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Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 01, 2012 at 1:35 AM

So I've been paleo for a couple months now and was recently at a halloween party. At the party I had a brownie and a very small piece of cookie cake. Already I feel extremely bloated and also have a headache. Does anyone have any good ideas for recovery? I feel like I just wrecked my body.

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on November 01, 2012
at 05:52 PM

On what basis are you judging the OP's bloating and headache to be psychological in origin? Those sound like reasonable symptoms to experience in reaction to wheat and sugar if you've been away from them for awhile.

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on November 01, 2012
at 01:43 AM

Just go back to eating the way you normally do. don't stress about it. Cheats happen, and the best thing to do is to go back to eating normal.

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on November 01, 2012
at 02:04 PM

The best way to recover is to not stress about it and move on.

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on November 01, 2012
at 04:33 PM

ugh, I feel your pain. Halloween + college + paleo is a terrible mix. I had one vampire blood cupcake in the dining hall yesterday and boy did my gastrointestinal system let me know what it thought of that. Paleo ruins you.

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on November 01, 2012
at 12:12 PM

its most likely pshychological, like CD said: go back to your normal eating and youll be fine

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on November 01, 2012
at 05:52 PM

On what basis are you judging the OP's bloating and headache to be psychological in origin? Those sound like reasonable symptoms to experience in reaction to wheat and sugar if you've been away from them for awhile.

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on November 01, 2012
at 07:52 PM

Sometimes I feel the need to "reset" after a bad run with poor food choices where I've suddenly packed on 3-5 lbs and have that general feeling of malaise. The goal of the reset is to repair gut damage and liver strain. So, I increase foods that support good gut environment and healthy liver function (primarily plant foods), and decrease sugar as well as any foods that are hard on the liver (chiefly alcohol and fatty or processed meat).

My "light detox" menu looks like this:

Breakfast - a banana and an egg, or a banana and coffee with milk

Lunch - a bowl of tomato soup and a whole sliced avocado with salt

Dinner - a modest serving of naturally lean unprocessed meat (3-4 oz) and a generous helping of vegetables (salad, stir fry, ratatouille, whatever, anything that gets green veg on the plate--lots of herbs/spices but no oils or dressings)

(Why? Banana = low-fructose glucose bomb for morning energy; eggs = methionine-rich detox support; tomatoes = anti-oxidants to repair free radical damage; avocado = glutathione-rich detox support plus plant-based source of healthy fat for satiety; lean meat = protein without liver strain; green veg = chlorophyll for detox)

I do this for two days along with a modest increase in probiotic supplements and usually I will shed the 3-5 lbs I gained in those two days and feel great again by the end of the second day. If I crave a treat during the two-day period I eat some unsweetened plain yogurt or frozen yogurt with live cultures (to support gut health).

Disclaimer: I do not recommend eating this way for an extended period of time. This diet is intended to give your liver and gut a chance to heal from a period of being overstressed. Like being on bed rest following surgery or injury, you aren't meant to stay in bed forever.

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