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    Hello,

    I am a 25 year old female and I'm nearing the third week of my primal lifestyle change. I've already lost over 15 pds and up until a few days ago I was doing great with no carb cravings and high energy. Then three days ago I woke up feeling nauseous and dizzy. The thought of eating meat, eggs, or fish turned my stomach and the only thing I craved were the bad foods like bread. Later that day, I almost passed out when I was waiting in line at the supermarket and I knew I was hypoglycemic so I ate a pear right away (my first piece of fruit in almost three weeks) and felt better. Since then, I've been eating 1-2 servings of fruit a day and the nausea has gone away and my energy is back but I still cannot eat meat. I will literally gag when I put a piece of steak in my mouth and I do not want fatty foods at all. I haven't really been eating much in the past three days, just some fruit, veggies, and nuts. Has this happened to anyone else? It's so bizarre.

  • #2
    Could you be pregnant?

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    • #3
      Ahh, that is a scary thought but a definitive "No" lol

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      • #4
        I would suggest making some homemade bone stocks with lots of sea salt and drinking it. You may also need more magnesium. It can be hard to get adequate magnesium through diet alone.

        It could be that you are not completely ketoadapted yet and just need more time. I go through phases where I am not hungry at all - I just wait it out. I also take a little zinc to make sure I'm not deficient. Zinc is found in high concentrations in oysters - and if you aren't getting enough zinc you can have loss of appetite.

        15 lbs in 3 weeks is a lot of weight loss. Are you sure you are eating enough food?
        Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

        http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html

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        • #5
          It happened several times in my life that I got disgusted by what I was eating a lot and had to drop it. I'd just ignore it for a while and later I could eat it again. I think it is your body telling you that you need to diversify your food intake more. Or maybe it's just that your body needs to adjust to your new eating habits, and it thinks it needs your old food. Nobody can know for certain I think.

          Anyway, maybe this is frowned on in the primal community but I live and eat primally with one exception: I eat tons of fruit and don't count carbs. (don't consume any other carbs) And I still lost tons of weight and now I am very stable at what I think is my body's natural weight (80kg @ 1.93m tall, big build). I feel good and I feel good about my eating habits. So maybe you could try that instead (eat whatever amount of fruit you'd like), and slowly ease your body back into eating meat. I don't think that eating the natural carbs from fruit is unhealthy, even a lot.

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          • #6
            Jammies, thanks for your tips! I haven't been taking any supplements but I will go buy a good quality multivitamin today. I was actually surprised at how much weight I lost but I attributed the first 10 lbs or so to water weight. I haven't been counting calories or anything but I eat until I am full. An example of what I eat during an average day is:

            Breakfast - two hardboiled eggs (I discard one egg yolk and eat one), warm beef broth, and green tea
            Lunch - grilled beef lettuce wraps with kimchi and some veggies on the side
            Dinner - roasted veggies, grilled fish or meat

            I'm 5'3 and my starting weight was 152 lbs and I'm at 136 lbs now. I've been feeling a bit better since incorporating fruit into my diet again but I still haven't regained my appetite. I've just been eating brussels sprouts, some berries, and pistachios for the past two days because I can't stomach anything else. I hope it passes!

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            • #7
              thanks s0meguy,

              I've been avoiding fruit entirely and I will definitely start having at least 1-2 servings a day from now on. I was initially so scared by everything I was reading about how fructose can derail the primal diet but my body clearly needs it.

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              • #8
                Glad to help. It does not make much sense to me to say that eating a lot of fruit when it is available isn't primal anyway, ie what our ancestors did. Your body may have been craving for some of the many very healthy components/benefits of fruit, which is why you craved carb containing foods including bread because your body can't tell the difference between bread and the healthy stuff.

                I eat more servings of fruit myself because I love the taste of them. sometimes 3 a day, sometimes 5.

                For me it's the awesome thing about the primal eating style: I eat whatever I want in whatever amount I feel like as long as its natural/unrefined, without worrying about gaining weight or being unhealthy otherwise. Which I did before a lot. Aside from the natural food rule I follow NO RULES at all. I think the body is perfectly capable of taking care of itself and telling you what best to eat if your system isn't screwed up by processed crap. It's a huge weight off my mind to not worry about food. So maybe that's a good mentality to take. Maybe I got a little carried off there but good luck.
                Last edited by s0meguy; 12-18-2011, 01:45 PM.

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                • #9
                  QUOTE=Katelyn;655491]thanks s0meguy,

                  I've been avoiding fruit entirely and I will definitely start having at least 1-2 servings a day from now on. I was initially so scared by everything I was reading about how fructose can derail the primal diet but my body clearly needs it.[/QUOTE]

                  Originally posted by s0meguy View Post
                  It happened several times in my life that I got disgusted by what I was eating a lot and had to drop it. I'd just ignore it for a while and later I could eat it again. I think it is your body telling you that you need to diversify your food intake more. Or maybe it's just that your body needs to adjust to your new eating habits, and it thinks it needs your old food. Nobody can know for certain I think.

