I'm going to try a paleo diet to see if it has any effect on my depression. I stopped eating wheat for a month before but it didn't have any effect. It's possible that the culprit might be dairy, as this gives me inflamed nasal polyps and mucus. I'd like to hear from other people that have had mood disorders and had a benefit from paleo. Scientific data would be great, but anecdotes are useful too. If anyone has had no effect from changing their diet on mood, I'd like to hear that too.
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on December 16, 2013
at 11:42 PM
From my readings online, it takes at least 3 months of real hard-core Paleo (and more specifically Paleo-ketogenic) to see alleviation of mental problems (and even then, it doesn't work for all cases). Wheat, dairy, seed oils and lots of sugar are the ones to avoid, while at the same time people with mental probs must specifically add WILD fish/shellfish/seaveggies to their diet almost daily, water kefir, sauerkraut, offal, bone broth, go very low carb for a while (ketogenic), and see the sun & walk in nature daily (preferably barefoot). The last part is as important, apparently. So basically, the difference between trying to fix mental problems or AI problems with diet is the amount of wild seafood, probiotic foods (more), and sugar/starches consumed (less), plus the addition of sun/nature exposure.
on December 16, 2013
at 05:30 PM
I've had depression and anxiety for years (I'm only 27 but I started meds/therapy in grade 5) and tend to feel better in general when eating paleo. I do also take venlafaxine xr - I've been off it for extended periods a few times in my adult life but the symptoms have come back and I'm at a point where I'm prepared to just stay on the meds. A number of women in my family have done well on this drug, without even knowing that we were all on it.
I'm not sure if it is the wheat or dairy in particular for me, or just a tendency to eat lots of leafy greens instead of filling up on bread. When I was a kid I did have a sensitivity to milk. Rashes from infancy and the doctors attributed my hyperactivity to milk. I did better on goat's milk. I do like a bit of cream in my coffee and a bit of cheese now and then but I never did come to like drinking cow's milk.
I also exercise a decent amount (daily cycling for my commute, kung fu 3 nights a week and lifting weights) and I think this is really important for me. I notice a different right away if I'm more sedentary - a day or 2 and I'm getting stir crazy and soon feeling like crap. I don't really tell too many people about my depression/anxiety but I am pretty upfront that the number 1 reason I exercise is mental health. For me, eating as paleo as possible seems to support an active lifestyle. I eat well and have energy but don't feel as crazy hungry.
Hope that wasn't too much or not enough info. :)