Started Paleo approx. 3 weeks ago - have had many positive outcomes such as weight loss which I had been struggling with ever since taking prednisone. To date, I've lost 6 lbs but all of my swelling and bloatng has disappeared. The bad side effects (assume from detoxing my system) are lingering for much longer than I hoped. It started with severe swollen tonsils that we're so sore I could not swallow, not to mention the fatigue was so bad I was napping 2-4 hours per day for the first week. These have now passed but I not have the most severe head/chest cold that I cannot seem to get rid of. I am eating raw garlic, gargling with red apple cider vinegar, sucking on chinese salted prunes, powering down vitamin C and NOTHING is helping. I don't want to go back on prednisone - what can I do? I am not eating sugar, any legumes or wheat, and the only dairy I have is goats milk which is about 4 tbls a day.
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on April 25, 2012
at 06:04 PM
It certainly sounds more extreme than the normal withdrawals from SAD. Could this be a coincidence? Perhaps you have caught a bug? The benefits of an improved immune system don't start the second you start Paleo. It could be that you're body is just having trouble fighting something off. Have you taken a break from all dairy? That in particular is recommended (by me) to reduce the head/chest cold issues since dairy produces mucous which could be exacerbating the problem. This also applies to folks with seasonal allergies.
Have you made any other changes like quitting coffee?? Have you moved into a new space? Perhaps it has mold?
My advice is to be gentle on your body. Sleep if you need to and perhaps increase your calories for a while. Up your carbs if you are VLC. You might try some Zyrtec and/or Clariton in case you're suffereing from seasonal allergies. If your mucous turns green or you feel 'sick' for more than 2 weeks consider visiting with your doctor. You may have an actual sickness that you shouldn't ignore.
I truly hope you can figure out what is wrong.
on April 25, 2012
at 07:56 PM
Did you see a doctor for the sore, swollen tonsils and fatigue? That sounds a lot like strep to me (I do not play a doctor on TV, so take with a grain of salt). Untreated, strep can turn into rheumatic fever, which you really don't want to mess with!