We despise sugar at Eat This, Not That! I was beyond happy to find out about your pregnancy. Answer From Craig N. Worrying about what we eat is a huge contributor to our anxiety levels and when we take small steps to make peace with food we can often notice our anxiety levels decreasing! Some small changes that are right for you, do not feel stressful, restrictive and come from a place of freedom vs fear can be life giving towards better mental health. Researchers have demonstrated that the impact of dieting is both physiological and psychological. Based on my quiz results, the book recommended that I try a capsule containing herbal adaptogens, which are botanical extracts that reportedly restore balance to the body and may fight anxiety though more research is needed to confirm this. Thank you for sharing your story.
For anyone suffering with an anxiety disorder, changing your diet can be an encouraged natural step. And while gentle nutrition is beneficial for us all and can contribute toward a healthy mind, any extreme diet proposed to be a cure all for anxiety, can actually become harmful and trigger disordered eating behaviors that can make anxiety even worse. The lure of changing your diet to heal your condition is so strong because it is something that is in your control. Anxiety can make us feel incredibly out of control and from that fearful place, adopting an extreme way of eating can give us a way to cope. But, it can quickly be the straw that sets off disordered eating. And in my case, this took the form of orthorexia. I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder when I was 21 after having consistent panic attacks and anxiety for a good few months.
Hi Victoria, I am so glad you enjoyed reading! More human studies are needed. I was beyond happy to find out about your pregnancy. And this memory is something I look back on with almost disbelief for how ill I was. Ah thank you for the kind words Alisha! If your anxiety is severe or interferes with your day-to-day activities or enjoyment of life, you may need counseling psychotherapy, medication or other treatment. Intrigued by the possibility of beating anxiety with the right foods, I did some serious digging on this diet. My name is Penny and I just wanted to let you know that your posts are inspiring, clarifying and always spot-on. Sadly, some go on antidepressants which can help raise blood sugar instead of focusing on a better lifestyle, first. Conner TS, et al. A number of other things helped me recover.