Feeling Shakey after going off paleo

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 07, 2013 at 12:44 AM

So I have been paleo the past 3 months pretty strict. I am now off paleo and am eating normal foods again but have found I feel shakey all the time now could this be a result of going back to the normal kinda "bad" food persay like is my body just not used too it or since when I was on paleo I was generally lower carb Is my body not used to the carb consumption?



on November 26, 2012
at 03:22 PM

Define "normal foods".... maybe you should stop eating them?? :)

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on November 26, 2012
at 08:44 PM

If you adopt paloe/primal as a way of life, rather than just a diet, it becomes your "normal" and the SAD way of eating is abnormal.

Why would you want to go back to that, if it makes you feel so bad???


on November 26, 2012
at 09:18 PM

Low carb diets cause insulin resistance. It's true. People like to say it's not the same as pathological IR, that it's rather a adaptive response to glucose deprivation/higher fat intake. In fact, Robb Wolf has, several times on his podcast, talked about ramping up carbs slowly if you have to have to take a glucose tolerance test because if you've been low carbing for any length of time, you may well fail the test.

So, if your issue is that you are increasing your carbs significantly after low carbing you could need some time to readjust. Also, I suspect that if you were active, your glycogen stores are going to be pretty spent, so your muscles and liver and going to be sopping up all that carby goodness, which could leave you a bit hypoglycemic.

Perhaps make sure you are eating a mixed meal of carb fat and protein to balance you out a bit. You could also try to eat smaller more frequent meals as you readjust.

Good luck. Curious, what made you "quit Paleo?"



on November 26, 2012
at 05:22 PM

Sounds like the way I felt when I went primal. The body tries to maintain homeostasis. When the "norm" is changed (i.e. going to paleo or going to SAD), the body reacts.

It will take you a few weeks to get back to homeostasis and then you will feel more normal. It will likely not be as healthy, but you will feel "normal".



on November 26, 2012
at 04:06 PM

I felt shaky and low energy and generally crappy when I initially cut my carb and sugar intake -- that's sometimes called "low carb flu", which I attribute to my food intake changing faster than my gut flora was able to adjust. It went away after a few weeks.

So, that's one possibility -- your gut flora are not adjusted to your new diet patterns. Another possibility is that you have uncovered a food sensitivity to something -- dairy, gluten, etc.


on November 26, 2012
at 03:53 PM

"Normal Foods"? "Kinda bad"? "Feel shakey"?

Maybe that is your body trying to tell you that it does not agree with these foods..?

What have you started eating again that is "kinda bad"? I know if I slip up like I did this past thanksgiving with gluten crust and mashed potatos (haven't consumed in a while), my body reacted with painful stomach pains and digestive issues.

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