I happened to be looking through The Mood Cure again and came across some great information about white sugar and white flour. I thought it would be an encouragement to those of you on the sugar free challenge. The author, Julia Ross, has worked for many years in treating depression, irritability, what she calls “false moods”, seasonal disorders, and stress. She uses dietary changes and supplements with great results. One very important change she advocates is removing white sugar and white flour from her client’s diets. She considers them both addictive (though how addictive varies from person to person). In fact, she’s found, “Many of our clinic’s clients have been freed from the moodiness they’ve endured for years, simply by dropping these two items from their menu’s.”
If you suffer from depression, taking out white sugar and white flour could be very helpful (and if you do suffer from depression, I recommend you read Julia’s book as well as get good medical advice!). Meanwhile, the below snippet should encourage you in your quest to go sugar free! (My emphases)
White Sugar and White Flour more like Drugs
In a way, it’s unfair to categorize sweets and white flour products as foods. They’re really more like drugs. That’s why they have such mood-altering power. The corn, sugarcane, and sugar beets that sugar is extracted from, and the grains that flour is extracted from, contain fiber, vitamins and minerals,. But after the extraction process, most of those beneficial nutrients are gone. What’s left is a potent crystallized concentrate, not unlike other plant concentrates we’re familiar with, like cocaine or opium, also extracted from lovely plants full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber.. These two refined white crabs can force a release of your brain’s natural feel good neurotransmitters, serotonin and endorphins. This brain chemistry disruption and depletion leads to the need for another cookie for another brief mood boost….and then another….and another.
All In all, avoiding refined sugars and white flour can, among many other positives, help protect you from depleting your “feel good neurotransmitters”, thus protecting you from depression. Pretty exciting stuff, eh?
I think in light of sugar’s addictive quality, if you are having an especially hard time on the challenge, you may want to read Julia’s book for more help in overcoming that addiction without as much stress on your body.
How is everyone doing on the sugar free challenge? Do you feel like the challenge has been easy so far, or has it been really difficult? How is your body responding?