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Brain fog, low energy, just started, does it get better?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 18, 2012 at 11:00 PM

I'm a male, 230lbs, 6'2" lift and do kettle bells about 2 times a week, soccer about twice a week, and straight cardio one day a week as well. I started feeling a bit fat and decided to take some action. Paleo attracted to me but this is my experience so far.

Im on about day 6 of paleo, i eat eggs and a fruit smoothie for breakfast, and basically just fruit, lots of meat, and about one to sweet potatoes a day. Since I've started I've felt really foggy and have been sleeping much more, more workouts are definitely not as intense either. I do feel lighter and a bit hungry most of the time which leads to believe it will take some pounds off, but at what cost? I'm nearing the end of nursing school and have no room for any type of brain fog or low energy. What can I expect? Will this go away? And if so when?

C33d8d12103bf3ff206887331f2c0908

on November 21, 2012
at 03:08 PM

thanks, ya i definitely kept that in mind and felt super wierd the first three days. I'm feeling much more with it already at around 8-9 days. thanks for the help

C33d8d12103bf3ff206887331f2c0908

on November 21, 2012
at 03:06 PM

At around 8-9 days in now im feeling much less foggy, still not 100% in school but enough to make it through right now. Im going to stick with it through the upcoming holiday break and see where Im at then. thank you for the help

C33d8d12103bf3ff206887331f2c0908

on November 21, 2012
at 03:04 PM

thank you, I gave in and ate some grain based carbs Sunday night and definitely felt a bit better on Monday. I feel over all better and definitely cleaner. I think adding in some grains during crunch time in school may be a good idea. thanks again

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on November 19, 2012
at 04:01 AM

check for SIBO. Use hydrogen-methane lactulose test (for 3 hours). Find a doc who knows how to read the test results, it could be tricky.

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on November 19, 2012
at 12:20 AM

I agree, give it 2 or maybe even 3 weeks. I'm just finishing week 2 and finally seeing those symptoms fade out.

C33d8d12103bf3ff206887331f2c0908

on November 18, 2012
at 11:02 PM

I should add that prior to this I pretty much ate whatever I felt like, which was basically like eat a smoothie or a juice for breakfast, maybe a moderate lunch, and go just nuts at dinner, i rarely was hungry

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on November 19, 2012
at 01:51 AM

Speaking as an intermediate beginner... My first thought is to lower the fruit intake... especially in the morning. Perhaps you are one of those intermittent-fast breakfast-skippers. From my personal experience I can say I feel way better in the morning and until the afternoon avoiding anything sweet.

When I started tracking my intake recently on cronometer.com I realized I was eating way more protein than I thought, disproportionate to fat. As a beginner I think it is really useful to track general eating patterns with a program like that to get a better sense of it.

It's true that there are withdrawal and other symptoms to a radical shift in eating patterns, but sometimes you have to listen to the fatigue/cravings and eat something in the category of what you are missing. I do think that those symptoms are a sign that you need something.

It certainly possible to take an approach of weaning yourself off all grains, especially if going through a crunch time, not to dive in 100% with the grain/carb avoidance, also perhaps incorporate some high-fat unsweetened yogurt, more nuts, coconut products etc. A little quinoa, a little white rice perhaps?

Despite not being 100 percent strict paleo I still feel great most of the time and am losing weight with no increase in exercise (not the main reason but welcome)... and did not go through any fatigue/fog except for maybe 2 days of weirdness.

I hope you can find a way to make it work for you and stick with it, best of luck!

C33d8d12103bf3ff206887331f2c0908

on November 21, 2012
at 03:04 PM

thank you, I gave in and ate some grain based carbs Sunday night and definitely felt a bit better on Monday. I feel over all better and definitely cleaner. I think adding in some grains during crunch time in school may be a good idea. thanks again

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on November 19, 2012
at 01:07 AM

It is most likely due to the lower carb intake and the reduced amount of junk food. Think of it like a smoker having withdraws after quitting. It is a similar situation, with how your body is handling the adaption. Going back to eating bad stuff won't help either, so just wait it out!

Your body will thank you soon enough!

C33d8d12103bf3ff206887331f2c0908

on November 21, 2012
at 03:08 PM

thanks, ya i definitely kept that in mind and felt super wierd the first three days. I'm feeling much more with it already at around 8-9 days. thanks for the help

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on November 18, 2012
at 11:09 PM

This might have been a somewhat bad timing. Going paleo, especially if this means a significant lowering in carb intake, is best scheduled around a period where work/life stress can be minimized, to allow for the initial adaptation phase not to have too much of a (potentially negative) impact. The good news is that it will definitely get better. Usually that takes 10-14 days. I was lucky as I did not experience significant brain fog at all. I had to adapt a bit my training schedule, though, but after 7 days my 'feeling' during training was back to normal (I swim/bike/run and have 3 weight sessions per week). I have a similar build ... 6ft5 / 200lbs. Hang in there :)!

7bab99c303f1e83d3d9722a414dd7b45

(524)

on November 19, 2012
at 12:20 AM

I agree, give it 2 or maybe even 3 weeks. I'm just finishing week 2 and finally seeing those symptoms fade out.

C33d8d12103bf3ff206887331f2c0908

on November 21, 2012
at 03:06 PM

At around 8-9 days in now im feeling much less foggy, still not 100% in school but enough to make it through right now. Im going to stick with it through the upcoming holiday break and see where Im at then. thank you for the help

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