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How long does the shakey spacy feeling of withdrawal last??

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 20, 2012 at 12:01 PM

I started four days agfo and still feel like I have the flu

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on September 20, 2012
at 08:15 PM

CD, I wasn't eating SAD before so there wasn't much "healing" from it to do - haven't eaten gluten in a decade. Going Paleo for me was mostly just the addition of grassfed beef, coconut oil, etc. And I still have IBS so it's not like "oh now I'm in a balanced state so I can add in more carbs". I felt lethargic and was losing weight, which I can't afford. So I added in some carbs at breakfast which pretty much did the trick in terms of my energy.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on September 20, 2012
at 08:12 PM

Well I never wanted to lose weight - I am on the low end. For me it was about helping my IBS. So ketosis was never the goal. Are even people who aren't trying to lose weight supposed to aim for ketosis? That wasn't my understanding of the Paleo diet but please correct me if I'm wrong.

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on September 20, 2012
at 01:34 PM

Low-carb flu goes away by itself. No need to raise carb intake unless you don't want to be in ketosis anymore and you want to be a primary sugar burner.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on September 20, 2012
at 01:07 PM

Renee, I feel that the Paleo diet is about elimination first. So you have to eliminate everything (which in my case took 3 weeks for my body to adjust). After that you listen to your body and add additional foods (like dairy or fruit), change your macro ratios, experiment with fasting, etc. But if you do not get your body fat adapted, detoxed, and healed from SAD -- How can you ever trust it? It would be like letting a drunk decide if they are capable of driving -- the judgement is impaired and untrustworthy.

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98266ae0c87836d4bb714b6d31cacbf9

on September 20, 2012
at 12:10 PM

The only way out is through.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on October 04, 2012
at 02:31 PM

Paleo=/=low-carb per se. 4 days in? You are almost over the hump (for most people). So it is a worthwhile experiment to adapt for 3-4 weeks and readjust. If by the end of week 2 you feel this bad and have 0 improvement you may just be a non-responder and should consider moderate carb paleo.

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on October 04, 2012
at 02:14 PM

I've been paleo for almost three months now and when I first started I had the same feeling as you. The thing that helped me was allowing my self a bit more carbs than recommended and the slowly decrease them. I ate things like dried fruit to get rid of the shakey feeling. I know a lot of people on here will tell you thats the wrong thing to do since it will make it slower to get to a point where you can enter ketosis, but its better than feeling like crap for weeks and then quitting because its too hard.

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on September 20, 2012
at 12:58 PM

There is a benefit apparently to your thyroid to lowering your carbs slower. Kinda makes sense, less stress on your body.

You could add some sweet potatoes, parsnips or fruit, and peel back on the carbs and up the fat slowly, might make the adjustment less of a shock.

Just an idea...

Personally I never got low carb flu. My body seems to adapt quite quickly to diff macros.

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F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on September 20, 2012
at 12:46 PM

I'm still not clear from this website whether you're supposed to just keep going with it until your body "adjusts", or figure out that you need more carbs. I did the latter.

0a9ad4e577fe24a6b8aafa1dd7a50c79

(5150)

on September 20, 2012
at 01:34 PM

Low-carb flu goes away by itself. No need to raise carb intake unless you don't want to be in ketosis anymore and you want to be a primary sugar burner.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on September 20, 2012
at 01:07 PM

Renee, I feel that the Paleo diet is about elimination first. So you have to eliminate everything (which in my case took 3 weeks for my body to adjust). After that you listen to your body and add additional foods (like dairy or fruit), change your macro ratios, experiment with fasting, etc. But if you do not get your body fat adapted, detoxed, and healed from SAD -- How can you ever trust it? It would be like letting a drunk decide if they are capable of driving -- the judgement is impaired and untrustworthy.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on September 20, 2012
at 08:12 PM

Well I never wanted to lose weight - I am on the low end. For me it was about helping my IBS. So ketosis was never the goal. Are even people who aren't trying to lose weight supposed to aim for ketosis? That wasn't my understanding of the Paleo diet but please correct me if I'm wrong.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on September 20, 2012
at 08:15 PM

CD, I wasn't eating SAD before so there wasn't much "healing" from it to do - haven't eaten gluten in a decade. Going Paleo for me was mostly just the addition of grassfed beef, coconut oil, etc. And I still have IBS so it's not like "oh now I'm in a balanced state so I can add in more carbs". I felt lethargic and was losing weight, which I can't afford. So I added in some carbs at breakfast which pretty much did the trick in terms of my energy.

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on September 20, 2012
at 12:08 PM

Took me three weeks. Three long, grueling weeks. But push through. On the end is day light!

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