I read this book, "Little Sugar Addicts" by Dr. Kathleen DesMaisons, over the weekend, and was amazed to see so much of my childhood in this book. It talks about how a lot of ADD children are really just sugar sensitive, and their diet causes their mood swings and inattention. I knew a lot of this from SBD, but I found the book very interesting. It emphasizes protein with every meal, saying that adults need 1/2 of their body weight in grams of protein each day, and children need 70-100% of their body weight in grams of protein each day.
One of the things the book says is that even the taste of "sweet" can have the same effects as sugar in the brain. Caffeine is the same thing. And that diet cola, specifically aspartame, when the body breaks it down it turns into formaldehyde. I may never drink diet cola again.... I've cut regular cola out of my life for almost a year now, even before I started SBD. I only had the diet cola every once in a while.
I can't cut down on the "sweet" flavors, though. I am in love with Agave Nectar, and I enjoy it with my decaf in the morning. I have a cup of caffeinated coffee here at work, but I've been working on cutting that out, and having more green tea.
I thought that this was really interesting, and thought I'd share. See if anyone else had noticed a correlation between mood and sugar, and if anyone else felt that their mood and energy level had improved since doing SBD. I know my blood sugar is much better, more stable now. I wonder about going extreme and cutting out all sweet add ons, like the agave nectar for my coffee, but don't think I have it in me.