I am an 18 year-old female, senior in high school, and I started the Paleo Diet on Monday of this week, so 4 days ago. My coach, who is a crossfitter, told me that I may experience symptoms like headaches in my first few days of Paleo. But so far, besides hunger and cravings, I'm not experiencing any of that. I'm starting to wonder if I'm doing it correctly. Here's what my meals/snacks have looked like:
Monday: Breakfast- scrambled eggs Snack- pistachios Lunch- turkey salad, tangerines Dinner- I forget
Tuesday: Breakfast- banana with almond butter Snack- sunflower seeds/pistachios Lunch- salad, tangerines, apples Dinner- Chicken Salad
Wednesday: Breakfast- Banana with almond butter Snack- sunflower seeds/pistachios Lunch- Grilled Chicken and sweet potato, tangerines, pear Dinner- Hamburger patty sauteed with zucchini and mushrooms
Breakfast- Chocolate Banana Hazelnut Smoothie (Almond milk, Cocoa powder, hazelnuts)
Snack- sunflower seeds, pistachios
Lunch- leftover dinner
Dinner- steak and salad
(I also drink lots of water throughout the day.)
Is this balanced? I made sure to stay within the Paleo boundaries! No cheating whatsoever. Why am I not experiencing any withdrawal symptoms? My skin has cleared up, and I don't feel as hungry as usual. I don't worry about portions, I just satisfy my hunger.
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on June 02, 2013
at 09:54 PM
I think the symptoms people are taking about have to do with something called "low-carb flu." Since you are eating carbs in the form of bananas and tangerines, you aren't very low carb. It is usually the people that go VLC that suffer these symptoms. Paleo does not invariably mean low carb, and your diet is certainly paleo.
on February 15, 2013
at 04:01 AM
if you feel great, keep doing what you're doing!! i mostly just eat a lot of meat for all of my meals as this works for me and keeps my fiber very low. i haven't experienced and negatives since going paleo either- all positives.
on February 01, 2013
at 12:51 AM
It definitely varies from person to person. I'm on my 3rd week and the most I experienced was minor headaches (I'm thinking it was from lack of sleep) and very minor cravings. I thought that maybe I wasn't doing something right too, but it turns out, it just varies.
Keep doing what you're doing. I would suggest adding more veggies into all of your meals, just to get better macronutrients. If the results your seeing are positive, then don't worry. :)
Welcome to paleo!