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by 20 · about 19 hours ago

Sorry for the long title, but to put a connection out there I am wondering if at the end of explaining my situation there will be a chance that perhaps dieting properly will in time help me improve my chances of getting over my issues in my... (more)

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Beth_15 0 · August 24, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Kudos to you for being a survivor! You've already made it through a lifetime of pain, and now you get to decide for yourself what happens next. Just speaking out your truth was very powerful. I'd recommend a couple of small steps that may give... (more)

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by 344 · about 19 hours ago

I tried looking this up but I didn't find anything. Has anyone experienced anxiety and depression from chocolate? On the days I eat 85% dark chocolate, I'm beginning to notice an increased incidence of depression and an inexplicable anxiety. It... (more)

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cavebitch 0 · July 12, 2013 at 1:39 AM

I've had similar side effects, so to speak, as they relate to anxiety. The caffeine and theobromine just don't let my thoughts sit still. When I get anxious, which is becoming less and less often as I eat less and less chocolate, I find that the... (more)

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by 122 · about 19 hours ago

Hi there, I've been Paleo since Nov last year. I have seen vast improvements in my mood (had severe anger/emotion/anxiety issues before and I am amazed at the relief Paleo has brought). However, I have had a number of physical... (more)

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Happy_Now 0 · May 02, 2013 at 11:08 PM

The combination of the bladder irritation, dandruff, bloating, and PMS sound like it could potentially be some sort of massive fungal die-off. According to some things I've read, adding ground psyllium seed and perhaps some bentonite clay to your... (more)

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by 695 · about 19 hours ago

So after nearly a year of staying under 100g (less than 50g 90% of the time) I decided to try a carb reefed to aid in losing that last stubborn body fat. I consumed over 300g of carbs throughout the day in the form of rice, fruits, vegetables and... (more)

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foreveryoung 0 · April 16, 2013 at 2:54 PM

CarboHYDRATES do cause you to hold water, and being hydrated is a good thing, not a bad thing in the long run. The reason some people retain water subcutaneously and not intra- muscularly is due to a lack of muscular insulin sensitivity (when... (more)

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by 78 · about 19 hours ago

I apologize for the guys/the squeamish in advance, but here goes: I'm struggling to stay paleo consistently for about two weeks out of the month. I love eating paleo (VLC style suits me best) but I get hit with so much fatigue, nausea, aches,... (more)

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Pecan 0 · November 14, 2012 at 8:33 PM

No need to apologize for talking about a women's issue. This is not a men's forum. Try to find paleo alternatives to the foods you crave, and worry less about being strictly paleo and more about eating natural, whole foods. For example, eat white... (more)

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by 5 · about 19 hours ago

I've struggling a little bit on what I can eat for strict Paleo. I'm on day 3 and getting a little too obsessive about what I can and cannot have. I'm eating just what is allowed, but sometimes I'll go out and get like steak and broccoli and freak... (more)

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borofergie 0 · October 11, 2012 at 5:53 AM

The clue is in the title. It's day 3, you're supposed to be struggling. It takes (at least) few weeks to get out of the habit of a lifetime of shitty eating. The fact that your hormones are all out of balance is a sign that something is happening,... (more)

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by 145 · about 19 hours ago

[26/m] I've been eating a very steady diet the past month. Mostly "Perfect Health Diet" style meals of grass-fed steak, fish, basamati rice, yams, raw milk, pasture butter, coconut oil, full-fat Fage, then tons of veggies and fruit. No deviation... (more)

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TruthinessInc 0 · August 27, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Did you add sprinkles? if you didn't that's your problem right there...also, there sounded like there was a severe lack of hot fudge? ...am I the only one that likes the add ons to ice cream more then the ice cream itself...I feel like I'm being... (more)

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by 419 · about 19 hours ago

What can I experiment with to raise mood and improve focus? I've been doing a progressively more strict paleo diet (autoimmune protocol) for almost a month. As I read and learn more about this process and lifestyle, I've incorporated... (more)

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Jess_D_ 0 · August 22, 2012 at 1:37 AM

For me, all that eating paleo does is make me feel better physically (increased energy, improved skin color, reduced acne, smoother joints, and much more)...these benefits are incredible and why I am obsessed with paleo. But to feel better... (more)

