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    Does PB affect personality?

    I am now well into my second month of Primal and find it really easy to do. Like most of us, the biggest step was to take out sugar, grains and legumes and add more meat, fish and fat. Vegetables I always had plenty.

    Body-wise, results are remarkable. Although I have always been athletic, I started packing more muscle than ever before, with less exercise. I am not into Primal for weight-loss.

    However, what I am curious about is whether others have experienced slight personality altering effects. I feel that I have started becoming more extroverted, open, outgoing and direct to other people. For more than 30 years, I considered myself a rather reserved person. Change is not spectacular but perceptible.

    I don't know if it is due to better sleep (sleep has improved tremendously after going primal) or a testosterone uptake because of all the beef or is there is something else at play? Could a radical change of food affect the mind? T

    I feel extremely good with it, so there is definitely no way back!

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    Quote Originally Posted by erkan View Post
    I feel that I have started becoming more extroverted, open, outgoing and direct to other people. For more than 30 years, I considered myself a rather reserved person. Change is not spectacular but perceptible.
    I had this exact same experience. Not a clue why though...

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    I think that diet really affects brain chemistry and hormone output, so I think Primal could absolutely be contributing to your perceived personality shifts. It's the kind of diet that supports proper overall brain balance and doesn't contribute to low blood sugar-induced brain wave patterns (which can certainly up anxiety levels and inhibit frontal lobe function, leaving us at the mercy of our reactive amygdalas, making us more tense, reactive, emotional, insecure, etc.)

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    I think that - in a large degree - primal starts with how you view your diet....and that beginning....it slowly spreads to how you see many other things. you want to get to the very nature of things, the very marrow of existence.
    I know I do.

    For me it was a radical, yet subtle, alteration. ....It has changed me for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erkan View Post
    However, what I am curious about is whether others have experienced slight personality altering effects. I feel that I have started becoming more extroverted, open, outgoing and direct to other people. For more than 30 years, I considered myself a rather reserved person. Change is not spectacular but perceptible.
    Yes, yes. I'm a total misanthrope. On bad days I hate people and on good days I just don't care about them or notice them. I could live as a hermit and be happy. But lately I feel happy all the time, burning deep inside and welling outward. I smile when people talk to me. I don't feel quite so awkard around people. I don't feel as depressive and pessimistic. I feel happy, outgoing, optimistic, friendly. I'll even initiate a conversation sometimes. I feel a deep peace inside me, an electric buzzing full of heat and life energy. Sometimes I just feel like breaking out into a run, and sometimes I even do it. The other day I actually had the assertiveness to kick someone off a hike I was leading. I'm usually too wimpy to exert such authority and have to resort to manipulation rather than just be direct. This time I just told it like it was: You can't keep up, you can't be on my hike, time for you to sign out.
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    I wonder the same thing. I think it has to do with eating the right things that end up making us feel better and that reflects outwardly in the long-run. I don't feel quite so depressed, I'm a little more outgoing (despite being an introvert) and I do find myself a little more motivated and assertive. Many people have commented off/on this forum re: sex drive - and I think that is also because we are getting the right nutrients. So it's many things it affects.....
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    same experience

    Quote Originally Posted by jenh View Post
    I wonder the same thing. I think it has to do with eating the right things that end up making us feel better and that reflects outwardly in the long-run. I don't feel quite so depressed, I'm a little more outgoing (despite being an introvert) and I do find myself a little more motivated and assertive. Many people have commented off/on this forum re: sex drive - and I think that is also because we are getting the right nutrients. So it's many things it affects.....
    I definitely felt emotionally better when I began this journey. I am now however wondering why I seem to be falling backwards... I feel like I've reached a plateau and it is a bit discouraging. I haven't been exercising as much, so that may be accounting for this lag.

    Any thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hazyjane View Post
    I think that diet really affects brain chemistry and hormone output, so I think Primal could absolutely be contributing to your perceived personality shifts. It's the kind of diet that supports proper overall brain balance and doesn't contribute to low blood sugar-induced brain wave patterns (which can certainly up anxiety levels and inhibit frontal lobe function, leaving us at the mercy of our reactive amygdalas, making us more tense, reactive, emotional, insecure, etc.)
    Agree w/ hazyjane. You may find some of the writing at Evolutionary Psychiatry interesting. Lots about nutrition (paleo/primal emphasis) and the implications for mental health etc... (Map of the blog here: Evolutionary Psychiatry: Map)
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