I have been dealing with some off and on anxiety. I was wondering if it would be a good thing to try out? I would say I eat pretty damn paleo all the time with minor slips usually once every 2-3 weeks. My anxiety will kick in randomly Ive even took out a lot of possible allergy ridden foods or the possible obvious ones. I am pretty strong headed or stubborn whatever you call it. I've tried everything. I went a year and half with out almost any symptoms and I think extreme working out made my hormones go all over the place. I am a sponsored cross fitter. I went through almost 2 weeks of HORRIBLE insomnia but that finally went away when I took time away from any kind of working out. No I am thinking maybe DHEA could be good for me? I am 23/5'10/ 190 lbs 10-12% bodyfat. My nutrition is pretty high fat/ protein and carbs. also I thought maybe it's a build up cerebral allergy for a long time?
SO my main point would be....Would my extreme working out/probably not enough calories/ stress of my normal life over id say a period of 6-7 months throw my TEST off or is it something else ?
Anything else you need to know just holler ! I'd love to inform you more. Thank you
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on April 07, 2013
at 05:04 PM
I was suffering from terrible anxiety and insomnia until very recently. I tried EVERYTHING - I read Julia Ross's Mood Cure and every online resource I could find, I tried magnesium, GABA, 5HTP, carbs before bed, more exercise, less exercise, honey drinks before bed, giving up caffeine, more fat less carbs, less fat more carbs, keeping the lights dim in the evening to promote relaxation, having hot showers in the evening... and yet I just could not sleep, my heart was constantly pounding and I had occasional panic attacks. I was driving myself mad looking for solutions.
I'm sure there are many things that cause anxiety and as many ways to cure it, and I'm only one person so my experience may not help you, but I am also a Paleo-diet-following Crossfitter and I can tell you that I SERIOUSLY resented the fact that my lifestyle is so much healthier than many others I know and yet I was the one suffering from this problem. There are so many accounts of people going Paleo and suddenly their anxiety/depression/whatever is magically fixed that it's easy to start obsessing about nutritional deficiencies and other minutiae.
As it turned out for me, sometimes anxiety can't be fixed by diet alone - my diet was already good. I can honestly say that after months of trying, researching, spending a fortune on 'cures', the only thing that actually worked was to take 2 weeks off work and relax. I did some CBT and meditation, gave my overworked brain a rest and laid off the Crossfit, and the anxiety and insomnia just went away. The fact that you're on this site suggests that your diet is not the problem, and nor is lack of exercise (and when I say I 'laid off the Crossfit' I mean I reduced it to 3 days a week, so I certainly didn't stop exercising - that would have caused me even more stress!).
Anxiety is horrible, and insomnia makes it worse - it would be great to think that we could fix it with something as straightforward as adding supplements or tweaking diet, but sometimes you genuinely just need some proper relaxation and an outside view on what's causing your stress and how to deal with it.
on June 08, 2013
at 10:59 AM
L-theanine helps my anxiety. You can get it online. L-theanine 200mg. My DO prescribed paleo for my hypothyroidism. After starting paleo, I woke up with anxiety. She suggested L-theanine. I swear by it. It's an amino acid that produces alpha brain waves. My anxiety stops within 15 minutes normally. If not, take another. You can take a max of 6 a day.