Sweet Depression

I grew up on sugar.  The best part of our family meals were desserts.  Everyone looked forward to cakes, cookies, and pies.  Then as children we would go to the dentist and get our cavities filled and be rewarded with candy.  Life has changed since then.  It now has become known that sugar is toxic and highly addictive.

Research indicates that sugar is linked to diabetes, heart disease and even Alzheimer.  What appears to be safe and a treat, is actually dangerous to our health if consumed in large quantities.

Office parties, kids birthday’s and holidays are often filled with sugar.  Our lives seems to revolve around the tempting sweet stuff.  Like caffeine our bodies crave the fix, but the fix is temporary and often times makes us feel worse.  In my private practice as a counselor, I have heard personal stories of sugar causing depression, low energy and poor sleep which results in a higher sugar intake to feel energized.  Then the cycle is repeated and can last years or even a lifetime.

Low sugar intake is recommended for any diet and there are lots of natural sugars to use as a replacement including honey, molasses, coconut sugar, maple syrup and stevia.

The next time you reach for a candy bar or piece of cake, pay attention to how you feel physically, emotionally and mentally both before and after you it it.  If your body is intolerant of sugar you will notice low energy, depression and brain fog among other symptoms. If you are struggling with any of these symptoms take steps to reduce or eliminate sugar from your daily intake.  This may be difficult at first, but your body and mind will thank you.  Also ask yourself why you are eating sugar.

Life is meant to be sweet, but not too sweet…