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White hairs and tired a lot...

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Created December 10, 2010 at 3:14 PM

I did the paleo last month for like 2-3 weeks.. but then I couldn't fight might sweet cravings, so I gave in. I was discouraged because I gave in so I kept eating sugar. I noticed that I have been getting white hairs... and more and more keep coming and I'm only 20 years old. Does it take time for your body to get used to the paleo diet? I guess all my life I have been using sugar for fuel instead of fat so it should be a process. How long does it take to start using fat as fuel and begin feeling really energetic and healthy? I want healthier skin and hair. Help me out fellow cavemen!

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Breakfast for me was very difficult, as I just couldn't think of a grain-less breakfast, that would be a "real breakfast". Dinner was easier for me, to make the transition. Now I just don't eat breakfast ;-)

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This is the method I used too. After a few days of "just breakfast," I felt so good that it was easy to switch to lunch too. Within a week I had made the complete change to Paleo.

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on December 10, 2010
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i concur with everything you've said. if you can go a month with cooking your own food, not eating out and toughing it out, you'll see nothing but bright skies from there on out.

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on December 10, 2010
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sounds like you may have some adrenal problems.

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I save one paleo baking sweet thing for after dinner with my tea each night. It gives me something to look forward to. If I screw up during the day, I don't get the treat.

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I know your pain dude... Although i started this paleo thing a while ago i'm struggling like hell to keep sweet foods out of my diet but i keep giving in constantly. Will power! I keep telling myself to quit it and i hope some day i'll be stronger than these cravings.

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on December 11, 2010
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Will-power is like a muscle; flex it continuously and it will fail. The goal, then, should be to replace practices and habits that defeat your goals with practices and habits that reinforce your goals.

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on December 11, 2010
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Another option is move to potatoes, rice, and whole fruit as your only carbs. Settle in nicely on that and let your body adapt, which will be tons more healthy that SAD eating. THen when you feel very comfortable with that, slowly cut back on those carbs to more moderate levels. No need to do it all at once, so long as you get there in the end. If you are not trying to lose weight, then potato and fruit intake should be fine. Just make sure you are gettin decent amounts of healthy meat and fat as well.

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on December 10, 2010
at 04:14 PM

What is your reason for wanting to go Paleo? Are you trying to lose weight or lean out or do you have an allergy or intolerance to something? If you have time to take it slow, take it slow. One week do just a Paleo breakfast and leave everything else the same. Then start doing Paleo breakfast and lunch or breakfast and dinner (if it's easier to eat Paleo at home). The next week, do the whole deal. In about a month, you should get there. It'll be worth it!

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on December 10, 2010
at 09:39 PM

This is the method I used too. After a few days of "just breakfast," I felt so good that it was easy to switch to lunch too. Within a week I had made the complete change to Paleo.

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on December 11, 2010
at 01:55 PM

Breakfast for me was very difficult, as I just couldn't think of a grain-less breakfast, that would be a "real breakfast". Dinner was easier for me, to make the transition. Now I just don't eat breakfast ;-)

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on December 10, 2010
at 03:37 PM

It helps to drastically reduce carbohydrates, in addition to getting rid of sugar. In the neighborhood of 40-50 g is a good target. Use FitDay to track your macronutrients.

Do not keep "bad" foods at your house! This is the single most important tip. Second most important--prepare all your meals yourself, at least in the initial stages. Avoid meals with people that will cause you to compromise your diet (again, in these initial stages it is important, eventually you will gain strength at resisting and eventually, in my experience, lose the taste for it).

This is like quitting smoking. Or heroin.

The process of going into ketosis and adapting to fat-burning can take weeks. In that time period you may find yourself lacking energy and feeling sleepy. Having a few blackberries or other rapid-delivery carb calories is ok to get you through this.

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on December 10, 2010
at 08:54 PM

i concur with everything you've said. if you can go a month with cooking your own food, not eating out and toughing it out, you'll see nothing but bright skies from there on out.

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on December 10, 2010
at 03:21 PM

Sugar is very addicting, so you just have to be strong enough to keep it out of your mouth for a few weeks-hopefully, less. And then the craving can go away. It is really easy for me to pass on all things "sweet." But, if I indulge, the craving can come back quite easily.

As far as white hairs, at your age, I think it is probably normal for you. I have heard of other people's hair changing at an early age. Now, you won't know until you go fully paleo and see if the roots start coming back in darker.

Healthy skin can be achieved through a correct diet. Health from the inside out. For some people it is a bit of struggle to get used to, but it wasn't hard for me.

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on December 10, 2010
at 04:49 PM

How long? You're going to kick yourself - but it takes about 2-3 weeks to get used to burning fat as a fuel source if you're not used to it. They took a bunch of high carb cyclists here: http://www.nutritionandmetabolism.com/content/1/1/2 ... and turned their diet into a high fat low carb one, and by the 6th week they were all performing as well as they did before the experiment started. Bostin.

The cravings for sugar do go. I'd say reduce rather than eliminate to start, you'll climb the walls otherwise ;)

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on December 10, 2010
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I find that if I slip and have some sugar, then it takes about a week to recover from the ill effects (weight gain, feeling sluggish, etc.). Knowing this helps me to stay away from the stuff. I know the temptation is strong, but if you can keep yourself disciplined, you won't even want sugar any more. Your body will reward you for your efforts and it gets easier and easier over time.

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