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.
Scientists are sayings that sugar is even more addictive than cocaine. And SUGAR is in almost everything we consume. The challenge is to find food that has no sugar in it. Why do we eat sugar…lots of reasons but mostly we are looking for the happy chemicals to make us feel good. A great resource that I am reading to try to understand what it is I am up against is HABITS OF A HAPPY BRAIN.
I will keep you posted on my detox but be WARNED it won’t be pretty.
Deeper down the rabbit hole we go. Research shows that SUGAR does indeed cause foggy thinking. So now I am doing Sudoku puzzles while gnawing at my nail from sugar withdrawal. This is going to be quite a trip. Has anyone out there had success in sugar celibacy???
Can the brain atrophy? Is it like any other muscle, “USE IT OR LOSE IT?” Here is what I researched: “Some degree of cerebral shrinkage occurs naturally with age; after the brain completes growth and attains its maximum mass at around age 25
, it gradually loses mass with each decade of life, although the rate of loss is comparatively tiny until the age of 60, when approximately .5 to 1% of brain volume is lost per year. By age 75, the brain is an average of 15% smaller than it was at 25. Some areas of the brain such as short-term memory are affected more than others and men lose more brain mass overall than women.” OH NO, my brain is now 11% smaller! Help…
ENTER...Brain Evolution Sytems
Yesterday I visited with 2 wise owl friends and the discussion was about shutting down our feelings. When I found this picture for my blog it was perfect. I have always felt for a long time that I just switched off. For the past 4 months I just sat in my chair doing NOTHING. At the beginning of November I had made a commitment months earlier to go back to my home town and babysit my granddaughter while the kids took a break and went to Mexico. Something clicked. It was very subtle and brief. An instant decision to start living again and I stared to feel alive again. Now the work begins as I realize that the loss of my home and dream back in May of 2017 due to a betrayal, knocked my socks off and I was overwhelmed with pain so I just flipped my switch. While back home last week, my higher self or intuitive guides (whatever your preference is to name it) whispered enough is enough. It is time to take action and change. Today I can feel the flicker of my old flame of passion and I am flipping the switch back on and coming out of my cave. This article by Luna and Sol really helped. 13 Signs You’re Struggling with Emotional Numbness