Does your personality have two sides - the Paleo You and the NonPaleo You?
Is NonPaleo You - the one you perhaps last experienced after a couple of weeks on refined sugars, industrial oils, etc. - anxious, mood swingy, morose, despondent, irritable, etc.?
Is the Paleo You - the one where you're at least a few weeks/months into clean eating - even-keeled, chipper, cheerful, patient, and optimistic?
Or not? Is there no change, or is it even the other way around?
And is the transition between each personality (NonPaleo You to Paleo You, Paleo You to NonPaleo You) a rough one or a smooth one?
Have you said goodbye to NonPaleo You for good - or does NonPaleo You still crop up a few times a year (or more? less?)?
Short Answer: Yes. When I splurge and have a few tacos and some beers, or go for dessert after a fine dining experience it takes a day to get back to normal. I'm tired, cranky, feel like ass, etc. I like to think that the occasional splurge keeps me on track by reminding me how crappy I feel.
Great question and totally on-point for me today. Last night was a big playoff sporting event at my house (watching on TV - CANUCKS won!!!!!). Hubby really, really wanted a non-paleo meal for his game. So I made shepherds pie (mashed garlic potatoes, ground beef, corn niblets, peas and herbs and spices)- which is not all that bad on the paleo-scale. I ate a small portion of the dinner, a large salad and then had 2 beers with him while watching the game (which was extremely stressful from start to finish).
I was up all night with the sweats, I've been cranky and b**chy to everyone this morning, and actually didn't figure out why I was being such a hag until I read this!
So short answer - yes Jekyll and Hyde! And apparently totally unaware as to why!
I feel like both being strictly Paleo,as I can't afford to cheat due to health reasons. So,Paleo is sometimes a real struggle to me resulting in depression,lethargy,anxiety,crankiness,feeling of deprivation. I sometimes get so bored of having to eat Paleo,lack of energy to once again come up with something that looks,feels and tastes like a meal etc.
Sometimes I just wish I could eat a sandwich or a piece of cake again or enjoy an occasional icecream at a terrace in the sun,like the rest of my family&friends and the world. (And I don't mean Coconut milk substitutes..but the real deal!).
Yep. Totally. Grainy, sugary eating = Mr Hyde, for me.
I am of the thinking that those with increased intestinal permeability (leaky-guts!) have the hardest time with mood-related symptoms. There is a direct gut-to-brain connection. E.g. many celiacs have mood problems, as well as neurological symptoms, even nerve damage.
Quitting gluten literally (and quite unexpectedly), changed my brain.. THANK GODS. No joke.
Eventually i figured out that for me, not only grainy things, but also yeasty things summon my evil, sad twin. After I quit beer, I drank hard-cider a few times as a delicious replacement; it took me a while to figure out why I felt so terrible/anxious/dark/moody/foggy for days afterward. (Non-yeasty adult beverages do not have this effect.)
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