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So it's my first day paleo and I feel awful.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 02, 2013 at 12:02 AM

Just had my first meal- organic tomatoes, organic steamed kale, extra virgin olive oil, and grass fed ground beef.

I feel dead, like im toally drained of energy. im 21, and am used to a high carb and high sugar diet

is this normal?

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on July 03, 2013
at 12:24 AM

@Axial, just look at his previous questions.

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on July 02, 2013
at 04:19 PM

CD: I'd just hate to be abusive toward some poor sucker who really is named Bill...

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on July 02, 2013
at 01:12 PM

bill, have you ever had your vitamin and mineral levels tested? moderation and following a great steady diet, and a LOT of patience go a long way. it takes years for us to build up these symptoms and years for them to be allieviated, but it does happen. knowing where you are nutritionally and what to focus on supplementing, if needs be, really helps. even with the perfect diet we cant always over come our deficiencies.

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on July 02, 2013
at 12:27 PM

Please don't feed the troll.

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on July 02, 2013
at 11:37 AM

Agreed. Sounds psychosomatic.

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on July 02, 2013
at 04:28 AM

Yes, this is perfectly normal. Your body is used to having a steady supply of glucose and will feel terrible when it doesn't get it. If you're trying to go into ketosis, then keep at it and eventually you'll rebound. If you're not, then eat some fruit or sweet potatoes.

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on July 02, 2013
at 01:45 AM

im following pauls PHD for candida so im trying to avoid ketosis. I have no idea whats wrong with me- IBS, sibo, candida, or just poor health from years of junk food abuse. the frustrating thing is not knowing how to treat what I have, because I don't even know what that thing is.

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on July 02, 2013
at 01:35 AM

google "low carb flu". either wait for your body to adjust to ketosis or add carbs like starchy veg.

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on July 02, 2013
at 12:21 AM

bill bailey, perhaps?

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on July 02, 2013
at 12:11 AM

have a sweet potato with it for more carbs.

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on July 02, 2013
at 12:06 AM

okey dokey then

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on July 02, 2013
at 03:52 AM

You should still be burning through your glycogen stores at this point so not sure why you're feeling ill already. With that said, keep with it and you should feel better within a week.

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on July 02, 2013
at 11:37 AM

Agreed. Sounds psychosomatic.

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on July 02, 2013
at 01:08 PM

ease into it and make sure to get plenty of water and salts! sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium. don't drop too low carb at first, have a really good amount of fats and proteins for breakfast and lunch and add in some carbs at dinner time. sweet potatoes work for some, rices work for others, some are alright with lots of veggies, lettuces, green beans, cucumbers. youll have to find out what gives you the best energy. make sure you are getting plenty of fat from animal sources, egg yolks, fattier cuts of meats, fatty fish, try to limit vegetable based fats. try olives instead of olive oil.

expect that you may feel tired the first few weeks and use that as a good practice is resting and really giving your body what it needs instead of stimulating it with junk food just to squeeze a tiny bit more energy out.

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on July 02, 2013
at 12:22 PM

When I started Paleo, the third day I couldn't even get out of bed. Once my mom made me eat a bite of toast, I was instantly okay and able to get up! I started when I was 19 and am still following Paleo at 21. Stick with it, just when your feeling drowsy add some sweet potatoes to your diet.

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on July 02, 2013
at 07:16 PM

Nice! Glad to hear you're giving it a try Bill. 1 Meal in seems a little early for complaints... Seriously, one breakfast in and you're not feeling it? haha. Maybe the tomatoes are giving you trouble? (you could try avoiding nightshades for a while.) You might need as long as 2 or 3 months before your body settles into the new fuel (Herxheimer reaction / sudden changes.)

Make sure you get enough calories. If you're used to junk food / high carb, you might need to down twice the volume to get comparable energy from meats and veggies.

Are you drinking any coffee / tea / probiotics? Maybe add those to your day with some B vitamins. Low magnesium / a bad zinc/copper balance can also give you fatigue, maybe add this regimen to your week: http://perfecthealthdiet.com/recommended-supplements/

How's the quality of your sleep? (Underlying sleep apnea and such can be a problem for some.) If I remember, you had very low energy before you started the diet as well.

Maybe schedule an appointment for a metabolic + thyroid / iron blood workup, then check it again in a couple months of diet+exercise and see how it's working for you. A food allergy panel could also be useful.

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on July 02, 2013
at 02:40 PM

I don't think sudden changes are ever good for anyone. Make sure you eat a lot of foods like sweet potatoes with butter as you adjust to paleo eating. Have a bit baked potato too later. Then later once you have had any caffeine and sugar withdrawals after a few weeks then cut back on the natural carbs if you want to.

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