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by 15229 · 1 minute ago

I don't really know what to do here. I've been eating meat for the last ten years or so after being vegetarian for most of my life, but I still only ate it fairly rarely. I never cooked it at home, but would order it if we were out. Other than... (more)

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Stabby 0 · March 07, 2011 at 5:02 AM

Does anyone else have enough of a despicable mind to construe the thread title in a dirty way? I had better be the only one!

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by 941 · 3 minutes ago

We know video games keep one in their seat and not exercising. Recent studies have shown everything from benefits to cognitive reasoning to influencing negative behavior. Has anyone has the opportunity to examine some of these studies? What is the... (more)

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Phoenix 0 · January 24, 2011 at 4:46 PM

I was literally OBSESSED with video games growing up. I played them constantly; every genre, every system. I would take my gameboy (which looks like a brick compared to the ones they have nowadays) pretty much everywhere I went. All of this was... (more)

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by 7063 · 3 minutes ago

Has anybody got any tips on how to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder (or winter depression)? Sometimes it is extremely difficult to get enough sunshine, especially in the more northern climes of the globe, during the winter months and I was... (more)

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HeatherC 0 · January 09, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Would definitely be taking at least 5,000 iu of Vitamin D since you're not getting it from the sun right now. It really seems to help me feel good when I'm not getting enough sun.

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by 174 · 7 minutes ago

I've been eating strictly paleo for a week now. I had been eating mostly paleo with a few low-GI carbs (oats, beans) for a while before this, as well as some weekends with lots of beer and shittier carbs, followed by low GI weeks once again... ... (more)

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LiveForIt 0 · May 12, 2010 at 1:22 AM

I wish I had more science to back this up, and I might regret posting this, but what you 2 are experiencing with your transition to Paleo/Primal lifestyle is relatively normal. There have been many reports around the blogosphere from beginners... (more)

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by 623 · 8 minutes ago

Ive seen some threads about Paleo and depression but was wondering if anyone could expand upon how going Paleo in their life has helped any mental disorders they have similar to the ones listed. Im speaking about diet but also the way we were... (more)

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Fearsclave 0 · May 08, 2010 at 8:56 AM

I suffered from a couple of major depressions through 1999-2001 and 2004-2005. I managed to weather them through antidepressants. What ended them was lots of weight and cardio the first time, and the second time was a divorce, change of... (more)

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by 10502 · 8 minutes ago

Has anyone seen improvement in depression with the Paleolithic Diet?

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John_R 0 · March 02, 2010 at 12:47 AM

Yes. When all is said and done, I think the present depression epidemic will be thought of as just another "disease of civilization" caused by chronic overconsumption of gluten (or perhaps fructose). The links between gluten and both bipolar and... (more)

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by 0 · about 23 hours ago

Hi, Around a year ago i woke up and felt empty like something was missing. Usually i would wake up feeling slightly stressed but i felt hormonally blank. Since that occured i had trouble sleeping, i also had no desire to do anything. I went out... (more)

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CelticCaveGirl 0 · August 25, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Cannabis can actually damage the brain, especially in young people. It really interferes with your ability to focus mentally and form and retain new memories. A week and a half isn't nearly long enough for your body to detoxify from daily... (more)

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by 0 · about 23 hours ago

I've had OCD since I can remember, and I've been on medication [Citalopram, 20mg, going onto 40mg] for the last year or so. I really hate having to take medication to help my condition and am looking for alternative ways t help it. I've heard... (more)

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AxialGentleman 0 · July 13, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Are you working with a therapist? OCD is one of the most treatable psychologial problems, and before (or at the same time as) you mess around with your diet, you might want to try an approach that's scientifically established to help with a very... (more)

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by 120 · about 23 hours ago

Hello all I recently had time off over easter and was able to spend time with family. Over the period of this week i was aware that i was eating more sugar than usual (not a lot) but still enough to feel a difference! The effects to me over the... (more)

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Eugenia 0 · April 06, 2013 at 12:15 PM

I get depressed if I eat a lot of carbs per day (over 100 gr net carbs per day), especially if eat them in one sitting. I get some sort of overload and then I start feeling hopeless.

