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How extreme should a mood swing be?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 27, 2013 at 1:53 PM

I've noticed two occasions in the past couple of months where eating some gluten after being totally gluten free (and perhaps with a reduction in protein?) resulted in a day or two of being in a truly foul, angry mood. I look back and its like looking back at a totally different person, very Jekyll & Hyde-ish. How extreme should this be?

I'm pretty certain what precipitated it this time - a couple of days at Disney and 4 occasions that week of eating way more gluten than I usually have (1/2 a hot dog bun (along w crappy dog), gyro w/ flatbread, 1 slice pizza, two slices of poundcake). I carried a good supply of nuts for snacking but clearly I need to research where to eat there since we'll be going back several times this year and take more/different things to snack on.

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on January 28, 2013
at 04:35 PM

'Rage' is definitely what I felt. It was terrible, and certainly inspires me to not fall off the wagon.

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on January 28, 2013
at 04:34 PM

I've suspected for awhile that gluten may affect one of my children's mood swings. We got a Blendtec recently and have been encouraging here to eat better and there was a significant improvement in the past week.

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on January 27, 2013
at 04:56 PM

A friend's daughter turns into a whiny, crying mess when she consumes gluten. Any mood swing caused by gluten is the best reason to avoid it!

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on January 27, 2013
at 03:01 PM

I have no idea. There may be something on Emily Dean's blog, though: http://evolutionarypsychiatry.blogspot.com/

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on January 27, 2013
at 02:22 PM

Interesting, Do you think it's because of gluten's effect on the gut or the adrenals?

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on January 27, 2013
at 02:05 PM

Some folk are affected this way by gluten.

A good friend would go into unprovoked rages--all stopped when she went gluten-free.

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on January 27, 2013
at 02:22 PM

Interesting, Do you think it's because of gluten's effect on the gut or the adrenals?

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on January 27, 2013
at 03:01 PM

I have no idea. There may be something on Emily Dean's blog, though: http://evolutionarypsychiatry.blogspot.com/

Bf54536da7050c663e516936f65dffb8

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on January 28, 2013
at 04:35 PM

'Rage' is definitely what I felt. It was terrible, and certainly inspires me to not fall off the wagon.

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on January 27, 2013
at 01:59 PM

Does gluten cause mood swings? I always thought it was the blood sugar fluctuations.

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