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    Hi there, Sarah here from sunny Brisbane, Australia. Not sure if I am in the right place, but I am new to the forum and new to the primal/whole30 way of life. Hoping a couple of you more experienced folk can help me answer some of my more perplexing questions. Would be great to hear from any other whole30 people here as well. I am 6 days in, headachy, weepy and cranky. In fact I think it was easier to give up smoking than give up sugar, grains and processed crap Although I know it will only make me feel better I just need to know it will get easier.

    Cheers

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    Likely to be carb flu...could last anywhere up to two weeks from the posts I've read.
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    • #3
      Tell us what you are eating
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      • #4
        Hi thanks for the replies. Carb flu - never heard it called that, but very apt description.

        Hedonist: today has been:

        Two eggs, scrambled with water, half an avocado and an apple for breakfast. 2 long blacks (small), water and cinnamon tea.

        Snack: Beef jerky approx 50 grams and small handful of macadamia nuts. Carrot

        Lunch: Approx 150 grams roast pork, lean, no visible fat, steamed snow peas, roast red pepper and sweet potato hash (from Whole30 recipe). Green grapes approx 10/15

        Thats it for today. I am not sure if I am getting this right or way off the mark. I need help and a bit of guidance. Cheers in advance.

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        • #5
          Hi Roadannii,

          Thanks for the advice. But I ran my daily intake thru Calorie King and it flashed up all sorts of warnings re my fat intake. It seemed to indicate I was having way to much. Am I at cross purposes looking at Primal/whole30 and something like CK? I confess I havent spent much time looking thru Mark's site, but plan to make the time tonight.

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          • #6
            Excellent thanks for the advice

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            • #7
              If you feel bone tired it is almost certainly low-carb/'Atkins induction' flu. It should normally go away within a week or so.

              Just try to relax and take it easy while your body adjusts, eat to enjoy while keeping your carbs low.
              Last edited by jhc; 02-28-2012, 11:51 PM.

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              • #8
                I am also about a week in and, up until today, was actually feeling great. Now I am tired and ache all over. Is that carb flu too? Would it just be starting after a whole week?

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                • #9
                  Yep, that'll be it. Mine started six days in and lasted five if I recall correctly.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by roadannii
                    Sorry to be a bitch but holy crap - do your research if you want to follow the PB lifestyle. Do it YOURSELF. We all have done it. We made AN EFFORT. A REAL ONE. I gave a link earlier. GO READ IT. ALL OF IT. And at the risk of sounding like a mega bitch........use the bloody brain you were given!!
                    Part of the enjoyment of forums is the social interaction. And some people enjoy helping others, even if it does mean answering the same question over and over. That obviously isn't you, so don't respond. No one is asking you personally for answers. And did it ever occur to you that people ARE doing research too? But if you're new there is a LOT to read, a LOT to sift through. It takes time. Perhaps someone just wants an answer before they've had time to read everything, or they want clarification or confirmation.
                    And, yes, you do sound rude and bitchy. What do you care, really? If you're sick of the same question asked over and over then don't read it. Don't respond. Go do something else. Get out of here.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Sunnivara View Post
                      Part of the enjoyment of forums is the social interaction. And some people enjoy helping others, even if it does mean answering the same question over and over. That obviously isn't you, so don't respond. No one is asking you personally for answers. And did it ever occur to you that people ARE doing research too? But if you're new there is a LOT to read, a LOT to sift through. It takes time. Perhaps someone just wants an answer before they've had time to read everything, or they want clarification or confirmation.
                      And, yes, you do sound rude and bitchy. What do you care, really? If you're sick of the same question asked over and over then don't read it. Don't respond. Go do something else. Get out of here.
                      I have to agree! lots of info that it can get overwhelming. Lots of info on this forum from forum members also contradicts what one reads on this site.

                      Roadannii
                      You need to not be on forums....especially on a Newbie forum. I get what you saying, but really you were just completely rude in your approach.

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                      • #12
                        I started on 02-12-2012, and at first my energy seemed really high, but went into a bit of a trough after about ten days. Nothing that felt flu-like, just more tired and a minor headache now and then. My energy is coming back up now...I think it may have been the time my 47-year-old body needed to adjust to the lack of carbs. It's really interesting how now I will notice my hunger, but it's not nearly as demanding as it was in the carb days. If you search the forums for "ketosis" you'll find a lot of people talking about the carb flu and transition--some people felt mentally slow as well as tired, headaches, etc.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by roadannii
                          Maybe up your fat intake a bit - lean isnt always good. Have you read Marks book yet? Or gone through the site and read all the info?
                          Youll find everything you need to know there
                          I always try to go for around 55% fat daily. So fry up a bit more in ghee or lard, scramble your eggs in a bit of buttter, more avocado, add olive oil to your veges, not a lot, just a tsp or so. The fat will give you a bit more energy too.
                          Dump the grapes, but thats just my opinion. Try blueberries. Less sugar. But dont eat as many as I seem to consume daily lol
                          Hope that helps xx

                          Oh yeah and as for the beef jerky? Ohhh isnt that just the yummiest stuff in the world? If you can, make it at home and it might be shunned by some, but I dont use super lean cuts of meat (we have our own cattle so we make bulk beef jerky every few days) and as long as you keep the jerky in the fridge (Im talking if you keep the fat on as it will go rancid pretty quickly out of the fridge), it doesnt go yukky. mmmmmmmmmmmmm
                          +1

                          I don't agree that you should completely avoid the forum. There are lots of useful hints. But avoid people like me who suggest significantly different plans (Archevore in my case) until you have given straight (not necessarily strict) primal for a few weeks.

                          Cutting out the grapes and significantly upping the fat, as suggested, should help you get over the carb flu. If it doesn't fairly quickly, look for other answers. What are your goals? Are you trying to lose weight (fat)? Or just wanting to feel better? Or?
                          Ancestral Health Info

                          I design websites and blogs for a living. If you would like a blog or website designed by someone who understands Primal, see my web page.

                          Primal Blueprint Explorer My blog for people who are not into the Grok thing. Since starting the blog, I have moved close to being Archevore instead of Primal. But Mark's Daily Apple is still the best source of information about living an ancestral lifestyle.

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