My girlfriend and I started paleo just a few weeks ago. For me (6' 4", 440#, mid 40's male, no allergies, mild high blood pressure), it's been good so far. I've noticed quite a bit of change just in the two weeks.
On the other hand, she's had a different experience. She's got about 50# or so she could lose from her 5' 8" frame, but nothing's changed. Moreover, she has lupus. She does not take steroids, and so she's tried to control symptoms through diet and exercise. Well, mostly diet. And that was--up until recently--virtually not there either. Wheat and dairy often sent her to migraine hell.
Now, she's noticed a few things:
- Strong nausea after meals, although that seems has lessened
- Skin lesions appearing
- Facial rash
We're keeping sugars, wheat, and dairy completely out. Cooking our own meals. Whole foods. A solid Paleo plan, by the books.
So, has anyone experienced or seen anything like this before? Is it common during the adjustment? Should we wait it out? Your comments are greatly appreciated.
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on February 03, 2012
at 12:40 AM
Yes, this can happen for some folks. Sounds like a Herxheimer reaction--pretty much a detox reaction. If so, it will get better.
How is her Vitamin D blood level? Really important that she get tested and aim for the high end of 50-80 ng/ml with an autoimmune disease like lupus.
on February 03, 2012
at 01:00 AM
Dr. Paul Jaminet seems to think that lupus is a sort of catch-all diagnosis for some sort of underlying bacterial infection. I can't help but agree with him given the support he puts forth in his book. As the body strengthens through resolution of malnutrition and begins to detoxify more efficiently, there should be an upswing in immune response. That is essentially what she is experiencing.
Most dietary healing regimens for auto-immune disorders have their own name for this reaction (Herheimer, die-off, detox) but I guess what you should know is that it is most assuredly a GOOD sign, not a bad one.
on April 23, 2013
at 07:01 PM
I got lupus when I started paleo diet two years ago! Mine is timid lupus (at least the doctor says, I'm not convinced) ... But I have a rash, that drives me crazy.
I'm afraid to go off paleo cuz I feel so good otherwise.
I've love to know if this is a weird coincidence?!?