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How do I feel good on Paleo

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 05, 2013 at 1:28 PM

So...I'm pretty much a Paleo newbie....My wife and I are on the 3rd day...she feels fine and I feel like the walking dead. My muscles feel weak, lacking focus, anxious, feels like a football player tackled me, knocked the wind out of me and is now sitting on my chest. Is there something I need to be eating more of to feel better? Will potassium help?

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on September 06, 2013
at 10:21 AM

I would not recommend fruit juice.

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on September 06, 2013
at 10:21 AM

If you're doing a low carb version of paleo you may need extra salt.

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on September 06, 2013
at 12:01 AM

Bacon is the best medicine.

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on September 05, 2013
at 09:28 PM

Quick answer: sweet potatoes or white potatoes, butter, and loads of coconut oil/coconut butter/ coconut cream. Also, chocolate helps a lot for me. Coconut fats have an interesting effect on metabolism and make a great fuel for muscles. Some fruit juice can help with the transition. But see my answer below.

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on September 05, 2013
at 09:26 PM

Quick answer: sweet potatoes, butter, and loads of coconut oil/coconut butter/ coconut cream. Coconut fats have an interesting effect on metabolism and make a great fuel for muscles. Some fruit juice can help with the transition.

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on September 05, 2013
at 09:25 PM

Methodician....Sometimes people need a dose of reality.

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on September 05, 2013
at 09:24 PM

Sometimes people need a dose of reality

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on September 05, 2013
at 09:19 PM

Well, the day 3 crappiness with those specific symptoms usually points to a sudden restriction in carbohydrate. But it could also be withdrawal or sudden cutting of salt too. Any dietary change requires an adjustment period.

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on September 05, 2013
at 09:17 PM

You've been offensively trolling about all day huh SUSTAINED?

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on September 05, 2013
at 08:09 PM

That would be my guess too, although just plain old sugar withdrawal can also be exhausting for a bit.

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on September 05, 2013
at 07:27 PM

I find it funny that everyone on here automatically assumes the person was high carb before, and low carb now. Paleo is neither high carb or low carb.

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on September 05, 2013
at 01:35 PM

What are you eating? How can anyone give a decent recommendation with the little info you provided.

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on September 05, 2013
at 02:37 PM

Going out on a (pretty safe) limb here, but you're eating too low carb. Eat a potato (sweet or not) or two.

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on September 05, 2013
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That would be my guess too, although just plain old sugar withdrawal can also be exhausting for a bit.

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on September 05, 2013
at 09:07 PM

Have you tried copious amounts of bacon?

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on September 06, 2013
at 12:01 AM

Bacon is the best medicine.

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on September 05, 2013
at 07:15 PM

I agree we need some more information here. 3 days is not much to adapt. Your body is used to burning mostly carbs and now on Paleo you will be burning low-moderate carbs, depending upon fruit intake.

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on September 16, 2013
at 05:28 PM

It could just be that your body is adjusting differently than hers is. Everybody is a little different. Give it a couple weeks and if you still feel horrible, then you'll know something is up. In the meantime you could try slowing down the transition so that you're taking steps instead of jumping in head first.

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on September 05, 2013
at 09:25 PM

If he's eating Very Low Carb and coming from a high carb diet, most of these comments are spot on.

but I agree we need more info.

In general, you're probably feeling crappy because of a sudden change in your diet. Take it slow.

You may or may not be doing things right. I was on Paleo nearly a month before I even figured out how to do it for me (different for each person's body). Keep doing your research and trying different approaches within the Paleo umbrella.

If you're dramatically increasing the fats, make sure it's mostly saturated, followed by monounsaturated, and avoid the PUFA's the best you can. Coconut anything is a great energy booster. The particular nature of coconut fats make them a good fuel. Try coconut oil and coconut butter to get you off to a strong start and DO YOUR RESEARCH. Oh, and yeah, don't fear the carbs. Just make sure they're good ones, and not too much. This lifestyle takes a lot of research though because we're going against pretty much every bit of conventional wisdom your doctor has been preaching at you for fifty years.

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on September 05, 2013
at 07:35 PM

Don't worry about eating "paleo", try eating the way that makes you feel your best. :)

Carbs aren't evil. Low-carb is great for fat loss, but makes many of us who are already reasonably lean and athletic feel like hell.

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on September 05, 2013
at 02:59 PM

your still adjusting to burning fat instead of carbs. It takes up to 3 weeks to fully be converted over. Dont go low carb right away, slowly do it. Also if your an athlete go low carb may not be your friend. Anyway there this a well known adjustment period from years of eating like crap to paleo.

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on September 05, 2013
at 02:35 PM

Are you low carb? Are you active? are you overweight? You need to put as much detail as possible into your questions my friend, that way the people on here can help you.

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