Ever find that "clean eating," makes you feel worse.. before you feel better?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 17, 2013 at 11:40 PM

So, I have been doing Paleo/PHD for about 2 years.. the first year I was hit or miss, but I have always been obsessive about my diet so even when it was bad it was never that bad. In the last year I have gotten it more honed and follow PHD pretty closely with all the supps and everything. However, I still did a lot of drinking and partying and probably just reversing all the good I was doing. Since the new year I haven't drank, cut out superfluous sugars, upped fermented foods and have been on a new supp regime with the help of a functional doc. So, in this process of cleaning up and healing I find that I feel worse. Of course this seems like the darkness before the dawn.. but dammit I want immediate results! ;) I have body aches galore, fuzzy head, sleeeppppiness,itchy skin.. blah blah blah. I've heard a lot of people that go on elimination diets and such tend to feel worse before they feel better.

Just looking to commiserate here. Anyone have the same experience?



on January 18, 2013
at 02:07 PM

A lot. I've always been a partier. Have been drinking heavily since I was about 20. In the past few years it has tapered to maybe one or two heavy days a month with many moderate days sprinkled in. But in the last 6 months I had many weddings, my 30th birthday, went on multiple vacations and did a lot of fine dining. I know, I know.. poor me ;)



on January 18, 2013
at 02:47 AM

how much drinking were you doing????????

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on January 18, 2013
at 06:59 AM

Yes. It is very common to feel horrible before it gets better, unfortunately. After a few months of being too casual, I tightened the reins on my Paleo lean and spent 2 weeks feeling absolutely horrible. Mind you, I was trying to detox from caffeine at the same time as cutting out grains & sugar, all the while going VLC. Not advisable. I had a headache for a week, and I never even get headaches. Anyway, I upped the carbs a bit via sweet potatoes to lessen the misery and voila. All is well. It was a very, very long 2 weeks though.


on January 19, 2013
at 06:07 AM

Yep, after spending December on what was virtually an all out binge me and my partner decided to Whole 30 this month. For the first 10 days or so, he had gut issues (poop TMI!) and I couldn't get to sleep at all. Our workouts were pretty rubbish too.

We've since broken through and feel awesome, you'll get there!



on January 18, 2013
at 11:09 PM

Yep, I remember feeling pretty crap for a week, then gradually felt better. I speculate that your body is 'coming off' a lot of regularly ingested toxins like refined sugar and artificial stuff, and normalising it's hormones.


on January 18, 2013
at 09:44 PM

Up your fat intake especially raw fats if you can get them. I would also eat some carbs. Both of these would help to alleviate detox symptoms. When your body is not burdened by current toxins you're putting in it can clean out the old toxins you've stored. Paleo isn't the ultimate detox diet, but it does well. You could detox for years depending on many different factors.

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