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by 0 · 3 minutes 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 0 · 24 minutes ago

I'm going to try a paleo diet to see if it has any effect on my depression. I stopped eating wheat for a month before but it didn't have any effect. It's possible that the culprit might be dairy, as this gives me inflamed nasal polyps and mucus.... (more)

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Eugenia 0 · December 16, 2013 at 11:42 PM

From my readings online, it takes at least 3 months of real hard-core Paleo (and more specifically Paleo-ketogenic) to see alleviation of mental problems (and even then, it doesn't work for all cases). Wheat, dairy, seed oils and lots of sugar... (more)

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by 20 · 29 minutes 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 · 34 minutes 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 · 44 minutes 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 1 hour 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 5 · about 1 hour 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 12677 · about 1 hour ago

What foods can improve our mood? For myself, I vote tea and oranges. Not sure about oranges, but there are some double blind studies supporting tea's effects on stress: "The effects of tea on psychophysiological stress responsivity and... (more)

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Dan_29 0 · August 21, 2012 at 10:57 PM

High quality salmon, lots of kale. Lots of sea salt. Seriously, though. I get high on kale.

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by 419 · about 1 hour 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 333 · about 2 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 2 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 2 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 11683 · about 2 hours ago

I have a cast on my hand so can't type much, but curious on your thoughts. They are comparing a veggie diet to one full of grain-fed meat. Wondering what the results would have been had they had a grassfed-eating test group as well. ... (more)

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Bread_Eating_Beelzebub 0 · March 12, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Dr. Emily Deans already wrote about this http://evolutionarypsychiatry.blogspot.com/2012/02/meatless-and-happy-in-short-term.html (more)

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by 1448 · about 2 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 2 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 134 · about 2 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 2949 · about 2 hours ago

I'm starting to track my general health better, and as part of that subjective markers would be important, ie. mood, tiredness, etc. I'd like to update daily on each on a scale of 1-5, and also include what I've eaten in broad terms, how much... (more)

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Mash 0 · January 04, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Level of patience, anxiety and stress? That being I know exactly when I am not eating right because my level of patience drops, resulting in my stress levels rising (over the stupidest things) and anxiety (and worry) generally follow. It is... (more)

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by 10653 · about 2 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 691 · about 2 hours ago

Tumeric (Curcumin) for grains/sugar withdraw and mood enhancer? After starting Paleo, I eliminated all grains from my diet. It was brutal to say the least. I never knew how addicted I was to grains, and the influence it had on my mood, blood... (more)

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raydawg 0 · November 12, 2011 at 11:12 PM

One thing though, why "take" turmeric as a supplement? Just add it to your food. If you eat salad, mix it in to some extra virgin olive oil along with your other herbs and make it your dressing. Mix it into soups or other foods. Doesn't make... (more)

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by 1720 · about 2 hours ago

I was curious of studies and experiences of people having pets, and if it influences their health or not? Do pets help mood and energy? Any negatives to owning a pet healthwise (other than allergies)?

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Nutritionator 0 · October 31, 2011 at 8:02 PM

This is my dog Dom. He's the most effective anti-depressant, workout incentive, vacuum cleaner, alarm system, foot warmer and friend that's on the market these days ;) Yes, my dog makes me healthier. Any downside (cost maybe?) is so greatly... (more)

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by 15 · about 2 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 2 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 78422 · about 2 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 2 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 2 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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