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On Paleo/Primal for 4 months - now experiencing Headaches, Nausea, fatigue

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 11, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Hello,

I just open an account to ask all you if what i've experiencing is anything to be concerned about.
Been on the paleo/primal plan for 4.5 months. The first month was ok. 2nd month I lost some weight. 3rd month ok and maintained weight loss. 4th month I've been experiencing some annoying symptoms: Constant Headache's (congested vice feel), fatigued, Nausea, low blood pressure feelings. This usually occurs after i've consumed some food. But other times before eating anything. I eat about ~100g of carbs daily. I've done some reading and I'm confused at some of the suggestions: Eat more fat! Eat more carbs! which is it? Oh, and if it is carbs...which kind: starch or fructose? Yesterday I felt so bad I was a bit scared for my self. I'm I experiencing ketosis, am I diabetic, what is wrong with me!!

Thanks in advance

Ed0cb30f40daff568778b776b2a5a81d

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on April 23, 2013
at 11:57 AM

Magnesium is great for dreaming too :)

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on February 11, 2013
at 08:47 PM

The "why" of "why anyone would avoid fruits?" is related to excessive fructose consumption. Fruits are super nutritious, but as I stated in my answer, the bulk of carbohydrates should likely be from starchy ground veggies (which includes squashes which are fruits and have some fructose), followed by glucose-y ground veggies, followed by traditional fruits.

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on February 11, 2013
at 07:44 PM

You don't have to choose between either carbs or fats: you can indeed have both. Since you aren't going for VLC type paleo, I would strongly suggest you up your carbohydrate intake. If you're at 100g now, consider at least 150g -- and even much, much more if you are very active (which you don't mention or not?).

As for quality of carbohydrate, I would lean towards ground vegetables, which tend to be starchy or glucose-y, rather than fructose dense fruits and veggies. Cassava, potatoes, sweet potatoes, true yams, squashes, plaintains, etc.

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6d3ca716e659e6664f3e2264d5ebbeda

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on February 11, 2013
at 07:58 PM

Fruits will give you tons of energy, and are super nutritious. I really don't know why anyone would avoid them. Veggies are great as well, but it is difficult to get any macros from them. For instance, Kale is around 50% protein, but nobody calls it a high protein food because you would have to eat so much to get a significant amount of protein.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on February 11, 2013
at 08:47 PM

The "why" of "why anyone would avoid fruits?" is related to excessive fructose consumption. Fruits are super nutritious, but as I stated in my answer, the bulk of carbohydrates should likely be from starchy ground veggies (which includes squashes which are fruits and have some fructose), followed by glucose-y ground veggies, followed by traditional fruits.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on April 23, 2013
at 12:28 AM

Magnesium deficiency can cause headaches/dizziness--possibly nausea.

Grains tend to be the main source of Magnesium for most folk, so when you go Paleo--unless you eat a fair amount of seafood, you are likely to be deficient.

Try 400-600 mg Magnesium Glycinate before bed. Great for sleep, too!

Ed0cb30f40daff568778b776b2a5a81d

(943)

on April 23, 2013
at 11:57 AM

Magnesium is great for dreaming too :)

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