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Paleo and Natural Sociability

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 15, 2011 at 8:58 PM

First off, I am not asking if the diet restrictions and not being able to eat SAD effects your social life, so I don't want to hear, "oh, well it's hard being social when everyone eats differently than you....wawa." My question is have you become less mentally engaged and excited when talking to other people since going to Paleo?

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on August 17, 2011
at 03:20 AM

Will you please friend me already and join my FB group! Jeesh!

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on August 16, 2011
at 11:29 AM

Nope, if anything, being around people for too long exhausts me.

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on August 16, 2011
at 07:45 AM

good question. I am evaluating diets for social anxiety for my duaghter. Paleo resembles the SCD diet and the GAPS diet, which treat various disorders including anxiety.

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on August 16, 2011
at 04:51 AM

I still have some major ADHD but there have been improvements.

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on August 16, 2011
at 01:00 AM

did Paleo make you less of an introvert?

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on August 15, 2011
at 11:14 PM

After 2 weeks of eating Paleo, I became more talkative and social at the same time that I got my energy boost. Normally, I'm quite the introvert.

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on August 15, 2011
at 09:34 PM

Ditto this for me.

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Eecc48184707bc26bce631485b5b7e34

on August 15, 2011
at 09:31 PM

Definitely the opposite for me. I'm far more social even though I'm still an introvert.

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on August 15, 2011
at 09:34 PM

Ditto this for me.

A0934b08fe8603688d8840a21063d068

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on August 15, 2011
at 11:14 PM

After 2 weeks of eating Paleo, I became more talkative and social at the same time that I got my energy boost. Normally, I'm quite the introvert.

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on August 15, 2011
at 09:25 PM

I haven't. If anything, because I'm feeling better and not having BG associated mood swings, I feel more "there." If you're still in the early stages of low carb paleo it could be the dreaded "brain fog" associated with "low carb flu".

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on August 16, 2011
at 01:18 AM

Paleo has made me more attentive, a better listener and a more effective communicator. I seem to have a brain balance that brings forth the best of my personality.

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

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on August 17, 2011
at 03:20 AM

Will you please friend me already and join my FB group! Jeesh!

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on August 16, 2011
at 01:17 AM

I have always been able to just turn my brain off when involved in conversations I don't find interesting.

My attention span is much better, and conversation has become more interesting to me after 6 months of following the Paleo plan.

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on August 16, 2011
at 01:03 AM

I've always felt "different", and had a lot of social anxiety for a lot of my life...until I started transitioning from a vegan diet to a paleo one in my mid-twenties...I consider myself a pretty social person, and most of my former anxieties have left me...I still sometimes feel more unique than other people, but I tend to look at my different~ness as an asset now.

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on August 15, 2011
at 11:50 PM

I feel more comfortable with people now. I'm not sure how to explain it, just more comfortable in my own skin. I feel more engaged when I'm talking to people, like I was in a fog before and not able to completely pay attention to anything. The only time I want to scream and run away is when others start talking about their "healthy" diets.

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on August 15, 2011
at 10:59 PM

I'm still an introvert who prefers her boyfriend and pets, although once in a blue moon I'll meet up with some friends from out of town for a concert or some drinks.

My b/f and I would actually like to move to someplace with more room and fewer people. Suburbia isn't really doing it for us. And I'm the social one in the relationship, lol.

Does Facebook count?

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on August 16, 2011
at 01:00 AM

did Paleo make you less of an introvert?

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on August 16, 2011
at 11:29 AM

Nope, if anything, being around people for too long exhausts me.

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on August 16, 2011
at 01:14 AM

I think that being less food-preoccupied (a nice benefit to burning fat instead of sugar) has allowed me to be more present in my social interactions. This is part of an overall change in my ADD symptoms. Now that I am sufficiently nourished, free of gluten, grains, etc., and running well on ketones, I can just enjoy the moment.

This was put to the test just recently as I spent a week with my in-laws (just finished posting my food and activity log here if you're interested to see how it went) and had a great time interacting with many people that I had never even met before.

It was obvious that I wasn't eating the chips, pasta, beans, and other foods that other were consuming, so I did have some questions about my "diet" and, for the most part, people came away saying that they "wish they could eat like me" or saying things like "I really need to eat a salad."

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on August 16, 2011
at 04:51 AM

I still have some major ADHD but there have been improvements.

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on August 15, 2011
at 09:37 PM

I experienced this during the 2nd and 3rd weeks of changing my diet from SAD to paleo. It went away and over the long term I've become more assertive and engaged in public/social situations (I've now been paleo about 2 years).

In retrospect I associate it with the "low carb flu", as Karen mentioned.

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