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Headache after high carb meal

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 01, 2011 at 4:24 AM

Has anyone else experienced this? It sucks!

3a833804187fe8926214e6c0bd8a0766

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on July 02, 2011
at 02:03 AM

Same here - wheat seems to be the worst for me. I eat as many potatoes and yams as I can without any problems. Not all "carbs" are the same

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on May 02, 2011
at 08:42 PM

I know. He babysits my daughter while I go to physical therapy. I can't afford the therapy, let alone a babysitter, so I don't dare to offend him. Plus, he's stubborn and lives under a rock.

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on May 01, 2011
at 01:23 PM

He didn't insist on you eating it! I know the situation can get weird if you refuse and there are times I certainly eat stuff rather than make it weird. Just take the responsibility for making the decision. And I mean that in a way nicer way than it sounds, I promise. The mental place of making the food decisions yourself is important! <3

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Ffc7e0ecad8e8831b528c5d4921377cc

(942)

on May 01, 2011
at 04:27 AM

With wheat, sure. White rice, potatoes, yams, no.

3a833804187fe8926214e6c0bd8a0766

(1023)

on July 02, 2011
at 02:03 AM

Same here - wheat seems to be the worst for me. I eat as many potatoes and yams as I can without any problems. Not all "carbs" are the same

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7792d8e2ada34662a3226a7d1952940a

on May 01, 2011
at 03:51 PM

Yep, happens to me with breads.

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Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on May 01, 2011
at 12:36 PM

It has to do with norepinephrine and epinephrine production. Carbs increase serotonin and dopamine and they are both the substrate for the vasoconstrictor Neuro transmitters that cause this. Read my answer to dirk on the front page here about starting paleo. It will solve this.

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1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on May 01, 2011
at 05:10 AM

Happened last night when my FIL insisted on buying us pizza :(

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on May 01, 2011
at 01:23 PM

He didn't insist on you eating it! I know the situation can get weird if you refuse and there are times I certainly eat stuff rather than make it weird. Just take the responsibility for making the decision. And I mean that in a way nicer way than it sounds, I promise. The mental place of making the food decisions yourself is important! <3

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on May 02, 2011
at 08:42 PM

I know. He babysits my daughter while I go to physical therapy. I can't afford the therapy, let alone a babysitter, so I don't dare to offend him. Plus, he's stubborn and lives under a rock.

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on February 28, 2013
at 11:36 PM

MSG is not a preservative

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on December 19, 2012
at 01:39 AM

I cut wheat from my diet because i thought i was celiac I find that i had to cut complexe carbs from my diet I feel so good now no headaches

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Ed0cb30f40daff568778b776b2a5a81d

(943)

on October 28, 2012
at 08:02 PM

I've experienced the same to a mild degree with bread after going paleo. Maybe there is some truth to that you become more sensitive after cutting out on certain things, previously I would not have this problem.

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on October 28, 2012
at 07:41 PM

Same here - just ate chocolate after 6 weeks ... Boom!!

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Cd6e368f27776f5260e4fbe1335646c5

on July 02, 2011
at 01:23 AM

yes, carbs and sugar are now giving me a big headache.

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Ee7ee29e000bd4918c06ff75b6b1bb12

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on May 01, 2011
at 03:48 PM

The only time I get a headache is if I've ingested some preservatives (MSG) unknowingly, if I didn't make the food.

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7f4c64d6caca80c74a6c2d91efa3259b

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on May 01, 2011
at 11:13 AM

Not so much a headache after a meal but I was given a beer the other day and a short while later my mouth and tongue started feeling odd and tingly. It felt like the kind of reaction my son describes if he comes into contact with nuts.

Now, I've never been a huge drinker (of beer or anything else) but pre-paleo I was quite capable of sinking 3-4 of almost anything without too much effect and this was the first time I've experienced anything like it. Presumably my body has pretty much cleared itself of gluten over the past 3 months and the amount in the beer was sufficient for my body to start complaining.

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on May 01, 2011
at 11:01 AM

The stricter paleo I go, the more sensitive I become. I never eat noodles, rice, or bread but have occasionally indulged in milk chocolate and other more direct forms of sugar (OK...I plundered my kid's easter basket). A short, sharp, intense headache was my punishment.

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66283d390809787a11a81be7ee5fb98d

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on May 01, 2011
at 04:51 AM

Yep. Once it happens enough times to you, you start to remember it before the next high-carb gaff, and then you simply decide that it's just not worth it. Progress!

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Eeb593d6b6d7a939fdd5469b69347d5f

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on May 01, 2011
at 04:50 AM

I had a horrific headache after eating wheat crust pizza as an experiment after being strictly paleo for a while. It was accompanied by horrific acid reflux for several hours...the headhache took almost 24 hours to abate.

That was all the convincing I needed to stay paleo. I eat plenty of carbs, including fruits, tubers, and veggies, and I never have headaches. So it was obvious to me what the culprit was.

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B85a65f644cb1d07df650c429facdab8

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on May 01, 2011
at 04:50 AM

Me right now! I agree with Harry: definitely more with wheat than other things, though occasionally white rice will do it.

Today was my pre-Paleo (going back on after some time off) binge to really remind myself why I do it in the first place. Rice noodles for lunch, egg noodles for dinner and a fast food burger. I'm going to hurt tomorrow but that hurt will definitely keep me going through the "low carb flu" week. :)

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