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Effects of eating Non-Paleo

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 22, 2013 at 7:30 PM

After 3 solid months of very strict paleo (not including the occassional light boozing) I went completely off the tracks for 3 days in a row. List of forbidden items included:

  • Coca Cola - 1 can and 1 20 oz.
  • Big Mac - 1
  • WacArnolds Fries - 1 medium order
  • Ham, Capicole, Salami, Mayo - 1 sandwich on a...
  • Bagel - 1
  • Steamed Rice - 1 bowl
  • NYC Pizza - 2 slices
  • Also worth noting, I did no real exercise throughout this binge

2 days after this derailment, I still feel sluggish, bloated, fuzzy-minded, and weak. This is the first time I have noticed the real effects of what such a terrible diet/lifestyle can do to ones energy and overall sense of well-being. This is more of a personal confirmation than a question, so for the sake of the 'question:

Has anyone else ever noticed very strong physical and mental effects from going into and out of paleo lifestyle? It surprised me that it was so noticeable, and I am now sold hook-line-and-sinker on being paleo for the future. Because I don't want to feel like this anymore. Reminds me of my first hangover... Have YOU had similar experiences?

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on July 22, 2013
at 11:17 PM

fyi, if the imaginary substance hurts you instead of making you feel better, it's called a nocebo. Also, paleo seems to lead to acquired temporary food intolerances. Your body will often react badly to a large quantity of any food it's not used to getting.

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on July 22, 2013
at 08:38 PM

I forgot to mention the headaceh I had last night too. It could have been from excess caffeinne, but I doubt it. Probably from teh gluten and processed syrups and sugars and oils.

508a4ebd259022f415326f7a6baec00c

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on July 22, 2013
at 08:28 PM

I noticed this with 99% of "sweets" I taste/sample. WAY too sweet for my current palette. I actually had to throw away a coffee I ordered without specifying I didn't want any added sugar. Not because was being picky about the sugar, but because it was so sweet it wasn't enjoyable.

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on July 22, 2013
at 08:26 PM

Good points. I actually thought in the end I wouldn't feel any different. Assumption was, "I'll eat like crap all weekend and then move on." Then I was surprised to find out I felt poorly and ponited the finger at the bad foods I ate.

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3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on July 22, 2013
at 08:30 PM

Oh yeah!

While traveling I got "glutened"--probably an undetected flour coating on some sweet potato fries--not to mention the probably rancid PUFA oil they were fried in. I never thought of myself as particularly gluten sensitive, but I was sick as a dog the next day and had an ocular migraine the following day. All my musculoskeletal pain came back and I felt like dirt.

It was a good lesson that I don't want to feel that way, daily, any more. So I'm much more careful about what I eat when away from home now.

508a4ebd259022f415326f7a6baec00c

(482)

on July 22, 2013
at 08:38 PM

I forgot to mention the headaceh I had last night too. It could have been from excess caffeinne, but I doubt it. Probably from teh gluten and processed syrups and sugars and oils.

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on July 22, 2013
at 07:50 PM

I've had similar experiences, and ya, it sucks. However, keep in mind a couple things: 1. You're far more sensitive to food issues now, physically, as the body loses tolerance to foods it's sensitive to without exposure to them, as well as mentally, being far more aware of how you feel after meals, than you were before going Paleo (I assume). 2. The Placebo Effect (i.e. expecting an outcome makes you more likely to report the outcome, especially in a medical context) probably affects all of us when we look at issues like this.

It's important to keep these things in mind, as we're not being objective if we don't (and objectivity is at the core of Paleo, since we're focused on the science behind nutrition).

I keep telling myself I should just do a double-blind study with gluten on myself to prove that I have gluten sensitivity, but I just can't muster the enthusiasm for it for some reason :P

508a4ebd259022f415326f7a6baec00c

(482)

on July 22, 2013
at 08:26 PM

Good points. I actually thought in the end I wouldn't feel any different. Assumption was, "I'll eat like crap all weekend and then move on." Then I was surprised to find out I felt poorly and ponited the finger at the bad foods I ate.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on July 22, 2013
at 11:17 PM

fyi, if the imaginary substance hurts you instead of making you feel better, it's called a nocebo. Also, paleo seems to lead to acquired temporary food intolerances. Your body will often react badly to a large quantity of any food it's not used to getting.

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C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 22, 2013
at 07:42 PM

A couple weeks ago traveling, I was looking for somewhere to eat dinner and I passed a Popeye's Chicken. Remembering how well I loved their chicken tenders from pre-paleo days, I stopped in and ordered some. I felt awful afterwards, and I didn't even enjoy the taste, as it had way too much salt.

508a4ebd259022f415326f7a6baec00c

(482)

on July 22, 2013
at 08:28 PM

I noticed this with 99% of "sweets" I taste/sample. WAY too sweet for my current palette. I actually had to throw away a coffee I ordered without specifying I didn't want any added sugar. Not because was being picky about the sugar, but because it was so sweet it wasn't enjoyable.

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778b36f4f699f202de135ef176fe9ab7

on July 23, 2013
at 03:30 PM

I throw up or have massive diarrhea. It is not awesome.

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on July 23, 2013
at 04:49 AM

I mostly just notice cold symptoms and excellent poops.

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on July 23, 2013
at 04:47 AM

I appreciate it. Sometimes it is unavoidable, unless some of you know how to keep paleo when spending 5 days in saudi Arabia, 7 in Italy (I did get rabbit twice, it is a wonderful meat), or 7 days at a conference in the South. The longer you go, the longer the recovery. It is a good idea to have a rough sensitivity scale in your head. For me, Coke, McDonald, seed oils, over-sulfited wines, fried foods, sugar in any form, are really bad. I tolerate wheat products much better, and get rice if offered the option. I travel with nuts and fruits in my luggage whenever possible, sometimes in large amounts (say, 30 apples, 20 carrots, and 2lbs of nuts for a week away). I buy sardines to balance those grains, and load my plate with grain fed meat, grain fed eggs and vegetables whenever possible (something I would never do near home except for the vegetables). Fish whenever possible. I go out and buy locally whatever looks good, including a 8 melon box in Arabia (they would not sell individual melons, but I finished it). They were delicious I must say, far better than here.

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on July 22, 2013
at 08:39 PM

Weird isn't it, you get a kind of "food hangover". I've noticed this a lot too. I still have cheat/treat days, they probably set me back a bit but to be honest, they improve my quality of life a bit more, are enjoyable and remind me why i went paleo in the first place :)

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