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Old 09-07-2015
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This past year and a half I have experienced more panic attacks than ever in my life. Sure, I experienced them before... But they were more isolated situations, while with general anxiety. However, this past year... It has reversed. Instead of just anxiety with the occasional panic attack, I feel as if I am always on the verge. Many times I have felt as though I was legitimately having a heart attack. It's terrifying, humiliating, and expensive.

After reading articles, books, and watching videos on how to better manage my anxiety and depression... I decided to study my diet and how it affected my mental health. I am currently only eating meat twice a week, three at most. And I am trying to eliminate junk food. (I had a donut today, but it was a treat). Anyway, I would not call this a lifestyle change, as I can not live a life without chocolate or pizza... But, I see this more as a study of one. To better know my body an how my care of it can alter my mental health.

I am five weeks into this study of sorts, and I have noticed that although I feel the constant fear of the attack hitting me... It hasn't, not for a week and a half. Now, this may not seem like alot... But I was up to twice a week. More if I worked long hours. Crying, hyperventilating, and really bad nausea... Just a living hell. Well, I still feel stressed, but not as debilitating. I feel lighter, have more clarity, and even clearer skin.

Anyway, I just wanted to share and hear if any of you have made adjustments to your eating patterns, to test out a possible way of better managing your mental health?
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For a while now I have been eating healthy and exercising often and I'd say it's helped me. More so with the depression than the anxiety. Overall I feel better and am a bit more confident.

And some advice for people trying to eat healthy: Keep track of the times you've treated yourself to some junk food. I've heard of people accidentally eating more junk food trying to be healthy than when they weren't because they were rewarding themselves too often
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Old 09-07-2015
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I went on the paleo diet for chronic migraines (which worked), as a side effect I lost 2 stone and anxiety and depression really reduced. Id previously cut right down on caffeine, sugar and salt in my diet which also helped.
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Been interested in some scientific claims linking inflammation to anxiety/depression. I have felt some cognitive and emotional changes by eating and living to achieve a healthy immune response. Right now I'm loading on more herbs and spices, like garlic and turmeric, with good personal results. A water bottle on hand helps maintain a good energy level as well.
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Old 09-14-2015
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For a while now I have been eating healthy and exercising often and I'd say it's helped me. More so with the depression than the anxiety. Overall I feel better and am a bit more confident.

And some advice for people trying to eat healthy: Keep track of the times you've treated yourself to some junk food. I've heard of people accidentally eating more junk food trying to be healthy than when they weren't because they were rewarding themselves too often

This is the issue for me. I constantly reward myself with chocolate, or other sweets. I'm moving away from that, and finding new ways to treat myself.. Without resorting to junk.
Writing does has definitely shown me how much candy I eat.
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I went on the paleo diet for chronic migraines (which worked), as a side effect I lost 2 stone and anxiety and depression really reduced. Id previously cut right down on caffeine, sugar and salt in my diet which also helped.
Similarly to paleo, I have adjusted my eating habits by eliminating most processed food. I do feel a difference, especially in my skin and mental clarity.

I'm still working on giving up caffeine. That one is tough.
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Been interested in some scientific claims linking inflammation to anxiety/depression. I have felt some cognitive and emotional changes by eating and living to achieve a healthy immune response. Right now I'm loading on more herbs and spices, like garlic and turmeric, with good personal results. A water bottle on hand helps maintain a good energy level as well.
That's great. I have been drinks ng much more water than before, and although I don't feel much change in n energy levels, I'm hoping to see more changes in my mental health.
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Last Monday I had a panic attack that sent me to the hospital because I thought, once again, that I was having a heart attack. Pain down my left arm, sweating, nausea... The whole clusterf.uck. but no. There was nothing wrong. I felt really frustrated and depressed afterwards, and ate like crap the whole week. Thus, makes making everything WORSE.

This morning I started with going to run at 5am, I will be trying this again.

At the hospital they gave me a a prescription for Xanax, but I really want to take a more natural approach. Besides healthy eating and exercise, I don't know what else to try
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I don't know what else to try
Buddhism, meditation, mindfulness...call it what you like. Find a teacher. Suffering can be reduced, even eliminated.
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Buddhism, meditation, mindfulness...call it what you like. Find a teacher. Suffering can be reduced, even eliminated.
I practice yoga every night before bed, and have also practised different breathing exercises. Nothing that has had a significant impact.
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Have you tried exploring why you had that panic attack and if there was any legitimate reason for it to occur? Eating healthier and exercising won't do anything if your thinking remains the same.
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Old 09-15-2015
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Not sure about its impact on anxiety specifically, but eating well has an impact on mental and physical health in general. I don't even think it's necessary to aggressively cut junk out of one's diet, just to make sure there's more nutritious food than empty calories.

I think there's an unhealthy culture around food and unhealthy perceptions of what's normal, though. At least where I'm from vegetable dishes are a joke... you go to a buffet and your choices are plain, dry, slightly discolored carrots or broccoli that you can dip in dressing I guess? Hell no, I'll eat the chicken wings. That and salad seems to be the staple for "healthy" "vegetable" eating in my family. I didn't even eat salad when I was a vegetarian. I did and do eat bell peppers, stir-fries, kebabs, carrots, peas, kale, spinach, onions, cucumbers, and more prepared in a way that isn't terrible...
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Old 09-16-2015
 

I've cut out a lot of junk food in my diet. I used to eat more packaged and frozen foods like pizza rolls, but now I eat much more fresh fruits, vegetables, and meat. Also, about 80% of my diet is now organic.

While I think eating healthier will help to manage anxiety and depression, I don't think it will make any significant impact. I think more of the problem is rooted in thinking patterns, negative beliefs, lack of social practice, and stuff of that sort. Of course, I would continue to eat healthy and exercise because I'd want to do whatever I can to help me overcome depression and anxiety. Eating healthier and exercising can boost your mood and you'll look better which makes you feel better.
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Old 10-24-2015
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My current belief about what causes anxiety/depression/etc is that it all boils down to a simple general cause - DISEASE (diseased diet, diseased lifestyle, diseased thinking)
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Old 10-24-2015
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I keep wanting to buy "the ultramind solution" as it deals with the things you are saying. I would say that high-carb, high-sugar diets don't do much for our mental health and changing that is bound to improve our moods and can even make us think better. Good luck.
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Old 11-23-2015
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It's definitely a work in progress.

I was doing so well. Then, I started feeling the fog of sadness... This depression that just really kicks my ***.

I started eating crappy, and have been for about three weeks. I have noticed that not only are my panic attacks more frequent, but I just feel overall so sluggish.

I cleaned out my kitchen today. I really don't want to, but tomorrow I'm going to buy some fresh vegetables and get back to eating a more clean diet.

It's the only explanation I can think of when I see how much I've regressed on how I've been feeling.
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