                  Anyway, maybe this is frowned on in the primal community but I live and eat primally with one exception: I eat tons of fruit and don't count carbs. (don't consume any other carbs) And I still lost tons of weight and now I am very stable at what I think is my body's natural weight (80kg @ 1.93m tall, big build). I feel good and I feel good about my eating habits. So maybe you could try that instead (eat whatever amount of fruit you'd like), and slowly ease your body back into eating meat. I don't think that eating the natural carbs from fruit is unhealthy, even a lot.
                  +1

                  Years ago (10+) I gave the Atkins diet a try, because several people I knew were doing it, and it seemed to be working for them. The first few days, I had dizzy spells that lasted only a minute or less, but were a little worrying in the moment. Same thing when I initially switched to eating Paleo (I wasn't eating fruit, though): some dizzy moments here and there that went away after incorporating some fruit into my diet. I'm not sure if I would have been okay regardless, but the fruit did seem to help. Unless you're morbidly obese, I personally don't think there's anything wrong with eating fruit (unless you are doing some short-term leptin reset program or something).

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                  • #10
                    I had the same thing with eggs. I found myself repulsed by them and didn't even look at them for a year or so. Now, I have gone back to them and happily chow down a 6-egg omelette everyday. If you don't want to eat something, then don't force it. If you like fruit then eat it, providing it is seasonal and local.

                    I literally gag when drinking coconut milk, so I just don't eat it.

                    P.S- Having seen your food log in an above post, you are clearly not eating enough. Is there any fat in there apart from on the animal/eggs/fish? I would eat more, fruit if you feel like it, and more root veg, perhaps tubers.

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                    • #11
                      Hi,

                      My first impression of your breaky is that it doesnt look very tasty. Put some veg on that plate as well. If you want fruit eat it, however much of it you want. I dont think banning a natural, whole and unrefined source of food is really the idea of primal. I never count carbs either, I eat what I eat. Listen to your body and go with its wisdom. Also variety in meat is essential. I cannot eat steak at all anymore because I ate it constantly for 2yrs. Try some game, its something we rarely eat but really tasty. I'm just miffed I cant buy venison here anywhere. But quail, pidgeon, spatchcock, duck, goose, turkey are all great tasting and different
                      meats. The thing is, this way of eating can easily get boring if you don't stretch your culinary skills beyond frying a steak or egg.

                      I currently have 6 different versions of hollandaise sasuce, as nothing dresses up an egg tastewise better than that. I also love making various marinades for roasted meats, trying different dressings for roast and steamed vegetables. No-one can eat the same food day in and out without getting turned off by it. Browse the recipe forum, it didnt even occur to me to make waffles primal until I saw the pumpkim ones on their yesterday. We are lucky beause primal actually includes all the best ingredients for gourmet cooking. Dust off a traditional old fashioned recipe book and apart from the bakery section, there is an awful lot in there you can eat.

                      If you get dizzy, nauseous, or feel sick your body is teling you something. Ease up, listen to it and go with that.

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                      • #12
                        Sounds like your mind is rejecting meat rather than your body.

                        Primal is not a very low carb diet. Have 50-100g of carbs a day. No problem. However, prefer starchy carbs to fruit. Some fruit is OK but it shouldn't be your only source of carbs

                        Why are you throwing away egg yolks? Only someone who doesn't understand primal would do that. How much fat are you getting? Your problem may simply be insufficient fat. It is much easier to eat meat with fat than without
                        Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

                        Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine

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                        • #13
                          One other thing, drink a lot of water between and 15mins before meals. Meating eating requires better hydration. Your body needs to produce a lot of digestive juice to process it. Feeling headachey and nauseous is often a symptom of dehydration. If drinking 600mls of water fixes that sensation, then you are dehydrated.

                          And echoing Peril here - eating lean meats is just miserable. Always buy meat that hasnt had the fat trimmed off and cook it whole, in its own juice.
                          Last edited by Claraflo; 12-18-2011, 02:52 PM.

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                          • #14
                            I agree it seems like you are eating really lean. A little fruit is ok, but maybe you should eat it in 1/2 cup of Coconut milk or cream to get more fat. I also agree with the pointer to eat more Tubers and root vegetables.

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                            • #15
                              Step 1 - eat lots of animals (with a big preference on red meat) and fat. If that doesn't work for you, you might want to consider another diet "lifestyle". It's all in your head, your body is not rejecting meat unless you truly are allergic. You said it yourself, "the thought of eating meat". Were you a vegan prior to going primal?
                              "The problem with quoting someone on the Internet is, you never know if it's legit" - Abraham Lincoln

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