I’m 45 years old and I can’t believe I’ve never noticed this before…
I’m starting to wonder if sugar (or carbohydrates in general) actually contributes to my depression. Though I’ve never been diagnosed, I’m fairly confident that I have some level of depression. When I was younger it never even dawned on me, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve been much more cognizant about how I feel. Since the move to NC I’ve struggled a bit more and have actually considered talking to a doctor. But then it goes away and all seems fine.
One other note; for quite some time I’ve been eating a fairly low carb diet. I try to avoid sugar and all processed carbs like bread, rice, and pasta. I’ve come to like this style of eating; I don’t go hard core low carb but at the same time I don’t waste time eating unnecessary carbs.
Anyway, this last weekend I was celebrating another great week and meeting my habit goal for the second straight week. On Sunday we went on a 4.5 mile hike and afterward we stopped and I got a big orange slushy. Later that night I also had a nice big bowl of ice cream. Those two items were the only processed sugar I had over the last 2 weeks.
Monday came and I woke up miserable! I was totally unproductive all day at work and my brain just felt really foggy. I told my wife that I was severely depressed. I got through the day and then on Tuesday morning I woke up still feeling depressed, but a little better. By the end of the day I was back to my old self.
As I reflected on how I felt and how quickly I went from very bad to feeling much better It dawned on me that maybe my large quantity of sugar was what put me into a depressed state. I started researching sugar and depression and found a surprising amount of articles linking the two. Could sugar be making me depressed? Is that why I go from high to low and back to high again so quickly?
Of course there could be other factors, only time will tell, but it gives me a great idea for my next habit goal. One more week to go on my current goal (changing into exercise clothes every day after work) and then we’ll see what I add next.