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Second Paleo Whole 30 - finding it hard to concentrate/tired

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 05, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Hi,

I am starting my second paleo whole 30. The first one went fine, was a bit tired at first but then smooth.

I did the first whole 30 in Jan and ate mainly paleo until June - I may have had the occasional rice, potato and slice of bread. I re-introduced cheese and had that several times a week. I also maybe had alcohol once a week.

I am on day 8 of my second paleo 30 and I am finding it very hard to concentrate, very sleep in work.

I am doing weight lifting work outs and I sleep 8 hours a night. I am a 28 YO female.

My diet consists of eggs in morning - some kind of salad at lunch - meat and veg at dinner - snacks are dark chocolate(diary and sugar free/85% cocoa), fruit and paleo icecream - varies.

My aim is weight loss and health. I am down 30 pounds since 1st of Jan.

Is this normal? Anything anyone recommends to assist?

C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

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on June 06, 2013
at 01:30 PM

That was totally my experience, Siobhan. I was craving sugar and foods that I would normally never be interested in during my normal 80/20 paleo/primal life. I bought a copy of the Diet Cure and started taking vitamins and amino acids, per her instructions, and I found that those, coupled with going back to my normal eating patterns, got the cravings under control and got me back on track.

39185d0f0773cee76a113aaef0b8d382

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on June 06, 2013
at 07:24 AM

I forgot to mention that I recently started intermittent fasting - maybe I am over all not getting enough energy as you say. I have been doing it for 6 weeks and was not having any problem before I went on to my second whole 30. I may also try rest more, as I decided yesterday I am upping my weights so would need to do that anyway.

39185d0f0773cee76a113aaef0b8d382

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on June 06, 2013
at 07:21 AM

Was very nice to here I am not alone. I not sure if I mentioned the cravings but I am that too. All I want to have is sugar which is rare for me as I have not had these cravings since pre Paleo.

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on August 23, 2013
at 07:42 PM

It sounds like you aren't eating enough calories to fuel a heavy lifting sessions. Personally, if I don't eat enough (even if I feel fool) after a lifting session, I will be ravenous at night or the next day. This also leads to sugar cravings and the temptation to eat SAD foods.

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on August 23, 2013
at 07:37 PM

No to be all Whole30-Police, but to be clear, dark chocolate and paleo ice cream are not allowed on the program. They will absolutely hinder your results.

As for your issue, I hear more starchy carbs and/or more fat help with that sort of thing.

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on July 26, 2013
at 02:27 PM

I second AlohaSpeck's reply. Increase your intake of dark, leafy greens. Try to make dinners that will have leftovers that you can eat in the morning (an egg alone is not enough for full nourishment, from what I have read about Whole30).

I find this guide very helpful for making sure my meals are balanced and doing the intended job: nourishment, balance, healthy.

http://whole9life.com/book/ISWF-Meal-Planning-Template.pdf

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on June 05, 2013
at 02:14 PM

I would guess that if you are sleepy, either you need better rest, or you have stopped using stimulants (caffeine, sugar) and getting used to not having these, or you are not fuelling yourself adequately.

You may be eating clean, but how much are you eating for energy? Since we already know that we should be getting the majority of our energy from fats, how much fat are you actually eating?

Also if you are fairly active, you are going to have to deal with higher energy demands and the need to refill muscle energy stores (stored carbohydrate/glycogen).

  1. Look at your overall weekly eating, are you really nourished?
  2. Add in some more fat.
  3. Add in some carbohydrates post-workout.

39185d0f0773cee76a113aaef0b8d382

(25)

on June 06, 2013
at 07:24 AM

I forgot to mention that I recently started intermittent fasting - maybe I am over all not getting enough energy as you say. I have been doing it for 6 weeks and was not having any problem before I went on to my second whole 30. I may also try rest more, as I decided yesterday I am upping my weights so would need to do that anyway.

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C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

on June 05, 2013
at 01:50 PM

I did really poorly on my second Whole 30--and I've been eating paleo/primal with varying levels of adherence for 3 years. I found that I was dizzy, and insanely crave-y, and exhausted and cranky all the time. You know that list that's around of the "stages" of a Whole 30, where one of the early stages is "kill all the things"? I was in those early stages the whole time. I never felt good.

Compare that to my first Whole 30 where I felt invincible.

In retrospect, I'm not sure what was going on. Perhaps I needed to have more carbs, like sweet potato. Perhaps I needed more fat. I know I definitely do better when I'm focusing on having enough fat in my diet.

So, I didn't really answer your question, but just wanted you to know that you're not alone.

C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

(3225)

on June 06, 2013
at 01:30 PM

That was totally my experience, Siobhan. I was craving sugar and foods that I would normally never be interested in during my normal 80/20 paleo/primal life. I bought a copy of the Diet Cure and started taking vitamins and amino acids, per her instructions, and I found that those, coupled with going back to my normal eating patterns, got the cravings under control and got me back on track.

39185d0f0773cee76a113aaef0b8d382

(25)

on June 06, 2013
at 07:21 AM

Was very nice to here I am not alone. I not sure if I mentioned the cravings but I am that too. All I want to have is sugar which is rare for me as I have not had these cravings since pre Paleo.

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