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    I have been doing primal for the past month. I haven't cheated since I began. Lately, I have noticed that I am feeling sooo low. I don't want to eat, even if my body feels hungry. I am tired but I do not sleep well. I feel "blah" and "ugh." This may be indicative of the depth of my sugar addiction, but I just feel that there is no meaning to this all. I want a brownie, maybe?

    When I first began my carbs were around 50-75gs, excepting some fruit binge days, but I have since cut out fruit when I noticed that one dried fid turned into 9. So for the past week or so, I have been under 50gs. I also cut out dairy recently, when my lactose intolerance reared its gaseous, cramping head.

    What can I do to get over this hump? I am afraid I'll go devour an entire cake! I have a knee injury that still needs to heal some, so I cannot exercise for, I assuming, at least another week.
    5'9", 31 yr old female
    SW 364 - Started Primal about 12/5/11
    CW 293
    2nd GW 270

    YAY! Vit. D deficiency gone and HDL finally over 40! 1/20/12

  • #2
    Have you tried carbs from other sources? Sweet potatoes, for example? What's your fat intake look like? What about exercise?

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    • #3
      you supplement vitamin D?

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      • #4
        I do supplement with Vit. D. I am Vit. D. deficient. Sometimes I will eat squash or pumpkin. I could also eat sweet potato.

        I exercised at the beginning and injured my knee. I am waiting for it to heal.

        At first I felt jubilant with this way of eating. Now I just sigh.

        ETA; I do eat a lot of fat. Olive oil, coconut, butter, or avocado added to every meal, sometimes seasame oil. I also eat nuts for a snack.
        Last edited by afroette; 01-05-2012, 10:19 AM.
        5'9", 31 yr old female
        SW 364 - Started Primal about 12/5/11
        CW 293
        2nd GW 270

        YAY! Vit. D deficiency gone and HDL finally over 40! 1/20/12

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        • #5
          My first thought is to wonder if your brain/body is getting everything it needs.

          I don't think there's anything wrong with experiment with dense carb sources--throw in some sweet potatoes and see what happens.

          Are you eating enough fat? That stuff is really important for your brain. If you're not eating enough, then it might have adverse affects.

          I understand the knee issues, but I also don't think that totally precludes activity. You could still do some activity. Hell, you could sit on your bed and shadowbox.

          Lastly, maybe it's a bigger issue, and you need to go talk to a doc about it. Have you checked out the Paleo Physicians Network to see if there's anyone close to you? Paleo Physicians Network

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          • #6
            Well, I do the prescribed exercises to strengthen the muscles surrounding my knee. I need to google shadowbox.

            I will buy a sweet potato this evening and pray that I don't shove the entire thing down my throat. I am getting most of my calories from fat, >50%, according to fitday.
            5'9", 31 yr old female
            SW 364 - Started Primal about 12/5/11
            CW 293
            2nd GW 270

            YAY! Vit. D deficiency gone and HDL finally over 40! 1/20/12

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            • #7
              Man--from where I'm standing--I think that you should eat the whole sweet potato. All of it. I don't see why that's going to be a bad thing for you. Sweet potatoes are a really solid starch source, and I've found that it's REALLY hard to overeat on them, they're dense enough that you get full before you've done much damage. If you're scared of food, and doing some kind of significant calorie restriction, there's all kinds of nasty effects that can have you on mentally and physically.

              Shadow boxing is ridiculously easy--you're just punching the air. Hard. Like you really hate it. It sounds silly, but you can work up a lather surprisingly quickly.

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              • #8
                Rest more, relax and do something nice. Try to forget about food. If you do not want to eat, do not eat. If you need to eat the entire sweet potato - eat it. Go to the foods that are as basic and as simple as it gets. Don't eat dry fruit. Have a piece of a fresh fruit instead, like buy yourself 1 grapefruit with your sweet potato. You are probably carb-fluing, and since you can't workout, don't push, just relax, and wait it out and make things better for yourself in other way than crappy food. Have a bath, go for a ride, visit a library, get a funny movie, soak in a hot tub or a steam room... anything.
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                • #9
                  If you're getting enough fat, then you may just need to up the carbs. Some of us don't do so well on so few. I would be worthless and hopeless on the amount of carbs you are consuming. I eat a baked potato a couple of times a week (not even a sweet one--shhhh).

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                  • #10
                    It's not that I am restricting calories, as I eat as much meat, fat, and veggies as I want. I just have trigger foods that I am trying to avoid, and if I taste anything sweet, the sugar monster takes control of me. Seriously, I can't even have a pack of sugar-free gum because I'll eat it all in an hour. Sweet potatoes have always been treated as desserts by me. I can eat a squash without getting crazy though.
                    5'9", 31 yr old female
                    SW 364 - Started Primal about 12/5/11
                    CW 293
                    2nd GW 270

                    YAY! Vit. D deficiency gone and HDL finally over 40! 1/20/12

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                    • #11
                      ooooooo I'm angry!
                      just posted a long thread about a similar issue that I had and I lost it, 'cause I'm an idiot apparently.

                      Anyway, I went through the same thing - euphoric right away and for almost a month, no physical carb flu at all....then emotionally crashed. it lasted two weeks and then reset after I got my period ( I had skipped it when I started Primal). For that reason I think it was due to hormone imbalances and Primal gave my body the tools to re-set itself. I've been primal for about 4 months now - 15lbs lost, over 15 inches lost all over, but no more euphoria . I feel better than I did before and that's all I was ever after.

                      good luck, this too shall pass

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                      • #12
                        I have the same reaction to sweet potatoes, so you know what I do? I eat boiled white potatoes instead when I need to calm down starch craving. Give it a shot?
                        My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread57916.html
                        When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

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                        • #13
                          I don't know where you live, but could you be experiencing seasonal affective disorder? I know a lot of people who just don't function as well during these colder, darker months.
                          "Fat gives things flavor." -Julia Child
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                          • #14
                            Umm, if I were you, I would eat the whole cake and call it a day. Mentally, it will do wonders!!!! And then go back to the way you were eating. I wouldn't make it a daily habit but hey once and awhile eat some cake!!!!
                            "The problem with quoting someone on the Internet is, you never know if it's legit" - Abraham Lincoln

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                            • #15
                              It has been dreadfully cold and dready here, New England. I just moved here, and I don't know why people chose to inhabit such cold lands. I am tempted now to go to the downstairs cafe and eat fruit from the salad bar. :/

                              Re white potatoes: Sigh. Trigger food. I eat many, many potatoes in one sitting.

                              But yeah, I am going to increase my carbs because for the past week, I have been eating spinach, cabbage, carrots, beets, dried apple in my sausage, almonds, pistachios, coconut butter, and onions only for carbs.
                              5'9", 31 yr old female
                              SW 364 - Started Primal about 12/5/11
                              CW 293
                              2nd GW 270

                              YAY! Vit. D deficiency gone and HDL finally over 40! 1/20/12

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