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Starting Paleo--it will get better, right?

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Created March 30, 2011 at 6:31 PM

My husband and I started a 30 day Paleo challenge on Saturday, so today is day 5. I did pseudo-paleo last week to try to wean off my beloved Diet Coke and ease into the plan a bit. My husband just jumped in cold turkey on Saturday.

We have done really well food-wise, no cheats or even major temptations. I ate pretty clean already, but did eat grains and legumes. Our oldest child has multiple food allergies, which requires a pretty strict diet, so a lot of this wasn???t too big of a transition for us. I had my third child just before Christmas and stalled out on weight loss at 15 pounds from goal, so I hoped this would maybe help jump-start my weight loss as well as help with energy levels and blood sugar issues.

I felt great last week with my pseudo-paleo, but the last few days I have been dog tired, had a foggy head and upset stomach, and the scale hasn???t moved a bit from when I started. My husband, on the other hand, feels great and has dropped 6 pounds. Has anyone else had similar experience to mine? I am wondering when I am going to start feeling better and if there is anything else I should be doing to get the scale to move. I work out 3-4 times a week, but yesterday was too tired to even make myself do it. I am following all of the general rules of what not to eat, but am not restricting fruits or eating tiny portions. Is that something I should do, and if so, how? I am hoping to feel better soon and start reaping all the benefits of this lifestyle!

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Thanks for your help. I definitely have a case of low carb flu, though I am feeling a bit better today. I worked out and have a little more energy. I am still so hungry though...just want food all the time!

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on March 30, 2011
at 09:08 PM

An example of what I've been eating: 2 egg cupcakes w/ salsa for breakfast. A gigantic salad with greens, oil & vinegar dressing, 2 egg whites or chicken, almonds, and golden raisins for lunch. Today I had leftovers of last night's dinner (meatballs and mashed cauliflower) Dinner of roasted pork loin and brussels sprouts in olive oil. Snacks have been hard boiled eggs, nuts, fruit. All water to drink. Not really a coffee or tea person if I can't have sugar or cream in it. I think it's possible I'm not doing enough fat...it's tough to want to add fat in after watching it closely all my life!

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on March 30, 2011
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If you eat enough fat, your body should switch to using that for fuel pretty quickly - not full keto but the stuff in your stomach at least if it can't find anything else to use.

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at 06:56 PM

Its possible you are eating too much fruit and not enough fat - menu plan would help.

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on March 30, 2011
at 06:35 PM

Post what a typical day's worth of food looks like.

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on March 30, 2011
at 06:43 PM

Yes, if you stick to it, it will get better.

Here's a great thread on low carb flu and lots of people's experiences: http://paleohacks.com/questions/20311/low-carb-flu-what-was-your-experience#axzz1I6pxNRZf

Here are two "newbie" threads from one member that I know is doing awesome now.
http://paleohacks.com/questions/20406/beginner-and-hungry-all-the-time#axzz1I6pxNRZf http://paleohacks.com/questions/20825/failed-at-the-30-day-challenge-what-now#axzz1I6pxNRZf

Don't let your husband's experience make you feel bad about how your experience is going. It's just more great proof that every body is different.

Next time you can't do a regular workout, try to at least walk or ride your bike or do something active, it really does seem to help me to get outside and get moving even if I initially don't want to.

1a65db77c3445729d54bc97cfe1555af

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on March 30, 2011
at 09:10 PM

Thanks for your help. I definitely have a case of low carb flu, though I am feeling a bit better today. I worked out and have a little more energy. I am still so hungry though...just want food all the time!

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on March 30, 2011
at 06:52 PM

Men always lose weight faster than women - don't get discouraged. My boyfriend and I started together last week and he's down 11 pounds already, I'm only down about 5. If your brain is foggy make sure you're

1) Eating enough food - track your calories to make sure you're adequately feeding yourself

2) Eating enough fat - don't be afraid of it! If you feel down, eat more! It really does make you feel good!

Also:

3) Don't look at it like you've given up things. Think of it like you are now nourishing your body (turn it in a positive light). Drink tea or coffee if you really need caffeine. At least those have ingredients you can pronounce.

4) STAY POSITIVE!

5) Try new foods, its exciting!

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on March 30, 2011
at 08:38 PM

oh it gets so much better! promise! i had absolutely terrible low carb flu- just thought i was dying- and i lose weight incredibly slowly. for me, the weight loss is a secondary benefit. i do paleo to keep my MS in remission. even still, in seven months ive "only" lost 20 pounds. you hear these stories of people losing a hundred pounds in four months and its frustrating, but even slow weight loss is weight loss, and again the benefits go far beyond weight.

my advice is to just stick to paleo until you are comfortable with the "rules" and your body adjusts, then start tinkering with the weight loss piece. just be gentle with yourself and settle into this new way of eating. everything will fall into place and you'll wish you had started eating paleo a decade ago! good luck!

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on March 30, 2011
at 07:04 PM

My first time doing low carb years ago I remember feeling the low carb flu for pretty much two weeks.

Weight loss at first is usually down to water weight as well... dont expect more than 1-2lbs (total weight) a week in avg in all honesty some people shed it faster and it all comes down to how much you have to lose and you really should stop weighing yourself anyways its a useless measure. Go out and buy a tailors measuring tape. Take down your measurements today. Then in a month from now no sooner do it again. Use the scale if you must every two weeks and always under the same circumstances.

So yes it gets better, give it 60 days the flu will go away, you will feel energized and you will stop thinking about food too :)

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on March 30, 2011
at 07:06 PM

If you eat enough fat, your body should switch to using that for fuel pretty quickly - not full keto but the stuff in your stomach at least if it can't find anything else to use.

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