Earlier this week I took the time to complete the first lesson of the Surf & Turf class. Lots of great information about why we need more protein, how traditional diets always included sources of animal protein, best choices of protein and why fats are good for us. I realized since cutting out yogurt I’m not getting enough protein with my breakfast. Two eggs is not very much, so I will be looking at getting more protein in the morning.
One of the activities in the course involved taking an online questionnaire http://www.moodcure.com/Questionnaire.html. I remember doing this questionnaire a while ago and scored high in each section, meaning I was low in all the neurotransmitters listed. This time I took it and the only one that I scored high in was Type 3. Over Stressed, Low in GABA. According to Julia Ross, Author of The Mood Cure, if you’re low in any of them then taking an amino acid supplement can help with symptoms.
I think for something like the Over Stressed type that I scored high in, it’s good to reevaluate what changes I can make to address this before supplementing. One thing is obviously reducing sources of stress, which I seem to have accumulated all summer. Yesterday I came home from work and had a 15 minute nap on the couch. It’s the first time I allowed myself to rest like that on a work day all summer. Yes dinner was late, after 8pm, but I felt good. Coming home from work and powering through the evening trying to get everything done is stressful. Taking a quick break allowed me to physically calm down and approach the evening with less anxiety. Thing is, even doing this doesn’t seem to get rid of the physical anxiety feeling. I’m not sure how to describe it, but it’s been a feeling I have had off and on for years.
I did a quick search for natural sources of GABA and found a nice article about it here http://holistic-nutrition.suite101.com/article.cfm/gaba_foods_the_natural_antianxiety_diet. Green tea, L-Theanine amino acids, and complex carbohydrates are all supposed to help and there’s a list of good foods to stimulate GABA production. Since I like using food first, I will be picking and choosing from this list a bit more often. I love how beef liver shows up on there. No matter what I search for it seems like it all comes back to beef liver! I have been doing well with sweet potatoes, potatoes, and more root vegetables in my diet lately. My blood sugar seems more stable now and I can tolerate carbs from these sources as well as fruit. It’s interesting that complex carbs can help with anxiety and stress too.
It has been over 5 years that I’ve turned to the Internet and alternative health sources to learn more about nutrition and search for answers to my health problems. I feel like there’s still so much to discover.