I have had some very recent epiphanies! Success!
I feel that early on in my paleo experimentation I was working more on metabolic issues...I've lost 30 lbs and no longer suffer the very wide-range of food cravings, sugar crashes, need to constantly have food available, etc... I mean I still have potato chip issues sometimes, but 95% of my food issues are gone.
NOW! I have been working on lifelong neurotransmitter/hormone problems (low energy, pms, anxiety, depression, agitation, moodswings, skin issues, lack of a sense of well-being). Reading lots on here and elsewhere and things are starting to sort of consolidate and make sense in my head over time. For now I'm eliminating dairy and really focusing on fats. I'm finally ready to fine-tune omega3/6 ratios and eliminate sunflower oil, inflammatory oils.
I still find some of this confusing. My main concern is that I want to make sure I'm including all of the ESSENTIAL (or at least very helpful) ingredients for proper hormone and neurotransmitter balance and function. Some of you may have an eagle eye for this sort of thing? Please let me know if you see anything to remove or add.
I'd like to include: pastured eggs coconut oil kerrygold butter pastured liverwurst bone marrow dark greens (kale, arugula, spinach, collards) broccoli carrots grassfed beef,lamb sweet potatoes potatoes fish, esp sardines shellfish blackberries cherries artichokes asparagus green tea
supps: vit d, magnesium (probably a multi-mineral), vit b6/b12, progesterone cream
not sure about: chicken bone broth with added pastured beef cartilage should I have uncured bacon in this scenario? avocado? borage oil, krill oil, flax oil? I also like Larabars (almonds).
But that list is the basics of what I plan to eat. Is it diverse enough? Any suggestions that fit with my plan that are not here?
asked byHeather_18 (971)
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on July 17, 2012
at 09:23 PM
Good for you Heather!
Remember too that the "building blocks" of neurotransmitters are (mostly) amino acids (protein) so make sure you are eating a lot of protein. I personally would shoot for 1gram a day per pound of desired body weight and I would eat that in 4 separate meals, or three meals. I prefer four myself.
After you do all of this and if you still need help there are really good products for neurotransmitter support. They have helped me a lot and others I know. PharmaGaba, 5htp and L-dopa (mucuna pruiens) are very helpful if you need more direct help after doing all the dietary and lifestyle changes and EFT.
I have two friends who love EFT.
on July 17, 2012
at 07:44 PM
Looks pretty good. I'd do Magnesium glycinate capsules rather than a multi mineral for better absorption. Mag Citrate if you have any constipation.
B6 & B12? No need if you are really eating all the foods you have listed.
Skip the plant oils & take 1000 mg Krill oil if you feel you need more O3 for any reason. Eating fatty wild-caught fish twice a week with the diet you are describing is a better way than supplements to get more O3. Canned salmon with bones is a great way to get your calcium, too.
Oysters (canned in olive oil are fine) 2x a week or 50 mg Zinc picolinate if you suspect a deficiency. Do a zinc tally yest to find out for sure.
Get your D3 level tested & sun/supplement to 60-80 ng/ml.
Also, some emotional support may be useful--EFT can be helpful for all the symptoms you mentioned.