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Old 08-31-11, 11:40 PM   #1
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I feel like certain foods not only make me sick, but seem to make my anxiety worse. I feel like I have a problem with foods that contain a lot of oils, especially nuts and anything fried. Not only do I feel like I can't stray far from the bathroom, but I usually end up taking a tranquilizer to sleep.

Has anyone heard of anything like this? I've told a couple of friends about this, but they think its all psychosomatic.
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Have you ever talked to a doctor about this? Maybe you have an allergy or something. IDK. Just an idea.
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Old 09-01-11, 12:05 AM   #3
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I looked this up for you, after reading your post. I hope it helps. IF you want, I posted the site here for you.

Read more: Foods To Avoid With Anxiety | LIVESTRONG.COM

Foods to Avoid With Anxiety


Refined Carbohydrates

Refined carbohydrates, otherwise known as "bad carbs" are high in refined sugars and calories and low in nutritional value. Such foods include white flour products and fast-food. The brain needs a constant and steady flow of blood sugar or glucose. However, when a quick elevation in blood sugar is followed by a rapid fall, brain function is impaired. This pattern may drastically alter your mood and worsen the symptoms of anxiety.


Caffeine

Caffeine
Caffeine is a psychoactive drug found in coffee, tea, soda pop, and chocolate. As a central nervous system stimulant, caffeine may cause nervousness, affect perception and negatively impact sleep. It has also been shown to exacerbate anxiety-inducing events and worsen anxiety disorders such as panic disorder.



Alcohol

As a natural sedative, many people consistently drink alcohol to relax and to relieve the symptoms of anxiety. It is true that alcohol does decrease anxiety, but the effect is only temporary. Once the alcohol is metabolized by the body, the symptoms of anxiety worsen. In fact, heavy alcohol use has been shown to cause anxiety and using alcohol in this way may lead to an addiction.



Food Sensitivities

According to MayoClinic.com, many foods and food additives may increase adverse reactions that lead to anxiety. Some of these foods include wheat, corn, and dairy. To determine whether you are sensitive to specific foods or food additives, write down everything you eat and drink for one week and monitor your symptoms. This will help you decide whether certain foods should be removed from your diet.
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Thanks didn't know about this.
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I hoped it helped. ;)
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Aries' info above is sound advice; adjusting your diet can give you a lot of relief. Anxiety creates a different stomach environment, and oils and grease are known to be especially irritating. Friends who scoff at it just haven't experienced the problem.

I was terribly anxious as a kid and I was always sick to my stomach. That's what it does. These days, I have to watch out for stomach irritants for other reasons but the things to avoid stay pretty much the same -- no french fries, fried or fast food; little or no alcohol or caffeine, etc. I find I have to avoid cheese, too. And the things that feel comforting are: green salads with very little dressing, rice, oatmeal, any plain cooked vegetable, and lots and lots of water. Good luck.
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I would add, avoid MSG and aspartame.
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