*Sugar Blues can actually have you spiraling emotionally. For anyone who suffers from allergic reactions to sugar, knows that it can almost seem as if you are bipolar or suffering from anxiety attacks. If you or the practitioners are not careful it can be misdiagnosed for depression, ADD, ADHD, etc… A sugar addiction has been made similar to those who suffer from intoxicant addictions such as alcohol, street drugs, etc…

*Researchers have discovered that in countries where there is a higher increase in the consumption of sugar, there are also higher incidences of cancer, heart disease, hypertension, depression and mental illness.

**HERE’S A BREAK DOWN OF WHAT HAPPENS IN THE BODY WHICH CAN CAUSE SUGAR BLUES**

When you consume a simple carbohydrate such as soda or a candy bar, the absorption rate is much faster, causing the glucose level of the blood to rise rapidly. The pancreas responds by secreting a large amount of insulin to keep the glucose levels from rising too high. This large level of insulin tends to make the blood sugar level fall to low levels within 3 to 5 hours after eating. This can lead to an adrenaline surge, which can cause nervousness and irritability. This creates a “roller coaster” ride. So what you want to consume is complex carbohydrates, because they release sugar into the blood slowly and do not cause the same effects as simple carbs.

Names of Sugars

White sugar, Molasses, Corn Syrup, Dextrose, Lactose, Galactose, Brown Sugar, Honey, Maple Syrup, Powdered Sugar, Fructose, Glucose, Cane Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Fruit Juice Concentrate, Sucrose, Maltose
*** Some sweeteners are not bad such as Honey, Molasses, and Agave Nectar which has a lower glycemic Index than other sweeteners. A great Alternative for cane sugar is Truvia or Stevia which is from a plant. (You can bake with it just as you would cane sugar)***

Complex Carbohydrates
Spinach, Whole Barley, Grapefruit, Turnip Greens, Buckwheat, Apples, Lettuce, Buckwheat bread, Prunes, Water Cress, Oat bran bread, Apricots Dried, Zucchini, Oatmeal, Pears, Asparagus, Oat bran cereal, Plums, Artichokes, Museli, Strawberries, Okra, Wild rice, Oranges, Cabbage, Brown rice, Yams, Celery, Multi-grain bread, Carrots, Cucumbers, Pinto beans, Potatoes, Dill Pickles, Yogurt, low fat, Soybeans, Radishes, Skim milk, Lentils, Broccoli, Navy beans, Garbanzo beans, Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Kidney beans, Eggplant, Soy milk, Lentils, Onions, Whole meal spelt bread, Split peas

Simple Carbohydrates
Table sugar, Corn syrup, Fruit juice, Candy, Cake, Bread made with white flour, Pasta made with white flour, Sodas such as Coke®, Pepsi®, Mountain Dew®, etc., Candy, All baked goods made with white flour, Most packaged cereals