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body adapting too quickly to paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 10, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Ok, so I started paleo about a month ago. I've been pretty good about it so far.

The first "cheat" meal I had was an anniversary dinner about two and a half weeks in, but it was still very minimal cheating. As in, I had a bite of my boyfriend's pasta, a bite of bread, scarfed down some amazing meatballs (if you're in NYC, go to Bello Giardino. You won't be disappointed), and shared some creme brulee. My stomach was not upset at all after this.

The second cheat meal I had was two days later (soon, I know. It wasn't planned and I couldn't pass it up). We found this great Lebanese restaurant, and since my boyfriend has been wanting me to try his cuisine for so long, I just couldn't say no. There was some wheat in the kebbe, and of course the Lebanese bread is eaten with almost everything (I ate a shit ton of it, and it was delicious). Also, the dish called labneh is basically a strained yogurt I think, so dairy there. After this meal I felt super full, but not sick. I just felt like I ate a lot, which I did.

So last night, I decided to go out and get some food for the people I've been staying with as a "thank you" since I'll be leaving soon. I got mostly paleo stuff, but my boyfriend also got me to get some raclette cheese and good bread. He really wanted me to try it. So I had a slice of bread with this cheese which was to die for. Really amazing. Then I discovered that one of the cookies that I had gotten for everyone had gotten smooshed in transit. So I had a bite before I threw it away.. I figured what the hell, looks like a cheat night for me. Then I proceeded to drink two very large glasses of apple juice.

I tell you my friends, I have never felt so shitty just from eating. Those who know me will tell you that I can eat my body weight in one sitting. I'm pretty much known for having an iron stomach. I've started doing that less since paleo, because I feel full so much sooner now, but last night I just went ham. It hit me about twenty minutes after the second glass of juice. I felt completely bloated, my head was throbbing in pain, and I just could not move at all. I stayed in the fetal position until I fell asleep (apparently I was basically dead, because I was told afterwords that I slept through a very long, loud fight, screaming and door slamming included). It was the worst.

So my questions are these: why am I now so sensitive to foods that wouldn't have bothered me at all two months ago? Surely my body hasn't completely adapted this fast? Is this normal? And how can I make sure that the next time I cheat (which won't be soon, trust) I won't feel like such shit? I'd also love to hear if anyone has had similar experiences.

Sorry this was so long. Thanks, y'all.

Adeb72a71b7cd3f4dd75795eb9c11ad9

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on August 10, 2012
at 03:48 PM

Not to mention apple juice is a great laxative.

26ec8fd161a2f282bf56ecbfc1510178

on August 10, 2012
at 03:18 PM

You're definitely right about this giving me motivation to not cheat anymore.. or at least not as much, and with more reasonable things.

26ec8fd161a2f282bf56ecbfc1510178

on August 10, 2012
at 03:15 PM

I was eating a fair amount of fruit at first, but recently I've tried to cut down on all things sweet. So you're probably right. That damn juice was the culprit.

76c885d7d27e6c83542ea493ca866dcd

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on August 10, 2012
at 03:09 PM

that was my first thought.

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on August 10, 2012
at 03:06 PM

probably the apple juice skyrocketing your sugar into overdrive more than any of the other things you ate, which sound quite moderate and acceptable - no? Have you been avoiding sugar all along the last month and was the apple juice the most sugar you have had in a month? That would do it. One 8 oz glass of apple juice can have about 25g of sugar - if you had 2 large glasses - maybe 16oz each thats 100 grams of sugar in probably less than 5 minutes = feeling like shee-it

76c885d7d27e6c83542ea493ca866dcd

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on August 10, 2012
at 03:09 PM

that was my first thought.

Adeb72a71b7cd3f4dd75795eb9c11ad9

(130)

on August 10, 2012
at 03:48 PM

Not to mention apple juice is a great laxative.

26ec8fd161a2f282bf56ecbfc1510178

on August 10, 2012
at 03:15 PM

I was eating a fair amount of fruit at first, but recently I've tried to cut down on all things sweet. So you're probably right. That damn juice was the culprit.

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on August 10, 2012
at 04:23 PM

I have not started yet, just browsing thru faq and I just wanna be sure I am doing the right thing. Not overly fat for my age, just can't see much definition on the body. Recommended by a friend to try. He became ripped after two months.

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on August 10, 2012
at 03:43 PM

yep i do this every now and again and always regret it.. think 'oh what the heck i'll have some cake' and then sugar rush insues, then crash and fall asleep with a big ole headache, bloating and then diahrea to follow.. kinda makes ya think cheating is not a good idea.. but it is a good sign, means your body is not 'used' to that amount of sugar anymore. :)

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on August 10, 2012
at 03:06 PM

Welcome to Paleo. All that stuff that you loved and used to eat will now do this to you. When I broke paleo, due to time issues(I had a wife a two kids in the hospital), I grabbed a plain cake donut for breakfast. I was fine. The next morning I did the same, and I was fine. The third morning I had a kolache. I had massive stomach cramps, bloating, and other gastric distress for the next several days. It was awful.

If you keep off diet for a while things normalize and you will be back to normal, but it provides a pretty effective "Maybe I shouldn't cheat here" motivator for those times when you are on the wagon.

26ec8fd161a2f282bf56ecbfc1510178

on August 10, 2012
at 03:18 PM

You're definitely right about this giving me motivation to not cheat anymore.. or at least not as much, and with more reasonable things.

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