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Carbs Make Me Sick

Asked on March 04, 2017
Created September 22, 2013 at 11:47 PM

I had been doing VLC paleo (under 30 grams net carbs/day) no nuts, no snacking, IFing, and feeling great. Last night I yielded and had some paleo chocolate mint chip cookies and pineapple and watermelon, (it didn't taste as good as I remembered :() and today I feel exhausted and have explosive diarrhea. Could it be some sort of "high-carb flu"? what should I do to get back on track?

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on September 23, 2013
at 12:30 PM

Our gut does not like drastic changes in diet. No animal in nature goes hog-wild on one type of food and then switches overnight to another. It's always a gradual transition. I agree it's very likely @PilatesGatekeeper simply OD'd on carbs.

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on September 23, 2013
at 10:57 AM

interesting choice of foods to break a vlc stint. how much of each did you eat. & what were the cookie ingredients.

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on February 12, 2017
at 11:42 PM

@marg93, the comments feature is not working correctly, but take a look at matt11's older comment on the original question. IMO it's gut bacteria adaptation, which adjusts with diet over time. Cordain's Paleo Diet allows fruit and non-starchy carbs ad libitum, and if you ate that way for a while your gut would most likely adapt to that. I'm not sure whether lactose (milk sugar) tolerance ever comes back if you lose it though.

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on February 13, 2017
at 07:08 AM

@thhq

Makes sense. I also probably OD'd on carbs (a sugar spike) which is not a difficult thing to do because they are fairly quickly digestible.

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on February 12, 2017
at 04:04 PM

I must say I experienced similar issues. That's why I came here.

All that carbs do now is make me feel tired and "sick" (i.e. not happy at all, a "blahh" feeling), while if I eat no-carb diet, I'm perfectly fine and have no bad ups and downs (both physical and mental) and nasty hungers. It's most pronounced with great amounts of chocolade, bread and sugar. Fruits are good if I don't plainly overdo it, obviously. :)

As somebody suggested, it's probably because it's not natural (by evolution) to eat much carbs, but we've become accustomed to it because of the culture we live in. It's not that bad, but it's not good too.

I believe it's not really possible that we as humans "lose the ability to digest carbs" after prolonged keto dieting, because with e.g. chocolate, there isn't much to digest anyway. It's just our response to artificially high sugar levels, which the body started to dislike after it was shown what a good diet is. Put simply :)

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on September 23, 2013
at 06:09 PM

I had the exact same thing happen to me. At first I would have a small cheat everyday (half a slice of toast, few pieces of chocolate, half a cup of W.W. pasta with my zucchini noodles, etc). This got narrowed down to a cheat 1-2x per week, then 1x per week, and, finally, was eliminated because I found that the less that I ate heavy carbs (breads, pastas, and, unrelated, but sugars!) the better I felt. Then whenever I would eat them I would get extremely bloated/gassy and have horrible diarrhea. I stopped doing paleo after losing 35 pounds and convincing myself that i could bring back the carbs in moderate amounts (this coincided with xmas, go figure...) and while I haven't gained the weight back, I feel like CRAP. The problem is that now I have to go through the horrible craving stage of the carb cycle all over again, so it's really hard to get back into paleo even though I KNOW how much BETTER I feel without the extra crap.

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on September 23, 2013
at 07:33 AM

The obvious answer would be : "Well, don't eat carbs then".

However, if you gut is healthy, you should be able to have a cheat day without any adverse effects - ie: your digestive system is strong enough to withstand an agression - and you need to have fun from time to time. Perhaps you ate too much carbs in one go. I would suggest you try again in a week or so, with smaller quantities.

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on September 23, 2013
at 12:30 PM

Our gut does not like drastic changes in diet. No animal in nature goes hog-wild on one type of food and then switches overnight to another. It's always a gradual transition. I agree it's very likely @PilatesGatekeeper simply OD'd on carbs.

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on September 23, 2013
at 05:40 AM

I used to do the cheat day thing because I missed (or so I thought) all the foods I used to eat. Doing the cheat day every week only lasted a few months because eating bread, cookies, pasta, pie & desserts made me feel terrible for a couple day. Slow by slow I stopped doing a junk food cheat day & I switched to a "paleo over feed day". I know I should do the calorie cycling but I like my routine

I would get back on track by eating tasty paleo. whatever your fav paleo foods are.. grilled beef & veggies, stir fry chix. I'm more or less paleo for ~9 months.

Slow by slow the desire to eat junk has left me. Whenever I do "fall off the wagon" (hardy ever now) the results reinforce my desire to "never do that again".

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