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GF Going Paleo, Feeling Scatter-brained, trouble sleeping-- carbs too low?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 05, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Okay, so recently my GF's decided to stop eating grains (Except rice) and beans (except soy lichithin). She reports feeling better in terms of gut health: we've both seen some slight lower stomach bloating go down and her stomach hurt after eating beans once after a few days off of them, which tells me they were irritating her.

That's all fine and dandy. I've also been trying to get more fat into her diet: two eggs in the morning, cooking her veggies food in grass-fed butter, more olive oil. We've stopped having her eat so much vegetarian-organic-processed food and started introducing more hormone-antibiotic free (low fat) chicken (she hates animal fat connected to meat).

I believe her caloric numbers are okay, due to the higher fat and an extra meal in the morning (she never used to eat breakfast, but has more morning energy with it).

The issues are thus, and kind of annoying because she has bipolar (the crazy swings of which we're trying to get her out of with the diet) and possibly depression (though it's hard to tell it with the bipolar.) She's also interested in clearing up her skin.

We have not gotten rid of dairy. One thing at a time.

Anyway, now to the issues: she's had trouble sleeping the past three nights, waking up at five hungry and not being able to get back to sleep and stressing herself out about it. Last night she woke up briefly but got back to sleep on her own. She's also had lower energy levels, which is the annoying part because we're trying to stabalize her.

Now, I have a couple of theories, but I'd like to hear from you, especially other women on your experiences. I think she's either 1) experiencing 'low carb' flu just because we replaced 100-200 grams of carbs a day with fat, or 2) she's getting off of gluten/antinutrients and its messing with her system.

I estimate that she was probably getting 3-400 g carbs a day and is now down to 150g-200g carbs a day. Her family has a history of hypothyroid and I don't want to mess up her system, so I'm not interested in dipping her carbs below 100grams. Not even 150 grams, really.

Thanks everyone.

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on April 08, 2013
at 07:17 AM

I use Vitacost.com for coconut oil. Tropical Traditions sorts good value if you catch their email discounts.

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on April 07, 2013
at 02:27 PM

Oh, yeah, thanks for the link! I'd forgottena bout that site and I really need to go check it out. I think it was a detox thing, too. She had crazy energy the day after I posted this and was (literallly) jumping all over me so I think she's on the up and up! I have that kind of crazy energy all of the time. I need to figure out a way to make bone broth. She hates the smell. And I would reaaallly like to get my hands on coconut oil, but not at 15$ for 2 cups worth :( We've very purposefully been keeping an eye on her potassium and she's felt better since we started that. Thank you!

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on April 07, 2013
at 02:23 PM

Thanks! :D She's actually doing much better since yesterday, I forgot to update. She's sleeping just fine now, and in fact went through an *ahem* major hormone swing just today and had none of the usual 'warning signs' that come with that. This may indeed be a very good thing.

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on April 06, 2013
at 03:23 AM

You are very welcome! I hope it helps you. Also Znaturalfoods.com has Organic turmeric for 10 bucks a pound. Perfect if you are on a budget!

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on April 06, 2013
at 02:04 AM

She does like fish, and infact eats salmon 2-4x a week. I'm fine with sticking to the lean chicken breast- she likes it, I can do a lot with it, and we can't afford hormone-free beef (her hormones are testy enough as it is.) Thanks for the heads up on niacin. I wonder what foods you can get that in... have to look it up. Thanks so much!

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on April 05, 2013
at 10:24 PM

I should also note that I'm female, insulin-resistant, with abdominal fat deposits and naturally high male hormones. She's completely the opposite (as opposite as females can get, I suppose) so I don't have the personal experience with these issues. High-fat/low-carb works wonders for me.

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on April 06, 2013
at 01:44 AM

It sounds like you are doing pretty well with her my friend. Does she like fish ? Salmon is incredible possibly not getting enough Omega 3....I've heard several times chicken isn't the best meat for the healthy fat (or not such a rich source). Did she eat a lot of chicken before?

Also, For me 1 TBSP of turmeric before bed w/ some Niacin (vitamin B3 The FLUSH kind) I would start with very low does of niacin before bed maybe 50 to 100mgs right before the head hits the pillow. here Is a link of how it helps with sleep.

http://www.doctoryourself.com/sleep.html

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on April 06, 2013
at 03:23 AM

You are very welcome! I hope it helps you. Also Znaturalfoods.com has Organic turmeric for 10 bucks a pound. Perfect if you are on a budget!

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on April 06, 2013
at 02:04 AM

She does like fish, and infact eats salmon 2-4x a week. I'm fine with sticking to the lean chicken breast- she likes it, I can do a lot with it, and we can't afford hormone-free beef (her hormones are testy enough as it is.) Thanks for the heads up on niacin. I wonder what foods you can get that in... have to look it up. Thanks so much!

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on April 07, 2013
at 02:23 PM

Thanks! :D She's actually doing much better since yesterday, I forgot to update. She's sleeping just fine now, and in fact went through an *ahem* major hormone swing just today and had none of the usual 'warning signs' that come with that. This may indeed be a very good thing.

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on April 07, 2013
at 07:02 AM

So she's cut the grains and beans but still has some bloating and sleep issues. You might consider adding coconut oil to help heal the gut and to help with diminished energy levels. Also, consider supplementing magnesium (glycinate or taurate) and maybe potassium. Add some bone broth two or three times daily.

I would think low carb flu or perhaps she's detoxing. I know I felt like sh## for a few days after abandoning the SAD. That said, be sure to support the process with plenty water. Add a pinch of a good quality sea salt to the water (I'm partial to pink salt). Finally, navigate over to balancebites.com. The ladies do a great job adressing female Paleo issues.

Fce356005a83353009c11567c217a9bd

on April 08, 2013
at 07:17 AM

I use Vitacost.com for coconut oil. Tropical Traditions sorts good value if you catch their email discounts.

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(1097)

on April 07, 2013
at 02:27 PM

Oh, yeah, thanks for the link! I'd forgottena bout that site and I really need to go check it out. I think it was a detox thing, too. She had crazy energy the day after I posted this and was (literallly) jumping all over me so I think she's on the up and up! I have that kind of crazy energy all of the time. I need to figure out a way to make bone broth. She hates the smell. And I would reaaallly like to get my hands on coconut oil, but not at 15$ for 2 cups worth :( We've very purposefully been keeping an eye on her potassium and she's felt better since we started that. Thank you!

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