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Feeling worse after 3 weeks of diet

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 15, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Hi everyone,

I've been underweight for pretty much all of my life and struggled to gain weight (i'm female, 5'7, 108 pounds). So I decided to try the paleo diet to see if I wasn't getting enough nutrients, or if a food intolerance was preventing me from absorbing nutrients. My only known health problems are mild hypothyroidism and silent GERD at night (which I think may be getting worse on the diet).

So it's been over 3 weeks since I started. For the first week I felt really tired and dizzy, which I figured was normal adjustment symptoms. Then I felt great for another 2 weeks, but lately i've been feeling so tired, having hayfever-like symptoms and difficulty focussing. I can't determine any one food that could be causing this because every time I think I may have found an intolerance, I feel fine the next time I eat it.

I've been tracking my calories and trying to keep up around 2000 calories/day to gain some weight. I'm keepign my fat at around 55% of my calories (any more than that makes me feel nauseous), and carbs at 25-30%. So far i've gained 2.5 pounds, but I never feel hungry any more. It's a struggle to make myself eat most of the time.

Anyone have any experience with paleo for weight gain?

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on March 01, 2013
at 11:57 PM

I'd bet it's the coconut flour, that a lot of people have trouble with digesting (I'm one of them). Coconut milk and coconut oil seem to be tolerable, but coconut flour and cream are more difficult to digest. I'd suggest you cut down all that baked goods with flours, they do more harm than good with their high o-6.

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on February 15, 2013
at 09:31 PM

Can you give an outline of what you eat in a typical day? :)

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on June 10, 2013
at 05:36 AM

Sounds like you are eating far too little. 2000 kcal is about minimum for inactive women. If you want to add weight, you should try to add at least 1000 kcal. Try Bulletproof coffee instead of coffee with milk. Eat more meat and fatty fish. Eggs don't contain many calories.

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on February 15, 2013
at 09:45 PM

Generally i've been trying to eat something like this:

Breakfast: I vary between: 2 scrambled eggs with 3 slices bacon, or full fat yogurt with almond butter and sugar-free jam, maple syrup, fruit, or some kind of paleo recipe made with eggs and coconut flour/almond flour (ie muffins, pancakes, bread). Also I have a cup of coffee with lactose free milk.

Lunch: If I haven't had eggs for breakfast, I made an omelette with veggies, sometimes aged cheddar and avocado. If i've already had eggs, i'll make fried salmon cakes with veggies or fried chicken strips with a salad and olive oil dressing.

Dinner: Usually some kind of baked meat poultry or fish (I don't enjoy other types of meat very much), with a starchy vegetable (yams mostly), and salad or other vegetable.

I can't get my calories high enough with those standard meals, so I try to get another 400 or so calories from snacks like fruit, nuts, yam fries, and baked dark chocolate paleo recipes, or a coconut milk smoothie.

I cook everything in generous amounts of butter or coconut oil.

Eggs, fat, and coconut flour have made me feel sick after eating large amounts of them when i'm otherwise feeling fine. Although when i'm tired, eggs usually help me feel better.

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on March 01, 2013
at 11:57 PM

I'd bet it's the coconut flour, that a lot of people have trouble with digesting (I'm one of them). Coconut milk and coconut oil seem to be tolerable, but coconut flour and cream are more difficult to digest. I'd suggest you cut down all that baked goods with flours, they do more harm than good with their high o-6.

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