To those who also suffer from depression, anxiety, fatigue..

I’ve read post after post of people posting that the answer is to change out diets. I disregarded them. I wasn’t willing to change my diet to get rid of my mild acne. I like my sugar, bread, pasta, rice. These posts sometimes annoyed me.

Finally, the depression and fatigue took it’s toll. I tried vitamins and supplements, but they didn’t fix the problem. Finally, after 2 weeks of trying to solve a problem at work, and getting nowhere because I was always tired and my mind was fuzzy and I couldn’t think or concentrate (in addition the throbbing in my knees was getting worse), I finally decided to buy a book on depression and mental illness and the links to nutrition (after crying at my desk for several hours). I went to Borders to find the book. While there I glanced in a book on hypoglycemia. The first chapter in which the author described his history sounded exactly like me – I could have written it. I had always had the problem where if I missed meals, my mind would get really fuzzy and I would flip out, and throw what is best described as a temper tantrum (ever see a 18 year old throw a temper tantrum because she was denied a hamburger; well, my mother has). I never thought it might actually be hypoglycemia though until I read several of the books and the case studies. I never knew all the other problems I’ve been plagued with all these years were in any way related. It describes the bulk of my family as well.

The problem is that the “bad” foods (sugar, white bread, pasta, white rice, white flour foods) quickly flood the system with sugar. The body responds by releasing insulin to get the sugar to the cells. Meanwhile, no more energy is being supplied by these foods, while the insulin levels remain high. The blood sugar levels will actually dip below fasting levels within a few (3-4ish) hours. Not everyone has a problem eating junk food obviously. But some of us obviously do.

Anyway, if this sounds at all like any of you, I recommend looking into one of the fine books on hypoglycemia. My favorite is “the low blood sugar handbook” by the Krimmel’s. Even if you laughed at the idea of changing your diet to get rid of acne, I know some of you will think differently about the chance to get rid of the mental and emotional problems that you probably didn’t think could be caused by your diet (especially if you tried taking vitamins and supplements to compensate like I did).

I’m in the process of changing my diet. On Thursday (the day I completely crashed (not new)), I bought 3 books on hypoglycemia and went grocery shopping. On Friday (Thursday niht and Friday I followed the diet in the above book), I went into work, and the solution to the problem that was plaguing me for a week was crystal clear, and took less than 3 minutes to implement (had I been thinking clearly before, I would have thought of it in a heartbeat).

If this is you, you might want to try this for those you love as well. Because I’ve been so irritable, I always snap at Mike when I’m home. Those with low blood sugar can be really mean to those that they love when their blood sugar crashes.

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7 thoughts on “To those who also suffer from depression, anxiety, fatigue..

  1. Ritzvin,

    Yes, have you gone through the horrible blood test for hypoglycemia?
    It lasted around 6 hours…take blood…then later take blood…take blood again… Have you tried this?

    I have gone the route you described! I was 4 years older than you are now when I realized that my diet was causing me some real problems. Besides acne, I had real problems when I did not eat on time as you described. I would get cranky is about the only way I can describe it. It was the old insulin up and downs, and these were not gentle curves. I used to get real fuzzy just as you described. It was too many of the refined carbs that were also doing me in.

    My main problem was I would get so tired, all of a sudden without warning, that I felt like I was going to pass out…that was WHY my doctor had me go to the hospital, as an outpatient, and go through that God awful blood test because he suspected I was having a blood sugar problem. As miserable and drawn out as that test is I do believe it is the only test that will confirm that a person is hypoglycemic. Hypoglycemia is not the same as diabetes but some of the symptoms are similar. That is part of why it is a good idea to go through the blood sugar test. After I understood what was wrong I was able to correct my problem and in the years since I have been very careful to not let it happen to me again.

    (Wouldn’t life be a hell of a lot easier if we were born with an attached handbook titled: How to Live a Good Life Without any Problems. )

    As I already said…my answer to my problem was to do what you are doing for yourself right now.
    I read a ton of material, and had to re-think about what I ate every day. I dearly loved the bearclaws, back then, for breakfast. I still love sweet foods that fall into this category, but rarely touch them now. Pasta and bread is a special treat now. I did find my solution for my problems as you are about to find your solutions.

