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High carb- great mood?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 08, 2012 at 5:28 AM

Been strict paleo for about 3 months, not even dairy or coffee. It's working well for me except that about two weeks in I started to get unbelievable grumpy and tired. I soon realized I was much too low carb and started to introduce more root veges and fruit. This made a big difference however my moods still didn't feel as good as they should. Enter Easter day! With four little kids in the house and dozens of relatives dropping in, chocolate is the name of the day. I gave myself permission to have a little dark chocolate which of course led to a bit more, then a bit more till as of this moment I have eaten a whole Cadbury dairy milk bunny and numerous ginger filled handmade chocs lovingly made by my sister. Well! My energy has shot through the roof and I'm in the best mood I have been in for the whole last 3 months that I've been paleo. I am curious as to whether I will have a big crash tomorrow. I have eaten 90 percent dark choc in the past with none of the effects I am having now after eating high sugar choc. I would really appreciate your comments and experiences. Do you think that I am still too low carb on a daily basis? I would generally eat a sweet potato a day, 1 piece of fruit, carrots and lots of leafy veges, no dairy or grains at all.

Ccacf7567273244733bc991af4ac42ed

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Our bodies all work pretty much the same way, they've just started from different points.

Ccacf7567273244733bc991af4ac42ed

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on June 15, 2012
at 08:38 PM

allegedly......

31381cfeb5d6da6fc75f80ab68e041ea

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on June 04, 2012
at 12:18 PM

some of us really do need more carbs/sugar though.

31381cfeb5d6da6fc75f80ab68e041ea

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on June 04, 2012
at 12:16 PM

+1 for mentioning the challenge of BEING paleo, not just eating. the label me give ourselves is harder than the food.

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on April 15, 2012
at 04:15 PM

+1 for Easter bunny carbs!

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on April 08, 2012
at 02:03 PM

The lack of "fear and loathing" is what makes me really love paleo. I'd tried other diet plans that arbitrarily vilified certain foods (or even worse, all foods) and ended up somewhat neurotic and no better off for it.

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on April 08, 2012
at 01:28 PM

Just got back from a Rodeo - so much fun! Just ate meatloaf and apple as feeling puckish. after all the choc today, didn't feel like anything else. So far havn't crashed. Think it was a combination of great friends, fun and a high fat snack! Thanks everyone for your answers. It has been a liberating day.

2cc1e3823f36d747db67eab7249fe855

(55)

on April 08, 2012
at 01:23 PM

Thanks for your fantastic comments. I think you hit the nail on the head. I think 'paleo' can definitely become a 'prison' if you have that personality type. I think back to every diet I have tried over the past 10 years, starting with vegetarianism, swinging back and forth between between raw veganism and total carnivorism, trying to work out what works for me, has always ended in this feeling. I feel that paleo is closest to my spiritual home as I have ever got so now is the time to finally confront those final demons that are arising as a result of my perfectionism/ control issues.

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

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on April 08, 2012
at 12:46 PM

I totally agree, in lamens terms you need more fat. Not sugar:)

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on April 08, 2012
at 06:01 AM

More than anything, I think your mood is driven by how you feel about yourself and your life. I got a huge boost in mood when I increased carbs as well. I think a small part of it was the carbs. But I think it was mostly because I let go of all the fear and loathing that I developed around food when I went paleo. Counting carbs did nothing for me and when I decided I didn't care and started eating what I felt like, it was very freeing and really lifted my spirits.

I think your good mood is a product of being around your family on a holiday, having special food to eat with them and freeing yourself from your self-imposed food restrictions, and also maybe because your body really needs more carbs.

It really isn't the normal state of being to be so concerned about the all the little details of what we put in our mouths and I think it takes a certain toll on our happiness. That's not to say it isn't sometimes necessary for us to be so concerned about it, like if you're trying to suss out intolerances or have a serious condition like diabetes, etc.

Eat the foods that make you feel good. Avoid ones that don't. Don't worry about numbers unless you have a compelling reason to.

