The advice I got from my doctor about what foods I should be eating to keep my anxiety from recurring included several foods I’d been advised to eat before which I’d eaten for a few years, but which I had fallen out of eating once I moved to Boulder.
I should resume eating spelt breads — which frankly taste pretty rough — and I should use Almond butter so I’ll store up vegetable fats in my liver and muscles, and I should resume eating oatmeal. Oddly, I’ve been told not to eat wheat, which is odd because “wheat bread” is always touted as being healthy.
Also I am supposed to not eat sugar, not even a glass of apple juice. “Can you eat two apples in ten seconds?” was his way of explaining why it wasn’t too unexpected that I couldn’t handle the amount of sugar that . Mind you I am not diabetic, it is just that my hypoglycemia causes my brain to react with an anxiety response as the sugar levels fluctuate too wildly from modern foods. I could eat a stalk of sugar cane, he explained, since that would take a long time. But refined sugars in drinks and foods, too fast.
I’ve also been advised to buy Omega3Mood, which is some kind of fish fat, which even the NIH says actually works and is not just some kind of legend. He explained that the NIH is the only agency that actually studies non-patented compounds, and they found that it regulates moods. I asked him to define “regulate” and he explained that it doesn’t mean it creates one’s mood, but rather it makes moods appropriate. I.e. if you’re happy, you’ll feel happy, rather than, say, agitated. 3 per day (one with each meal if you eat three meals per day).
Goatsmilk Yogurt, I’ve been told to eat (and told I can, because yogurt has no lactate). Update: Can’t find any at WholeFoods. Most had pictures of cows, not goats. Best review I saw: “It’s very good, and feels great in your mouth; it does have a slightly goaty aftertaste.”
Quinoa, some kind of grain with meat proteins, I can eat but frankly I wouldn’t know how to microwave it.
Amasake, a rice-based pudding-like snack, I’ve been told to try. Says it is in the dairy section. Update: It’s a drink, actually. There are brownrice based yogurts though, and I tried one and it was ok.
Almonds for snack food will add vegetable proteins that I need.
Anyway I have a shopping list and beyond that I need to do some net research to get more extensive menu selections.
The purpose here is to stabilize my blood sugar so that my brain settles into a routine in which it does not respond with anxiety. Eventually, my brain will be so used to responding properly — i.e. without anxiety — that I will not need any Paxil (unless something triggers my brain back to anxiety again, in which case, Paxil). But for now, for the first several months or years, I will use both diet and Paxil.
Oh and he told me I need to exercise so my muscles will store glucose, which again will help regulate my sugar. I won’t crave a cookie if I have stored glucose. I really liked that he said I should start out with only 5 or 6 minutes of exercise, since that is indeed what I found I could do after months of not using my stationary bike. He said that was fine, and that I should only do “a third” or what I expected I could do, to avoid accidentally going non-aerobic.
All that said, if I don’t find that I actually *like* some of the foods that were suggested, I’ll have difficulty adapting.