I have been having more carbs than I normally do lately, and I am realizing that it's having a negative effect on my mood. I could be wrong, but I have a feeling it has to do with this new change. Also, I don't really eat them alone. It is usually and always in a meal, with fat and protein- and I don't have big portions at once. I'm wondering if anyone has a similar experience?
Hi Natalie.... I'm not really sure because I tend to have the opposite affect - my mood is not great when I am not having enough carbs. But then again, if I go too wild with carbs in an unbalanced fashion, this tends to negatively affect my mood. It sounds like you are eating carbs in a really balanced way and with fat and protein and resonable portions. Could there be anything else going on or any other changes that could be making an impact?
I'm the opposite in that carbs really improve feelings of wellbeing, especially when eaten in a balanced way like that. Low-carb makes me stabby and gives me insomnia. All-carb tends to just make me want more carbs.
Does the mood issue seem like a blood sugar crash? Or more all-day and in general?
You could always play with the types and amounts of carbs to see if it makes a difference. Maybe some carbs work better for you than others. Though, food isn't always the problem or solution, I have learned the dumb hard way.
Generally, more carbs for me is a happier Joyce. But if I'm getting the majority of them through sweets, and anything refined, I'm jittery and hungry. I feel my best when I'm eating carbs from fruit, whole grains, oats, and potatoes. Cutting back on them actually made my health worse (it contributed to a soaring cholesterol level).
When I went from no/low carb to moderate/high carb I had all kinds of mood and physical reactions from the change. This is pretty common in people who have been no/low carb for an extended period of time. Were you no/low carb for a while before increasing them?
I'm the same as the others. I also find that in general I feel a lot better and happier with more rather than less, but more than a serving or two of sugary carb-y foods do tend to have a negative effect on my mood.
For me, it doesn't seem to be the amount of carbs that make me feel one way or the other, but the source of carbs. After trying just about everything, I did a paleo-like diet for the third time, and cut out booze, sugar, flour, grains, etc. and felt great. I started avoiding a lot of the high glycemic foods I was eating like crackers, white rice, sweets, booze (not high glycemic, but cutting it made me feel better), flour and so on, and had tons of energy and felt great. I did start to cut the carbs too low and felt exhausted and grumpy, so now I eat more potatoes, veggies, fruit and sporadic treat food and have more energy. I know a lot of people on this forum have NO trouble with dessert, bread, etc., but it just doesn't seem to work for me. When I was on the paleo diet, I kept track of how I felt every day, how much energy, my mood, etc. I realized a week in that there was a noticable improvement in how I felt, and it helped me figure out what was working and what wasn't. If you decide to play with the amount or kinds of carbs you're eating, I highly recommend noting energy/mood/sleep so when you look back on how the week went, you can decide if you find something that works! I also kept track of my cycle, and found that hormones played a HUGE role on why I felt exhausted or grumpy from one day to the next. Good luck!!
Jess- Really low carb, atkin's style, definitely drove me crazy, but I'm figuring out where that sweet spot is. It might not be carbs... It could be some other factors in my diet, or something else. I think it could just be the changes I am making to my eating overall, like eating more calories, eating more regularly, and having more carbs/sugar. It could be just the general shift, is what I'm thinking.
Skwigg- I think I had the worst insomnia of my life when I was subsiding on non-stop chicken salads and cottage cheese- plus tons of cardio and super low cals---Ouch! It isn't an all -day thing. I think it comes after meal times. It has felt a little more extreme lately. but you're right in that it might not be about food at all. I have, and continue to blame, SO much on food- when feeling off, could be attributed to about a million other things!
Joyce- Interesting about the cholesterol going up with less carbs...Yes, I think the types matter for me too. I don't eat much bread or grains. I generally get my carbs from things like squash/sweet potato/beans. I am actually gluten free- but beginning to question whether or not that is actually benefitting my body, or just in my head- althouh, that is a totally different topic!!
Sunshine-I guess I am going through that transition, kind of. However, it's been a while that I've upped my carb intake. I am making other changes to my eating, though, and that could definitely be the culprit.
Mottainai- Sweet potato, some fruit (although my digestion isnt a fan of too much), and squash.... Yes the sugary types dont do well with my body, I dont think. I am hoping that my body will ultimately adjust to even the fun ones as I move towards healing.
MelB- Paleo is totally how I end up eating most days. Funny- I was on that diet years ago, and would binge all the time, but now, I naturally gravitate towards those foods without thought because they feel good.
Damn. So I have been adding in more carbs. I eat way more than I did a month or two ago- but it just doesnt feel that great in my body in terms of energy. Sometimes I feel fine after carbs in a meal- but usually, when I have bread (I eat gluten free), or too many crackers, or rice, I end up getting super duper tired, and even depressed. I like feeling that tired feeling at night before bed, because it's helping me sleep, but during the day, it feels painful. I just had two small slices of GF pizza, along with some smoked salmon and salad on the side, and I feel horrible- ultra tired after a great, long night of sleep, super down in my mood, and just not good. I know this could be my body getting used to them, but is there any harm in eating lower carb, at least for 75 percent of the day, if it significanltly raises my sense of wellbeing, given I eat enough cals?