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Sugar and hormones

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Created January 22, 2011 at 4:27 AM

I just finished reading "Sugar Blues" and I want to stop eating it cold turkey. I want to get my life back together. I have a low self esteem and I am so TIRED of being nervous around people!!!!!!! Do you think sugar does anything to self esteem? How long does it take after you are off sugar for your hormones to be balanced once again? :(

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on January 23, 2011
at 01:23 AM

Aww, thanks Todd. <3

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on January 22, 2011
at 06:53 PM

I second Cynarin's statement. Wonderful addition, to an already great group of people.

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on January 22, 2011
at 05:58 PM

"If you care about what others think you become their prisoner." - Lao Tzu

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on January 22, 2011
at 05:15 PM

"growing older helps a lot in terms of confidence" THIS! My aunt is about to turn 50, as I am turning 25. I spoke with her about my dread of growing older. She told me that she wouldn't trade 50 for any other age. Everyone I know says that the older you get, the more sure of yourself you are, the more you know who you are and what you want. I think giving up sugar will help some. You'll probably loose some body fat, which is nice, and you'll feel less addicted to those good feelings from blood sugar spike and find good feelings from other things.

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on January 22, 2011
at 02:45 PM

Aww, thanks cynarin. I just know losing weight and improving myself was a really long, hard fought journey. I'm always so proud of other people for trying. If my work ever sends me back down to Atlanta (where our corp office is) I'm totally taking you to lunch. <3

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on January 22, 2011
at 02:35 PM

This isn't apropos of the question, but: Melissa, I can tell by your posts that you are a really kindhearted and wonderful person. I'm so glad you joined this community.

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on January 22, 2011
at 12:07 PM

Paola, I think your answer is a very good one.

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on January 22, 2011
at 05:58 AM

Bronson, all the best to you. I'm looking forward to reading other users' viewpoint and (hopefully more useful...) advice :)

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on January 22, 2011
at 05:57 AM

Bronson, all the best to you. I'm looking forward to read other users' viewpoint and (hopefully more useful...) advice :)

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on January 22, 2011
at 05:30 AM

I appreciate your wise words :)

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5672b2d190891342389e764cc4056ca9

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on January 22, 2011
at 05:12 AM

A better relationship with food and with one's body improves self esteem for sure, but it's not the only piece of the puzzle.

Many users of this site are here because have food-related problems, and I often see a tendency (I include myself, of course...) to put too much faith in the healing properties of this or that type of food: there is no magic recipe (not even bone broth!), no magic ingredient to add (omega 3 and Vit D anyone?) or to eliminate (not even gluten) that would single-handedly solve all the health issues a person has, let alone psychological ones.

I don't think eliminating sugar will solve your problems. Try your best in what you do, including your eating habits. I know that the following "advice" will not be of practical use to you (you need something "now"), and I hope it doesn't sound patronizing, but growing older helps a lot in terms of confidence. I have stopped worrying about what people think about me. When I'm around people, I'm more interested in what THEY think, what THEY do, what I can learn from them: what they think of me is secondary.

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on January 22, 2011
at 05:57 AM

Bronson, all the best to you. I'm looking forward to read other users' viewpoint and (hopefully more useful...) advice :)

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on January 22, 2011
at 05:58 AM

Bronson, all the best to you. I'm looking forward to reading other users' viewpoint and (hopefully more useful...) advice :)

D31a2a2d43191b15ca4a1c7ec7d03038

(4134)

on January 22, 2011
at 12:07 PM

Paola, I think your answer is a very good one.

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on January 22, 2011
at 05:15 PM

"growing older helps a lot in terms of confidence" THIS! My aunt is about to turn 50, as I am turning 25. I spoke with her about my dread of growing older. She told me that she wouldn't trade 50 for any other age. Everyone I know says that the older you get, the more sure of yourself you are, the more you know who you are and what you want. I think giving up sugar will help some. You'll probably loose some body fat, which is nice, and you'll feel less addicted to those good feelings from blood sugar spike and find good feelings from other things.

