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