I been on this whole nine 30 day Paleo no sugar no bread no rice or grains and no dairy. I been doing great this whole time. Doing weights at the gym trading off different body parts and taking a break. Doing sprints. But i have gotten real emotional~anyone ever gotten emotional? I also like to drink creamer in my coffee and I know it has fructose and hidden stuff in the ingredients I went to whole foods and looked for some but they have the same any suggestions for cream? I used whipping cream but I have no idea. I have also had a craving for Juice what would you do?
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on January 07, 2012
at 12:31 AM
Melissa and I were thinking alike. Women have a major drop in estrogen & seratonin in the week preceding their periods, and carbs are the perfect source for seratonin. Chronic low levels of seratonin are bad--both for the body and for one's state of mind.
So eat up on some Paleo starches and carbs! Have a few dates or berries, even a sweet potato. Don't deny your body what it needs. Once you're done with your period, your cravings for carbs will also decrease and you can go back to eating low-carb. This happens to me every month, so I'm familiar with the routine by now ;)
Also, for a creamer substitute, try canned coconut milk. I say canned because the coconut "milk" sold in cartons in the refrigerated section is watery and loaded with preservatives. In short, it's nasty. Canned is much creamier!
on January 06, 2012
at 11:59 PM
Is your emotional sensitivity accompanied by anxiety or physical feelings like a racing heart? Those symptoms hit me together when I go too low carb. On whole30, try adding non-grain/legume carbs, minor amounts at first. Taro, Cassava, and tapioca are all possibilities, along with sweet potatoes of course.
It could also be pangs from foregoing your usual dairy, which can act opiod-esque to some people. If so, hang in there- a few more days and you should be through the worst of it. Kudos to you for committing to something so hard that can teach you profound things about yourself.
on January 06, 2012
at 11:46 PM
Cravings can indicate at least 3 situations: withdrawal, deficiency or emotional unrest. And yes, cravings are usually accompanied by emotion for me and vice versa--emotion can trigger cravings.
If you drastically reduced your total carbs it could be withdrawal particularly if you had used supermarket creamer (as I did.) If the whipping cream you now have has no additives or sweeteners it's fine although that can be hard to find.
Hopefully you'll even out quickly but don't beat up on yourself if you find you need a minimum level of carbs for equanimity. I and others who've commented on PH have found we do have them. For me, I do best on 70-100g of carbs per day and I get (or did, not sure anymore) intense cravings if I go under 60g.
In your case, all you can do is hit the fat/protein and see if it eases the cravings. If you must have more carbs, try making a slight increase before giving up--sometimes it just takes a very small adjustment and you hit the sweet zone. Plus, with each day your body becomes better adapted to the changes you've already made.
Hope you feel calmer soon!