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Losing Ground on Paleo already?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 01, 2011 at 11:19 PM

Okay so I started eating Paleo about a month ago. I went through a crazy week where I had very little energy, was groggy and unfocused and I hear this is somewhat normal the first week or so. Then BOOM! Crazy energy, great mood, more efficient sleep, increased sex drive, on and on.. basically felt great for about 2 weeks. Then recently Ive started to hit kind of a road block where my energy is going down a little. My mood is still fairly good and I definately feel better than before I started but I want to figure out what this is. Im losing motivation to workout whereas before I had plenty of energy to bust out a WOD. Im concerned about why I'm losing drive and energy so soon. Do i need to tweak my diet or habits? Heres what I've been up to the past month.

Meals

Breakfast - Eggs, Bacon, Red Onion, Cilantro, and Butter or a Shake with berries, banana, almond or peanut butter, coconut milk and Primal Fuel.

Lunch - Always some sort of salad with avow, tomato, carrots, spinach, various greens. Sometimes a soup with chicken and free range broth, spinach, onions, cilantro, carrots, etc.

Dinner - Meat product, broccoli or mixed veggies usually

Snacks

Berries, Mangos, Bananas, grapes, kiwis, peaches, nectarines, nuts, seeds, dried cranberries, shakes, dark chocolate

Exercise

Hockey 2 times a week (very physical)

Crossfit WOD 1 or 2 times a week (lately anxious and unmotivated to go..no idea why)

Free Weights whenever

No alcohol, No pizza or fast food, Fairly good sleep, 1 or 2 cups of coffee in the morning with "sugar free" creamer, moderate stress 1 multivitamin a day, omega 3 supplement, sj wort 2x day

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on October 03, 2011
at 05:47 AM

peanuts are not paleo

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on October 02, 2011
at 03:18 PM

1 or 2 cups of coffee is usually not a problem. Try the starch first and see how you do.

C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

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on October 02, 2011
at 12:09 PM

Take a look at this thread: http://paleohacks.com/questions/24509/1-4-lb-of-butter-and-boundless-energy#axzz1ZcqqKOF3

C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

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on October 02, 2011
at 12:08 PM

I couldn't tell you, and I'm definitely a different person (female, nursing mom trying to lose weight), but I find that the more fat I eat, the better my weight loss, the better my mood, and the better my energy. It was a big mental leap to get past the low fat indoctrination of my upbringing, but from what I've read, it's pretty difficult to eat too much fat, as long as you're not eating it with carbs.

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on October 02, 2011
at 03:10 AM

They're not bad if you're leptin sensitive and insulin sensitive. They're not bad if you're happy with your body fat.

15307127b011c7c276e76adc46bd1d31

(115)

on October 02, 2011
at 02:50 AM

Ok I'll try throwing some in. Thanks!

15307127b011c7c276e76adc46bd1d31

(115)

on October 02, 2011
at 01:13 AM

I've had 0 starches. But aren't those bad?? Potatoes, rice, etc. ?

15307127b011c7c276e76adc46bd1d31

(115)

on October 02, 2011
at 01:12 AM

How much is too much of even the healthy fats?

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on October 02, 2011
at 01:11 AM

Eat more starch

15307127b011c7c276e76adc46bd1d31

(115)

on October 02, 2011
at 01:11 AM

I do read that it can be a bumpy ride the first few months though..

15307127b011c7c276e76adc46bd1d31

(115)

on October 02, 2011
at 01:10 AM

No it's more than that. There's been a very noticeable change in energy and motivation levels recently.

15307127b011c7c276e76adc46bd1d31

(115)

on October 02, 2011
at 01:09 AM

Mark.. Does it have that much of an effect on energy levels?! Crazy... So cut out coffee altogether?? And why am I lucky?

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on October 02, 2011
at 12:51 AM

....I was just scanning for where you were going to say a couple cupsof coffee a day. Drop this and problem solved. ...you're so lucky.

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on October 02, 2011
at 12:16 AM

Your diet sounds so yummy! I wish I... Oh wait! ;)

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on October 01, 2011
at 11:51 PM

In all seriousness it may just be that the "honeymoon" phase of this way of eating is over for you. You've come down a bit from the initial high of starting something new and positive. Your acclimating. At least thats how I looked at it myself after a couple of months.

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on October 01, 2011
at 11:46 PM

Try some coconut oil.

15307127b011c7c276e76adc46bd1d31

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on October 01, 2011
at 11:43 PM

no I'm good in that department but thanks

15307127b011c7c276e76adc46bd1d31

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on October 01, 2011
at 11:32 PM

ill try the sweet potatoes.. Im not sure if I am on the fat.. i eat avocado a lot but aside from whatever is on the meat I eat I don't specifically eat something for the fat. Not really sure what to eat for a healthy fat source.

