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First paleohacks post, can I have low carb flu after a month of feeling great?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created November 05, 2012 at 2:07 PM

So my wife and I just finished Rob Wolfe's one month meal plan and are now a week in to "do-it-yourself" territory. We are trying to follow all the advice we've found (and I understand Wolfe's book is not the best source for doing paleo right, but it was a place to start) and eat the right balance of fats, carbs, etc. And the truth is I have lost some weight and I felt fantastic... until two days ago.

Now I'm tired, achy, mildly nauseated, irritable and can't sleep. However, I don't want to assume it's diet related without some advice. How can I tell the difference between a normal flu and low-carb flu? And if it is low-carb flu, why would I have it so late in the game?

And while we are on the subject, does anyone have any advice on where I can find good info on balancing my diet without a meal-by-meal guide? As in, how much fat to eat a day, how many carbs, what, if any, supplements I might need (grass-fed anything is totally unavailable in my area, so we've been taking O3 supplements), etc.

67871ef2326f29da48f1522827fc0f80

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on May 29, 2013
at 03:49 PM

I voted this up because with one month clean/100% and the symptoms you mention, it sounds like a normal person to mildly gluten intolerant reaction to cross-contamination. Using a spatula, spoon (to stir coffee) and even my OWN bowl at work (that I used a shared sponge to wash -- talk about gross), I've been cc'd. I am Celiac, so this made me VERY ill for several days. Being icky for a few days sounds like the lesser version. Remember this and take note when you've eaten in a shared kitchen (at 'mum's' or resto).

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on December 31, 2012
at 05:07 PM

I wouldn't get too hung up on grassfed and n-3 supplements. As long as you eliminate all sources of vegetable oil (ie restaurant food and seed oils) and focus on fish and ruminant meat (beef, lamb/mutton, goat) your n-3/n-6 ratio will be fine without supplementation. Be sure to eat 2-3 egg yolks per day, fatty meats, and once per week, beef liver for the A and copper and choline. If this were the low carb flu, it would have started much earlier. Chances are your body is fighting something.

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on November 05, 2012
at 02:45 PM

Might be the real flu... If carbs make you feel better, then it was low carb flu. Try having some starch and see. As far as balance, we all have different needs, so a plan that works for one person is just that. The plan that works for you is one that you will have to find/invent for yourself.

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3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on March 11, 2013
at 08:33 PM

Is there any chance you got "glutened" (for lack of a better word)? That's how I feel when I ingest something I've eliminated from my diet--grains or too much sugar. I feel sick and flu-ey--like I have a fever, but often with no fever. Body aches, cold, tired, stomach gets "squinchy", sleep is interrupted.

I never thought of myself as a particularly gluten-sensitive individual, despite the fact that I feel so great without grains. But I had this experience when we traveled some distance to visit family, and the SAD ingredients in one family meal were impossible to escape. I was sick as a dog the next day, and still recovering 2 days later.

My family has challah (bread) on Friday nights. I take my token taste, but sometimes I eat a little more than I should (and it doesn't take much!). When I do, I pay for it all day Saturday by feeling this way.

So perhaps you ate a little something processed that was full of gluten or other ingredient that is causing the symptoms?

67871ef2326f29da48f1522827fc0f80

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on May 29, 2013
at 03:49 PM

I voted this up because with one month clean/100% and the symptoms you mention, it sounds like a normal person to mildly gluten intolerant reaction to cross-contamination. Using a spatula, spoon (to stir coffee) and even my OWN bowl at work (that I used a shared sponge to wash -- talk about gross), I've been cc'd. I am Celiac, so this made me VERY ill for several days. Being icky for a few days sounds like the lesser version. Remember this and take note when you've eaten in a shared kitchen (at 'mum's' or resto).

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on May 18, 2013
at 01:41 AM

No...unless you go out of ketosis long enough that you have to re-adapt to low carb...

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on April 09, 2013
at 04:46 AM

Hi I am currently living in Thailand where you have no idea where meat comes from, it's not labelled. I don't want to risk the meat so I eat fish instead which I know is fresh straight from the boat. This is giving me my protein, I know meat is important on Paelo but I feel this is the best compromise I can reach.

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on November 05, 2012
at 02:48 PM

If i'm not careful to wash my hands after touching grocery carts, especially this time of the year, I will start feeling yucky around 48 hours later.

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on November 05, 2012
at 02:36 PM

No, it certainly isn't a low-carb flu. If you're eating tons of grain-fed meat, that MAY be the problem. However, there are dozens of compounding factors. How is grass-fed anything completely unavailable to you? Have you tried looking up farms on Eat Wild? You can buy directly from them at much lower prices than you'll find at your local grocery store.

You might also want to get some blood tests done to figure out your blood levels of vitamins and minerals, see if you're deficient or in excess of something. Vitamin D deficiency in particular is an epidemic and will make you much more susceptible to the flu.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on December 31, 2012
at 05:11 PM

Load of shit. No such thing as "carb flu". Same bullshit that steroid users used to ay about "test flu". It was t hide bad products. You are eating shit or close to it.

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