VLC-ers describe a "clarity of mind" while in ketosis - something that is the antithesis of the "brain fog" that one is said to get when first going VLC. I am wondering what this is and how it is experienced as good.
Anxiety is often described as clarity, as opposed to depression which is more of a state of "fogginess"
Is extreme clarity desired? It seems that there are times it would be nice to not be so clear - just to be balanced seems to be a better state to aim for.
I ask this because I see such a tried for either hyperbole or a need for accelerated, superhuman states achieved by forms of dietary modification, and I wonder if it is good in the long term. Traditionally, states of transcendence and ecstasy have been induced by fasting, and while it may be important (as a religious experience, let's say) for a moment it is certainly not optimal, no matter how good it may feel.
Can this analogy hold with VLC/ketosis?
Any thoughts appreciated!
asked byivymcivy (1217)
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on July 08, 2013
at 08:56 PM
I have never heard anyone describe anxiety as clarity before.
Personally, I find myself lucid, calmer and definitely more balanced in ketosis. My perimenopausal mood swings are gone, too.
Clearer? Yes. Anxious? Nope.
And equating vlc/ketosis with starvation? Fasting? I am definitely not starving on 1800-2000 calories per day, lol!
And I only eat when hungry, so it turns out that I tend to eat all my food within a 6-8 hour eating window (aka intermittent fasting) but it's definitely not fasting/ caloric deprivation in order to induce a particular mental state.
on August 30, 2013
at 05:28 PM
OMG.. I have been strict Paleo for over 90 days now, and cannot believe the fog I am in. I am clumsy and so forgetful. And then I stumble across this. Any suggestions on how to recover my brain. :)
I do drink bulletproof coffee, and have plenty of healthy fats. Should I be fasting.
on July 08, 2013
at 10:35 PM
Get fat adapted, make yourself some bulletproof coffee, and fast for a while. See how you feel. Theorizing on the internet about it will only get you so far (not very.) Personally, I am one of many people who experiences much more clarity when fasting or when in ketosis from eating high fat low carb. This (normally) goes without saying on a paleo site, but obviously make sure your high fat diet consists of quality, healthy fats.