Hello out there. I've been Primal/Paleo since July 1 of last year and experienced an almost complete elimination of life-long emotional symptoms including depression, anxiety, PMS and self-hatred. It was nothing short of amazing. Unfortunately the bottom dropped out a few weeks ago and I am scrambling to restore the peace and figure out why.
Admittedly there are those in my life who don't credit my diet with my improved mood and self-esteem but rather external circumstances and the rush of excitement that learning about ancestral health gave me. Maybe they're right. I don't know anymore. I am a sucker for a magic bullet cure since suffering is unbearable and I want there to be answers. Primal/Paleo helped me more than yoga, exercise and therapy combined, or so I believed.
One marked change in my life was that I added a vigorous kettle-bells and boot camp class to my exercise routine, which prior included long brisk walks and body-weight exercises a la Mark Sisson's Primal fitness e-book. I noticed that I love how I feel after my workouts but the day after I crash physically and emotionally, so I wonder if there is a cortisol component.
Anyone else have a similar experience? I'm about to make an appointment with an endocrinologist and yesterday got my blood drawn to test my thyroid and vitamin D levels. I've started psychotherapy again as well, and eliminated all dairy and sugar from my diet—making strides to cover all bases. Unfortunately I cannot afford anyone out of my insurance network; otherwise I might explore a naturopath.
My emotions and energy levels are all over the place these days, at times unpredictably. This morning I woke up with a tremendous amount of anxiety for instance, but nothing that out of the ordinary is going on in my life. I appreciate any insight you can offer. Thanks for reading! Sincerely, Elise Miller