Coilee1 Posted March 15, 2014 Share Posted March 15, 2014 I'm sorry... this is going to be long. I've been following a mostly paleo diet (with many ups and downs) for close to a year. Although I found the Whole30 website fairly early in my journey, paleo was so new to me that I felt overwhelmed even considering such a drastic step as 30 days of only real food. I'm happy to report that I'm over that now. The only real adjustments I'll have to make for a whole 30 are to eliminate cream from my coffee (I only drink a cup in the morning and one in the afternoon, so I'll probably just give up coffee), forgo the gluten-free cupcake I enjoy on the weekends and the bit of organic dark chocolate I allow myself daily. It feels very doable... except... One of the major reasons I switched to a paleo diet was that I hoped to control my anxiety through diet and exercise and get off the drugs Citalopram and Wellbutrin. Let's just say it was a disastrous beginning, and about 4 months after stopping the drugs I was a desperate wreck. Instead of going back on the drugs, my naturopathic chiropractor suggested I continue to work on my diet and try an anti-anxiety supplement protoccol through the company Standard-Process. Reluctantly I agreed to give it a try (although I really just wanted my drugs back) and was surprised that within a couple of weeks I was feeling relief. I've been taking this supplement protoccol for almost 6 months now. Although the anxiety is much relieved and mostly under control, it's not been easy. First, life challenged me with some extra anxiety producing events, then I developed a persistant rash that spread heavily to my upper chest, chin and nose area (toxin release we believe, not stress). In fact, just 3 days ago I stopped taking the majority of the supplements. The rash has become unbearable and we need to determine if the supplements are indeed the cause. I see the chiropractor again in a little over a week and we'll try to figure it out from there. Also, when I stopped eating so many processed foods a year ago I began to suffer from muscle cramps in my toes and calves, especially in the morning. The chiropractor suggested I add sea salt to my diet (I had been CRAVING salt but thought it was bad for me) and the cramps and cravings declined. In order to keep them under control, however, I worked up to a salt dosage that caused extensive swelling in my legs. We backed down to only 1/4 tsp (heaping) of sea salt daily (plus a little salt on my food), and the cramps returned. For about 4 months I've been using the magnesium supplement "Natural Calm," but the cramps never totally went away and seem to be regaining strength. He and I are trying to determine the next step. So, as I consider beginning a Whole30, this is what I wonder about: 1) In order to truly follow the rules of the Whole30, do I need to stop taking the Standard-Process supplements. (Valerian root, min-tran, catalyn) If so... I don't think I'm ready. 2) I also take the drug levothyroxine for hypothyroidism. As much as I'd love to stop taking it, I don't have confidence in my body to regulate my thyroid. Does this invalidate the Whole30? 3) Would I have to stop taking the "Natural Calm" magnesium supplement. I'd love to ditch this... I think it makes me sleepy... but I'm worried about more leg cramping. So... thanks for reading my story. What do you think? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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