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    I started eating primally on December 28, 2010. I completely let go of grains and all processed foods. I have not gone completely organic because of cost issues. I am following the Primal Fitness guide to get in shape, but this past week I have seen my energy levels drop.

    I start fine in the morning, but by 2-3 PM i am just dragging. I cannot concentrate and I feel like I just want to go home and take a nap. I know many people here boast about energy levels through the roof. I don't know if I might be doing something wrong or if any of you have had any of these issues after a month. Any help would be appreciated.

  • #2
    You may still be adjusting. What are you eating? Are you eating enough fats? Posting what you eat will help.

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    • #3
      I don't necessarily keep a log, but for breakfast i usually have an omlette with different type of veggies and coffee (with minimal sugar). Around lunch time, I make sure to a plentiful of greens to whatever I eat, which usually ends up being a large chicken salad. I am also snacking on nuts (walnuts, almonds, pecans, brazilian nuts) I eat dark chocolate (70%) when a sugar craving comes, not that often. For dinner I make sure I have a large portion of meat/chicken/fish. I use to have a heavy SAD, but I thought the adjustment period was between 2-3 weeks.

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      • #4
        For some, the adjustment period can be up to 8 weeks. Carnitine can help your body get fatty acids into your cells more quickly and may help you adjust faster. Coconut products are helpful to provide an immediately burnable fat source and glutamine can provide energy to your brain if you feel fuzzy.
        http://www.prettyinprimal.blogspot.com

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        • #5
          The adjustment period is different for everybody. I’d say, despite all the nuts you’re eating, your meals look low on fat.

          Any fatty meats you enjoy? How into ground beef are you?

          A good plate of bacon and ground beef cures all my ills. It’s hard to think of it as healthy – I sure as hell had a tough time thinking it ever could be – but it in fact is not unhealthy (certainly can be if you eat nothing but, but I think that applies to everything)

          The only fat I’m seeing is eggs and nuts. I don’t eat nuts, never got into them, so I can’t say if they’re enough of a fat boost.

          Also, consider coconut oil in your cooking. Failing that, just eat some coconut oil or add it to your coffee (I prefer it in tea), might sound crazy again, but it’s actually just crazy good.
          I used to seriously post here, now I prefer to troll.

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          • #6
            I love any type of meat so that's not a problem, I guess I will start adding more fat to my diet too see if some of these symptoms go away. Thanks on the tips about coconut products, I will give them a try.

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            • #7
              I went primal on the same day you did! YAY PRIMAL BUDDIES!!

              I've been eating a lot of bacon. And meat in general. And coconut shreds when I get nibbly mixed with some almonds and some dried apricots.

              Lately I've been eating an avocado almost every day. I really work on getting in enough fat before I feel full. Since I stopped grains and whatnot, I get full really fast, so I make sure to eat high quality fat.

              It feels really strange to let go and start eating fat, but once I did, it made a great deal of difference. I discovered I really really adore chicken skin. It was weird to get past my fat phobia, but I am really glad I did. Chicken thighs and skin are so good.

              I hope more fat helps you. It has made a ton of difference for me.

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              • #8
                @mrs_moesy

                I think I need to start eating more meat and less chicken, it might be that unconsciously I still think fat is bad for me. I remember I use to think bacon was so unhealthy because I was eating plain fat. I guess I got to make a consious effort to increase my fat intake.

                And congrats on going Primal!!!

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                • #9
                  I felt the same way when I was low carbing with much lower fat than PB. That energy has to come from somewhere. Definitely try added fat but like someone said it does take your body awhile to adjust to burning fat for energy.
                  True healthcare reform starts in your kitchen, not in Washington. ~Anonymous
                  The worst carrot is better than the best candybar.--TornadoGirl

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                  • #10
                    Try really getting off the sugar...don't put it in your coffee and upgrade your chocolate to 85% or so. Personally, i know that sugar really does me wrong. Other than that...definitely try adding fat.
                    The Primal Holla! Eating fat. Getting lean. Being awesome.

                    You were sick, but now you're well, and there's work to do. - Kilgore Trout

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                    • #11
                      Are you eating any marrow or liver? I felt my energy increase when I added marrow in to my diet. I also find that I feel better eating a beef and fish heavy diet, with chicken and pork just being occasional.

                      ETA: It is possible to get some deficiencies on PB if you are not eating the whole animal. Some common ones seem to be selenium, zinc, magnesium and potassium. Perhaps some B vitamins. You may want to track what you are eating for a little while to see if you aren't getting enough of any of these.
                      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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                      • #12
                        How is your sleep? Are you getting a lot of sleep in a totally dark room? Not getting enough good sleep can be a big reason for energy dips and carb cravings in the afternoon. To find out your ideal amount, you need to be able to sleep in one day without an alarm, and see what time you wake up naturally and feel rested. If you find that you need a lot of sleep, you might have to start turning in earlier. (I'm not so successful at this!)

                        Also, how much are you exercising? Overtraining can also cause fatigue, and changing your diet to a different fuel burning system while trying to maintain your old exercise routine can really deplete your reserves.

                        Any chance you could be experiencing some Seasonal Affective Disorder? Don't know where you're located, but here in NYC, I definitely feel much more exhausted in the afternoon, and that's when my diet coke cravings really kick in, because I know the aspartame will give me a pick up. (So would cocaine or meth, but aspartame is the drug of choice in our office.)
                        Il faut vivre et non pas seulement exister.

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                        • #13
                          Can I offer something "radical"?

                          Start eating dairy, butter, heavy cream, full fat yogurt, cream cheese, goat milk. My energy was low for a long time too, but these days I am not afraid to send a spoonful of butter in my mouth, and I feel great.

                          Other things to consider: drinking enough water, taking naps (you might be owing yourself some sleep hours), taking a vitamin D and probiotic supplements. If you are on the pill, it too might be affecting your energy levels. I feel much livelier after I gave up mine.
                          By The Ancestral Fire - insights and opinions regarding primal living.

                          As a friend once said, "Bacon is the Journey of food. You may pretend to hate it, but secretly you still love it."

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                          • #14
                            @superdeluxe
                            I am actually good on my sleep, get about 8-9 hours every night, the room might not be completely dark, I'll make sure it is. I was not exercising before I started, but now I am following the primal fitness, about 4 days slow movement, 2 sessions of lifting heavy things and 1 sprint session per week. I also do it depending on how my energy levels are, so these past 2-3 days I have not done it.

                            @walkingbird
                            Thanks for the tip, also I hope you don't mean the pill, as in birth control. check my profile. lol

                            I am starting to add more fat into my diet and to track what I eat, I will give an update to once I feel some change.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by mbanda385 View Post
                              @superdeluxe
                              @walkingbird
                              Thanks for the tip, also I hope you don't mean the pill, as in birth control. check my profile. lol

                              I am starting to add more fat into my diet and to track what I eat, I will give an update to once I feel some change.
                              Ya, lol, can't say you look like you're gonna have a problem! Not sure why I assumed you're a woman, probably because we are usually the ones suffering from the low energy issue. Or at least talking about it more. Sorry!
                              By The Ancestral Fire - insights and opinions regarding primal living.

                              As a friend once said, "Bacon is the Journey of food. You may pretend to hate it, but secretly you still love it."

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