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C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

on October 01, 2011
at 11:28 PM

Maybe, especially since you seem to be using your body a lot, having a starch a few times a week would be a good idea. Mashed sweet potatoes are awesome...

I'm also wondering, based on your description of your diet, whether or not you're getting enough fat. It's hard to tell from what you wrote.

15307127b011c7c276e76adc46bd1d31

(115)

on October 01, 2011
at 11:32 PM

ill try the sweet potatoes.. Im not sure if I am on the fat.. i eat avocado a lot but aside from whatever is on the meat I eat I don't specifically eat something for the fat. Not really sure what to eat for a healthy fat source.

15307127b011c7c276e76adc46bd1d31

(115)

on October 02, 2011
at 01:12 AM

How much is too much of even the healthy fats?

E95216c62a14d21c371fcbf2fed8469b

(1867)

on October 01, 2011
at 11:46 PM

Try some coconut oil.

C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

(3225)

on October 02, 2011
at 12:09 PM

Take a look at this thread: http://paleohacks.com/questions/24509/1-4-lb-of-butter-and-boundless-energy#axzz1ZcqqKOF3

C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

(3225)

on October 02, 2011
at 12:08 PM

I couldn't tell you, and I'm definitely a different person (female, nursing mom trying to lose weight), but I find that the more fat I eat, the better my weight loss, the better my mood, and the better my energy. It was a big mental leap to get past the low fat indoctrination of my upbringing, but from what I've read, it's pretty difficult to eat too much fat, as long as you're not eating it with carbs.

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on October 02, 2011
at 12:06 AM

You're tired because that's your body telling you you need more calories (fat and/or starches, probably starches)

15307127b011c7c276e76adc46bd1d31

(115)

on October 02, 2011
at 01:13 AM

I've had 0 starches. But aren't those bad?? Potatoes, rice, etc. ?

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

(13978)

on October 02, 2011
at 03:10 AM

They're not bad if you're leptin sensitive and insulin sensitive. They're not bad if you're happy with your body fat.

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3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on October 01, 2011
at 11:35 PM

I would definitely try increase sex frequency first just to see if it has a positive effect....

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on October 01, 2011
at 11:51 PM

In all seriousness it may just be that the "honeymoon" phase of this way of eating is over for you. You've come down a bit from the initial high of starting something new and positive. Your acclimating. At least thats how I looked at it myself after a couple of months.

15307127b011c7c276e76adc46bd1d31

(115)

on October 01, 2011
at 11:43 PM

no I'm good in that department but thanks

15307127b011c7c276e76adc46bd1d31

(115)

on October 02, 2011
at 01:10 AM

No it's more than that. There's been a very noticeable change in energy and motivation levels recently.

15307127b011c7c276e76adc46bd1d31

(115)

on October 02, 2011
at 01:11 AM

I do read that it can be a bumpy ride the first few months though..

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on October 02, 2011
at 02:24 AM

I would add some starches as others have said. Many in paleo community are all for starch. Read Kurt Harris and Paul Jaminet blogs for more information. Add some sweet potatoes and that should help with energy levels. Some thrive on LC but it seems that most young males in the Paleo community find that starch in their diet is optimal.

15307127b011c7c276e76adc46bd1d31

(115)

on October 02, 2011
at 02:50 AM

Ok I'll try throwing some in. Thanks!

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on October 02, 2011
at 04:01 PM

No way could I do Crossfit/play hockey and feel okay without at least 200g of starch on those days. Some people have good luck with VLC and intense cardio but IME it seems to be people who eat super-high-calorie and 200+ g of protein daily.

Are you lean? If so there is NO reason to eat low carb for health or appearance, and you will probably feel by far your best if you don't.

I definitely keep an eye on my total carbs - I'm not gorging on rice cookies over here. And I get them mostly from sources that don't include lots of lectins, phytates, and fructose (some people do fine with fruit though, sounds like you do). I eat a lot of white potatoes and white rice. I feel fantastic!

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on October 02, 2011
at 03:09 PM

I agree on the more calories needed.

I would snack on fruit only before or after a workout. I doubt you are getting enough protein as well.

Try and get to where you do not snack between breakfast and lunch (If you are).

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on October 02, 2011
at 11:54 PM

You may want to check for any vegetable oils sneeking in. Salad dressings and the like. My Mom used these while I was visiting and I could tell a huge difference in my energy levels. A few days home and I was back up where I was before the visit. :-)

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