4 Days to Depression (confessions of a sugar addict)

Feeling miserable and sluggish?

Christmas is an ideal time to hit rock-bottom, physically, mentally and emotionally. However you don’t have to wait until next year to feel miserable, apathetic, achy and stiff, or experience digestive discomfort, poor sleep and health problems.

Here are some things that will get you there whenever you want. Applied consistently, they will guarantee longterm results.

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Sugar is toxic to your system, highly addictive and will give you a quick kickstart. Its insidious nature will be gentle but firm with you, quietly but insistently demanding further satisfaction.

It is challenging to put this genie back in the bottle.

  • Dark chocolate is toxic, addictive and puts your body out of balance. As well as a few other nasties, it contains Theobromine, an alkaloid similar to morphine and cocaine and Phenylethylamine, the chemical that your body produces when you are in love. Who could say no to that!
  • Wheat has a high glycemic index and increases blood sugar rapidly, is inflammatory and can contribute significantly to weight, health and mental problems. This includes white bread, cakes, slices, biscuits, whole-grain bread, flat bread, nibbles which all contain some form of wheat.

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Fast-food outlets deliberately add toxins, called excitotoxins, which make the food addictive and also kills brain cells. It also has so many preservatives that bacteria won’t touch it. So your fries and burger will last longer than your undies. Morgue owners report that bodies now last three or four times longer than they used to!

  • Allergy-causing foods affect the brain. These could be foods that you eat or drink every day, especially something that you do not want to give up.
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Caffeine blues! It steals energy from you, raises cortisol levels and drops you down again. It’s like borrowing $100 and having to pay back $150.


  • Artificial colourings are toxic and affect brain function. “Red 3” and “Yellow 2” have dangerous chemicals derived from petroleum that can produce DNA damage, allergies and tumours. Some children eat as much as three pounds of these chemicals by the time they are 12. Cobalt can be in anything blue.
  • The excitotoxins in artificial flavourings affect the Central Nervous System and the way that the brain works.
  • Processed breakfast cereals – studies showed that puffed grains killed rats faster than starvation. Rats eating the box lived longer than rats eating the cornflakes. The cornflake rats also developed schizophrenic behavior, threw fits, bit each other and finally went into convulsions. Does that sound like any children you know?
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Meat and cheese stay in your system and your digestive system has to work extra hard to process it. You probably won’t sleep well as your system is working overtime trying to digest it all.

  • Soft drinks contain buckets of sugar and will kick off your sugar rollercoaster.
  • Caffeine is a major cause of stroke and energy drinks are causing damage to teenagers.
  • Diet foods and drinks contain Aspartame and other addictive, toxic artificial sweeteners which lead to weight gain. Aspartame is carcinogenic and interacts with virtually all drugs. Aspartame poisoning can mimic symptoms of MS and other serious conditions.
  • Lattes are satisfying however cow’s milk is meant to raise 300lb baby calves. If you drink too much of it you might end up looking like a little cow. It is also mucous-producing so you might experience more phlegm and sniffles.
  • Soy milk may mess up your hormones.
  • Alcohol will wipe out any remaining thoughts you may have of looking after yourself in the manner in which you are accustomed. It will also add a toxic load to your liver.
  • Toxins do make a difference. If your kidneys and liver cannot process the extra toxins, your body will create extra fat cells to store them in. This makes it very difficult to shed extra weight as your body needs extra fat cells to store the toxins.
  • Toxic household, personal and cosmetic products affect your Central Nervous System and how you feel and function. Two in particular that you put on your skin are Sodium Laurel Sulphate which is used in engine degreaser and found in anything that foams, for example bubble bath for babies, and Propylene Glycol, used in anti-freeze and found in many moisturisers and cosmetics.
  • Scientific research has shown that talcum powder is linked to cervical cancer.
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Toxic emotions can also affect you physically and mentally, the same as toxic substances. For example, worrying, awfulizing (playing the “what if” game), allowing the attitudes of others to affect you, your own negative attitudes, gossip about others or dwelling on past grievances and injustices.

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People with negative attitudes, or who don’t acknowledge you and aren’t really interested in what you have to say may plunge you into a sense of aimlessness and boost your comfort eating.

  • If you have any projects on the go, it will probably be getting easier to let them slide. Your brain fog should be setting in nicely by now so they won’t seem important any more anyway.
  • Lack of exercise or movement will allow the toxins that you are accumulating in your system to settle nicely, causing a few subtle aches in your joints and help you to feel stiff. They can then circulate efficiently in your bloodstream, affect your hormones and help you to feel miserable and down on yourself. If you can keep it up for a little longer, you will feel unhappy with those who are around you as well. Be patient, they will eventually react negatively and then you have an even better excuse to feel bad and console yourself with some comfort eating, especially sugar.
  • Watching TV, especially the news, crime shows or anything that keeps you in a heightened state of anxiety will activate your nervous system, keep you in a stress cycle and help to maintain sugar cravings. Your body thinks that it needs sugar to support the adrenal system.
  • Going to bed really late and sleeping in will confuse your body clock (circadian rhythm). It will also deprive your body of the time it usually spends processing nutrients while you sleep. This will lower your immune system so that you will be more susceptible to other people’s bugs or increase your sensitivity to some foods.
  • If you enjoy a big breakfast with carbs and fats, such as bacon and eggs on toast, first thing in the morning this will stop your body’s attempts to eliminate yesterday’s rubbish and make it focus on digesting this lot. The toxins build up as the rotting waste in your large intestine (especially if you have been eating a lot of animal products) filters into your bloodstream, causing you to feel foggy and lethargic.

