I have quite a few questions here. I am on a low-starch (scd) and low-fodmap diet for digestive issues. For the digestive issues, its mostly going swimmingly.
However, despite being at this for ~2 months, I am still seemingly having some issues, with the whole low carb thing (which in my circumstances is hard to avoid, starch makes me feel sick). I am now ingesting a whole lot of electrolyte foods. But I still seem to get the odd bit of anxiety, and a bit of a headache today which seemed to go away with some electrolye fluid.
I also wonder if this is partly because I am not adapted enough yet, perhaps I need more fats (Its not like I am avoiding them, ill put a sample day of diet below). Or perhaps I truely need to supplement those electrolyte suckers, with pills.
As I work it out, I am getting between about 55 and 70 grams of carbs per day. I am doing this all via quick carbs (berries and glucose) + non-starchy veggies, for digestive reasons/limitations.
As I understand it, this will fuel my body some, muscles etc, but not my brain as much. And I perhaps do feel a little vague on it still, just very occasionally. Note, I am mostly inactive at this point, though I am not in a coma, lol.
Is using smaller amounts of high GI foods, like glucose and fruit, any worse than using larger amounts of every type of carb known to man?
-is one question I have. Its still low carb, though maybe not ideal, it is for a purpose, nutrients from berries, and because I am having seemingly have slight issues to keep my carbs up a bit higher....but id like feedback on that if anyone has any. I guess it may be stalling my ketosis a bit, but i do feel a bit better with some carbs too.
Is my level of carb intake going to be mostly beta-oxidation, and does it take some people much longer to keto-adapt?
Do I have not enough fats, or too much protein?
Are electrolytes often difficult to manage in low carb? Or could there be some other reasons for my occasional headaches, anxiety etc? (I possibly would have more issue with electrolytes than most because of my digestive issues). Also anyway I can make a comprehensive electrolyte formula at home, or is pills a better idea (potassium, magnesium)?
Does ketosis take longer for some to adapt to?
Any advice, on how I might be able to mitagate any of these probably semi-standard low carb type issues, or how to better adapt (preferable without excercise at this stage, I am still getting better, that can come later all going well)?
Because the diet seems to work for my issues, Id prefer to stick to it.
Okay sample day -
Breakfast - 5 eggs, 1 bit of bacon shoulder, couple of tomatoes, some salt, and a generous lump of aged cheddar cheese, cooked in butter. Small bowl of boysenberries, perhaps a tiny bit over a cups worth, with two teaspoons of glucose.
Dinner - Chicken or fish fried (lean sadly, no proper fish shops, although I occasionally go in for salmon), roasted fatty lamb loins, or fatty steak cuts fried, occasionally with a few shrimps + either fried veggies (green beans, spinach, celery, tomato, capsicun etc), or a salad (tomatoes, salad veges + some cheese, generous amount as usual)- cooked in coconut oil, salad in olive oil + lemon. Its about half and half meat and veges. Almsost always added cheese too. Bit more added salt.
Small bowl of berries as above, sometimes with some whipped coconut cream and, but usually not. More like a table spoon on this one of glucose.
(PS i didnt start off with this much glucose or berries, just a teaspoon to aid absorbtion of the fructose in the berries and I increased both berry intake, and glucose because of my low carb issues along with adding more electrolyte foods to my diet. One or the other helped a fair bit, but not 100%)
Also two teaspoons of glucose, when I very occasionally have tea (maybe every 3rd day). Also occasional unsweetened cranberry juice, usually diluted half and half (Maybe every second day)
I am still adjusting my diet, for general wellbeing, and also the digestive solution I am working on. But yeah, this question is just troubleshooting the low carb aspects, ketosis etc. Would much appreciate, your esteemed assistance!
asked byJamie_14 (5381)
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on July 15, 2012
at 01:56 PM
Do you know if you're lactose intolerant? You eat a lot of cheese daily, and that could take a toll on your digestive system if you cannot tolerate it well. May want to check that out. I know I love high quality cheese, but it usually forces me to the restroom sooner or later, so I limit it my cheeses to here and there.
on August 14, 2012
at 01:14 AM
Hi Jamie, Just found this website today when looking for info on low carb flu which I seem to be experiencing as I've lowered my overall carbs. We seem to have very similar issues and I've been on SCD since November 2011 and recently started low fructose as well.
I too get the anxiety and mental weirdness. In fact, I feel downright drunk when I've had absolutely NOTHING to drink or eat that could do that to me. It's scary enough that I actually called my doctor (which I never do because they just don't get it)! Just slowly coming out of almost 2 weeks of this, with lots of exhaustion and weakness, takes real effort to breathe and sleeping literally 15 hours per day. I don't do glucose.
I use My Fitness Pal to track what I eat. My goals are to keep the carbs around 80 g per day, the fats around 109 per day, and the protein about 80. Can't say I've made that goal each day but I'm getting there and my gut is thanking me.
So I'm asking lots of the same questions you are and just wanted to let you know you're not alone. Feel free to connect with me via my website. :)