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    I decided I needed a change of diet. My normal breakfast was 2 fried burritos, 1 pizza pocket, and a rockstar from a local gas station on the way to work. Lunch would be fast food. A big mac meal with an extra big mac and large fries and soda was an average lunch. Dinner I wouldn't be too hungry but may have something small. I'm not too heavy. I'm 5'10 @ 198lbs. I work at a large box retailer and my normal walk is a quick pace. I also talk fast. I work 9 hours a day and am constantly lifting, moving, or stocking heavy items. I work with tile, vinyl, wood, and carpet flooring. I'm deffenitly not lazy.


    I started PB night before last. For dinner I had roughly 4oz of tritip, about 2 cups of romain lettuce with some carrots, vinegarette dressing, and a half of a lime. The next morning I had 3 eggs fried in a little butter and a green apple. Lunch was about 5oz of tritip, 3 baby carrots, half lime, few bites of romain in a vinegarette, and some raisins. Dinner I had some shredded chicken in a homemade primal enchillada sauce, an apple, and dome raisins.


    The first morning I felt great. Only got about 5 hours sleep but felt good for that matter. I started work at 7am. By 10:30am, I had a headache and felt a little warm. I had lunch at 11:15am and cooled off and headache felt slightly better. My lunch ended about 12:00pm and around 12:45pm, the headache was back and stronger. All thru that day and until this morning I had the headache. I finally couldn't take it and bought 2 small chicken burritos and an orange juice this morning and I've felt great all day.. My question is, what was the headache all about? I need to read more of the book, I'm about a third the way thru. I'm thinking maybe my sugar levels or calories were low? I'm very active and am guessing I didn't configure my meals correctly. Any help would be appreciated :-)


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    That's what we affectionately call the "low-carb flu". Your body has to adjust from using glucose (sugar) as fuel to using fat as fuel. For some people it's an easy transition, and for others it can take days and even weeks to switch over. Once you do though, it's so much better. Just tough it out the first few days, you'll be really glad you did!

    You are what you eat,
    and what you eat eats too - Michael Pollan

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      I was really drowsy as well. Sure I wasn't cutting my self short on calories or sugars?

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        Calories don't matter as much at this point, as the qty of sugar you had daily. From your description, you had about 500-600 grams of carbs daily.


        Getting down to 150 abruptly wont make an easy transition, the way you did. But that's a way too. If you are strong, you can go through the headaches and keep it up for a while until you're body get adapted to the new fat consumption


        Good luck and keep us posted of your progress.


        Remember, it's not like climbing Mount Everest, it's very doable!

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          Is there a good place to lookup nutrition info on foods?

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            fitday.com and twofoods.com

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              I appreciate your time both of you going to have my salad for dinner. I have the weekend off so I can sleep off headaches. Another question tho, with as hard as I work at my job, if I don't have calories, what will my body do to keep up with my energy use?

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                Burn Fat. Then you will start eating fatty things. Fat has more energy (more than double) than carbs.

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                  muk: Eat _lots_ of fat. Your ratios should be about 70-80% of your daily calories from fat and the rest from protein, with minimal (20g or lower) carbs if you're doing this for weight loss. The low-carb flu passes faster if you go as low-carb as possible for a few days; your body is actually kicking an addiction right now. Best of luck!

                  Primal eating in a nutshell: If you are hungry, eat Primal food until you are satisfied (not stuffed). Then stop. Wait until you're hungry again. Repeat.

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                    I think that I had that "low-carb flu" today too. I've been doing pretty well, having eliminated pretty much all grains and only using the barest minimum of sugar to take the edge of my morning coffee. However, I didn't pack a great lunch today and I got that hunger headache around lunch time. Unfortunately I solved it by going across the street to Burger King. My bad. Back to Primal tomorrow.

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                      Thanks Griff! And Jacsuza, no biggie, I did the same this morning and lunch. I felt so miserable. For dinner I made Grok meatloaf tho. It is AMAZING!

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                        Don't sleep it off too much either, go for a long casual walk. Choose a market an hour away and walk over there to but a stick of jerky or the like. Make your body need to find energy, then it will have to start using fat sooner. If you go and hibernate then it can just put it off until tomorrow.

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                          doing any better? hanging in there?

                          low carb flu can last a while... up to 3-6 weeks for some people. I didn't get it at all but I was lucky.


                          Definitely up the fat (and protein) if you feel like you're not taking in enough calories for the kind of work you do each day!


                          Hope it's going well for you!

                          Eating lots but still hungry? Eat more fat. Mid-day sluggishness? Eat more fat. Feeling depressed or irritable? Eat more fat. People think you've developed an eating disorder? Eat more fat... in front of them.

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                            sounds like lack of sleep to me. if i dont get my 8-9hrs i get headaches, i feel physically sick. its terrible. speaking of which, its almost my bedtime!!

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                              I am wondering if I had a 24 hour version of the low carb flu. It started yesterday afternoon with a light headache. It progressively got worse and I also noticed my muscles (mostly my back) were so sore and achy, like you would feel with the flu.

                              My skin felt sensitive and I was soo tired. By the time 5-6 rolled around, I just wanted to lay down, I felt awful. My head was killing me. I felt little chills too. I felt like crap up until 10. My temp was elevated to 99.1 degrees. It never went much higher than that. I feel fine today. It was very strange to feel that. I didn't hydrate as much as I should have. I had coffee and unsweetened ice tea mostly.. then about 25 oz of water. Think this was a 24h bug or the 'low-carb flu"?

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