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Do low carb diets help anxiety?

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Created August 02, 2012 at 3:01 AM

I was wondering because i kept my carb intake low for the past 4 days and i felt good. Today i introduced about 50 grams from sweet potatoes and i noticed that i feel more nervous after eating those carbs. I felt better a few days ago. Do insulin inducing carbs trigger anxiety in some people? I feel optimal when i just eat a lot of leafy green veggies for my carbs and animal protein. When i introduce fruit and starches i dont feel so great, only once in a while. When i eat carbs i tend to become more hungry faster.

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on August 04, 2012
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True. The mind body connection. Makes sense.

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Yeah same here. No point in stressing out about food. Stressing alone is far worse for homeostasis than eating something "bad".

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on August 02, 2012
at 11:43 AM

Well, food can definitely cause anxiety, but there isn't a "one-size-fits-all". I definitely feel better when I eat 100-150g of carbs a day. when I get below that I feel like somethings off -- wouldn't necessarily call in anxiety, but certainly prolonged stress could lead there.

I would also say that since switching to paleo/primal eating, I have dropped almost all of my anxiety about eating. I stressed out trying to eat a healthy SAD diet. Everything was contradictory and it was impossible to eat according to the guidelines. Since the switch, I find it easy to eat. Vegetables -- good. Meat -- good. Fruit -- good. Dairy and Nuts in moderation. So much easier, nothing to stress over.

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on August 02, 2012
at 10:54 PM

Yeah same here. No point in stressing out about food. Stressing alone is far worse for homeostasis than eating something "bad".

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on August 02, 2012
at 06:46 AM

take into consideration some subconscious thoughts you may be having about carbohydrates being bad for you, especially if you have an anxiety problem already. it could be the food, i don't know, but i believe getting your hopes up about it fixing anxiety might disappoint you after you've made this the way you are.

if i'm completely overblowing the whole situation then i'll just answer with i don't know.

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on August 04, 2012
at 02:33 AM

True. The mind body connection. Makes sense.

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on August 03, 2012
at 04:06 AM

In the beginning, I went really low carb and my anxiety disappeared. Mine manifests socially, and that's how I can gauge where I'm at with it.

But then, about 6 months in, it crept back, but I think I may have some other issues contributing (adrenals, thyroid, etc. are possibilities). Since that time, I've noticed I do better with moderate carb intake: sweet potatoes, plantains, fruit, occasional rice. It also helps my sleep. I just don't get the jittery feeling I would get being too low carb for too long.

I'm glad you've been feeling better! But be prepared to adjust as necessary as you go. Optimization is a moving target, it's never a destination we arrive at. Best of luck!

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on August 03, 2012
at 03:35 AM

I find the opposite, that when I'm higher carb I'm relaxed, but when I'm low carb I'm anxious. However, I know there are gendered hormonal differences that could affect this, so it may not be applicable to you.

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on August 02, 2012
at 12:42 PM

In my own experience, yes. I notice a direct correlation between carb consumption and anxiety. Basically, for me, carbs=stress, and carb-free=stress free. For me.

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on August 02, 2012
at 12:25 PM

The carbs may have lifted your brain fog suddenly, the way caffeine does. Since anxiety is in your mind, you may have become more aware of your surroundings - sirens, traffic, a hostile boss, bills due, or the situation in Syria for example. In times like these I put down the Economist but I don't tweak my dietary macros.

I'd suggest tracking your resting systolic blood pressure. For me that's a easy and direct measure of anxiety. On a bad day it can go up 30mm.

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