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Sugar Detox Mood Swings

Answered on October 08, 2014
Created July 02, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Hey everyone!

Been a fan of Paleo for a while now, I've seen people in my life thrive on it, and I'm finally diving in head first! However, I am a terrible sugar addict and I know that this will be the most difficult thing for me, but I'm ready to cut it out, cold turkey. I'm also planning on keeping a close eye on other carbohydrates in my diet, but my question is - what on earth am I going to do about my mood swings during this period?? I get depressed, anxious, and downright unfriendly (not good when you work in customer service). Now, to be transparent, I'm only on day 2 of my detox, so I'm guessing this reaction is mostly mental/emotional,but I have felt the same way other times I've tired to cut sugar out. So, my main question is - are there any supplements I can take or natural mood stabilizers that might help me short term until I level out again?

Thanks so much!

77fcbf8bece61c60e3ff430d4bb5de66

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on July 16, 2012
at 08:35 PM

yes and i've heard great things about l-glutamine for sugar and alcohol cravings

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on July 15, 2012
at 01:44 AM

I can vouch for 5 htp and rhodiola rosea for keeping the mood and concentration steady and positive.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on July 03, 2012
at 12:09 PM

Eat it with some fat then. I understand starch on its own could cause these insulin spikes, but fruit shouldn't do that. And eliminating sugar won't help at all with your diabetes.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on July 03, 2012
at 12:01 AM

The excess insulin happening in a desperate bid by the pancreas to get BG down after someone has eaten excess carbs. For someone like me, a hit of sugar is essentially a poison. I'm not zero carb.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on July 02, 2012
at 11:56 PM

Mood swings are often caused by up and down blood glucose levels caused by excessive insulin secretion in people with pre-diabetes or metabolic disorder. Sugar would backfire big time.

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5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on July 02, 2012
at 11:58 PM

If you eat a large, moderate protein, high fat breakfast to start the day, you will likely find the sugar induced mood swings dissipating. Works for me very, very well and gives me control through the rest of the day to only eat what I, not my cravings, choose.

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77fcbf8bece61c60e3ff430d4bb5de66

(383)

on July 02, 2012
at 08:38 PM

chromium, cinnamon, 5 htp, rhodiola will help u kick it

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on July 15, 2012
at 01:44 AM

I can vouch for 5 htp and rhodiola rosea for keeping the mood and concentration steady and positive.

77fcbf8bece61c60e3ff430d4bb5de66

(383)

on July 16, 2012
at 08:35 PM

yes and i've heard great things about l-glutamine for sugar and alcohol cravings

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on July 15, 2012
at 01:28 AM

If your mood is low due to fluctuations in blood sugar - then eat more fat and protein.

If your mood is low due to low base levels of serotonin - then eat more starch and a lot less protein. Starch converts into blood sugar slower than sweets but will give you the carbs needed to make neurotransmitters. In order to make serotonin for people who are sensitive to fluctuations in serotonin - the carb:protein ratio must be 7:1 or higher. This results in a diet that is very low in meat.

Everyone's ideal fuel mix is what works for them so you'll need to experiment. In time you will find macronutrient ratios that help you feel your best.

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Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

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on July 03, 2012
at 02:32 AM

Julia Ross (the neurotransmitter goddess of The Diet Cure and The Mood Cure fame) swears by L-glutamine for sugar cravings. (Sublingual seems to be best, about 500mg.)

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on October 08, 2014
at 10:19 AM

Having sugar in small amount is considered as good for health.

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B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on July 02, 2012
at 08:55 PM

I know you won't listen to this, but : eat some sugar. I wish I had listened to Cliff before going zero-carb.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on July 02, 2012
at 11:56 PM

Mood swings are often caused by up and down blood glucose levels caused by excessive insulin secretion in people with pre-diabetes or metabolic disorder. Sugar would backfire big time.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on July 03, 2012
at 12:01 AM

The excess insulin happening in a desperate bid by the pancreas to get BG down after someone has eaten excess carbs. For someone like me, a hit of sugar is essentially a poison. I'm not zero carb.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on July 03, 2012
at 12:09 PM

Eat it with some fat then. I understand starch on its own could cause these insulin spikes, but fruit shouldn't do that. And eliminating sugar won't help at all with your diabetes.

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