    Good luck,

  2. thanks for this topic sweety! i totally agree with you on everything. i never noticed until recently the correlation between my severe depression, and wheat and refined foods, like white rice, bread, pasta, etc etc. one day it just hit me square in the face and i decided to do something about it. i have been trying really hard to eat wheat free, and refind food free for a few months now. its hard now that im pregnant, because i cant find a lot of alternative options in this town, so sometimes its either eat crap food, or dont eat at all, which obviously isnt a good option for anyone, let alone an expectant mother! 🙂 i definately noticed i was much less moody on the diet i was following. i didnt get teary all the time, and i dint get so angry i would see red all around me. i also didnt get the food cravings i get when i eat refined foods. i used to be bulimic, and now i look back, i think the reason i binged was because my body was craving the foods it was allergic to, so everytime i ate more, it would trigger the cravings even worse. does that make sense? its late here 🙂
    anyway, thanks for that info! i will definately look into those books! good luck with everything. let us know how you go.

  3. Oh, yes, I have found that diet can definitely affect all of that. There’s a wonderful book called Potatoes, Not Prozac which was written by a substance abuse counselor, Dr. Kathleen Des Maisons. She has a website, . That book is very enlightening and compassionate. A lot of people are gaining a lot of health benefits from a more primitive, caveman type of diet also. You might want to look at the website . This doctor (Dr. Jordan Rubin) almost died when he was a young man from Crohn’s disease. He became a naturopathic doctor because natural treatments saved his life. Also, I made a VCR tape of Dr. Gary Null lecturing about his program. I’ve only watched about 15 minutes of it so far, but he is very inspiring. I believe he is a vegetarian. I’m not sure how someone could follow a caveman type diet, though, and remain a vegetarian. I still eat fish, though. I have cut out all wheat with the one exception of Ezekiel bread, because it’s all sprouted. I don’t think it’s causing me a problem. I find I’m better off in general without flour products at all. I do eat the grains quinoa, amaranth, millet and buckwheat (which, in spite of its name, is not actually in the wheat family). I find I have a lot less allergic symptoms on this type of a diet. I don’t eat dairy with the exception of butter. Dr. Rubin recommends organic goat’s milk butter, which I’m going to look for. I’ve been taking his Primal Defense probiotic powder. I felt worse for the first few weeks, but I seem to be doing better in general now.

  4. Hey everyone. This is a great topic and thread.

    A book recommendation for everyone interested. The absolute best and most fascinating book I’ve read on the correlation between depression/mental illness and food is the book by Gary Null called: The Food/Mood Body Connection.

    Don’t walk…..RUN to get this book from your local bookstore. It would be in the food/diet section. It deals with things like schizophrenia, severe depression, thyroid problems, and even vaccine-autism connections, etc…..

    It is the best book I’ve read on the subject of the connection between mental/emotional problems and food.

    Null is fantastic!

    Thanks Lenore for the links, I’ll check them out.

  5. 😀 Kristi,
    Wanting to eat what you are allergic to makes a lot of sense to me!

    I used to crave sweets like the bearclaws I mentioned in that last post, and almost all of the sweets I craved were made with refined white flour, and tons of refined sugar.

    If I find myself craving something I should not have I will instead have something that is ok like some salmon salad or a small amount of ice cream.

  6. For me, the craings have mostly been starches instead of just sugar. Oh how I crave a soft, chewy, ever so slightly sweet white roll. This is much more common for me than craving candy bars. If I make a loaf of bread, it’s gone before the night’s over. Bagels have gone down one after another. There have been times, where I’ve found myself eating raw scottish shortbread (for those unfamiliar, it’s 4 parts flour, 2 parts sugar, 1 part butter) when I didn’t find anything to satisfy the cravings in the apartment. Thinking back now that I’ve read Atkins (mom lent it to me last Friday), the word addiction seems appropriate. It also reminded me of my routine trip to the Dr’s office a few weeks ago, where much to my dismay, I now weighed 120 pounds (I noticed that my clothes had gotten a bit tighter and the paunch area was significantly more noticeable causing me a little concern, though no one would consider me overweight by looking at me (swimsuits aren’t something people wear in Buffalo too often), but I hadn’t expected it to have gone up that much). According to my new BMI and also Atkins, I’m now technically overweight (I am a very small framed 4’10” female with very, very little muscle – I shouldn’t weigh more than 100) which gives me additional incentive to fix my diet. (damn genes on my mother’s side).

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