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    I posted this a while ago but did not get much feed back. I would l would love to hear from any seasoned primal people. I am feeling better after keeping a regimens of magnesium, potassium, zinc, and calcium- taking only the mag. and pot. together). Thanks!

    (posted two weeks or so ago) My blood sugar levels are fantastic now that I have gone primal, but I have no endurance and need to force myself to exercise. What is wrong with me? I was very insulin resistant, and eating a vegetarian diet with plenty fresh veggies and fruits with nuts and some fish. I experienced horrible blood sugar drops. I've been primal since the first part of June 2012, but I'm still feeling fatigued. I eat between 40 to 80 grams of carbs a day and don't want to go higher because of the misery I was in before from fruit and honey blood sugar spikes.

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    I follow the Smarter Science of Slim exercise guidelines and enjoy casual tennis, bicycling, walking, etc. I have studied hormonal balance and supplement with minerals and a whole foods vitamin- taking care not to combine minerals that interfere with another mineral's absorption. I also use 16 to 18 hour intermittent fasting- which has helped me understand true hunger and helped me become more self aware.

    I am 42 years old and need to lose 15-20 lbs of fat. I am a mother of several children, the youngest is now eight. Any suggestions you could offer would be very appreciated!!

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    low energy?
    or low stamina?

    could be lots of things, but i am thinking repair mostly here

    while the body takes advantage of a repair cycle your wont feel much like exercising
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    • #3
      Both for a while. It got scary there for a few weeks. What do you mean by repair- what would have been repairing specifically? I am assuming my system has had to repair from insulin resistance damage at least.

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        I have gone primal, but I have no endurance and need to force myself to exercise. What is wrong with me? I was very insulin resistant, and eating a vegetarian diet
        Start by adding about a pound of meat every day. Dial up or down from there as needed. I don't have energy without adequate protein intake. How much do you eat now?
        Crohn's, doing SCD

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        • #5
          Are you sure it's physical and not mental? I feel much better than I did prior to transitioning to primal, but I still have zero energy for exercise for exercise's sake. I know it's in my head.
          50yo, 5'3"
          SW-195
          CW-125, part calorie counting, part transition to primal
          GW- Goals are no longer weight-related

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          • #6
            You said you were vegetarian before - have you added red meat back in? Any chance you could be anemic?

            Some people find that being steadily very low carb (less than 50 grams or so) for a long time can give them hypothyroid symptoms (like fatigue). With adequate protein intake, increasing your carbs just a little shouldn't make you crash (I had pretty bad hypoglycemia my whole life pre-primal, so I understand your fear there).

            Starting slow with exercise might help build your energy. Make your first goal something like walking 30 minutes every day. When you've done that for a while, add another goal.

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            • #7
              Thank you. I have added red near back into my diet- in fact I rarely even want to eat any meat but red meat. I just had my iron, thyroid, etc. checked and I have very healthy levels. I think I was resetting hormonally- got the iud out one month ago. It was very scary for me for a couple of weeks and I questioned everything about my diet, exercise, everything since i felt exhausted and drained all the time. This week I am getting exponentially stronger during/after each workout. I am amazed at how much better/stronger I feel now compared to two weeks ago. I do slow eccentric weight 'lowering' to failure sessions and sprint intervals to exhaustion. (since July-'smarter science of slim' style)

              I stayed high protein and high fat even though I questioned what was going on in my body- and it was a great decision for me. I also continued with IF despite my fears and the posts on IF for women on the forum from Mark. I feel moe while and more at peace than I have in a long time. I appreciate all of the fabulous information and feedback that I have found on this site- and all the great informative links. :')

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              • #8
                **more fabulous...*

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by cbeauty View Post
                  I think I was resetting hormonally- got the iud out one month ago. It was very scary for me for a couple of weeks and I questioned everything about my diet, exercise, everything since i felt exhausted and drained all the time.
                  Oh, that makes sense! Hormone shifts can do that to you. No matter how fantastic and energetic I feel the rest of the time, the first day of my period I feel so tired and listless I can't stand it - and I just push through cause I know it's the hormones. Glad to hear things are improving for you!

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