Hey everyone. I recently tried paleo for a month to really get to the bottom of the issues I've been having the past few years and I'm so overwhelmed. I have reactions to every little thing I put in my body. Anyways I had great results with the paleo plan. I lost weight, had energy and was a lot happier. Although I have a hard time breaking my habit of eating thinkthin bars. It sounds crazy but I'm addicted to them because I constantly crave chocolate and I also crave tortilla chips. It was hard for me to stick to the plan perfectly and I need to get back on the wagon. I'm swollen everywhere and I'm miserable. Anyone have any similar issues? I had a hair analysis done 5 months ago and they Saudi had a slow metabolism type 2 and my thyroid was sluggish..
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on May 14, 2012
at 01:41 AM
If you have a sluggish thyroid, it might not be great to go too low-carb. My thyroid tends toward the hypo side of things and low-carb destroys me.
I hear you on the struggles with autoimmune issues. Try to relax a little and be gentle with yourself --- these sorts of health issues take a LONG time to sort out. It's great that you're already noticing some positive feedback from one month of paleo, but it is going to take longer than that to heal completely. You can search for other threads on here about the same autoimmune disorder that you have to get more specific information.
I went through a similar phase of reacting to everything when I started, and I think it's the combination of various vitamin/nutrient deficiencies and leaky gut on top of the stress of such a drastic dietary change that will make the transition period difficult. Hang in there, be patient, get tons of sleep, find paleo foods that you enjoy, take vitamin D, go for long walks and find healthy ways to relax. I can tell you that it gets much easier to stick to the plan. I never have the desire to "cheat" any more. Especially when you start to notice more health benefits. Good luck.
on May 14, 2012
at 09:51 AM
I agree with everything Violet9 has said. Identify>plan>commit>retrace>heal. And through it all, chill!
Going from SAD to strict is a huge stressor. Some people work best with cold turkey and others with slow change and slow improvements. I would recommend developing a plan - with a naturopath - on combining GAPS and autoimmune paleo into a medium-carb diet for YOU. The two go well together, but are both significant (often seen as restrictive) changes from mainstream eating and can both drift into VLC quite easily which you don't want in your case.
Your concern about calcium and vitD is valid, but unlikely. Was your vitD level tested? At any rate, the CAUSE of the hypercalcimia is unlikely to be vitD, but more about your parathyroid function or your autoimmune reactions generally. Deal with the source and the rest should fall into place.
Your cravings may be for texture or hyperpalatability. Can you handle coconut flour crackers? Would (salted!) kale chips help? Look up AIP-friendly "granola" bars or fruit leathers. I crave chocolate when I haven't had enough fat; make sure you're eating enough good food and the desire for fast fixes will fade as your appetite gets more sensitive.
on May 14, 2012
at 12:55 AM
I am by no means an expert, but it seems to me that if you're craving chocolate and tortilla chips, you may be mineral deficient. I crave chocolate when my magnesium levels are low. Or rather, I should say that I can nip the chocolate cravings by taking magnesium. :) I don't know about the tortilla chips, unless it's just the salt?
on May 14, 2012
at 12:18 PM
My experience is very similar: I have autoimmune Hashi's - hypothyroid - it takes my body a long time to adjust to changes I make. I'm just starting Paleo (been slow-carb for a year and half) and I've often craved plain tortilla chips and chocolate. I'm working to balance Calcium/Magnesium and that's helped the chocolate craving a lot. I can tell I miss the salty, crunchy texture of chips; wondered if it's emotional eating or if it's a sensory thing. (Thanks for the kale chip and coconut flour cracker ideas LaurenM).
I need some starch and sweet potatoes work best for me, I'm avoiding rice cakes for a while to see if those are a problem for me.
I used Natural Calm for a Magnesium supplement before getting my current prescription for Magnesium. Do you have a good holistic doc? I've muddled through a lot of this on my own, but a good doc would be able to do some testing to help figure these things out quicker.
I'd be interested knowing what works for you, Tiffaney.