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HOW LONG IS DETOX

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 29, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Good Lord, I've been at this 2.5 weeks now and I feel like total crap! Lack of sustainable energy. When I do have energy it only lasts for a couple hours. I'm a long distance runner and fitness instructor and I'm not crazy about meat. I'll eat it, but there's no way I'm cooking meat every single day, I don't like it that much. I also work 55 hours a week and have an 80 minute round trip commute every day. When the heck do I have time to make all of these recipes? The only grains I was eating before paleo were whole oatmeal and quinoa. I have noticed a HUGE huge plummet in my energy, mood and motivation since I stopped eating those 2 things. I'm getting sick of feeling terrible, but I'm stubborn and keep waiting for the morning I wake up and am magically "detoxed." So when will it happen!!!??

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on January 29, 2013
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You don't have to make the crazy paleo recipes. Just cook food like you normally do. Meat and veggies in a pan. Stir-fry. Done. I usually make large amounts and eat whatever it is for days.

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Oatmeal and quinoa are not paleo, however, they are not the same as wheat. You do not have to be low carb on paleo. Sweet potatoes (or regular), white rice are choices that some paleoish diets allow for higher carb intake. Frankly, if the oatmeal/quinoa are not causing any digestive issues, I see no reason for a healthy, non-obese, non-diabetic to avoid them. Or eat some bananas...

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on January 29, 2013
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(Also, vote for my answer above and "accept" it, if you like it!)

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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Some people eat low carb or even very low carb paleo diets. But there is nothing intrinsically low carb about paleo - except for it being inherently *lower* carb than the standard American diet (SAD).

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on January 29, 2013
at 04:44 PM

< sarcasm > WE CAN HEAR YOU WITHOUT THE SHOUTING < /sarcasm >

First: You are not in detox. You are not eating enough to sustain your lifestyle, with all the physical activities you are into. Eat more. "Eat more what?" you ask. Carbohydrate rich veggies and tubers, that's what.

You're a long distance runner, and your first complaints are about meat? Animal sourced foods are a vital part of a common paleo diet, but they are by no means the main or only part. There are tons of options at your disposal, without laying one forkful of grains in your mouth. This list includes potatoes, sweet potatoes, true yams, squashes of all kinds, cassava, and more.

If you continue long distance running without ample glycogen stores, your muscles will be tapped for glycogen.

Now that that's cleared up, I'll address the second part: time. You have found time to be a long distance runner. If someone, for example, complained that they wanted to be a good long distance runner, but whined about how much time it took training, what exactly would you tell them? Would you tell them to go f**k off? 'Cause I would.

That's basically what you are doing here. You seem some intrinsic benefit to eating paleo, but "better" in your mind means "easier". This is not the case. Cooking a meal for yourself probably takes as long as calling and waiting for delivery food, but it certainly takes forethought and work. You put forethought and work into your training - put forethought and work into your diet.

Good luck!

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on January 29, 2013
at 05:48 PM

It sounds like you need more food.
There isn't any magical detox period. Sometimes there is the low carb flu that happens as the body gets used to burning fat instead of carbs, but in your case it sounds much more like a lack of food overall.

If you want easy, follow greymouser's advice. You can get by nuking sweet potatos, and butter makes for even more calories.

If, however, you've heard that being fat adapted might actually give you an edge in long distance running and you want to take advantage of that, you are going to have to calibrate things a bit. Peter Attia does some long distance stuff, as does Tim Noakes. Attia uses some sort of designer carbohydrate, but otherwise stays low carb, and I think Noakes is currently fasting during the day and eating all his calories in one big meal at night, but that might just be hearsay. If you research Noakes, don't get confused- he was a purveyor of traditional carb-loading advice for years, but has changed his mind, so you want to make sure you get his current advice rather than the old stuff.

Anyway, you need more calories, whether from carbs, fat, or both. You also wouldn't do to badly adding eggs, fish, shellfish, etc... into the diet.

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on January 29, 2013
at 05:48 PM

Thank you! I always prepare everything I eat, but because some of the recipes call for ingredients that are not sold in regular grocery stores near where I live i.e. almond flax flour, almond butter, etc. ..I end up eating the same type of things every day. I do not eat out, ever.

That said, I was under the impression that I had to drastically curb tuber consumption, so I haven't been eating them. I'll try adding those back in here and there. My muscles are definitly tapped out. It takes everything in me to slog out a slow 10k at lunch, when those used to be my tempo runs.

I love cooking, not complaining about that. But, there is alot of time involved in some of the recipes and again the ingredients are not always readily available. But, guess I could just buy a boatload of stuff on amazon and shut up about it.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on January 29, 2013
at 07:44 PM

(Also, vote for my answer above and "accept" it, if you like it!)

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on January 29, 2013
at 07:44 PM

Some people eat low carb or even very low carb paleo diets. But there is nothing intrinsically low carb about paleo - except for it being inherently *lower* carb than the standard American diet (SAD).

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on January 29, 2013
at 10:09 PM

You don't have to make the crazy paleo recipes. Just cook food like you normally do. Meat and veggies in a pan. Stir-fry. Done. I usually make large amounts and eat whatever it is for days.

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on January 29, 2013
at 08:31 PM

If you're currently low carb, and you're almost through your keto adaption period you might want to tough it out. Even if you decide to go back to a high carb diet afterwards it will be easier on you later if you want try low carb again.

http://www.nutritionandmetabolism.com/content/1/1/2

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on January 29, 2013
at 07:41 PM

Many women struggle with energy when going paleo. There's a great article here:

http://drcate.com/going-low-carb-too-fast-may-trigger-thyroid-troubles-and-hormone-imbalance/

Basically, your body thinks it's going into hibernation. One solution is to back up and re-carb (add that oatmeal back in - but no sugar) until your energy is back. Then start to paleo again, but only do 1 meal. Wait a week or 2, do another meal. Etc. Gives your hormones time to adjust.

You may not have meant to go low-carb, but I am betting that when you dropped grain, you didn't up your veggies enough. Esp if you are a runner, you have to up those veggies more than you can imagine. Meat, eh - just eat enough to get satiety. If I am working out, I can eat a whole head of cauliflower, or 2 bell peppers, etc with a meal.

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