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  • #16
    I was having terrible dizzy spells for a few weeks and really had to force myself to drink more water... didn't realize I wasn't drinking enough and I think it's easier to get dehydrated on this diet. Am I right? Sodium plays a part in that, too, so make sure you have some healthy salt in your diet. Real Salt is my favorite!

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    • #17
      Drink more water, take in sodium and maybe eat more carbs.
      Eating primal is not a diet, it is a way of life.
      PS
      Don't forget to play!

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      • #18
        I experienced the same thing when I first started.

        It does go away after a while (6 months for me), especially when you're no longer salt phobic.

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        • #19
          Why that low? You can go alot higher than that as long as you stay in Marks 150 range.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Jorjor View Post
            Why that low? You can go alot higher than that as long as you stay in Marks 150 range.
            Well, mainly because I'm impatient. Also, I find with carbs that I crave them less when I have less. I don't seem to have a kill switch! Once I get started, it's hard for me to stop. Possibly better planning would help with this, like having every meal planned down to the ounce!

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            • #21
              Originally posted by leslieinvirginia View Post
              Also, I find with carbs that I crave them less when I have less. I don't seem to have a kill switch! Once I get started, it's hard for me to stop. Possibly better planning would help with this, like having every meal planned down to the ounce!
              If it is a genuine craving, that might indicate problems with neurotransmitters. For example, it seems over-consuming carbs can be an unconscious attempt to self-medicate a low-serotonin status. However, the real solution to that is not to self-medicate with sugar/starch (or alcohol) but to make sure you have enough tryptophan. Julia Ross is very interesting on these kinds of issues:

              Amazon.com: The Diet Cure: The 8-Step Program to Rebalance Your Body Chemistry and End Food Cravings, Weight Gain, and Mood Swings--Naturally (9780143120858): Julia Ross: Books

              On the dizziness -- as has been said, it's a known effect and often seems to be related to electrolyte imbalances. A sudden change in diet upsets these, and probably making sure you're drinking enough fluids, using a little broad-spectrum unrefined seasalt with your food, and supplementing with magnesium (and perhaps potassium) should make that go away.
              Last edited by Lewis; 07-16-2012, 09:32 AM. Reason: spelling

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              • #22
                The forum has provided great advice (water, sleep, vitamins, etc). However, I agree with one poster about dealing with the "carb flu" without relying on high sugar fruit. It sucks for a bit but pretty soon you’ll have even, sustainable energy without relying on carbs, caffeine, etc.

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                • #23
                  ketosis is a natural diuretic so drink way more water than you think you need.

                  miso soup and avocados will help for sodium and potassium restoration.
                  As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.

                  Ernest Hemingway

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