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Rough Day 1

Answered on January 02, 2014
Created January 01, 2014 at 5:46 PM

I just started my Paleo diet today! Well, technically last night. But anyhoo. I had my first Paleo breakfast today, which consisted of a salad with nuts and dried fruit, which I have been eating for years and still fits, and bacon. The kicker is that about fifteen minutes after I ate, I felt like I got hit by a truck. Nausea, terrible headache, terrible stomachache, severe fatigue, and generally feeling like I want to cry.

I have been on a whole foods diet for years, which was already low in sugar and grains. I didn't think this would be that much of a switch. Although I was vegetarian for about half a year previously, in the last few months I've been eating at least one meat product a day. The only thing I can think of is that the dramatic increase in fats, or maybe that kind of fat, nuked my system in a very large way. Does anyone have any experiences or advice that pertain to this? Is it normal, even when I haven't had processed foods in years? Does it get better? Suddenly I'm feeling very sorry that I left my comfortable health bubble of tofu. T_T

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on January 01, 2014
at 09:04 PM

It sounds like you were eating exactly your normal breakfast, plus bacon, which you've also eaten in the past. Can you name anything specific that you haven't done in the past? Where did the dramatic increase in fats come from?

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on January 01, 2014
at 06:04 PM

sorry, I see that CDone caught the fact that this is a typical breakfast for you. Never mind...

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on January 02, 2014
at 03:31 AM

Since this is your typical breakfast, it was probably something else and not the paleo diet. HOWEVER, be prepared for the "low carb flu". As a former oatmeal-every-morning eater I had a very tough adjustment the first week of going paleo. I got through it by adding an apple or sweet potato to my high protein breakfast of bacon and eggs. Now I don't need to add fruit (but do if I want it), but that initial change to high fat, high protein can be brutal.

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on January 01, 2014
at 09:34 PM

Is it a pre-made salad mix from the store, or salad you made from scratch? The pre-mades sure are convenient, but seems like more and more they're getting contaminated at the source. Makes me leery about them these days.

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on January 01, 2014
at 07:35 PM

sounds like you are coming down with a bug or maybe this particular mixture of foods you ate wasn't cleaned properly (food poisoning).

if you always eat this breakfast, your body is used to it even if you are now calling it "paleo." soo blaming the "paleo diet" really makes no sense at all.

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on January 01, 2014
at 06:02 PM

You said that this is a typical breakfast that you have been eating for years.... The fact that you are now "paleo" doesn't change anything.

You probably got a virus, or drank too much last, etc. Calling yourself "Paleo" doesn't suddenly make food you used to eat affect you differently.

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on January 01, 2014
at 05:51 PM

Sounds to me like something specific disagreed with you--dried fruits are difficult to digest, in particular. I would recommend either skipping them for awhile, working into them slowly, or possibly stewing them.

I have moved very gradually into the paleo way of eating, giving myself permission to do it imperfectly and to not punish myself. I've still seen good results even in this approach.

All the best to you! I'd drink lots of warm water with lemon today.

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on January 01, 2014
at 06:04 PM

sorry, I see that CDone caught the fact that this is a typical breakfast for you. Never mind...

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