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SO CRABBY!! Please help

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 13, 2013 at 6:44 PM

All,

I am new to Paleo and have only been following for a few days. I am so snappy and cranky and crabby!! Please tell me this goes away? I am not a sugar eater, and I eat pretty "clean" but I decided to cut out all the grains and I am a grade a [email protected] now....

Please help - any ideas how I can get past this?

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on May 14, 2013
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Sorry....*much* posting from my phone.

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on May 13, 2013
at 11:44 PM

No problem! Paleo doesn't mean you need to be super low carb. You can eat good quality carbs like sweet potatoes yams and some fruit and still have amazing results!

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at 06:58 PM

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on May 13, 2013
at 11:50 PM

Sugar withdrawal. Even if you only eliminated a tiny bit, you can still feel it. When I went 100% zero sugar, I eliminated only 1 tsp in my coffee, and a handful of cereal as an afternoon snack. MASSIVE crabbiness! You should start feeling better by day 5, markedly better at the one week mark. Eat more fat than you are used to. It will help.

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on May 13, 2013
at 10:01 PM

Did you drastically decrease your carbohydrate intake when you started eating paleo? Low blood sugar definitely makes people cranky, as well as often causing fatigue and weakness. After a week or two your body will adapt, either by going into ketosis (if your intake is very low) or by getting better at burning protein and fat (if it's more moderate, in the 90-150g range).

Paleo is not necessarily a low-carb diet, though many people do eat that way. If you're not trying to lose a lot of weight, carbohydrates are fine. High-carb foods can be nutritious, they're easy to digest, and they're often much cheaper than protein and fat. The usual advice is to cut out grains, but eat fruit, root vegetables (sweet potatoes, potatoes, turnips, etc), and possibly white rice.

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on May 13, 2013
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Eat lots of satisfying fats and good healthy carbs!

Also make sure you're getting lots of good quality sleep. You're probably experiencing something called the low-carb flu. Just keep pushing through it and you'll feel better soon!

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on May 13, 2013
at 08:05 PM

Thank you Linds, I just had some cantelope and feel a little better. I will definately make sure to eat an avocado at Dinner

5b9a25a1a676397a25579dfad59e1d7b

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on May 13, 2013
at 11:44 PM

No problem! Paleo doesn't mean you need to be super low carb. You can eat good quality carbs like sweet potatoes yams and some fruit and still have amazing results!

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on May 14, 2013
at 01:54 PM

I would definitely agree with everyone else and say eat more fat and/OR carbs. See it as a see-saw of fats vs. carbs but only as long as your calorific intake is right. Have you tracked them? Try Cron-o-meter and you might be surprised! Also do you eat coconut oil. I don't get the WHOOSH that others report but I do notice improved energy after! I am however, VLC.

I was the same as you: not really high carby before but I did notice the it when I stopped altogether. I weaned myself off by eating melon as well so good call! I have to admit, I also ate more than I ever have. I just enjoyed the eating of food that was 'banned' before. I think eating in excess helped the symptons too. Very enjoyable! :)

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on May 14, 2013
at 03:24 AM

Sounds like you need some healthy fats! I eat VERY LOW CARB but I eat a ton of fat and people always ask me why I am always so PEPPY and ENERGETIC - It's definitely the fat :D

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on May 14, 2013
at 01:59 AM

You may want to drop your carbs slower, if doing so too quickly is driving you nuts. Of course, you're part way to the finish, so why stop now?

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on May 14, 2013
at 01:39 AM

Thanks so muddy everyone. I got through today. I did end up having some honey which I would like to limit but if I need to wind down the carbs slowly better to have honey than rice! I have a ton of weight to lose so I wanted to be on the lower end of the Carb......I had a stew I made last night with chuck steak and all root veggies. It wasn't helping much at lunch. I think I will keep the healthy carbs high this week and dial down a little each week.

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on May 14, 2013
at 01:40 AM

Sorry....*much* posting from my phone.

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on May 13, 2013
at 08:52 PM

Sweet potato helps with this as well. Sweet potato and ghee....mmmmmmmm.......

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