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Trying to jump on the paleo wagon with severe OCD/Anxiety

Answered on December 17, 2013
Created December 05, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Hi!

Long time lurker here. I've been trying to find some way of sorting out my severe OCD/Anxiety issues for years. I've tried CBT, ERP, NLP and REBT, none of them gave an ounce of relief, and then I discover paleo. I've read the science behind it (Emily Deans etc) and I'm convinced. Problem is I'm struggling to stay paleo for more than a day. It comes down to two issues:

  1. My OCD makes me pretty useless at doing anything. For example, I tried to fry a steak just now and I ended up having a panic attack trying to clean the frying pan (yeah this is pretty funny when I write about this!). So that means that I'm not really able to cook for myself temporarily.
  2. I've got a sugar addiction. I cave in after about a day of eating paleo, and sugar is always close by because I live with my family.
So I was wondering if there was anywhere I could go, some sort of retreat perhaps, where they serve paleo food only? I know there's the GAPS protocol, but from what I understand, I would only have meetings with a practitioner, so I doubt I could keep up the diet in between sessions.

I reckon I would only need a week max, to get past the sugar cravings, and I would be able to start cooking for myself. I'm based in the UK by the way. If you've got any suggestions, I can't wait to here them!

Thanks

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on December 17, 2013
at 11:14 PM

That's a pretty pragmatic response samc. I like your thinking

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on December 17, 2013
at 02:19 AM

Hey, thanks for the answer. Y'know, a freelance chef might be doable...

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on December 17, 2013
at 02:16 AM

I hear ya buddy. Having found about paleo I feel like there's hope that things will get better; great job cutting out wheat btw. Good call on the coconut oil, I'll give that a try.

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on December 14, 2013
at 12:58 AM

I really wish there was a place like this! I would go in a heartbeat. I suspect many, many people would benefit. I'm super addicted to sugar. The cravings are reeeaaallllly bad. I used my DBT skills or something to help me stop wheat. I'm still battling with sugar cravings... though I have gotten to a place where it was out of my system before, and I didn't crave as much. It was so much easier! And my anxiety was already cut in half!! (my anxiety is really bad and I don't have a job because of it). Maybe coconut oil might help with cravings? And peppermint tea.

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on December 13, 2013
at 09:23 PM

Me again :3 Thought I'd wait a week before bumping; managed to get 94 views with no answers. No surprise there since this question is super specific. I did a little bit of research and found a place in cambridgeshire that does 5-7 day bootcamps, but that's more aimed at weight loss (lots of exercise D: ).

In essence, if there's a place in the UK where I can go eat a strict paleo/GAPS diet for a couple days, that would be amazing. If there aren't any answers, I'll let this thread die.

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on December 05, 2013
at 10:26 PM

TL:DR Version: Places I can go in the UK for a week where they serve paleo food all day, like some sort of retreat or holiday, so I can get a head start on fighting my OCD. Thanks!

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on December 14, 2013
at 04:34 AM

If you are in for a long trip http://albertoaks.com/ which is hooked up with the Perfect Health Diet. Embarrassingly the owners of the place don't look very fit to me. I've never been, so I'm not endorsing. Seems like it would be cheaper to hirer a personal chef for a week and stay in a hotel.

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on December 17, 2013
at 02:19 AM

Hey, thanks for the answer. Y'know, a freelance chef might be doable...

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on December 17, 2013
at 11:14 PM

That's a pretty pragmatic response samc. I like your thinking

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