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    Hi everyone. I'm new to this Primal Style of eating and I must say, it's a little crazy. Being in the medical field, the food pyramid is totally flipped, but I understand the process.


    Anyhow, I'm on day four. I have a weird headache and feel kind of tired. Is this all normal? This has probably been talked to a lot in previous threads, but to be honest, I'm feeling a little carb deprived and am a little short. My apologies...


    When will this pass? When will I feel "good" like everyone else is saying?


    Any endearing words of encouragment would be nice...lol...


    Brit


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    It varies for everyone... some people have "low-Carb flu" for a couple weeks... I didn't have it at all.


    If you are really feeling carb deprived and feel like you NEED some to concentrate, have an apple or some zucchini or something... just avoid the grains still.

    Eating lots but still hungry? Eat more fat. Mid-day sluggishness? Eat more fat. Feeling depressed or irritable? Eat more fat. People think you've developed an eating disorder? Eat more fat... in front of them.

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      Keep on keeping on! You'll snap around in a week. Similar "blahs" are felt with a drop in carbs, you can google up "Atkins Induction Flu" to read up some. The Primal Blueprint really doesn't call for induction level carb restriction, depending on your goals, you could be hitting 150g of carbs a day, so that certainly is not Atkins Induction levels!


      But skipping grains, sugars, other quick hit processed foods, could also cause a bit of withdrawal! Keep with it, you will OWN this stuff. Have you read the book?


      Welcome to the Primal world!

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        Welcome! Yes, it's normal. Most people get over it in a week or two. Some take longer. For me, it was about six weeks -- GAK! -- and that was without cheating, which slows the process! When it finally went away, though, I really did feel fantastic. Still do.


        Your body needs time to adjust to getting its energy from fat instead of the "quick-and-dirty" way (carbs).

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          Wow, that was fast! Thanks so much for your input, I'm sure I'll be asking for more "Veteran" advice!


          Right now, I'm trying to stay between 50-100g of carbs for the weight loss. I had half an apple this morning as it took about 20 minutes longer for me to get ready...like my mind was wondereing...lol...


          Hopefully this won't last 6 weeks! "GAK" is right!

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            Hang in there, it took a week for my headaches to go away and it's been great since then. The weirdness for me was telling people I didn't eat grains. I got all kings of weird looks and comments of how it's "not healthy". It's funny how I'm not the one getting sick while everyone else around me is!

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              I took me about 10 days for the sugar withdrawl to pass... also it felt like I was "missing something" when I ate... wierd but it does pass.

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                It took me about a day.....when I felt it come on I ate a half a banana and some all natural peanut butter...try that

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                  Brit, what you are going through is perfectly normal. You are having carb-withdrawal symptoms and it will go away. But stick to the Primal way of eating and you'll see the sypmtoms disappear. For some people, it last for just a couple of days, for some a few weeks and others a couple of months. Good luck!

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                    It took me about 2 weeks. The trick for me was that whenever I felt light headed or had a craving, I had to eat something fatty.

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                      On my third day of low carb, I had a horrendous headache! The next morning, I felt fine.


                      Welcome!

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                        Welcome!


                        I had a horrendous headache at the beginning, for a couple of days. I'm not sure if it was due to carb withdrawal, or because I started with a cold at the same time...


                        You will begin to feel better, though, very soon! And it is so worth it!

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                          It takes a bit to get used to and, dependent on how sensitive your body was before, those laggy-not-quite-there feelings can last anywhere from a day to a few weeks. If jumping in with both feet isn't doing it for you, you can always take it a step at a time and start cutting back on the really bad carbs first and then scale down as you gain more confidence and feel better. Take it at your own pace!


                          (For example, I still haven't given up diet soda entirely.)


                          When I'm feeling super-laggy I indulge in something that's not strictly 100% primal but is still better for me than how I was eating before - an apple or melon, a square of dark chocolate, or some hard cheese. I'll also bolt a glass of ice-cold water to wake myself up or do some light squats/stretches. Finally, I find a really awesome treat is to super indulge in all the Primal food I felt GUILTY about before. I'll cook up an entire pack of bacon JUST BECAUSE I CAN!!! I might not eat it all right then but then it's already cooked and ready for primal snacking! Or I'll prep some meat for jerky or munch a handful of nuts! Nothing like nibbling some almonds while everyone around you is scarfing sickeningly sweet cake to put things in perspective. That cake smell of too much sugar actually turns my tummy now.


                          Either way, congrats on trying the primal lifestyle! You can do it!

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                            When I first dropped gluten (over a year and a half ago), I felt awful withdrawl like symptoms (similar to what you describe--kind of like I was in a headache-y fog) for a week, but I felt much better after. Dropping all grains and refined sugars not too long ago felt wonderful and had no side effects. I think it has a lot to do w/ dropping gluten personally--I think many folks have an almost physical 'addiction' to it...


                            I agree w/ other posters to keep going, this will pass, and you'll be better for it!!!

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                              I had massive headaches and "brain-fog" for about the 1st two weeks after dropping carbs, specifically bread. But...then it passed and now I feel absolutely fine.


                              In retrospect I might have gone slower on my carb-dropping...so, possibly adding-in more stuff (e.g. non-grain carbs) when I was feeling the brain-fog. But...then again, I just wanted to get over it. I DID find that upping my fat content helped, esp. saturated fat.

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