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    Eating to Calm Anxiety and Stress

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    I am a life long Fight or Flight eater. Many days of the week I have periods of high levels of anxiety caused by a number of factors and the way I manage the stress/racing heartbeat is to eat - fast and furious and I'm not talking salads.

    It's obviously a coping mechanism in response to the adrenaline I have built up and since I can't go out for a run/sprint (not that I want to at that moment) I eat and that does the trick-until about 10 minutes later when I feel like crap for having done it again.

    Does anyone experience this and more importantly do you have suggestions of PB foods that I can eat during this perceived time of crisis to get me through to the other side?

    It's my weak link that prevents me from having better results to date on PB.

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    Have you tried chewing gum instead? Maybe not the most Primal option, but it's better than entering a binge cycle, and perhaps it would trick your brain into thinking it's getting something.

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    You might consider a few things to help prevent anxiety:

    1. Green tea. Contains a chemical that counteracts some of the effects of caffeine and promotes relaxed focus.

    2. Eat some carb with your protein. This makes it easier for tryptophan to cross the blood-brain barrier and get into your brain where it can become serotonin, and therefore help you to be less anxious.

    3. 5-htp supplement. Also becomes serotonin. Helps me a lot. Do not take with other serotonin-affecting drugs or herbs, and go to the hospital if you get agitation or restlessness, diarrhea, fast heart beat, hallucinations, increased body temperature, loss of coordination, nausea, overactive reflexes, rapid changes in blood pressure, and/or vomiting shortly after taking it.

    Also try deep breathing to activate the parasympathetic nervous system. Big deep breaths for a good 10 minutes or so. The resulting changes in blood chemistry supposedly activate the p.n.s., which makes your body calm down. This has worked for me, too.

    If you're going to eat to calm down, perhaps eating veggies will satisfy that urge without adding empty calories or sugar.

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    You should install a heavy punching bad somewhere and flog that rather than eat!
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    Are you 100% gluten free? Anxiety is significantly more common in people with gluten issues than those without. The development of an anxiety attack is actually the first sign I notice after I've accidentally eaten something with gluten in it. As far as triage goes, aside from popping some klonopins, try a dose of magnesium malate/citrate it's pretty damned relaxing for a simple mineral supplement. Additionally you could try eating some really high fat foods and aim for fat's neat abilities to produce calmness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ProtoAlex View Post
    Are you 100% gluten free? Anxiety is significantly more common in people with gluten issues than those without. The development of an anxiety attack is actually the first sign I notice after I've accidentally eaten something with gluten in it. As far as triage goes, aside from popping some klonopins, try a dose of magnesium malate/citrate it's pretty damned relaxing for a simple mineral supplement. Additionally you could try eating some really high fat foods and aim for fat's neat abilities to produce calmness.
    +1!! I found my stress levels and need to eat when stressed dropped significantly when I eliminated wheat and grains! I also second the 5HTP recommendation. I learned about it on this forum and tried it and I have found it really helps to control binge/ stress eating. It's not easy because it's a habit and those are so tough to break. Good luck! Most of all, be nice to yourself, no one ever broke a habit by beating themselves up!

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    I feel your pain, this is something I used to struggle with. My emotional eating has drastically improved thanks to cutting out grains and sugar, but I also recommend meditation. I meditate daily to keep life in perspective, and it has completely changed my relationship with stress AND food. When anxiety does punch through my armor, I try to tame it with a cup of tea or decaf coffee, and on really bad days, an apple and almond butter.

    Keep forgiving yourself and moving forward. This is not a "character flaw," it's more likely chemical reactions caused by lingering sugars/grains in your diet and old patterns that were caused by those toxins, NOT by you.
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    Thanks at one point I did take 5-htp. I will try that again. When you say carbs with protein you mean PB carbs right?

    Thanks MB

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    Thank you I will try it

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