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by 5 · about 19 hours ago

Is there a reliable and trustworthy test to see what nutrients you need? Also, is there a test for hormonal imbalance? I'm 22 years old, but sometimes I get in this crazy ADHD mode where I can't focus on anything and my mind races forever. My... (more)

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Monte 0 · February 24, 2013 at 3:10 PM

If you don't test, you don't know. Period. https://www.lef.org/Vitamins-Supplements/Blood-Tests/Blood-Tests.htm Hormone and nutrition testing can definitely open your eyes. That being said you can do a lot of this on your own even if means you... (more)

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by 333 · about 19 hours ago

As of late, i have been in a funk, not depressed, not sad or angry but just feeling uninspired, not excited in general; as a result, I noticed that I'm using sweets as a reward/out of boredom and thinking about sweets/treats more as a mood... (more)

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MeepsIsWellfed 0 · May 19, 2012 at 12:09 AM

Here are some of the tricks I use to get motivated. One of the best defenses agains the blahs (or depression) is physical activity so I usually try and work something in. Sometime I focus too much on the future though so I don't recommend using... (more)

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by 380 · about 19 hours ago

I'm a 22 year-old male, been primal since October, slowly cutting dairy out of my diet to make it full paleo over the past couple of months. My health, energy, body composition, etcetera, have all improved immensely. I dropped over fifty pounds... (more)

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AlexGrace 0 · April 28, 2012 at 4:26 PM

I had this experience about six months into paleo. I became very ... what's the word? ... ruthless (cyborgian :oD) and people's weaknesses became really obvious. There was a point when I was really low-carb where my dreams (during the night and... (more)

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by 1448 · about 19 hours ago

I have been paleo for 6 months with the exception of the holiday cheating and occasionally eating a little rice and beans maybe once a week. Overall I feel great! more energy, better skin, weight loss, muscle tone..blah blah blah...My son will be... (more)

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Dragonfly 0 · March 10, 2012 at 4:28 AM

Your hormone levels post-partum can fluctuate significantly for lots of reasons. Are you nursing full-time? If so, you may need to eat more calories. How's your Vitamin D level? Do you eat organ meats & bone broths? You may have some... (more)

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by 75 · about 19 hours ago

Hi! I'm just wondering if what I just said in my title is true or not. I'm naturally slim/skinny with a 10-15% BMI ( normal range 5-85%) and due to past events and probably genetics I'm a bit high strung and prone to anxiety , and especially... (more)

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April_S_ 0 · February 19, 2012 at 10:12 PM

I did VLC for a while and felt pretty sh*tty. Under the recommendation of my dietitian, I reintroduced sweet potatoes back into my diet and have noticed I feel a lot better in mood, concentration, satiety, etc. And I do suffer from depression and... (more)

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by 1163 · about 19 hours ago

Cold shower-ers: does anyone else get an instant mood boost? I've been using nothing but cold water when I've taken a shower for the last five days or so, and I've noticed that every single time, it instantly elevates my mood. Has anyone else... (more)

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Anonymous_Chump 0 · February 18, 2012 at 11:51 PM

Nope. A cold shower has never made me happy. Cold showers have, however, invigorated me. Check this link out, though. http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2007/12/18/depression-cold-shower.html "Treatments for depression range from medicines that... (more)

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by 20 · about 19 hours ago

So i'm getting mixed messages about adding or reducing carbs for mood. In general i'm a high-strung person.I mean, getting overly worried about something, stressing out. But in particular, after becoming underweight and after recovery for a while,... (more)

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losterman 0 · February 10, 2012 at 3:06 AM

I think "optimal" macronutrient ratio is a hugely idiosyncratic issue, but here's my experience: After--like you--seeing a lot of conflicting things from people regarding whether(/which) macronutrient ratio was important for well-being/mood, I... (more)

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by 230 · about 19 hours ago

Hey everyone, I'm six days into a 30-day Paleo challenge, and I've hit a bump in the road. Forgive me if this is a stupid question, I've read through loads and loads of answers on here and am still a bit confused. I felt fine the first few days... (more)

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Nance 0 · February 06, 2012 at 8:32 PM

The bad news is this sounds like a reaction many of us experienced in our first 2 weeks on this lifestyle; the good news is this reaction is usually short-lived and means good things are probably happening: your late-day low energy and... (more)

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by 8933 · about 19 hours ago

My depression went a way months ago. I haven't thought once about suicide, giving up, ... since then. Unfortunately, some of my family members are still mentally ill... I want to help out my father, but he gets angry easily, and while he agrees... (more)

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smiling_jack 0 · February 01, 2012 at 5:15 PM

If possible, could you talk him into supplementing with Vitamin D? It has helped me immensely.

