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Why do I feel so good when I eat candy?

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Created August 08, 2011 at 12:53 AM

Ive been pretty strick Paleo (minus dairy, night shades, eggs and nuts) for almost two years now. I went to a wedding last weekend and they had bowls of all sorts of candy. I ate pure candy for the first time in years. Had fantastic energy all night. Next day ate more candy and had TONS of energy, went for a run, hike, great mood, etc. No crash, no lethargy after, bowels wernt as happy though... Today I was feeling exhausted all day (been stressed) and decided to try to again. Just ate a large bag of peanut M&Ms and once again feel great.

I supplement Paleo with organic Liver Powder as I dont eat offal.

Edit: I want to add that although it gave me a mood boost and huge physical energy boost it also made me more "on edge" and easy to aggravate. Overall not worth it except for perhaps special circumstances such as Melissa mentioned.

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on May 12, 2012
at 02:36 AM

Good sense of humor. I enjoyed it!

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on August 31, 2011
at 05:34 PM

Awesome. This scenario is all too common. A certain amount of glucose is a semi-essential nutrient. We won't die without it but energy levels are best with a bit of starch or fruit in the mix.

B22e5946e28a1845a6006737e59edfc6

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on August 31, 2011
at 06:21 AM

This ended up helping a lot. Ive been eating some sweet potatoes and my energy is up.

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on August 11, 2011
at 09:25 PM

Your question was-ate candy yesterday, ate more today.....looked like you were on a roll there! Like you were going to start eating candy everyday!? I struggled with sugar cravings in the beginning, as a lot of people do. I know that if I caved to "white sugar" it would set me back and I'd be starting "all over" so to speak. Just my opinion since I've had my battles with sugar!!

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on August 10, 2011
at 10:41 PM

Funny, I just got back from a wedding in the bay area. Chocolate in the trail mix by the bar turned into chocolate, sea salt covered cashews from the Berkeley Bowl and I've been on a slope, but feeling totally high and like I wanna run and kick. I'm just hoping the methadone wagon comes around REAL soon.

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on August 10, 2011
at 02:56 AM

Yeah a little bit of carbohydrate-rich food will probably help you then. Some people just aren't built for very low carb, and even if there are plenty of vegetables that doesn't necessarily mean that it will be absorbed before the gut critters get it. Sweet potato and other tubers will make sure some gets digested.

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on August 09, 2011
at 08:16 PM

Oh, and I forgot to mention a lot of avocado and spoonfuls of coconut oil here and there. And beef jerky (cuts with fat in it) for snacks. Oh tasty fats how could I forget you!

B22e5946e28a1845a6006737e59edfc6

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on August 09, 2011
at 08:13 PM

Actually no, I dont eat much starch. My diet is mostly beef/lamb/chicken/fish/seafood and some vegetable on the side with handfuls of berries throughout the day. Maybe I need to get back to eating some more sweet potatoes (I ate them all winter, got lazy cooking in the summer)

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on August 09, 2011
at 04:39 PM

you just made me LOL

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on August 08, 2011
at 09:59 PM

I would hate to base my decisions solely upon the results of (potentially co-opted) scientific papers. They have their place, but I keep encountering people who will simply refuse to do something unless there's a study backing it up.

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on August 08, 2011
at 09:58 PM

I would hate to base my decisions solely upon the results of (potentially co-opted) scientific papers.

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on August 08, 2011
at 09:12 PM

If you need a source, I know a guy (not srs)

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on August 08, 2011
at 08:44 PM

I envy you...I'd feel terrible within minutes.

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on August 08, 2011
at 07:54 PM

I'm guessing I've never actually been a paleo, then, despite marked improvement in my overall health and demeanor. I must confess, I do partake in sweets daily, mostly in the form of dark chocolate. Oh, the horror, to have my paleo badge so cruelly revoked! I must purge my diet of all chocolatey pleasure, now -- STAT! -- lest I fall even further from grace.

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on August 08, 2011
at 05:37 AM

Also Ive never had sugar cravings my entire life. Always been a salt person. That's why I thought my positive reaction to the sugar was so interesting.

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on August 08, 2011
at 05:36 AM

Three days of sugar out of 720 days = "eating candy everyday?" Im guessing I had such a pronounced reaction as I dont add sugar to anything and I dont eat fruit, just berries. To be honest, besides the energy burst Ive noticed it put me on edge all night. Not really worth it unless special circumstances such as Melissa listed above

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on August 08, 2011
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That makes sense. I definitely have a sugar high going. Yipeeeee!!!!

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on August 08, 2011
at 01:04 AM

I don't agree with everything Lustig says, but he said in his lecture this weekend that if you normally eat a good diet and aren't leptin resistant, you will get a sugar high, but if you keep eating that sugar you'll start getting leptin resistant. I definitely know the effect and use it to my advantage. Ate a delicious gluten-free tart before my AHS talk :)

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on August 08, 2011
at 01:13 AM

That makes sense. I definitely have a sugar high going. Yipeeeee!!!!

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Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

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on August 08, 2011
at 07:05 PM

What was your carb intake like before that? Were you eating much starch, because if not your thyroid likely had decreased activity and then the sugar actually jump-started it again. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1249190 in caloric restriction but there is certainly a difference between 50g of carbs and less carbs. A lot of the time low carb vegetables like greens and broccoli don't even make it into the body because they get eaten by the gut flora.

If you had been eating carbs then Melissa's is the best answer.

