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?
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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!
on August 17, 2013
at 06:26 PM
I have decided to add some here -
The best meal for hypoglycemia can be:
either some protein with fat with green leafy or non-starchy vegetables (protein is the best snack for hypoglycemia)
or some starch (but not too much) with non-starchy vegetables.
/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.
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.
on August 18, 2013
at 02:30 PM
Add more carbs in the form of safe starches.