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  • Carb flu!?

    I wrote a post earlier this week writing how incredibly hungry I was/am. However, now I'm thinking it is carb flu. Its been about 7 days since I had a heavy dose of grains. I'm feeling incredibly tired and cranky. Usually I'm very easy-going, now everyone is bugging me! I guess it didn't cross my mind that it could be carb flu, because when I went primal a few months ago I had no problem! I immediately felt great. Maybe my body is just wondering what the heck I'm putting it through after going from primal to CW to primal again!
    Any tips for getting through the low carb flu?

    A few more questions...
    As I have mentioned, I have intense chocolate cravings. I know dark chocolate is primal, but should I be eating it during this transition?
    And... what do you all think about cashews? I love cashews but haven't seen a much written about them.

    I had given up dairy and decided to try it today just to add more carbs. I had been eating about 20g and thought upping it to about 60-75g might be good for the transition. I immediately felt bloated. Guess I'm taking that as a clue I should not be eating dairy.

  • #2
    Well, when I went on South Beach a few years ago before discovering Mark's Daily Apple I got hit with Carb Flu like it was raining hammers. I am still surprised my family didn't bloody well kill me as grumpy and grumbly as I was.

    I have gone low carb seven or eight times since then and that was the only time I went through Carb Flu. The only difference I can see is that all the other times I went extremely low carb and consumed almost no vegetables in the first week (this time I have extended that indefinitely). I live on beef, chicken, pork, seafood, eggs, and nuts for the most part with bits of cheese, onions, bell peppers, and/or mushrooms as an occasional garnish for the meat.

    First day I literally went from drag-ass zombie boy to alert and energetic.

    As for nuts, I'm with Mark on the Macadamias. I can replace a whole meal with a cup of those in a pinch. But dry roasted Cashews run a close second, depending on my mood (usually they end up in stir fry with onions, peppers, and skirt steak).

    On the other hand, my wife has had completely different experiences, so don't necessarily take this as *do this* advice, but just as one possibility. I find going stupid-low carb works best for me (and secretly suspect that adding more carbs is what has knocked me off the wagon in the past).


    • #3
      I'm sorry you're having a rough time of it. I'm looking at week 4 coming up and wondering what I'm doing wrong. The worst I've had is 2 minor headaches, but maybe it's because prior to PB, I was eating 150 carbs a day (reducing down to 50 and less ended up not being that big of a deal for me). So the only thing I've really given up is my breakfast cereal, processed meals (like healthy choice steamables), and sandwiches.

      Just stick with it. You'll pull through and feel like Superman!
      --Trish (Bork)


      • #4
        Aren't cashews a banned legume in primal?


        • #5
          Cashews aren't a legume. They are botanically a seed, a member of the Anacardiaceae family.
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          • #6
            They're definitely not legumes. I've seen the trees they grow on--they are a fruit seed.
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