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1 Year Paleo-- 5 day non paleo vacation-- water retention and edema

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 16, 2013 at 3:30 AM

So I have been on a strict paleo diet for about a year. No dairy, legumes, sugar, wheat, and very little fruit. Carbs are pretty low, fat pretty high, and protein is moderate. I was on vacation last week and thought It would be alright to eat whatever I wanted for 5 days. Everything from cookies, cake, chocolate, pizza, burgers( all of which I havent ate for about a year). Ive now gotten extremely bloated with water retention. I think I developed edema in my legs and Im very worried now. Will this go away anytime soon? Im back on my normal routine but scared about my legs and water retention. This has never happened to me. Feet, ankles, and lower part of my legs have gotten swollen. I learned my lesson, but trying to figure out what I should do and when things will get back to normal..

Thanks in advance!!

Ef398c239d5119c613ca25fabe66b6ed

on May 08, 2013
at 01:31 AM

This is exactly what happened to me. After eating like crap for a week, I went back to strict paleo and everything slowly got back to normal. I had SEVERE water retention in my ankles and legs. I was really really worried and scared. Glad to know what caused it, and now know to control myself.

Ef398c239d5119c613ca25fabe66b6ed

on April 16, 2013
at 08:34 PM

thanks for the advice, really appreciate it!

Ef398c239d5119c613ca25fabe66b6ed

on April 16, 2013
at 08:33 PM

thank you for your help!

C5d5cfab77a26fa17a56f2c62b99b879

(542)

on April 16, 2013
at 05:17 PM

Amen brother/sister. If you put it in you gotta get it out before you can expect to feel much better. Any sensible way to move that process along is worth it. Moderate or even exercise works well and makes me feel a lot better immediately. And....a good dump goes a long way. Say what you will, a drug store enema can make you feel like a million bucks. Some people think they're nasty but they get results.

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185611035dacee24cd9fa98131aeec55

on April 16, 2013
at 03:44 AM

Without going to the doctor you can try reducing the salt from your paleo diet until it subsides, along with compression socks or stockings, as well as an antihistamine in case you had a severe allergic reaction to one of the foods you ate. If none of that works I would recommend going to your doctor to rule out blood clots or other causes. Hope you feel better soon!

Ef398c239d5119c613ca25fabe66b6ed

on April 16, 2013
at 08:33 PM

thank you for your help!

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A170f9d60f341749416c626ec66b34ed

on May 07, 2013
at 08:09 AM

i have been paleo for three months now, and before i have been practising montignac diet for a few years. i just got back from holiday in thailand. there, i was eating everything, you know - LOTS od noodles, rice, cakes, pretty much anything that came along. swollen legs i thought i got from the plane ride, persisted through all holiday. i wasn't feeling bad in general, but legs were swollen beyond recognition, the feeling of my skin being too tight.

when i got back home, i switched back to paleo immediately. in two days i lost already 2,5 kgs, what i assume is mainly water, and my legs are almost back to normal. i plan to make a similar test in a few months to see if it was really the diet or something else

Ef398c239d5119c613ca25fabe66b6ed

on May 08, 2013
at 01:31 AM

This is exactly what happened to me. After eating like crap for a week, I went back to strict paleo and everything slowly got back to normal. I had SEVERE water retention in my ankles and legs. I was really really worried and scared. Glad to know what caused it, and now know to control myself.

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606f2967e2ada25eb0bc2ed677ec2845

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on April 16, 2013
at 04:40 PM

What I find helps after a binge or holiday or what ever is 3 things, drink alot of water, 5 litres a day, do a long fast, 48 hours works nice for me, and go to the sauna, helps sweat out alot of nastyness

Ef398c239d5119c613ca25fabe66b6ed

on April 16, 2013
at 08:34 PM

thanks for the advice, really appreciate it!

C5d5cfab77a26fa17a56f2c62b99b879

(542)

on April 16, 2013
at 05:17 PM

Amen brother/sister. If you put it in you gotta get it out before you can expect to feel much better. Any sensible way to move that process along is worth it. Moderate or even exercise works well and makes me feel a lot better immediately. And....a good dump goes a long way. Say what you will, a drug store enema can make you feel like a million bucks. Some people think they're nasty but they get results.

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