I have been eating Paleo for about a month (yay) and recently have been dealing with horrific temper issues, short fuse, cranky mood, REALLY crabby. I'm normally pretty even keel and I can't remember feeling this out of control of my emotions since I was 8 months pregnant several years ago. (no, no chance of this now)
I'm getting about 7-8 hours of sleep, eating (I think) enough food I drink lots of water, and take in a fair amount of good fats as well as a decent amount of veggies and fruits. I exercise 4-6 times a week; 2-3 of those are fairly intense with lots of cardio. (2 hour roller derby practices are ass kickers).
This short fuse is problematic for several reasons. The obvious, people don't wanna be around me when I'm this much of a sour puss, mainly my family consisting of my adorable 3 year old son who seems to be pushing every one of my buttons simultaneously. Totally age appropriate but I am having to walk away much sooner than usual.
Is there something super huge I'm missing, or something ya'll might suggest to help cool my jets? Mood balancing herbs? more/different kinds of fats?
I'm afraid my loved ones might disown me soon.
Some people report that the Paleo diet increases their testosterone, and that can cause moodiness (though in some it can moderate their mood).
Many find that they are in a rotten mood if they don't eat enough carbs. You have not mentioned how many carbs you eat in a typical day. If you're in the 50-100g range, you might try upping that to 150g or so and see if that helps.
I honestly say it sounds a bit like withdraw from carbs (sugar)
Sugar generally effects the same addiction part of the brain that drugs do... it should go away with time.
Have you checked your B12 vitamin supply? I ran out b/c of stress and had similar issues. Needed couple of shots from the doctor. Iw been checked couple of times now and its back to normal and Im feeling great and my mood is back to normal. Im very aware of my diet (eat eggs, meat but no dairy) and supplements since I don't want to have this experience ever again.
3-year-olds are designed to make us crazy, but I'm guessing it could be the magnesium chelate. It can be rough on your mental health. You can try angstrom magnesium, eat more seaweed, take epsom salt baths, or apply magnesium oil to your skin it you want a magnesium that might play a little nicer with your brain.
Check out this link for more info: http://drcarolyndean.com/2011/01/glutamates-in-magnesium-chelates/
Possibly a vitamin D thing? More sun exposure could do a body good. I feel my most content when I've had a few hours of sun per week. Not sure about supplements but I was doing cod liver oil for a while during the winter when I cant get full skin contact.
How about some data?
starting weight, waist
current weight, waist
Caloric intake; carb, fat & pro %'s
Take a look at
Not for the alcohol metabolism issues but for energy sources vs level of VOmax intensity. Scroll down about 1/2 way & examine the Vmax chart.
Higher intensity activity = carb burning.
Here is a REALLY long / geeky article about carb intake. Bottom line, you dont really need them but for intense workouts they can help. Your workouts are up in the 85% VOmax range....carb burning zone. Most us (me) live closer to 25% VOmax >>> fat burning zone.