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Vantage aged woman, one month on strict paleo, feels weak

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 21, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Hello I am in my 50s, have always been physically active and strong, but overweight. I decided on 100% (i.e no dairy as well as other eliminations)paleo and have really enjoyed the last month, creating and enjoying new dishes. I have not weighed myself but my clothes are showing that I have lost weight.

I keep track of calories, fat, protein and carbs. Most days the highest percentage is fat, the lowest is carbs. A few days, like yesterday, protein was the lowest. My caloric intake has ranged from about 1200 calories to 1500 with a couple of days up to 1700.

I have felt good in the last month, BUT in the last few days I feel lethargic, achy and tired. Yesterday, I found it hard to concentrate on work and simply could not produce my normal level of work. I had woken up at the last moment to get to work, after a night of active dreams. This is really unusual since I normally wake early and get up.

I thought that perhaps I did not have enough fat so added coconut oil to the vegetables at supper. I woke early today and felt more rested but I still feel physically drained.

Any suggestions folks have will be appreciated.

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on June 22, 2011
at 02:29 PM

much appreciated! I will experiment with more carbs. I did yesterday and feel OK today. I really like sweet potatoes, and I believe we have some already. Warm regards.

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on June 21, 2011
at 02:45 PM

I will be extra careful since I am normally well, not having a cold, even, for many years.

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on June 21, 2011
at 02:43 PM

I checked the suggested link and laughed! He hits the proverbial nail on the head when he says to not necessarily listen to your body. Yesterday, when I was feeling really dragged out and lethargic, I actually, for the first time in a month, thought of how good a freshly baked piece of bread would be! I am glad it did not happen; I have baked bread many times....

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on June 21, 2011
at 02:39 PM

Much appreciated! I will follow your advice:) although I find tracking is a need for me right now. I am so happy to hear that you are doing so well. The water especially is what I may need (I do get fresh air, etc.) and also, to not watch TV, etc. before bed.

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on June 21, 2011
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I will for sure check this out. I am curious re the smoothie. What kind do you make. I really appreciate hearing that you too felt exhausted and it has changed (although I would not wish this on anyone). Do you do 100% paleo? I am curious about this too...I want the type of energy you have.

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on June 21, 2011
at 02:09 PM

You briefly mentioned carbs, saying they were the lowest percentage of your food. Is it possible you're going into ketosis for the first time? Many people go into ketosis at 60g or less of carbohydrate per day (most of us go into ketosis when we're sleeping, but we don't notice it). It can take a few weeks to adapt to ketosis, if that's the case. The body takes a while to switch from burning dietary sugars to burning ketones.

If it is ketoadaptation, the addition of extra fat for a while is a good idea; it seems to help people get over the hump. Even though it's addressing LC dieting and not paleo specifically, Dr. Mike Eades's recent blog post has useful information about this process.

3dc940ac9be21e45cf83207814c8cd46

(544)

on June 21, 2011
at 02:43 PM

I checked the suggested link and laughed! He hits the proverbial nail on the head when he says to not necessarily listen to your body. Yesterday, when I was feeling really dragged out and lethargic, I actually, for the first time in a month, thought of how good a freshly baked piece of bread would be! I am glad it did not happen; I have baked bread many times....

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on June 21, 2011
at 02:49 PM

Aili, i was a vegan before i discovered paleo. Therefore, i started slowly, only adding eggs and seafood. I will never give up my smoothies, even though i don't think they are very paleo. I'm not a "paleo" per se. My smoothies are whatever fruits i have around, cantaloupe, or oranges, or bananas, some water or coconut milk, i sometimes add dates, or protein powders, whatever i think is a good combination. I don't eat again until i feel really hungry. And then it might be scrambled eggs, or seafood (i love sardines!). I've lost 32 pounds since January. And at first i was dragging........could hardly stay awake at work and it was all diet-related. If you want to email me please do at [email protected], would love to talk more.

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on March 02, 2012
at 03:27 PM

I'm 30 and went paleo awhile back. After about two weeks or so I hit a week of total exhaustion. I couldnt get enough sleep, I was tired, grumpy and had cravings for pasta and bread. It mirrored the exact feelings when I quit smoking.

After about a week it cleared up over a day or two and my energy level has gone up from there.

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on March 02, 2012
at 03:19 PM

Hi, i'm 48 and i'm almost at 30days on paleo. I was feeling great but have started to feel alittle weak. I do workout 5-6 days a week. my question is has anyone come across any info about the brain getting enough glucose? My son's girlfriend is in university and she asking me about the paleo diet and she wondered if the brain was getting enough. Just curious.

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on June 22, 2011
at 09:57 AM

I'm 49 and had this happen -- yeah, maybe after about a month or so, but I upped my carbs. I had already lost the small amount of weight I needed to lose and a bunch of bodyfat (I'm around 14-15% now, maybe less) and I'm a runner (25-35 mi/wk). The carbs (sweet potatoes and fruit added to the vegetables I was already eating) fixed me and now I'm great.

3dc940ac9be21e45cf83207814c8cd46

(544)

on June 22, 2011
at 02:29 PM

much appreciated! I will experiment with more carbs. I did yesterday and feel OK today. I really like sweet potatoes, and I believe we have some already. Warm regards.

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on June 21, 2011
at 02:15 PM

Sometimes the body's response to eliminating toxins is to demand more rest. Increasing water intake and getting fresh air can help, as well as listening to your body's demand and resting more. Go to bed a little earlier, or start relaxing without electronics like the TV before bed, and see if that helps.

I'm in my late 40s and have been living Paleo for about 5 weeks now, and I haven't had this issue. I don't track anything, just eat when I'm hungry and don't eat when I'm not hungry, and walk several times a week. I balance my meats, fruits, and veggies throughout the day and I drink lots of water throughout the day to remain hydrated, and get a solid night's sleep every night, usually going to bed at the same time.

I had hypothyroid, and severe insulin resistance, as well as fibromyalgia and I have more energy now than I've had in many years. I feel better in my late 40s than I did in my late 20s.

3dc940ac9be21e45cf83207814c8cd46

(544)

on June 21, 2011
at 02:39 PM

Much appreciated! I will follow your advice:) although I find tracking is a need for me right now. I am so happy to hear that you are doing so well. The water especially is what I may need (I do get fresh air, etc.) and also, to not watch TV, etc. before bed.

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on June 21, 2011
at 01:59 PM

I am also in my 50's and when i started eating more "paleo", i felt exhausted. This was worse some days than others. And it lasted about a month or so. Now, i am full of energy, so much so that i have real trouble falling asleep sometimes, despite walking a LOT for exercise. I have discovered matcha tea, from Japan, and i add a teaspoon to a smoothie once in a while. This tea has super properties and the caffeine is mild but keeps me going the entire day. Google "matcha tea"........you can add it to smoothies or make "real" tea out of it (i don't like hot drinks). Hope this helps.

3dc940ac9be21e45cf83207814c8cd46

(544)

on June 21, 2011
at 02:07 PM

I will for sure check this out. I am curious re the smoothie. What kind do you make. I really appreciate hearing that you too felt exhausted and it has changed (although I would not wish this on anyone). Do you do 100% paleo? I am curious about this too...I want the type of energy you have.

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on June 21, 2011
at 01:38 PM

If you've felt good over the last month, it could be you're just coming down with a virus or something.

3dc940ac9be21e45cf83207814c8cd46

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on June 21, 2011
at 02:45 PM

I will be extra careful since I am normally well, not having a cold, even, for many years.

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