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Extreme withdrawals

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Created January 23, 2012 at 3:39 AM

Skin tingling, disorientation, anxiety, peeing frequently, getting cold easily, shortness of breath, dilerium, lack of cognition, twitching, random sharp pains: these are the list of symptoms I had today after one week of paleo. I had weaker symptoms yesterday, but today's were so severe that I decided to have a bowl of wheat bran. I felt so much better in just 45 minutes. The funny thing is that I did not have any cravings for wheat, but I knew what I was suffering from was due to the extreme change in diet. I am a body builder and switched from my shredding phase (only complex carbs in the AM/250 grams protein throughout the day) to paleo last week as a challenge and it is clear that my body is simply not ready for this. I have suffered from ketosis before but one week of no wheat was something I will never try again unless I ease into it.

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on January 23, 2012
at 12:04 PM

Anything you're now eating in bulk that you haven't eaten before? Allergic reaction maybe..?

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on January 23, 2012
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Any other body builders, triathletes, etc experience this?

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on January 23, 2012
at 12:00 PM

I dont think it was glucose. I was eating plenty of fruit--lots of raisins because I was done with competition phase and just wanted to try paleo. I really think it was because I wasn't eating any grains. That's what's so interesting--either my body was having intense gluten or magnesium withdrawals. Either way. It was very scary. Paleo should not be done cold turkey by serious athletes. Best, carter

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Pssssst. Make it a question

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on January 23, 2012
at 03:48 AM

You could have just consumed a glass of water with dextrose powder in it (or eaten a potato or some rice), and if that made you feel better (it would have) you could have concluded that what your body was lacking was simply glucose, which , as a bodybuilder, it needs in order for you to progress. You certainly were not suffering from a lack of wheat. Eating paleo is not zero carbing it while attempting anaerobic excercise , its not eating wheat/grains/gluten/legumes/hydrogenated crapola, etc.

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on January 23, 2012
at 12:02 PM

Any other body builders, triathletes, etc experience this?

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on January 23, 2012
at 12:00 PM

I dont think it was glucose. I was eating plenty of fruit--lots of raisins because I was done with competition phase and just wanted to try paleo. I really think it was because I wasn't eating any grains. That's what's so interesting--either my body was having intense gluten or magnesium withdrawals. Either way. It was very scary. Paleo should not be done cold turkey by serious athletes. Best, carter

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