Dr. Simyka M. Carlton
March 4, 2012
You are what you eat. If that is true, then I am a walking dairy product. Lack of balance in nutrition creates a lack of balance in the body. Stress, income, convenience, lifetime habits, and other factors all influence what and how we eat. This in turn affects our ability to function physically, mentally, and emotionally. Our brains and bodies are sensitive to what nutrients are consumed in our diet. When a can of soda is consumed, our blood sugar rises, causing a spike in the reaction of the pancreas which releases insulin. This will drop the blood sugar, causing a release of adrenaline. The chain reactions in our bodies created by what we consume define the saying, “We are what we eat.” As an adolescent I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia. I learned at an early age the effect and importance of what I eat, to control the symptoms. The brain needs sugar to function. When the body has low levels of sugar, the brain starves. Symptoms such as moodiness, depression, cold sweats, perceptive illusions, and unconsciousness are some of the body’s signals that elements are out of balance. What teenager wants to follow a strict diet? It did not take me long to understand what foods would create certain reactions and what cheats could be used to keep myself from passing out. However, this established a lazy attitude and bad habits toward my nutritional intake. Habits that have continued for over thirty years.
I became an emotional eater when in a depressive state. Looking back, I wonder if my adolescent mental issues of depression were influenced by or at least contributed to by my hypoglycemic condition. Binging on high fat, high sugar foods only made me feel better emotionally until those bad nutrients permeated my body. When I began to feel ill from the effects of the junk food I would try to counter it with a portion of something good. This behavior created a...