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2 weeks in, having challenges.

Answered on January 18, 2014
Created January 18, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Hi everyone, this is my first post :)

I started on new years day and lost 7lb the first week (I'm aware that much of that will have been water) on minimal exercise, 2lb the second week also on minimal exercise, so all good so far at least in terms of weight loss.

However, I am struggling with various symptoms, including: diarrhoea, low energy, consequently low mood, and struggling to keep my eyes open even if not physically that tired.

Background wise, I am 34, 5ft7 but about 3 stone overweight, poor previous diet...etc.

Nutritionally, I'm having the Poliquin meat and nuts breakfast, chicken with salad or hearty chicken and vegetable soup for lunch, and a piece of chicken or fish with steamed veg in the evening. No obvious baddies, no dairy (apart from proper butter to cook with) and no grains, drinking only water.

I'm finding I'm having to add some buttered bread and rice as snacks to lift my energy and state of mind.

I'm fairly well read on Paleo so am thinking that maybe it's just not enough calories or that I've pushed my body too hardcore by removing dairy and grains all at once? Moreover, my body had been dumping water because of the lack of refined carbs, plus the diarrhoea so I'm thinking maybe to double my water intake which is currently about 1.5-2 litres per day.

Thoughts anyone?

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on January 18, 2014
at 01:20 PM

hey seesaw14

Yep as of today I'm experimenting with adding some carbs back in and will report back with any progress.

Nuts wise, yeah walnuts affect my stomach too, in fact any nut with a fibrous looking skin on it does so. I may experiment with presoaking nuts in mineral water the night before, and if that doesn't help I'll remove nuts entirely.

The goal is to have energy and healthy bowel movements first and foremost, losing weight is all very well but I can't do that if I'm feeling awful all the time!

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on January 18, 2014
at 09:39 AM

...oh, and I forgot to mention another symptom: restless sleep!

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on January 18, 2014
at 01:41 PM

You could just need more food? How fatty is your chicken? I do much better with thighs than breasts. Idk if avacados are something you can get your hands on but straight guac is one of my go to pick me ups. Also my sleeps much better since i started IF but it sounds like eating before bed isnt your issue.

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on January 18, 2014
at 09:55 AM

Sounds like you're on a fairly low carb diet, which I also did when I started paleo and had to reevaluate due to low energy. Have you thought about adding sweet potatoes, yams, plantains, white rice, etc?

Edit-- You may also reconsider nuts... I also had to remove them from my diet (specifically pecans and walnuts) because it causes stomach issues.

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on January 18, 2014
at 01:20 PM

hey seesaw14

Yep as of today I'm experimenting with adding some carbs back in and will report back with any progress.

Nuts wise, yeah walnuts affect my stomach too, in fact any nut with a fibrous looking skin on it does so. I may experiment with presoaking nuts in mineral water the night before, and if that doesn't help I'll remove nuts entirely.

The goal is to have energy and healthy bowel movements first and foremost, losing weight is all very well but I can't do that if I'm feeling awful all the time!

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on January 18, 2014
at 09:41 AM

...Oh and I forgot to mention one more symptom: restless sleep.

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