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Help me. I have to peel myself off the couch.

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Created October 13, 2011 at 3:11 PM

I have been full blown Paleo going on my 3rd week now. After the first few days I felt great every morning and could seriously climb a mountain just to yell at the top of my lungs. I felt invincible, amazing and just down right awesome. I lost 8 lbs in two weeks and had enough energy to almost purge my whole house, while keeping up with all 5 of my beautiful children.

Now, these past three days I can barely wake up in the morning and it takes a lot to get going. Come afternoon time around 3ish I can not stay awake! It feels like I'm under a heavy brick and can't stay awake. I almost feel like I'm forcing myself to eat, as I'm not craving anything. My bones feel weak and I just can't think too clearly. I have 5 kiddos to keep up with, so this needs to change quickly.It seems once I can get up (after a couple hours of intense sleep) and eat dinner I'm back to feeling ok, but still a little unmotivated.

Anybody know what's going on with me? Ideas, cures, etc? I HATE FEELING LIKE THIS!

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on October 23, 2011
at 02:44 AM

Depends on if your going for purity or low cost. The costco brand has been recommended by Robb Wolf in the past but I've heard that carillons and nordic naturals are really good. I just bought the nordic naturals today and will try it tomorrow!

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on October 14, 2011
at 01:41 PM

Good luck ! Enjoy your fat more, especially in this "transition" week. Round up with coconut oil after meals and as snacks. Might help. Let us know how it went.

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on October 13, 2011
at 08:23 PM

What is a good brand for fish oil? I never know what brand to get.

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on October 13, 2011
at 08:22 PM

Thanks for the link. It actually sparked up a thought that I slipped a little w/corn chips and bean dip at a party on Sunday evening. Needless to say, I started feeling this way on Monday. I think there's a *link* there.

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on October 13, 2011
at 08:20 PM

I have given up wheat and sugar after child no.2 and felt great. This is the 1st time I've completely gone Paleo. Hubby and I are doing the 7 wk challenge through CrossFit (although, I'm not working out there). Today seems to be much better already. Still weak, but not as tired thank goodness! I'm trying to cut back on fruit, as I want to lose body fat, but this banana in my afternoon smoothie is sure tasting might good! I figure with consuming a whole can of full fat coco milk, an avocado and some good bacon fat in my diet EVERY DAY I'm doing well with my fats.

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on October 13, 2011
at 07:19 PM

I don't understand why this was down voted, seems like a good answer to me. I too have been experiencing this low energy, and it hasn't been due to low carbs - I've been having sweet potatos and carrots and such, to make it easier for me to get back on the paleo wagon. I think that my body shifting from burning glucose to burning fat makes a lot of sense.

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on October 13, 2011
at 07:09 PM

You are still eating for two, so I would not be afraid to just eat MORE in general if your comfortable (not feeling stuffed) doing that.

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on October 13, 2011
at 07:08 PM

Wow...looks pretty darn good. You have five kids? Have you noticed this at a point while breast feeding any of the others?

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on October 13, 2011
at 06:08 PM

I'm breastfeeding a 6 mos exclusively. 2 eggs/2 slices bacon w/handful of spinach, coffee w/coco creamer, whole avacado w/salsa, handful of walnuts, steak salad, smoked chicken w/roasted brussel sprouts (w/bacon), Berry smoothie. That is a typical day.

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on October 13, 2011
at 04:19 PM

What's your carb intake look like?

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on October 13, 2011
at 03:38 PM

could you provide an example of what you eat typically each day? amounts and/or calorie count would be most helpful.

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on October 13, 2011
at 03:44 PM

Consider that you are making a successful metabolic transition from burning sugar to burning fat. This amounts to perturbing your body-mind's homeostasis. Just as it can be uncomfortable to start a new exercise program: 36 hours after a longer run than usual, you might find yourself feeling "lousy." Until your body begins to say: "Hey, that run the other day - how about we keep that in the ongoing plan?"

All the same, the most precise homeostasis is rigor mortis. So even when making "paleo" choices, don't settle on complete uniformity. Keep tweaking things.

