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Eliminate sugar including soft drinks, juices, and all sugary packaged foods.

Be aware that if you are used to a lot of sugar in your diet, which most of us are, then you are most likely going to experience some withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, and intense cravings.  The fact that you know this is a plus but it will not make the experience any easier.  Be aware and be prepared.  Drink lots of water.  Don't go hungry – have protein snacks on hand like nuts, seeds, and boiled eggs.  Brush your teeth.  Take a quick walk.  Do whatever it takes to not cave in.  Keep in mind that your physical addiction to sugar will be short-lived.  You will, however, still have to give thought to how you are going to deal with your long-term relationship with nature's candy.  Ask yourself these questions to help you discern whether or not it's worth considering.  And you can always ponder this as you begin to experience the benefits of a sugar-free life. 

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In conclusion, we'll wrap it up by looping back to the "cheats."  Now some of you may decide to go full force with this entire process and never cheat.  If so, that's great and we commend you.  Many, however, will benefit from a less rigid approach and enjoy a few times during each week where they can back off a bit.  The key to keeping this under control though is setting limits.  How many cheat meals will you have throughout a full week?  How many cheat snacks?  We don't advise allowing yourself to cheat everyday – what's really changing if you do?  Instead, limit your cheats to somewhere between two and four.

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