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Depressed, low energy, lightheaded--HELP!

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Created November 28, 2012 at 8:13 PM

I've been eating Paleo for almost 2 weeks now and I have been feeling the following symptoms for the last week or so:

-light headed -depressed -low energy -nervous/jittery

I have tried increasing my salt intake, am even taking magnesium before bed. I also eat sweet potatoes and other root vegetables for extra carbs. Nothing is helping. I feel hopeless and scared something is wrong. Can anyone give me suggestions on how to feel better without giving up Paleo? I have searched all over the web and this site for answers, and have tried multiple things, but nothing seems to help.

I also eat plenty of saturated fats and protein such as bacon and eggs for breakfast, chicken with the skin on, duck, avocados, butter, coconut oil, etc.

Any advice would be helpful!

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on November 29, 2012
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Table salt is "iodized" meaning they actually add iodine salts to the table salt. The reason they do this is we typically do not get enough iodine in our diet if we are not eating shellfish and/or processed dairy. Typical symptoms of iodine deficiency are: Fatigue, Weakness, Depression. It's easy to fix though, eat foods with iodine in them or take a multi-vitamin that contains iodine.

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on November 28, 2012
at 09:09 PM

Yeah, that's the weird thing. I am not hungry as often as I used to be. In fact, I feel quite full and almost bloated after every meal, so I am not inclined to eat more. So you're saying I should eat more despite not feeling hungry? If so, what kinds of foods should I eat more of?

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at 09:08 PM

Thanks for the comment. I am eating sea salt--what is this iodine deficiency you speak of? What could cause it? How do I know if I have one? I've been drinking lots of black tea lately, but will stop now since I think that might have something to do with it. More importantly, what did you find helped lessen some of these symptoms for you?

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on November 28, 2012
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Sounds like the symptoms I had for the entire first three weeks of my transition.

WRT Increased salt -- What kind of salt are you eating? If it's sea salt or kosher salt then you could still have an iodine deficiency.

WRT nervous/jittery -- any other major changes? more coffee/tea? stress at work?

My biggest concern is that you have tried multiple things, but have only been paleo for 2 weeks and have only had the symptoms for 1 week. Sometimes it takes weeks for deficiencies to correct themselves. Give it a chance, keep focused on eating healthy, and try not to harp on this too much. If it persists after a month or so then get a checkup with the doctor. Also if the depression symptoms get worse or get to a point where you don't feel you can deal with them, go talk to a doctor.

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on November 28, 2012
at 09:08 PM

Thanks for the comment. I am eating sea salt--what is this iodine deficiency you speak of? What could cause it? How do I know if I have one? I've been drinking lots of black tea lately, but will stop now since I think that might have something to do with it. More importantly, what did you find helped lessen some of these symptoms for you?

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on November 29, 2012
at 01:52 AM

Table salt is "iodized" meaning they actually add iodine salts to the table salt. The reason they do this is we typically do not get enough iodine in our diet if we are not eating shellfish and/or processed dairy. Typical symptoms of iodine deficiency are: Fatigue, Weakness, Depression. It's easy to fix though, eat foods with iodine in them or take a multi-vitamin that contains iodine.

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on November 29, 2012
at 03:04 PM

Are you getting enough sunlight? You might be vitamin D deficient, especially this time of year. Try exposing bare skin in the sun everyday for at least 30 minutes (work your way up to this if you're very fair) and taking 2000IU of D3 per day. Supplementation really helped me and my husband regarding depression. We live in Central Tx so it is warm enough most of the year, at least for a few hours per day, to expose my skin to the sun. My husband works long hours in an office so getting enough sun is hard any time of the year. He is currently taking prescription strength 50,000IU once per week for 6 weeks. I take 2000 IU per day in addition to exercising 30 minutes outside.

Hope that helps.

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on November 28, 2012
at 08:38 PM

Eat more food. You may already feel like you eat enough, but you don't, because you are light headed -depressed -low energy -nervous/jittery and therefore not particularly hungry. Treat the low energy thing as a cue to eat.

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on November 28, 2012
at 09:09 PM

Yeah, that's the weird thing. I am not hungry as often as I used to be. In fact, I feel quite full and almost bloated after every meal, so I am not inclined to eat more. So you're saying I should eat more despite not feeling hungry? If so, what kinds of foods should I eat more of?

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