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    Eating Makes Me Anxious?

    I do OMAD and typically fast 19-22hours every day.

    For the past week I've been noticing that, I feel absolutely amazing during my fast - but as soon as I've eaten... I get this weird, edgy, anxious feeling. It typically lasts about 4 hours. And then I go exercise. I feel better immediately after the exercise. That may be due to the endorphins or because it actually takes away the edgy feeling, I'm not sure.

    I haven't changed anything diet wise... I mostly eat vegetables (this may or may not include a potato, depending on what I'm craving), lots of healthy fat, and my protein sources are 70% vegetarian. Mostly lentils, beans, eggs and fish, with occational meat. Dessert is usually a piece of fruit (apple) or 1 or two blocks of 85% chocolate.

    I typically open with healthy fats...about 400 calories worth. (I like REALLY creamy coffee, or hot chocolate...). And I feel fine after that. It's literally just after I've finished my meal, even before I have something sweet.

    I should also mention the anxiousness isn't emotional. There is no emotional reason for it... it seems to be purely physical.

    Any ideas?

    #2
    Not sure if it's the same, but it reminds me a bit of something I often have after eating a big plate of pasta, or some stews. My heart-rate goes up and I feel a bit nervous and restless. Something like that? It doesn't really happen when I move a lot after the meal, so maybe that correlates with your description of feeling better after exercise (perhaps it helps with digestion? I'm no expert at this).
    However, a quick fix for me is to drink 10 sips of cold sparkling mineral water whenever it happens and trying to distract myself.

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      #3
      Originally posted by Nihopaloa View Post
      Not sure if it's the same, but it reminds me a bit of something I often have after eating a big plate of pasta, or some stews. My heart-rate goes up and I feel a bit nervous and restless. Something like that? It doesn't really happen when I move a lot after the meal, so maybe that correlates with your description of feeling better after exercise (perhaps it helps with digestion? I'm no expert at this).
      However, a quick fix for me is to drink 10 sips of cold sparkling mineral water whenever it happens and trying to distract myself.
      That is exactly what it feels like! I also think exercise might help, but I can't exercise until a while after eating, otherwise it makes me feel sick.

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        #4
        I'm digging up this thread from page 2 again because I remembered (and tried it on myself the past days) that taking some magnesium (I have 400mg dragees) ~30-60 minutes before eating can help a lot with that heartrate issue. Maybe you want to try that out, Nevetharine?

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          #5
          Do you know if you have low blood pressure? I have hypotension and it can trigger tachycardia (racing heart it can feel very similar to anxiety) if i have a big meal. When you eat a big meal, especially, a lot of blood rushes to around your stomach. If you already have low blood pressure this can cause it to drop even more after a big meal. In response to that drop your heart kinda starts a panic like i need to pump more blood cuz theres not enough oxygen so it kicks into over drive but its not filling completely and kind of reinforces the cycle. You will feel your heart race maybe even start to feel light headed. Just pause take some deep breaths, chug some water, until it passes and finish your meal. For me i have been advised by my doctor to make sure i avoid large meals and have lots of little meals no more than 4 hrs apart a long with more salt and water. Caffeine can excerbate the issue as well as alcohol. Also low blood pressure doesnt necessarily mean hypotension so it may be something you want to just clarify with your dr. On your own you could try may have you make adjustments to your eating schedule to see if that helps.

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