I've suffered for about 10 years from horrible brain fog, when I eat carbs of any kind. It started after a bad bout with what may have been and still could be to some extent candida. Could have also been undiagnosed Lyme. My Naturopath thinks blood sugar is an issue. Seems that way, as when I eat any carbs, brown rice etc..it makes me feel spaced out and like my IQ has dropped 40 points. It presents as a sort of pseudo-autism. Makes me feel socially inhibited etc.. Have gone as long as a few weeks without carbs and last few times with the help of coconut oil, but have never felt like I was burning fat for fuel. I read people here talking about eating sweet potatoes and other lower glycemic carbs, but for someone like me, even those carbs do me in. So: Looking for people successfully eating a real carb free diet meaning not starches or sugars with long term success if any exist. Many Thanks to you all.
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on June 05, 2013
at 01:38 AM
I've been very low to zero carb since September 2009. Lost seventy pounds, maintained the loss, don't have much trouble sticking to it (except at the holidays, when I tend to want brussels sprouts with bacon and cream -- then I do pay a price in terms of joint pain, weight gain, and carb cravings).
My labs are excellent -- they were great in the summer of 2011, when my doctor (who I fired shortly after) was stunned by my perfect numbers, and insisted on further testing. And although I didn't get the numbers from my labs a month ago, my new doctor told me over the phone that they were "outstanding." (I'll get them; I just need to be less dang busy.)
There are people on the Zeroing in on Health forum who've been at this for a very long time, and who enjoy excellent health. In the interest of being fair and balanced, however, I have to say that I know of a few women who tried to lose weight doing strict zero carb, and who didn't lose anything significant, even after a year. However, they all said they felt great.
I know of one zero-carber who failed spectacularly and publicly, but my understanding is that he was eating only pemmican, and a tiny amount at that. Most of the rest of us eat plenty of fresh meat, and don't run into any danger of becoming starved or malnourished.
Search "zero carb" in the search bar, check out ZIOH, and if the Dirty Carnivore forum is still up and running, you might want to look into them, too. Good luck to you in your search.
Edited to add: Re-reading your question, I see you seem to be asking about a no-STARCH diet, which is very different than a no-CARB diet. For long-term starch-free success stories, you can look all over the low-carb forums (Active Low Carber Forums, for example), and also the Paleo community, which, despite its recent embrace of potatoes and even some grains, was founded by people who eat no starch, and who've eaten none for decades.
on June 05, 2013
at 12:52 AM
Thanks for the replies. What I mean by successful is, feeling healthy while maintaining a no or very low carb diet. I've been through the ringer with exploration and practitioners and am either just extremely carb sensitive whether its blood sugar or having a problem with my blood brain barrier being leaky, possibly leaky gut, leaky brain scenario. My blood sugar tests fine in terms of diabetes. Ive been gluten and dairy free for years. Im not fat, in fact thin and ripped. Not about appearance, just that carbs make me feel dumb and kinda crazy. I know it sounds weird to most of you. Imagine the after you eat a lot of pasta feeling times 10! Trying to figure out if a truly ketogenic diet is really do-able long term or just a kind of fantasy. Will look at suggested links. Thank you!
on June 04, 2013
at 01:43 PM
You have to define success a little better. I lost a lot of weight being rather low-carb paleo, but I also probably cheated at least once a week. That works great while you have a lot of fat still on you, but when you lose enough of it, things have to change because you now need more food.
Check out Hyperlipid. Many of the commenters there blog and are also worth reading.
Its the Woo may seem familiar, if you can get past the rage and read the stuff where she describes her symptoms and her approach to eating.
on June 05, 2013
at 01:01 AM
I did something similar to paleo for 9 months....I didn't even haven seasons or butter. Doing this and working out not only did I drop 25lbs and keep it off but I got muscle definition and felt so much better overall.
on June 04, 2013
at 03:41 PM
Do you mean ANY carbs, such as starchy veggies, fruits, whole grains, etc? If not, have you been checked for gluten-intolerance or sensitivity? It could be a number of things, even just your body being carb-sensitive. Try eating no gluten for 2 weeks and see how you feel, or just try eating carbs only earlier in the day so your body is able to process them and burn them off faster. If candida, try the spit test first thing in the morning where you spit in a glass of water and essentially read the way that the spit looks, if it is branched off or just mixed within. Branched means a yeast-overgrowth, and can also make you very tired. If none of these things seem to help you, I would suggest and endocrinologist to test your blood glucose. Hope this helps!