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Fatigue and Constipation

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Created November 15, 2011 at 8:32 PM

I've been on the paleo diet for 1 month. I've seen amazing results in my muscle definition, weightloss, and training. But I've been hit with massive fatigue - my brain is so 'foggy', sometimes I don't make any sense, and all I want to do is cuddle up in bed. Almost flu-like with sore muscles and the whole bit.

Also, my bowel movements have suffered drastically. I'm not sure if it's because of the stress of the change, or if there's something wrong with what I'm eating. I've been gluten-free for years. When I went paleo I just basically removed my 1 serving/day of grains and increased my animal protein. Here's an outline of what I eat on a daily basis:

  • B: 1/4 cup hemp protein, coconut milk, 1 tbsp coconut oil, 1 cup berries
  • S: chia seeds, almond milk, coconut, coconut flour muffin (sweetened with stevia)
  • L: roasted vegetables including rutabaga for a bit of starch, coconut oil, turkey
  • S: 2 eggs, greens salad, olive oil, random vegetables
  • D: red meat with vegetables in a stew, soup, or casserole
  • S: egg protein powder + almond milk

Help?? Please :D

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on November 16, 2011
at 05:48 AM

I wrote a blog post explaining the above in a more detailed manner: http://goo.gl/BbLc1 It's a guide based on how I fixed my constipation.

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on November 16, 2011
at 03:23 AM

I second what others said below. What's with all this manufactured "protein" stuff? Just eat real food! Meat, fish, eggs, veggies, fruits. Supplement if you have to with some D+K2+Magnesium+Calcium. Also, eat fermented foods: kombucha tea, home-made lactose-free probiotic goat yoghurt, home-made sauerkraut, RAW+Unfiltered LOCAL honey, and take some multi-probiotic (I take two iFlora pills before bed). Also make sure you eat OFFAL. Constipation is usually a sign of something missing in your diet, and an altered gut flora. So fix it with some fermented foods (that's how I fixed my constipation).

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on November 16, 2011
at 01:43 AM

I think this is exactly the problem. I had constipation at first, before I had learned to eat real food. The more I eat dark chocolate, almond butter, and other semi-paleo semi-cheats, the worse. In your case, try replacing the "egg protein powder + almond milk", which is not real food, with something closer to real. Your breakfast and first snack might be problematic too. Over time you may get comfortable with fewer larger meals and no snacking, which solves the problem of how to grab something quick (you don't need to) or cooking too many meals (you don't need to).

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on November 15, 2011
at 09:42 PM

I just want to suggest dumping the protein powder and liquid "food" it's no less a processed-food-like product then Mac 'n' cheese. Eat a steak, eat some eggs, eat a few yams. "Eat like our ancestors" with a blender?

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on November 16, 2011
at 01:43 AM

I think this is exactly the problem. I had constipation at first, before I had learned to eat real food. The more I eat dark chocolate, almond butter, and other semi-paleo semi-cheats, the worse. In your case, try replacing the "egg protein powder + almond milk", which is not real food, with something closer to real. Your breakfast and first snack might be problematic too. Over time you may get comfortable with fewer larger meals and no snacking, which solves the problem of how to grab something quick (you don't need to) or cooking too many meals (you don't need to).

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on November 15, 2011
at 09:25 PM

I'm curious, after 3 months on strict paleo (apart from whey protein) I've been feeling the same lately. The constipation got better with probiotics after a month, but the fatigue thing is starting to worry me.

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on November 15, 2011
at 08:55 PM

Hypothyroidism causes fatigue and constipation although if it's specifically linked w the start of paleo maybe it's not applicable.

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on November 15, 2011
at 08:49 PM

Nope completely normal...like your body, your mind has to condition itself to use fat instead of carbs for energy and cognitive performance.

You'll have brain fog for around two weeks to a month but you should feel fine on week 4...I went through the same thing.

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