Sugar binge, now sleepy and foggy

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 08, 2012 at 1:43 PM

I've been doing great on (mostly) paleo. Lost some pounds, more even energy, clearer head.

Last few days I drank some cokes, ate some cake and candy and some pizza.

Ok, so now getting back on track. I am feeling strung out! brain foggy, sleepy. I assume it's the insulin? Is there anything I can do over the next few days to speed up my process of returning to calm, clear, healthy normal? I figure I'll eat almost exclusively fat/protein (no fruit), anything else to help reset me? I hate fogging out at work.



on May 08, 2012
at 11:55 PM

SKT, yeah, it's like twizzlers. WTH? I mean ice cream's not so bad. Corn syrup in a mould???



on May 08, 2012
at 11:53 PM

Great thread, Chump. Good suggestions there. I think I like the idea of fasting, but can't afford any additional energy crash. I could come close though with the addition of coconut oil, fish oil (someone mentioned, liked the idea) and green tea with lemon. Then if I get hungry small bits of protein. And everyone hear has mentioned water and I agree I really oughtta rehydrate and flush my system. It's pretty much pure sugar that got me this time rather than general chemical laden processed stuff.


on May 08, 2012
at 04:26 PM

This is a decent discussion on a similar topic: http://paleohacks.com/questions/69620/better-to-fast-or-just-eat-super-clean-after-sad-exposure/69621#69621



on May 08, 2012
at 03:22 PM

I second your post! I did something like that recently but with mostly candy items like M&M's and Twizzlers. I felt awful after and realized why I am on Paleo in the first place. I know I need to sugar detox too...it's hard when I've always been naturally inclined to sweeter tastes my whole life. I would just say continue doing what you are doing by getting back on track. Exercising too! Lots of water, maybe? Just a couple of guesses. Wish I could be more help. I'm sort of commiserating rather than offering specific advice.

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on May 08, 2012
at 06:54 PM

I really hate the post-binge brain fog. Here are some strategies that have helped me in the past:

  • Nap. Be prepared for some really vivid and strange dreams.
  • Drink a LOT of water. Like double your usual amount. For the next 2-3 days. You'll probably wake up dehydrated anyway.
  • Fast until you're truly, truly hungry.
  • Eat meals heavy on protein and fat. No snacking. Only eat when you're hungry.
  • Move around. You're going to feel very tired and lethargic, so just keep moving. Exercise if you can, but you don't have to exhaust yourself if it's too difficult. Just try to avoid sitting down on the couch unless you want to nap for a few hours.


on May 08, 2012
at 06:48 PM

Water is a good call, as it's easy to forget when your body seems to be releasing so much of it (that it retained during the binge). Sleeping or napping if possible is much more sensible then trying to force through periods when you're feeling low, though equally exercise can help. Fasting can help but for me it's more important to eat if I want to and make sure it's real food. It's too much effort worrying about other stuff when trying to get back on track.


on May 08, 2012
at 05:19 PM

Drink lots of water and eat plenty of healthy fat. . . I find this helps my body return to a normal state after a sugar/carb hangover!


on May 08, 2012
at 04:24 PM

I see no reason not just to go about paleo as you normally would. In a few days your body will forget it happened at all. I believe Mark Sisson wrote an article about what happened when you carb-binged. You can probably find it on his website.

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