Rojo

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    Rojo got a reaction from Xandra in The crazy things people say   
    I, too, have a positive! My aunt, the same one who was comparing this to Atkins when I discussed it with her, read the book I gave her. Her and her boyfriend are both doing Paleo now. I am so excited when she texts me about them experimenting with different veggies and meats. I feel less alone now. My mom called me yesterday and they want to have a Paleo meal for my brother's B-day! I come from a very stubborn family (I am stubborn myself) and I think it will be really great to see that same determined stubbornness used in application for a lifestyle change such as this. They all have really terrible health problems too (IBS, Crohn's, depression, CFS, high blood pressure, Type II diabetics). I hope this sticks. I fear for my brother's life, it's that bad. I just keep putting out the example, giving resources, and hopefully the people I love will see the positive change and want it too.
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    Rojo got a reaction from Xandra in The crazy things people say   
    I, too, have a positive! My aunt, the same one who was comparing this to Atkins when I discussed it with her, read the book I gave her. Her and her boyfriend are both doing Paleo now. I am so excited when she texts me about them experimenting with different veggies and meats. I feel less alone now. My mom called me yesterday and they want to have a Paleo meal for my brother's B-day! I come from a very stubborn family (I am stubborn myself) and I think it will be really great to see that same determined stubbornness used in application for a lifestyle change such as this. They all have really terrible health problems too (IBS, Crohn's, depression, CFS, high blood pressure, Type II diabetics). I hope this sticks. I fear for my brother's life, it's that bad. I just keep putting out the example, giving resources, and hopefully the people I love will see the positive change and want it too.
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    Rojo got a reaction from Xandra in The crazy things people say   
    I, too, have a positive! My aunt, the same one who was comparing this to Atkins when I discussed it with her, read the book I gave her. Her and her boyfriend are both doing Paleo now. I am so excited when she texts me about them experimenting with different veggies and meats. I feel less alone now. My mom called me yesterday and they want to have a Paleo meal for my brother's B-day! I come from a very stubborn family (I am stubborn myself) and I think it will be really great to see that same determined stubbornness used in application for a lifestyle change such as this. They all have really terrible health problems too (IBS, Crohn's, depression, CFS, high blood pressure, Type II diabetics). I hope this sticks. I fear for my brother's life, it's that bad. I just keep putting out the example, giving resources, and hopefully the people I love will see the positive change and want it too.
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    Rojo reacted to Purple in Depression/Anxiety? Any Whole30 successes?   
    As a fellow anxiety sufferer I would agree that getting off of caffeine is imperative to help overcome this. Chocolate can also be a trigger for anxiety because of the caffeine / sugar combo. If he can start doing 3/4 of a cup and then 1/2 cup etc of coffee to ease himself off of it and try drinking other "hot" drinks like herbal teas as a substitute this might help. I have been off coffee over 10 years now.
    Klopin (aka rivitril, aka clonazapam) is one of the worst benzodiazapene's on the market in my opinion. (Google benzo withdrawal for more info on this nasty drug). It causes awful side effects and screw up the brain even more and is highly physically addictive. It is a an anti-seizure medication so it really targets the whole central nervous system, including the brain. Klopin is usually only prescribed in the UK as a anti-seizure med, in North America it is prescribed for anxiety frequently. If he needs a med, try and get his doctor to prescribe an old school benzo like Valium. Prof Heather Ashton of the UK has been doing work on benzo's for years and is a good place to start for information http://www.benzo.org.uk/manual/index.htm ) .
    Anxiety is usually a combination of food or other allergies and amino acid depletion (the brain food found in meat).
    Getting of grains and sugar and caffeine, uping his amino acid intake (meat), and getting some exercise in any form and fresh air and sunshine will go a long way to helping this young man out. Maybe you could offer to throw a football around together once the weather warms up, or go on a bowling night occasionally.
    You are a great uncle and I wish both of you all the best (and your wife too!).
    Hugs.
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    Rojo reacted to Kirsteen in Depression/Anxiety? Any Whole30 successes?   
