Has anyone experienced feelings of heightened anxiety or obsessive feeling while intermittwnt fasting? I really like it and my energy has gone up but I am waking up really early and feeling slightly panicky for the first half hour I'm awake. Is that related? Lately my schedule has been breaking the fast around 1pm, I eat a fairly plant based lunch with fruit veggies and maybe some shellfish and them a low carb nutrient dense dinner and stop eating completely at about 6pm. I seem to be hitting most of my RDA's and I supplement with fclo, dha, b complex, butter oil, k2, and magnesium. My vitamin D levels are usually consistently in the 50-70's depending on the time of year. Any guess?
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on November 11, 2012
at 08:55 PM
I get that feeling, too. I try to avoid fasting for that reason. It makes me feel nervous, jittery, gives me insomnia, and it kills my appetite (I have a very low appetite and more than enough energy as it is). I never purposely fast, but if I eat dinner around 6ish and then skip breakfast and don't eat anything until noonish the next day - it ends up pretty much like being a fast and I get to feeling a little crazy. So I always make sure to eat a little something in the morning, usually 200-500 calories with mostly fat and protein.
I don't think we're alone in this reaction to IF:
If you like IF otherwise, maybe you could try modifying it a little with a "breakfast snack". A little coconut oil, an egg yolk, liver, something small but super nutrient dense to possibly alleviate that discomfort. You may still get the benefits of the fasting without the jitters.
(I'm not against IF, for those staunch supporters out there. I just think it isn't right for everyone, it is right for women less of the time than it is right for men, and it's certainly not right for me.)
on November 12, 2012
at 04:17 AM
Years ago I was doing pretty good on an exercise plan/diet. I ended up wanting to speed things up a bit by trying a semi fast recommended by JOhn X, the guy who wrote Men are from Mars, Women from Venus. Anyway, I started to become really frazzled and very sensitive. With my stress through the roof. I worked in a stressfu environment on top. I had to leave one day and take a couple of days off. It took me many weeks to come back on my feet.
If you do live on a montain top with little stimulation then it's easier to tolerate. However, for me it was bad news...
One way to stabilize my brain at work is to use one table spoon of MCT oil in the morning. I don't have to snack anymore. On top of a light breakfast it carries me to noon easy.
on November 19, 2012
at 06:33 AM
I'm actually in the process of finishing up an in depth article on anxiety and IF on my blog, I will also be filming a quick episode on my wellness program this coming week. A few quick notes on this subject while I'm here though:
-I have noticed that individuals that do too much too soon, and jump full-force into IF, rather than easing into it seem to experience anxiety
-What was your eatig schedule like before IF? Were you careless? Were you eating whatever and whenever? Were you have 6 meals a day? Whatever it was, if you are making a drastic change for the better, you may experience anxiety on IF
-Brad Pilon makes an interesting observation in his book about fasting, during which he suggests that our country has a sugar addiction (carbs), and we go through withdrawels that may cause anxiety after beginning IF
-Are you drinking black coffee? Any nicotine use? -- stimulants may exponentially increase your feelings of anxiety while fasting.
-Your mental alertness and primal senses naturally rise when your body is in a fasted state -- we're programmed this way (look up the term SRS) -- our focus and alertness goes up when we are fasting/hungry in order to help us hunt for food.
-These feelings of anxiety/stress seem to be higher for women vs men -- my belief is that this is due to the hormonal responses
---much more to come on my article. I must confirm some of references and a few details prior to putting the finishing touches on it, so that everyone can get the facts about this.
I hope this helps! If you have any questions feel free to e-mail me!