Withdrawal can be defined as the development of physiological and/or cognitive symptoms in response to periods of abstinence or reduced consumption of a substance. Withdrawal can also be indicated by ingesting a substance to prevent these symptoms arising.
Evidence from processed food addicts early in recovery share that psychological symptomology ‘hammers’ them including: depression, anxiety, restlessness, discontentment, and even panic attacks. Additionally, they report being fidgety, bad headaches, backaches, stomach aches and pains, disruption to their menstrual cycle, loneliness and hot sweats especially the period straight after the bingeing on processed foods.
Cutting back on bakery items makes them feel light headed, but usually ‘kicks’ in more after the first 24 hours of eliminating the processed food. Even when trying to ‘give-up’ coffee, (and preferably they drink cuppa chinos as they like the ‘stuff’ on top) they will still feel agitated over the next 72-hour period.