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What kind of reaction happens when you cheat on paleo

Commented on April 05, 2015
Created March 25, 2012 at 8:03 PM

For example you were totally strict on paleo for a year but later you cheated and ate like whole jar of hazelnut cream and ate lots of grains and would do this for a few days and then go back to paleo.

Anyone knows how long does it take to get taste buds sensitive again.

The question is how much would these bad fats, carbs and sugars affect the body (would it auto store it as fat in our bodies or would you need to eat junk food again after a while to see some changes) or should it be no concern if you go straight back to paleo lifestyle.

Well i'm actually asking this because of candida and what happens when you cheat for few days but still kinda curious how our bodies react when this happens.

Thanks!!!

A2994b2b5af2baa7543e7fb2a9d33ff3

on November 12, 2013
at 06:53 PM

Can I ask what you did to solve your issues? Also, I sometimes wonder if the insulin bit is just something that varies from person to person...however I DO believe that reducing carbs will ignite a more sensitive reaction when you do consumer more that you regularly would? However I never really have a problem with natural carbohydrates..only with things like processed sugars and grains....What do you think?

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on November 10, 2013
at 12:33 PM

That's great to hear that you solved your problems. I did too, except I dont eat the classical high-meat atkins paleo (rather high carb, high milk, high fruit version of it). Since solving my issues, I digest foods better than before. The thinking that the body is more defending against bad foods while on Paleo sounds very weird to me. I find it more likely that the Paleo diet messes up your digestive properties and way to handle carbohydrates (there are a couple of posts here of people who developed some kind of insulin resistance while on high-fat paleo).

A2994b2b5af2baa7543e7fb2a9d33ff3

on November 10, 2013
at 04:00 AM

Oh, and PS: I don't shy away from carbs! Yum!

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on November 09, 2013
at 10:46 PM

I think you're right about the loss of digestive enzymes. If I haven't eaten dairy for several days then eat it again, it can take a few more days before the stomach problems go away. No doubt this is true for other foods too.

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on November 09, 2013
at 10:19 PM

Maybe the peanut butter. Try almond or macadamia nut butter next time. ;-)

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on August 17, 2013
at 04:06 PM

I think the hangover effect results from low triglycerides, blood glucose and/or glycogen, though I don't have a mechanism.

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on August 28, 2012
at 01:48 AM

What do your hangovers look like? Because I feel like this is my case too, but it might also be aging!

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on March 26, 2012
at 03:43 PM

Yea it seems our bodies become more sensitive

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on March 25, 2012
at 09:11 PM

Yep, that's what happens to me. Depending on what I eat, I might have elevated heart rate almost immediately (sugar), and sometimes I feel congested the next day (gluten). I also just generally feel crappy and sluggish the next day, and have to fight a lot of cravings for the next few days. Because I know how it's going to affect me, I rarely do this anymore.

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E55906cdb6839a23fd740ad85d160cc8

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on March 25, 2012
at 10:43 PM

I've been following the Paleo Diet for 8 weeks with the last 4 very strictly except for a few small test cases. Wine and Beer: not an option anymore. I lose the entire next day to a hangover from a glass of wine or a beer. Birthday Cake (on my birthday)...heartburn, nausea, headache, general crappiness. A month after the cake fiasco I tried sweet potato...nausea, hunger, and feeling jittery. I can't binge, but my test cases have all added up to keeping it strictly meat, veggies, berries, and fat. If I go off of it even a little, I feel it.

Ec39179d4c06199471827a706adb2896

(242)

on August 28, 2012
at 01:48 AM

What do your hangovers look like? Because I feel like this is my case too, but it might also be aging!

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(10557)

on August 17, 2013
at 04:06 PM

I think the hangover effect results from low triglycerides, blood glucose and/or glycogen, though I don't have a mechanism.

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on March 26, 2012
at 01:32 AM

I don't consider it cheating but I eat 'safe starches' and even sometimes unsafe ones (like oats/sugar) after hard workouts and feel better for doing so.

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on March 25, 2012
at 08:48 PM

When I go completely off the rails, it sucks for the next few days, but then I'm completely back to normal. Usually I'll become somewhat dehydrated (especially first thing in the morning). I gain a fair amount of water weight, which is just stored glycogen, but it disappears without any special effort. As long as I get right back to eating paleo, nothing bad happens other than a couple days of feeling sluggish and a little bigger than usual.

