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  • First week - effects of going primal

    All --
    This post has two points. First to see if others have had similar experiences in their first week of going primal as I have had.
    • Lost 5 lbs
    • Having trouble going to sleep at night (big change)
    • Not sleeping solidly through the night (big change)
    • Waking twice in the middle of the night with a piercing headache -- location, top of skull -- for an hour or so (cannot remember ever waking to a headache before that didn't involve a hangover or a pressure change with storms on the way)
    • Having trouble waking up in the morning (no change)
    • Feeling full longer, eating perhaps one meal or two meals a day (as a veg, I was eating brekkie/lunch/dinner plus two or three snacks and was still starved in between meals)
    • Lack of concern over when my next meal will be (see my comments about being a veghead before)
    • Overwhelming urge to read all blogs primal/paleo
    • Spending a ton on meat types I've never used before
    • Feel like it's easier to breathe in my lungs than usual -- for comparison, the improvement is prolly on a par with when I quit smoking a pack a day 12 years ago
    • Despite ease of lung breathing, there is a lot of congestion in the nose/throat/head (continued, nothing new -- was hoping eliminating grains and dairy and sugar would eliminate it but not so or not yet)
    • Some aches and pains to be associated with and expected from starting a fitness program (2 days of LHT and 1 day of sprints in this first week) plus the bruises on my arm after I tried to break into the car through the driver window because I lost my car key during the sprint session
    • Weird breath
    • And what, precisely, is this carb-flu or whatever it is that everyon talks about going through when they go primal/paleo?

    For the record, I think I'm pretty good on fat/protein/carb. No dairy (not even butter this week). No cheating. And yes, I do have more weight to lose, so I'm working to stay in the 50-100 carb/day zone.

    The second point is to ask this:
    What do you wish you had known your first week or month of going primal/paleo that would have helped you?
    Thanks in advance!
    Cheers,
    Jen.

  • #2
    Eat some fat and increase your carbs just a bit. You'll sleep better and feel better. The weight will still come off; there is no need to suffer.

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    • #3
      The Ketogenic Diet: Maximum Fat Burning

      Or dive in a bit deeper & go lower carb/high high fat & see how that works &/or feels to you...
      "Science is not belief but the will to find out." ~ Anonymous
      "Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart." ~ Gandhi
      "The flogging will continue until morale improves." ~ Unknown

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      • #4
        Originally posted by ATTAACK View Post
        Eat some fat and increase your carbs just a bit. You'll sleep better and feel better. The weight will still come off; there is no need to suffer.
        Word.. don"t shy away from the butter.

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        • #5
          Regarding butter... Well, as a veg, I used quite a lot of butter and olive/coconut oil. What I didn't use was ... BACON. That's what I've been using this week. Ah, the novelty of it! So I'm not particularly avoiding butter, I'm just enjoying some flavors I'd deprived myself of for years!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Betorq View Post
            The Ketogenic Diet: Maximum Fat Burning


            Or dive in a bit deeper & go lower carb/high high fat & see how that works &/or feels to you...

            Thanks for the link but why can't I copy and paste that info? And why is the font so large? I can't change that either.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by tapper47 View Post
              Thanks for the link but why can't I copy and paste that info? And why is the font so large? I can't change that either.
              As to the font, I dunno... It looks fine, ie normal to me.
              Some pdf's are copy-protected. ie they have imbedded software in them, to prevent people from doing what you're trying to do. Might I suggest printing it out? Or just save it to your desktop or other folder you prefer...
              "Science is not belief but the will to find out." ~ Anonymous
              "Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart." ~ Gandhi
              "The flogging will continue until morale improves." ~ Unknown

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              • #8
                I can't save either unless I bookmark it so I just googled and got the original. Turns out I had read it before.

                Age catching up I guess.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Betorq View Post
                  The Ketogenic Diet: Maximum Fat Burning

                  Or dive in a bit deeper & go lower carb/high high fat & see how that works &/or feels to you...
                  Thanks for the tip, and the link. The article cleared up some things for me. For the record, I was able to do a save-as on the PDF, for the poster who was having trouble saving it.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by waterjen View Post
                    All --
                    This post has two points. First to see if others have had similar experiences in their first week of going primal as I have had.
                    • Having trouble going to sleep at night (big change)
                    • Not sleeping solidly through the night (big change)
                    • Waking twice in the middle of the night with a piercing headache -- location, top of skull -- for an hour or so (cannot remember ever waking to a headache before that didn't involve a hangover or a pressure change with storms on the way)
                    • Having trouble waking up in the morning (no change)
                    • Despite ease of lung breathing, there is a lot of congestion in the nose/throat/head (continued, nothing new -- was hoping eliminating grains and dairy and sugar would eliminate it but not so or not yet)
                    • And what, precisely, is this carb-flu or whatever it is that everyon talks about going through when they go primal/paleo?

                    Thanks in advance!
                    Cheers,
                    Jen.
                    The head aches you get are the carb-flu.
                    I don't know how old are you, but if you expect that 7 days of clean eating will fix you right up.. You're wrong.
                    Body takes time to adjust. It also takes longer time to heal from years of whatever poison you've (and most of us) been munching on..
                    Good luck, hang in there, reopen a thread in a month!
                    Everything is bad for something - How do you feel today?

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                    • #11
                      Ah -- piercing headaches, explained. Thanks Gilleh. I've been fortunate that no more headaches have interrupted my sleep -- or my waking hours. In fact, my sleeping is back to normal -- easy to get to sleep, and sleeping all night.
                      No, I certainly didn't think 7 days will fix me up, but I've been pleased to note a lot of positive changes in ONLY 7 days (well, 12 now). I was just curious if my experiences are like anyone else's.
                      You know what I really am happy about?? That I finally feel like I'm in control of my body, rather than the other way around. Before, I felt like hunger was always keeping my mind focused on food -- what will I eat? when will I get to eat it? is it veg? how long til dinner? or a snack? (OH, yes, I am a recovering vegetarian, 4 years of it.) Now, I eat when I'm hungry as long as I'm enjoying it and stop when I start not to enjoy it or feel the slightest bit satisfied, and I'm not hungry that frequently any more. Or overly full like I used to get. It's ca-razy, but it's so very liberating!

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                      • #12
                        "Recovering vegetarian" - I like that term.
                        Yes, it is very liberating finally knows what triggers your body, energy, hunger and even emotions.
                        This way of eating really connects you with real, whole food. Just don't get stressed about it (fruits are OK, potatoes too!)
                        Glad to hear about your sleep and headaches. Keep up the good work..
                        The more you "work as intended" - get enough sun, nourishment and sweat your ass off - the better you feel in time

                        I feel like a lion.
                        Everything is bad for something - How do you feel today?

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