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Hospital paleo nightmare...

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 27, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Hi all,

Following a blackout [initial diagnosis low-blood pressure] I spent just over two weeks for a head injury in hospital.

Whilst I cannot fault the medical care at all [this is the British NHS after all, and I am utterly in awe they do what they do for free] being sedentary because of loss of balance; the food; whilst delicious - honestly! - wasn't exactly "paleo friendly". The intravenous drips I was also on, along with other medications has led me to gain quite a bit of weight in a very short time.

Breakfast for example was cereals, porridge, toast, or if you got lucky and did puppy eyes with the right person, an omelette - but probably made with some vague vegetable oil of dubious origin. I did get salads bought in from friends and family; but like everyone else, busy people have other things to do.

Since discharge, I'm craving carbs, [especially porridge which I took as the safest option for breakfast] and am not really strong enough to move around a lot [started back on squats and free weights a couple of days ago.] My balance is also still a bit skewed.

Any tips to get back on the paleo-superhighway?

Spring's here and my shirts are tight. :/

h

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on April 28, 2012
at 06:43 AM

I did [strangely] have very low potassium levels, which whilst not conclusive, is the reason they suspect I blacked out. It was very odd, I'd been shopping walked into M&S [UK readers may suspect it was their prices that made me pass out out] and just froze, took two steps backwards and then everything went black...

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on April 27, 2012
at 06:36 PM

Yikes! Are you getting enough salt?

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on April 27, 2012
at 05:10 PM

For a lot of people it is. I've never understood why this is a point of contention for so many people.

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on April 27, 2012
at 03:29 PM

This is why paleo is so often considered low-carb.

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on April 27, 2012
at 02:52 PM

Relax, be gentle with yourself. You were in the hospital... give yourself some recovery time! Can you go swimming? It's a great way to both rehab and work out, and you don't have to worry about falling over if your balance is funky.

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on April 27, 2012
at 02:35 PM

If you do not mind me asking, why was your blood pressure low?

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on April 27, 2012
at 02:51 PM

Harry,

I'm glad to hear you're well. It can be incredibly disenheartening to lose complete control of planning your meals, but what matters is that you were cared for in your time of need and you're doing well now!

I'm not a doctor, and I don't know what you're going through so I am not going to give you any advice which could pose a danger to you:

Understand that a lot of the weight you gained is likely water weight. Respect your body's wishes when it comes to exercise. You know how to eat paleo, and your body will shed this weight- don't let the frustration get you down, and I'd suggest NOT trying to jump into IF too quickly, or making drastic changes.

It's tempting to want to do something that will give you quick results, but you're already on the right path, making paleo choices and following the lifestyle. I would focus on a healthy paleo diet, getting ample rest, a healthy amount of exercise and everything will fall right back into place.

Take care of yourself, Jen

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on April 27, 2012
at 04:53 PM

Ease back into exercise with gentler workouts. Walking, swimming, lighter weights, etc.

If you're craving carbs, see if you satisfy those cravings with healthier carbs. Small amounts of sweet potato, winter squash. Ease back on the quantity once you start feeling better and getting back into your old routine. If prep is a hassle (I know I stay tired for a few days after a hospital visit or surgery), try baby food. Sounds weird, but a lot of my Crossfit coaches get packs of mashed sweet potato or butternut squash for post-workout snacks.

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on April 27, 2012
at 02:51 PM

Man, I was lucky. When I fainted I sort of slid down between the toilet and the wall. No head injury. Easy enough to self-diagnose low blood pressure because I have a machine.
My first protocol was eat more calories. Sounds like the hospital made you do that.
Right now I am reading a book called Honey Revolution, which calls for eating a tablespoon or two of raw honey before bed to keep liver glycogen stores steady throughout the night.

So, what I am thinking is that if I can keep liver glycogen stores right where the body wants for survival, but not eat any other carbs, then much of the rest of the day could be for fat burning. I haven't dropped the extra calories during the day to see if the honey alone would keep me from my low blood pressure woes, but I do feel a lot more steady than I did when I was just eating more calories. I was checking my blood pressure every morning to make sure it was high enough to get out of bed, but now I feel well enough to not do that, so I think there is something to it. I do worry that it may feed cravings, but so far I am still in my normal weight range.

But other than that, you've just got to stick with paleo choices until you get back on the wagon. If you crave carbs, eat the paleo kind. Have a big breakfast of fat and protein to help mitigate cravings.

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on April 27, 2012
at 02:37 PM

How about doing the 21-day sugar detox?

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on April 27, 2012
at 03:29 PM

This is why paleo is so often considered low-carb.

4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

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on April 27, 2012
at 05:10 PM

For a lot of people it is. I've never understood why this is a point of contention for so many people.

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