lancashire U.K.

Excellent article Shirley.I would just like to add that candida/yeast intolerance (thrush) share the same symptoms of a sugar sensitive person.I will be giving some advive and suggestions in the New Year as most people enjoy alcoholic consumption over the festive period and therefore find it difficult to address what they need to give up in order to improve their well-being!

Looking forward to reading more hubs as I have recently joined.

Thank you


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Shirley Anderson 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks, Wearing Well and welcome to HP!

It sounds like your hub on healthier living will be very timely.

Thank-you for letting us know about Thrush sharing the same symptoms as sugar sensitivity. That's important information. I think people should rule out other problems first. If the doctor can't find anything wrong, then this is good try.

Thanks for your comment Wearing Well. Happy Hubbing!


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RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

One of the best benefits of HubPages comes through sharing good info and giving good reminders. Thanks!


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Shirley Anderson 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thank-you, RTalloni! Hope there was something helpful here for you.


Edsa 6 years ago

I can totally relate to the comment about the sugar and sleepy cycle. I have been struggling with being very very sleepy when I eat sweets and yet I crave them horribly. I know I HAVE to change my diet but I admit it is daunting, it feels impossible. I would like to ge the book and try it out, I am definitely very tired of being sick and tired. Thanks soo much for this hub =)


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Shirley Anderson 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi, Edsa. It sounds like you've had enough of feeling yucky, it must be very frustrating. I hope that you're able to kick the sugar habit, if that's what's creating the sleep/craving cycle for you and it sounds like that's what it is.

Very best of luck to you. We'd love to hear how you make out.

Thanks, Edsa!


Heidi 6 years ago

Wow. Didn't realize there was an actual sensitivity to sugar, but I've known for years that when I finally break down and buy the candy bar at 2p, I'm going to fight sleep 30 min later while at work. It never fails and it's been this way forever. But I still buy the candy bar, or muffin, or OJ :( Is this book on Kindle by any chance?


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Shirley Anderson 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi, Heidi. I'm not a doctor but it sure sounds like sugar sensitivity. When that happens, I'll bet you'd love nothing better than to lay down and have a little snooze.

Re the book being available on Kindle, I'm sorry but I don't think it is.

Perhaps you can take comfort in the fact that there are lots of people who suffer the same problem yet give in to the addiction. You're not alone, by any means. Yeah, I know, it doesn't help.

Good luck with it, Heidi! Thanks for coming by and commenting.


Jo 6 years ago

I have known for a long time I've had a love/hate relationship with sugar but it wasn't until I gave up all sweet things for 3 weeks last year that all of my symptoms (that have been getting worse for 10 years) are linked to it. Unfortunately I am addicted to chocolate & even though I know it will make me bad I still have to overeat on it. I have managed to cut out all other sugary things but cant seem to do the same with chocolate!!! Any hints on how to give the chocolate up would be grately appreciated!!!


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Shirley Anderson 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi, Jo. Wow, you've had a long, hard road, haven't you? Congratulations on giving up sugar, that's a very big accomplishment! Re the chocolate, someone else dropped in here with the same problem. I don't know why it's so much harder to let go of, maybe it's the caffeine. Have you tried diabetic chocolate or similar sugarless or sugar reduced types? Perhaps you could have the flavour without the sugar that way. If you do try it and it works, I'd love it if you came back and let us all know.

Thanks so much for coming by, Jo. I wish you much luck!


vandanajha 6 years ago

Our new generation is moving towards a new kind of addiction, i.e. sugar addiction. This is an addiction of brain in which a person can’t avoid sweets. Sugar act as a gate drug for other kind of drugs and thus leads possibilities of various health related problems. Animal psychopathology, ketamine, counseling, and attention deficit hyperactivity are some of the suggested Sugar addiction treatments.

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lilypjmom2122 6 years ago from Minnesota

I'm worried about the sugar addiction here in the US. I know myself i have a bit of a problem with sugar sensitivity. Have my whole life. I need to read articles like this to remind myself of the dangers of it. thanks for sharing your knowledge.


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Shirley Anderson 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks for the additional info, Vandanajha. I had not read about sugar being a gateway addiction, very interesting. Thank-you for sharing.

I'm sorry to hear about sugar being a problem for you Lilypjmom. From what I've heard and read, it can be a real 'monkey on your back'. Very best of luck with kicking it and regaining your natural vitality. Thanks for your comment.


always tired 6 years ago

I think I was a huge issue for me. I used to have 3 sugars in my tea but no real other sugar. The bursts were not good.


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Shirley Anderson 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

You said, "used to", always tired. As in past tense, which is good, especially if it was hurting you. Glad you were able to kick the sugar habit.

Thanks for your comment.


cha4ya 5 years ago

I know I have sensitivity to sugar; after eating any type of sweets I feel extremely tired. I hate the sleepy and sluggish feeling I get after consuming sweets. I have gotten to a point that I try to avoid desserts period, but guess what I had a small slice of apple pie with my lunch and now I feel like someone drugged me with sleeping pills. I am trying my best to stay awake here at work. I am a runner and I should know better but low and behold I ate the pie and I am having the horrible sugar crash now! I love sweets but I rather have my energy and health than the temporary indulgence. I will make desserts a once and a while thing, nothing daily - especially at work.


Stacy 5 years ago

Thank you for this. My son is sugar sensitive, and it took a lot of painful years to realize. Now, he's golden, healthy and happy. Yay!


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Collisa 5 years ago from California

My son's personality changed when we stopped eating sugar. It really is an addictive poison. I'm so glad we found out. We eat maple syrup on our pancakes and have a scoop of ice cream about twice a month - that's it. Even that I wish we didn't do. Thanks for a great hub - I think sugar addiction is a huge problem that many people aren't aware of.


Amber 4 years ago

I was sick, basically bedridden, and had worsening symptoms for so many years. I had no life. I went to many doctors and had many major tests run and nothing was found.

I knew people could be addicted to sugar and I didn't give it any thought until I saw an advertisement about using sugar for beauty needs such as a skin scrubber. I thought that was going a bit far by the sugar industry. I decided to give up sugar, and when I did, it was a miracle. I got my second job in 7 years and I am loving it. However, I decided to eat some cookies from my place of work and from there I caved to some more sugar recently and the result was my whole body stiffened and I had an unshakeable fatigue set in. And I haven't had sugar for months!! I attribute the discovery to Jesus, and I'm so thankful there are products like Stevia :)


Dave H 3 years ago

I have been having trouble with itchy skin and "pins and needles" recently. First it was artificial sweeteners. Stopped those. Then a statin med. Stopped that real quick! Then magnesium supplements. Stopped that fast too. All gave me those feelings all over my body. I am off all of them now, but still have the symptoms off and on, and I can't seem to figure out the cause. Could it be sugar sensitivity? Wheat flour sensitivity? Or alcohol sensitivity? Or all of the above?


Johan Van Aarde 6 months ago

Hey Shirly, How are you? Great article I found your post in Viral content buzz. Just want to say you got a very incredible blog about sugar and its effects. Very informative! I will for sure remember your words and tips too. Im looking forward to keep in touch :)


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Shirley Anderson 6 months ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi, Johan. Thanks for coming by! I'm glad VCB helped you find this page and that you found it interesting.


Johan Van Aarde 6 months ago

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