I went on a little bit of a sugar bender yesterday. I didn't have any gluten, but I consumed way more table sugar and fructose than I normally do. Before that, I was eating VLC as I am trying to lose weight.
Anyway, today I feel like complete shit. But what's interesting, is I feel a lot worse emotionally than I do physically. I've struggled with depression before, and what I'm feeling today definitely feels like depression. I have no energy, no motivation, and all of my thoughts are negative and self-critical. The negative thoughts aren't even about the sugar binge (i.e. feeling guilty), but instead are about other aspects of my life in which I feel like a failure).
Does anyone else experience this? I feel like my depression is directly tied to my blood sugar. What's going on?
When you eat sugar, you are rewarded with a little release of dopamine to the brain. When you eat a lot of sugar, you are rewarded with a flood of dopamine to the brain. This massive surge in dopamine causes the receptors to downregulate, effectively desensitizing you to pleasure. This is similar to how insulin resistance develops. A few days of avoiding sugar should get you back to normal.
you need a new perspective. i have read in many articles that strategic consumption of carbs (one meal every 3-4 days or one day a month) can be very beneficial to people who eat VLC. so just think of yesterday as a part of your lifestyle and carry on; no guilt required.
another nice aspect of this perspective is that you can stave off binges knowing that a carb day/meal is just around the corner and you can plan to eat more beneficial carbs if you so choose.
you are an awesome person doing wonderful things with your life. a day of sugar cannot change these facts.