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  • #16
    Originally posted by archmac View Post
    Rich, that's a good question, but I don't think so. I feel amazing right now, and have since I cut out problem foods and upped my caloric and carb intake. I also generally take about a week off for every month of training, tapering back to one or two short, easy runs and maybe some hiking or swimming. The formula seems to be working pretty well for me, as I'm in the best shape I've been in since college and am eating better than I ever have.
    Well, whatever it was, I'm glad you've got it sorted out. Hope it keeps working for you.
    The Champagne of Beards


    • #17
      I just wanted to share with you that shortly before the age of 19, I came down with a mysterious illness. The symptoms were vague and in the beginning, sometimes the only ones were severe fatigue and post extertional malaise. I had so many lab tests come back normal. I had some doctors tell me I was depressed or anxious despite family members coming to appointments with me and explaining something wasn't right. Luckily, I had just as many doctors who believed me, but just didn't know what was wrong. Hearing I wasn't crazy helped a lot. I also think it helped a lot that my family members believed me and could see a difference in me on "good" days versus "bad" days. It proved to me what I knew; this is not in my head. I am aware anxiety/depression can also make people look awful, but typically it doesn't only make them look awful after they've been active/running errands and not any other time.

      Anyways, I tried everything. I tried every sort of diet you can imagine. I tried every sort of exercise schedule you can imagine. I tried all sorts of supplements. I tried all sorts of prescriptions. None of it helped significantly. Yes, I could function on a surface level, but I felt awful doing it. Eventually, my body gave out. Finally, right before my 23rd birthday, I was diagnosed with dysautonomia called POTS and I have other problems I've discovered since.

      My point: You know your body. I knew something was wrong and no matter how many doctors said it was in my head, I kept pushing for the 4 years it took to get a diagnosis. You should do the same if you truly feel something is not right.

      Oh -- problem solved. Awesome
      Last edited by JackieM; 09-19-2013, 09:08 PM.


      • #18
        I agree that an elimination diet would be great to start with.

        I just can't imagine what you could be missing in this diet that you would get by adding wheat, sugar, and refined oils back in.

        I am intolerant to nuts, eggs, dairy and nightshades. So I actually felt worse in many ways when I started paleo until I got those foods out.

        Do you have any other symptoms other than fatigue?

        ETA: Ooops! Missed the fact that you solved your problem. Good work! It stinks that it's eggs. I hate not being able to eat eggs.
        Last edited by jammies; 09-19-2013, 09:07 PM.
        Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )


        • #19
          I explained my experience with unexplained fatigue. I also wanted to add that it turns out I am allergic to gluten and dairy and intolerant to soy and egg. I tried elimination diets (just eliminating target food) and could never get anywhere. Now this makes sense -- I was eating so many other foods I am allergic/intolerant to and as a result, constantly experiencing reactions, that the reintroduction of the target food didn't make much of a difference in symptoms. My allergies were not the source of my debilitating symptoms, but for many they are, and I definitely feel better overall when I avoid them.