Western Doctors are useless!! I might as well have gone and talked to a brick wall. I was pissed at the waste of time I just wanted to punch something. Then I had an AHA it is the long stuffed anger starting to surface…its is getting scary on this sugar detox. More info on educating myself on what is happening to my brain:
- The evidence is in. Sugar causes inflammation. The insulin-resistant fat cells you pack on when you eat too much sugar produces nasty inflammatory messages (cytokines) … spreading their damage to the brain. In fact, researchers have suggested calling depression “metabolic syndrome Type II” because instead of just having a fat swollen belly, you also get a fat swollen (and depressed) brain. And psychiatrists are starting to treat depressionand psychiatric disorders with anti-diabetic drugs like Actos! These drugs lower blood sugar, lower insulin, and reduce inflammation.”
- “Eating lots of sugar is going to give you sudden peaks and troughs in the amount of glucose in your blood; symptoms that this is going on include fatigue, irritability, dizziness, insomnia, excessive sweating (especially at night), poor concentration and forgetfulness, excessive thirst, depression and crying spells, digestive disturbances and blurred vision. Since the brain depends on an even supply of glucose it is no surprise to find that sugar has been implicated in aggressive behavior, anxiety, and depression, and fatigue.” Oh just wonderful!
- I QUIT SUGAR
And the war goes on, despite everything I know my inner child won in search of comfort after an 18 hour grueling day yesterday. I was up at 6:30 to catch the ferry over to the main land for my beautiful cousins celebration of life. I had the courage to get up and speak in front over 200 people. The whole day was walk, talk, walk and talk. Finally arrived home at midnight. This morning woke up with a huge hunger. So instead of wrestling with the sugar bear I chose passionate compassion and fed the beast. Now I have 2 choices: I can beat myself up all day OR I can forgive myself and start over.
“The brain’s pleasure center, called the nucleus accumbens, is essential for our survival as a species. … Turn off pleasure, and you turn off the will to live. But long-term stimulation of the pleasure center drives the process of addiction.
When you consume … sugar, your nucleus accumbens receives a dopamine signal, from which you experience pleasure. And so you consume more. The problem is with prolonged exposure, the signal … gets weaker. So you have to consume more to get the same effect — tolerance. And if you pull back on the substance, you go into withdrawal. Tolerance and withdrawal constitute addiction. And make no mistake, sugar is addictive.”
“Every time you follow the same path, a specific pattern is activated and becomes more defined … and it becomes easier to activate the circuit the next time. … Pretty soon, the bad habit neuronal pathway becomes the unconscious default, and your brain, wanting to be efficient, just takes the easiest, most familiar route. This is particularly true in the case of depression.
In a depressed brain, there’s less dopamine activity happening in the nucleus accumbens, which means that things that used to be enjoyable are not as pleasurable, and the only things that motivate it have to have a big dopamine payoff, which are the baddest of the bad habits, such as junk food, drugs, alcohol [and] gambling.”SUGAR AND THE BRAIN
Another day and another battle to resist sugar. The more I resist the more it persists and the more I learn how powerful this addiction IS. I conquered alcohol and cigarettes but this is the battle of all battles….I have to form a new neuro-pathway in my brain. It is going to take 45 days….FORTY FIVE LONG DAYS…to create a new habit, the “no sugar habit.” Here is more research I found to share with my fellow sugar addicts:
- a study in rats found that diets high in sugar and fat can reduce a protein called BDNF that influences the growth and development of nerve cells in the brain. This protein is thought to be involved in the development of depression and anxiety.
- Another possible biological cause is inflammation. High sugar diets can increase inflammation– a protective reaction of the body, normally directed against microorganisms or foreign substances.
- it seems excess sugar impacts dopamine–the neurotransmitter that fuels the brain’s reward system–not unlike a potent narcotic. Since addiction and mood disorders are closely associated, it may be that sugar plays a role similar to cocaine in powering the mood roller-coaster. And sugar is increasingly linked to cellular inflammation, which more evidence is revealing as a likely culprit in the onset of depression.I QUIT SUGAR
Look at all those benefits….so I ate the whole bunch for my night grazing….crunch, crunch, crunch. Do I feel better this a.m. ? All I can say is great BM!:)
You know the feeling when the plane hits an air pocket and you have a death grip on the arm rest. Well, my poor favorite chair is suffering from claw marks and deep indents of white knuckling the craving for my best friend SUGAR. Oh Sugar, oh sugar how I miss the way you mess with my brain and release endorphins that makes me feel GREAT!
Here is some info I found: “Processed sugar also increases endorphin that can boost mood and provide a temporary chemical “high”. Oh yeah, how I love that high. I knew it —-certain people may be genetically predisposed to crave sugar . Plus, recent research suggests people who prefer sweets are more likely to be friendly, compassionate, and yes— sweeter. .
Forget friendliness— research has linked sugar consumption to higher rates of depression . Here is a great Ted ed video about sugar cravings: How sugar affects the brain.