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Paleo is making me feel sick -- tips?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created August 29, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Hello all!

I'm a 20 year old woman who has been a lacto-ovo vegetarian for 5 years. I always felt healthy and never had a problem with my diet because I ate well and avoided junk. I never felt a real need to change my diet until I started doing research after hearing about paleo.

I've been learning about this type of diet and have decided to cut back on grains, eliminate dairy and soy, and attempt to add some meat to my own diet. I still want it to be mostly plant-based, but without the dairy and soy I don't want to suffice on eggs and nuts alone for most of my protein and fat.

So I've been eating a little bit of chicken or beef each day for the past two weeks, have done a good job avoiding the "bad" foods, and I must say, I feel quite awful. I exercise intensely at dance for an hour a day, and I find that I have almost no energy when performing.

I have always disliked meat and have ethical reasons for not wanting to eat it, but I want to do my best to be healthy and I don't see the problem with eating some meat if it's good for me. Also, I only buy organic chicken and bought a little bit of grass-fed beef (it's too expensive for me to eat all the time) and I had sashimi once. Any ideas?

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on August 29, 2012
at 03:47 PM

pesca means fish, so pescatarian/ fish eating vegetarian is not far off. this label jerk off is tired, and old, 10 years of being vegan was enough for me, if someone understands what is written, or said, it's fine, that's enough semantics for me.

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on August 29, 2012
at 03:32 PM

I'll keep this in mind, thank you!

04cee18ca4a29f07438de3a758374a77

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on August 29, 2012
at 03:31 PM

Will do. Thank you!

04cee18ca4a29f07438de3a758374a77

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on August 29, 2012
at 03:31 PM

^ haha, very true

04cee18ca4a29f07438de3a758374a77

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on August 29, 2012
at 03:24 PM

Thank you so much! This was very helpful (as were the other comments! Thanks guys!).

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on August 29, 2012
at 03:06 PM

A "fish eating vegetarian" is not a vegetarian. They are a pescatarian. Otherwise, most Paleos would be called meat-eating vegetarians.

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61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on August 29, 2012
at 02:30 PM

It sounds like you are experiencing the "low-carb" flu. Up your fruit, sweet potato, white rice, and/or white potato intake and you will probably feel better.

It is easy to inadvertently go low carb once you cut out the grains and legumes from your diet.

04cee18ca4a29f07438de3a758374a77

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on August 29, 2012
at 03:31 PM

Will do. Thank you!

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153c4e4a22734ded15bf4eb35b448e85

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on August 29, 2012
at 02:33 PM

Why don't you just go back to eating what works for you?

Paleo is mostly based on fantasy and bro science, most of it lacks a larger perspective, and a lot of people get sick on it, thyroid issues, estrogen issues (fibroids etc.), hpa problems, stuff like that.

Some do well on paleo, and it's great that they have found what works for them, but it isn't the truth for everyone.

I have always disliked most meats, don't do well on them, got very sick on paleo, turned back to a mostly vegetarian diet, and I am healthy again with lots of energy. I like a lot of ray peats ideas, if you want to take a look at his writings, danny roddy has some good peat stuff on his site.

Look at people like christie brinkley, a vegetarian (fish eating vegetarian) who eats wheat, legumes, and dairy almost everyday, she is doing really, really well, as are others on different diets, amber from gokaleo, rich roll etc.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on August 29, 2012
at 03:06 PM

A "fish eating vegetarian" is not a vegetarian. They are a pescatarian. Otherwise, most Paleos would be called meat-eating vegetarians.

153c4e4a22734ded15bf4eb35b448e85

(762)

on August 29, 2012
at 03:47 PM

pesca means fish, so pescatarian/ fish eating vegetarian is not far off. this label jerk off is tired, and old, 10 years of being vegan was enough for me, if someone understands what is written, or said, it's fine, that's enough semantics for me.

04cee18ca4a29f07438de3a758374a77

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on August 29, 2012
at 03:31 PM

^ haha, very true

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on August 29, 2012
at 03:00 PM

The mind is a VERY powerful tool. If you have ethical/moral/spiritual reasons for avoiding meat, AND you dislike meat, the conflict that your mind is going through may very well be causing a stress reaction in your body, leaving you sick and exhausted as you try to make the transition.

It is important to note, too, that digesting meat uses different enzymes and body processes than digesting vegetables. If you've been vegetarian for a long time, your body would have to re-learn how to manage digesting meat -- after having spent 4 years as a vegan, it took me almost a year before I could comfortably digest anything beyond fish, and I still occasionally struggle with certain muscle meats.

For me, the change overall was a good one, even though getting started was a rather long and occasionally uncomfortable uphill trek... but I didn't have ethical/moral/spiritual issues with making the change -- which may very well make "going paleo" and eating meat more traumatic to your mind/body connection than it's worth. I would seriously consider, if you are already healthy, perhaps just eliminating grains, and using a lacto-ovo vegetarian or pescatarian diet to bring you the rest of the way to the kind of health you wish to achieve, without stressing out your mind/spirit/body as much.

It's possible to be pescatarian (fish eating) or lacto-ovo vegetarian and still maintain a primarily paleo foundation. Just make sure you're eating enough calories if you're working out very hard, and don't be afraid of using fat calories (primarily coconut oil and grass-fed butter/ghee) to help you round out your diet and make sure your body is getting enough fuel.

04cee18ca4a29f07438de3a758374a77

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on August 29, 2012
at 03:24 PM

Thank you so much! This was very helpful (as were the other comments! Thanks guys!).

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on August 29, 2012
at 03:29 PM

It took my body over four weeks to get fat adapted.

If your body has been using carbohydrates (glucose) for its main source of fuel for most of your life, it's going to need some time to adjust.

Also, make sure you're getting plenty of healthy fats for energy, e.g. coconut oil, grass fed lard, ghee, butter.

04cee18ca4a29f07438de3a758374a77

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on August 29, 2012
at 03:32 PM

I'll keep this in mind, thank you!

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