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Women: Eat too much fat = sluggish?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 28, 2012 at 11:37 PM

Howdy ya'll,

I'm asking this question of women, because I'm confident I've read about saturated fats raising estrogen levels.

I have plans on getting tested for hormone levels, but I've never had the 'burst of energy' that so many people rave about going paleo. I am working on fixing my adrenal fatigue at the same time.

Having said that, I love fat for flavour and for feeling satiated. For those of you who have had to adjust your macronutrients, what worked best for you? Did you do things Zone style?

Speaking of the Zone, I did that for several months and felt great. I slept well and felt awesome. In retrospect, and in light of food allergies, I can't now eat eggs or dairy. And with my work schedule, I don't always have time to fit in a snack 2x a day.

Your input, as always is appreciated. Thanks!

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on December 29, 2012
at 09:14 PM

I officially went paleo in late 2009; was strict for a while, fell off the wagon here and there. But I've been super strict since August once I found out what food intolerances I have. I think I may play around with more carbs, less fat and see how I do.

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on December 29, 2012
at 07:17 PM

no i haven't, but im sure i have it. i don't even know how or where to get tested.

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on December 29, 2012
at 05:20 AM

Have you been tested for SIBO?

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on December 29, 2012
at 02:17 AM

i'm not familiar with zone, but i just use as much fat as i want. i find that it keeps me fuller than any other food.

i haven't noticed an increase in energy since starting paleo, but i'm really anemic so i am sure that's why i'm tired all the time.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on December 29, 2012
at 05:20 AM

Have you been tested for SIBO?

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on December 29, 2012
at 07:17 PM

no i haven't, but im sure i have it. i don't even know how or where to get tested.

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on December 29, 2012
at 12:08 AM

In general, I don't find that a fat-heavy meal slows me down. However, when I go very low carb (about 50grams or less a day) I feel exhausted by the end of the second day. My low carb days are always high in fat, It's a strange feeling that I don't recognize as regular hunger. It strikes more like being short of air or thirsty with no relief from water or a deep breath.

How long have you been eating paleo? I didn't have a dramatic increase in my energy, but I think it was around the third week when I realized I wasn't sleepy before bed time on most days.

74786bbe8254844304a33943290c4d6d

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on December 29, 2012
at 09:14 PM

I officially went paleo in late 2009; was strict for a while, fell off the wagon here and there. But I've been super strict since August once I found out what food intolerances I have. I think I may play around with more carbs, less fat and see how I do.

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on December 29, 2012
at 03:59 PM

Key words - "too much."

Eat too much of anything and you'll feel sluggish...except coffee, but that's not eating.

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on December 29, 2012
at 03:57 PM

I don't know about a dramatic increase, but my energy levels are definitely better than they were before I went primal/paleo, as is my immune function & skin/hair/nails.

I cannot do very low carb w/o feeling crappy though. I eat about 25-30% carb, 15-19% protein, the rest fat -- this seems to work really well for me in terms of energy levels, sleep, maintaining weight, keeping my blood lipids healthy.

I also move/stand more than I used to, and supplement with magnesium, Vit D & small amounts of fermented cod liver oil.

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