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First week.. struggling with hunger and being tired.. low energy and can't find motivation

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 07, 2013 at 12:52 AM

I started Paleo 10 days ago.. after the first few days I was hungry all the time. I read that I should eat more fats so I've been trying that and I also eat more frequently during the day so that helps with the hunger issue.

I'm eating a huge variety of Paleo foods every day.. and I'm excited about the things I can eat so I don't focus on what I "cant" have and try to keep a positive attitude. I chose not to eliminate 2% milk but I don't eat any cheese, yogurt or any other dairy products aside from milk and just recently started using butter instead of margarine. Sometimes before bed I will drink a glass of milk and the fats in it make me feel "full" which helps me at bedtime because I can't sleep if I feel hungry. I may consider eliminating the milk at some point to see how I feel but I'm just not ready to give it up yet.

I'm having trouble finding motivation to get things done and some tasks are taking me a lot longer than they really should. Overall I feel very tired and sort of lazy. I sleep in a lot, sometimes take afternoon naps and procrastinate. I really have to push myself to do things.

I work from home at my own business and make my own hours. Now that the holidays are over I'm not so busy with work but need to stay on top of it to avoid falling behind schedule. In the past few months before going Paleo I started to drink a lot of coffee (One or two a day.. previously I'd rarely ever drink coffee) and I was eating a lot of processed foods or I would put off eating because I was so busy with work. I wasn't always like that, I used to feel energized and motivated when I was eating fresh real foods so thats what lead me to going Paleo because I know I feel better when I eat right. So now that I'm eating properly why am I having so much trouble finding the energy to do the work I need to do?

Does anyone else experience this? I'm having a hard time finding the right balance. Maybe it's normal to feel a little lazy in the winter time too?

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on January 07, 2013
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Whole milk is full-fat milk (generally between 3-3.5% depending on where you are and all). You may need to tweak your diet, you may just have low carb flu- but it has only been 10 days. Give full-on Paleo at least 30 days, to give your body a little time to get over any potential carb cravings or wheat pining - and see if you feel more energetic or not. If anything, try giving up the dairy for thirty days. Some people who are lactose intolerant find that fatigue can be a symptom.

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I agree on increasing my fat intake.. I noticed that when I eat more high-fat foods I really do feel full but then the problem with that is after a big meal I just want to sit around and do nothing.. or I procrastinate to avoid getting back to work.. its like I'm a lazy person with no energy or motivation.. I guess to clarify my question how do I eat like this AND have energy to do stuff?

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I eat EVERYTHING! Beef, Chicken, Pork, Fish, Shrimp, I ate lobster the other day (amazing) and every possible vegetable: carrots, broccoli, turnip, sweet potatoes, zucchini, beets, potatoes, brussel sprouts, lettuce, spinach, cucumber, red peppers, mushrooms etc. I haven't eaten the same exact thing twice since I started. I eat some fruits (2-3 a day) and nuts. I definitely think I'm eating right. I increased my portion sizes of meat/fish and I'm not as hungry now but I feel so tired! What is "whole" milk? I can't afford organic/raw milk because I buy milk by the bag (4L lasts me 2-3 weeks)

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I agree about the full-fat dairy. I only have full-fat milk, raw when I can get it or at least lowest-legal pasteurized. When I make yogurt, I only make whole milk, or sometimes even add extra cream. FAT IS YOUR FRIEND. You don't have to add it to everything or eat spoonfuls of coconut oil like some cavepeeps do, but at least don't take it OUT of the foods already eat that already contain it.

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You didn't state what you eat, but probably it's the low carb flu. If so, another week and you'll be much better ... if you keep your carbs low. Also, I'd suggest 1/2c of whole milk is better than 1c of 2%.