Af939911afa817f79a4625d4f503c735

(552)

on March 25, 2012
at 09:11 PM

Yep, that's what happens to me. Depending on what I eat, I might have elevated heart rate almost immediately (sugar), and sometimes I feel congested the next day (gluten). I also just generally feel crappy and sluggish the next day, and have to fight a lot of cravings for the next few days. Because I know how it's going to affect me, I rarely do this anymore.

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on August 17, 2013
at 11:33 AM

I've only been doing Paleo for a week and had 2 s'mores last night. I was so nauseated that I had to go to bed. I also made a Paleo truffle recipe (coconut butter, oil, peanut butter and cocoa) that was really high fat. I'm not sure which food was the culprit, but Im pretty sure I'll be avoiding both.

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on April 05, 2015
at 05:32 AM

Peanut butter is not Paelo! It's a legume. Use almond butter, better for you and Paleo! :-)

85063620a49720d8c7c3fb0a5805105e

(65)

on November 09, 2013
at 10:19 PM

Maybe the peanut butter. Try almond or macadamia nut butter next time. ;-)

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on October 14, 2012
at 10:19 AM

I've been pretty strict paleo for at least a month now due to surgery related stuff (wanted to improve recovery by going strict, except for chocolate). This weekend I binged on crap, ate a cheeseburger meal and had candy. The results: thirst, stomach pain and other problems and also nausea after eating the candy stuff, which has never happened. I used to never get sick by eating sweets, so I think it's got a lot to do with me being strict.

As for the recovery, I'm going back to Paleo fully tomorrow, so we'll see how it goes. I don't think it'll take all that long to feel the way I used to, esp. as my "slip" was so small.

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on August 28, 2012
at 12:34 AM

my husband and I have been pretty strict paleo for the past 4 months. We completely went off the rails this past Saturday and had a pizza for lunch and one for dinner. We also had a 6 pack of Landshark, Frozen yogurt with lots of treats on top (candy) then he had 3 chipwiches! Needless to say the next 2 days have felt like were back in the low carb flu that we experienced when we first went paleo and our bodies were converting to the ketosis state. Yesterday and today, we felt extreme fatigue, stomach issues, I felt nauseous today and my workout at crossfit sucked big hairy balls.
I highly recommend NOT having a binge of such epic proportions because you will pay dearly over the next couple of days. If your going to cheat, do it in small doses and save yourself the hassle of recovery.

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on March 26, 2012
at 01:21 AM

I find the longer i've been primal/paleo, the worse the reactions to my cheats become. When I was only a few weeks in, I had slip ups with bread/sugar once or twice with little to no reaction other than craving more.

More recently as I approach the 1 year mark, my body has harsh reactions to sugar including very large cystic acne breakouts (never had them before) whenever I consume processed/refined sugars (especially HFCS). I haven't touched bread in months and I don't think I will take that risk.

I get dehydrated and can't sleep whenever I binge on carbs (paleo or not), including nuts/dark chocolate/dried fruit.

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(78)

on March 26, 2012
at 03:43 PM

Yea it seems our bodies become more sensitive

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A2994b2b5af2baa7543e7fb2a9d33ff3

on November 10, 2013
at 03:51 AM

@Bukowski

Hi! Lets take a step back for a second and i'll try and explain my side. Since I was a toddler, I've had stomach problems. And I'm not just talking about a little pain here and there, i'm saying that the toilet was literally my throne ;). After numerous tests over the years nothing was concluded except that I just had poor digestion and that maybe it was all stress or maybe xyz medications were my only options (boohoo!). So what did I do? I did my own research over a couple of my worst years and through everything I tried, I would up with the Paleo dietary plan. Cured? ......You freaken bet. And ironically (or not) it was the only one that actually made any sense to me...

