I could really use some feedback right now. I've been very strict paleo for over two months and I feel worse than I did when I started. I did not transition off SAD abruptly -- I'd been moving toward a more paleo diet for about 6 months, with the occasional sandwich or dish of pasta (before I realized what they were doing to me). Two months ago I learned I had a gluten intolerance and went very strict autoimmune paleo to address the following health issues: cystic acne, recurrent depression and anxiety (not constant but intense), and horrific PMS.
I've done everything -- quit drinking, tons of sleep and sun, took vitamin D and zinc and probiotics, ate no dairy, no nuts, no fruit, no eggs, only fermented foods, squashes and sweet potatoes, vegetables (no nightshades), grass-fed organic beef and lamb, oysters, fish, coconut oil, liver, blah blah blah. I've spent more time than I want to admit reading articles in the paleosphere.
The good: my PMS has gotten better, though its still definitely there (breast pain, cramps, bloating, mood swings). I haven't gotten any more cysts since cutting gluten, though my skin is continuing to break out somewhat. For a while, my anxiety/depression were much better, to the extent I thought they were gone for good.
BUT: Now I've been having these attacks of depression again, which I can only describe as periods of sudden, overwhelming despair. I've lost my (previously high) sex drive. What worries me most is that it's harder to digest food than ever before. My stomach feels heavy and full for as many as 10 hours after I eat, and just generally "unhappy." I did not have digestive issues until going paleo. And I'm having mild autoimmune reactions to foods that never bothered me before, in the form of joint pain, facial swelling, and more break-outs.
I'm just feeling incredibly discouraged and confused about why I haven't had any success. I'd be so grateful for anyone who can help me out. Should I add more starchy carbs? I eat more than I want to but I've still lost about 5 pounds (which is okay but I'm thin and I don't want to lose any more). I just don't understand why my digestion is getting worse instead of better.