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When did everyone start to feel Paleo Energy

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 24, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Ok, strange observation maybe. On day three of eating nothing but paleo (I have been about 95% so far), I noticed that my energy levels started to increase. Maybe this is just in my head, but day four I woke up and HAD TO WALK AND RUN THE DOG...THREE MILES...NOW!!!! I literally got up, put on my workout clothes, running shoes, and hit the streets. I felt amazing afterwards. Spent the rest of the day doing fun stuff with the family and I felt amazing all the way through. This morning I woke up AND OMG I HAVE TO WALK THE DOG...NOW...3 MILES...RUNING UP THE HILLS. Now I need to say this is day 5 for me. And I am curious if this is normal or am I just psychotic from the chemical changes in my body?

8b9c2dcd3dfc929a0428d3d6dac4918e

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on February 25, 2014
at 12:38 PM

If youve gone low carb, it typically takes 4 weeks or so to adapt. So might be wise to either throw in the odd sweet potato or banana, or ease up.

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on December 24, 2013
at 10:03 PM

My first guess is that you need more calories. Try adding fats into your diet. Eat avocados. Try some roasted macadamias instead of the almonds you may be snacking on. Drizzle extra-virgin olive oil on all sorts of things (try ice cream!). Also, bacon. Just make some bacon and eat it with things. Try a high-fat smoothie made with coconut milk and the flavorings of your choice. The options are endless! Best of luck to you.

239bcbf6d0013fd74890f5c7305daf64

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on June 25, 2012
at 11:16 PM

Wait...did I write this??? Oh, I am not 45 yet, but I certainly have almost the same story about waking up and feeling groggy. As I write this I am already checking to see if the dog would be up for a walk and one week ago I would have been sitting on the bed vegging out in front of the TV. I feel more like I did when I was in my 20s.

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on June 24, 2012
at 04:27 PM

Thanks, helps. The more I read the more I am convinced I was a bread/potato addict. I am still dealing with some withdrawl issues from those foods, but I am comming around. I am really worried about going to a family reunion in one week, but I have warned my family about my food needs and they are generally supportive. I may bust out some Sweet Potato chips on em'.

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on June 24, 2012
at 02:24 PM

Welcome to PaleoHacks!

How you feel on paleo is VERY dependent on what you ate pre-paleo. If you ate a crappy Standard American Diet (SAD) then switching to any healthy diet (not just paleo) will likely make you feel good.

I personally didn't feel any major change in energy when switching to paleo but I've eaten relatively little junk for quite some time.

As much as I love paleo I firmly believe that most of the benefits from paleo come not from increasing the amount of meat and fat but from dropping the sugar, the processed foods, and the crappy oils. Sure, for many people, dropping the gluten (and all grains for some) and the legumes makes a difference but not for everyone.

239bcbf6d0013fd74890f5c7305daf64

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on June 24, 2012
at 04:27 PM

Thanks, helps. The more I read the more I am convinced I was a bread/potato addict. I am still dealing with some withdrawl issues from those foods, but I am comming around. I am really worried about going to a family reunion in one week, but I have warned my family about my food needs and they are generally supportive. I may bust out some Sweet Potato chips on em'.

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8b9c2dcd3dfc929a0428d3d6dac4918e

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on February 25, 2014
at 12:36 PM

I have a feeling that going very low carb can be a little adrenic for some initially. Which may have nothing to do with anything, but thought it worth mentioning.

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on February 25, 2014
at 12:29 PM

I was gluten and dairy free a few months, eating 250 calories every 2 hrs.....watched clock and learned portions. Paleo freed me to rely on newly trained body. 2 weeks and I am eating more good food and losing fat! MY ENERGY Is THROUGH the ROOF! My mind won't stop working, I started two business endeavors, planning impact on the world, planning on career specializations, cooking like a fiend, doing tons for the kids! I'm on 5 hours of sleep 3 or 4 days a week...Eyes hurt, but absolutely no physical energy lag....and brain handling a lot of info. I can't be idle. My libido is back, winter depression gone, I relied on coffee and supplements before, not now. I have to get use to being busy! My brain constantly saying I have something to do, non stop plans.

My poor fiance ...he can't keep up with me. I cook dinner and food and handmade sauces in fridge, but not eating well when I'm not there to feed him. I wish we were on same page. At least I have energy for job and chores or we would be nowhere.

