I've been reading a lot about people's extreme (for lack of a better word) experiences within their first week of the paleo diet and how it included a lot of cravings, headaches, fatigue, etc. I'm about 5 days into it, and I haven't had any cravings but I have had very light headaches that go away when I eat and I'm feel the need to eat more.
Has anyone had similar experiences when starting this diet? Should I be expecting something more dramatic on my second week or is it possible to easily transition into this lifestyle?
A little background information on myself: I am overweight but I play ice hockey regularly (3 times a week), the only caffeine I consumed regularly was green tea, I frequently ate carbs (but didn't try to overdo it), and I enjoyed my sugar (but my life didn't depend on it). After starting paleo, I didn't find it hard to adjust to, but the little headaches were annoying, but not dramatically debilitating. I did find that on my 5th day, I would get hungry more often, which probably means I'm not eating enough (but I'm not limiting myself either!).
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on January 15, 2013
at 02:00 AM
I didn't experience headaches either when I transitioned.
I think the hardest thing for me was getting rid of grains, but that quickly became easy because I felt so much better so quickly. My skin started to clear up, the awful stomach cramps and heartburn I had after meals went away and I could eat eggs and bacon for breakfast in the morning so that was a plus.
I think the easiest part of the transition for me was learning to enjoy cooking again. So much of the Standard American Diet is about convenience and while I like convenience, I really like to cook. Paleo cooking is fun!
I also agree with you about the hunger. Make sure you are A) drinking enough water, B) eating enough veggies and quality fat and C) eat enough for your activity level. That was a hard adjustment for me coming from Starbucks everyday and a grain-centric lifestyle.
Welcome to the lifestyle and I hope your transition continues to be easy!
on January 15, 2013
at 04:11 AM
I felt incredible literally from day one of eating Paleo. It changed my life completely. I think a lot of it is mindset, and also correct application of eating well. (don't just eat salads all day and expect to be full!! Get straight into that steak which is what I recommend to people I coach). Enjoy it!!