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Improved Anxiety after Paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 23, 2013 at 9:56 PM

Hey weird thing I noticed and was wondering if anyone else saw the same thing? I suffer from anxiety, nothing too bad but mainly pertaining to driving in high places ie down the sides of mountains. Sucks cause I like to hike and live in Seattle. The other day I was driving somewhere unkown and ended up driving down the side of a nice steep baby mountain. I did not experience my normal fear, panick feeling that usually has me trying to find the nearest place to pullover. Only change I've made recently is Paleo and I am wondering if anyone else who suffers from anxiety has seen it improve/go away?

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Besides increasing fats that the hugest change in my diet. I eat a lot of red meat now. I got a grassfed meat delivery from local farm. I eat grassfeed beef 4-5 a week at a minimum. I used to be mainly chicken, fish sort of person.

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on January 24, 2013
at 06:58 PM

Thanks everyone I would love to hear from more people. Seems like fat and increased red meats might be a big factor. I was also diagnosed with PTSD and am doing great now with that. Still some issues here and there but man I didn't realize diet could change mental health issues.

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on January 24, 2013
at 06:53 PM

Just the conventional "healthy" SAD. Whole grains, lean meats, fruits and veggies. I have upped my fat intake tons and added things like bone broth mmmn. Thanks for the reads!

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on January 23, 2013
at 11:39 PM

I have experienced a huge reduction in my formerly-debilitating-without-meds anxiety when I increased the fat in my diet. It comes back when I decrease my fat intake too much.

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on January 23, 2013
at 11:35 PM

As an acupuncturist this makes perfect sense to me! In chinese medicine we almost always see anxiety in people we diagnose as "blood deficient". Often this correlates with a vegetarian diet but not always. Sometimes it is constitutional and sometimes it is because of overwork and stress. Once we diagnose someone as blood deficient the next thing we always ask is "Do you eat meat?" and then we always recommend eating more grassfed meats especially red meats after all 'you are what you eat'. Now I am new to the Paleo diet and still figuring out the effects but one of my thoughts was maybe I'm not recommending enough meat to my patients. I have been telling them red meat 1-2 times a week and the rest white meats and seafood but now I think maybe I need to be telling them to eat a lot more meat in general.

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Besides increasing fats that the hugest change in my diet. I eat a lot of red meat now. I got a grassfed meat delivery from local farm. I eat grassfeed beef 4-5 a week at a minimum. I used to be mainly chicken, fish sort of person.

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on January 23, 2013
at 10:24 PM

What kind of diet were you eating before? I am prone to anxiety and obsessive-compulsive behaviour. I have been feeling more relaxed/balanced in my thoughts since I switched from veganism to paleo-pescetarianism. There seems to be a good case that mental disorders are enabled by diets lacking in essential fatty acids, animal proteins and B-vitamins. Check out this blog: http://evolutionarypsychiatry.blogspot.ie/2012/12/is-ocd-autoimmune-disease.html

Apparently vegetarians are more prone than meat-eaters to suffer "brain shrinkage": http://www.couriermail.com.au/lifestyle/health/going-veggie-shrinks-the-brain/story-e6frer7f-1111117468644

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on January 24, 2013
at 06:53 PM

Just the conventional "healthy" SAD. Whole grains, lean meats, fruits and veggies. I have upped my fat intake tons and added things like bone broth mmmn. Thanks for the reads!

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on January 24, 2013
at 04:30 AM

The amount of anxiety I have is directly proportional to the amount of carbohydrates I eat.

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on January 24, 2013
at 02:06 AM

Starting after some events about 6 years ago I suffered from some pretty severe anxiety, it was worst at 4am but I generally had a lot of it, high cortisol you might say.

The combinaton of the paleo diet and regular, intense exercise (such as crossfit) has done wonders on the anxiety. I still have some 4am episodes (had a nightmare last night about oranges which fell from the sky and landed and turned into dogs and other creatures which tormented me), but it is a lot better than it was, now I can go weeks with regular, deep sleep, no insomnia, and appreciating the little things throughout the day.

I think the paleo diet greatly decreased systemic inflammation and digestive issues and took me off of the energy roller coaster. The exercise leaves me pleasantly tired at the end of every day and strong and confident. These two things have done more for my mental health than anything else. If anyone is having anxiety issues I encourage you to try these things.

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on January 24, 2013
at 01:50 AM

Sadly my anxiety disorder has not improved like other areas of my health. But I'm looking at trying yoga and aromatherapy now

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on January 24, 2013
at 01:44 AM

Mine has gotten so much better. I only really have anxiety when I give into coffee. And I had extreme anxiety. Like didn't leave my house bad.

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