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Why do I feel better after eating non-paleo food?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 27, 2012 at 8:11 PM

I've been having a hard time sticking to paleo, partly because I have emotional eating issues, but also because I feel more awake and better able to function after I have something like bread or a diet coke or an iced coffee. Is it because my body isn't used to being 100% paleo anymore? When I was 100% paleo I was always over-eating a little bit because I think I craved that jump in energy in the morning and mid-afternoon.

What do you think? Any tips on courses of action?

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I agree with this.

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on April 27, 2012
at 08:26 PM

My guess would be either it is an emotional response or you are not getting enough calories eating "100% Paleo". Diet coke and iced coffee will provide you with caffeine, which if you have a dependency (which most of us do) it will give you a boost.

Bread is going to provide starch based fuel and will give you an energy kick. You should get the same kick from rice or tubers.

Without any idea what you eat on a daily basis, it is hard to give any tips. For me, I eat tons of eggs and meat in the morning to supply myself with plenty of fuel for the day. I eat more meat, veggies and some tubers or rice in the middle of the day and more meat with some nuts and dark chocolate for dinner.

That works for me.. but you have to find your own path. I would suggest that bread and diet coke are not essential foods for that path..

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on April 27, 2012
at 08:24 PM

I notice I feel better after some rice sometimes. I think a lot of us are probably under eating carbs.

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

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on April 27, 2012
at 11:45 PM

I agree with this.

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on April 27, 2012
at 08:14 PM

You could try to add in some rice or sweet potatoes and see if the starchy tubers help your energy levels. Also I don't see why unsweetened iced coffee is a problem.

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on April 27, 2012
at 08:21 PM

Or maybe try some coconut or MCT oil for a quick hit of brain food instead of caffeine and/or carbs and see if that helps

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