B22e5946e28a1845a6006737e59edfc6

(2437)

on August 09, 2011
at 08:13 PM

Actually no, I dont eat much starch. My diet is mostly beef/lamb/chicken/fish/seafood and some vegetable on the side with handfuls of berries throughout the day. Maybe I need to get back to eating some more sweet potatoes (I ate them all winter, got lazy cooking in the summer)

B22e5946e28a1845a6006737e59edfc6

(2437)

on August 09, 2011
at 08:16 PM

Oh, and I forgot to mention a lot of avocado and spoonfuls of coconut oil here and there. And beef jerky (cuts with fat in it) for snacks. Oh tasty fats how could I forget you!

Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

(17969)

on August 10, 2011
at 02:56 AM

Yeah a little bit of carbohydrate-rich food will probably help you then. Some people just aren't built for very low carb, and even if there are plenty of vegetables that doesn't necessarily mean that it will be absorbed before the gut critters get it. Sweet potato and other tubers will make sure some gets digested.

Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

(17969)

on August 31, 2011
at 05:34 PM

Awesome. This scenario is all too common. A certain amount of glucose is a semi-essential nutrient. We won't die without it but energy levels are best with a bit of starch or fruit in the mix.

B22e5946e28a1845a6006737e59edfc6

(2437)

on August 31, 2011
at 06:21 AM

This ended up helping a lot. Ive been eating some sweet potatoes and my energy is up.

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510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

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on August 08, 2011
at 08:40 PM

Ive been pretty strick Paleo (minus dairy, night shades, eggs and nuts) for almost two years now. I went to a wedding last weekend and they had lines of all sorts of cocaine. I had pure cocaine for the first time in years. Had fantastic energy all night. Next day had more cocaine and had TONS of energy, went for a run, hike, great mood, etc. No crash, no lethargy after, bowels wernt as happy though... Today I was feeling exhausted all day (been stressed) and decided to try to again. Just had a large bag of cocaine and once again feel great.

Medium avatar

(39821)

on August 08, 2011
at 09:12 PM

If you need a source, I know a guy (not srs)

Medium avatar

(2169)

on August 09, 2011
at 04:39 PM

you just made me LOL

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on May 12, 2012
at 02:36 AM

Good sense of humor. I enjoyed it!

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Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on August 08, 2011
at 09:34 PM

Have you all seen CarbSane's post on Candy? Totally advocating candy!

Metabolic advantage of fructose

Um. I don't care what 'studies' I'm shown. You cannot tell me that the crap that is known as 'candy' is good for the human body. The ingredients are completely disgusting and unnatural. Seriously I'd sooner support a big spoonful of pure sugar before candy.

Medium avatar

(39821)

on August 08, 2011
at 09:58 PM

I would hate to base my decisions solely upon the results of (potentially co-opted) scientific papers.

Medium avatar

(39821)

on August 08, 2011
at 09:59 PM

I would hate to base my decisions solely upon the results of (potentially co-opted) scientific papers. They have their place, but I keep encountering people who will simply refuse to do something unless there's a study backing it up.

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6ec8d30130a6fb274871314533b5536b

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on August 09, 2011
at 08:04 AM

I admit, when I read the OP's post, I kinda thought they were eating sugar everyday now, too... because they mentioned the wedding, then the "next day," ending with their "just ate..."

But yeah, of course it's going to make you feel good. But feeling, and what's actually going on inside your body aren't always the same. A lot of people feel good on certain drugs... and I'm sure we've all felt that "good" feeling while emotionally eating.

But I suppose if you don't make it a habit, it won't be completely horriblt...

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D2e6eb2ab91f5e11589cf34b44b8e4cd

on August 08, 2011
at 05:12 AM

I guess you aren't Paleo anymore if you're eating candy everyday. Oh and sure, your loving the sugar high. The months you spent getting rid of any sugar cravings I guess were for nothing. I'm thinking you'll crash at some point....if the dizziness and mood swings don't get you first.

B22e5946e28a1845a6006737e59edfc6

(2437)

on August 08, 2011
at 05:37 AM

Also Ive never had sugar cravings my entire life. Always been a salt person. That's why I thought my positive reaction to the sugar was so interesting.

B22e5946e28a1845a6006737e59edfc6

(2437)

on August 08, 2011
at 05:36 AM

Three days of sugar out of 720 days = "eating candy everyday?" Im guessing I had such a pronounced reaction as I dont add sugar to anything and I dont eat fruit, just berries. To be honest, besides the energy burst Ive noticed it put me on edge all night. Not really worth it unless special circumstances such as Melissa listed above

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on August 08, 2011
at 07:54 PM

I'm guessing I've never actually been a paleo, then, despite marked improvement in my overall health and demeanor. I must confess, I do partake in sweets daily, mostly in the form of dark chocolate. Oh, the horror, to have my paleo badge so cruelly revoked! I must purge my diet of all chocolatey pleasure, now -- STAT! -- lest I fall even further from grace.

D2e6eb2ab91f5e11589cf34b44b8e4cd

(930)

on August 11, 2011
at 09:25 PM

Your question was-ate candy yesterday, ate more today.....looked like you were on a roll there! Like you were going to start eating candy everyday!? I struggled with sugar cravings in the beginning, as a lot of people do. I know that if I caved to "white sugar" it would set me back and I'd be starting "all over" so to speak. Just my opinion since I've had my battles with sugar!!

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