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by 0 · about 2 hours ago

 I've been gluten-free since 2011, just went Paleo a month ago.  All remaining digestive issues age gone!  I need less sleep and have more energy.  Lost three pounds without trying (I am pretty close to an ideal weight).... (more)

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jriso 0 · October 12, 2014 at 9:17 PM

As we know, a change in diet definitely has the potential to affect how people feel both physically and psychologically. So perhaps without even realizing it, you may have somehow been 'mentally' relying on one or more of the foods that you... (more)

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by 20 · about 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 419 · about 3 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 78417 · about 3 hours ago

Supposing you're preparing for exams or have a long proposal to finish on deadline. Do you use a food plan to enhance vigilance, alertness and cognitive function?. Whilst I'm more interested in food types rather than supplements (e.g.... (more)

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Potato_Avenger 0 · June 30, 2012 at 3:20 AM

I know you included the caveat of food-based alertness (which honestly may be as complex as a complete diet tweak), but if I may suggest a temporary alertness combo that is useful for focus & cognitive function: Fasted state + Coffee +... (more)

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by 380 · about 3 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 1489 · about 3 hours ago

Hay anyone tried 5HTP? If so how much are you meant to supplement? Thinking of teaming it up with fish oil, magnesium, and vitamin D. Thank you!

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DFH 0 · March 12, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Yay. I do 75 mg at night with Melatonin and L-Theanine (derived from green tea). 5-HTP helps you relax and it has other benefits. Your other picks are very good too.

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by 1448 · about 3 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 3 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 230 · about 3 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 134 · about 3 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 1118 · about 3 hours ago

My husband came home yesterday and told me that the reason I'm so crabby (I don't think I'm crabby... maybe it's just him!) sometimes on this diet is because the fat in the bacon I eat makes me crabby. It reacts with some chemical in my body and... (more)

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coprophagous 0 · December 30, 2011 at 1:36 PM

i think he comes home to a bacon smelling house and he gets crabby for some bacon

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by 10653 · about 3 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 40 · about 3 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 3 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 78417 · about 3 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 78417 · about 3 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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by 11152 · about 3 hours ago

I've noticed that even when I get the RDA of my B-vitamins via food, by the end of the day I'm in a really crappy mood. Irritated, aggressive, snappy--some days I think I could rip the head off of a bunny and drink its blood. But these past... (more)

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FED_at_LiveCaveman_com 0 · August 25, 2011 at 1:04 AM

First off, ripping the head off a bunny and drinking its blood is pretty damn Paleo. Assuming of course that the bunny doesn't get you first (see picture below). Second, digestive issues might explain why the supplemental b-complex seems to help... (more)

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by 1173 · about 3 hours ago

I have been eating Paleo for about a month (yay) and recently have been dealing with horrific temper issues, short fuse, cranky mood, REALLY crabby. I'm normally pretty even keel and I can't remember feeling this out of control of my emotions... (more)

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UncleLongHair 0 · July 30, 2011 at 10:07 PM

Some people report that the Paleo diet increases their testosterone, and that can cause moodiness (though in some it can moderate their mood). Many find that they are in a rotten mood if they don't eat enough carbs. You have not mentioned how... (more)

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by 343 · about 3 hours ago

So I've been Paleo for 30 days, and I'd really like to get off my antidepressant (60mg of citalopram, aka Celexa). I also want to do this because I am trying to get pregnant, and there are too many studies that have come out recently about... (more)

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Paleolady 0 · July 13, 2011 at 8:18 PM

THIS BOOK CHANGED MY LIFE. Sorry for shouting, but I'm quite passionate about it. This is the book that eventually led me to Paleo. When I first read the book, I was a "semi" vegetarian, only eating chicken and fish, and only rarely. I ate... (more)

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by 78417 · about 3 hours ago

First off, I have been Paleo for over a year now. I've realized when I am too low carb I get very irritable and moody. Normally I am a very energetic and fun person but when I cut the carbs I can get miserable. I thought I was eating enough fat... (more)

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Nico 0 · June 16, 2011 at 11:13 AM

I just gotta say: how many people have to come on this site complaining of being miserable from low-carb before we stop making low-carb the default prescription? I realize a lot of us have moved away from that a long time ago, but the paleo most... (more)

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