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Newby with Brain Fog, Low Motivation and Cravings

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 03, 2013 at 7:46 PM

This has been discussed Ad Nauseum, I'll go ahead and ask anyway...

34 yo M, 6'1, 175lbs. My previous self: I eat and drink whatever, whenever. Always craving sweets and carb heavy foods. Running and hiking almost daily 2-6 miles plus, diy training; pushups, situps, pullups, squats, etc. I wanted to try Paleo for overall health and wellbeing. Also, wanted to cut down on alcohol and take a stab at losing a stubborn spare tire at my waistline.

Only 3 days in I feel alright but, a little light headed always, hungry after eating. No motivation to exercise and a little foggy. I have limitted morning coffee to one cup, thinking of quiting altogether because its effects seem magnified now. Also, still drinking a glass or two of wine at night, thinking of quiting this also.

Tree fruits are in season so I have had an apple, peach, plum, or some figs a couple times during the day. Other than that, mostly eggs, meats and fresh veg 3x a day. I went through the house and threw out all toxic foods and oils. I feel like I have low blood sugar and thought the fruit might help for that. Hoping the negative symptoms begin to disapate, I want to get back to the exercise!

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on August 05, 2013
at 10:48 PM

If you feel horrendous adopting a diet that people on the internet recommended, have you considered that it might not be right for you? If these symptoms have gone on for a while, consult a doctor as there may be an underlying condition. Eat what makes you feel well.

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on August 04, 2013
at 09:45 PM

Since you are running and hiking frequently, have little motivation, and you are still hungry after eating, try eating a little more fat. Maybe a salad with italian dressing (olive oil) with meals, or like... fattier meats.

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on August 04, 2013
at 02:22 AM

Yeah if I eat like that there is not enough fat and I get tired and foggy. I need to have red meat with fat at one of the meals.

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on August 03, 2013
at 09:08 PM

Basically this ^

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on August 03, 2013
at 08:33 PM

Stick it out a couple weeks, then check back in.

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on August 03, 2013
at 08:21 PM

Dinner last night; roast chicken, spagetti squash, pecans, two glasses of wine. Breakfast today; coffee, two hard boiled eggs, one apple, one plum. Lunch today; Two applegate hot dogs, one avocado, two small tomatoes, two figs, big plate of baby spinach and arugala with olive oil and vinegar, handful of almonds. Previous meals included a stir fry with lots of veg and shrimp cooked in coconut oil. Planning on salmon, sweet potatoes and veg tonight.

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on August 04, 2013
at 12:23 AM

Here you go: "Only three days in..."

You're going through a detox of sorts. It sucks, but it is part of it. Keep eating well, try to get some quality sleep.

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on August 03, 2013
at 08:00 PM

What do you normally eat now? I get brain fog if I don't have enough fat in my meals or I am just not eating enough. I also get the low blood sugar if I have not had enough to eat and I start to crave sugar.

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on August 04, 2013
at 02:22 AM

Yeah if I eat like that there is not enough fat and I get tired and foggy. I need to have red meat with fat at one of the meals.

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on August 03, 2013
at 08:21 PM

Dinner last night; roast chicken, spagetti squash, pecans, two glasses of wine. Breakfast today; coffee, two hard boiled eggs, one apple, one plum. Lunch today; Two applegate hot dogs, one avocado, two small tomatoes, two figs, big plate of baby spinach and arugala with olive oil and vinegar, handful of almonds. Previous meals included a stir fry with lots of veg and shrimp cooked in coconut oil. Planning on salmon, sweet potatoes and veg tonight.

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on August 05, 2013
at 11:15 PM

I can tell I went through something similar when I first started Atkins (not Paleo necessarily). What helped me through was eating. I would eat till I was uncomfortable stuffed. If I got any cravings for anything I would eat boiled eggs, pepperoni with cheese, or leftover whatever. Even though it was not what I was craving the cravings went away. I did have digestion issues but that type of adjustment happens with any dietary change. It felt really good to feel really stuffed a lot, for a while anyway. Then after a short while it stopped feeling really good, and I of course stopped stuffing myself, then all of a sudden if I was busy I would forget to eat meals.

So ditch the fruit and alcohol, at least for a couple weeks. And if you're still feeling hungry after you eat then eat more, something fatty and meaty. If you get cravings eat something fatty and meaty. If you don't feel like exercising, don't. You'll get the urge to exercise back, and when you do it will come on strong. BTW it took about 6-7 days for me to stop feeling a little foggy, but when that happened I started feeling like Superman.

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on August 05, 2013
at 10:44 PM

I felt like crap for a good month. Keep going, it is worth it. Skip the fruit. The more fruit you eat the longer you are prolonging the adjustment period. Your body needs to learn how to run by burning fat.

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on August 05, 2013
at 01:28 PM

I've had the exact same issues. You might want to try the following :

  • eat a lot of avocados, cook with butter, enjoy bacon and eggs (ie: add more fat to your food)

  • cut the fruit - it just feeds your carb addiction :)

  • one or two glasses of wine daily seems like a recipe for failure - while your liver is trying to (unsuccesfully) process ethanol, it cannot do much else

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on August 05, 2013
at 02:46 AM

Just stick with it! It took me a good 2 weeks of eating the Whole30 strictly for the brain fog to go away. Make sure you get plenty of sleep! Just do it. The first 2 weeks are the worst, then you will start feeling a lot better.

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