Days of problems following overexertion?

Answered on October 08, 2013
Created October 08, 2013 at 6:05 AM

Hi guys,

I've been VLC paleo for the last month or so, feeling the benefits, nothing extraordinarily unusual. Took a long hike up a steep mountain (8 hours round trip) on the weekend and didn't eat much during the hike (grapefruit, cup of nuts and dried fruit). Much more exertion than I usually do and very exhausting. I Drank a lot of water (about 6L). Got home exhausted just after lunch, forced myself to eat something, replenished salts and magnesium and had a decent high protein dinner.

Bed time rolls around and despite feeling physically exhausted I can't sleep. Strong pulse, very restless sleep all night. I must have woken up twenty times. No appetite the next day, slow and lethargic (and sore too)! The following night, I also slept poorly, but a little better. Whilst my sleep has improved (it's been 3 days now), I'm lethargic, moody and 'brain-dead' and my dermatitis has flared up; basically I just feel horrid (like I did pre-paleo actually). It's like I haven't slept at all. I have upped my carbs a little, but I still feel remarkably ordinary.

My question is, what are your thoughts about the cause of my current situation, and what can I do to rectify it? Any advice appreciated.

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on October 08, 2013
at 09:16 AM

Are you regularly low on calories? You say you are VLC, how low is that for you?

Personally I would recommend a week or so of extra carbs from starchy veg. Then maybe you can alternated VLC with occasional bouts of eating more carbs. Carbohydrates from starchy veg are not going to hurt you, and you're still not going to be eating as many carbs as on SAD. But it should help replenish your energy to eat a few more.

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