296b837795beec2ea6bfe5598e773a7e

(354)

on January 22, 2011
at 05:30 AM

I appreciate your wise words :)

B22e5946e28a1845a6006737e59edfc6

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on January 22, 2011
at 05:58 PM

"If you care about what others think you become their prisoner." - Lao Tzu

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D31a2a2d43191b15ca4a1c7ec7d03038

on January 22, 2011
at 11:48 AM

Bronson, yes, staying away from sweets helps. And as Paola wrote, that is only one part of the picture. I don't know if the following is what you are looking for. I am posting, just in case this could be a help to you.

If you haven't had a chance to read Dr. Kurt Harris' website, his recommendations and explanations are the best I have found. Here is his "Get Started" page:

http://www.paleonu.com/get-started/

Also, Dr. Richard Bernstein's explanations of how eating sugars, and other carbohydrates, change one's blood sugar, and what those changes do to a person, are very worthwhile reading. Reading his book might help you understand how different foods determine a fair bit of how one feels.

Here are parts of his book online:

http://www.diabetes-book.com/readit.shtml

Eating foods which give nourishment, rather than risk one's health, is important. Eating low carb, or very low carb, gives many a stability and calmness.


Also, as you are working on this subject:

Confidence comes from being able to rely on one's own choices.

Choosing a sound food plan, based on good science, which gives one a healthy, stable blood sugar, is an important building block in that self-reliance.

Many find doing things the old-fashioned way to be restorative. Going hunting, butchering, gardening, re-building tools or bicycles, exercising outside, doing one's own repairs, building things..., are ways to connect with life in a fulfilling, constructive way.

Hunting clubs, shooting, and archery ranges offer classes, and are always delighted to help those who are new. You would meet other young men (and perhaps some young ladies) interested in the same things you are, which is always a nice support. When I learned to shoot, it was the older shooters who taught me the most, and who were the most enjoyable to shoot with.

Some raise chickens, calves, or other livestock.

In our modern, high tech society, it can take a very deliberate choice to do what is natural.

If you know any elderly men, you could ask them what activities, chores, or sports they were involved in, when they were your age. You might find someone who would be most delighted that you were interested and help with ideas or skills. I have found, throughout my life, that the elderly, who grew up having to rely on their skills and wits, bring much life, by their presence and their background. It could be you'd find a very dear friend who enriches your life.

I wish you much joy in discovering what suits you.

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7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

on January 22, 2011
at 01:58 PM

Bronson, I have been following your posts here and it's pretty clear that you have a few things going on besides sugar addiction. The self confidence, self esteem issue isn't going to fix itself if you get ripped or look like Bruce Lee. YOU have to fix that.

One of the hardest things about losing weight for me was coming to the realization that when I hit my GOAL WEIGHT (cue sparkly music) that every problem in my life wasn't going to be fixed. When you are unhappy with yourself people tend to think things like "If I just lost weight, this would be better." or "If I just had X or Y my life would be perfect."

If what you really want is to eat more nutritiously and build muscle then GO FOR IT! That would be fantastic for you, I'm sure. As you go through the journey though, you have to be willing to learn things about yourself or they won't be permanent changes. You have to want to do the things not for the end game of a hot bod, but because you care enough about yourself to want to be healthy.

Getting past a sugar addiction or a gluten dependence is HARD WORK. It takes willpower to get through the first few bad days. You have to really, really want to do it, or that voice we all hear (I hope!) is going to tell you that just one whatever really won't hurt. That 80/20% is fine. That you've done really well, one cheat won't hurt. But it does at that point. At the beginning, 100% compliance really is key. Get through that first week. PROMISE yourself something, a really big steak, or a gym membership, or damn, I don't know. I'm a girl, I usually say manicure/pedicure here. Do that, if it's your thing. What I am saying is bribe yourself with something other than food. Maybe it's a new pair of running shoes or a sports jersey. WHATEVER. The key for me was little goals of 3 or 4 days at first and a little prize, like a bottle of nail polish. A bigger prize for getting through the week. I know you are young and a student, we are talking $5 and $10 "prizes" here. If you do this the first couple weeks, it becomes a habit and you don't even need to trick yourself anymore.

