I've been doing the Paleo thing for about a week. My exercise level has stayed the same (3 days of CrossFit), but my meat consumption has gone from a few times a week tops to several times a day. The past few days I've felt absolutely exhausted, very little energy and kind of spacey. Is this just my body detoxing the dairy, grains and legumes (which I ate tons of before Paleo)?
And kind of TMI, but has anyone else had digestive system issues since starting Paleo? Even though I got plenty of fiber and water before Paleo, my system seems to be in overdrive now.
Edited 1/23 I'm now over a week in and I think my body is adjusting! My skin already looks a lot better than it did a week ago. I'm not 100% yet, but I don't feel really sleepy anymore and my digestive system has settled down. I actually don't think it was the increase in meat that was causing problems as much as going from low-fat to high-fat without doing it gradually.
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on January 22, 2012
at 01:28 AM
I am on my first week as well, but I am coming from being almost sedentary - no CrossFit or major regular physical activity except for a few hours working with horses during the week. Adding more activity in, but nowhere near your level. And I only eat fish, so I have no idea what adding lots of red meat in will do to you.
I don't feel tired (actually stronger and more energetic) but I started with cutting out all dairy except butter (and am on grass-fed only now - Kerrygold is amazing!) and today is my first day with no wheat, legumes or soy. I don't think I am as low carb as many people yet.
However, at first I even though I would say I am more energetic, it's a different kind of energy - no sugar rush, sudden change - more evenly dispersed, and if I wake up in the middle of the night, no grogginess - I feel the same as any other time of day. In a way it feels a bit like being tired in that there is no major energy swing throughout the day and it is dialed down.
on January 21, 2012
at 11:55 PM
Digestive? when I cut out all the wheat at the very beginning I became constipated, if I ate some wheat it got things moving which was odd, after a while that resolved itself. I think my system was just resetting and finding it's new equilibrium. Energy levels were fine.
If you go from sea level to the top of Mt Everest instantly you'd be dead in minutes. If you acclimatise - build up gradually it is possible to summit without oxygen. If you go from little meat to eating like t-rex you body will be somewhat shocked. Ease into a paleo life, going cold turkey is not for everyone.
on January 21, 2012
at 11:52 PM
In general, yes. Many people including me who switch from SHAD (supposedly healthy American diet) to ancestral foods have at least 2 types of symptoms: withdrawal from grains/sugars/caffeine if applicable, etc. plus changing to very different foods can result in replacement of some gut flora by other, more desirable, ones which can cause symptoms referred to as the "low carb flu."
If you're about a week in, with luck you should be through the worst. In my case, the 2nd week was a little better and the 3rd week I noticed I was feeling great--no more GERD, joint inflammation went away, stuffy nose cleared up, etc.
It's probably fair to say that the worse symptoms you have, the more messed up your gut was and the more you will benefit in energy/health improvements once you are acclimated to more ancestral foods.
Are you having any sleep problems? If so, that would be as important to address as food. You might also consider a slight increase in your daily carbs if you continue to feel tired--not everyone thrives on VLC. A little starch after exercise and some greens or non-starchy vegetables can help a lot if that's the problem.
on February 08, 2014
at 04:25 AM
... was wondering whether anyone else was experiencing this extreme drowsy sensation ... My body seems to respond positively when eating meat and immediately thereafter. However, within ohh 13 minutes, I begin to get excessively exhausted. It's as if my energy has been stripped out of me, and I'm completely knocked out, and hardly able to move. Getting my body to a bed from this collapsed state seems more than I can muster. It is that extreme of a sensation. Subsequently, all I want to do is sleep. So. Hard. Getting. Out. Of. Bed.
Granted, I haven't been eating meat for the greater part of the past several years. Perhaps y'all are right in suggesting the need for *gradually* reintroducing meat in order to allow the necessary mocroflora populations (that are more effective with digesting meat) to re-populate the gut. Also can see how perhaps, given more formerly vegetarian diet, my stomach hasn't needed to produce as much acid, but now with the sudden reintroduction of meat, it will need to become more acidic.
This is definitely a big shift, and I must say, it's tempting to cut meat out again, given the intensity of my drowsiness. Though, feel like I'll continue a bit longer, and see how my digestive system adapts, and also whether my overall strength, skin, and energy improve. Thanks y'all! :):)
on February 03, 2014
at 09:14 PM
I've also been super-sluggish during my first week on the Paleo reset. I workout 4-5 times per week and ate mostly Paleo before except I ate dairy, more coffee, alcohol and on weekends I had cheat meals. I have been constipated and have had really low energy all week. I've also had a chesty cough and runny nose that comes and goes.
On the positive side, my acne has completely cleared up and I've lost 2 pounds. I'm going to stick with it and see how the next 3 weeks go.
on January 22, 2012
at 02:28 AM
It's your body changing from a sugar burning metabolism to a fat burning metabolism. You can expect to feel bad for a little while at some point in the first two or three weeks. When it passes, your energy level should take off like you are eating rocket fuel.
One thing though...you MUST drink at least .66 ounces of water per pound and you MUST take fiber supplements or you will be very constipated. This is a big change for your body and it will need to adapt. Psyllium husks (the cheap store brand) seems to be the best fiber that I've found so far.