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 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.
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!
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!