I do wish you all the best luck Bronson. Figure out what you want and believe in yourself to accomplish it.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on January 23, 2011
at 01:23 AM

Aww, thanks Todd. <3

1471beca8e3adff4ae2f89d10e5f7acb

(6550)

on January 22, 2011
at 02:35 PM

This isn't apropos of the question, but: Melissa, I can tell by your posts that you are a really kindhearted and wonderful person. I'm so glad you joined this community.

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on January 22, 2011
at 06:53 PM

I second Cynarin's statement. Wonderful addition, to an already great group of people.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 22, 2011
at 02:45 PM

Aww, thanks cynarin. I just know losing weight and improving myself was a really long, hard fought journey. I'm always so proud of other people for trying. If my work ever sends me back down to Atlanta (where our corp office is) I'm totally taking you to lunch. <3

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on January 22, 2011
at 05:07 PM

Bronson: I think sugar and carbs do mess with your mind and body in very negative ways, but psychological issues of negative self esteem and self perception have deeper roots than just the crappy foods we consume. (That said, you'll probably feel mentally better going off of the sugar and carbs).

One thing that I have found helpful is to act 'as if' I had the qualities that I desire in myself (lack confidence around other folks?, then act confidently around other folks...people perceive in you what you feel about yourself). No one but you will know that you are acting.

Pretty soon the act of confidence becomes the actual of being confident within yourself.

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on January 22, 2011
at 03:55 PM

Bronson, Realize that carbs are sugar molecules that are bonded together. When eaten they convert to sugar. So what is left to eat? Meat and fat, veggies with butter, eggs, coconut oil. Fuel your body without the neolithic processed "food"...run your body on ketones as David Moss says and you will feel better. Many here eat 75% fat, 20% protein, 5% carbs.

Also, supplementation with Vitamin D3 can/does change one's outlook on life to the better. If you have not been supplementing, a good place to start is 10,000IU a day for 3 months then back off to 5,000IU a day. A good brand mentioned before because the carrier is olive oil is NOW Brand 5000IU available on line. I get mine from Swansons Vitamins.

Finally, you might watch Dr Lustig's lecture Sugar: The Bitter Truth. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM

Bronson, it is great you have articulated your situation so concisely. Get out among people and desensitize yourself...perhaps go to a mall jammed with lots of people. Just go and people watch.
They won't judge you. Just be you and know that you are unique and people will accept you. Only you know you are nervous. Eventually that nervousness will abate. You can do it.

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on January 22, 2011
at 03:11 PM

Well, as you'll know from the book, blood sugar highs and lows play havoc with one's mood. It's also been shown, however, that one's cortisol (a stress hormone) response is much higher after ingesting carbohydrate compared to protein or fat. Emily at Evolutionary Psychiatry has also written various posts about how the brains runs differently (and generally better) when running on ketones (from fat) rather than sugar. She also details lots of other nutritional factors that have demonstrated impacts on mood.

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on January 22, 2011
at 11:41 AM

The only way I could kick sugar was by drinking heaps of diet cola. After about a month of that, I kicked the diet soda. After about a couple of weeks after that I felt OK again. I believe that getting some regular light exercise and some regular sunshine helped.

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on January 22, 2011
at 04:57 AM

The first few days are the worst and then it takes a few weeks to normalize. Depression can come since the sugar triggers seratonins. I would really prepare, have lots of veggies at hand, celery etc...and I'm a fan of substituting fake sugars at least until you acclimate to getting off sugar.

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