What you might notice:

  • You might notice that you are starting to sweat a lot more either during the day or throughout the night as your body valiantly tries to cleanse itself. If you’re menopausal, this will be even more noticeable.
  • You may wake through the night, feeling anxious with your mind doing crazy things. It may be difficult to get back to sleep, or even to sleep comfortably.
  • Your skin may start to feel dry, and appear blotchy.
  • If you tended to be incontinent before this will increase, so girls, be sure to stock up on panty liners.
  • By now, if you’ve followed all of these points, you should have an almost constant insatiable craving for all of the above – sugars, carbs, grains, pastries cakes or slices, sweets.
  • Despite your resolution to enjoy it, the self-loathing could begin at any time around about now. You could start thinking that you liked yourself better before, when you were making healthier choices, functioned better, and felt better. Oh well, all good things must come to an end.
  • By now you could be considering a visit to your Doctor to get some medication. This will add to the toxic load, confuse your system even more and support the Pharmaceutical industry. There is 2000%-570,000% markup on the cost of the general active ingredients in most products.
    What’s going on?

    Your body uses food for information for cell structure.

    Only live, unprocessed food contains information. Everything else has had most of the information and nutritional value processed out of it. It also usually contains enough “Caution” flags to make your body thinks that it is an invader and mount a defense against it. Could this be why so many people experience sensitivities and allergic reactions. Considering that there is zero information in this little lot above, right now your body and mind are struggling, asking you to do something.

    Because your body cannot speak to you in the way that you understand, it will begin to manifest some physical condition to make you take notice. This will usually be in your “weakest link” genetically or area of least resistance.

    It’s really up to you how long you want to ride this train, or how far down the rabbit hole you want to go.

    It could be a difficult choice. … continue a slow and steady decline into digestive disorders, arthritis, miserableness, lethargy, depression, illness, dis-ease or any other way your body chooses to say “Hey, look at me, something needs attention here”. Or decide that enough’s enough, you’ve had your fun, it’s been an interesting exercise, but it’s time to get back on track.

    Tough choice, because the first day will be difficult. After that it will be OK and you will delight in starting to feel like your old self again. You may even begin to wonder if it was worth it.

    What you could do about it:

    If you want to get back to feeling good, it’s easy and your body will respond rapidly. Here are some basic guidelines.

  • You could start with an easy 3 day detox to allow your body to eliminate the rubbish that you have been putting into it. You can find great information and a detox plan at the Food Matters website. While you’re there, take a moment to watch the Food Matters “You are what you eat” video
  • Eat as naturally as possible to avoid the addictive chemicals in processed foods so that you can get off the roller-coaster. You don’t have to eat meat to get essential amino acids. You probably wouldn’t win an arm wrestle with a silver-backed gorilla, and he doesn’t eat meat.
  • Move – it doesn’t matter how, just move your body and your arms so that your lymphatic system can start eliminating the toxins.

    Exercise PLANK
     Weight-bearing exercise (and that includes your own weight!) strengthens your bones and also helps muscles release stress. Do you know how many muscles you are using when you hold the Plank position?


  • If you are an advocate of colonic irrigations, this is a quick and effective way of getting rid of the waste that is stuck in your large intestine, causing you to feel bloated and lethargic. If that’s not your cup of tea, a couple of teaspoons of McKenzie’s Bi-Carb Soda in a glass of warm water will go through you like the 5.10pm train from Geelong.
  • Drink plenty of water to help flush your system out (2 litresday). If it is going straight through you and you aren’t carrying a portable toilet around with you, try adding either a pinch of Himalayan salt (half a teaspoon a day is enough to give your body a mineral boost), some Coconut Water or add 10% Apple & Pear juice.
  • Do some deep breathing when you remember. This will help to calm your system and take your body into a relaxation mode. This is where it can do some self-healing. Your body has an innate ability to heal itself and will do so if you provide the right environment.
    It’s wonderful how responsive your body can be, both good and bad.

    Reflect for a moment that you are the sum total of everything you have eaten, drunk, slapped on your skin, read, listened to and thought.

    The good news is that you can very easily change whatever you want, whenever you want and get results. If you don’t like how you are feeling right now, make a few simple changes and do some field tests on yourself.

    It you feel it’s hard to go it alone, give me a call on 0409 706727, or email me holistichealthmelb@bigpond.com – I’ve been there too and I can help to guide you through the process.