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cheese and cortisol or adrenal issues?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 22, 2011 at 6:21 PM

I've been having poor sleep lately (trouble falling asleep and waking up during the night), and bags under my eyes far more than usual. I'm really good about stress management, sleep hygiene, and keeping my workouts manageable to avoid overtraining.

The only thing I can think of that has been different over the past month or so is that I've started eating cheese. A lot of raw cheese. Is there any reason to think this is linked?

My only other thought is that I've been a bit too low carb. Not on purpose but probably around 100g/day, and then every 10 days or so doing a two-day sweet potato binge.

Morning blood sugar has been a little inconsistent but still between 80-90.

thoughts?

thanks

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on July 25, 2011
at 04:50 AM

2 days off cheese, so far so good, we'll see how I sleep tonight. thanks

535fafe8afe6923870905c707c4f4454

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on July 22, 2011
at 09:59 PM

I think you can eat VERY HIGH CARB% and still remain 'paleo' by eating safe starches such as sweet potato. I don't like this recommendation.

1f8384be58052b6b96f476e475abdc74

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on July 22, 2011
at 09:18 PM

i had no idea about this, thanks!

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on July 22, 2011
at 07:48 PM

Im not sure this is a good recommendation.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on July 22, 2011
at 07:26 PM

if the cheese is the only variable you can think of, it makes sense to ditch it for a while, just to rule it out. myself i have issues with cheese b/c of yeasts/molds - but it seems like that's pretty unusual.

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on July 22, 2011
at 07:14 PM

I do eat a ton of butter with no problem. I used to drink lots of raw milk but have removed that for about 9 months. I feel better without it but I didn't quite have these problems before either.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on July 22, 2011
at 06:38 PM

it's *possible* that it's the cheese.. were you eating dairy before? are you sensitive to molds/yeasts that you know of?

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on July 22, 2011
at 08:02 PM

I would say it's the yeasts in cheese. The more raw, the more yeast. In my trial of a Dr. Harris-style diet I blitzed myself with low-temp, VAT pasteurized whipping cream and my immune response went through the roof. Raw cheese has to be among the highest yeast count offenders. (And worse yet, where there's yeast there is generally mold.) And yes, Happy Now - "allergic shiners" are a good indicator.

1f8384be58052b6b96f476e475abdc74

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on July 22, 2011
at 09:18 PM

i had no idea about this, thanks!

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on July 22, 2011
at 06:50 PM

If I eat a lot of dairy it looks like I got in a fist fight. I call 'em my milk shiners. So the cheese could certainly do it.

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on July 22, 2011
at 06:32 PM

well I suffered with adrenal problems, and bags under my eyes. And I found out it's because even though Paleo can be high carb, the sources aren't high enough compared to SAD. I think the answer is to eat some SAD, also eliminating coffee 100% for at least a week. I though Paleo was perfect, but really, eventually you are going to be too low on carbs, no matter how many veg's you eat.

535fafe8afe6923870905c707c4f4454

(720)

on July 22, 2011
at 09:59 PM

I think you can eat VERY HIGH CARB% and still remain 'paleo' by eating safe starches such as sweet potato. I don't like this recommendation.

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on July 22, 2011
at 07:48 PM

Im not sure this is a good recommendation.

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