I began paleo 2 years ago, and can't say enough how much it's positively impacted my life.
However, I've always seemed to do well with a high-fat, high redmeat/eggs and very, very low carbs. I couldn't handle sweet potatoes or even fruit just because of how insulin resistant I was. I could eat a dozen eggs a day, go through massive amount . I felt amazing and looked better than ever. Any time I tried to up carbs for energy sake, I gained weight rapidly and felt the mood effects pretty quickly. I ate 1-2 meals a day, and tended to naturally fall into 8-18 hour fasts.
Recently, I've done a 180. I can't stomach broth, large amounts of coconut oil, and have even lost my appetite for eggs (says the girl who bought 4 dozen a week). My appetite has downsized dramatically, and suddenly I'm able to eat larabars, apples, etc. (infact, not just eat - it's the only thing I crave) in moderation. I prefer chicken and fish to red meat (very strange). Obviously, still avoiding oils/grains.
Could this be because I recently restarted birth control? Or perhaps just because when I started I was in my late-teens, and my body's needs have changed?
Has anyone else had this experience? Should I just go with what my body says, even though it seems so counter intuitive?? Any advice?
asked byNora_3 (10)
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on October 21, 2012
at 12:29 AM
When i started paleo about 18 months ago, i too was very low carb, lots of red meat and eggs, and i felt great and my body transformed for the better (with help from exercise).
However, there were times when i just couldn't stomach the meat for a few days, and i would eat lighter with more fruit, yogurt, or just fasting.
But the most noticeable change was when i started doing serious workouts 3-4x per week. I started to crave more starches and less fat and protein, which i satisfy primarily with sweet potatoes, plantains, and occasional bananas. In my very low carb days, these would have been a cheat and would have halted my weight loss and probably brought on IBS symptoms. However, now they seem to improve my mood and energy and help me to lose girth. I am not sure what the explanation is, could be that i have fixed my metabolism, or that i have lost some fat, or that the exercise requires more carbs.
I have avoided carbs for so long that it is strange to think that i need more, but i have been experimenting with eating more of them and so far have had no ill effects and only positive effects. Another theory is that i was insulin resistant and am no longer... Not sure.