1bbcd2122d9c75b07440f22ef57d6448

(2934)

on April 08, 2012
at 02:03 PM

The lack of "fear and loathing" is what makes me really love paleo. I'd tried other diet plans that arbitrarily vilified certain foods (or even worse, all foods) and ended up somewhat neurotic and no better off for it.

2cc1e3823f36d747db67eab7249fe855

(55)

on April 08, 2012
at 01:23 PM

Thanks for your fantastic comments. I think you hit the nail on the head. I think 'paleo' can definitely become a 'prison' if you have that personality type. I think back to every diet I have tried over the past 10 years, starting with vegetarianism, swinging back and forth between between raw veganism and total carnivorism, trying to work out what works for me, has always ended in this feeling. I feel that paleo is closest to my spiritual home as I have ever got so now is the time to finally confront those final demons that are arising as a result of my perfectionism/ control issues.

31381cfeb5d6da6fc75f80ab68e041ea

(560)

on June 04, 2012
at 12:16 PM

+1 for mentioning the challenge of BEING paleo, not just eating. the label me give ourselves is harder than the food.

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on April 08, 2012
at 08:53 PM

The relationship between mood and carbohydrates is complex, and probably quite susceptible to individual differences. See the varied answers in this thread.

Also, this series by Emily Deans is good reading.

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on April 08, 2012
at 06:31 AM

I 1st went paleo over a year ago to lose weight and to get a "healthier" life style. My new low carb diet did drop a few lbs, but it also made me really lethargic to the point where functioning like a normal human being seemed like a chore. I have since increased my carb intake with potatoes, fruits, white rice and oats and have so much more energy and feel amazing. I did discover that I was gluten intolerant so I've continued to stop eating wheat. You probably will have a crash the next day bc your body is adjusting to a dramatically new macronutrient ratio and bc of all that sugar, but I'm glad you have more energy now. :) IN the future, try to eat more safe starches and see what happens. N1 testing is key since our bodies all work differently.

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Our bodies all work pretty much the same way, they've just started from different points.

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on April 08, 2012
at 09:27 AM

the brain run on 95 procent on glucose. so if you eats carb the brain runs fine. otherwise its getting in ketosis and getting the glucose from fat. this is more hard to do for the body . Just taking easy available glucose and put it in the brain.

there is a book potatos instead of prozac. i heard. this fit to the assumption.

i lso recommend stack tv. its called from athletes for athletes. search for diet... that i have done. maybe its better to search directly for carbohydrates. and there is one guy with a bold and no hair his name is bob. and he is dietitian for the olympia in bejing. he has two videos on carbs carbohydrate and carbohydrates and weight gain.

http://stacktv.stack.com/Nutrition/The-Right-Food-to-Eat/Bob-Seebohar-on-Carbohydrates.html http://stacktv.stack.com/Nutrition/The-Right-Food-to-Eat/Bob-Seebohar-on-Carbohydrates-and-Weight-Gain.html

get real!!!!

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on April 08, 2012
at 08:38 AM

A chocolate binge is just as much a fat rush as a sugar rush. Plus the chocolate itself of course, which isn't exactly a downer. If you end up eating little else due to feeling full then you probably will feel a bit rough later/tomorrow. If you still get solid meals in though then you can probably handle it - it's only sugar after all, not wheat. I wouldn't rush to change your diet to contain a chocolate bunny every day, but if you've been struggling with energy and mood then that's enough indication that you need to eat more of something. We don't have enough information to guess what though.

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

(3043)

on April 08, 2012
at 12:46 PM

I totally agree, in lamens terms you need more fat. Not sugar:)

2cc1e3823f36d747db67eab7249fe855

(55)

on April 08, 2012
at 01:28 PM

Just got back from a Rodeo - so much fun! Just ate meatloaf and apple as feeling puckish. after all the choc today, didn't feel like anything else. So far havn't crashed. Think it was a combination of great friends, fun and a high fat snack! Thanks everyone for your answers. It has been a liberating day.

31381cfeb5d6da6fc75f80ab68e041ea

(560)

on June 04, 2012
at 12:18 PM

some of us really do need more carbs/sugar though.

Ccacf7567273244733bc991af4ac42ed

(5198)

on June 15, 2012
at 08:38 PM

allegedly......

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