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Anxiety diet

Has anyone found a particular lifestyle (I won’t call it a diet because diets imply short term utilization) that helps control their ocd/anxiety? I’ve eliminated caffeine and am working on eliminating processed sugars. I’m vegetarian so I don’t eat any meat and eat a lot of fresh veggies, but I also eat a lot of carbs/starches.

I’m wondering if anyone has had positive results with high carb vs low carb, high (healthy fat) vs low fat, etc?

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How are you getting your protein?

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I still eat dairy so a lot of my protein comes from eggs/cheese, then I do lots of high protein veggies/nuts, and also do a fair amount of vegetarian “meats” like tempeh! I also do at least one protein shake every day.

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OK, not a pure vegitarian...eat sea food?

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Nope! I tried vegan for a while (so no animal biproducts whatsoever), but my health really lapsed and I decided to reintegrate dairy.

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Thanks, I eat black beans and rice, which is excellent in the part of country where I live. Eggs occasionally, but I watch the cheese due to fat content...so fish is part of my diet...thanks for sharing...was trying to see how close we were....what is the protein in your shake? Was on one that had no milk as recommended by bariatric MD,but it tasted awful.

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I find going low carb is better. I also find not having anything that is processed and high in sugar which you are already cutting out. When I am having a bad time with the anxiety I find eating whole foods - meat, fruits, and vegetables is much better but I know you don't eat meat. You would just have to find other ways to get in the protein without going back to processed foods. The only problem I do find is when the anxiety and depression get bad, I often don't have the motivation to do the cooking. But a few days on whole foods usually gets me back on track. Also drink a lot of water. I hope this helps.

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don't think 'eliminate', think 'adding to'. what can you add to your diet, a few things you really like? a balance of things you need to stay healthy and things that make you happy.

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A nurse at the medical school's rheumatology department confided that she has lost almost 100 lbs. as she simply does not eat anything white. She explained so much food that is processed, "bleached," such as rice, is white and this was easier than trying to work to balance them into her eating, so she eats about everything else. Haven't asked her about meat, but when I sent the department pizzas, one had only veggies and pasta sauce on it.

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