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Old 03-22-2007, 12:28 PM   #1
Jason Naubur
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I had been on a pretty good diet that organically grew out of my own research. Now I am reading Mastering the Zone and have started implementing it. Mostly moving my carb intake to greens, and away from bread/grains. And eating protein with every meal / snack.

So here is my mood change. I work out at lunch time, and by the I got home - 4 hours later I used to be in a foul short tempered mood. So bad that if it was to be an intense workout, I would hold back for fear of being an a$$ later on. Now I have switched diet guidelines as stated above and noticed that my bad moods swing is almost entirely gone. I am actually happier, chattier and more reasonable.

Is this too much to attribute to my dietary change?


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Old 03-22-2007, 12:56 PM   #2
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I don't think so. What about sleep?
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Old 03-22-2007, 01:10 PM   #3
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I thought about that too. But I think the quantity of sleep remained the same. As for quality, I don't think it changed too much - our youngest still rolls around our bed all the time, and I still hate getting up for work.

The only other change is my move from 'traditional' gym workouts / cardio to crossfit. Maybe I am more tired and sleep deeper when I am asleeep.


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Old 03-22-2007, 01:48 PM   #4
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Yes, if you have stabilized your blood sugar it can have a positive impact on mood. I think I have seen several similar reports on this board.
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Old 03-22-2007, 02:14 PM   #5
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I guess I thought I was too special. After a quick search:

http://www.crossfit.com/discus/messages/23/26291.html
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http://www.crossfit.com/discus/messages/23/24134.html

Thanks all! I will keep an eye on my sleep and diet and watch my moods. Whatever the cause, it feels great!

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Old 03-22-2007, 02:25 PM   #6
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I know my moods have changed.
I used to eat junk exclusively and also suffer from quite severe depression.
I started changing my eating habits about 3 years ago and slowly my moods have changed.
Since Nov 06 I have been doing Paleo & Zone dieting and I feel great. My sleep habits stink right now and despite that I still feel great.
I do not take meds, never have. I am an advocate of personal responsibility, not the magic pill syndrome.
I was just reflecting the other day how even when the chips are down. I do not get depressed any more. I am totally able to appreciate all of life's obstacles and the lessons that I learn.
I give 95% of the credit to my dietary choices.
However, I am not an expert, it is just been my experience.
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Old 03-22-2007, 03:10 PM   #7
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I've been on Spring break this week and have really been able to clean my diet up and I've felt a difference in my mood. Also, for the last several weeks when I start feeling mentally and physcially crapyy during the day I eat a Zone Perfect bar (I know it's not the best choice but it's handy) and usually I feel much better. I'm a firm believer that diet makes a big difference in our moods. Also, I read "Beyond Prozac" about 10 years ago and he strongly advocates the Zone diet for mood stabilization.
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Old 03-22-2007, 03:55 PM   #8
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Now I have switched diet guidelines as stated above and noticed that my bad moods swing is almost entirely gone. I am actually happier, chattier and more reasonable.

That was the selling point of the zone diet when it came out about 12 years ago. THey called it "being in the zone" and attributed "overly" aggresive behavior to excessive carb consumption.
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Old 03-22-2007, 04:01 PM   #9
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Mood is heavily, heavily influenced by diet. A rudimentary breakdown:

Neurotransmitters are made of amino acids.
Poor blood sugar control can turn anyone into a raging jerk.
Your brain and a majority of the nervous system is made of mostly fat.
We're 70%+ water.

You are what you eat, your moods are too. Simple.
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