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Very Tired After Eating Saturated Fats

Answered on January 03, 2018
Created November 18, 2012 at 2:39 AM

I have seen this question asked before but and it seemed like it got a lot of answers but I'm not sure I ever saw an answers that the satisfied or helped the people asking the question.

I recently got serious about getting rid of my sugar addiction but I've been doing paleo (maybe 80/20) for the last couple years.

So I've cut out all sugars completely.

Some meals I heat more heavy saturated fats than others, maybe a more fatty meat or using coconut oil for cooking.

A year ago I noticed that every time I would eat scrambled eggs for breakfast and bacon with the bacon grease I would feel very tired afterwards. I didn't think much of it.

But now every time I eat a fatty meat and have a good portion of coconut oil for cooking that I feel really tired afterwards (flu like tired).

Some have suggested that it's the paleo flu and I will get over it. if that is the case why does it only seem to come when after a meal heavier on the saturated fats?

A friend who went paleo about 6 months ago is convinced that I have an allergy to saturated fat which is binding to my intenstinal wall and preventing the absorbtion of nutrients.

I have tested this for several days and I can confirm that I only feel like this after a good does of saturated fat in my meals.

The flu like tiredness usually comes on 20 to 40 minutes after the meal and last a couple of hours.

Thanks for any input

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on December 17, 2017
at 10:56 PM

Hi, did you ever sort this out? I have the same issue

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on November 18, 2012
at 04:12 AM

Thank you both for your input, I will stay with it.

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on November 18, 2012
at 05:34 AM

I don't think it's a fat adaption thing if you've been eating paleo for a couple years.

It may relate to bile production. Have you had any blood work done? You may have elevated liver enzymes or bilirubin.

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on November 18, 2012
at 12:53 PM

If it's a lack of digestive enzymes, or if you've had your gallbladder removed (that's a problem I have), it's very easy to fix, just take digestive enzymes, specifically ox-bile, before any meals containing fat and protein.

The protocol to test for how many is: on an empty stomach to take one pill at a time while holding your hand over your stomach and feel for heat. If you've taken 5 and no heat, stop, just use 5. Immediately eat after this or you might have acid reflux. A typical pill to use is "Now Super Enzymes" in capsule (not tablet) form. The VRP version didn't do a thing for me, YMMV. There are other brands as well, but the key seems to be having actual ox-bile in them - at least for me.

If you don't have a gall bladder, you're pretty much stuck having to take digestive enzymes before each and every meal. If you have a larger meal, take more. (In this case, coconut oil becomes critical as a source of good fats, because the MCTs can be converted to ketones by the liver without digestive enzymes.)

If you're not properly digesting fats, you can tell by the shape of your excrement. They won't look long and smooth, but rather like clusters of grapes, and may even have floating bits.

You could also have issues in stomach acid production, this is typically related to a lack or imbalance of minerals, stuff like potassium, zinc, magnesium, which are needed by the proton pumps. To test this, eat a piece of very lean meat and see if it feels like it just sits in your stomach like a rock, if it does, you're not producing enough stomach acid. A few days of mineral supplementation should fix this.

Other thing is to do is to limit water/liquid intake with meals. (Obvious exception would be bone broth.) Bone broths can provide the missing minerals if you do have low(er) stomach acid.

I've had the same issue with egg proteins when I first switched to paleo, after stomach acid levels went back to normal, I could easily digest eggs again, and it went away. So maybe increase your minerals.

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on January 03, 2018
at 10:34 PM

Muttata, I have the same problem as the original poster, I have done trial and error for sacyilites, however I seem to get this reaction from most saturated fats, coconut oil, mct, beef tallow (grain or grass) not even just tallow, I get this feeling when I eat a burger or steak  that's too fattu.

My sinuses get clogged, I need to sleep immediately, I am usually irritable for the next day, blurry vision, often confused and have difficulty processing information/communicating,  it almost feels like a sugar crash..Usually after a falling asleep from a high fat meal, ill wake up ravenous.  I sometimes get joint pain, constipation...

Any other thoughts?

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on January 03, 2018
at 09:01 PM

If it is coconut specific, then it may be a salicylate intolerance. Try eating a large amount of coconut on its own for a day (and nothing else) and see if you react. If so, you will get brain fog, headache, nausea and so on.

Salicylate intolerance is a widely established intolerance and salycilates are contained in a wide range of fruit and vegetables, spices, preservatives (eg in bacon) etc. Google 'salicylate sensitivity' to read more. You could also try eating bacon on its own, cooked using only water to see if that causes issues. If you react to both large amounts of coconut and bacon then my money is on salycilates.

Unless you isolate the foods you suspect from others you are eating, you will not be able to diagnose this problem properly for yourself. Do an elimination diet to find out more. A good source of information is RPAH elimination handbook published by food scientists in australia.

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on November 18, 2012
at 02:57 AM

Besides having to become a fat burning machine as JonDeavers points out. Some people have a problem digesting fats. As we grow older or stomach makes less stomach acid and we produce less pancreatic enzymes. Try taking a digestive aid such as Now Foods Super Enzymes; it has helped me a LOT! I won't eat a meal, especially a large heavy one, without it.

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on November 18, 2012
at 04:12 AM

Thank you both for your input, I will stay with it.

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on November 18, 2012
at 02:44 AM

It comes down to a difference in fuel source. You are currently carb adapted and used to fast metabolizing fuel. Until you become fat adapted you will be experiencing the "low-carb flu" that people mention.

It's really that simple. You need to keep a steady fuel source of fat and protein coming in if you're trying to reduce carbs and let your body get used to it. It typically takes from 2-4 weeks.

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