So IMO this "normal" diet that you refer to might actually be the culprit for not just myself but for others. I can only assume that my "general digestive issues" (along with psoriasis, insulin spikes, acne, etc) are representative of SO MANY OTHERS who just feel like shit and know they can fix it the natural way. So instead, I am applauding my body's ability to heal and further recognize, adapt and -->defend<-- itself from those substances that are not beneficial to my health. Please read up more about the diet and the reasons WHY particular foods/ingredients/etc can do more harm than good, particularly to your digestive and immune system. I think this will help you to further understand :)

Oh and PS! I do NOT shy away from carbs! No way!

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A2994b2b5af2baa7543e7fb2a9d33ff3

on November 10, 2013
at 04:00 AM

Oh, and PS: I don't shy away from carbs! Yum!

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A2994b2b5af2baa7543e7fb2a9d33ff3

on November 10, 2013
at 03:42 AM

@Bukowski

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on November 09, 2013
at 01:57 AM

This is a frightening list of reports that shows how the standard Paleo diet regularly makes people weak and less capable of coping with normal (i.e. carbohydrate-containing) foods. I'm astonished how none of the posters realized that their reaction to these foods is actually a sign that their diet is not helping them. If at all, a diet should make you more resistant to foods, anything else will just end up in orthorexia and over-restriction cycles.

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on November 09, 2013
at 01:45 AM

Today I had a Krispy Kreme donut ( filled with pumpkin cheese cake filling) and a glass of coke..... Awful nausea ... Gut wrenching vomiting. . First time I have had such a bad reaction to a cheat.... About 4 weeks into the Paleo lifestyle... Totally not worth it.

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on August 17, 2013
at 03:58 PM

Food avoidance certainly causes loss of adaptations. The tricky proteins casein and gluten seem to be the easiest to lose, as well as ability to digest milk sugar. I'd posit that the necessary digestive enzymes disappear along with the gut biota that produce them if they're not fed.

I've been thinking about how ancestors adapted to highly varied diets. Grok eating clams on the coast moves inland for the seasonal fruit ripening. But what if things were so rich there that he stayed for a few hundred years, eating monkeys and rabbits instead of clams. When the descendents of Grok moved back to the coast 1000 years later due to a drought or eating all the monkeys, could they easily readapt to clam eating?

I picked mollusks because they're ancient religious "forbidden" foods. Probably because a lot of Groks died off eating them. Yet there is little doubt (based on the shell middens) that they were very much a paleo food. I'm starting to see paleo as a continuous adapatation - readaptation process. If you didn't readapt you died.

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on November 09, 2013
at 10:46 PM

I think you're right about the loss of digestive enzymes. If I haven't eaten dairy for several days then eat it again, it can take a few more days before the stomach problems go away. No doubt this is true for other foods too.

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A115b8aa3c375f10d5bde0c0d06b6143

on March 25, 2012
at 11:01 PM

Extreme brain fog, fatigue, and dehydration. Sometimes it's debilitating. I've literally had to cancel plans after non-paleo binges because I had no energy. Not my proudest moments.

Granted, this is when I REALLY cheat. When I have a small portion of non-paleo food here and there, it's usually not a huge issue - just some bloating, GI upset, and dehydration.

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on March 25, 2012
at 10:50 PM

I get belly sick and LEARN an important lesson that wanes my desire for that junk in the future. These cheats have a valuable payback.

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on March 25, 2012
at 09:05 PM

I think it varies from person to person depending on how your body handled non-paleo foods before making the transition and the magnitude of how far from paleo you strayed. For me, ever since going to a strictly dairy-free paleo, whenever I fall off the wagon, my body reacts violently to non-paleo binges. Particularly to the dairy, grains and crap veg. oils. I'm talking super bloated, nausea, upset stomach... Basically I become a walking Pepto-bismo commercial. Once the binge is over, I feel weak and generally disgusting for a couple days afterwards. It takes every ounce of willpower to force myself to workout because thats typically the first step in getting back on track. The longer I have been paleo, the worse these reactions have become. The taste bud sensitivity usually takes anywhere from two days to a week - again, dependent on how far off the rails I went.

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on March 25, 2012
at 08:54 PM

I've gone completely gluten free and strict paleo for 4-month stretches twice, and broke it with gluten rich foods and otherwise bad stuff twice, most recently today (full king-size Burger King meal and their ice cream). No notable ill effects, except digestion is a bit off for a day or two last time, don't feel anything yet from earlier today.

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