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    xacerb8 got a reaction from praxisproject in Depression/Anxiety? Any Whole30 successes?   
    @JpKetz:
    So, I thought I'd give you an update. Sorry it's taken me this long, but....at least I have something good to report.
    I'll spare you reintro details but will just say that so far gluten seems to make me feel exhausted and dairy has no effect on me.
    But the biggest thing is that I went off my Citalopram and have been absolutely fine! It wasn't intentional. I was just tired at bedtime so I kept falling asleep when I lay down with my kids and so I'd miss taking my pill. Then, when it had been five or more days I was like, well, why not see what happens?
    I have started taking cod liver oil (1 tsp a day), but again, I probably end up taking it every other day, because I forget. Also trying to get some exercise each day, either Bikram yoga or a walk with the dog. And just started doing a couch potato to 5k running program with my 11 year old. He suffers from anxiety as well, but we have not put him on any medication. He is doing a 14-week CBT program at a place here in Boston and it seems to be working really well.
    I think that I will start testing myself a bit with some exposures to the things that generally made me go off the rails. #1 will be riding the T. I intend to do this in about two weeks, when my kids are with their dad. I will let you know what happens. I've been trying to work myself up into a panic attack when I walk the dog and am in a remote area (my fear: what if i stop breathing and nobody is there to help me?) Yesterday I could feel some anxiety building and I did in-out nose breathing and the waves receded.
    Yay! How is it coming with your nephew? Any progress? Did he move in?
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    xacerb8 got a reaction from LaDeb in Depression/Anxiety? Any Whole30 successes?   
    I think that quitting caffeine AND doing a Whole30 is too much to ask of a person. Every practitioner I've ever seen has told me that caffeine can contribute to anxiety. And I agree. I stayed caffeine-free for years because of that. But after my divorce, when all of a sudden I was the only driver and I had to do an 8 hour drive at night by myself....well..hello Red Bull!
    So, what I mean is, if your nephew is drinking coffee now, and the idea of quitting caffeine is anxiety-provoking and might cause him to not even try a Whole 30, maybe he should approach this journey in stages.
    Get through the Whole 30, feel the benefits, and then tackle the caffeine.
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    xacerb8 reacted to Kirsteen in Depression/Anxiety? Any Whole30 successes?   
    I don't think your nephew will ever realise just how lucky he is to have you as an uncle. Personally I think you're awesome
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    xacerb8 reacted to Robin Strathdee in Don't over think this.   
    Welcome all newcomers, welcome back vets, and for those of you who never left...welcome to this post.
    I just wanted to pop in here and remind you all to take a deep breath before you dive into all the questions about what you can and can't have. The program guidelines are clear on what you can and can't have (grains, dairy, W30 muffins), but things get a little grey when people start talking about what you should and shouldn't have. Please don't over think think this. You don't have to address every food related issue you have, break every bad habit, and shun every food that gives you comfort to succeed with your Whole30. If you need to you can always extend or repeat the process, and things will get better each time you do. My advice to you is this:

    Stick to the rules like they are your port in a storm (really, they will become that).
    Take the Moderators responses seriously (we know what we're talking about).
    Take community members suggestions as advice from those who came before, but keep in mind they are not the rules and not the Mods. Everyone here is well-meaning, and everyone here wants to see you succeed, but everyone here is at a different place in this journey.
    And finally, take comfort in these words (from Melissa Hartwig, on another forum post):

    Here's the thing (and this is an interesting discussion)... there are Whole30 "rules," which are strict, clearly outlined, and very well defined. No grains - and here are all the things we consider grains. No dairy - and here are all the dairy items excluded. No Paleo-fied food choices, and here's what those look like.
    Then, there are Whole30 suggestions for success. They're not part of the official rules, but they're things that we've seen really help (or harm) people as they move through the program. Fruit smoothies for breakfast - not a good idea. Skipping breakfast - not a good idea. Eating every two hours, all day - not a good idea. These things won't necessarily affect your Whole30 results (although they might), but if we can give you additional suggestions that will make your transition and your program easier and more effective, we're going to give them to you.
    Keep Calm and Whole30 On.
