VictoriaFitzy Posted May 22, 2014 Share Posted May 22, 2014 I posted this in response to another thread, but I wanted to start this in a new thread as well... Anyone else suffering from depression/sadness/blues on Whole30? I'm on Day 13 and while I was all bouncy and happy for the first few days, I have been progressively feeling more sad and depressed. I am eating appropriate amounts of the right foods, following all the suggested portion guidelines etc. Lots of veggies, good fats, palm-palm1/2 sized meat portions etc. I haven't been eating a lot of fruit, but I am probably eating 1, maybe 2 servings a day, mostly berries. I have just added some sweet potatoes to my routine, about 1/3 slice with every meal, but so far it is not helping my mood. I am exercising (90 min Bikram yoga 2-3x a week) and even that is not helping much...I am normally 100% happy and stoked to be alive after yoga. That yoga bliss has been absent since I've been on Whol30. Feeling this sad is very unusual for me. (I had trouble with depression in the in my youth, but I was never on medication. That was also years ago, a decade or more, when I was in my twenties.) Before starting Whole30, I ate a primarily Paleo diet to begin with...with occasional grains (mostly oats, rice and corn), legumes, and some Paleo sweets, dark chocolate. I also didn't sweat a bit of sugar in my ketchup or my Chicken Apple sausages etc. I eat amost 100% organic, pastured etc. The reason I don't omit grains completely is because I have found that I feel best when I do eat some grains, but I thought 30 days without them would be no big deal. Whole30 isn't that different from my normal diet except I am probably eating fewer carbs? I wonder if I am having the same low serotonin problem due to decreased carb intake that was discussed in other threads? I just feel wrong, off...bad. I'm normally so cheerful, but I haven't felt that way since Day6 or7. My energy is physically fine, I'm not tired or anything, but I also feel so sad and blah that there's definitely no pep in my step. I am obviously feeling very disheartened by this. I was completely committed to completing the Whole30, but I don't want to feel like this for another 17 days! I am going to keep eating the sweet potatoes and maybe add a smidge of fruit, but I have no interest in being this sad for much longer. My 3 year-old daughter keeps asking me if I'm ok? :-( I'd like to find a way to make this program work. So far I am sleeping about the same, my energy is unchanged or lessened due to sadness, my digestion is the same (maybe a bit less gas due to no beans), and I am incredibly depressed. My skin is a bit glowy, which is nice, but that's the only improvement I've noticed. Suggestions? Ideas? I'd like to stay the course, but I won't if the program is more harmful than beneficial... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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