Hello out there. I've been Primal/Paleo since July 1 of last year and experienced an almost complete elimination of life-long emotional symptoms including depression, anxiety, PMS and self-hatred. It was nothing short of amazing. Unfortunately the bottom dropped out a few weeks ago and I am scrambling to restore the peace and figure out why.
Admittedly there are those in my life who don't credit my diet with my improved mood and self-esteem but rather external circumstances and the rush of excitement that learning about ancestral health gave me. Maybe they're right. I don't know anymore. I am a sucker for a magic bullet cure since suffering is unbearable and I want there to be answers. Primal/Paleo helped me more than yoga, exercise and therapy combined, or so I believed.
One marked change in my life was that I added a vigorous kettle-bells and boot camp class to my exercise routine, which prior included long brisk walks and body-weight exercises a la Mark Sisson's Primal fitness e-book. I noticed that I love how I feel after my workouts but the day after I crash physically and emotionally, so I wonder if there is a cortisol component.
Anyone else have a similar experience? I'm about to make an appointment with an endocrinologist and yesterday got my blood drawn to test my thyroid and vitamin D levels. I've started psychotherapy again as well, and eliminated all dairy and sugar from my diet???making strides to cover all bases. Unfortunately I cannot afford anyone out of my insurance network; otherwise I might explore a naturopath.
My emotions and energy levels are all over the place these days, at times unpredictably. This morning I woke up with a tremendous amount of anxiety for instance, but nothing that out of the ordinary is going on in my life. I appreciate any insight you can offer. Thanks for reading! Sincerely, Elise Miller
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on June 13, 2012
at 04:05 AM
Sounds like you tipped into "too much"- exhaustion (lack of sleep, intense exercise) can be extremely draining and it will be hard to feel good in that mode. Rest, relax, focus on doing the exercises you did before. Get back to feeling good- the thyroid is a really good idea to get checked, I would pay close attention to that result. It might be worth getting your iron levels checked, a deficiency would perpetuate that feeling of exhaustion.
on June 12, 2012
at 09:52 PM
Sorry to hear you're not feeling well.
I think your intuition is correct about the kettle bells and boot camp class.
Ditch that shit, and for fuck's sake, don't add carbs to your diet just so you can exercise more.
on June 12, 2012
at 06:44 PM
Depression is draining. It can make any type of exertion -- going to the grocery store, cleaning up the yard, or exercising "Energy loss is one of the key characteristics of depression.
on November 28, 2012
at 09:40 PM
Firstly there is NOTHING psychologically wrong with someone who suffers from anxiety and depression. There may be some cases of endogenous depression but they are very rare. Anxiety and depression is caused BY something. I call myself a spiritual sensitive but it means I'm also sensitive in lots of other ways especially chemically. Coconut oil and all coconut products can give you anxiety if you are sensitive and it seems to be accumulative so the longer you use it, the worse it gets.
Don't take vitamins or minerals as sometimes there are things in them that can give you anxiety. Don’t ever smoke anything. Cigarettes contain hundreds of neurotoxins and weed is responsible for most psychiatric admissions. You should also not touch anything with caffeine in it (or guarna which is pure caffeine)I cannot use ANY type of moisturiser or conditioner even for sensitive skin as they put HORRIBLE poisons into them like formaldahyde, lauryl sulphate, lauryth sulphate, parabens, alcohol etc. ALL anxiety producing agents. Caffeine by the way causes anxiety, depression and thought and sleep disorders but it's like smoking years ago, no one is going to tell you because our whole society is built on it and it's a multi trillion dollar business. Don't ever take anti depressants they'll send you straight to hell. If you are sensitive to coconut oil it probably means you are 'a sensitive (not asensitive which is exactly the opposite) and you will have to watch EVERYTHING you eat, drink and put on your body. I do well on a very simple diet of fish, chicken and fresh vegetables and a little fruit. Don't take any medication unless you've got a raging brain infection or something and don't even taken over the counter meds. Antibiotics can cause horrible panic attacks sometimes eg Flagyl is a classic for this.
Also essential oils are potent and toxic if used on the skin I had a horrible reaction. Don't use them in hot water to soak your feet or anything as it goes straight into your body. Use a castelle soap for babies to wash your body and hair (made from olive oil) and a little olive oil for moisturiser. Dairy products can also cause anxiety. Don't drink alcohol - very bad for anxiety. There is a way to live and the key word are simple and clean. Oh be careful with ALL household cleaning products as well, wear rubber gloves while you're using them and don't breathe them in.
Anyway so many people are senstive to chemicals and don't know it. Oh also, don't use toothpaste or mouthwash it's pure poison (fluroride) and use only filtered water if you can (not bottled water).
on September 20, 2012
at 03:21 PM
I wanted to comment on this cuz the same thing had happened to me before. I started hitting the stair climber hard one week and my depression and anxiety got extremely worse. I was only doing a half hour too. AS son as I cut it out I started healing again. I find that lifting weights didn't do that to me as it isn't as strenuous. Don't think it causes the cortisol jump either. I follow Bee's candida diet which is low carb and focuses on eating a lot of good fats for healing. Mainly coconut oil and butter. I am always willing to help someone out so if u have any questions email me at email@example.com. Peace and Love. Danny
on June 13, 2012
at 06:37 AM
Ditch the breathless exercise in favor of relaxed resistance training. If it makes you feel like shit, why continue? Eat some potatoes. Have an orange. Go to a diner, have a seat, and order whatever the hell would satisfy. Throw away this eating disorder. Have a big cheeseburger and a shake. The honeymoon is over.
Paleo has at least half of it right, but things have been getting worse since Taubes walked into town.