Every time I try a paleo diet after a few days I feel anxious. Does that happen to you? Does it go away if you stay on the diet?
This isn't paleo thought that I'm about to espouse... Nor is it biology or nutrition. But here we go regardless...
I think that our physiology and our emotions are tied together in more ways than we realize. I think that sometimes when our bodies are purging phsycially, we can begin to purge emotionally too. Emotions that we've been harboring can to come to the surface to be dealt with and discarded.
This has happened to me each time that I've done a fast. And almost every time that I've "come back" to paleo, I've had a few days of "ugh" before the euphoria of feelin' goooood. The first time I tried paleo (I did a hard core switch), I had a few WEEKS of "life-is-horrible" before my body leveled off and I realized how good being human feels.
But regardless of whether it's nutrition or carb related or whether your emotions and physiology are actually in tune, I suggest that you push past the anxious feelings and break on through to the other side! It's worth it!
My layman's understanding is that your body needs cortisol for gluconeogenesis (turning protein into glucose). It makes sense to me that if your blood glucose levels are low, you would secrete more cortisol to counter it. This higher cotrisol level would then cause stress/anxiety symptoms.
This then would be more a symptom of a low carb diet, rather than a strickly paleo one.
If anyone could provide backup or disprove this theory, I'd appreciate the enlightenment.
I recall the anxiousness back early when switching to paleo. In looking back, I think it is the body recoiling from being starved for the processed foods that turn into sugar and the sugar you were accustomed to eating. Sugar addiction!
Stay the course with low carb paleo lifestyle and you will lose any weight you want to shed and be sure to supplement with Vit D3...which helps change ones outlook on life.
It's funny you mention that, as I've been wrestling with the same thing the last two days. Started Paleo the 4-5 weeks ago. Took an extra Magnesium tonight per something that I gleaned from another post tagged 'anxiety'.
I can't say I've gotten anxious on a paleo diet specifically, however I am slowly coming out of hypothyroidism, and going paleo has hastened my recovery.One of the side effects of my thyroid leveling off has been anxiety; according to my naturopath, this is natural as my body learns to work with an increased metabolism. I have just had to take it slow, and I can truly say that the anxiety passed within a week. I don't know if This helps you in your situation, but I would say hang in there! It's worth it!
Rather the contrary; since going Paleo I've felt pretty darn serene. Positively zen, in fact.
I have suffered from anxiety issues requiring medication in the past, which turn out to have been attributable to a high-stress job and a desk twenty seconds away from the free coffee. After changing employers and cutting back from eight to ten cups of coffee over a ten to twelve hour workday to an occasional cup, the anxiety seems to have resolved itself...
Im glad I found this website. I could not explain what was causing my anxiety the first day I started paleo. i resolved in eating some "old refined" foods to make it go away. The feeling was awful (felt lite headed and anxious) and being at work I could not afford to feel anxious. I also felt some discomfort in my chest area which could come from the work out earleier this morning. Feeling better now and I think I'll have to switch gradually to paleo diet by slowly adding paleo food to my diet and removing "old refined" types of food. This will be my second attempt to get on it so wish me luck. I'll keep you posted how it goes. Good luck everyone!
I've found that if I fall off the paleo wagon and eat some gluten, I get anxiety the following day. I think it is related to gluten for sure. But when going Paleo initially, the body adjusts in any number of ways as it gets used to not getting the sugars, and artificial garbage it has been getting fed for years.
Stick with the diet. The adjustment period will pass, the anxiety will fade, and you'll feel like you were shot out of a cannon!