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    xacerb8 reacted to RevKT in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    When you have two crock pots on almost every day, one for dinner for the family and one for the primal grain free food you are cooking for your dog.
    When your dog also gets a scoop of coconut oil daily.
    When you dance with glee the first time your bone broth is gelatinous.
    When your kid pulls out cedar planked salmon, broccoli, strawberries, and water for lunch at school on "Pizza Friday."
    When you add at the end of all birthday and party invitations "Please let us know if you have any food allergies, sensitivities, or other dietary restrictions so we can make sure we have food for you" because you know how much it sucks to go to a party and have nothing to eat.
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    xacerb8 reacted to Derval in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    When your toaster is in a plastic bag under the stairs.
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    xacerb8 reacted to Kirsteen in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    Your make-up bag doesn't contain makeup, only travel sized bottles containing olive oil and balsamic vinegar so you don't have to rely on restaurant salad dressings.
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    xacerb8 reacted to Kirsteen in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    You watch an old episode of NCIS and when a character turns down the offer of a burger with a "No thanks, I don't eat food I haven't cooked myself", you immediately think Wow, that's how to do a whole 30.
    and I really can't believe I'm doing this but
    When you save up for ages for a new pair of leather boots and then decide to blow the money on a vacuum food saver instead - and you're excited about it
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    xacerb8 reacted to Melissa Hartwig in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    This thread kicks booty! I laughed out loud more than once. (The "gets mad when sees paleo pancakes marked as Whole30 approved" was my favorite.)
    Maybe me and Melissa Joulwan need to make a video called "Sh*t Whole30 girls say."
    Melissa
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    xacerb8 reacted to Laura B in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    Best thread EVER
    ...you hesitantly kiss your significant other who just ate a sandwich/drank a beer/ate baked beans
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    xacerb8 reacted to megmac in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    Our dogs take pills with almond butter.
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    xacerb8 reacted to megmac in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    My fav is still the one about not licking our fingers. That makes me laugh every time.
    Last week I made oatmeal cookies with my daughter for a camp party and she asked if she could lick my fingers since I wasn't going to.
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    xacerb8 reacted to Delaine Ross in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    They feel guilty when they lick an envelope.
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    xacerb8 reacted to befabdaily in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    Their freezer is full of picked-clean chicken carcasses waiting to be made into bone broth.
    I was going to take a picture of this but actually it's kind of gross. It's like Eraserhead 2 up in there.
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    xacerb8 reacted to juju in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    You have a t-shirt that says "WHEAT is murder".
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    xacerb8 reacted to befabdaily in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    -- they're the one asking the local, North Carolina farmers "can you bring me some oxtails? OK, what about liver? I'll take a heart if you've got it. What about tendons? Can you bring me tendons?"
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    xacerb8 reacted to Snicci in The crazy things people say   
    Co-worker who has borrowed my copy of ISWF, but hasn't read it: "I've given up on trying to lose weight. I would have to live off of lettuce."
    Me: "No you wouldn't, have you read ANY of that book? I eat steak & eggs and good food."
    Overweight/Sedentary Co-worker who lives off of donuts & cookies: "Yeah, but that's the Atkins diet. I did Atkins for YEARS..."
    GGGGGGGRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!! IT'S NOT ATKINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    xacerb8 reacted to Tracy R. in The crazy things people say   
    I find it easier sometimes to just say I eat Paleo, other times I say I eat a simple diet of whole, unprocessed foods. I don't mind the Paleo tag and have found that often telling somebody I eat Paleo opens up discussion cause they ask what that is. My sister has given up all red meat, pork and hardly eats any chicken or fish. Her personal trainer (that she is crushing on) is a vegan and I think that is influencing her a lot. I LOVE to say Paleo to her cause it bugs her. lol
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    xacerb8 reacted to [email protected] in Depression/Anxiety? Any Whole30 successes?   
    Refer your nephew to these sites:
    www.allthingsyogi.com
    and
    http://calmmindkitchen.com/
    I think he will find information here regarding taking control of his life and eating in a way that can better manage his challenges. I deffinitely support the Whole 30 and helping decrease anxiety and depression.
