1

votes

what is going on?? dizzy spells after almost 1 yr. of paleo

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created August 17, 2013 at 4:17 PM

I have been following paleo/primal for almost a year now, even completed a whole 30 but over the summer have been much more lenient w/my diet, enjoying treats a little bit more frequently than i'd like to admit. Lately (over the past month or so) i've been experiencing these dizzy/light headed attacks where i feel very weak, almost like I'm going to pass out. I've had heart palpitations and quickening too. I'm just not sure what can be causing this -- a deficiency in something? low blood sugar? it's funny, but the days where I'm being particularly stringent are the days i notice these episodes - for example, today I've had 2 eggs, cooked in grass fed butter, 1/2 avocado, 1/2c. blueberries, 3 glasses of water and 1 1/2 cups of coffee w/ half/half, handful nuts/coconut flakes. out of no where before lunch i had an attack. any ideas what might be going on?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on August 18, 2013
at 07:04 PM

Here are the symptoms of electolyte disorders, check it out - whether they sound familiar http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Electrolyte+Disorders

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on August 18, 2013
at 07:00 PM

Sorry - it was my auto-correct, I did not even check. Maybe it is an electrolyte issue, but my hypoglycemia started to show up only now. Is there a way to rule it out? Are there any symptoms to check?

D396b126240f584bc358e6e4fd84e9e3

(455)

on August 18, 2013
at 06:28 PM

I'm not sure about that. She was fine for a year now all of a sudden she's getting dizzy spells?

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on August 18, 2013
at 03:34 PM

And it is "exacerbated", not "exasperated", just so you know...

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on August 18, 2013
at 03:33 PM

It's an electrolyte issue, not blood sugar, VB. if it was hypoglycemia, it would have been a problem for her immediately after gong Paleo.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on August 18, 2013
at 03:31 PM

It't exacerbated, not exasperated.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on August 18, 2013
at 03:31 PM

This. Totally normal electrolyte imbalance.

947febf34718112812c58abd83c09591

(104)

on August 18, 2013
at 02:42 PM

I would concur with this. I had similar symptoms for a few weeks and realized I was not hydrating/cooking with enough salt/plus I was crazy stressed.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on August 17, 2013
at 06:20 PM

Oops, forgot to answer your question - yes, definitely, these episodes could be exasperated by carb overload. Then you crash after. You have to keep your carb flow constant.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on August 17, 2013
at 06:04 PM

The most important thing is to eat frequently (every 2 - 3 hours) and ABSOLUTELY NO SUGAR. NONE. No treats, nothing sweet. At every meal you should have a combination of protein/non-starchy veg/fat. Protein is the best snack for hypoglycemics. Try it for 2 days, if you feel better on the third day, it means this is it. Good luck!

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on August 17, 2013
at 06:02 PM

http://thyroid.about.com/b/2004/04/28/do-you-have-undiagnosed-hypoglycemia.htm

7565aa8d3746c5a82b89bdbaa288ad65

on August 17, 2013
at 05:52 PM

thank you for your reply :) do you think these episodes could be exasperated by having a very "off the wagon" night and then returning to a strict diet in the am? what are some good carbs you would recommend?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on August 17, 2013
at 04:49 PM

Low blood sugar. Drop the coffee (it raises your blood sugar level) and add some green leafy vegetables. Also, add some carbs, keep them to 60 gr per day.

  • 7565aa8d3746c5a82b89bdbaa288ad65

    asked by

    (5)
  • Views
    9.9K
  • Last Activity
    1550D AGO
Frontpage book

Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!

4 Answers

1
874ff271ca3379984344d5f9f760fec3

on August 18, 2013
at 11:18 AM

You are describing low salt and/or hydration problems. Its a common problem for VLC diets.

A salty bowl of broth everyday should solve the problem. It'll take a few days and you're gonna be thirsty!

947febf34718112812c58abd83c09591

(104)

on August 18, 2013
at 02:42 PM

I would concur with this. I had similar symptoms for a few weeks and realized I was not hydrating/cooking with enough salt/plus I was crazy stressed.

D396b126240f584bc358e6e4fd84e9e3

(455)

on August 18, 2013
at 06:28 PM

I'm not sure about that. She was fine for a year now all of a sudden she's getting dizzy spells?

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on August 18, 2013
at 03:31 PM

This. Totally normal electrolyte imbalance.

1
F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on August 17, 2013
at 06:26 PM

I have decided to add some here -

The best meal for hypoglycemia can be:

  1. either some protein with fat with green leafy or non-starchy vegetables (protein is the best snack for hypoglycemia)

  2. or some starch (but not too much) with non-starchy vegetables.

Examples:

/1/ steak and salad

/1/ fish and leafy greens

/1/ poultry and non-starchy veggies

/2/ a tiny bit of sweet potatoes and salad

/2/ zucchini or pumpkin or carrot and non-starchy vegetables

Add some fat to all of the above.

Avocado lowers your insulin levels. Spread it out. One avocado per day keeps your dizzy spells away.

Walnuts are good as well. Pumpkin seeds. Sunflower seeds.

NO SUGAR. NO SUGARY FRUIT. NO SIMPLE STARCHES. NO COFFEE. That will make your pancreas to produce more insulin (or in case of caffeine your liver will raise/lower your blood sugar levels). The combination of coffee/sugar is murder.

Blueberries are okay though, they are not that high in sugar.

Good luck.


EDITED - yes, it could be an issue with electrolytes, but it is easy to rule it out. Drink more, add more salt. Or you can take a blood test for electrolytes, as well as blood glucose.

Have you talked to your doctor? You should. He will be able to tell you better.

0
9d47b0b5fc2d88f3010757d97892ceaa

on August 18, 2013
at 02:30 PM

Add more carbs in the form of safe starches.

0
Dba4686e589eb5ce6bb2d69a9a0036c7

on August 17, 2013
at 08:55 PM

Ignore the troll. Post reported.

Answer Question


Get FREE instant access to our
Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!