    Sorry, I should have realised. I'm sorry. It's not something I have any experience of directly but googling it brought up a whole plethora of articles, most of which seemed to recomend giving it up. One doctor did suggest having a cup of coffee, when you had time to simply sit and note your heart rate and monitor any sypmtoms you had to see if coffee was causing them or making them worse. Whatever you do, I do wish all your family the very best.
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    Rojo reacted to jpketz in Depression/Anxiety? Any Whole30 successes?   
    @Kirsteen. Thank you! You guys (moderators) are so incredibly helpful. Thanks for taking the time to do some looking. It's all a work in progress so any and all information is appreciated.
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    Rojo reacted to Connie H in The crazy things people say   
    While I realize that the purpose of this forum is to poke fun at "other" people who say stupid things, I must confess my own bent towards stupidity. Before starting my Whole 30 (I am on my second one; I relapsed pretty badly ) I realized how insane and pompous my behavior towards certain "unhealthy" foods was too. For instance, "Oh no, I don't eat avocados. They are too fattening. I'll just have the queso with my chips, thank you very much!" Or how about this one: "No bananas. They are too high in carbohydrates and are bad for you. I'll have a cup of ice cream instead. Oh, make that ice cream and Fritos. Yeah, that's better!" Fortunately one day, I heard myself say these things (out loud ) and then looked in the mirror and said to myself "You're an idiot".
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    Rojo reacted to Shelli in The crazy things people say   
    BAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!
    Best laugh of the day! Thanks Derval!
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    Rojo reacted to dragonfly7 in Depression/Anxiety? Any Whole30 successes?   
    My thoughts on my mental health post Whole30: I was questioning whether or not my meds needed to be increased prior to this, but I don't think they'll need it if I mostly stick to this way of eating. My mood has been level, and the majority of the physical symptoms of my depression are gone. Losing some weight and feeling stronger doesn't hurt my self-esteem, either. However, I still have an extremely poor relationship with sleep, so I am doing another Whole30 from Feb. 15-Mar. 16 with a special focus on establishing a regular sleep schedule. I'll come back and comment again in mid-March!
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    Rojo reacted to lulucandoit! in Depression/Anxiety? Any Whole30 successes?   
    I echo everything Kirsteen said. What a wonderful uncle you are! My very best wishes for you all.
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    Rojo reacted to Kirsteen in Depression/Anxiety? Any Whole30 successes?   
    I've got nothing constructive to add, I just wanted to say that I'm truly humbled reading all your posts and I wish each and every one of you all the success in the world. Look forward to hearing how you all get on. Take care and all the very best.
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    Rojo reacted to jpketz in Depression/Anxiety? Any Whole30 successes?   
    @xacerb8. Thanks for sharing your story and being willing to keep me posted. I'm starting to see so many common threads in these posts. I'm also seeing that as with your 11 year-old, the anxiety around "deprivation", is a common issue, or what my nephew calls "anxiety about anxiety."
    The latest is my wife and I have asked him if he'd like to move in with us for 30 days to give him a leg up while he does a Whole30. He currently lives with his dad and neither of them really cook. He really wants to take us up on the idea but confesses he's scared to death that a radical change in his sugar/caffeine laden "comfort food" routine will set off his anxiety. So the challenge is getting through those first few weeks (which was hard enough for me during my Whole30) but may be a whole different animal with an anxious person. He is doing CBT and one-on-one therapy so maybe the "village" can get him through the rough patches to some sort of tangible, positive effect on his anxiety. From everything I've gleaned from the responses to this topic, I'm optimistic.
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    Rojo got a reaction from Derval in The crazy things people say   
    Hahahaha!!!
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    Rojo got a reaction from lulucandoit! in Depression/Anxiety? Any Whole30 successes?   
    I find yoga and meditation to be very helpful as well. Before starting to practice, it was hard to find my breath and focus. Now, it is easier to remember to breathe through things.
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    Rojo got a reaction from lulucandoit! in Depression/Anxiety? Any Whole30 successes?   
    YES! I am low on this (have been tested.) I take a more therapeutic dose in the winter, 5,000 a day. In the spring and summer I bump it down to 1,000 - 2,000. I also find if I don't have my fish oil, I get a bit blue.
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    Rojo got a reaction from Tom Denham in Depression/Anxiety? Any Whole30 successes?   
