I started eating strictly paleo a couple of weeks ago and am finding that it is easy for me and I love it, very comfortable with this way of eating. I'm slimming down quite quickly and am not hungry. Overall I have seen a reduction in anxiety...I feel calmer. One of the problems I'd really like to eliminate though is brain fog and depression. I've had it for years. Completely off gluten and any processed foods now and it seems better, so when I had a major attack of fog head an irritability last night I thought it must be food related. Possible culprits are chamomile tea (some teas seem to have irritated me in the past, but not sure) or chicken I ate from a bone broth (skin on). Is this an omega six issue? If so what can I do to best compensate for the years of depression and damage in my body? I was on SSRI's and now am completely off medication. They weren't working anymore anyway. Maybe it's not the chicken, but the low carb? I did eat an apple in the afternoon though... Anyone else have experience with this?
I am on several supplements to help the healing process early on, including fish oil, cod liver oil, magneseum/minerals. Is Sam-e helpful?
Update: ate some chicken again, no big deal. I think it was the tea, which has also made me think more about eating animal products from animals that have eaten allergenic plants. I once had a bad reaction to eating goat cheese from local goats that were probably chowing down on ragweed, juniper n stuff. Anyone have any experience with this?
You talk a lot about your diet but not about exercise. I wonder if there is a clue in there ie that you don't mention it. I would suggest starting to ensure you get plenty of good exercise, start with just walking - and with some sunshine if you can. Check Mark Sisson's Primal Blueprint suggestions. I'm following it at the moment and feel great on it in every way possible...
I recommend you read around at Perfect Health Diet http://perfecthealthdiet.com/ I had severe brain fog when I started to add safe starches back in to vlc and I still don't know why but I suspected low grade infections. I added Candida Clear by NOW, oregano oil, Vitamin C, iodine and selenium. Continued with sunshine for Vitamin D and daily walks. It cleared up and now my mind feels very crisp and my mood is calm and happy. Keep up with Paleo and experiment around to see what helps. It takes time. Also, I made up a chart to track what I was trying and how I was feeling and it helped keep me focused when it was hard to focus!
Hi. I started strict Paleo and VLC 3 weeks ago. I, too, experienced a period of depression and irritability from 1-2 weeks in. I found myself unusually angry at things and my hubbie and I even talked about breaking up (!) before I realized it had to be food related. So I upped my carbs with a bit of rice and felt amazingly better. Now, at 3 weeks, I am just making sure I get a bit of high density carb every other day in the form of 1/2 sweet potato (preferred) or 1/2 c white rice. (still not bad) I'm no expert but I know it made me feel better and not at all bitchy.
Hi, I'm no doctor, but my severe depression + suicidal thoughts are GONE since I started Paleo back in May, so maybe I can help.
Do you take any Vit D3? I don't think it's the chicken or the tea, I think it's just you haven't healed yet. This is not surprising at all given that you've only been Paleo for a couple weeks. Have faith and give it time.
Exercise: never done it, yet still cured my depression and brain fog. I am starting a C25K soon (I had tried it before but couldn't do it). I think Vit D3 and eating better would be sufficient.
Also agree with the person who said to watch out for blood sugar spikes (eating too many carbs at once).