Yesterday example: up after 4 hrs. Sleep...my fault....worked 14 hours while wrote up survey for school, read chapter, emailed principle and teachers, dealt with financial aide at 2 colleges, researched trademark process, made dinner, built pine derby car with son, showered

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on December 22, 2013
at 06:08 PM

Two and a half weeks eating paleo, probably 98% and afternoon energy is dreadful. I ate pretty healthy before, gluten, chemical, dairy free but at lot of gluten free crackers and tortillas.I had been feeling like crap. I am feeling overall better but energy is till a big problem. Any ideas/advice?

90bcfafd2ef73fea5398c483c593349e

(872)

on December 24, 2013
at 10:03 PM

My first guess is that you need more calories. Try adding fats into your diet. Eat avocados. Try some roasted macadamias instead of the almonds you may be snacking on. Drizzle extra-virgin olive oil on all sorts of things (try ice cream!). Also, bacon. Just make some bacon and eat it with things. Try a high-fat smoothie made with coconut milk and the flavorings of your choice. The options are endless! Best of luck to you.

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Ebc9e59c116baccff5d002870a12ec24

on June 25, 2012
at 10:47 PM

I am on my second day and I can barely keep my eyes open at work, despite a 8 hour sleep. I never ate a lot of junk before hand and am fairly fit and healthy.

Question: Am I meant to ease up on my training this week while my body adapts to paleo?

8b9c2dcd3dfc929a0428d3d6dac4918e

(70)

on February 25, 2014
at 12:38 PM

If youve gone low carb, it typically takes 4 weeks or so to adapt. So might be wise to either throw in the odd sweet potato or banana, or ease up.

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on June 24, 2012
at 10:51 PM

While I do have more energy overall, I've never had a huge "Run up the hills!" rush of energy from doing paleo.

What I have had is the ability to get up in the morning without feeling groggy, and go through my entire day without feeling tired or needing to take a nap. I also now feel genuine tiredness when it's time to go to bed--suddenly, I'm tired and it's just time to go sleep. Before, I'd spend my evenings exhausted and not really up to doing much of anything, but I'd stay up just because it was "too early" to go to bed. And I didn't sleep very well when I did go to bed, either--now, I sleep like I'm dead and have a much easier time waking up. I also used to need 10+ hours of (bad) sleep, and now I find that 6-8 hours of good sleep is plenty.

FWIW, I'm 45, and have been doing paleo for 6 months. I have a lot of damage to undo, and expect that will take a while, so I'm not disappointed at not being a ball of fire right now. No longer being constantly fatigued and wanting to crawl back into bed is such a huge improvement in itself, and I'm happy with that.

239bcbf6d0013fd74890f5c7305daf64

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on June 25, 2012
at 11:16 PM

Wait...did I write this??? Oh, I am not 45 yet, but I certainly have almost the same story about waking up and feeling groggy. As I write this I am already checking to see if the dog would be up for a walk and one week ago I would have been sitting on the bed vegging out in front of the TV. I feel more like I did when I was in my 20s.

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on June 24, 2012
at 08:30 PM

I was feeling really sluggish at work when I first started it last Monday. Yesterday I ran the muddy buddy and was screaming through it. Came in 5th overall. Anyway hopefully I'll find out tomorrow at work if I'm feeling more energetic. I've cut down on my caffeine as well to 1 cup of coffee in the morning, so we'll see.

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on June 24, 2012
at 04:03 PM

It was somewhere between weeks 2 and 3 for me. Though I wasn't smart and kept my training intensity up while I was making the conversion. I should have backed off and given my body more time to adapt.

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on June 24, 2012
at 04:01 PM

Hey guys, I'm new to the site. I was eating healthy before to begin with except I wasn't eating paleo. I had great energy prior to paleo but right now I'm trying to lean out and cutting out grains and legumes definitely help with consistent 1 lb lost once a week. I didn't eat dairy before so the diet is really not a big jump for me. One thing I definitely noticed is how much stronger I have become. I managed to DB row 30 lb with one arm a couple of weeks ago which i have never done before in the 10 yrs I have been lifting. I do have to make sure that I get my 8 hrs of sleep otherwise my performance is definitely compromised.

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on June 24, 2012
at 03:34 PM

i felt a huge rush about 6 days after I started eating fat (i wasn't paleo yet)...I slowly eased into paleo so i never really got a buzz like i did when i quickly added coconut oil & olive oil to my diet.

on the first day of the buzz I had too much energy from coconut oil...I didn't fall asleep until 4 am & then woke up at 7am completely wired and had the best workout of my life...the buzz only lasted about a week though.

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