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by 134 · about 19 hours ago

Hello all! This is gonna be long but I really hope you have the time to read through it and help the best you can. It all started when I was 17 and started developing acne. After a few months I visited a doctor who got me Benzoyl Peroxide to... (more)

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PatternMatching 0 · January 31, 2012 at 4:40 PM

The oral thrush is a relatively clear sign that there is a fungal overgrowth of some kind. I completely sympathize with your situation as I have suffered with a diagnosed Candida Albicans overgrowth for some time. First and foremost: no more... (more)

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by 10653 · about 20 hours ago

Do you find a change in your appetite when you're sad/angry/bored/happy/etc? When I'm happy or otherwise keeping busy, I have no appetite at all. When I'm sad, I generally tend to not want to eat (as opposed to the famous line by Garfield: "I eat... (more)

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Nance 0 · November 30, 2011 at 10:38 PM

My answer used to be yes, because if I were highly emotional (excited/angry/anxious/euphoric/depressed) I would definitely hit the cupboards and binge. Nowadays, emotion might just result in an extra meal of meat or a moderate bowl of fruit and... (more)

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by 15 · about 20 hours ago

Hi there! I am pretty new to the paleo diet. I have been on it for almost 3 weeks. I have lost 11 lbs so far. My main reason for going on it was for skin problems that I have. So far nothing has changed as far as that goes... but I think it's... (more)

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August 0 · October 20, 2011 at 4:54 PM

I have had similar experiences to what you describe, and the last time I got seriously depressed was when I tried following the advice of various paleo types who think eating a lot of tubers is okay. Thankfully, I knew it was the carbohydrates. (more)

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by 581 · about 20 hours ago

hi, new to this and my first question :) i hear a lot of people saying that eating pork belly (with its fat) daily/regularly makes them feel "happy". i'm assuming it's the fatty acids in the pork belly eventually making its way to provide good... (more)

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Rogue_Nutritionist 0 · October 06, 2011 at 10:43 PM

Pork belly: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pork_belly Lard:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lard

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by 40 · about 20 hours ago

I started the paleo diet "cold turkey" about a week ago. I'm eating the following daily: breakfast: eggs, turkey, ghee, apple lunch: "big ass salad" with spinach, cucumber, chicken, shrimp, berries, cashews, flax oil dinner: salmon, steamed... (more)

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Happy_Now 0 · October 03, 2011 at 7:32 AM

I know a lot of people seem to do fine on fish and birds, but had to add a hefty dose of red meat before I started feeling well. I can eat a menu like what you listed there most of the time, but making the shift I need some serious steak.

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by 281 · about 20 hours ago

My paleohack - Can carbs cause irritability/mood swings/depression, clinically, or anecdotally within this community? A 'summary' of my current position: I have been eating 97.654% paleo for about the last 6-8 months. I've gone through various... (more)

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Amy_10 0 · September 20, 2011 at 4:24 PM

I've wondered if carbs cause mood swings. But, there is so many variables that even with my n-1 experimentation I can't give myself an honest answer. I like Dr. Emily Deans blog. From here research I'm realizing how many different... (more)

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by 78422 · about 20 hours ago

I know similar questions exist on PH, but I wanted to resurface it for main discussion. I find that there are a number of people on here with adrenal related symptoms such as fatigue, depression, difficulty waking up, afternoon naps, and mood... (more)

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paleohacks 0 · September 13, 2011 at 7:10 AM

Yes you should be concerned if you are tired too much. I don't think coffee is that strong stimulant and I often drink it before the sleep [and most of my friends]. In most research papers I have read, drinking 5 or more cups a day is better... (more)

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by 78422 · about 20 hours ago

I have had mood problems for a long time and realize it may have started when I started drinking a lot of coffee. Now for one month I've been caffeine free and its a huge difference. Overall, I feel more like myself and stabilized, but will have... (more)

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Happy_Now 0 · August 28, 2011 at 9:10 AM

The times I quit pre-paleo I would be dragging my ass for a good 6 weeks after quitting coffee. But it also turned out I was self medicating for both anemia and hypothyroidism. Quitting coffee post-paleo, and with proper thyroid support I still... (more)

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