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Starting paleo, how long did it take you to "turn the corner"?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 10, 2011 at 8:06 AM

So, after failing to solve sleep and fatigue issues with virtually every possible method I can find, I decided to try paleo, full on, for 30 days. Right now I just finished day 4, and I definitely feel some of the "bad" symptoms that I've heard about. I wake up feeling decent, have breakfast, and feel pretty good until lunch. After lunch, I feel good for another 1-2 hours, but then I start to crash, getting a bit tired, but more importantly, really hungry. But it's a bit strange, as it's not a "normal" hunger feeling, but it just feels like I need something in my stomach.

What about other people? How long did it take to turn the corner and start getting positive results?

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on September 10, 2011
at 04:32 PM

do you actually need to go into ketosis to get benefits? my nutritionist told me that I won't go into ketosis as long I get enough carbs from fruit/veggies. Also, is there some sign your body gives that actually lets you know you're in ketosis?

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on September 10, 2011
at 04:06 PM

Agree about 5htp! I hit big protein for breakfast, 50mg 5htp midmorn then 100mg before bed. I am so playing with now super enzymes to optimise digestion.

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on September 10, 2011
at 10:31 AM

With sleep issues, it may be a good idea to stick with at least 100g carbohydrate from starches - no need to count non-starchy veggies as carbs.

Consider using some coconut oil to round out meals (ie a tsp or tbsp swallowed with water). That can support ketone production so you can get some of the benefits of ketosis without having to be lower carb.

Make sure you're getting sufficient b vitamins either from organ meats or (the less ideal) supplementation.

Make sure you're getting sufficient magnesium (supplementation)

Make sure you're getting sufficient potassium from non-starchy veggies or veggie stock that you've made (recipe at link). Potassium is huge for energy production and few get sufficient amounts.

ETA: took me 8 weeks of hell to ketoadapt the first time and lesser amounts of hell to ketoadapt after each excursion out of ketosis. Now I can move in and out of ketosis with fluidity and no symptoms. I guess my metabolic flexability has been restored.

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on September 10, 2011
at 04:32 PM

do you actually need to go into ketosis to get benefits? my nutritionist told me that I won't go into ketosis as long I get enough carbs from fruit/veggies. Also, is there some sign your body gives that actually lets you know you're in ketosis?

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on September 10, 2011
at 02:19 PM

I did it back in May for the first time. Took me about 7 days to get over all the cravings, and 15-18 days to really feel good.

I sort of fell of the bandwagon over the summer, and now I'm back on paleo with the @the quilt's "leptin reset" program. I'm also taking 200mg of HTP-5 in the morning, magnesium at night, and eating a frick ton of protein the second I wake up, and three scheduled meals a day. And instead of eating a ton of carbs the first time I did paleo, I'm eating less than 20.

The difference? No cravings at all. No nothing. I'm always full, I feel like I'm at the top of my game, and I'm on day 4. I'm definitely recommending the HTP-5 (200mg when you wake up) in the beginning to get over the low carb flu.

Leptin reset protocol: http://jackkruse.com/the-leptin-rx-faqs/

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on September 10, 2011
at 04:06 PM

Agree about 5htp! I hit big protein for breakfast, 50mg 5htp midmorn then 100mg before bed. I am so playing with now super enzymes to optimise digestion.

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on September 10, 2011
at 10:28 AM

A (miserable) week or so for me, but months for my boyfriend, we are all different and due to endless factors we will all have a different experience. Hang on in there though as one thing that's for sure is that, however long it takes to "turn the corner" it is SOOOOO worth it when you do.

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on September 10, 2011
at 08:18 AM

It doesn't take long really, but will be different with everyone. What are you eating? Make sure you get enough calories. Are you eating lean or fatty meats? A few good slices of pork belly can keep me full for most of the day.

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on January 14, 2013
at 12:07 AM

I'm just starting to "turn the corner" as I begin my third week into paleo. Mental clarity has greatly increased, easier/more sound sleep, higher energy levels and greater ability to focus are all positive changes that I've suddenly begun to experience. My skin is still detoxing (annoyingly so) - but I have a good feeling that will fade soon as well. Don't worry - you will get through this period. Just focus on listening to your body, eating when you feel hungry/faint, drinking plenty of water and eating extra fat.

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on September 10, 2011
at 12:56 PM

I found that I was confusing hunger with thirst sometimes at the beginning. I was already drinking my eight 8 ounces but I needed more and more often. I am mentioning this because you said it doesn't feel like normal hunger so that might help.

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on September 10, 2011
at 11:05 AM

Make sure to eat some fat with every meal.

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