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The Paleo diet is based on the diet of our early ancestors who hunted and gathered meat, fish, fruits, and veggies for their meals. Sugar was not part of the caveman’s diet; only those found naturally in fruits and some vegetables were consumed. They didn’t eat cakes, pies, or cookies and they didn’t drink soda. This is one of the reasons why the Paleo diet is so successful for many people. They have managed to cut out a lot of sugar simply by following this diet.

It’s not easy to cut sugar on a Paleo Diet. But one trip to the doctor and finding out that you are diabetic or have high triglyceride levels and you may find it easier than you thought. The problem is that a sugar habit involves a cycle that is hard to break. People get addicted to sugar and they begin to have cravings. They give in to those cravings, and the cycle begins. Sugar is basically a toxin. The more you get, the more you crave. Some people have to completely rid their diet of sugar because they simply cannot tolerate moderation.

The detrimental effects of sugar overconsumption

Sugar addiction can lead to many health problems later on down the road. 10% of us get a quarter’s worth of their daily calories needed from added sugar, and this is a problem. The overconsumption of sugar can lead to type 2 diabetes, hypertension, insulin resistance, cardiovascular disease, and other conditions. Too much sugar can also lead to fungal infections and contribute to an overgrowth of yeast in the body. It has also been found that the high levels of insulin from consuming too much sugar can lead to cancer.

Going sugar-free on the Paleo diet

Avoiding sugar in your diet is a lot easier said than done. There are so many forms of hidden sugar in foods today, from spaghetti sauce to granola. Being informed of what is in the food you eat can help you to make better choices. Read labels to find other forms of sugar like high-fructose corn syrup. Natural sweeteners like agave nectar, maple syrup, and honey should also be avoided if you’re trying to cut sugar from your diet because they are still forms of sugar.

You will more than likely experience some withdrawal symptoms from sugar depending on how bad your addiction to the sweet stuff is. You may feel irritable, unable to concentrate, and moody. You might experience strong cravings for sugar in the beginning, but these will subside with time. It takes at least a week before you will begin to notice any difference, but you can do it!


James Christopher, Creative Writer