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Old 10-30-2013, 05:39 PM   #31
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Bill just posted about this, regarding how the brain runs on a ketogenic (low carb, moderate protein, high fat) diet and the benefits of it - very good stuff: Ketosis: anti-brain fog. Neurotransmitters, dietary protein, and the gut microbiome. | The poor, misunderstood calorie

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Old 10-31-2013, 10:55 AM   #32
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Interesting post. Thanks for sharing ArticMama. I've added that blog to my list!
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Old 12-26-2013, 04:18 AM   #33
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Arctic Mama, I bookmarked that for later reading .. I simply can not wrap my brain around it right now. I guess a bit of brain fog has crept up. Thank you for posting it.

Right now I feel like this is as most things ... YMMV. For me, low carb does make me feel better .. at first. I think it is because I feel a bit more confident as I am losing weight. Watching myself shrink is of course a good feeling so i am happier. HOWEVER, 3-4 months in does seem to be when my serotonin levels start depleting to the point where I feel more depressed, angry, etc.

After much reading yesterday and today online (which may be why my brain can't understand the post at that last link right now ... overload) I have decided to order some Rhodiola from netrition ASAP. I have a doc appointment on Jan. 10th and was going to have the doc write scripts for Prozac or whateverr serotonin increasing med would not work against my heart meds. However, now I believe I will try a more natural approach first. Exercise and Rhodiola. Wish me (and anyone around me) good luck.

As an added bonus, it seems Rhodiola is also used for heart probs, diabetes and other ailments which I suffer.
"If the problem isn't hunger, food isn't the solution"

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Old 12-26-2013, 06:46 AM   #34
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The book Grain Brain is a new work that addresses mental health and eating style (among other brain issues).

If mood is a problem, other positive brain changers - from a scientific standpoint - are:

1. Exercise
2. Sunlight
3. Fellowship with others
4. Volunteerism - service to others
5. Meditation (the research on meditation is compelling)
6. Adequate sleep
7. Music, especially if it is connected to worship or ritual
8. Spiritual/personal transformation moments
9. Positive psychology tools such as affirmations or gratitude activity
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Old 12-26-2013, 02:12 PM   #35
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You might try 5HTP. It's described as a precursor to seratonin.
I don't take it much anymore. It seems to help me by damping down anxiety/cravings a bit, but seems to help others a bit with depression. It can really sap my energy if I take it several days in a row, so I don't. In fact, I only tap into it rarely these days. It seemed to help when I was giving up the booze.
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Old 12-26-2013, 02:48 PM   #36
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I have had a major stabilizing of mood so far with low carb. I am currently on meds for depression as I have had a life long problem with it. I am considering an attempt to wean if the positives in my mood continue.
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