My husband says that in the past couple of month or so he's been having elavated energy levels on our VLC paleo diet. Today he told me he's been getting occasional panicky feelings. Not quite up to a panic attack but the last one he got while watching a movie earlier this evening.
We eat about 50% grassfed/pastured meat, wild fish, and try to only have "natural" hormone free red meat (lamb/beef) when we are eating conventional. Other than that we eat some salads, and lots of leafy greens, low carb veggies. Plenty of pastured eggs, some bacon, I only use grassfed butter/ghee, coconut oil, olive oil, or occasional tallow (for the once or twice a month roasted potato indulgence.)
He walks about 30 minutes round trip to work and then we often walk in the evenings but he isn't doing any high intensity working out. He has a pretty bad back and some arthritis in his hips.
supplements include Cod liver oil, Carlson DHA 500mg, Magnesium, Coq10, Vitamin D 4000 (and then I think he gets another 1000 or so from the cod liver oil,) vitamin K2 and then I grind a half an egg shell in his shakes once or twice a week for trace minerals and calcium.
He is overweight and in a once in a million chance is actually losing weight a LOT slower than I am. He claims he isn't cheating but I know he has some diet coke and probably gets more O6 than I do since he likes to eat out for lunch but I believe him when he says he isn't eating any wheat (orders off of gluten free menus.) He also has the characteristic cortisol belly.
Is there something off hand we could do to help his anxiety? Is it possibly linked to the very low carb? It did seem to spring up since he started eating vlc. He isn't especially stressed at work right now, we aren't having money problems, we have a new baby but I take the lions share of his care and he's a really easy going baby, and the marriage is mostly harmonious. Supplements? More excercise? Please don't say mindfulness or anything like that. My husband is NOT the meditating type.
I love low carb. I feel great when I'm eating lower carbs, but if I go too low for too long, I get that jittery anxiety, sleep suffers, and I start having those lovely heart palpitations and muscle cramps. Raising carbs takes care of it for me.
Does he consume caffeine? Other than that, my first thoughts go to neurotransmitter imbalance. It wouldn't hurt to see if GABA helps him. He can try starting with about 200 mg. of powder under his tongue. He can take more in slight incremental(100mg.) increases until he feels relaxed. Taking too much can aggregate symptoms, and amino acids should always be taken a half hour or longer away from animal protein.