Mike: On a clean system how long do those effects take to get out of the system completely?
If you have been eating no sugar and then ingest some sugar it takes about 4 hours to clear the worst of the effects and about 2 weeks to eliminate all of the effects. If you eat a "normal" diet it takes about 4 months before the withdrawls fade and another 2 for your biochemistry to settle into a healthy steady state.
Damn, 4 months?? That is an extremely long time in the system.
As you say, you are also extremely sensitive to the various states of consciousness, and thus you notice changes in consciousness by food very accurate. But is the effect on consciousness as severe for an individual that is not as aware as you are? An (maybe bad) analogy would be that you have more to "lose" in term in awareness than an average person, which means the relative difference is much greater.
Our culture has really made a great minefield out there for consciousness, it seems almost impossible to avoid the mines. :-/
SS, I think he means that it takes about 4 months to get over the desire for the stuff.... a person can cut out sugar and if s/he is at all sensitive, there is a good chance that they will notice clearer mentation and an more even emotional state even within a few days. But the body is used to its sugar whomps and its caffeine whomps, and you find yourself walking past a cafe and smell of the coffee and the promise of chocolate decadence cake together exert more gravity than a black hole, and in you go! And oooooooo! it's so good!!!! ...until you walk out the door and realize your consciousness has lapsed into extreme gonzo-land. No concentration. Wild ideation. The mind takes off on its own and you even keep forgetting that you mean to keep up with the damned thing.
Once you realize what is happening you tend to, or one can, I should say, wind up in a challenging break-addiction process. I'm there now. And as you say, there is a real mine-field out there. You just about can't eat at restaurants. (I got nuked with MSG a couple weeks back.) Things that used to be okay no longer are (corn? soy? forget it! GM stuff keeps getting mixed in. When I eat anything corn these days, I tend to break out pretty bad. Dairy...? NaHOhoo! Full of growth hormones, pus, and other debris.) ..and so on.
I seem to be getting more and more sensitive as time goes on, and maybe that is just a function of getting older (as far as I can tell, my current evolutionary vector is 'sideways'.) I suspect everyone is a little different with this sensitivity. Take note that most folks out there do not monitor the condition of their psyche at all! Mostly it isn't that they couldn't; no one has really pointed it out to them and the very idea has never occurred to them.
The best thing to do is experiment yourself, without going to extremes. Try eating 'clean' for a few days. Raw, organic vegetables, maybe some cooked grains (rice, wheat berries), olive oil, cider vinegar, salads. And monitor your clarity, the dynamics of your emotional states etc. And then after a few days, try, oh, nothing too extreme, say a candy bar, or a bowl of one of those brightly colored sugar-bomb cereals... and watch what happens. If you really want to you can find a way to double-blind it and test yourself at measurable tasks (multiplying two or three digit numbers in your head, or somesuch), but the effect is really noticeable, just 'on inspection' as they say.
Let us know what you find out!
oh, BTW, I am much more an 'average person' type, and not anything like the Red Baron of NPMR that TWC is. So 'sensitivity' to food does not absolutely correlate with 'evolvedness'.