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    xacerb8 got a reaction from LaDeb in Depression/Anxiety? Any Whole30 successes?   
    I think that quitting caffeine AND doing a Whole30 is too much to ask of a person. Every practitioner I've ever seen has told me that caffeine can contribute to anxiety. And I agree. I stayed caffeine-free for years because of that. But after my divorce, when all of a sudden I was the only driver and I had to do an 8 hour drive at night by myself....well..hello Red Bull!
    So, what I mean is, if your nephew is drinking coffee now, and the idea of quitting caffeine is anxiety-provoking and might cause him to not even try a Whole 30, maybe he should approach this journey in stages.
    Get through the Whole 30, feel the benefits, and then tackle the caffeine.
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    xacerb8 got a reaction from lulucandoit! in Depression/Anxiety? Any Whole30 successes?   
    @jpketz I am beginning to see the glimmer of a very awesome YouTube original reality series "Whole30 House." Participants come and live together in a house as they progress through the Whole 30.
    <not to make light, of course>
    I love that your nephew would even consider moving in for a month. And, tell him he doesn't have to quit the caffeine.
    Also, I wonder if he could supplement the maintenance meds if his anxiety spikes. Someone else mentioned Klonopin, and I take an Ativan when/if I have breakthrough symptoms. Knowing that he has that in his back pocket (like when you quit smoking but keep a pack of cigarettes in the freezer) might be helpful.
    My plan is to do this Whole30 and gradually try the reintroduction. I'll most likely end up being pseudo-compliant after that (glass of red wine at night, cupcake at a birthday party once in a while, but otherwise on plan). Then, I'll wean off the Citalopram starting in May. My PCP recommended the summer months. She says it just works better for people because they're more likely to get out and get sunlight and exercise. I will take the summer to slowly come off.
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    xacerb8 reacted to CAK911 in Depression/Anxiety? Any Whole30 successes?   
    I have GAD (generalized anxiety disorder), and it's definitely less of an issue on Whole30. In general, any time I'm eating less sugar, my anxiety is lower -- it's a total vicious cycle, otherwise, because I (like many people) find food treats comforting, but they also cause anxiety spikes, so then I crave them more.
    I'm rarely soap boxy about things, but if he gets nothing else from this: please tell him to cut out caffeine. I can occasionally have A cup of coffee, but I usually stick to decaf, because caffeine causes me to have anxiety attacks if I'm not really careful.
    My general regime for dealing with my anxiety is this:

    Work out 3-4 times a week. (I just do Zumba for 20 or 45 minutes, I really think anything helps, including walking).
    No caffeine.
    Sleep 8 hours a night at regular times (I try to do 11-7). If I don't sleep at times that "normal" people sleep, I feel more removed and weird, so I try to stay on a schedule as if I have a regular 9-5 job, even though I don't.
    Klonopin for anxiety attacks. I don't have as much constant anxiety as some people, I tend to have kind of spiked attacks that last a day or so. Klonopin knocks these out. I know it's often not the first thing doctors prescribe, because it has a high risk for abuse. For me, the daily pills (all SSRIs) did not really work as intended. It's better for me to treat things occasionally. Several of my friends with anxiety swear by various mood stabilizers; I think those are great for a lot of people, and a lot of people for whom SSRIs alone don't work alone find a mood stabilizer is great. Basically, it's worth it to spend time sorting out your meds, even though the process totally sucks.
    Eat at regular intervals. Do not skip meals. Eat adequate meals. Avoid any foods that cause blood sugar spikes or crashes or anything else like that. I can go out for ice cream once a month, or have dessert on an important anniversary if I want to, but I can't/shouldn't stop at the pie shop on the way home just because it smells good -- it always smells good.
    Interact with other people, even if it's just walking to the corner store for a coffee. If I spend too much time alone in my head, I get weird -- and this is even though I live with a spouse. I need to interact with strangers or people I don't know well. It's often really scary for me, but doing it more often makes it less scary, and it keeps me from obsessing over terrifying social scenarios, because I get a lot of regular feedback that I'm actually fine, I can talk to people.