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Adapting to Paleo

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 02, 2011 at 9:08 PM

I started the paleo diet "cold turkey" about a week ago. I'm eating the following daily:

  • breakfast: eggs, turkey, ghee, apple
  • lunch: "big ass salad" with spinach, cucumber, chicken, shrimp, berries, cashews, flax oil
  • dinner: salmon, steamed greens, cold olive oil, orange
  • snack: walnuts/macadamias/pecans

I've been feeling physically a bit out of whack these first few days, which from what I've read is to be expected. However, I've also noticed that my mood has taken a pretty significant hit. I tend to be feeling pretty down by dinner-time, and my vulnerability to stress is way up throughout the day.

Anybody else experience this? How long would you say it generally lasts? I have to admit that I'm missing the "everything's OK" numbness/glow of simple sugars right about now...

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on October 18, 2011
at 01:58 AM

I eat them. If you're trying to lose weight, go very easy on them. But they're a great carb. Kiddos, pregnant ladies and anyone with a very active lifestyle should eat plenty of them.

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on October 18, 2011
at 01:57 AM

Yes, I agree. Whenever I feel off, I make a steak. Then life is better again.

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on October 17, 2011
at 08:55 PM

A "cashew" (the part that we eat) is a true seed. It grows in what is called a "drupe", which is the true fruit of the cashew tree. A "false fruit" (also known as a pseudocarp) also develops and is supposed to taste like a cross between a mango, green pepper, and citrus. The shell of the cashew seed contains toxic chemicals, similar to that found in poison ivy, which is why you never buy "in shell" cashews like you do with other "nuts". A cashew is more closely related to a mango or pistachio, so if you have trouble with either, you may be more prone to sensitivity issues.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on October 17, 2011
at 08:44 PM

Yes but don't have a lot. What I do is bake 2 sweet potatoes keep them in the fridge. And cut like 2 slices with every meal. :)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on October 17, 2011
at 08:42 PM

I agree they are legumes

D117467bf8e8472464ece2b81509606c

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on October 17, 2011
at 08:27 AM

Amen, red meat made me feel a lot happier after I incorporated it into my tuna/chicken diet. Mmm, I could go for a nice red juicy piece of beef right now.

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on October 04, 2011
at 01:47 AM

Are sweet potatoes paleo-friendly? I've read arguments on both sides of the fence...

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on October 03, 2011
at 04:26 PM

Please note, I'm fairly certain cashews are legumes. Perhaps swap to pistachios or leave them out all together.

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on October 03, 2011
at 07:59 AM

answers depend on where you come from. High carb refined sugar diet? Then it will last one to two weeks or more. Its sugar withdrawal, otherwise your body adjusts just fine I think.

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on October 02, 2011
at 09:34 PM

Happened to me too, exactly the way you described. Disappeared around day 8 or 9, and never came back.

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6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on October 03, 2011
at 07:32 AM

I know a lot of people seem to do fine on fish and birds, but had to add a hefty dose of red meat before I started feeling well. I can eat a menu like what you listed there most of the time, but making the shift I need some serious steak.

D117467bf8e8472464ece2b81509606c

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on October 17, 2011
at 08:27 AM

Amen, red meat made me feel a lot happier after I incorporated it into my tuna/chicken diet. Mmm, I could go for a nice red juicy piece of beef right now.

Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

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on October 18, 2011
at 01:57 AM

Yes, I agree. Whenever I feel off, I make a steak. Then life is better again.

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6229cd9a7ca9882590259fae022e2647

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on October 02, 2011
at 09:13 PM

You should be feeling better in another day or two.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on October 17, 2011
at 08:40 PM

Try adding butternut squash or sweet potatoes, cut out all the nuts and seeds for to 1oz a day..start having better snacks hard boiled hard boiled eggs or beef jerky. Also cut out the ghee it was giving me an issue when i started using it. Now I use coconut oil, BTW importantly eat avocados regularly they do wonders. And Bacon regularly its great :)

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on October 03, 2011
at 08:06 AM

This happened to me too. Try upping the carbs in the morning & lunch time, maybe some sweet potato, that helped me. Also make sure water intake is up and you are getting enough good fats, they help increase energy. Good luck :)

7e7aefadfbe6648e244722e6df91d00a

on October 04, 2011
at 01:47 AM

Are sweet potatoes paleo-friendly? I've read arguments on both sides of the fence...

Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

(1826)

on October 18, 2011
at 01:58 AM

I eat them. If you're trying to lose weight, go very easy on them. But they're a great carb. Kiddos, pregnant ladies and anyone with a very active lifestyle should eat plenty of them.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 17, 2011
at 08:44 PM

Yes but don't have a lot. What I do is bake 2 sweet potatoes keep them in the fridge. And cut like 2 slices with every meal. :)

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on October 02, 2011
at 09:43 PM

The adjustment takes time. Also consider how much water you are drinking to help flush any toxins from your system, and how much exercise you are getting. In my own transition, the amount of sun exposure I've had in a day affects me. I need more natural light to feel better.

Some people, at least when starting paleo, have to have vitamin supplements. If you don't want to supplement, try to get a rough estimate of vitamin levels, and you can adjust your diet accordingly.

Best of luck!

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