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on October 13, 2011
at 07:19 PM

I don't understand why this was down voted, seems like a good answer to me. I too have been experiencing this low energy, and it hasn't been due to low carbs - I've been having sweet potatos and carrots and such, to make it easier for me to get back on the paleo wagon. I think that my body shifting from burning glucose to burning fat makes a lot of sense.

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on October 13, 2011
at 03:24 PM

Sounds like a vitamin deficiency or too few carbs for your activity level perhaps. What do your typical meals look like?

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on October 13, 2011
at 07:38 PM

The first time I got sick after changing to paleo confused me because I had no obvious symptoms, but I felt like what you describe.
I slept for a day. Didn't eat at all that day, and didn't eat much the next but felt well enough to go to work. By the third day I had an appetite back. I believe, if I had been on the SAD and following the standard advice about eating while sick, whatever it was could have easily lasted two weeks. Nassim Taleb has written somewhere about how it makes no sense to make sick people eat, and I think a few of the advocates of intermittent fasting have mentioned it as well. Processing food takes up resources better spent on the immune system at that particular time. Barring some sort of emergency, the body should regain an appetite

I throw this out as a possible answer because, well, it is possible that your symptoms have nothing to do with diet. You may even want to see a doctor, though I try to avoid them as much as possible myself.

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on October 13, 2011
at 03:40 PM

I had this problem recently and I'm no expert on this because I have just started myself but here are some things you might want to look into:

-Vitamin Supplement - Take one of any brand a day until you read up and find the right one for you.

-Fish Oil - Once I started to counter my Omega 6's with getting more Omega 3 from diet and fish oil I felt better, again just start taking them and then you can adjust and find a brand you prefer.

If your going to have a cheat meal make sure its gluten free - I did this on week 5 of paleo after feeling great I had taco bell and some bread with breakfast. I didn't think it would throw me off but I guess it did. Apparently it can take almost 2 weeks for the body to heal itself from gluten after its been reintroduced. Not sure about the exact science but thats what I read. I DO know that it felt like starting week 1 (carb flu, foggy, low energy) again. So I suspect feeling good has a lot more to do with a healthy gut than I thought.

-Enough Protien/Good Carbs/Calories Are you eating enough? I found I wasn't getting enough at first but this is all about the process of tweaking paleo to match your body and your needs. Lookup what people recommend and try to match that at first. If your not eating enough it can affect your energy. From what I understand as long as your eating the RIGHT foods, you don't need to calorie count or anything. Just eat good and until your full and everything else usually works out.

Starches? It was recommended to me when I had the same question that I should try adding a bit of starch. Maybe try a sweet potato with a meal and see how you feel.

Wish I could help more but these are just a few things i tried messing with. Its all about sticking with it and finding what works for you. I like to think of Paleo as a template for healthy eating where I can change things to match my body's needs. Good Luck!

B9cb5bc5bee7b070f7850f190a056938

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on October 13, 2011
at 08:23 PM

What is a good brand for fish oil? I never know what brand to get.

15307127b011c7c276e76adc46bd1d31

(115)

on October 23, 2011
at 02:44 AM

Depends on if your going for purity or low cost. The costco brand has been recommended by Robb Wolf in the past but I've heard that carillons and nordic naturals are really good. I just bought the nordic naturals today and will try it tomorrow!

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on October 13, 2011
at 03:28 PM

I (and most low-carbs paleo newbie) experienced the same, it's called "The Low Carb Flu", it may last 1 week.

Read about it at MDA

Warning: Don't give up and binge on carbs, stay motivated, eat some (I said some) berries for snacks and it will pass and you should feel as your 1st 3 weeks very soon.

Keep up !!!!

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on October 13, 2011
at 08:22 PM

Thanks for the link. It actually sparked up a thought that I slipped a little w/corn chips and bean dip at a party on Sunday evening. Needless to say, I started feeling this way on Monday. I think there's a *link* there.

0290bfcb8edb28664789c7654da5fc63

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on October 14, 2011
at 01:41 PM

Good luck ! Enjoy your fat more, especially in this "transition" week. Round up with coconut oil after meals and as snacks. Might help. Let us know how it went.

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