Started Paleo 9 days ago. Starting yesterday I have a very unusual headache behind my eyes. I am tired. Like it is 8:00pm and I am ready for bed tired. And I have been having occasional diarrhea, nothing too bad and a gurgling stomach. I have been pretty strict, about 95% Paleo. No grains whatsoever. I do and will continue to use a couple TBSP of non-dairy coffee creamer every day. And I have had several 8 ounce glasses of milk (my favorite thing and hard to give up.) I am eating my veggies alot my making smoothies with various raw veggies. I am eating leans meats, avacados, yams a couple times, bananas, apples, Clementines. I have lost 6 pounds in 9 days. I am trying to figure out if the way I am feeling is related to some sort of detox effect and will go away in time? Or maybe I am just sick (but I don't think I am)? And if this is somehow related to detoxing myself from all the crap I have been poisoning myself with all these years, how long should I expect it to last? I can live with it but it would be nice to know how long it will last. Thanks in advance. I am still trying to figure all this stuff out.
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on November 02, 2013
at 03:50 PM
I know some people need to do it cold turkey because it suits their personality, but I think a more gradual change is easier on the body and easier on the mind. It would be a shame to feel terrible and ditch the diet thinking that it's not working, when in fact you're just shocking the body with such a big change all at once.
I second what Methodician said. Non-dairy creamer is nasty stuff. Phase it out. And make sure you get plenty of the good fats. Water intake is very important while your body is adjusting to the change.
on November 01, 2013
at 02:52 PM
Whether you are deliberately reducing carbs or not, the Paleo diet is lower in carbs than SAD. Carbs cause our bodies to store excess glycogen, and with that glycogen comes water. So when glycogen stores are depleted, we excrete that excess water (which is why the first week or two of weight loss is water, not fat). If you aren't careful, it's easy to become dehydrated early on. Besides drinking a lot of water, up your sodium and potassium levels to keep your electrolytes up. You are also probably getting far less sodium in your diet because you aren't eating processed foods, so don't be afraid of adding salt.
Bone broth, with plenty of salt is a great way to balance out your sodium levels and increase fluid levels. And avacado is a great source of potassium.
on October 31, 2013
at 02:59 AM
Do not use non-dairy creamer. Use heavy cream. Is your milk of the low-fat kind? Use whole milk. Your meat is low fat cuts? Stop that. People new to Paleo often don't realize that it's very important to eat fat. Not just any but GOOD fat. That is - saturated >monounsaturated>polyunsaturated>trans. Never eat trans fat. Avoid all processed vegetable oils except olive oil (olive isn't a veggie anyway).
Aside from that, your body does have to get used to a new way of eating. And you need to do lots of research to make sure you're doing it right. Try using cronometer.com - they have a pre-set "paleo" option but I tweak my settings daily. Zoning in on perfection.
Another word on the whole fat thing. If you're morbidly obese then you may consider just concentrating on protein and carbs and getting all your micronutrients for a while, cutting back a little on fat. If you're not SERIOUSLY obese, then eat your fat. And research a lot.
You may one day decide to give up the milk/dairy after experimentation. I don't give up dairy but I rarely drink plain milk any more. When I do, it's whole milk or even half and half. I put heavy cream in my coffee.
on October 31, 2013
at 02:32 AM
Everyone reacts differently. Some have the low carb flu others just mild reactions. In my case I just lost weight, no ill effects as I felt like crap eating the way I had been. Seriously consider losing the non dairy creamer, try some coconut milk. Weaning yourself down or off the milk is also a good thing in my opinion. Otherwise it sounds like you are on the way to better health.