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  • Sugar = Depressant?

    Sweets are probably the biggest part of my 20%, although I really do keep them primal for the most part (dark chocolate, berries, minimal amounts of honey in my once-in-a-while greek yogurt). I've also really felt like I finally have control of the sugar beast that I've fought with most of my life.

    This past Saturday, however, I thought I'd have myself a little treat, and the girl at my local coffee shop suggested an egg nog steamer (egg nog, praline syrup, maybe some milk?), since she had just made herself one and loved it. So I ordered one and went on my merry way to run some errands, including shopping for a new pair of jeans. I sipped my fancy drink, even though it was incredibly sweet. I managed to down about two-thirds of the cup before I gave up and threw it away. No big deal, I thought, I'm running around all day today, I'll quickly burn this off.

    Ha! By the time I got into the dressing room I was so completely depressed that the thought of buying new clothes just seemed like too.much.work. I managed to finish my errands and made it home, but then I just parked myself on the couch for the rest of the night, way too tired and out-of-sorts to do anything. The next day, all I wanted to eat was vegetables and meat and fat. I guess I never noticed how bad that crash from sugar really was, and I never thought about how much of an effect it could have on my mood. I was seriously depressed and irritable for the rest of the day.

    Has anyone else noticed this kind of reaction to excessive sugar consumption?
    Last edited by lucyh; 11-07-2011, 01:22 PM.
    My Primal Journal with lots of food pr0n

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    I absolutely believe that sugar and other foods that aren't necessarily good for us have a tremendous impact on hormones. Since depression tends to be a severe hormonal imbalance, you can see how sugar consumption and manic rages go hand in hand. I had this happen to me over the summer after a really bad binge. Hubby got home just in time to stop me from shaving my head and mutilating myself. It wasn't pretty.

    If you experience depression symptoms, try to avoid processed sugars as much as possible.
    --Trish (Bork)
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post

      If you experience depression symptoms, try to avoid processed sugars as much as possible.
      Hee! That sounds like a prescription drug warning
      My Primal Journal with lots of food pr0n

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      • #4
        I tend to get depressed if I eat sugar; no doubt it's why I was so sad all of the time in high school, I ate candy every day like it was my last day on earth not to mention that eating those foods makes me bloated and gain weight which makes me VERY depressed lol

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        • #5
          That explains my short-tempered outburst yesterday....stupid bowl of leftover Halloween candy and a bad day at bowling league = very confused boyfriend. I just about bit his head off when he "looked at me wrong" after a bad shot.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by lucyh View Post
            Hee! That sounds like a prescription drug warning
            just a friendly bit of advice (personal experience endorsed) from your favorite Primal Doc

            (btw, I'm not a real doctor... just a doctor of Bork. both in the muppet & literal sense )
            --Trish (Bork)
            TROPICAL TRADITIONS REFERRAL # 7625207
            http://pregnantdiabetic.blogspot.com
            FOOD PORN BLOG! http://theprimaljunkfoodie.blogspot.com

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
              doctor of Bork. both in the muppet & literal sense
              In the Bork Bork Bork sense?

              Trying a journal. We'll see how long that lasts....

              http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread37152.html

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              • #8
                After the spike of endorphins, dopamine etc, comes the crash. Not pleasant. Radiant Recovery&#174 - Dr. Kathleen DesMaisons, author of Potatoes Not Prozac, The Sugar Addict's Total Recovery Program, Your Last Diet has good info on this (I have no affiliation with them, in fact they're not speaking to me lol, but it is a useful basic resource!)
                Gluten intolerance and hypermobility syndrome http://www.cfids.org/pdf/joint-hypermobility-guide.pdf

                Eat food. Mostly real. Enjoy life.

                Health, energy, wellbeing, vitality, joy, LIFE! Health At Every Size

                "Do not ask what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by VeloCity.X View Post
                  In the Bork Bork Bork sense?
                  Yuuuuup.


                  For the record. He & I totally cook the same way, too!
                  --Trish (Bork)
                  TROPICAL TRADITIONS REFERRAL # 7625207
                  http://pregnantdiabetic.blogspot.com
                  FOOD PORN BLOG! http://theprimaljunkfoodie.blogspot.com

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                  • #10
                    I totally get depressed when I eat sugar, which explains why I experienced most of the last decade through a confused haze of mood swings and extreme tiredness!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Horsewoman View Post
                      After the spike of endorphins, dopamine etc, comes the crash. Not pleasant. Radiant Recovery&#174 - Dr. Kathleen DesMaisons, author of Potatoes Not Prozac, The Sugar Addict's Total Recovery Program, Your Last Diet has good info on this (I have no affiliation with them, in fact they're not speaking to me lol, but it is a useful basic resource!)
                      I don't know about eating a potato at night, but the rest of it makes sense for me, I will not be making the same mistake again!

                      doctor of Bork. both in the muppet & literal sense
                      I love the Swedish chef. He and Beaker are my favorite muppets
                      My Primal Journal with lots of food pr0n

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by lucyh View Post
                        I don't know about eating a potato at night, but the rest of it makes sense for me, I will not be making the same mistake again!



                        I love the Swedish chef. He and Beaker are my favorite muppets
                        haha! my favorites too! bork bork bork!!; meep meep meep!!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by lucyh View Post
                          I don't know about eating a potato at night, but the rest of it makes sense for me, I will not be making the same mistake again!

                          Yeah, I don't recommend her program, but the science is useful. More on dopamine would be good though, but it's similar enough to what happens with endorphins to get the general idea.
                          Gluten intolerance and hypermobility syndrome http://www.cfids.org/pdf/joint-hypermobility-guide.pdf

                          Eat food. Mostly real. Enjoy life.

                          Health, energy, wellbeing, vitality, joy, LIFE! Health At Every Size

                          "Do not ask what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
                          Harold Whitman

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