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Question about caffeine and sugar

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Created July 31, 2011 at 3:44 AM

I seem to have poor moods then have some caffeine or sugar and I will brighten right up. Unfortunately, once the effect wears off, I return to the dark, moody state. My natural state used to be so pleasant. My question is why do stimulants have a "normalizing" effect on me. Anyone have the same problem and find the solution?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 01, 2011
at 01:34 AM

I want to be able to function in my natural state though.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on July 31, 2011
at 08:43 PM

Caffeine can be a real biotch. I still drink 1-2 cups of coffee a day, but I see no noticeable mood change. If I do I'll definitely go cold turkey. Depending on how long you "used" caffeine and to what extent it may take you much longer than a couple of weeks to feel "normal". Tough to say how long, as I'm sure there is the physical and psychological component. Just keep at it!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on July 31, 2011
at 05:51 PM

Well its been about 2 weeks with no coffee, and there's definitly a difference, but I'm still craving the caffeine.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on July 31, 2011
at 05:50 PM

I never gain size or weight despite eating more than anyone I know! I think my metabolism is very high.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on July 31, 2011
at 03:43 PM

I eat a ton of fruit, veggies, and even some SAD from time to time, so I get a ton of calories, and as much carbs as I can find. Being Paleo naturally makes me high in protein, and I eat lots of animal fat too.

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on July 31, 2011
at 03:40 PM

nope, I used to never have problems like this when I was younger

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on July 31, 2011
at 11:41 AM

There could be a lot of reasons for this. I would:

1) make sure you're getting enough calories

2) make sure you're getting enough of your calories from something other than protein

3) make sure you're getting enough carbs (very low carb is not for everyone)

If these don't solve the problem then you can:

4) look into your cortisol levels

5) look into your thyroid function

6) look into possible Candidiasis

Those are the things off the top of my head that could be issues and the order in which I would pursue them as possibilities.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on July 31, 2011
at 03:43 PM

I eat a ton of fruit, veggies, and even some SAD from time to time, so I get a ton of calories, and as much carbs as I can find. Being Paleo naturally makes me high in protein, and I eat lots of animal fat too.

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3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on July 31, 2011
at 04:28 PM

You have basically described being an addict.....sorry to say. Solution stop taking the drug. I know this sounds harsh, but that is really the only way to interpret the information you have given

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on July 31, 2011
at 05:51 PM

Well its been about 2 weeks with no coffee, and there's definitly a difference, but I'm still craving the caffeine.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on July 31, 2011
at 08:43 PM

Caffeine can be a real biotch. I still drink 1-2 cups of coffee a day, but I see no noticeable mood change. If I do I'll definitely go cold turkey. Depending on how long you "used" caffeine and to what extent it may take you much longer than a couple of weeks to feel "normal". Tough to say how long, as I'm sure there is the physical and psychological component. Just keep at it!

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on July 31, 2011
at 02:45 PM

An alternative possibility is that you have sluggish metabolism and the coffee momentarily gets it going. You also could have low glycogen levels, so the sugar helps with that.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on July 31, 2011
at 05:50 PM

I never gain size or weight despite eating more than anyone I know! I think my metabolism is very high.

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5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on July 31, 2011
at 01:47 PM

Blood glucose swings seem likely. To be sure you can get an inexpensive monitor and check your glucose when cranky, after coffee w/ sugar, 1/2 hour later, 1 hour later, 2 hours later. You could be insulin resistant and getting large steep swings. That'll wreck your mood.

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on July 31, 2011
at 12:47 PM

I don???t know why stimulants have a normalizing effect on you.

I can???t say anything about the sugar as I haven???t had any in a whole lot of years.

For the caffeine, I think I used to experience what you???re talking about. I think prolly everyone who drinks caffeine (although I think coffee prolly brings this effect about more so than teas) regularly throughout the day, as opposed to only once in the morning or something similar, experiences this.

I???d say the cure to getting your steady, pleasant mood back would be eliminating the caffeine/coffee. The following is only my theorizing but nonetheless:

I think the slight energy boost/adrenal release that drinking coffee brings about can, since it is a pleasant sensation in the moment, simply lead one to want more of it. When that energy boost is then taken away, or delayed, naturally you are lacking that surge and so don???t feel as ???up.??? I think the only actual way to eliminate that is to eliminate the surge in the first place, so that you do not have a craving for that surge.

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Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on August 01, 2011
at 01:23 AM

Caffeine seems to help you......so here is a hack to consider. Caffeine has a very short half life in vivo because it is water soluble and gets taken out fast......so it acts fast but its effect is quick. Guarana is a fat soluble form of caffeine has a real long half life.......try using it and see how you do with it.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on August 01, 2011
at 01:34 AM

I want to be able to function in my natural state though.

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D3ff004d4a0c42b67cc2c49a5ee9c0f3

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on July 31, 2011
at 11:51 AM

Are you sleeping enough?

You sound like everyone in my office that stays up too late watching TV. They get there at 8ish and practically inject the coffee, 9:30 when the sugar/caffeine starts to wear down, they're in the breakroom again. Next time it's lunch and they're drinking super sized sodas. They do it again at 2:00, followed by their 3:30 coffee and as it is wearing off, they drive home to repeat the cycle.

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on July 31, 2011
at 11:09 AM

I don't think your reactions to sugar or caffeine sound very unusual. But, were you prescribed ADD stimulants as a kid?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on July 31, 2011
at 03:40 PM

nope, I used to never have problems like this when I was younger

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