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by 3979 · about 23 hours ago

Do you find that ketosis is associated with feeling a certain way, in the body, or in the mind? Or in the emotions? If and when you shift over to ketosis, or from ketosis, do you feel a shift? If so, what characterizes this shift? Note that I... (more)

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Roth 0 · January 09, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Mind: Calm, I can do math better. I feel smarter in ketosis, but I also feel more happy and in-tune with Mother Nature. Body: I only need 5 hours of sleep max and I feel "naturally energetic." Cut the caffeine out COMPLETELY and go into ketosis... (more)

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by 252 · about 23 hours ago

I have been wanting to start the GAPS diet in an effort to "heal my mind" so to speak. Unfortunately I cannot purchase the book at this moment, and only have listened to Dr. Natash-Campbell McBrides interviews with Dr. Mercola and others. I've... (more)

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primalpat 0 · January 05, 2013 at 11:23 PM

I'm really not a fan of GAPS for a few reasons. Having said that... ...prebiotics are found in many foods that you will not be eating on GAPS. Think soluble fiber, like starchy stuff. But they're also found in raw and cooked onion, raw garlic,... (more)

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by 1000 · about 23 hours ago

Without watching this movie, I suspect it's mostly proving their point, but not actually suggesting what we need to do. So, to anyone who's seen it, what are the bullet points for what the movie says that I DO in order to heal my brain. Is there... (more)

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Amy_B_ 0 · January 04, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Been a while since I watched it, but there was enough good stuff in it that I ended up buying it. Maybe I should watch it again this weekend. (And I've seen both Food Matters and Hungry for Change, so I hope I'm recalling the right one in what I... (more)

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by 219 · about 23 hours ago

I suffer from anxiety, and I find that a cup of bone broth (from daylong-simmered beef joint bones) is EXTREMELY relaxing for me. In fact, I would say that it works as well as a prescription anti-anxiety pill like lorazepam for my more acute... (more)

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Sarah_Wilson 0 · October 08, 2012 at 3:46 AM

I agree with the observation. I include a few links to research in this post http://www.sarahwilson.com.au/2012/01/how-to-make-bone-broth-and-why-you-should/ (more)

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by 85 · about 23 hours ago

Hello! I'm a lifelong fattie- my adult life I have spent between 220 and 230 lbs, at 5'8". I have struggled with depression since I was nine, and my last year in high school I gained 100 lb over nine months- I graduated in 2002 at 295 lbs. I... (more)

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WayfinderAli 0 · September 28, 2012 at 2:22 AM

Congrats on your bravery for facing your problems! Depression can be crippling. I struggle with anxiety/depression/procrastination and I found a book that is unbelievable helpful for all of those things. It's called Feeling Good- The New Mood... (more)

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by 789 · about 23 hours ago

I'd post it on a social anxiety board, but I kind of assume that some of them can contribute it to their eating habits, so who better to ask than a bunch of life loving healthy paleos? I struggle with this issue of anxiety and it's very... (more)

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Scott_20 0 · September 22, 2012 at 12:43 AM

Your problem is actually an issue that many of the perceived, most confident people can run into. I am a sales leader for one of the top ten companies in America. We have 275k employees, and operate in every state. I have sales folks that work... (more)

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by 180 · about 23 hours ago

I've been paleo the past 2 weeks, and things are definetly improving for me in the bloating and digestion department, but the mental symptoms are not getting better. Before switching to paleo I was already gluten free/dairy free/soy free the past... (more)

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Teufy 0 · September 14, 2012 at 12:35 AM

My keto flu was awful. Same symptoms, including the restless sleeping. Taking a few drops of Valerian root in herbal tea each night before bed helped me sleep soundly until it passed. It will definitely subside. Bonus: You'll get sick much, much... (more)

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by 124 · about 23 hours ago

I suffer from a cocktail of mental disorders due to stressful life events, and I was interested in knowing if anyone else's mental issues have been affected at all by going paleo? Have you noticed any improvement? Or has it made your symptoms... (more)

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UncleLongHair 0 · July 08, 2012 at 8:11 PM

