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Added carbs, fruit = increased depression, anxiety? Looking for feedback!

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Created August 06, 2012 at 12:24 AM

I am 33 years old, have been living the paleo life for 6 months, best thing I ever did! Started of with heaps of energy, became VERY lean, my mood improved 100% (the main reason for becoming paleo) and all round felt great!

Slowly, I became depressed, anxious, very bad nightmares and energy that resembled chronic fatigue! I realised at the time, the only things I added to my diet were dried pitted dates (alot! Was eating them all day) and other fruits and copious amounts of cashews (sometimes more than 250 gms daily)and sultanas in my breakfast (small handful)

I think the added carbs and sugars reaked havok with my system, I eliminated the fruit and excess high carb nuts from my diet, and within 2 days i felt fantastic again, the only thing I can put it down too is lowering my carbs/sugar.

Anyone else experience this? I found it very strange and especially because adding the extra fruit and carbs I actually lost more weight but felt like I wasn't coping with life at all!

I'm glad I have my personality back and am loving my very low carb paleo life! X

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5 · August 09, 2014 at 2:54 AM

I can't back to high carb diet, I just ate a lot of safe starches and I get headache, depression, anhedonia, can't taste the food, low energy, my appetite drops considerably, I dont understand why carbs are evil in my body.

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0 · August 06, 2012 at 11:14 PM

Ots so amazing isn't it! How simple foods can effect your energy levels so much, thanks for your comment x

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4266 · August 06, 2012 at 5:03 PM

It's not pathological insulin resistance, by the way. http://high-fat-nutrition.blogspot.com/search/label/Physiological%20insulin%20resistance%20%281%29

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4266 · August 06, 2012 at 4:39 PM

I added potatoes at lunch and started struggling to stay awake every day after lunch. I also have a friend who along with his wife both noticed enormous improvements in mood and depression after giving up only sugar and flour.

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0 · August 06, 2012 at 4:06 AM

Thanks for reading my post and giving me feedback x

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0 · August 06, 2012 at 4:05 AM

Thanks so much for the link, definately sounds like me, I was absolutely incoherant! So glad I have it sorted x

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78422 · August 06, 2012 at 1:10 AM

I do much better low carb too. I fast for 12-16 hours then eat two bigmeals before 10pm

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362 · August 06, 2012 at 12:59 AM

Great that you are back on track again. It simply looks to me you overdid it with the nuts and the carbs. You seemed to have suddenly introduced high quantities to your diet. And you chose fructose as carb source. And with the nuts you amped up your Omega 6 intake.

If you are one of those people who are sensitive to fructose or suffer from fructose malabsorption depression and fatigue are common symptoms.

Might want to read this artilce: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/3398692/Fruitless-ways-to-lift-depression.html

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0 · August 06, 2012 at 4:05 AM

Thanks so much for the link, definately sounds like me, I was absolutely incoherant! So glad I have it sorted x

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5381 · August 06, 2012 at 1:09 AM

Your body adjust to your carb intake. low carb high fat diets induce muscle insulin resistance, and lowers circulating insulin. Re-introducing carbs too quickly will often produce insulin spikes and blood sugar fluctuations. Google physiological insulin resistance if your curious. In future, if you want to up your carbs, do so gradually.

BTW cashews are LOADED with starch. As much as potatoes.

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4266 · August 06, 2012 at 5:03 PM

It's not pathological insulin resistance, by the way. http://high-fat-nutrition.blogspot.com/search/label/Physiological%20insulin%20resistance%20%281%29

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0 · August 06, 2012 at 4:06 AM

Thanks for reading my post and giving me feedback x

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47 · August 10, 2014 at 7:14 AM

Feeling good is way more important than feeling thin.

Dates, while natural, are still very high sugar. It's possible that eating them is messing with your blood sugar, insulin, etc., OR it could be that whole candida thing. The information on candida is very mixed, but supposedly it's a very, very common overgrowth that is fed by all sugary things, even fruit, and it causes mood swings and fatigue.

My recommendation - anything that makes you feel less than stellar, cut it out of your diet. You might be better off eating a lower-sugar, higher-bulk fruit that will satisfy you without having to eat it for hours on end. Grapefruits are my go-to, but most berries are in the low-sugar category too.

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78422 · August 06, 2012 at 1:08 AM

Forget about carbs, man. They are NOT necessary unless you are a very active person who lifts weights 3-4 times and week and does lots of cardio. Just go very low carb abd become fat adapted.

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