Sugar and Depression, the Bittersweet Symphony of My Life

by Martin

in A Depression Blog, Causes of Depression

giving up chocolates, sugar and depression

Sugar and depression.

These were always two of my closest companions, the one always there picking me up and the other effortlessly dragging me back down.

But it seems now that they might in fact have been closer companions to each other than they ever were to me.

I’ve heard that they could even be an ‘item’; a couple, joined together in mutual destruction, co-habiting – uninvited I might add – in my body.

So, who would have known that sugar may be implicated in causing depression?

Not me. Well not such as I would admit to myself anyway.

I kind of knew that sugar intake supposedly affected mood. But chose not to think it through much further than that and to ignore any advice about cutting down on the basis that it would be too hard.

After all, Sugar has always been one of my go-to comforters whenever depression came calling. Even more so once I managed to kick my nicotine habit.

But when I come to think of it, it was never a true friend. When I turned to it after I stopped smoking, it beckoned me close with its chocolate covered fingers but, in less than a year, it had locked me in the body of a man 10 years older and 30 pounds heavier – and it cost me a fortune in new clothes.




Now it seems that it may have been collaborating all along with those defective genes, those chronic stresses and that negative mindset to land me the lead role in a new production of “The Blues Brother”.

Orange whip, anyone?

Not for me, thanks.

Because, in the interests of randomly trying anything that might work, otherwise known as treatment for depression, I have decided to forego the sweet crystal in all its forms from now on. Or try to at least (he added, upon editing, with a lawyer’s caution).

I’m writing about it here, firstly as a way of trying to make myself stick to the resolution because, believe me, my tooth is very, very sweet and secondly because it might be an exercise worth reporting on.

Of course there’s no science in this ‘experiment,’ as any changes in my mood that do occur could be caused by any number of things, especially as we’re going through a pretty stressful house sale and move at the moment.

Nevertheless, I will try to record the facts as I go through by using the Optimism mood charting tools, so it will also be a good test of that little helper as well.

Stay tuned for what could be a bittersweet experience: Part 2 is here.

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Resources

From Psychcentral.com : Why sugar is dangerous for depression

Dietary pattern and depressive symptoms in middle age, Akbaraly TN, Brunner EJ, Ferrie JE, Marmot MG, Kivimaki M, Singh-Manoux A, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London.


Bittersweet Symphony by the Verve, from the album Urban Hymns

Jackie Wilson – I Get The Sweetest Feeling (Original Version)





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Last revised on December 7, 2012

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Steven October 1, 2011 at 10:39 pm

This is interesting to see. I’d heard that diet in general has a bit to do with mood but not that sugar was directly linked to depression. You wouldn’t necessarily have thought it. On problem with cutting stuff out of your diet is knowing whether foods actually contain the ingredient. You’ll find sugar in all sorts of things. Good luck with this.

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Martin October 1, 2011 at 10:45 pm

Hello Steven, thanks for your comment.

I’m not saying that sugar is definitely linked to depression, just that it might be. Like lots of things associated with depression, there’s no hard and fast proof. Just some research that suggests there might be a link and some anecdotal evidence from people who say that removing sugar from their diet has helped their moods.

You’re right about the difficulty in knowing whether sugar is in your food. That’s another reason why this is not v scientific. But if it helps me, it might help others and there’s no harm in trying. It’s not like there’ll be any side-effects.

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