I just started Paleo after 2 1/2 yrs vegetarian/vegan. It has been easy due to the fact that i was already gluten and dairy free. The grain free hasn't been too bad either. my question is "why am i so tired all the time now?" It has been like 4 days and i feel so lethargic. I read an earlier answer to almost the same question and the answer suggested she eat more fat. I am Kosher, it is biblically not allowed to eat fat, so i will not do it. i do eat plenty of fruit and vegetables. Any suggestions?
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on December 08, 2012
at 01:33 AM
Of course you can have fat as long as it's not chelev. How would our grandparents have survived without schmaltz??? When I was in Israel I was invited to the home of a family who were Sephardim and they showed me what they were cooking--shmaltz and gribenes, just like Ashkenazi, but with a different name, of course, which I've now forgotten. And, as pointed out above, there's always vegetable sources like coconut oil and olive oil--try to stay away from other seed oils, though.
If you have drastically reduced carbs since going paleo (most likely if you were eating mostly grains and legumes before) that lethargy you are experiencing is probably a bit of "induction flu". When you reduce carbs, you reduce glycogen stores in your body. Glycogen stores with water, so you tend to lose fluid (larger volume of urine). That's why you need to drink more water and eat a little more salt. The very best thing for you is some good salty bone broth. You'll feel better.
I'm guessing you won't see this until after Shabbos, and by then you should be feeling a little better already, but if not, drink broth and have some extra salt. If you don't have any broth handy, you can get "electrolyte water" at places like Whole Foods--plain tasting water but it has added sodium and potassium.
on December 07, 2012
at 11:52 PM
you can still eat intramuscular fat, and the regular fat on meat, that's not chelev. poultry fat is okay too (duck, goose & chicken). coconut oil is fine.
you don't have to increase your fat intake either, you can stick to starchy tubers and fruit for the bulk of your calories. either way is fine.
on December 07, 2012
at 11:04 PM
No fat? I am not following. Which rules require no fat? (This is an honest question.) Don't a lot of traditional Jewish foods call for olive oil or schmaltz? Please forgive me if I sound ignorant (I am not Jewish), but according to this website--which may not be accurate, but I have no reference-- I found only the following:
"A certain kind of fat, known as chelev, which surrounds the vital organs and the liver, may not be eaten. Kosher butchers remove this. Modern scientists have found biochemical differences between this type of fat and the permissible fat around the muscles and under the skin."
So I would think that even if you weren't to use animal fats, you could use olive oil and coconut oil fairly liberally. Rendered chicken fat is generally subcutaneous fat, since the organs are removed before roasting, etc.