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A bit depressed, sedated and tired on high carb, clear-headed, sharp, motivated, happy, energetic on low-carb?

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Created September 10, 2012 at 1:55 PM

So I work out alot. I lift weights three times a week and do cardio two times a week.

I don't do paleo or low-carb in any serious form and I'm not part of the "scene". However I found this website now, and I've read more about paleo/low-carb/LCHF etc and it's interesting. Especially the "mental" aspects intrigue me.

I re-feed on white rice after my workouts (around 600 grams on workout days) and I notice a shift in my mood to kind of sluggish, sedated, unmotivated, almost a bit depressed for the rest of the day. Also I feel kind of energetic (bodily) but lack the motivation to do anything. Also my nose gets stuffed from the rice lol.

On rest days I sometimes fast and do low-carbish (70 g carbs), and lots of protein. I feel elated, centered, calm, focused, motivated, alive, clear-headed and I think exceptionally well. Things get done, no procastination. The world seems full of possibilites somehow. Also my nasal cavities somewhat clear up from mucus (from the rice I think?) and I breath through my nose easier.

Is this a common thing and if so, is it healthy to eat low carb? I feel awesome on low carb. Sometimes a bit anxious but it usually passes. The cognitive aspects of lower carb are very nice. High carb-rice days makes me lazy, sluggish, bored and unmotivated somehow. And also stuffes my nose up which is super annoying when all you want is to be able to breath easily through your nose when you sleep etc.

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on September 11, 2012
at 04:53 AM

I like my veggies but can't handle a load of them as they make me feel stuffed and sick. I prefer medium sized meals with most calories from protien and fat such as ghee, or olive oil. Helps keep the meal size low while keeping calories high for the meal size. Although there are times when I do indulge and have a larger meal with carbs for a change

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on September 10, 2012
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I wonder if blue Rob will weigh in.

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on September 10, 2012
at 02:31 PM

I feel much better low carb myself.

It's a shame that when these questions come up people from the MUST EAT CARBS camp feel compelled to weigh in. I'm not sure why they can't accept that some people simply function better on low carbs. Until I see a better theory I'm going to go with their diet is their religion.

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on September 11, 2012
at 04:53 AM

I like my veggies but can't handle a load of them as they make me feel stuffed and sick. I prefer medium sized meals with most calories from protien and fat such as ghee, or olive oil. Helps keep the meal size low while keeping calories high for the meal size. Although there are times when I do indulge and have a larger meal with carbs for a change

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on September 10, 2012
at 02:28 PM

You're really answering your own questions here. My recommendation before you jump on the Paleo bandwagon is do a little bit research and you'll understand what's happening with your body.

Either read Rob Wolff's Paleo Solution or Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfillipo. You'll understand that spiking your insulin is what's causing these energy boosts and then you're insulin crashing is what's making you feel lethargic. Of course there's a lot more to it, but you'll understand more once you read one of the books.

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on September 10, 2012
at 02:32 PM

I wonder if blue Rob will weigh in.

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on September 11, 2012
at 04:56 AM

I only eat veggies for flavour and possible nutrients. The rest is protein and fat, the only other source of carbs would be from liver or when I let myself loose a bit and have some cheese or nuts. Or one of those rare cheat days with Falafel Pita and Tahini (VERY RARE, perhaps once every few months)

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on September 10, 2012
at 11:10 PM

If you feel better eating low-carb, then by all means, eat low-carb.

If you find you need more carbohydrate to support your activity, try some starchy veggies instead of rice. Sweet potatoes and butternut squash are my favorites.

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on September 10, 2012
at 09:03 PM

Volek and Phinney have written The Art and Science of Low Carb Performance, and I think you will find many answers there. They have done extensive research and assert that carbs are NOT necessary even for athletic performance.

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on February 15, 2013
at 06:25 AM

GLUCOSE GLUCOSE GLUCOSE. The real problem is sugar! The mayority of people with thyroid, diabetes, gluten and celiac disease have a glucose problems, not allergy to gluten, their real problem is spikes of glucose. 90% of autoimmune diseases are caused by too much sugar. Inflammation is caused by too much sugar or glucose. All hormone imbalances are cause by too much glucose.

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