One of my biggest realizations since removing sugar from my diet (in all of its forms) is the difference in my mood and the clarity of my thoughts. I feel like a veil has been lifted. I'm more connected to my husband, less irritable. There's stuff going on in a more subtle way though. It's like a shift in my default. I have noticed an awareness that seemed hazed-over before. I don't want to make it seem like I'm radically different, it's more as if I am processing things more clearly.
I've always known that sugar changes me. And I really mean that it changes me. I become irritable and less affectionate. There's been so many studies and all of the harmful effects of sugar on our bodies, but I think the scariest is the possibility that sugar can alter who we are.
There was a study done a few years ago with prison inmates to determine the level to which crimes increase in correlation to the consumption of junk food. Now, some prison systems are looking to add supplements to inmates' diets to curb violent behaviour. We're just on the tip of the iceberg when it comes to understanding the way food affects our mood and behaviour. Depression is rampant, violent crime is up, and autoimmune diseases and cancers seem almost commonplace. I can't prove that all of this is related directly to sugar, but there's evidence connecting our illnesses, both mental and physical, with our poor diets. The further we move away from eating whole, organic foods like our ancestors did, the faster we fall out of balance with our innate nature.