In my case the paleo diet helped me with problems I didn't know I had. I have a history of moodiness, a short temper, ups and downs in energy, poor sleep, and not coping well with stress. The paleo diet really helped on several fronts, primarily... (more)

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by 8014 · about 23 hours ago

Hey gang, Apologies for the uber-long question, but I think this is an important issue. I've been meaning to post this for a while and have finally gotten my thoughts together, inspired by this thread:... (more)

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tummyrumblr 0 · June 07, 2012 at 6:44 PM

It's like you went from free-range to feedlot! I, too, struggle with depression about my job and the things that it requires of me (a LOT of driving, mostly). In addition to the personal frustrations of spending several hours a day in/as... (more)

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by 8933 · about 23 hours ago

Once during a lecture, Alfred Korzybski offered his students some cookies, which they seemed to enjoy, then he showed them a label on the bag, ???dog cookies,??? and some of them felt sick. "I have just demonstrated that people don't just eat... (more)

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Dave_S_ 0 · June 06, 2012 at 2:07 PM

This is a great question! My opinion is that it goes both ways: Mental state <--> Physical state. In my prior years of practicing Japanese Buddhism, the concept of "shiki shin funi" was emphasized. This is often thought of as the "oneness of... (more)

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by 865 · about 23 hours ago

Hi guys - I'm hoping for some advice on how to really work on myself. I just graduated college and I have about two months of doing NOTHING before my job starts, and I want to use this time to tackle some of the food demons that I've dealt with... (more)

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Portesa 0 · May 06, 2012 at 7:45 PM

You are doing some great things to help heal your relationship with food. As someone who dealt with anorexia and bulimia as a teen, and with binge eating most of my life, I'll share what's helped for me: 1) I focus on health rather than weight... (more)

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by 603 · about 23 hours ago

Lithium (Li) is a trace mineral, used in the treatment of bipolar disorder at doses hundreds of times higher than that from diet. The main dietary sources are vegetables and grains, followed by dairy. The concentration in water varies widely:... (more)

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tdgor 0 · April 09, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Here's a fun fact: lithium citrate was one of the original ingredients of 7Up (much like the cocaine in Cola-Cola). All American beverage makers were required to remove lithium from their products in 1948. A less fun fact: lithium causes weight... (more)

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by 5768 · about 24 hours ago

Most of us move to a paleo diet to increase health and longevity and I would say a smaller percentage make the change to increase athletic performance. However, as we all know health, longevity, and even athletic performance is much more than... (more)

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Maoomba 0 · January 25, 2012 at 3:06 PM

As someone who was raised in a small, agricultural community where people raised a lot of their own food (veg, fruit, and animal), spent time together and in the outdoors, had personal and business relationships supported by trust, crafted (from... (more)

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by 1000 · about 24 hours ago

Hello Paleohacks community! I'm new here, but have been having feeling terrible in the mornings, like I'm hungover! Sometimes throughout the entire day I feel like I'm on drugs, though I'm not! I follow the Paleo diet faithfully, but can't... (more)

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Nemesis 0 · November 03, 2011 at 4:37 PM

How much water are you drinking each day? Hangovers are mainly due to dehydration via the diruetic effect of alcohol. I've found that as long as I alternate one glass of water for every alcoholic drink I have (which isn't many) I have zero... (more)

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by 78417 · about 24 hours ago

There's no doubt that I get a sense of clarity and warm, good feeling after eating coconut oil, but recently I've been cooking every meal with it and think I'm over dosing. I'm feeling too clear minded and spacey, like I'm floating. Anyone else... (more)

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Albert_2 0 · September 08, 2011 at 2:59 PM

You sure you're not in love?

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by 4873 · about 24 hours ago

I'm auditing an Abnormal Psych course and the instructor brought up the role of nutrition in stabilizing moods. He suggested gluten was responsible for the considerable increase in anti-depressants and that glucose triggers "manic" behavior (like... (more)

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Rose 0 · June 26, 2011 at 2:50 AM

When I started the Eades's Protein Power plan in 2007, I was on Celexa and Depakote, and had been on some combination of various anti-depressants and anti-seizure meds since 2001. I felt different right away, and after a couple weeks decided to... (more)

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