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Fatigue and dietary compliance

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Created March 04, 2012 at 3:11 AM

I have been attempting to eat a paleo diet in the general way possible (i.e. consuming healthy whole foods, irregardless of stupid macro ratios--but that doesn't mean i haven't tried high/low carb). Unfortunately the longest I can force myself to adhere to the diet is a week at the most, and usually it tops out at 2 days. The problem is that I experience such fatigue that I can't function, so i end up eating a bunch of junk food and that actually gives me energy... I've experimented with eating more calories worth of paleo food and it doesn't seem to help (i've ranged everywhere from 2000-6000 calories). Any help in this situation would be greatly appreciated

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on March 06, 2012
at 03:20 PM

Well I would frequently have digestive troubles when eating a "healthy version of the SAD", which recommended plenty of whole wheat bread and grains. While eating Paleo the digestive troubles go away, but if i end up eating some junk (i.e. anything with wheat in it) I have digestive problems and overall malaise for a couple days. Never thought that gluten might be the problem...

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on March 06, 2012
at 02:04 AM

Yes, it could indicate it. However, gluten tests are problematic & cannot always show what is going on. Usually, once you get rid of gluten, if you start to feel better after the initial "detox", then that would indicate some sort of gluten sensitivity. Another indication would be certain symptoms, although they can also be silent. Do you have any symptoms that could indicate gluten sensitivity/celiac? What where your reasons for changing to a paleo diet?

Dfeb3c1ef269c5dc03154d1689c14373

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on March 05, 2012
at 03:24 PM

there's no chance this could indicate gluten intolerance or something similar to celiac, or is there?

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on March 04, 2012
at 10:16 PM

I do eat salt and fruit, though I tend to get the majority of my carbs from white and sweet potatoes (which i've varied from 0 grams to 400g a day--more just tend to make me hungrier). When I crave junk it's usually high calorie foods like chocolate and mcdonalds type stuff. I drink a cup of coffee every morning. About 4-5 egg yolks a day, i won't always consume the whites. I tried dairy but didn't tolerate it too well, so i only consume dairy fats like butter or cream. Fish wise I go for sardines and salmon, eaten several times per week. Hope this helps in some way =)

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on March 04, 2012
at 08:34 PM

Steven, may I ask you what you are eating on a typical day when you do not cheat? It sounds very interesting, because I have something very similar going on. I am going to ask you some questions just to compare your Paleo and my Paleo:F 1. Do you eat salt? 2. Fruit? 3. How much and what carbs? 4. What do you crave when you eat junk food, sugary or fatty foods? 5. Do you drink coffee/eat chocolate/soda (caffeine)? 6. How many eggs do you eat per day? 7. Do you have dairy? 8. Do you eat fish? If yes, what kind? I know these questions sound random, but I am trying to figure out what could it be

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on March 04, 2012
at 02:52 PM

This has absolutely no scientific backing that would indicate i would be experiencing fatigue when consuming healthy whole foods and the opposite from consuming junk...

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on March 04, 2012
at 07:13 AM

"consuming healthy whole foods, irregardless of stupid macro ratios". Arbitrary calculations such as macros have no intelligence, therefore cant be stupid, or smart :)

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on March 04, 2012
at 03:28 AM

i've been attempting this for over 6 months now, and i eat plenty of potatoes or other safe starches if need be. Still think it's a carb/sugar withdrawal?

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on March 05, 2012
at 12:02 AM

I think you are experiencing an addiction to gluten/wheat. You are withdrawing from it, then eating it & you feel better. Then you are withdrawing again until you break down & consume again. It sounds like one big vicious cycle!

As Pheonix says you are probably detoxing. In order to feel better, sometimes we have to feel worse. IMO, gluten products like bread & pasta are highly addictive but one you get rid of them, you should stop craving them. Sugar can be just as addictive for some people such as my boyfriend who, once he gets a taste for "sweet" it takes him a good week or two to get rid of the craving.

Just make sure you are eating enough fat in you diet, particularly from beef & lamb, & plenty of vegetables. Also make sure your eating enough protein at every meal to ensure that you are repairing your body. Also, I find bananas to be powerhouses of energy. There is also nothing wrong with eating good quality dark choc everyday, especially if it helps maintain a healthy paleo diet.

Dfeb3c1ef269c5dc03154d1689c14373

(716)

on March 05, 2012
at 03:24 PM

there's no chance this could indicate gluten intolerance or something similar to celiac, or is there?

Aa6717c2a045f299009541b941e8a821

(340)

on March 06, 2012
at 02:04 AM

Yes, it could indicate it. However, gluten tests are problematic & cannot always show what is going on. Usually, once you get rid of gluten, if you start to feel better after the initial "detox", then that would indicate some sort of gluten sensitivity. Another indication would be certain symptoms, although they can also be silent. Do you have any symptoms that could indicate gluten sensitivity/celiac? What where your reasons for changing to a paleo diet?

Dfeb3c1ef269c5dc03154d1689c14373

(716)

on March 06, 2012
at 03:20 PM

Well I would frequently have digestive troubles when eating a "healthy version of the SAD", which recommended plenty of whole wheat bread and grains. While eating Paleo the digestive troubles go away, but if i end up eating some junk (i.e. anything with wheat in it) I have digestive problems and overall malaise for a couple days. Never thought that gluten might be the problem...

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on March 04, 2012
at 01:23 PM

It takes a minimum of six weeks to get rid of the gluten in your system.If you continue to cheat you never give your body time to heal from the industrial, processed foods.I had low carb flu for a minimum of 30 days before I started to feel amazing and that was with no cheating. Good luck!

Dfeb3c1ef269c5dc03154d1689c14373

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on March 04, 2012
at 02:52 PM

This has absolutely no scientific backing that would indicate i would be experiencing fatigue when consuming healthy whole foods and the opposite from consuming junk...

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on March 04, 2012
at 03:21 AM

It sounds like carb/sugar withdrawal to me. Especially if junk/non-paleo food helped you to feel better.

Same thing happened to me. I just slept a lot and drank a lot of water. I convinced myself it was some sort of detox, and that I just needed to gut it out. I also remember taking a couple of Advil to get through it. And I'm someone who avoids medication at all costs. So I feel your pain. For me it got better after about a week.

I think you're just going to have to gut it out. And without the junk food. Not easy, I know, when you fall asleep sitting up 5 times a day!

Dfeb3c1ef269c5dc03154d1689c14373

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on March 04, 2012
at 03:28 AM

i've been attempting this for over 6 months now, and i eat plenty of potatoes or other safe starches if need be. Still think it's a carb/sugar withdrawal?

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on March 04, 2012
at 03:14 PM

If you aren't limiting carbs or calories, it's probably psychological. Have you tried a long slow transition over weeks, not stressing about cheats? Paleo isn't a competition: move at your own speed.

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