This is an idea that has been slowly developing in the back of mind over the last year or so of my experiences with diet and various addictions. I'd appreciate thoughts, feedback, personal experiences, or relevant science that anyone can offer.
Basically, I've been thinking about the relation of sugar addiction to overall compulsive behavior. I know most of you will know what I'm talking about when I refer to the sense of calmness, control, and solidity that a couple weeks of strict paleo will provide. The first time I experienced this I was really impressed with the overall implications it had on my life - and the first time I fell off the wagon into a full on sugar binge, I was amazed how long it took me to pick up the pieces of all the areas of my life that were affected by it.
What I've noticed when I eat sugar these days is an increase in dangerous/compulsive/addictive behaviors in all areas of my life, binge eating included - but it also extends to alcohol and substance use, poor/irrational judgement, selection of partners, sex, social behavior... everything, really. Its like my ability to think about things rationally and make an informed decision just never kicks in.
Does anyone else see this in themselves? Is it due to the action of sugar/insulin on one's neurochemistry? Do you think there is a genetic predisposition and sugar "flips the switch?" Is it simply a cognitive/personality disorder that should be addressed via therapy? Do you have any other theories?