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Had some "treats" after 6 strict weeks - how long until I recover?

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Created March 12, 2012 at 2:16 PM

I was in the UK for two days for my father-in-law's 70th birthday. I've been strictly paleo for about six weeks now and had my first "treats". Over the course of the weekend, my non-paleo foods included two glasses of red wine, two glasses of whisky, a danish and a cupcake. This was the "compromise" after being pestered to drink and eat for two straight days.

Safe to say, I feel like crap now. I usually go to a spinning class on Monday (today) but I have a headache and feel fatigued. Should I push myself to go to the class or take it easy? How long will it take me to recover?

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That's good to know. It was only a 40 minute flight (I live in Amsterdam), but there was a 4-hour delay on the way there...so it almost could have been trans-Atlantic!

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on March 12, 2012
at 07:44 PM

you wont ever recover. thats it. life = over.

no seriously, why you stressing? (not helping your cortisol levels LOL)

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on March 12, 2012
at 02:48 PM

The gluten antibodies will be active in your system for 7 - 14 days, you should start feeling slowly better by day four or so though. Drink lots of water, take it easy if that's what your body is requesting from you, and next time - make the whiskey a double and skip the baked goods.

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on March 12, 2012
at 02:27 PM

It's hard to say exactly, things can stay in your system for weeks but typically you only feel this drag for a day or two. Of course, if I understand correctly that you've had a couple of transatlantic flights in the last few days then I'd expect you to feel as you do regardless of what you ate. Either way, I don't think it's worth pushing yourself when your body is sending clear signals that it's not interested today. Rest, eat well, sleep, recover. You'll feel better tomorrow.

B9673e4701dbf7017da7d75e9a44da6d

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on March 12, 2012
at 02:35 PM

That's good to know. It was only a 40 minute flight (I live in Amsterdam), but there was a 4-hour delay on the way there...so it almost could have been trans-Atlantic!

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on March 12, 2012
at 07:39 PM

I wouldn't simply take it as a given than whenever you eat a treat food you are automatically going to feel like crap for any period of time. You might or might not, and it might last a day or two, or a week or two. It might depend on what you consumed, how much, and your particular constitution, plus a host of confounding factors. There is also the possibility that you were exposed to a pathogen of some sort and are just sick, as most of us experience once in awhile.

When I indulge in treats, I don't usually notice feeling anything different at all--especially if I confine it to one or two days. Mainly my bowel habits are the only thing I notice, but I can't say it causes discomfort. This is actually unfortunate for me, because I can't rely on feeling like crap to motivate me to get back/stay on the program and not keep eating those nasty treats.

So in a way, I actually envy people for whom treats cause trouble. Whatever the cause, at least you can be pretty sure that you're going to be feeling better and better each day--whether that's 2 days or 2 weeks.

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on March 12, 2012
at 06:05 PM

If I have a "treat" I"m usually only out of it for a day...usually in the form of a bad belly ache and some extra "bathroom" time. Just get back on your P-Diet asap.

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