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  • I F moodiness

    Does anyone else notice a mood change?

    I can go for hours without eating... hunger pains arnt an issue at all.

    But what I have noticed is that my mood gradually deterirotates.

    I have generally darker and more depressive thoughts the longer I go without food.

    Anyone else notice anything similar?
    SW: 68 kg. * CW: 61.5 kg. * GW: 60 kg or less...
    “Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.” ~ Buddha

  • #2
    Um, no.

    I have to say I'm grateful that the only "symptom" I get when I IF is a little periodic tummy rumbling (which can be a bit embarrassing when you work in a small, quiet office). But I've never had the shakes, headaches, weird feelings, whatever that some others seem to get when they haven't eaten for a while.

    So - kind of opposite to you!
    I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.

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    • #3
      As above! I get up, full of energy once I get properly awakened, thinking clearly, I do get the hunger feelings and the odd growl but generally i'm very happy and always looking forward to breaking my fast with a juicy orange!
      Do what you love and do it often. If you don't like something, change it. if you don't like your job, quit. If you don't have enough time, stop watching tv. If you are looking for the love of your life, stop, they will be waiting for you when you start doing the things you love. Stop over analyzing, life is simple. When you eat, appreciate every last bite. Some opportunities only come once, seize them.

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      • #4
        I do notice that I get a bit more moody the longer I go with out food, and I sometimes get naucious, but as soon as I eat something I bounce right back to my normal self.

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        • #5
          I associate that with low blood sugar. Generally when a fast is harder for me (with depressive thoughts, shakes, whatever), it means I'm hypoglycemic, and I try to eat regularly for the rest of the week and by the next week, I can handle an IF again.
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          • #6
            I did when I first started almost a year ago but this has diminished. Coffee seems to help.

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            • #7
              How long a time period would you consider it to be an IF.. for instance i regularly don't eat between 7pm and 9 am. would that be an IF?

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              • #8
                i think IF is an advanced maneuvre. it took me a while to get comfortable with it, and though i love that mark writes about it, i wish he would be more clear in recommending it for more experienced and healthy primal eaters. i ate dinner at 6pm last night, and i'll have lunch today at 12pm. i'm feeling fine. it took me a while to get to this point, and i would never advise anyone to rush it!!! you'll be ready to do it when you're ready. don't push.

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                • #9
                  I've been IF ing for a month or so. I love it. It's cured me of snacking, which I didn't even realize was holding me back. I have been irritable and my wife is bugging me to take it easy on the fasting. It's making me hard to live with (I guess).

                  I haven't been depressed though, just a little short with people, but I tend to have that problem anyway haha.

                  I think the above suggestion by fiercehunter to drink coffee is a good one. I'm not a coffee fan big picture/long term, but it's also not a good idea to give up too many things at once. Get your apetite and weight under control, then address the coffee problem, if you have one.

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                  • #10
                    If you look at symptoms of depression, one of them is irritability

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by maclynne View Post
                      If you look at symptoms of depression, one of them is irritability
                      Also a symptom of low blood sugar, which IFing can cause especially in people not already in excellent health. I think most people are familiar with the experience of getting crabby when they are hungry.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by maclynne View Post
                        If you look at symptoms of depression, one of them is irritability
                        Um....well, I don't know that I would go that far without knowing a person, Maclynne!

                        Either way, I too get depressed and anxious when I fast. At first it is okay, then I feel very tired, run down, then depressed and anxious. I suffer from reactive hypoglycemia and am starting to experiment with L-Glutamine to fix the problem (as recommended by the Cure Depression Naturally book, supposedly your brain needs this for fuel when your hypo or reactive hypo, although admittedly I don't know as much as I should about the subject) and I am wondering if this could be a cure for me to fix the "reactive hypo" moodiness.

                        Although, I am nowhere near fasting right now. Since I have reactive hypo I tend to eat every 4-5 hours and cannot skip a meal, otherwise the problems mentioned above happen. Primal has not fixed this problem for me. Although I am cured of snacking now between meals. Have been primal for more than a year now, still have problem.

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                        • #13
                          In the first place, I think "depression" is about the most overused word in the English language. Pharma companies have made billions of dollars convincing people they have a medical problem, when normally they are just having a tough day, episode, or phase in their life. Same deal with "hyperactive" in kids. IMOH, only a small percentage of people who are "diagnosed" with either of these problems, really has a serious medical/psychological problem.

                          Just being irritable is WAY too early in the game to be bringing a heavy term like depression into the conversation.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by thaijinx View Post
                            I have generally darker and more depressive thoughts the longer I go without food.
                            ummmmm... then I would eat.

                            I agree with Jakey.

                            Originally posted by jakey View Post
                            i think IF is an advanced maneuvre.
                            Although I wouldn't consider myself "advanced". I also wouldn't IF if it made me uncomfortable. I do it once or twice a week, for up to 24 hours, when I just don't feel like eating. I may get a little stomach rumbling towards then end but then I eat a meal. For me it's a random thing and that's important. If I've been lazy for a couple of days or I've been eating lots of good food then now and then I feel like an IF is a way to give my digestive system a break... and maybe it helps my whole body learn that it never knows when the food might stop. Seems to be working for me at least.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Uncephalized View Post
                              Also a symptom of low blood sugar, which IFing can cause especially in people not already in excellent health. I think most people are familiar with the experience of getting crabby when they are hungry.
                              I was just pointing something out that some people don't know, that depression is not just about sadness. Dbalch did say he was "short" with people all the time. So I was taking that to mean that he was like that even when he was not fasting.

                              evansonmom, I am not trying to diagnose anyone, like I said, just pointing something out. Which ,it seems to me, is what this forum is all about, dispensing information that we can then decide is appropriate to our situation.

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