Hi! I'm sorry to hear that you're not feeling great right now no matter what you seem to do. If you've been medication-free for some time, I can see why you'd be upset at not being able to balance as well as you'd like. I can't in any way speak to any links between depression and low-carb, but I do know that it is possible to find a healthy balance with Paleo whatever the issues may be.
The thing about eating Paleo is that people often find themselves here in order to address weight issues, but forget (or haven't read enough) to understand just how powerful Paleo is with respect to mental health, and health in general. Paleo addresses weight issues *because* it addresses the underlying hormonal/metabolic issues, which in turn impacts directly on mental health. Hormones affect mental health and can take some time to balance out... for everything to heal metabolically so that hormone levels, in all respects, stabilize. Until they do, you can have some upheaval.
Something to consider, additionally, is that if weight is an issue, your gut/liver is likely compromised, and your ability to absorb nutrients could be impaired. Also, the majority of serotonin is produced in your gut, not your brain. So, if your gut is compromised, until it heals, so will be your ability to maintain serotonin levels.
Something that can help in this regard is supplementing vitamin D. My daughter struggled with anxiety, I walked a fine line with respect to depression, and both of us struggled significantly with SAD... my husband struggled less so with both anxiety and SAD. While eating Paleo made a difference, it was supplementing with Vitamin D that made the most significant difference for all of us with respect to our mental health. The new guidelines recommend 25mcg/1000IU for every 25 lbs of body weight. With physician approval, my daughter takes double that, I take that amount, and my husband takes a little more than half that, and all of our issues with depression, anxiety and SAD have become a distant memory.
Also, are you watching your macronutrients? It could be that your (especially) fat and protein levels have to be much higher (a mistake that a lot of people concerned with weight loss make on Paleo is to get too rigid about calories, when the real issue is macronutrients). Adding in several tablespoons of coconut oil a day (also lots of eggs), and upping your protein, can really help with both depression and weight loss.
Here are some articles that you might find helpful:
5 Brain Nutrients Found Only in Meat, Fish and Eggs (NOT Plants)authoritynutrition.com/5-brain-nutrients-i
Is Eating Too Much Protein Going to Harm My Kidneys? (NO!)authoritynutrition.com/5-brain-nutrients-i
10 Quick Tips to Boost Your Serotonin www.marksdailyapple.com/serotonin-boosters
Depression Diet? www.marksdailyapple.com/diet-for-depressio
Let the Sun Shine In www.marksdailyapple.com/sun-vitamin-d/#axz
A Metabolic Paradigm Shift, or Why Fat is the Preferred Fuel for Human Metabolism www.marksdailyapple.com/a-metabolic-paradi
What Does It Mean to Be Fat-Adapted? www.marksdailyapple.com/what-does-it-mean-
What Does It Mean to Be Fat-Adapted? Part 2: Q&A www.marksdailyapple.com/what-does-it-mean-
Tips & tricks for starting (or restarting) low-carb Pt I www.proteinpower.com/drmike/ketones-and-ke
Tips & tricks for starting (or restarting) low-carb Pt II www.proteinpower.com/drmike/ketones-and-ke
Finally, don't underestimate the issue of withdrawal... the bottom line is that it can take a lot longer than a few weeks to be fully fat-adapted as a fuel source... especially if you've 'fallen off the wagon'... and it's harder to find the balance each successive time you do 'fall' because your hormones don't adjust so quickly. The truth is, Paleo is not the miracle solution for everyone who wants to lose weight. Anyone who has mental health or hormonal issues (and women don't generally have the same dramatic results with regard to weight), is fighting an uphill battle no matter what they do. I happen to believe Paleo is still the best solution, even though for me it is a long, slow process... but for the first time in my life, I don't feel like I'm ever going backwards.
You DON'T have to be 'one or the other'... it just may take you a little extra time/effort to find the right balance.
The Physiology of Womens Weight Loss
From: Paleo for Women
Part I: Estrogen www.paleoforwomen.com/the-physiology-of-wo
Part II: Appetite and Weight Regulation www.paleoforwomen.com/the-physiology-of-wo
Women, Weight Loss, and Modern America: A World in Need of Revolution www.paleoforwomen.com/women-weight-loss-an
The Healthiest, Happiest, Easiest Weight Loss in the World www.paleoforwomen.com/the-healthiest-happi
Edited by: _RAMONA at: 7/9/2013 (01:07)
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