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    Is this typical? I've been eating more carbs lately - mainly rice and sweet potatoes, but carbs none-the-less. It culminated in pasta and ice cream Friday night, and I decided to make sure I came back in line as I went up 1.5 pounds. So for the past few days, I've been strictly low carb - meat, veggies and some dairy. I'm bouncing off the walls this morning (and it's only 5:30AM!). Kind of bummed because my knee is bothering me, so I need to rest it a bit, but I'll take the dogs for a longish walk this morning.

    I always thought carbs = energy. But I feel better and more in line when I eat lower to low carb. I need less sleep, I have more energy and I feel absolutely amazing.

    The added benefit is that I get to drive everyone at the office up the wall.
    Christine
    Wag more, bark less

  • #2
    I know what you mean~ carbs ~even the good ones~ really slow me down too. I always feel like I need a nap after I eat them~ it's probably no surprise when you think of how many people eat a SAD dinner and then fall asleep on the couch afterward. I've also noticed that higher carbs make me slower/foggy mentally too~

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    • #3
      Carbs (good ones) make me feel great if I am exercising hard, and they make me feel crappy if I'm not.

      It's all about context. Run all-out sprints once a week plus two or three heavy weight sessions (not PBF body-weight stuff, the kind of weight/difficulty where you fail if you attempt a sixth rep) and see if that sweet potato still makes you feel slow. I bet it won't.
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      • #4
        It certainly can be typical, depending on the person...I am the same way, less carbs I feel better. In my case, I just seem to have an over reaction blood sugar wise to carbs. I would guess many of us are the same way even if our fasting blood sugar is perfect. Many people show diabetic like effects after eating carbs, even though they are not diabetic in medical terms. Keep the carbs moderate from natural sources!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Uncephalized View Post
          Carbs (good ones) make me feel great if I am exercising hard, and they make me feel crappy if I'm not.

          It's all about context. Run all-out sprints once a week plus two or three heavy weight sessions (not PBF body-weight stuff, the kind of weight/difficulty where you fail if you attempt a sixth rep) and see if that sweet potato still makes you feel slow. I bet it won't.
          +1 going real low carb and exercising I'll crash hard core and can't even keep my eyes open. Then I'll have some carbs and feel alive again.

          If I eat a lot of food, no matter low carb/high carb I get tired for a period of time. Then I'll either have tons of energy or be normal.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by activia View Post
            +1 going real low carb and exercising I'll crash hard core and can't even keep my eyes open. Then I'll have some carbs and feel alive again.

            If I eat a lot of food, no matter low carb/high carb I get tired for a period of time. Then I'll either have tons of energy or be normal.
            Yep. You're supposed to get sleepy/slow if you eat a really big meal. That's your body telling you to slow your shit down, take a nap and let your intestines do their thing for a while. Why go hunting when you just ate, right?
            Today I will: Eat food, not poison. Plan for success, not settle for failure. Live my real life, not a virtual one. Move and grow, not sit and die.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Uncephalized View Post
              Yep. You're supposed to get sleepy/slow if you eat a really big meal. That's your body telling you to slow your shit down, take a nap and let your intestines do their thing for a while. Why go hunting when you just ate, right?
              Makes sense to me. Also I have tons more energy if I'm fasting (which also makes sense... so you can go get food) Unless I am really depleted. I have to do more experiments to be able to confirm my theory but if your glyogen stores are empty, or I've just done low calorie the day before... then I might feel like a lump on a log and demotivated until I eat. This has happened to me a few times... now to do more experiments to figure out the true cause for me anyways..
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              • #8
                That's the thing. I do go hard. 30 minutes of kettlebells 3 times a week - fairly heavy - swinging an 18kg bell - cleans and presses with a 12kg. I am training to be Zumba certified, so for cardio I do a lot of dancing 30- 90 minutes depending on the day. And I have 2 Aussies who get walked every day at least 2 miles, and I do interval runs with them twice a week for 2 miles. We run hard as I need to tire them out (try tiring an Aussie, it's not easy). And on Saturday, I hike with the dogs - 5-7 miles. Yes, overtraining right now, but that will calm a bit once I get certified. Zumba is fun for me, so I don't really consider it a workout - more like play. And it's less than I used to do. I have more stamina with less carbs. I don't get it. I guess I should not complain.
                Christine
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Andtckrtoo View Post
                  That's the thing. I do go hard. 30 minutes of kettlebells 3 times a week - fairly heavy - swinging an 18kg bell - cleans and presses with a 12kg. I am training to be Zumba certified, so for cardio I do a lot of dancing 30- 90 minutes depending on the day. And I have 2 Aussies who get walked every day at least 2 miles, and I do interval runs with them twice a week for 2 miles. We run hard as I need to tire them out (try tiring an Aussie, it's not easy). And on Saturday, I hike with the dogs - 5-7 miles. Yes, overtraining right now, but that will calm a bit once I get certified. Zumba is fun for me, so I don't really consider it a workout - more like play. And it's less than I used to do. I have more stamina with less carbs. I don't get it. I guess I should not complain.
                  Everyone is different. It can also be a function of how long you have been primal. I thrived on VLC/ZC when my body was healing, but once it got done, it loved carbs again.

