Many of you have started a new eating program, some of you BCD and a few the 4 day cleanse. Rough, but worth it. It will be tempting to quit if you happen to be one of the unlucky ones who hits the wall. If you do hit the wall, be sure it isn't a medical issue. If you are on meds, you need to check with your Doc first. Those meds might be affecting you adversely If you are, however, not limited medically from pushing through - PUSH HARD! It will be worth it. Here are some thoughts that may be helpful. -N
Changing your diet is a funny thing. Your body doesn't like change. Especially if you start robbing it of calories and begin feeding it food that is less dense (healthy food). From a survival standpoint, it would rather have foods that are calorie rich (junk food, like candy bars). It would also like foods that are nutrient rich, but these two food factors almost NEVER come together. Example: broccoli has lots of nutrients, but few (comparatively) calories.
When you start feeding your body fewer calories than it is used to, typically it will rebel. It has a peculiar way of doing this. We call the effect "artifact" or "withdrawal." It is not unlike the response an addict experiences when eliminating drugs/alcohol.
Unless you have a medical condition which prohibits you from continuing with diet and/or exercise, we suggest you ride this "artifact" for a while. Like 7-14 days. Usually you'll punch through it.
It really doesn't matter what changes you make to your diet and exercise program, there will be "artifact." We all experience it differently. Some are hardly affected (like 1, or 2 people - ever). Most really struggle. Often, when we fail at becoming healthy it is due to not interpreting the meaning of this "artifact" condition correctly. We are all programmed and taught to believe that headaches, nausea and weakness are "bad" signs. That if we are experiencing these, we must be doing something wrong. That what we are doing "wrong" is unhealthy and we should stop. This is natural and true of most things. It is not true of withdrawal from junk food.
The thing is, limiting the symptoms of withdrawal is paramount to our success with diet and exercise. But limiting the symptoms of becoming healthy should not supersede GETTING healthy.
Sometimes understanding that you might HAVE symptoms of withdrawal is all that is needed for helping to overcome them. So, with that in mind, here is a list of natural symptoms you might experience when you trade chocolate for broccoli. (Disclaimer - many of the symptoms you read below are the same symptoms of VERY serious medical conditions. If you experience any of these and you feel you should consult a Doctor, do not delay. The advice here is not intended to supersede that of qualified medical professionals.)
Feeling any of these? Does it tell you something? What exactly? - Post to comments.
Symptoms of Withdrawal - AddictionsandRecovery.org
Emotional Withdrawal Symptoms
- Poor concentration
- Social isolation
Physical Withdrawal Symptoms
- Racing heart
- Muscle tension
- Tightness in the chest
- Difficulty breathing
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea