Down in the dumps?

Do you have a guilty pleasure online? You know, a site you visit regularly that you don’t want anyone to know about. One that you quickly click out of if someone comes by? I do. It’s called the Daily Mail and it is a British news site (OK, who am I kidding, it’s straight-up gossip) I got hooked on while living in London. Every once in awhile I find myself checking in to see what the Brits are saying about American celebrities. It’s trashy and I love it. But every once in awhile, there is something on there that is actually pretty informative. So when I saw this article, I couldn’t wait to share it with you. It’s about a study from Emory University that shows that sugar can actually make depression and anxiety worse and even change the body’s response to stress! “Our results offer new insights into the ways in which diet can alter brain health, “ explained Constance Harrell, the head of the study. This backs up other studies that show that sugar is actually more addictive than cocaine. If you’re like me and are a life-long student of natural health, this is hardly news. But if you’ve ever wondered what the big stinkin’ deal is about sugar or have a family member who is suffering from depression and eats a lot of the white stuff, this knowledge could be just the thing that helps shift you or them in the right direction. Of course, as a former lawyer I have to give the “talk it over with your doctor before making any changes” advisement (wink wink). But taking just a three-day break from sugar can really give you an idea of what your body and brain feel like without it. Give it a try and see how much happier and clearer you feel. Then if/when you go back to it, you’ll really feel what it does to you, your body and your brain. Truth time- does the thought of giving up sugar, even for three days, freak you out? That, my friend, is a sign that you need to try letting it go more than you may think. Believe me, I've been there. But as with any addictive substance, after a few days it is out of your system and you wonder why you ever wanted it in the first place. A wonderful resource in this area is Donna Gates' The Body Ecology Diet. Check it out for awesome research, guidelines and recipes. Have you ever gone sugar-free? What was your experience like? Please share on the Facebook page so others can get inspired and learn from you. This is all about rising together, yo!!! And don't worry if you're still struggling a bit with sugar- soon there will be Shift Bars for you to eat... Life is short- live healthy, live happy!!! Emily Shift Bars CSO (Chief Shift Officer:)