                  What Uncephalized is talking about is progressive barbell training, which is adding weight every single workout, which is challenging in a completely different way, and one of the most common ways to get truly over-trained(true over-training will put you in bed or in the hospitable if you try to train through it indefinitely).
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Apex Predator View Post
                    Everyone is different. It can also be a function of how long you have been primal. I thrived on VLC/ZC when my body was healing, but once it got done, it loved carbs again.
                    Makes sense. Change is good indeed. I guess it's all a matter of really listening to my body and figuring out what works best. For my cert, I plan to take a few bars of pemmican for the carbs. Dancing 90 minutes is different than dancing all day.

                    I love this place - so many smart folks.
                    Christine
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                    • #11
                      I do progressive calisthenics,swing heavy clubs,work with 40kg KB's,and bike/hike on a regular basis.I would literally fall on my face if I didn't get enough carbs,so it's all an individual thing.If I've been lazy all day and eat a bunch of carbs it doesn't make me tired or anything,my energy stays pretty level with where I was before the meal.
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                      • #12
                        I hike and backpack and find that low carb gives me steady, sustained energy that never wanes and slow-to-come hunger that can be endured if eating is not convenient. I can get more bursting energy for going super fast with a minimal amount of extra carbs. I am finding out exactly what the minimum is, but this weekend I hiked pretty darn hard and fast some of the time on my backpack trip and the only carbs I had with me were about an ounce of dried berries and some macadamias and brazil nuts. All the rest of my food was near zero carb. There are a lot of pro-carb people on this forum who really seem lately to want to make low-carb into some kind of dangerous thing to do, but in my personal experience as a middle-aged woman, it's best for me at my life stage and after the life experiences I have had losing lots of weight with extreme exercise. I really think extreme exercise with a carb-heavy diet is a recipe for disaster. At least it was for me.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
                          I hike and backpack and find that low carb gives me steady, sustained energy that never wanes and slow-to-come hunger that can be endured if eating is not convenient. I can get more bursting energy for going super fast with a minimal amount of extra carbs. I am finding out exactly what the minimum is, but this weekend I hiked pretty darn hard and fast some of the time on my backpack trip and the only carbs I had with me were about an ounce of dried berries and some macadamias and brazil nuts. All the rest of my food was near zero carb. There are a lot of pro-carb people on this forum who really seem lately to want to make low-carb into some kind of dangerous thing to do, but in my personal experience as a middle-aged woman, it's best for me at my life stage and after the life experiences I have had losing lots of weight with extreme exercise. I really think extreme exercise with a carb-heavy diet is a recipe for disaster. At least it was for me.
                          I'm a year older than you. It's nice to know that this may just be where I need to be right now. That for me, at this life stage, minimal carbs works best, and seems to be the place where weight just drops from me - which I love. If you are ever in the Bay Area and want a hiking companion, let me know - if you don't mind hiking with dogs.

                          I also agree that everyone is different and that we need to experiment to figure out what works best for us.
                          Last edited by Andtckrtoo; 02-20-2012, 04:02 PM.
                          Christine
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                          • #14
                            I agree, low carb is really the lifestyle for me. I feel so much better.
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                            • #15
                              can't even begin to tell others how good I feel eating LC and VLC. Have been this way before w/ Atkins and felt better but trying to eat the highest quality meats and veggies just ups the amp! Eating this way leaves me with the ability to eat more sparingly---I don't have to eat a large breakfast and sometimes can even get by with just a Lara bar at lunch if necessary. I don't prefer it but when I'm seeing patients and can't catch a break, it'll do. And still have enough energy to get me through the day. I'm amazed at how badly sugar--even the little bit I thought I was eating before--negatively affects me. LOVE PRIMAL!!

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