Doctors have long maintained that certain foods such as simple sugars and caffeine energize the body while other foods like raw mushrooms, which contains tryptophan, calm it down.  Being aware that foods impact the body, it makes sense that what is eaten can contribute to feelings of anxiety by exciting the body and causing stress.   Stress is a widely believed cause of panic and anxiety attacks.

While changing a diet is not likely to eliminate all panic attacks, it is worth retraining eating habits if the amount of attacks are decreased even a little bit or allows a medical professional to reduce the level ofmedicine prescribed to the patient.  Another benefit is that better eating habits also have benefits for the heart and other organs beyond just those connected with the mind.

The first tool in the battle to get on the path to eating better and reducing foods that contribute to anxiety attacks is to begin a food log.  A food log is simply a book or pad on which the kind and amount of food consumed is tracked. It gives a history of what has been eaten and can be used to search for anxiety triggers.  An example of this would be if an individual suffered an attack and then after it was finished they went back and saw that they had consumed more caffeine than usual in the hours leading up to the attack.

It is just as important to track feelings as it is to track what is consumed. Since emotions are a powerful component of any panic attack, having a view to how a person feels will yield clues to how they might react in the near future.  Add also the tracking of anxiety levels, and a person has the keys needed for powerful insights into how diet affects them individually. This information becomes a starting point to help the personreclaim control in life.

The meal log becomes a key to assist the person who suffers an anxiety attack to take their life back.  Because the person suffering from an anxiety attack feels powerless when the attack comes, they need to build in ways to gain control in their lives.  By logging the foods that are eaten, the feelings experienced, and the frequency of anxiety attacks, the person suffering can proactively exert control in their life.  They may still feel powerless in the midst of the attack, but knowing that they have the power to positively affect their situation will help reduce the very anxiety that triggers the attacks.

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