borderline and paleo

by (25) Updated July 11, 2013 at 4:13 AM Created September 01, 2010 at 6:24 AM

hello there! first i apologize my bad english! ok, my question is: i am suffering of borderline and i have changed a few weeks ago my nutrition. my eating is not 100% paleo but i'm on the way to full paleo. can you tell me if paleo good for people with a personal disorder for a life long time? since i changed my eating habits i feel me very good but i have fears if this kind of nutrition on a long term this kind of illness enhanced? sincerly

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2316 · September 01, 2010 at 6:45 AM

Hi Rolf - my guess is that it will help you. A good dose of DHA (Omega3 fatty acid) might even improve your condition.

You might want to have a look at these:

  • Freeman MP, Hibbeln JR, Wisner KL et al.: ‘’Omega-3 fatty acids: evidence basis for treatment and future research in psychiatry.’’. J Clin Psychiatry, 2006;1954-67
  • Zanarini MC, Frankenburg FR: ‘’Omega-3 Fatty Acid Treatment of Women With Borderline Personality Disorder: A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Pilot Study.’’. Am J Psychiatry, 2003; 160:167–169

Generally speaking, the Paleo diet is good for everyone and only very few people do NOT benefit from this lifestyle. The Paleo Diet is not a necessary part of Omega-3 supplementation, of course. But it makes sense.

960 · September 01, 2010 at 4:19 PM

In addition to omega 3 fatty acids, micronutrients and vitamins are also important for brain function and health (as mentioned by Melissa). Unfortunately this isn't something I know much about, personally.

In addition to the evolutionary psychiatry blog already recommended to you, I recommend a book by Nora Gedgaudas: Primal Body, Primal Mind. It contains an in depth discussion of various mental health problems and disorders in relation to nutrition. Gedgaudas isn't my favorite author on the planet, but I do think she presents the material well. Her "expertise" comes from her experience with cognitive feedback therapy. On her website, she states: "Nora Gedgaudas has a background in diet and nutrition spanning some 25 years and is a widely recognized, respected and sought-after expert in the field. She is recognized by the Nutritional Therapy Association as a Certified Nutritional Therapist (CNT) and is also Board-certified in Holistic Nutrition ® through the National Association of Nutritional Professionals (NANP).

This is her website: http://www.primalbody-primalmind.com/

It contains information about her science, tips on "nutritional mistakes", links for her book, and a link to her blog. Worth checking out, I think, if you want to get more perspectives on mental health and primal eating.

55320 · September 01, 2010 at 2:09 PM

I would definitely check out this blog: http://evolutionarypsychiatry.blogspot.com/

Definitely DO NOT go off any of your regular treatments though. Using the paleo diet to treat these conditions is promising, but there are no studies so far.

The way paleo might work is by increasing nutrition and decreasing inflammation. You might want to take extra supplements since you are fighting borderline: Vitamin D, omega-3(DHA) mentioned above, zinc, magnesium, and a probiotic.

0 · July 11, 2013 at 4:13 AM

I am in recovery from BPD and have been doing the Whole30 diet for the second round since July 3rd. I have found it is difficult in some ways with the impulse control problems and resisting the impulses to buy stuff when I am out that I shouldn't eat...especially if I am having some upsetting feelings and am having trouble dealing with them. I have found for the impulse problems that having an apple or Larabar with me, which is ON my diet, at all times can help. I want a candy bar...I reach for my apple...I want a muffin...I eat my Larabar. For Whole30 it is not the ideal scenerio to use a crutch to combat these problems but I do consider my special limitations in this instance and allow myself these little adjustments. I give myself BIG points every day for working with my impulses and finding other self-soothing things to replace the food crutch....like running which I love to do...or weight lifting....or just texting a friend or facebooking...even taking a nap or playing with my cats.

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