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Is my "college diet" causing me to feel so sick? Can Paleo help?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 24, 2013 at 7:15 PM

I'm having ongoing health problems that I think might have to do with my diet. I'm having constant fatigue and very low energy. Some days I can barely get out of bed, I have this jelly like feeling in my legs and its hard to even walk to the bathroom sometimes.

I can force myself to walk as far as I need to, I always end up walking about 3 miles a day out of necessity, but I feel terrible.

I have terrible brain fog, I'm forgetting things, short and long term memory loss, etc.

I feel sick and intoxicated.

I just watched supersize me and I think it may be my diet. I have a good jb so I actually have a lot of money by student standards. I eat fast food everyday and love binging. I have lots of soda and several milkskahes everyday, donuts, pizza, etc. I'm not overweight so I've never thought about it until now- I always thought weight was the only real factor diet could affect. Now I'm not so sure.

I've been doing this everyday for 3 years and I only started feeling bad in the last year, and really bad in the last 3 months.

What is going on, and can paleo help?

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on May 25, 2013
at 01:04 AM

Oh my gosh! I honestly meant to say favor, but flavor works too! :P

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 25, 2013
at 12:14 AM

hm...how old are you? do you like being ate out?

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on May 24, 2013
at 11:56 PM

Do your gut a flavor. I see what you did there ;)

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on May 24, 2013
at 11:09 PM

I made the switch during summer last year! The only problem was the inevitable gluten exposure when reintroduced to the cafeteria food, but it was alright!

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on May 24, 2013
at 10:21 PM

I have no doubt paleo can help, and it definitely can't hurt. I'm a college student myself, and I feel pretty damn awesome everyday eating Paleo and lifting a ton. You shouldn't feel that crappy already. When you do try Paleo don't give it up in the first few days if you feel terrible, that's the "low carb flu". Fix your diet first, if that doesn't help go see a good doctor.

Just reread your question and some of your issues sound to me like low blood sugar (jelly legs, trouble getting out of bed, exhausted). You also say you binge on tons of sugary foods. You are definitely caught up in a blood sugar/insulin roller coaster.

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on May 25, 2013
at 10:42 AM

You are most likely developing metabolic syndrome at fast pace. A blood work would be nice to get a picture of where are you right now but the symptoms you describe speak pretty much for themselves. See this video series from Dr Lustig 'The Skinny on Obesity', I think they may be very eye opening to you, they will help understand better.

Paleo will help for sure, it can be reversed to a high degree but the faster you put an end on this the better the outcome. It's a tough decision leaving the comforts of high-palatable foods from today's modern eating industry but the benefits are huge, you just have started grasping what food is doing to you right now and this will most likely get worse as you grow older so consider the situation and why not give it a try?

Also consider not stressing too much and have plenty of rest, young people tend to sleep only a few hours, get to party a lot so spend most time awake at night and less during the day, we spend too much time in front of technology but less enjoying outdoors, etc. don't know if this is your case but It has been mine for a long time so I could understand, I'm way lot better now that I walk everyday to take some natural light than when I spent 6h a day playing with the videoconsole or chatting...

Good nutrition habits, active lifestyle, contact with nature and proper managing of stress and emotions and a positive thinking are most likely what you need to get back to feeling energized again.

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on May 24, 2013
at 10:44 PM

I'm a college student too! I eat paleo and it makes me feel great. At first it was difficult because I didn't want to socially inhibit myself but I quickly learned how to fit my food choices into social situations.

It will most definitely make you feel better! I recommend trying it. Summer is a good time to make that switch. :)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 25, 2013
at 12:14 AM

hm...how old are you? do you like being ate out?

5f678ffff153bfc8a17ac1ee438c054f

(1405)

on May 24, 2013
at 11:09 PM

I made the switch during summer last year! The only problem was the inevitable gluten exposure when reintroduced to the cafeteria food, but it was alright!

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5f678ffff153bfc8a17ac1ee438c054f

on May 24, 2013
at 07:22 PM

Wow! Paleo will definitely help. All the things you described in your diet are carbs, carbs, and more carbs! You need to get some real nutrients in there!

I understand that it didn't seem like a problem, since your body could handle it, but do your gut a flavor, and start eating real food!

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on May 24, 2013
at 11:56 PM

Do your gut a flavor. I see what you did there ;)

5f678ffff153bfc8a17ac1ee438c054f

(1405)

on May 25, 2013
at 01:04 AM

Oh my gosh! I honestly meant to say favor, but flavor works too! :P

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on May 25, 2013
at 10:46 AM

When I first came to university I seemed to live off pasta, pizza, potatoes, chocolate and sweets. THe result of this food was that I often had to have naps and often slept into the afternoon when I could. I was severely fatigued.

I've just finished the final year at university. During the final year I cut out the sugary snacks and grains. Later I also cut out potatoes. I wouldn't say my energy levels are perfect but I no longer need naps and I can get out of bed easier. There has been a definite improvement, but not all my problems have been solved. I still have eczema. I think the only way you can solve diet related issues is to determine what foods are suitable for a personal diet by an elimination diet. Unfortunately it's not feasible for me to complete a full elimination diet at the moment.

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on May 25, 2013
at 07:25 AM

I think it's worth thinking about causation you describe yourself as fatigued and, in essence, depressed and as enjoying 'binging': might low mood be the core problem here, causing you to eat junk?

Certainly eating better can help mood anyway: just try to eat more meat and plants, nutrients are important for the brain.

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