Ive been grain free for about 6 weeks now, I still do dairy and eat close to 150 grams of carbs--due to my running schedule.
Here is my question:
Before ditching the grains, I would consume some type of caffienated beverage just about every day. If I were to skip a day, a raging headache would ensue.
But now for some reason, I no longer have caffiene withdrwal if I skip a day. I'm looking for an explaination--not complaining :) --because my old hedaches were like clockwork.
Does anybody know of some scientific explaination for this? Does it have anuthong to do with being grain free?
asked bybonechomper (23)
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on November 20, 2011
at 04:24 PM
I've been grain-free maybe 6 months, zero-carb almost 2 months, and I have had a recognizable caffeine-withdrawal episode very recently. Caffeine has always been my primary cheat treat from going totally botanical-free. When I overdo it, I overdo it right, maybe two or three pots of coffee a day. You guys are amateurs! I drink it black, I drink it strong, I drink enough to wire a blue whale. Don't get in a coffee pissing match with me!
Happily, I am switching successfully to herbal teas lately. Anything with cinnamon in it. Rooibos, mostly.
on November 20, 2011
at 04:08 PM
I have no answer for your specific query, but I have my own caffeine-grAin anecdote.
Prior to going paleo ( and ditching grains), I enjoyed coffee and assumed a certained "amped up, overdrive" feeling went with the territory. After ceasing grains, it seemed my nervous- system in general evened out, to the extent that my usual caffein dose definitely got me alert but seemingly with less of the physical-stimulative effects. I'm talking multiple-shot cappuccino as regular dose.
It's widely understood that sugar can make you feel wired, but I suspect grains were having the same effect on me, although less pronounced. I find this interesting, but am avoiding any simple cause-effect explanation. On a likely related note, this past year I seem to have made a successful transition to fat-burning from sugar-burning metabolism. I have no sweets-craving (never really did, in the gotta-have-it sense). I continue running, both HIIT and quite-slow jogging, different days. And compound-exercise weight workouts 3 times per week. I eat more carbs after workouts (glycogen replenishment 101) but otherwise, seems my body has figured out how to get glucose from non-carbohydrate sources.
Whoa. Started out talking "coffee" and look where I've gone...