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sugar binge and subsequent depression?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 29, 2011 at 6:52 PM

I went on a little bit of a sugar bender yesterday. I didn't have any gluten, but I consumed way more table sugar and fructose than I normally do. Before that, I was eating VLC as I am trying to lose weight.

Anyway, today I feel like complete shit. But what's interesting, is I feel a lot worse emotionally than I do physically. I've struggled with depression before, and what I'm feeling today definitely feels like depression. I have no energy, no motivation, and all of my thoughts are negative and self-critical. The negative thoughts aren't even about the sugar binge (i.e. feeling guilty), but instead are about other aspects of my life in which I feel like a failure).

Does anyone else experience this? I feel like my depression is directly tied to my blood sugar. What's going on?

Ba20b502cf02b5513ea8c4bb2740d8cb

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on November 13, 2011
at 08:18 PM

I like your perspective on this post! +1 vote for successfully rationalizing my bender at the gluten free bakery last night!!

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

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on October 29, 2011
at 11:37 PM

Emily Deans has some great posts on how carbohydrates affect neurotransmitters. You can check out her archives here: http://evolutionarypsychiatry.blogspot.com/p/map.html

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5ef574d7893bc816ec52e04139e9bc09

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on October 29, 2011
at 09:07 PM

When you eat sugar, you are rewarded with a little release of dopamine to the brain. When you eat a lot of sugar, you are rewarded with a flood of dopamine to the brain. This massive surge in dopamine causes the receptors to downregulate, effectively desensitizing you to pleasure. This is similar to how insulin resistance develops. A few days of avoiding sugar should get you back to normal.

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

(11488)

on October 29, 2011
at 11:37 PM

Emily Deans has some great posts on how carbohydrates affect neurotransmitters. You can check out her archives here: http://evolutionarypsychiatry.blogspot.com/p/map.html

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B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

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on October 29, 2011
at 07:10 PM

you need a new perspective. i have read in many articles that strategic consumption of carbs (one meal every 3-4 days or one day a month) can be very beneficial to people who eat VLC. so just think of yesterday as a part of your lifestyle and carry on; no guilt required.

another nice aspect of this perspective is that you can stave off binges knowing that a carb day/meal is just around the corner and you can plan to eat more beneficial carbs if you so choose.

you are an awesome person doing wonderful things with your life. a day of sugar cannot change these facts.

Ba20b502cf02b5513ea8c4bb2740d8cb

(1669)

on November 13, 2011
at 08:18 PM

I like your perspective on this post! +1 vote for successfully rationalizing my bender at the gluten free bakery last night!!

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on October 29, 2011
at 07:22 PM

Sounds like Reactive hypoglycemia. Check your blood sugar 2 hours after eating.

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