Hey guys. I've been on the paleo diet for about a month now. Prior to that, I was vegetarian for 3-4 years.
I'm enjoying the paleo diet, but have noticed a couple of concerning changes.
First, I require more sleep. As a vegetarian, my sleep cycle was like clockwork. I needed 7 to 7.5 hours of sleep, rarely set an alarm, and would spring out of bed in the morning, wide awake and ready for anything. Now, even if I get 8 hours of sleep, I'm bleary in the morning, and don't feel refreshed.
Has anyone else experienced changes in their sleep requirements and/or patterns?
The other disconcerting change that I've noticed is my desire for chocolate: it's sky-rocketed. This is very strange for me. As a vegetarian, I ate *very* little candy, chocolate, etc, because I rarely craved it. I actually went 13 months without a single bite of chocolate, just for fun.
Last but not least, my sex drive has decreased significantly.
To give you a bit more context, I'm 28 years old, 6'1", ~160lbs, and train parkour 2-3 times each week. My paleo diet mostly consists of:
Breakfast: A large bowl of fruit (most of which is berries) with 2 handfuls of nuts (almonds, macadamias, and walnuts) and some coconut milk. When I get to work, I have 2 boiled eggs.
Lunch variation #1: A twist on Mark's "Big Ass Salad":
* spinach instead of mixed greens, but only half as much;
* chopped red and yellow pepper (half of a pepper in total);
* 6 cherry tomatoes;
* sundried tomatoes that've been sitting in olive oil;
* 6 cremeni mushrooms;
* half of an avocado;
* an 85g can of tuna;
* 2 tablespoons of flaxseed oil.
Lunch variation #2: Leftovers from dinner.
Dinner variation #1: Beef curry, and curried or roasted vegetables.
Dinner variation #2: Fish, and curried or roasted vegetables.
Dinner variation #3: Shrimp and vegetable curry.
Yes, I love curry. Yes, I cook everything myself.
Most days, I also have a piece of fruit and/or a handful of nuts somewhere before or after lunch.
All of the red meat that I eat is organic. Most of it is grass-fed. Some of it is grain-finished; it's hard to prevent that.
All of the seafood that I eat is wild-caught.
Some of the fruit and veggies that I eat are organic.
There's always one dinner each week that isn't completely paleo. I do my best, but pizza or potato usually makes an appearance.
I tracked my paleo diet on FitDay.com for 12 days. Here's a screenshot of the overview of my diet.
So, are those changes that I explained above abnormal during the first month of switching to the paleo diet? Can I expect them to pass?
Thanks for your advice!