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.
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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.
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.