    I am only about 13 days in, and my anxiety/focus issues are starting to stabilize. I suffer off and on from crippling agoraphobia. I get claustrophobic in places and have been medicated for panic attacks and severe depression in the past. Over the past year I have been on and off Paleo. When I am not actively eating whole foods (Paleo centered), and let especially wheat and sugar in, I get severe mood swings, focus issues, terrible insomnia, and intense periods of anxiety. I have soothed myself with alcohol and food. It is a hard road to recovery, but I'd definitely give this a go in addition to other therapies and support that he may need. I wish you the best of luck. My heart is full of ache hearing this young man's story. Life is so hard already, without the addition of these kinds of complications. There is hope though! I think it is great that you are bringing this to his attention and that you live this lifestyle as well. Being a positive example of change is sometimes more powerful than any words we can express. And sometimes it just has to hurt bad enough to want to change. That was the case for me. I am thankful for all who reached out to me and helped me along in this journey with information. Best of luck to you and your nephew!
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    Rojo got a reaction from Derval in The crazy things people say   
    Hahahaha!!!
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    Rojo got a reaction from Derval in The crazy things people say   
    Hahahaha!!!
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    Rojo reacted to Billie Burke in The crazy things people say   
    I cannot even begin to tell you how much this one comment made my entire day! lmfao!!!!
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    Rojo reacted to Derval in The crazy things people say   
    Have you ever seen a nipple on a coconut?
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    Rojo got a reaction from gatork in The crazy things people say   
    This is the number one response I get, Derval! Another one is..."What do you Eat?!" It always make me laugh when I get the googly eyes from the response of, "Real food." In trying to explain my Whole30 compliant coffee creamer, I had my friend ask me several times what dairy I used. I kept repeating, "Coconut milk." Finally, in exasperation, she asks, "Yeah, but isn't that milk?" Oh, boy *shaking my head*
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    Rojo reacted to Derval in The crazy things people say   
    I'd rather be baaaad
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    Rojo got a reaction from Tom Denham in Depression/Anxiety? Any Whole30 successes?   
    I am only about 13 days in, and my anxiety/focus issues are starting to stabilize. I suffer off and on from crippling agoraphobia. I get claustrophobic in places and have been medicated for panic attacks and severe depression in the past. Over the past year I have been on and off Paleo. When I am not actively eating whole foods (Paleo centered), and let especially wheat and sugar in, I get severe mood swings, focus issues, terrible insomnia, and intense periods of anxiety. I have soothed myself with alcohol and food. It is a hard road to recovery, but I'd definitely give this a go in addition to other therapies and support that he may need. I wish you the best of luck. My heart is full of ache hearing this young man's story. Life is so hard already, without the addition of these kinds of complications. There is hope though! I think it is great that you are bringing this to his attention and that you live this lifestyle as well. Being a positive example of change is sometimes more powerful than any words we can express. And sometimes it just has to hurt bad enough to want to change. That was the case for me. I am thankful for all who reached out to me and helped me along in this journey with information. Best of luck to you and your nephew!
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    Rojo reacted to amyjo in The crazy things people say   
    I'm exactly the same way! I went from setting my alarm at 7:15 (and hitting snooze several times) to setting my alarm for 7:00 and getting up at 7:05. And I have way more time to have a cup of coffee and talk with hubby. Definitely worth it!
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    Rojo reacted to Suzy in The crazy things people say   
    Pretty sad that she can't be supportive, as that indicates that she's really not that good at relationships in general. I always feel like trying to teach people to be better to other people, but then I ask myself, "Is this my job? Why doesn't this person know how to treat people already?" My arch nemeses (I have two) at work are like this. I cut people all the slack in the world, too much, because I have co-dependent tendencies (that I'm overcoming). It just frustrates me when people are the polar opposite of nice, as when I make a small mistake and they dislike me for all time after that. I think, "What the hell kind of parents did this girl have growing up??"
    Anyway, are you going to talk to your roommate about her unsupportiveness? If you do, I think you'll confirm that she's jealous. I hope you don't mind me suggesting that you get the hell away from this person ASAP so you can make space for really great people in your life. I just don't understand why people have to take from their friends instead of getting something really exciting going for themselves in life. I guess it's just stagnation.