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Mean/Moody When Hungry? Part of detox?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 07, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Hello everyone, I'm still in my first paleo week, I feel pretty good (great right after I eat), but when I get hungry it hits BAM! Out of nowhere. And it's an unignorable, nagging, hunger that turns me into a monster and makes me snippy and moody as all get out! Is this just a normal part of detoxing? I haven't had headaches, stomach aches, or any of the other symptoms a lot of people talk about. I just feel like when I get hungry, it's a super desperate and immediate hunger that I have to address right away. Thoughts? -Lauren

P.S. I am 25, 5'2" and 117 pounds. I eat classic paleo, nuts and all, no starchy potatoes but lots of other veggies, and currently conventional meat (just until I find a better option, hopefully by next week, but I have to use up what is in my fridge first).

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on February 08, 2013
at 10:05 PM

Read this article, it's a bit long and confusing, but it explains why you feel that you need the carbs: http://www.jackkruse.com/emf-4-why-might-you-need-carbs-for-performance/

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on February 08, 2013
at 05:39 PM

Glad to hear you're feeling better. Unfortunately, the removal of tuber/fruits is advocated too much about people trying to lose weight, or people who are afraid of carbs, while these foods are perfectly Paleo. Enjoy!

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on February 08, 2013
at 04:06 PM

FYI- I have added more sweet potatoes...I feel instantly better, also lots of fruit. I think I have the body type that just craves and does very well with lots of fruit, and I was denying it for the sake of fitting into the "paleo" mold, which I realize now is pretty dumb. Thanks for the good advice.

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on February 07, 2013
at 08:39 PM

Yeah that's a good idea, I do feel unbelievably thirsty since I started paleo- like all the time.

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on February 07, 2013
at 08:38 PM

"an egg". sorry about that bad grammar

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on February 07, 2013
at 07:14 PM

I think it's part of being a girl.

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on February 07, 2013
at 06:57 PM

Haha, yeah I do feel like a child. Hopefully if I add in some carbs and ride it out it will go away.

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at 06:49 PM

I was wondering about this, but after reading so much on here I think I got totally paranoid about having carbs. I think I would punch someone in the face right now for a sweet potato though, so you just may be right.

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on February 07, 2013
at 06:45 PM

I was always grumpy if I hadn't eaten. I would even throw temper tantrums (Yeah. Just like a toddler. Seriously, some would involve crying.)

I think it took about a month of strict low-carb to go away. I assume it has to do with blood sugar issues, because if I happen to go off paleo for an extended period of time, I get the same way again.

It should go away once your body gets used to not having such extreme blood sugar spikes.

217fc6ef1b76bf244bcb22b3e5c5841c

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on February 07, 2013
at 06:57 PM

Haha, yeah I do feel like a child. Hopefully if I add in some carbs and ride it out it will go away.

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on February 07, 2013
at 08:37 PM

make sure you eat often enough so you aren't hungry. i eat a snack in between breakfast. lunch, and dinner. something small like handful of paleo granola, a fruit, a egg....keeps me from getting famished until the next meal. then you also don't crave "bad" foods...and drink alot of water- also helps from feeling hungry- you could be getting slightly dehydrated and that can make you moody.

217fc6ef1b76bf244bcb22b3e5c5841c

(178)

on February 07, 2013
at 08:39 PM

Yeah that's a good idea, I do feel unbelievably thirsty since I started paleo- like all the time.

6dc767a3b94cb0133601caf6c39ea218

(330)

on February 07, 2013
at 08:38 PM

"an egg". sorry about that bad grammar

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3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

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on February 07, 2013
at 06:44 PM

You're not fat. So you don't have to cut down either tubers, or fruits. Especially if you're a tiny bit active. I think the problem is that your body is asking for more carbs.

217fc6ef1b76bf244bcb22b3e5c5841c

(178)

on February 08, 2013
at 04:06 PM

FYI- I have added more sweet potatoes...I feel instantly better, also lots of fruit. I think I have the body type that just craves and does very well with lots of fruit, and I was denying it for the sake of fitting into the "paleo" mold, which I realize now is pretty dumb. Thanks for the good advice.

3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

(11697)

on February 08, 2013
at 05:39 PM

Glad to hear you're feeling better. Unfortunately, the removal of tuber/fruits is advocated too much about people trying to lose weight, or people who are afraid of carbs, while these foods are perfectly Paleo. Enjoy!

217fc6ef1b76bf244bcb22b3e5c5841c

(178)

on February 07, 2013
at 06:49 PM

I was wondering about this, but after reading so much on here I think I got totally paranoid about having carbs. I think I would punch someone in the face right now for a sweet potato though, so you just may be right.

3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

(11697)

on February 08, 2013
at 10:05 PM

Read this article, it's a bit long and confusing, but it explains why you feel that you need the carbs: http://www.jackkruse.com/emf-4-why-might-you-need-carbs-for-performance/

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