So, as much as I previously extolled the virtues of having a complete diet and not taking a multi, I've recently (past 3 weeks or so) experimented with adding a half-dosage of a very high-concentration multivitamin to my diet. This multi is made locally, and I personally have met the opthamologist responsible for the multi (he specifically targets certain nutrients that he feels are beneficial to eye health).
He's been a sponsor of our local strongman events, which is why I had the multis around. Truly this, and the fact that I personally know how this guy sources the components of this vitamin, were the only reasons why I decided to undergo this experiment. Just my disclaimer that I am not taking a multivitamin that targets eye health because I'm having issues with my eyes, I'm not. They were just what I had on hand that I could trust the production of.
So far, binge tendencies (my main crux to weight loss) have been averted. Additionally, I've found my energy levels are fairly stable... which I find particularly odd simply because I'm keto-cyclic right now (5 days VLC, 2 days high carb) and normally I find this completely taps my energy for a few hours (8-hours to a whole day) during the transitional periods (when I switch to high carb and vice-versa).
So, as much as we like to have a complete diet, should the Paleosphere in-general revisit perceptions/stances on multivitamins?
I personally will continue to take them, even if only a half-dosage daily. The results I'm experiencing could be placebo, or results of other positive changes (a bit more exercise, sunlight, or my standing desk conversion), but I'm not ready to drop the multis to find out.
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on May 29, 2012
at 02:04 PM
My one and only experience with "binge" eating (I mean binge as in out of control, not just run of the mill gluttony) came after I went practically zero carb for ten days (meat, organs, eggs, spices). I was doing this to start from scratch and determine what food allergies I might have. On the tenth day, a greed demon took over my body and I just went absolutely nuts and couldn't stop shoveling food in my mouth. At the end, I felt sick and really unsettled by the event. I never get this way, especially not on my regular paleo diet (around 75 - 125 carbs per day) and I haven't experienced it since.
But, from that solitary experience, I have a completely different view on cravings and binge eating. I know that binging is psychological for a lot of people, but I think there is a really strong dietary component. My body was literally screaming out for something else (I mean no disrespect to the VLC crowd - it was just NOT for me). Since then, I have been more aware of the "cravings" I get and have noticed it is always tied to inadequate nutrition (I don't mean "gee, pizza sounds good" I mean cravings like "if I don't get an apple, planes will fall out of the sky").
I am not always able to perfectly calibrate my nutritional needs, so I want to look at the multi like an insurance plan that I can use at will. I won't always take it, but I will when I need an extra boost or when I know I am eating imperfectly (and I avoid it for the day or two after eating liver). As a weird aside, I just took my boyfriend's multivitamin for men (whatever that means) and I am experiencing an insane rush from it. I haven't experienced this with a regular vitamin or a lady vitamin... maybe I am low on man-vitamins?
Anyway, sorry for the rambling answer. I think that you should continue supplementing so long as you get a positive result and especially if it is curbing your cravings. My boyfriend swears these vitamins give him more energy, eradicates cravings, and increases his focus. That can't be bad!