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Could the carb/sugar content of Red Cabbage interfere with energy gains?

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Created September 27, 2012 at 1:52 AM

Hi! I started the paleo diet 3 days ago...I'm definitely feeling tired and low energy, but I'm sticking to it. I keep reading how people experience a sudden surge in energy 2 weeks into it, which I'm very much looking to. However, I'm concerned because I'm eating alot (sometimes over a pound) od red cabbage a day, and I've read that red cabbage is high in sugar/carbs.

From what I understand, the sudden increase in energy on paleo is due to going into ketosis and burning fat/protein for energy instead of carbs, and this only occurs when you limit carb intake.

Will eating red cabbage everyday interfere with ketosis and the increase in energy?

thanks!

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on October 25, 2012
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Yeah, that's not bad. It's only about 25g of carbs once you subtract the fiber.

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on September 27, 2012
at 02:24 AM

A pound of red cabbage is virtually nothing. About 35g of carbs, and the calorie content of 3-4 strips of bacon. Maybe you're low energy because you're not eating enough?

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on October 25, 2012
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Yeah, that's not bad. It's only about 25g of carbs once you subtract the fiber.

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on October 25, 2012
at 10:45 AM

I wouldn't worry about the carbs in cabbage. I'd be more worried about their goitrogenic effects which will downregulate your thyroid, which in turn will make you low energy.

That said, I'm not so sure that's the reason you're tired. Just starting paleo means lots of internal changes, and if you're going low carb, there's always the "low carb flu" induction period where your mitochondria which have been used to years of high carb have to switch over to beta-oxidation (burning fats), and the rest of your tissues have to get used to burning ketones, FFAs, and triglycerides instead of glucose.

So, you're probably ok eating some cabbage, just don't make it your only food.

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on September 27, 2012
at 02:45 AM

I did not limit my intake of whole, natural carbs in my detox, Whole 30 phase of Paleo when I started several months ago. I had nuts and fruit and all kinds of vegetables and I still had an energy surge about 3 weeks in. WHOLE, NATURAL (organic when possible) FOODS! Not, low carb...

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on September 27, 2012
at 01:57 AM

a pound of red cabbage a day is a LOT. But to each their own.

For me it took three weeks. The surge is just from your body adapting to a new way of eating. The adaptation would take place if you went to an all sugar diet too.

If you are trying to get into ketosis, the red cabbage will interfere. If you are trying to get healthy, the cabbage will be fine.

But I have to ask... What is the deal with you and red cabbage?

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