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Nail Biting and Paleo/High Fat

Commented on September 24, 2013
Created September 22, 2013 at 10:49 PM

This might seem strange, but it's something I've noticed with myself.

So, growing up I was a bad nail biter, but through some sheer force of will I stopped that.

A couple of years ago I transitioned to paleo and still, all was fine. Then I moved and in the midst I added in lots of fruits and started slipping on my diet. I was probably 75% paleo at most. I started biting my nails again though. I don't think that the change in diet has anything to do with that.

But, I recently switched to being much more strict and eating a much higher fat diet (like shooting for 70% fat). I stopped having the urge to bite my nails. I had not bit my nails in the past few weeks while I was strict.

But today, I had a full on cheat meal (burger, fries, soda, etc...) and within an hour of eating it I caught myself mindlessly biting my nails. Now, they're all bit up and it's weird that I was fine for weeks while eating a high fat/paleo diet.

Any ideas whether the two could be connected?

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on September 24, 2013
at 07:01 PM

http://www.gapsdiet.com/ it's very similar to SCD (specific carbohydrate diet). It's a diet intended to help heal the gut, digestive and psychological issues. I've always been a allergic to pollen/cats (which has mostly gone since paleo) and never thought my OCD/tourettes/anxiety was related to my gut until i started suffering with GERD and found my way here :)

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Interesting, can you explain GAPS theory or give me a link?

I felt horrible yesterday, today feel much better and have much less of an urge to bite...

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Could be something along the lines of the GAPS theory? When i'm less stressed, i feel less tense and less tics/twitches. When i eat well i feel less stressed and thus less symptoms. I think it's fascinating the effect bad food/sugar can have on us psychologically. But this is just what i've observed :)

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on September 24, 2013
at 06:04 PM

Interesting, can you explain GAPS theory or give me a link?

I felt horrible yesterday, today feel much better and have much less of an urge to bite...

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on September 24, 2013
at 04:25 PM

I don't know how true this might be but a ND once told me that nail-biting is a sign of insufficient B vitamins....

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on September 22, 2013
at 10:56 PM

A proper satisfying meal makes you content. Anything less and you revert to old ways because your diet is not satisfying.

I am just guessing as I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express.

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