Low Carb Flu?

Answered on April 02, 2014
Created April 02, 2014 at 5:52 AM

Hi there :) I have a couple questions regarding Low-Carb Flu and adjusting to a gut-healing Paleo diet.

I have a Candida/Leaky Gut issue, so I'm eating a clean Paleo diet with no fruit or grains. Lots of vegetables, lean meats, lots of bone broth. This is my 2nd time doing the diet, I did it for a few weeks in December, but I got derailed by Christmas and I took way too many antifungals which made me sick.

When I started in December I took things way too fast and got a major flu reaction. I had to start over, and then it worked out and I felt incredible for the next couple of weeks, like better than I've felt since I was a little kid. My energy skyrocketed and I had more confidence and metal clarity than ever.

These last couple of months have been pretty rough, ever since I fell off the diet I've struggled to get back on it, my cravings were awful and it was so hard to give up fruit and nuts. I finally managed to do it a week ago, and I've been back on the diet for exactly 8 days. It only took a day for my cravings to vanish, I've had absolutely no cravings in a week and my stomach has been feeling very good and satisfied, I haven't needed to eat that much, whereas before I was constantly hungry. I've also had moments of extreme mental clarity.

But I'm also having really bad Low-Carb flu. My energy has been generally pretty shot this past week. I was actually really energetic on the weekend but after going out for hours I was tired and I've been feeling pretty bad these last couple of days. Very flu-like. My skin has really flared up as well. It makes sense that this would happen since just a day before I started this I was eating tons of fruit and even ice cream, so I understand the shock when doing a complete 180 like that.

My questions are:

1) How long should this last? I'm drinking a ton of water and taking lots of Vitamin C and Milk Thistle to try and speed it along. I'm also starting enemas.

2) Is exercise good or bad at this time? I don't have much energy but I could still pull off a jog, but I would only want to do it if it would help me to feel better.

3) Should I be consuming a lot of fat? I didn't really have much fat when I first did this back in December, but I've read that if you're not eating carbs your body needs to burn fat instead, and I'm a really skinny person, so should I make fat consumption a priority? If so, what kinds of fat?

4) Is consuming fat a bad idea when dealing with Candida? A couple of weeks ago I had some really fatty beef and it made me kind of sick

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on April 02, 2014
at 06:51 AM

How long should this last? Is exercise good or bad at this time?

“Low carb Flu” Low energy, low grade headaches, moodiness, foggy mind and just all around lousy. Don’t worry it’s completely temporary. Dont worry about working out right now. Give yourself a week off or even two if you need it.

Should I be consuming a lot of fat?

People get candida because they eat too much FAT and eat a lot of sugar on top of that. Increases fat consumption will affect your insulin sensitivity and cause blood sugar problems, candida being just one of them.Fat Consumption in Candida is not a good option. You also mentioned that you had consumed Fatty beef. This is the only one major reason for your sickness.

If you really want to consume Good Fatty Food try some of these:

Real butter, cream, ghee, natural low sugar yogurt, kefir, avocado, coconut, olives, coconut oil, flax seed oil, macandamia oil, olive oil, pumpkin seed oil, sesame oil and walnut oil.They are not only great fat but also kill candida.

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