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 significantly fewer carbs (including starchy veg), more fats, and even mostly cut out fruit. I am completely dairy, gluten, grain, legume, nightshade, egg, processed crap, and refined sugar-free. (Exception: 2 glasses of champagne and the equivalent of a dark chocolate bar one weekend. Not to celebrate. To self-medicate. It didn't work.)
Physically, I feel awesome. This seems to have resolved numerous problems I had assumed incurable, like joint pain and fatigue. OMG.
Mentally, I'm not seeing the benefits other people report experiencing, and I don't know why. My mood is negative and my focus leaves much to be desired.
I'm all over fish, fish oil, sunlight, and magnesium. I'm increasing coconut matter, especially fat, and unsweetened cocoa powder (mmm, together). I've read a bit about ketosis and mood, and the one responsive thread here on PH (searching for those 2 terms) did not answer my question. Maybe I should consider measuring portions (never done it) and testing with Ketostix (never tried em) to achieve/monitor ketosis? That seems like too much trouble for a process that my body can help me regulate with feedback. I also hesitate to do that or try intermittent fasting because I'm already lightweight, and I have stuff to do. I feel like this shouldn't be an adjustment problem, because my pre-paleo diet was pretty healthy. Any bright ideas?
TL;DR? Edit away, Mr. Moderator Person Dude Sir. It's all in the question up top.