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Db4f4768f06e8e5cd95dffa536c2a9ab

on January 07, 2013
at 01:00 AM

I had the same problem when I first started- it's your body getting over your carb addiction. Carbs provide a lot of burst energy and make you feel great for a little while, and you're feeling sluggish right now because your body is used to operating that way. If you're going to drink milk anyway, you might as well include cheese and yogurt in your diet. You may also want to upgrade to whole milk to up your fat intake. I've been doing paleo for ~2 months now, for maybe the first three weeks I was hungry and sluggish, but now I feel amazing and I have to remind myself to eat or I forget!

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on January 07, 2013
at 01:10 AM

I agree about the full-fat dairy. I only have full-fat milk, raw when I can get it or at least lowest-legal pasteurized. When I make yogurt, I only make whole milk, or sometimes even add extra cream. FAT IS YOUR FRIEND. You don't have to add it to everything or eat spoonfuls of coconut oil like some cavepeeps do, but at least don't take it OUT of the foods already eat that already contain it.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on January 07, 2013
at 04:13 AM

Whole milk is full-fat milk (generally between 3-3.5% depending on where you are and all). You may need to tweak your diet, you may just have low carb flu- but it has only been 10 days. Give full-on Paleo at least 30 days, to give your body a little time to get over any potential carb cravings or wheat pining - and see if you feel more energetic or not. If anything, try giving up the dairy for thirty days. Some people who are lactose intolerant find that fatigue can be a symptom.

F26c3567d2a2ab704d4296ee27b2caf2

(76)

on January 07, 2013
at 02:41 AM

I agree on increasing my fat intake.. I noticed that when I eat more high-fat foods I really do feel full but then the problem with that is after a big meal I just want to sit around and do nothing.. or I procrastinate to avoid getting back to work.. its like I'm a lazy person with no energy or motivation.. I guess to clarify my question how do I eat like this AND have energy to do stuff?

Dc6407193ba441d1438f6f0c06af872b

(4400)

on January 07, 2013
at 01:06 AM

You didn't state what you eat, but probably it's the low carb flu. If so, another week and you'll be much better ... if you keep your carbs low. Also, I'd suggest 1/2c of whole milk is better than 1c of 2%.

F26c3567d2a2ab704d4296ee27b2caf2

(76)

on January 07, 2013
at 02:34 AM

I eat EVERYTHING! Beef, Chicken, Pork, Fish, Shrimp, I ate lobster the other day (amazing) and every possible vegetable: carrots, broccoli, turnip, sweet potatoes, zucchini, beets, potatoes, brussel sprouts, lettuce, spinach, cucumber, red peppers, mushrooms etc. I haven't eaten the same exact thing twice since I started. I eat some fruits (2-3 a day) and nuts. I definitely think I'm eating right. I increased my portion sizes of meat/fish and I'm not as hungry now but I feel so tired! What is "whole" milk? I can't afford organic/raw milk because I buy milk by the bag (4L lasts me 2-3 weeks)

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on January 07, 2013
at 01:30 AM

Don't drink 2% milk. Heavy cream is your friend! High fat, no carbs, tasty!

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on January 07, 2013
at 01:42 AM

Its probably low carb flu which means that you just need to ride it out. And I agree with the above posters that you should switch to whole milk! That will help you feel more full.

BUT If the problem persists, then your probably not eating enough healthy carbs. Add safe starches such as sweet potato or yams, squash, maybe some white rice if you don't like any other options (its void of all nutrients and its a grain but some people chose to include it for the glucose.) You can try bananas and other fruit too, carbs are not bad, but just dont over do it. Not everyone thrives unhindered on low carb- do whats best for you.

(Oh and, while coffee is good for a short term boost, it can cause long term fatigue by taxing your adrenals. You'll feel better if you cut it out of your diet and focus on whole foods to keep you going!)

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on January 07, 2013
at 12:59 AM

I had a hunger problem for a while, the problem was I wasn't eating enough. So for one week I tried to eat as much as possible which stretched my stomach and I was able to eat more. Then I also got some organic whey protein powder which is amazing; I know it's not paleo but I just eat whats best for me.

I aim for 3k-4k+ calories per day.

organic whey: http://www.pinksun.co.uk/

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