There is one condition I've dealt with for many years that I hope with all my heart I can be rid of!
It really has no rhyme or reason. I don't know if it's hormonal, or I'm yeasted up from a wheat filled life, or if I have a hiatal hernia...I just don't know or understand really.
I posed another question to Robb Wolf on the subject so I'm hoping he can bring some insight as well.
Another oddity is that I've had a horrible time with burping after eating. Sometimes that in and of itself makes me anxious. I've been to my medical doctor (bleh), and everything checks out normal except for iron deficiency. Thyroid is OK, etc.
Did anyone overcome this after going 100% paleo? Do you take digestive enzymes? HCL? If I could finally be rid of this condition it would be such an improvement. Thank you for your feedback!
I can't answer to the anxiety specifically, but I would think that would be along the same lines as an OCD issue which I have struggled with as long as I can remember. But even after just eliminating wheat and rice from my diet my OCD was scaled WAY back. The tendency is still there (after 7 months wheat/rice free and four weeks full paleo), but that frenzy I used to experience with it is completely gone. I don't have any problems dealing with it now. I will say this too - at my worst I did get therapy and it actually was helpful.
As for the burping, is it all the time or just after eating certain types of foods? I burp a LOT with peppers and I have some issues with tomatoes as well so I'm assuming it's a nightshade sensitivity. That could be a possibility for you as well.
I agree that my anxiety has gone done since going Paleo, but I still experience some. Most of my past anxiety was about food, eating at specific times for "events" and not being hungry. My anxiety around these issues has been reduced as I have become more comfortable with the Paleo concept, which I interpret to mean eating as circumstances warrant and what is best for me. Once you accept the "what is best for me concept," the anxiety around food reduces. Other axieties, I have yet to find the "cure." Probably therapy.
YES on the anxiety. I'm hesitant to say 100% improvement, but closer to 90%. I think that there are two kinds of anxiety --- anxiety around certain emotional triggers and anxiety that your body spontaneously throws out when it's struggling to digest certain foods. I had the latter, but I haven't met too many people who've experienced that kind of anxiety. Sometimes it felt like anxiety without rhyme or reason, other times I would have uncomfortable abdominal pain concurrently with the anxiety and could feel the connection. Are the burping and anxiety ever coordinated?
The way I finally got rid of this anxiety left me with a paleo lifestyle, but that was more coincidental. My doctor, and other doctors that subscribe to functional medicine methodology, has had a lot of success treating anxiety and depression using an IgG Food Allergy panel blood test. The Ultramind Solution by Mark Hyman discusses how delayed food allergies can cause anxiety for upto 3 days post eating an allergen. In my case, I had allergies to soy, gluten, and dairy, which led to a more paleo lifestyle. But I also have food allergies to citrus fruits, blueberries, coffee, carrots, cabbage, and broccoli -- none of which paleo would demand me to give up.
Getting rid of the allergy foods was a huge lifestyle change in itself and led to a 90% reduction in depression and a 50% reduction in anxiety. I was able to kill off the rest of the anxiety by abstaining from sugar, including fruit, and regulating my sleep schedule. Paleo doesn't call for abstaining from fruit, but that's just something I needed to do.
So my point is, paleo could help with your anxiety, but it might not be enough.
I'm not completely paleo, but I rarely get angry anymore. I feel like my moods and energy levels are much more even and generally improved.
I notice quite frequently that people around me complain a lot. I think I was like that too, but not so much anymore.
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