We observed mood changes with the following foods:
Wheat (gluten?) – irritability
After any allergic reaction/ GI troubles in general – low mood
– chocolate – lousy, I really don’t want to move
– cooked fermented soy – low irritable, frustration explosions
– Alcohol – low mood
Soy sauce (free glutamate?) – buzz, can’t sleep, racing thoughts
In our case foods that we are allergic to and some food chemicals we are sensitive to seem to affect our mood. Suspiciously able to cause all mood symptoms of Bipolar 2: depression, agitated depression, agitated hypomania, and very rarely happy/ productive hypomania.
I would guess that the specific foods that cause shifts in mood will be different from person to person. As it will depend on that particular individual’s food allergies/ sensitivities/ intolerances.
When people ask me why I am eating gluten free I sometimes find myself leaving out the seemingly “subjective” symptoms and focus on the more physical “objective” ones. Yet it was my “subjective” symptoms following a gluten challenge that were severe enough to convince me that I never want to eat it again, in spite of my former love of pastries, breads, pastas, and the occasional cookie.
So what were these subjective symptoms?
The smallest things would get me to snap. And there seems to be no brakes. No room for reason to step in. Just escalation.
Brain… just… would. not…….work.
I would feel extremely slow, like my brain ground to a halt. I might find myself trying to decide whether to get groceries today or not and an hour would go by getting super frustrated at my inability to make simple decisions.
Less obvious to myself, but maybe easier to measure, slower reaction times when playing sports or driving.
Now I suspect that these are not truly subjective, just because it’s “in the head”. There could certainly be ways to measure such things.
For example, cognitive functioning tests, reaction speed tests, physical measurements of stress levels, etc.
Even the most seemingly subjective mood can be tracked by various means these days. Especially with smartphone apps/ wearables through activity levels, sleep patterns, and even the tone and speed of one’s speech.
On a side note, I wonder if the sensation of hunger can be objectively measured as well. Perhaps through blood sugar levels?