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Feeling sluggish after 3 months...

Commented on August 23, 2014
Created January 02, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Hello, I've been paleo for roughly 3 months now. In the first month I felt better almost instantly and had an abundance of energy, felt like I could talk to people and felt overall positive. The past 2 months seems to reflect how I felt when I wasn't paleo, feeling sluggish, uninspired and lazy. All of the meat I eat is organic, grass-fed (where possible) cuts and the fruit and veg is organic. I really want to feel as good as I did initially and am at a loss. I'm trying to eat seasonally at the moment (to reduce cost and for higher a nutrient content, as the produce hasn't been shipped thousands of miles) so I eat a lot of root vegetable in stews and casseroles. I also should mention that I have IBS and, in the early stages of the diet, this halted and would rarely bug me - now I seem to be suffering more from it. At the start, my dark circles under my eyes vanished and I had a lot of colour in my skin for someone who is very pale. I have also lost over a stone in weight since October. I hope someone replies to this as I feel like it's not worth the effort at the moment as it doesn't seem to give me any benefit.

James.

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on August 23, 2014
at 04:27 PM

Hi James.  It's been a while since you posted this, but I hope this reply finds you well and still on paleo.  I have the exact same problem.  I have been on the paleo diet for two months, and the last several days have felt like pre-paleo.  I plan to hang in there and see how I feel next week.  It's been my experience that I see some weight loss in the week following these tuff times, so I assume this is my body's way of adjusting.  Please let me know what happened in your case.  Stay well.

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on January 02, 2014
at 06:18 PM

how often do you exercise? How much sleep do you get? Sounds like your lifestyle doesn't fit your circadian rhythm.

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on January 02, 2014
at 04:43 PM

You should answer an answer with a comment. Are you getting enough calories? An egg and avocado are good, but maybe you need 3 eggs. Not sure that fruit first is a great way to go for energy, save that for a treat after the protein.

I think you just need to tinker until you find a good fit for you.

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on January 02, 2014
at 04:24 PM

I'm 24yrs old, on a typical day I will consume an avocado with egg for breakfast or I'll start it with 2 portions of fruit. For lunch mostly 3 carrots, beetroot and can of wild salmon. Dinner usually consists of casserole or stew or just meat and veg. This would most likely be carrots, parsnips, turnips, cauliflower and tomatoes with beef or venison. Sometimes I will just have meat and veg with sweet potatoes (ie turkey/beef/pork/lamb steaks) for dinner. All of the dinners are cooked in organic butter.

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on January 02, 2014
at 04:43 PM

You should answer an answer with a comment. Are you getting enough calories? An egg and avocado are good, but maybe you need 3 eggs. Not sure that fruit first is a great way to go for energy, save that for a treat after the protein.

I think you just need to tinker until you find a good fit for you.

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on January 02, 2014
at 04:14 PM

Describe your diet and caloric intake vs. your weight/age. You could be out of balance, with not enough of fats, protein, carbs.

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