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It’s an addiction.
That’s not a fun thing to hear, but I know you want the truth.
And I’m not just talking about the caffeine or the sugar.
We all hear more every day about how bad carbonated beverages are for us, just for the carbonation, let alone all the fakefood ingredients. It’s a wonder we aren’t all sick and dying of weird stuff.
Wait. Half of us are, right?
It is so hard! But you can do it.*
Okay. The best way to get off is to go in stages, in my opinion. Here are the stages I found helped me.
- Kick the caffeine, first. If you are drinking pop with caffeine, switch to non-caffeinated. Why? Because of all the addictions offered up in these drinks, caffeine is the easiest to break. It’s not that caffeine is bad. It can even save your life, But to kick the soda can, you need to drop the caffeinated sodas and if you need caffeine, find another source such as coffee, tea, or chocolate or just do without and save caffeine for when you really need it, or special occasions. Such as mornings!
Dropping caffeine, cold turkey, will give you a mild headache–easily treatable with low doses of pain reliever–and lethargy, for about 3 days. That’s it!
We have a few long weekends coming up, soon . . .
- Kick the aspartame. Why? It is the worst part of pop, if you drink sugar-free. Recent research is revealing that habitually consuming aspartame can cause tendencies to heart attack and stroke, and eventually will sabotage weight loss. You can switch to caffeine-free pop or tea that is sweetened with stevia. Or you can drink unsweetened tea, which develops it’s own sweet taste once you no longer are drowning yourself in sweetener.
Think about it. Aspartame has a mile-long list of bad effects, and is addictive.
The withdrawal symptoms, which will last around 21 days, include a headache in the middle of the forehead. mood swings, and flu symptoms. You’ve been drinking poison all the time, after all.
You will sleep better, and feel better all over, if you go through this.
- Kick the addiction to something sweet or carb-loaded going down all the time. Why? The tendency toward constant self-gratification is not good for us, and when it comes to sugar, it leads to diabetes.The addiction, though, is what has gotten us all in this boat, in the first place. God made sweet things, yes, but He also cautions against gluttony. I wonder why.
To kick the need for sweets, merely stop eating sugar and starches. You may think I’m joking, but I am not. That will kill the entire problem. Drop all foods with sugar, starch, or sweeteners of any kind. Allow yourself only 20 grams of carbohydrates per day. It will take about 21 days of truth-telling to yourself, to manage this, because sugar is a true addiction, too. Many other addictions are based on it, such as addiction to alcohol, to chocolate, and to bread or potatoes.
Sugar/starch withdrawal symptoms include: Deep cravings for anything with carbohydrates in it, almost overwhelming lethargy, mood swings, and self-lying. Yes, you will lie to yourself and your body will lie to you, telling you that you are about to die for lack of a huge glass of orange juice, or some such. Just drink a huge glass of water and rest for awhile. The craving will pass, only to return. After three or four days, you will have overcome the feeling of dying and will be able to recognize the cravings for the lies they are.
But here is the final and big reason for kicking sugars/starches out the door: They feed cancer.
That’s right: Many cancers cannot survive if they don’t get their sugar high. Starve them away as best you can, while they are yet too small to detect. Your doctor does not know this or has not connected the dots, but you can and should drop sugars and carbohydrates, at least for 21 days. After that, you will be able to feel when you’ve had too much and will be able to control yourself much better, and even to digest the natural sugars in fruits much better. So drop sugar.
*Especially if your health is unstable, please ask an intelligent and sympathetic doctor to monitor your health while you drop these addictions! I am not a doctor, but have quoted several doctors, above. I just know how great it feels to be addiction-free, and hope you will find this same great feeling, too.