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Ketosis- Shaky, Cold hands, Runny nose, Fatigue. Should I eat carbs?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 22, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Sorry to be a (grass fed) chicken, but is it normal to feel shaky, weak, slightly nauseous etc and to have a runny nose, dry mouth and feel a bit 'wired' when you are in week one of ketosis or is this a sign I should stop? This is my first time doing a v v low carb diet (all on paleo foods) so could do with a reality check please. Ketone strips are showing only moderate/medium ketones, but I understand this is not 100% accurate.

I'm not accurately measuring food, I'm just eating free range meats including fats, broths,olive oils, avocado oils, the odd nut, bacon, eggs etc with a tiny handful of onions

Many thanks

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on January 23, 2013
at 03:35 PM

Thank you. I hadn't realized it was okay to up the carbs just a little for the sake of feeling a bit better. I was worried I would knock myself right out of ketosis even with a tiny diet change ( carbs wise). Actually, I have found that drinking a half coconut water, half water drink helps to relieve symptoms. And cucumber in water is nice too. I will look into kimchi

Fd76e5e9844c5a6c483147abe784e5fe

on January 23, 2013
at 03:33 PM

Thanks. It is encouraging to hear that other people have felt the same way. Ketosis is such a strange feeling for a first timer. Actually I already feel like I am coming through to the other side now, so onwards and upwards.... Bring on euphoria!

Fd76e5e9844c5a6c483147abe784e5fe

on January 22, 2013
at 03:30 PM

Thanks for your response. I am doing this to lose weight- maybe just over a stone (16/17 pounds). And the plan is to lose the weight then slowly reintroduce good carbs and other strictly paleo foods. I will check out that Paul Jaminet diet, sounds great. Really appreciate your time :)

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on January 22, 2013
at 02:21 PM

From what I gather, yes it is normal for many who shift eating patterns dramtically in a short period. I've read advice to taper carbs slowly so as for thyroid to adjust(?). How one reacts also depends of course on where they're coming from in terms of diet, lifestyle, how they are metabiliilca,y hormonally as an individual. I suggest you google the term 'low carb flu'...

Also, depending on where you're coming from and what you're goals are, there may not be a good reason why you should avoid carbs/'need' to go ketognic now (note that some like Ron Rosedale would say that being ketogenic is good for everyone...) A further suggestion is to google Paul Jaminet/perfect health diet... Depending on your goals, adding carbs might be helpful. Sticking out the 'flu' in the short term for a bit migh ultimately help you cultivate metabolic flexibility though. In your sistuation, if your circumstances allow, I would be inclined to coninute for a bit before trying eating according to an approach ilke that promoted in/on the 'perfect health diet' book/website.

Fd76e5e9844c5a6c483147abe784e5fe

on January 22, 2013
at 03:30 PM

Thanks for your response. I am doing this to lose weight- maybe just over a stone (16/17 pounds). And the plan is to lose the weight then slowly reintroduce good carbs and other strictly paleo foods. I will check out that Paul Jaminet diet, sounds great. Really appreciate your time :)

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on January 22, 2013
at 04:52 PM

Sounds like normal carb flu. I found dropping the carbs really quickly to <30 can cause these symptoms to come on rather quickly if I've been eating more than 300 a day or close to it. Normally I would say taper down to 100 then 50 then however low you wanna go over a couple of days but if you're already going through it chances are the worst is over or it will be within the week. Since you're already experiencing some of the downsides just stick through it. Maybe up the green veggies and fat for the sake of feeling a little better. Usually the closer I am to zero carb in the beginning the worse I feel in the short term. Kale, spinach, cucumbers, and kimchi are my personal favorites to ease the transition. It also helps you keep a regular movement in the bathroom :)

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on January 22, 2013
at 04:30 PM

Sounds like what is referred to as the "low carb flu". Most people get over it in a few days. Drink plenty of fluid and try to get a little extra sodium and potassium in.

Some people drink bouillon, but it's hard to find a paleo compliant bouillon. You're better off with a nice pot of salted bone broth. Avocado is a good source of potassium and its low carb, too.

Once you get past this, you may have a sudden burst of energy and well being.

Fd76e5e9844c5a6c483147abe784e5fe

on January 23, 2013
at 03:33 PM

Thanks. It is encouraging to hear that other people have felt the same way. Ketosis is such a strange feeling for a first timer. Actually I already feel like I am coming through to the other side now, so onwards and upwards.... Bring on euphoria!

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