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Spring allergies causing carbohydrate crave

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 22, 2012 at 3:14 PM

I'm now entering into, I think, my sixth week of following paleo/primal. Spring arrived early in Indiana and since my allergies (allergic to trees, mold, grass--hay fever basically) are in full swing, I've been craving carbohydrates, which I haven't in the past 6 weeks. Pre-paleo living I had to drag myself through late March to mid-May. I was hoping that with my new way of living, there would be less "drag". Any ideas for reviving my energy level as I slog through hay-fever season? Any natural remedies? Right now taking claritin (non-drowsy) and nose spray (Astilin). Thanks.

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on May 17, 2012
at 07:48 PM

Also, make sure it's raw honey.

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on May 03, 2012
at 04:40 PM

why would allergies case you to crave carbs?

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on April 17, 2012
at 03:10 AM

I'm in a same boat with you. I allow my self more carbs to avoid stress. I try to stay indoors, vacum and clean more, and/or travel to places where pollen season has gone or hasn't started yet.

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on March 22, 2012
at 07:38 PM

I don't know if Claritin is in the same realm, but antihistamines like diphenhydramine can cause increased appetite/weight gain.

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on March 22, 2012
at 03:30 PM

I'm interested to hear this too- last year was my first spring/summer being totally paleo, and I still got really bad allergies and experienced a lot of fatigue. I also find it hard to eat "heavy" things- can't tell if it's because I'm stuffed up or just don't actually want it.

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5ef574d7893bc816ec52e04139e9bc09

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on May 17, 2012
at 08:39 PM

Maybe your liver wants some glycogen.

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on May 03, 2012
at 06:38 PM

I highly recommend finding a local honey source and taking a spoonful each day. The honey contains pollen from your allergens and will help your body to accustom itself to the allergens in your area. I swear this works. I use it in the Spring when my grass allergies start acting up!

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on May 17, 2012
at 07:48 PM

Also, make sure it's raw honey.

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on March 22, 2012
at 03:41 PM

Hi, Jenn. :)

You might like something in this thread, on the subject of pollen allergies:

http://paleohacks.com/questions/105779/how-do-i-avoid-losing-my-arms-to-seasonal-allergies/105808#105808

I don't know about the pollen causing carb cravings. Perhaps it is related to histamine irritation, or estrogen?

That Paleo Guy, Jamie Scott, has a bit of information on that, in his post on histamine intolerance:

http://thatpaleoguy.com/2011/04/11/histamine-intolerance/

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